Management Team

All of the members of the DeNova Homes management team and staff pride themselves on providing the utmost quality in their work and maintaining a dynamic level of dedication and enthusiasm to anything that adorns the DeNova Homes name.

Dave Sanson — Chief Executive Officer

As the President of DeNova Homes, Inc., Dave Sanson supervises all of the day to day operations and ensures that his commitment to providing complete customer satisfaction is echoed by all of the members of the DeNova management team and staff. In June of this year Dave, along with his wife Lori were inducted into the California Building Industry Associations Hall of Fame.

In 1987, Dave graduated with honors, from the California State University at Chico with a double major in Construction Engineering and Business Administration. Upon graduating, he immediately moved into the position of General Manager with Wood Valley Development, Inc., with responsibilities that ranged from land acquisition to project build out of both multi-family and single family residential projects. Wood Valley brought both success in Dave’s career and the incorporation of his own company, DeNova Homes. Under Dave’s care, knowledge and expertise, the company has grown steadily ever since.

Dave possesses phenomenal skills for management, overseeing three levels of supervision, employees, and numerous subcontractors and varying sized projects. All members of the DeNova team look to Dave for his leadership and experience. His strong yet compassionate personality makes him effective as a teacher and mentor. Dave has cultivated many years of respect from his employees and his business associates alike.

Dave has tremendous vision and is constantly advancing the company and his involvement in the industry to new levels. In 2014 Dave was elected the Chairman of the Board for the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area and will be inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame. Additionally, he maintains an active role on the Board of Directors of HomeAid Northern California, The California Building Industry Association and Advisory Boards for financial institutions.

Ryan Parlett — President

Ryan Parlett has over 18 years of experience and is a proven real estate manager, asset and development professional. He is well versed in complex land planning projects from tight infill projects to hillside development. Ryan successfully participated in acquisitions totaling over $1.5 billion in finished value. Ryan has proven to be a dynamic leader with over 100 employees. Ryan has an entrepreneurial spirit with corporate discipline.

Ryan’s career started out building custom homes throughout Marin County and gradually moved into commercial development. Ryan then migrated back to residential development working for a London based public company and a national public builder. Throughout Ryan’s career he has held the following titles: Superintendent, Project Manager, VP of Development, VP of Operations and Division President.

In 2007 Ryan founded Western Skies Development Co. which focused on acquisition, construction, entitlement and development consulting. He also ventured into the wine industry entitling a new Sonoma County winery as well as participating in the management of vineyards spread across Northern California.

Ryan joined DeNova Homes as VP of Development in 2012 and in 2014 was promoted to President. The future of DeNova Homes continues to be bright under Ryan’s leadership.

Lori Sanson — Executive Vice President

With a family tradition of homebuilding and over 20 years of experience within the industry, Lori Sanson is a respected executive in the Northern California homebuilding industry. A founding member of DeNova Homes, Lori has been involved with nearly every aspect of the business, from operations to sales management. This multitude of talents has served as a solid foundation for her current role as DeNova’s Executive Vice President, where she is responsible for overseeing Sales & Marketing and Property Management, as well as working with DeNova’s legal team on corporate and contract review. She also works closely with Forward Planning, architects and design on product research to ensure DeNova Homes products continue to be the very best. Lori is also on the Board of Directors and very active on the Public Relations and Fundraising Committees for HomeAid Northern California. In June of this year Lori, along with her husband Dave were inducted into the California Building Industry Associations Hall of Fame.

Karen Montero — Chief Financial Officer

By completing all necessary tasks for cost control, software development, loan administration, income tax preparation and overall financial management, Karen’s 25 years of accounting experience have helped create an organized system of financial operations and procedures for the corporate office.

Dana Tsubota — Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Dana is an experienced real estate lawyer with expertise in a wide range of commercial and residential litigation, transactional and land use matters.

Dana received a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2002. During her tenure at USF, she won CALI awards in both Land Use Law and Construction Law, and appeared in " Who’s Who in America Law Schools," 2002 Edition.

