Our Team

Sustainable Growth Texas – Our Team

Betsy RossBetsy Ross
CEO and President of Sustainable Growth Texas, LLC and Partner in ‘Betsy Ross Grass-fed Beef’

Betsy Ross is dedicated to the principle that healthy soils grow healthy plants and these are necessary for healthy livestock, and ultimately,healthy people.

Betsy manages projects for the company, serves as lead consultant for natural land renovation, and leads pasture walks, Field Days, analyzes land for clients, and shares her expertise and what she “observes” happening with plants and soils.She is a sought after speaker at alternative farming events. Betsy holds an MBA from the University of Texas.

Betsy has been a Certified Soil Foodweb Advisor since 2004. In addition to being a founding partner in Sustainable Growth Texas, she operates, with her family, a 530-acre stock farm in eastern Williamson County along the San Gabriel River. The farm is used as a ‘lab site’ for Sustainable Growth Texas work.

Grass-fed finished beef is marketed as Betsy Ross Grass-fed Beef to Peoples Rx Pharmacies, and Greenling Organic Food Delivery in Austin, TX, as well as through the Internet and farm sales. Tenderness, flavor, and consistency are Ross Farm‘s mark of excellence. No corn, hormones, antibiotics, synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides are used in the grass-based production system.


J.R. BuiltaspacerJames Ross Builta (aka “JR”)
Vice-President and Operations Manager, Sustainable Growth Texas, LLC

JR,the company President,is a co-founder of Sustainable Growth Texas and in charge of Operations, Commercial projects as well as lawn care – organically! If you need help fast or answers, JR is the person to call. He has his finger on the pulse of “everything” that’s cooking. JR oversees all aspects of the company: bidding jobs, hiring employees, field applications, equipment, products,and inventory. While all team members are responsible for quality service to our clients, JR makes sure the guidelines get implemented.

In some parts of Texas, JR is still known as “coach” He taught school and coached football and basketball. A graduate of San Angelo State University, JR learned the farming trade through on-the-job experience when he joined Betsy in managing Ross Farm. His wife, Kim Builta, is the company’s CFO.They have 2 children, Lizzie and Kaci.


pic_kimspacerKim Builta
Chief Financial Officer, Sustainable Growth Texas, LLC

Kim earned her BBA in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She brings 20 years of experience in the accounting and auditing field to the company and keeps the team on track. She is responsible for purchasing, contract management, accounting, cash flow, and payroll. On occasion she has been known to go out in a truck when things need to get done so she has also seen the business from the drivers seat. Under her watch, the company has expanded into the Austin and Houston markets.

Her real pride and joy are Lizzie and Kaci. When she isn’t working at the farm, Kim may be found attending track meets or volleyball, basketball, or band concerts.
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Joe David Ross, DVM and Rancher

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (A& M), Rancher and Co-Owner of Sustainable Growth Texas, LLC and Partner of ‘Betsy Ross Grass-fed Beef.’

A recognized leader in Texas agriculture, Joe David remains professionally involved in a host of agricultural issues ranging from water to mohair to goat herd improvement to controlled burning in West Texas. He runs the family ranch in Sutton County, Texas. Joe David is a founding partner in Sustainable Growth Texas and remains involved as visionary leader and teacher.

John St. Pe

John St. Pe works with the Agricultural division Agricultural Operations for Sustainable Growth Texas. He has been with Sustainable Growth Texas for 10 years; He designs, fabricates and maintains our custom equipment.

The Houston Team:

Clay Zdobylak, Thorowgood Braun, Jeff Brandt

Clay Zdobylak, Thorowgood Braun, Jeff Brandt

Clay Zdobylak

Clay is the first responder to your calls in the Houston Area. His main areas of work are Sales (936-232-5739), problem solving and keeping the paper work in the right order. If he doesn’t know the answer, he will find that answer for you. He joined our team November 2015 and is taking Danny’s place. Clay comes to us with a long history/work in the organic growing systems in the Houston area. Welcome, Clay.

Thorowood Broun

Thorowood is our new production/technician and will be scheduling your treatments, making sure your yard is improving. He has been with Sustainable Growth Houston for a few years and has shown he can handle normal as well as unusual happenings in your lawns. He comes with a horticultural background.

Jeff Boult

Jeff is a trained technician in organic soil applications. We welcome Jeff.

The Austin Team:


Hunter Layton

Hunter is in charge of lawn fertility services and commercial and horticulture applications in the Austin area, including scheduling. He is our ‘eyes on the property’ person. With his expertise he often helps the Houston Team as well as the ‘Product’ Team. And, occasionally, he is the ‘Cowboy of the Day’ here at the farm.