Fred Mills, Jr


Fred Mills Jr. is the CEO of the Mills construction and development ventures and is responsible for day-to-day activities. He joined the family business after attending Wittenberg University and graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics. Fred Mills Jr. has served in many roles contributing to the companies’ success. He has an unlimited general contractor license in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina. 





Fred Mills, Sr. 

Founder / Managing Member

Fred Mills Sr. launched the Mills companies in the mid-1960s after attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduating from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He began his career in real estate development, construction, and property management developing a variety of housing types including single- and multifamily homes, student housing, and teacher housing. The company’s first project was an affordable single-family home, and affordable housing has remained a focus throughout Fred's career.

Today, Fred Mills Sr. remains involved in the development process and special projects. He is a licensed NC real estate broker and has an unlimited general contractor license in North Carolina.





Ian Byrne 

General Council

Ian serves as the in-house attorney for all aspects of the business.  After 12 years in private practice as a senior partner at a Charlotte law firm, he joined Mills Construction in 2016 with expertise in all areas of tax credit equity and institutional financing, real estate acquisition and development, multifamily construction, and property management.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wake Forest University and a law degree from Duke University, and has been licensed to practice law in North Carolina since 2004. 




Bobby Funk 

Director of Development

Bobby serves as the Development Director for Mills Construction, helping coordinate housing development opportunities throughout North Carolina. He has over twelve years of community and economic development experience in North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Appalachian State as well as a Master of City and Regional Planning from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.




Tammy Stern 

Development Associate

Tammy joined the development team in 2020 after earning a Masters of City and Regional Planning from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She also holds a Masters of Environmental Management and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Tammy relies on her planning, environmental, and architectural background when pursuing opportunities for affordable housing projects throughout North Carolina.