A member of several national and regional construction and real estate industry organizations, she has served on the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area’s (BIABA) Board of Directors, the HomeAid Northern California Board of Directors, and the BIABA’s New Gen committee. She served on the East Bay CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Board of Directors as its President Elect and Delegate for 2014, and she is the East Bay CREW President for 2015.

Dana earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law (2002) and her B.A. from the University of California at Davis (1997).

Trent Sanson — Director of Land Acquisition

A third generation homebuilder, Trent is proud to follow in his family’s footsteps in working to "Build a Better Community" through land acquisition, development and new home construction. Over the years Trent has experienced nearly every aspect of the industry; from project construction and supervision to project management and now in his current position of Director of Land Acquisition.

With his Bachelor’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2013 and his current pursuits of an MBA from Saint Mary’s College Trent is building the perfect foundation to bring the most current knowledge and skills of the industry to DeNova Homes.

Joel Crawford — Director of Finance

Joel has 10 years of Real Estate Finance experience across both multifamily and single family industries. He specializes in the development and implementation of tools and analyses to provide improved business insight giving management with the information they need to make quick well informed decisions. In addition he has secured A&D and construction financing on over 20 projects with total commitments over $200MM.

After finishing his MBA from Washington State Joel started his career with Essex Property Trust where he headed the residential budgeting process and developed new tools to identify struggling assets before vacancy became a financial loss. He then joined Discovery Builders in 2009 at the heart of the housing down turn where he managed loan pay down obligation alongside operational cash needs to successfully survive the down turn. Joel joined DeNova in 2014 were he has been an invaluable part of more than doubling the number of closings from 2014 to 2016.

Michael Preston Evans — Director of Forward Planning

Mike brings over 22 yrs. experience in project planning; management in land development and entitlements to DeNova Homes. Raised in a construction family, early on he acquired skills in both residential and commercial/industrial building. While studying at Chabot College he supervised crews and heavy equipment associated with CALTRANS freeway (I-580 / I-680 Interchange and Hwy 24 Reconstruction.

After receiving his degree, he worked with Metropolitan Fiber Systems Network technologies as a Lead Designer / OSP Engineer, where he designed Fiber Optic system, encompassing 88 Mile network, for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (Bart). When MFS was acquired by MCI / WorldComm, he was promoted to Senior Implantation Engineer Manager, responsible for Design, Entitlement, Engineering, Implementation and tracking of construction throughout Western US.

In 2003 Mike made his move to residential development, joining Meritage Homes and later A.D. Seeno Construction Company working in Land Acquisition, Forward Planning and Project Manager for communities throughout Northern California and Nevada. Now, as Director of Forward Planning for DeNova Homes, Mike is responsible for directing and managing all California entitlement and planning functions.

Mike Benson — Director of Site Development

Mike Benson has served in the building industry for over 25 years. He is responsible for maintaining the level of quality that has become a tradition of DeNova products. Mike brings tremendous experience and leadership to DeNova’s team. With involvement in coordinating and scheduling all aspects of site development as well as commanding DeNova’s own crews, Mike’s skill is evident in the finished product DeNova delivers under his care.

Clifton Walker — General Superintendent

Clifton Walker came aboard DeNova Homes in April of 2015. Clifton brings 20 years of management experience of which 15 of these years have been in a leadership capacity.

Clifton has worked with both the largest privately owned homebuilder as well as the largest publicly owned homebuilder in the nation. Each of these environments presented high pressure, high visibility challenges that required creativity, adaptability and flexibility to the ever changing homebuilding industry. Clifton’s coaching style of leadership has enabled him to build, lead and motivate high performance teams with a high emphasis on quality and integrity.

Clifton’s leadership skills bring great value to the DeNova Homes organization as well as to the existing and future DeNova Homeowners.

Cindi Jefferies — Director of Purchasing

Cindi has worked in the Homebuilding industry for over 20 years, working with both large public companies and small private builders. Her background in accounting led her to find her passion in Purchasing and she has never looked back. Cindi is key to our bidding and contracting process; she maintains great relationships with our trade partners, which is imperative to meet DeNova Homes goal of delivering an outstanding Home to each and every homeowner.