Michael Maples Co-Founder
Michael Maples has been a Managing Member of Trumark Companies and related entities since he founded the firm in 1988. Known for his clear vision, leadership and problem solving skills, Michael’s passion for building an enduring brand and creating sustainable communities has helped spur the success of Trumark’s family of companies.
Mr. Maples earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University. He also received a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Biola University and as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hume Lake Ministries.
Gregg Nelson Co-Founder
Gregg Nelson is a Managing Member of Trumark Companies and related entities, a position he’s held since he founded the firm in 1988. His career spans more than 35 years in the construction, development and real estate investment arenas. Together with Co-founder Michael Maples, his leadership and passion have led to the creation and growth of a multifaceted, enduring real estate enterprise. Mr. Nelson is known for his creativity, financial engineering and deal structure prowess.
Mr. Nelson graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and completed an MBA program at Santa Clara University.
Tony Bosowski Division President, Northern California
Tony Bosowski oversees all operations in the region, including land acquisition, entitlement, purchasing, construction and sales. A real estate veteran and leader in the industry, he has a proven track record of developing teams, executing results and growing businesses by building and managing high-performing, focused and results-oriented teams.
Before joining Trumark Homes, Mr. Bosowski most recently spent six years as the president of JKM Development, a full-service real estate development, management and investment group in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to JKM, he served as the Northern California division president of The Olson Company, where he was responsible for managing all core business functions and ultimately grew the division over 300 percent. Mr. Bosowski has also held the positions of chief financial officer for Patriot Homes and the director of real estate finance for The Walt Disney Company.
Mr. Bosowski earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a licensed contractor in the state of California.
Richard Douglass Division President, Southern California
With a multi-faceted real estate career spanning more than 30 years, Richard Douglass oversees all operations of Trumark Homes’ Southern California Division. He has led organizations that have constructed more than 10,000 homes – from entry level to multi-million dollar products including high-rise development – with revenues well in excess of $3billion. Prior to joining Trumark Homes, Mr. Douglass most recently headedRyland Homes’ operations in Southern California and previously was Southern CaliforniaDivision President for Centex Homes.
Mr. Douglass is an integralmember of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, where herecently held a position on the Governance Committee and also served as thePresident for the Orange County Chapter in 2004. For his commitment to thecommunity beyond the building industry, he received the “Spirit of Life” Awardfrom The City of Hope and the “Good Scout” Award from the Boy Scouts ofAmerica.
A native of San Clemente, Mr.Douglass received his Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science fromCalifornia State University, Long Beach. Richard also attended Orange CoastCollege, where he graduated from the school’s Construction Technology andApplied Mathematics program.
Jason Kliewer Partner, Chief Investment Officer
Jason Kliewer has a deep background in real estate acquisition and neighborhood design. He is responsible for all aspects of Trumark Homes’ land acquisition, neighborhood planning and entitlement processing.
Mr. Kliewer was instrumental in Trumark Homes’ 1995 expansion into Southern California and his experience has proven vital to the company’s land acquisition activities. An attorney by training, Mr. Kliewer became President of Trumark Companies in June 2002 after four successful years of heading land acquisition activities as Vice President.
Prior to joining Trumark, Mr. Kliewer worked at the law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP in San Diego. Mr. Kliewer received a J.D. degree from Pepperdine University School of Law where he was a member of the Pepperdine Law Review. Additionally, Mr. Kliewer received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
John Willsie General Counsel
John Willsie brings more than 20 years of legal experience and an emphasis in transactional real estate, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, debt and equity financing, zoning and land use to his role as General Counsel for Trumark. Mr. Willsie is responsible for all of Trumark’s legal matters including the structuring of transactions, construction contracting, employment matters, risk management and insurance programs.
Prior to joining Trumark, Mr. Willsie served as the Vice President and Corporate Counsel for Seecon Financial and Construction, one of the largest privately-owned residential development and construction companies in Northern California. He has also held positions as a partner with Real Estate Law Group, LLP, and as an associate with Greene, Radovsky, Maloney & Share.
Mr. Willsie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Occidental College. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Mr. Willsie is a member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Nevada (inactive), Contra Costa County Bar Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Christopher Davenport Senior Vice President
Christopher Davenport oversees all land development aspects of each Trumark Homes project and is responsible for project leadership administration and development. He also works closely with the Acquisitions Department to ensure contract terms support each unique entitlement opportunity.
Mr. Davenport joined Trumark in 2003 and served as Vice President of Land Development during which he was principally responsible for project entitlements. Most recently, he was the Bay Area Project Manager for Ryland Homes of Northern California, where he managed numerous communities through all phases of development and construction.
A San Francisco Bay Area native, he studied history and construction management at San Jose State University.
