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Our Story

Modern Way to Coast in Southern California
Modern Way to Coast in Southern California
Golden Gate Bridge in Northern California
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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Pierce Boston Views

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 is a California-based homebuilding operation with communities and homes in the U.S., Germany and China. We build a variety of home types that fit the diverse wants and needs of today’s homebuyers:

  • Suburban single-family detached and attached homes
  • Urban mid- & high-rise homes
  • Master-planned communities

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.

Building Green

Although it is a common refrain these days, sustainability means more to Landsea Homes than lip service. It is the defining characteristic of our parent company, which pioneered the use of environmentally conscious building materials and geothermal technology, high-performance windows, air and water filtration systems and other advancements that contribute to healthier and more enjoyable living. We have a deep respect for the shared environment of the communities we create, and it manifests itself in the meticulous thought we put into the balance of the inside and outside environments.

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.

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John Ho

Chief Executive Officer | Board Member

As CEO, John is responsible for managing all U.S. operations. John focuses on acquisitions, development and sales of residential properties and value-added services in the United States.

Mike Forsum

President and Chief Operating Officer

Mike, as Chief Operating Officer, Corporate for Landsea Holdings Corporation, is responsible for overseeing the company’s US and Corporate operations. He also assists in the development of the company’s overall strategic initiatives, while providing guidance and support on the integration of the company’s domestic and international business.

Franco Tenerelli

Chief Legal Officer

Franco Tenerelli is Chief Legal Officer for Landsea. He is responsible for the company’s legal matters in the United States and oversees Landsea’s transactional, litigation, corporate and risk management initiatives.

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.

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. 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.


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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