Gilbert Rose is our President and Executive Director. A native of northern Australia, he moved to the U.S. in 1990, originally settling in Virginia. He’s been living in Mississippi and working with Tara since 1992.
As President and Executive Director, Gilbert wears many hats. He has great support staff that helps manage the property and daily activities of the business while he focuses on overseeing operations, sorting out the priorities for the year, and managing the organization as a whole.
Gilbert first visited Tara in 1987 and he quickly fell in love with the place. He first joined the Board of Tara in 1990, but then stayed on to become the President. He worked hand in hand with Maggie Bryant to refine the focus of Tara and to ensure that the land was preserved.
In order to preserve the land for future generations and prevent it from ever being sub divided, all Tara properties were placed under conservation easements. These easements are held by Ducks Unlimited Wetlands America Trust. In 2001, Tara was donated to the Purvis Grange Foundation, a private foundation that owns and manages the property. Gilbert is proud of the work that has been done to make Tara an example of how conservation easements can be incorporated into a business.
Gilbert grew up on the land and has a love of the outdoors. If you ask him what his favorite part of the job is, he’ll tell you about his love of being in the woods and how much he enjoys meeting the people who come to Tara. “Providing a quality experience for our clientele is important to me,” Rose says. “We want the people who visit Tara to get the best experience.”