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Our Story

Modern Way to Coast in Southern California
Modern Way to Coast in Southern California
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Golden Gate Bridge in Northern California
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Scenic New York City Metro
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Desert Landscape of Arizona
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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 nation’s most desirable markets. The company has developed homes and communities in New York, Boston, New Jersey, Arizona, Florida, Texas and throughout California in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County. Landsea Homes was named the 2022 winner of the prestigious Builder of the Year award, presented by BUILDER magazine, in recognition of a historical year of transformation.

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.

Our Team

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

Chief Executive Officer | Board Member

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

President and Chief Operating Officer

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

Chief Legal Officer

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, a JD degree from Loyola Law School, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Chris Porter

Chief Financial Officer

Chris has more than 30 years of diverse experience in corporate finance in both public and private equity settings across multiple industries, including commercial real estate, senior housing, defense contracting and banking/finance sectors. In 2013, Chris joined senior housing real estate developer Silverstone Healthcare Company, as President and Chief Financial Officer. He was instrumental in growing the company to include nine luxury developments, and was successful in raising approximately $1 billion in debt and equity. During his tenure, he also oversaw all accounting, reporting, finance, human resources, liquidity and asset management functions.

Dilliana Stewart

Chief Accounting Officer

Dilliana Stewart has served as Landsea Homes’ Chief Accounting Officer since 2022. She has over 20 years of experience in the industry, with an extensive and diverse SEC and technical accounting background. Stewart previously served as Vice President of Technical Accounting and Financial Reporting at Invited, Inc. Prior to that position, she was Senior Director of SEC and Financial Reporting at Green Brick Partners, Inc. Stewart received a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University.

Ming (Martin) Tian

Chairman of the Board

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.

Susan Lattmann

Board Member

Currently serving as CFO for The Row, an international privately held luxury apparel retailer, Lattmann provides strategic value to the principal investors. Previously, she worked for Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. for more than 23 years, where she held several roles including CFO and CAO, leading many areas including real estate, finance, merchandise operations, and information technology, among others. Lattmann was instrumental in the Company’s enterprise-wide strategy to enhance margin and improve profit through cost reductions. She began her professional career with Arthur Andersen, and held progressive roles including Audit Manager during her tenure, auditing public and private companies in the consumer products, gaming and financial industries.

Mollie Fadule

Board Member

Fadule is currently the Chief Financial and Investment officer at JPI, a developer, builder and investment manager with a track record spanning 100,000 units and $15 billion in multifamily development across the US. She is also a Founder and Partner of Cephas Partners, a private equity firm specializing in alternative investments with a primary focus on real estate related opportunities. Since 2015, she has invested in and advised multiple companies bringing new technologies to the real estate and construction industries. Prior to co-founding Cephas Partners, Fadule was a Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Real Estate Principal Investments group in New York. She previously served on the Global CREW Network Board, serving over 11,000 women in commercial real estate.

Elias Farhat

Board Member

Elias Farhat serves as the Executive Chairman of LF Capital Acquisition Corp. II’s Board of Directors. Elias is the former Chief Strategy Officer and member of the Group Strategic Committee and Executive Committee of Candriam Investors Group, an asset management firm with more than $175 billion in assets under management. Previously, Elias served as a Partner of Capital E Advisors, Inc, a private equity and real estate firm. He was also the Founder and Managing Partner of Velocity Advisors, a private equity advisory firm. For 12 years, Mr. Farhat served in various management consultancy positions at Bain & Company, including as a Vice President and Partner for 4 years. While at Bain, Elias also led its Private Equity Group’s activities in the Southern United States.

Qin (Joanna) Zhou

Board Member

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.

Robert Miller

Board Member

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

Board Member

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.

Bruce Frank

Board Member

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. He served as a member of the board of directors of VEREIT, Inc. from July 2014 through March 2017 and was a member of its Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Frank also served as a member of the board of directors of ACRE Realty Investors Inc. from October 2014 through October 2017 and was a member of its Audit and Compensation Committees. Currently, Mr. Frank serves on the boards and chairs the audit committees of Morgan Stanley Direct Lending Fund and SL Investment Corp.

Careers

There are jobs—and then there are careers. The kind of work that is more meaningful, with opportunities to challenge yourself, use your highly valued skills and experience, and surround yourself with talented, motivated people. That’s the kind of work you can expect at Landsea Homes. If that’s something you’re looking for, come join us.

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