Board of Directors

  • LARRY A. MIZEL

    • Chairman of the Board

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Larry A. Mizel founded the Company in 1972 and has served as a Director and Chairman of the Board since its inception. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company in 1988, a position he currently holds. Mr. Mizel has provided the Company with leadership and judgment, serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, while advancing the long-term interests of the Company's shareholders. One of the most experienced leaders in the homebuilding industry, his knowledge and foresight provide the Board with invaluable guidance.

  • DAVID D. MANDARICH

    President and Chief Operating Officer

    David D. Mandarich has been associated with the Company since 1977. He was elected President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company in 1999, a position he currently holds. He previously had been elected Chief Operating Officer in 1996, Co-Chief Operating Officer in 1994 and Executive Vice President Real Estate in 1993. He was a Director from 1980 until 1989, and has been a Director continuously since 1994. A skilled and experienced leader in the homebuilding industry, Mr. Mandarich provides the Board with the benefit of his judgment and his knowledge and understanding of the Company's homebuilding business and operations.

  • RAYMOND T. BAKER

    • Independent Director

    Independent Director

    Raymond T. Baker has served as President of Gold Crown Management Company, a real estate asset management company from 1978 to present. He is the founder and has served as Co-Director of the Gold Crown Foundation since 1986. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of Alpine Banks of Colorado and Land Title Guarantee Company. Mr. Baker is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District and Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Football Stadium District (Denver). From 2004 until 2007, he served as a director of Central Parking Corporation. He has over thirty-five years experience in the real estate and banking industries. Mr. Baker became a member of the Company's Board of Directors in 2012. His experience and knowledge of the real estate and banking industries directly complement and support the Company's real estate activities and the financing of those activities.

  • MICHAEL A. BERMAN

    • Independent Director

    Independent Director

    Michael A. Berman has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He is a member of Applied Capital Management, a private investment management firm located in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has served as its chairman from 2002 to date. From 2005 to 2006, he also served as the CEO of First Ascent Capital, a financial services firm located in New York. From 2006 until 2008, he served as President and CEO of Real Estate Equity Exchange, Inc. (Rex & Co.), a financial services firm located in San Francisco, California. From 1990 to 1999, Mr. Berman was employed by The Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. (Tokyo) group of companies, where he held several senior executive positions, including that of President and CEO of Nomura Holding America, Inc. and Chairman of Capital America, Nomura's commercial real estate lending subsidiary. In 2006, Mr. Berman became a Director of the Company and, that year, he was appointed a director of HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation, the Company's wholly owned mortgage lending subsidiary. Mr. Berman's experience as a senior executive in corporate finance, in general, and the residential mortgage market, in particular, provide the Company with a valuable resource.

  • DAVID E. BLACKFORD

    • Independent Director

    Independent Director

    David E. Blackford has over 35 years’ experience in the banking industry. He is employed by California Bank & Trust (CB&T), a leading California banking institution and a division of ZB, N.A. Between 1998 and 2001, he was the CB&T’s managing director, serving on the board of directors and the Senior Loan Committee for Real Estate Finance. In 2001, he was appointed chairman, president and chief executive officer of CB&T, positions he currently holds. He also is an executive vice president of Zions Bancorporation, the parent company of ZB, N.A. Prior to 1998, he served as an executive officer in several financial institutions, including Bank One and Valley National Bank. He joined the Company's Board of Directors in 2001. His experience and knowledge of historic and current institutional real estate lending practices, the regulatory process and the volatility of the credit markets provide a unique perspective to the Board.

  • HERBERT T. BUCHWALD

    • Independent Director
    • Lead Director

    Lead Independent Director

    Herbert T. Buchwald is a principal in the law firm of Herbert T. Buchwald, P.A. and President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of BPR Management Corporation, a property management company located in Denver, Colorado, positions he has held for more than the past five years. Mr. Buchwald has been engaged in the acquisition, development and management of residential and commercial real estate in Florida, New Jersey and Colorado, through both publicly and privately held ventures for more than forty years. As an attorney, he has been admitted to practice before federal and state trial and appellate courts in Florida and Colorado. In addition, he holds an accounting degree and formerly was a practicing Certified Public Accountant. He has been a member of the Company's Board of Directors since 1994. The combination of his knowledge, experience and skills provide the Company with strong oversight of accounting, financial, regulatory and legal matters, as well as the operation of the Company's real estate businesses.

  • LESLIE B. FOX

    • Independent Director

    Independent Director

    Leslie B. Fox has served in an executive capacity at multiple companies in the real estate industry. Most recently, she was the Chief Operating Officer of Invitation Homes, the largest owner/operator of single family housing rentals in the United States. Under Ms. Fox's leadership at Invitation Homes, the portfolio grew to 50,000 homes under management. Before that, Ms. Fox served as the Chief Operating Officer of American Residential Communities, the largest manufactured housing community operator and owner in the United States, and as the Executive Vice President of the affordable housing division at Equity Residential. Ms. Fox also has served as an independent consultant in the real estate sector, with clients including Mercy Housing and the Denver Housing Authority. Currently, Ms. Fox is serving on the Endowment Board for Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

    Ms. Fox holds a J.D. and M.B.A from the University of Denver and a B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado, graduating Beta Gamma Sigma. Throughout her career she has served on key industry councils, including the National Multi-Family Housing Council and the Commercial Mortgage Securitization Council.

  • COURTNEY L. MIZEL

    Director

    Courtney L. Mizel is a Principal at Mizel Consulting where she has worked for over 20 years.  In this role, Ms. Mizel advises companies in various industries on matters relating to business management and strategy, including operations, business development, marketing, as well as legal matters. She is also a Founding Director of The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, an organization dedicated to preventing terrorism through education, empowerment, and engagement.  Ms. Mizel is involved in a number of non-profit activities, including serving on the Boards of Directors of Zimmer Children's Museum, Sharsheret National, and JQ International. Ms. Mizel received her Bachelor of Science in Economics with honors from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.  She is the daughter of the Company's Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Larry A. Mizel and joined the Company's Board of Directors in 2017. Her legal and business achievements and diverse yet highly relevant experiences provide the Board with enhanced business, operational, governance and legal perspectives.

  • PARIS G. REECE III

    • Independent Director

    Independent Director

    Paris G. Reece III was formerly the Company's Chief Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer, and retired in 2008. Since his retirement, Mr. Reece has performed consulting work and served in a volunteer position as the President of the Cancer League of Colorado, a leading non-profit organization that was established almost 50 years ago to raise money for cancer research and patient care. Mr. Reece became a member of the Company's Board of Directors in 2013. As a Certified Public Accountant (Texas, non-practicing), a former Chief Financial Officer and a highly respected person within the homebuilding industry, Mr. Reece is uniquely qualified to provide the Company with strong oversight of accounting and financial matters, as well as the operation of the Company's homebuilding and financial services businesses.

  • DAVID SIEGEL

    • Independent Director

    Independent Director

    David Siegel has been a partner in the law firm of Irell & Manella LLP for more than twenty-five years, where he leads that firm's securities litigation practice and formerly was the firm's Managing Partner. Mr. Siegel's law practice, for which he is nationally recognized, is concentrated on securities class actions, corporate governance, risk management, SEC reporting standards and regulatory compliance. Mr. Siegel has chaired and is a frequent speaker at various seminars on securities litigation, class actions, and trial techniques. He has been named by his peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in Commercial Litigation" in The Best Lawyers in America guide. Mr. Siegel has been a member of the Company's Board of Directors since 2009. Mr. Siegel's knowledge and experience in corporate governance and litigation matters provide the Company with significant guidance and oversight.