Kim Diamond Development Director
Kim Diamond is Development Director for Trumark Urban and has been involved in the Bay Area real estate industry since 1998. The multifamily veteran specializes in sourcing and underwriting land acquisitions and securing project entitlements for condominium and rental development projects. Ms. Diamond received her Master of Arts in Urban Planning at the University of California at Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, with a concentration in urban design and planning. She serves on the board of the Urban Land Institute’s San Francisco District Council. Kim is also a member of Lambda Alpha International, the former chair of the Green Working Group for the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area and a current board member for Lao Family Services, a social services organization focused on immigrant communities.
Jessie Stuart Development Manager
As a Development Associate, Jessie Stuart works on the entitlement and acquisition efforts for Trumark Urban. Jessie has a background working in acquisitions, finance, and project management for real estate development firms in London, Sydney, and San Diego. She studied Finance at the University of Oregon and completed a certificate in Urban Planning and Development from UCSD. In addition, she earned a Masters in Sustainability and Construction Management from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Jessie is a member of the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Group and an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
Paul Gryfakis VP of Land Acquisition
Paul Gryfakis comes to Trumark Urban with nearly fifteen years of high-rise/mid-rise commercial and residential experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. As Project Director, Paul leads the effort to ensure projects are constructed with the quality inherent in a Trumark Urban product and contains the latest technological improvements. In addition, Mr. Gryfakis manages the preconstruction and construction budgets and schedules. As a graduate of California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, Paul is an adept communicator and collaborates well with designers, architects and engineers throughout all project phases.
Kevin Bixler Land Acquisitions Manager
As Land Acquisitions Manager, Kevin Bixler leads the effort to identify, evaluate and pursue new opportunities for the Trumark Urban Development Team. His ambition to drive growth through the strategic acquisition of land in San Francisco has proven to be an invaluable asset to the team. As a graduate of the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, his foundation in the fundamentals of finance, economics and market analysis is key to the valuation and negotiation process. Mr. Bixler is a Bay Area native and an active Young Leader of the Urban Land Institute.
Brian Steele Senior Vice President of Land Acquisition
With more than 17 years of experience in the homebuilding industry, Brian Steele specializes in strategic land acquisition throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining Trumark Homes, Mr. Steele served in senior acquisition roles with D.R. Horton, The Hanover Company and Robson Homes.
Mr. Steele’s acquisition efforts have contributed over 3,000 new homes for Bay Area families, generating division revenues in excess of $1 billion.
Mr. Steele earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University, Hayward and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Susan Lindquist Vice President Community Development
Based in the Newport Beach office of Trumark Homes, Susan Lindquist brings over 30 years of real estate development and homebuilding experience to Trumark Communities. As Vice President Community Development, she manages all aspects of community planning, entitlements and land development.
Prior to joining Trumark, Susan held senior development positions with The True Life Companies, Cook Hill Properties, Centex Homes and Greystone Homes. She has been responsible for the successful entitlement effort of some of the largest and most controversial land development projects in Southern California, including the Montebello Hills Specific Plan, Tustin Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) and Hawks Pointe. Her expertise includes managing development projects which cross jurisdictional boundaries, requiring multi-jurisdictional coordination and cooperation; involve affordable housing, development and school mitigation agreements and require multiple layers of permitting and approvals.
A Southern California native, Ms. Lindquist graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and has completed post-graduate work at the University of California, Irvine.
Garrett Hinds Director of Architecture
Garrett Hinds has been the Director of Architecture at Trumark Homes since 2000 overseeing all architectural programming, site planning, home design, amenity design and landscape design. Trumark sold 550 homes in California in 2017. Developments over the past 18 years include for-rent apartments, mixed-use developments, high- and mid-rise towers, for-sale condominiums, townhomes and single-family detached master plan communities including clubhouse amenities. Trumark Homes has been honored with Gold Nugget Awards at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference four years in a row, including Master Plan Community of the Year in 2017 for Wallis Ranch in Dublin, California. Garrett was formerly a Certified Planner with the American Planning Association, a Land Planner at Dahlin Group Architects, Danielian Associates, EDAW Inc. and POD/Sasaki. Garrett has a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, class of 1988.
Danielle Butler Development Associate
Danielle Butler provides support to the entire Development Team, with specific focus on construction management support. She comes to Trumark Urban with several years of experience in real estate development, having worked for BRIDGE Housing Corporation in San Francisco, one of the top affordable housing developers in California. Prior to her work at BRIDGE, Danielle relocated to California from Ohio, where she was an integral part of a team focused on revitalizing depressed urban neighborhoods in the City of Cincinnati. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Xavier University and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Phillip Wagner Vice President of Land Acquisition
Based in the Newport Beach office of Trumark Homes, Phillip Wagner is responsible for all aspects of land development for the firm including sourcing, underwriting and entitling new land development opportunities.
