- Michael Keston; Larwin Company, Encinco. As president of Larwin since the mid-1970s, Keston has led the evolution of the Larwin Company from a mass-production builder to one that builds smaller projects for diverse customers. With his wife, Linda, he he provided a major endowment to the University of Southern California to establish the California Infrastructure Institute, which is conducting research to help decision makers find policies to accommodate California’s continued growth.
- Randall Lewis; Lewis Operating Corporation, Upland. A 30-year veteran of the real estate industry, Lewis is executive vice president and a principal of Lewis Operating Corp., a member of the Lewis Group of Companies, which is one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate organizations. During the past five years, the company sold its home building operations and now focuses on developing planned communities and building apartments, shopping centers and office and industrial parks. Lewis oversees the marketing activities for all regions of the organization, and his areas of expertise include community development, strategic planning, market research, product design, advertising and sales. He has served as president of the Baldy View Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California and is a life director of NAHB.
- Ian McCarthy; Beazer Homes, Atlanta. Since McCarthy became president of Beazer’s American operations in 1991, Beazer USA has grown from a small Southeastern company to become the sixth largest builder in the nation, with more than $3 billion in revenues and operations in 20 states. McCarthy served as chairman of the National Advisory Board for HomeAid America, the building industry’s charitable arm that provides shelters and transitional housing for the temporarily homeless, and he was instrumental in the national expansion of HomeAid, establishing chapters in many of the states where Beazer builds. He is the first person based outside of California to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
- Robert Rivinius; California Building Industry Association (CBIA), Sacramento. Rivinius is the chief executive officer of the 6,000-member California Building Industry Association. During his 25-year tenure with the association, it has grown from five to 40 employees and is recognized as one of the leading trade associations in California. CBIA’s governmental affairs efforts promote building enough new homes and apartments to house the state’s growing population and oppose “dream-killer” bills that limit residential production and drive up housing costs. CBIA’s home building trade show, PCBC, has become one of the 160 largest trade shows in the nation.
- Stan Ross, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, Los Angeles. Ross is chairman of the board and a senior fellow at the Lusk Center and is a pre-eminent expert in strategic planning for real estate companies, with expertise in mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. He has restructured dozens of companies; was involved in the initial organization of the Resolution Trust Corporation, which solved the nation’s savings and loan crisis in the 1980s and '90s; and was a member of the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, which sets the auditing rules for the profession. Along with his wife, Marilyn, he endowed the nation’s only comprehensive minority real estate development training program — The Ross Minority Program in Real Estate — which is aimed at educating students to revitalize inner-city neighborhoods.
- Stephen Schott; Citation Homes Central, Santa Clara; and Oakland Athletics Baseball Company, Oakland. During his 40-year career in the industry, Schott has been involved in building more than 30,000 homes, working for a number of major home builders until he and three partners formed their own land development and home building company, Citation Builders, in 1977. Ten years later, Schott bought out his partners and renamed the firm Citation Homes Central, where he is president, chief executive officer and owner. Citation is now one of the largest home builders in California, with operations in the Bay Area and San Joaquin Valley. In 1995 Schott and a partner purchased the Oakland A’s Baseball Company. As the managing partner, Schott has helped transform the A’s from mediocrity in the early 1990s to American League Western Division championships in 2000, 2002 and 2003. A strong supporter of education, Schott and his wife, Pat, founded the Home Run Readers program, which is designed to stimulate reading and promote the importance of literacy in Bay Area elementary, middle and high schools.
Full coverage of PCBC, which is being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco June 15-18, will start in the June 28 issue of NBN online.