History

Our goal is to further establish the RJ Thieneman brand and grow it to full potential by taking our accomplishments of the past and joining them with a strategic and creative view of the future.

 

 

 



 “We put the $700 down and got a loan on our first house.”


In 1954, R.J. Thieneman and his friend, Fred Slater got their real estate licenses and went into the building business. R.J. said “He had $350 and I had $350. We put the $700 down and got a loan on our first house.”



The Archdiocese of Louisville chooses RJ Thieneman



In 1985, the Archdiocese of Louisville selected RJ Thieneman Realty Group to develop the land that was formerly home to the St. Thomas Seminary as The Woods of St. Thomas. As members of the Catholic Church, the Thieneman family took pride in paying homage to the school by not only naming the development “The Woods of St. Thomas,” but also by naming a major connecting road, between Highways 22 and 42, “Seminary Lane.”


A John Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award


In 1997, Robert J. Thieneman, Sr., was honored by the Home Builders Association of Louisville with its inaugural John Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award.


The Villas of Forest Springs and Saratoga Springs are born



The Villas of Forest Springs multi-family apartments were developed in 2000. That same year, RJ Thieneman hosted Homearama at Forest Springs North. Saratoga Springs was developed the following year, in 2001.


New leadership established



In 2006, Brian Thieneman was named CEO and Bob Thieneman, Vice President. The organization has since been under the direction of second-generation leadership that continues to follow the principals and practices of their patriarch, instilled through decades of working side-by-side with their father in the business.

Growth continues as Rock Springs and Northcrest Plaza are added to the mix



The neighborhood of Rock Springs was developed in 2006. Shortly following, RJ Thieneman expanded its reach into Elizabethtown, KY, by purchasing Northcrest Plaza.


RJ Thieneman leads by example


In 2008, RJ Thieneman developed Legends at Saratoga Springs as Louisville’s first ENERGY STAR-only community.


Transaction of the Year



In 2010, RJ Thieneman acquired Franklin Square Plaza. It’s honored by CCIM Kentucky Chapter as ‘Transaction of the Year’ for 2010.


Hosting Homearama


Homearama was held at The Reserves of Rock Springs in 2012, as well as in Rock Springs in 2013.


The Woods of Glen Oaks



The Woods of Glen Oaks residential community was developed in Oldham County.


RJ Thieneman receives recognition



In 2013, Bob Thieneman, Jr. was elected President of the Home Builder’s Association of Louisville. Later in 2014, he was honored with the Elmus S. Ussery Builder of the Year Award.


Major expansion began


RJ Thieneman acquired Kroger Plaza in Winchester, KY in 2014. Major expansion began at the Shops of Forest Springs during this year as well.




The Reserve at Fox Run



In 2016, 37 acres of land was purchased to develop a new residential community, The Reserve at Fox Run. A total of 64 home sites are planned for this development located in Oldham and Jefferson counties.


Apprentice Builder Program


This two-year program was created to allow the third generation an opportunity to be involved in a building project, while working directly with a mentor builder.



Regency Centre in Lexington, KY acquired

Regency Centre, a shopping center in Lexington, Kentucky is acquired by RJ Thieneman, further expanding the company’s reach throughout the region.


 

 

The Present

RJ Thieneman continues to strive and grow as a company. Our values remain the same as they did when the company first started.