Prior to joining Trumark, Mr. Wagner worked at Lennar Homes of California where was involved in various aspects of the business including the acquisition and development of over $350 million in assets, finance, project management and special corporate projects. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wagner worked in the Silicon Valley as a Global Strategy Manager in the Office of the CEO at Oracle Corporation, collaborating on some of the first transactions for large technology purchases on the Internet as well as initial business-to-business exchanges for Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Wagner has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Santa Clara University, where he was on scholarship as a student-athlete on the NCAA football team and an Honor’s Program graduate, and Master’s degree in business from The Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Wagner is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Eric Nelson Vice President of Land Management
Eric Nelson is responsible for overseeing the land development process at Trumark Homes, including entitlement, budgets, schedules and project management of residential communities with a long-term goal of obtaining city approvals.
Mr. Nelson’s background in due diligence, land planning and entitlement processing spans nearly two decades. He has secured approvals for thousands of residential units and millions of square feet of commercial and mixed-use space. Prior to joining Trumark, Mr. Nelson was the Vice President of Entitlements at Red Mountain Retail Group.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from University of the Pacific. In addition to his roles and responsibilities at Trumark Homes, Mr. Nelson participates on several boards and committees and belongs to the following professional organizations:
T.H.I.N.K Together – Board of Directors
Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce Development Task Force
Marvale Revitalization Corporation (Phoenix) – Board Member
City of Phoenix – Camelback Core Streetscape Committee
Builders Industry Association – Government Affairs Committee
ULI Education Committee – Past Member
Urban Land Institute
American Planning Institute
Building Industry Association
International Council of Shopping Centers
United States Green Building Council
Ron Winter Principal
Ron Winter is Principal of Trumark Commercial and has been in the real estate business since 1978. In his career, Mr. Winter has developed over 5.2 million square feet of R&D, office and industrial properties in the greater Bay Area. He successfully completed many of Northern California’s most popular places to work, such as Marathon Business Park and Mission Falls Business Park in Fremont and Shoreline Technology Park in Mountain View. Since forming a partnership with Trumark, Mr. Winter has spearheaded the firm’s entry into commercial development and is the primary point-of-contact for Trumark Commercial. Mr. Winter graduated from Fresno State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Laura O'Brien Controller
Mike McGinn Vice President of Land Acquisition
Based in Trumark’s Newport Beach office, Mike McGinn is responsible for all aspects of land acquisition including sourcing, underwriting, negotiation and closing new deals.
Prior to joining Trumark, Mr. McGinn worked at K. Hovnanian Homes where he oversaw Land Acquisition in Southern California and acquired over 1,200 lots. He also helped arrange $200 million in financing via joint ventures, land banks, and construction loans. He brings significant real estate experience from various transactional and financial roles at Pulte Group (Centex, Pulte, and Del Webb), Longview Investment Properties, AIG Global Investment Group and Pacific Coast Capital Partners.
Mr. McGinn has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from California State University Fullerton where he graduated Cum Laude. He earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a fellowship recipient and graduated Cum Laude. Mr. McGinn is also a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of California.
Joe Martin Vice President of Land Development
Based in Trumark’s Newport Beach office, Joe Martin is responsible for overseeing all aspects of land development, including obtaining plan approvals and permits for new residential communities, negotiating contracts with third-party consultants and performing due diligence for all potential land acquisitions. He brings significant finance expertise to his position in real estate development.
In his previous roles, Mr. Martin has managed complex projects through various stages of feasibility, land development estimating, purchasing, scheduling, budgeting and construction. Through his robust real estate experience, he has held roles at companies such as K. Hovnanian Companies, William Lyon Homes and Centex Homes.
Mr. Martin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Regional Planning and Development from the University of Southern California.
Carola Cherief Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Based in Trumark’s Newport Beach office, Carola Cherief is responsible for all aspects of Sales and Marketing for the Southern California Division of Trumark Homes.
Mrs. Cherief has over two decades’ experience in the homebuilding industry, where she has worked both nationally and internationally. She began her career in the French division of KB Homes, Kaufman and Broad SA, where she held various sales positions including Sales Counselor, International Sales Manager and Vice President of Sales. As International Sales Manager, she spearheaded a project for the first French builder to introduce sales of Parisian condominiums abroad in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei and Israel. Carola moved with KB Homes to California in 2002 and has since held senior sales and marketing management roles for both public and private builders including Centex Homes, Ryland Homes, K Hovnanian Homes and Kalia Homes, a luxury builder based in Costa Rica.
Mrs. Cherief is an active member of the Building Industry Association’s Greater Sales and Marketing Council (GSMC) and was a previous Board Member of the Orange County chapter of Building Industry Association. She has a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attended graduate school in Geneva, Switzerland at the Graduate Institute of International Relations. Mrs. Cherief is also fluent in both Spanish and French.