Landsea Homes Story
Driven by a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Landsea Homes designs and builds master-planned communities and homes throughout the nation that reflect modern living—inspired spaces and features, built in vibrant, prime locations where they connect seamlessly with their surroundings.
Landsea Homes Corporation (Nasdaq: LSEA) is a publicly traded residential homebuilder based in Newport Beach, CA that designs and builds best-in-class homes and sustainable master-planned communities in some of the nations most desirable markets. The company has developed homes and communities in New York, Boston, New Jersey, Arizona, and throughout California in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County.
Live in Your Element
What does it mean to live in your element? It begins with the acknowledgment that home is the most important place there is. It should be everything we can imagine, and more.
At Landsea Homes, we believe that all of the expertise, innovation and care that go into designing and building your new home should be felt and sensed at first sight, and for decades to come. The harmony between the outside environment, and the inside livability. The form, and the function. The beauty, and the brains. From the moment you enter, it should feel like a celebration of life and space.
Living in your element, therefore, is what happens when your home and its surroundings change the way you live, work and play.
Led by a team of industry professionals who possess years of experience and deep expertise in our local markets, we exist to make a positive impact on the lives of our homebuyers, employees and all stakeholders, beginning with the acknowledgment that homes and communities are more than just structures and developments—they are the single most important place in life.
John Ho has served as Landsea Homes’ Chief Executive Officer and Director since 2013. Prior to forming Landsea Homes, Ho spent 10 years in real estate investment and development at Colliers International and Jones Lang LaSalle. He served as Director at Jones Lang LaSalle from 2011 to 2013, leading the firm in cross-border business development and delivering transactional, consultancy and other integrated real estate services to outbound Chinese businesses investing overseas. Ho received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Mike Forsum serves as Landsea Homes’ President and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Landsea Homes in 2016, Forsum spent seven years in private equity as a partner specializing in residential real estate investing and co-founded Starwood Land Ventures in 2008, an affiliated company of Starwood Capital Group Global. He has spent more than 30 years in the homebuilding industry as a senior level executive, leading homebuilding operations at KB Homes, serving as Division President of Ryland Homes, and as West Region President and a member of the North American leadership team at Taylor Woodrow/Morrison. Forsum is on the National Board of Directors for HomeAid America and received his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University.
Franco Tenerelli has served as Landsea Homes’ Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary since 2016. He previously served as Regional Counsel for Toll Brothers, a publicly traded homebuilder, from 2013 to 2016, managing the company’s legal affairs for the western region and and helping guide the successful acquisition and integration of Shapell Homes. Prior to Toll Brothers, he was a lawyer with Holland & Knight LLP, where he served as counsel to a variety of public and private companies. Tenerelli received a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a JD degree from Loyola Law School, and he is currently completing an MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Scott Reed has served as a Director of Landsea Homes since 2020, following the company’s business combination with LF Capital Acquisition Corp. Reed has over 20 years in the financial services and strategic consulting industries and is the Chief Executive Officer of LF Capital Acquisition Corp. He is also the co-founder of BankCap Partners, a private equity firm that focuses on investments in the U.S. commercial banking space, and he has served as a Partner and Director since 2006. Reed received his bachelor’s degrees in Commerce and History from the University of Virginia and his MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar.
Elias Farhat has served as a Director of Landsea Homes since 2020, following the company’s business combination with LF Capital Acquisition Corp. Farhat has been a member of LF Capital Acquisition Corp.’s Board of Directors since 2017 and is the Chief Strategy Officer for Candriam Investors Group, an asset management company with over $140 billion under management. From 2003 to 2016, he was a Partner of Capital E, a private equity and real estate firm. He was also the Founder and Managing Partner of Velocity Advisors, a private equity advisory, and a former Vice President and Partner at Bain & Company, where he spent 12 years as a management consultant across Europe, the US and Latin America. Farhat is a graduate of Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales in Paris.
Tim Chang has served as a Director of Landsea Homes since January 2021. Chang has over 26 years of experience as a private practice lawyer in the areas of corporate governance, commercial transactions, real estate and nonprofit laws, and he has been a partner at Musick Peeler & Garrett, LLP since 2011. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for First Commercial Bank and on the Board of Trustees for the University of the West in the United States, as well as on the Board of Directors for both Hotai Shinyeh Co. Ltd. and Chang Yuan Motor Co. Ltd. in Taiwan. Previously, he was on the Board of Directors for Hotai Motor Co. Ltd. (TPE: 2207). Chang received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a JD from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Ming (Martin) Tian
Mr. Tian founded the ultimate parent company of Landsea Holdings Corporation, Landsea Group Co., Ltd. (Landsea Group) in 2001 in China, and is now the company's largest shareholder. He also holds the titles of chairman and president of Landsea Group and one of its subsidiaries, Landsea Green Properties Co., Ltd. Under Mr. Tian’s leadership, Landsea Group’s assets have grown from a registered capital investment of $1.5 million (at incorporation) to a total asset value exceeding $3.7 billion.
Qin (Joanna) Zhou
Ms. Zhou has over 20 years of experience in real estate business development, investment and operational leadership. She joined Landsea Green Properties Co., Ltd. in 2002 and served as the regional general manager in multiple locations, such as Nanjing, Suzhou and Shanghai. Ms. Zhou led Landsea Group’s global strategic deployment while serving as the assistant to the chairman, general manager of Shanghai Landsea Architecture Technology Co., Ltd. and general manager of Landsea Architecture Design Institute.
Mr. Miller has over 20 years of experience in real estate transactions, entitlements and related litigation in California and out of state. Mr. Miller’s practice involves a range of real estate and development activities, with a skill set that addresses a wide variety of issues that confront real estate developers, owners and builders. Mr. Miller is currently a partner at the law firm Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP in San Francisco, California.
Mr. Miller received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
Tom J. Hartfield
Mr. Hartfield has over 30 years of investment banking experience, much of it in the building products, home building and real estate sectors. He was a senior advisor at Annascaul Advisors LLC in New York. Prior to that, he was managing director of the Homebuilding and Building Products Group at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin. From 1982 to 2001, Mr. Hartfield was a managing director and partner at Dillon Read & Co. and its successor firm, UBS, where he was a senior member of the Homebuilding and Building Products Group. His clients included Meritage Homes, Ryland and KB Homes.
Mr. Frank served as a senior partner within the assurance service line of Ernst & Young LLP’s real estate practice from April 1997 to June 2014. Since July 2014, Mr. Frank has served as a member of the Board of Directors of American Realty Capital Partners, Inc. (ARCP) and as a member of its Audit Committee. Mr. Frank has also served as a member of ARCP’s Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since February 2015. Also, in February 2015, Mr. Frank was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of ACRE Realty Investors Inc.
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