Birdsong is solely owned by four principals:
Ed Haddock, Jr. joined Richard Swann in 1973 and together they built the law firm of Swann and Haddock, P.A. Mr. Haddock served as its Chairman and Managing Partner. By 1990, Swann and Haddock had become one of Florida’s preeminent law firms with a large Orlando presence and branch offices across the state. During that time Mr. Haddock was a founding principal of financial institutions, insurance underwriting companies, home building companies and real estate developments. Since then, Mr. Haddock has been involved in the founding, development and ongoing supervision of numerous other companies in the technology, real estate, financial, and retail markets. Mr. Haddock, his two partners, and a talented team of executives, have also built Full Sail University into one of the largest and most innovative entertainment, media, and arts universities in the world. From the start of Mr. Haddock’s involvement in 1991, the school has grown from 300 students to 7,700 students, and the campus has grown to 190 acres with 801,000 square feet of studios, sound stages, media development facilities and other support facilities. As an educational institution, Full Sail University has been named best-in-class by numerous entities and in 2008, Full Sail University was awarded “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Post Secondary Schools and Colleges.
Through other acquisition and development projects, Mr. Haddock and his partners continue to expand their goal of providing excellence in postsecondary education at The Los Angeles Film School, The Los Angeles Recording School, and Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Mr. Haddock received his JD in 1972 from the University of Virginia School of Law where he remains an active alumnus. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan University. In addition to serving on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, he has also been actively involved with various gubernatorial, legislative and presidential campaigns, and is the Orlando Advisor for the International Justice Mission.
Robert Godwin is a co-founder of First Colony Bank, a Florida chartered bank that operates in the Central Florida Market and has served on its board since inception. Currently, Mr. Godwin the Chairman of the Board of First Colony Bank. Mr. Godwin is also COO of Century Homes, a single-family construction business that he co-founded in 2009, concentrating on residential construction.
Mr. Godwin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Florida in 1989 and moved to Washington DC, serving on the staff of The Honorable Connie Mack, United States Senator from Florida. Mr. Godwin returned to Florida and in 1995 became President of Colony Construction Company, which also focused on construction of homes serving first time homebuyers. After leading Colony Construction into a very profitable business, Mr. Godwin sold the company to Standard Pacific Homes (publicly traded as SPF on the New York stock exchange) in May of 2002, and he remained on as President of the Orlando Division of Standard Pacific for 7 years.
Steve Auger serves as the CEO of Birdsong Housing Partners. Prior to joining Birdsong, Mr. Auger served from September 2005 to January 2017 as the Executive Director of Florida Housing Finance Corporation – the state’s housing finance agency that administers several multifamily development programs for affordable rental housing, including LIHTC, SAIL, HOME and Elderly Housing Community Loan programs.
Mr. Auger’s experience at Florida Housing spans more than 16 years; during that time, he served in the following positions: Director of Multifamily Programs, Operations Director, Senior Housing Policy Analyst and Contracts Administrator.
In 2007, Auger was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) and then, in 2010, as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. Also in 2007, he was appointed to the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, where he served as Vice Chair, and subsequently as Chair until his appointment concluded in 2013. Auger’s leadership also extended to his serving as Chair and Vice Chair of Florida’s State Council on Homelessness.
In 2006, Auger was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Property Tax Reform Committee. Members of the committee were to provide recommendations to improve property taxation in Florida to the Governor, Senate President, Speaker of the House, and the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission. Two years later, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Auger to the H.O.P.E. (HomeOwnership Promotes the Economy) Task Force (2008). Task force members worked together to create a state plan of action to address escalating foreclosure rates and identify ways to preserve homeownership for Floridians.
Auger received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) in 1988. In 1993, he received a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from Florida State University (Tallahassee) and was licensed as a clinical social worker in 1996. Prior to joining Florida Housing in 2000, he provided clinical services to children and families primarily through private-sector organizations working with consumers in Florida’s juvenile dependency and delinquency systems.