Names in the News

Lora Heramb, vice president of sales and marketing for Brookfield Homes, has been inducted into the San Diego Building Industry Hall of Fame.

“Lora is a trusted, respected, valued member of the Brookfield Homes team and an asset to the industry in general,” said President Steve Doyle. “Her creative vision can be seen in Brookfield Homes neighborhoods throughout San Diego and Riverside counties.”

After retiring from Brookfield Homes in 2001 and working as an independent real estate consultant, Heramb returned to the Del Mar-based company in 2007 to her original senior level position. Since then, she has focused on reducing inventory from the company’s existing neighborhoods as well as on planning and product development for The Foothills, Brookfield’s new master-planned community in Carlsbad.

Heramb first entered the field in 1969 after obtaining a real estate degree from San Diego State University. In addition to her tenure at Brookfield Homes, Heramb also has worked for Leadership Housing Systems, Inc., Christopher Homes, Donald L. Bren Company and California Pacific Homes.

Married for 35 years with two grown daughters, Heramb also has served multiple years as president of the College Lutheran Church Preschool, and as a volunteer for the past 30 years with the Women’s Guild of the Home of Guiding Hands.

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Richard Bach has been appointed vice chair of the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

Bach is a senior vice president with Turner Construction Company, where he oversees the company’s Southwest Region, which includes offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Combined, these offices perform more than $700 million in construction annually.

Bach is also on the Board of Directors of the ACE Mentorship Program, and the Building Industry Association Urban Council; and the Board of Advisors of The Englekirk Center at Jacobs School for Engineering at UC San Diego.

The Downtown San Diego Partnership is a privately funded, non-profit with a mission to advance downtown San Diego as the leading economic, cultural and governmental center of the region.

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Beth Ward has joined Edgewood Partners Insurance Center as a senior principal in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Ward brings 20 years of experience in real estate and construction risk management, as well as expertise in the design, marketing and management of complex insurance programs to EPIC, a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage.

Ward specializes in the construction and real estate sectors, with an emphasis on the insurance and risk management needs of property owners, managers and developers.

Prior to joining EPIC, Ward worked for Wells Fargo Insurance Services (formerly ABD Insurance and Financial Services), where she was most recently real estate practice leader for the West Region.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a masters degree from Golden Gate University.

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The Muller Company has added Lori Ann Haigh as director of business development and Susan Rosenblatt director of asset management.

Based in Laguna Hills, The Muller Company specializes in managing, investing and developing commercial real estate in the western United States.

Haigh will be responsible for maintaining communications and relations with key industry contacts in order to provide The Muller Company with new partnership opportunities and fee management contracts.

Haigh has 15 years experience in the commercial title insurance industry, including stints as vice president of national sales at both Land America Commercial Services and First American Title Insurance. She has a bachelor’s degree from USC.

Rosenblatt will be responsible for all aspects of debt capital management, including managing The Muller Company’s existing project financings and strategic lender and partner relationships. She also will source new debt and equity for future expansion.

Rosenblatt has nearly 20 years of experience in commercial real estate finance from Wells Fargo Bank, where she was most recently a senior vice president.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary and a masters from San Diego State University.

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Thirty-five California architects will be inducted into the College of Fellows at the 2010 American Institute of Architects national convention in June.

The honor of Fellowship is awarded to architects who have made contributions on national significance to the profession. It is one of the highest honors bestowed to an architect, by a jury of their peers.

Among more than 80,000 AIA members, fewer than 2,500 have received the honor of Fellowship. To qualify, architects must have at least 10 years of membership in AIA.

The California architects to be honored are: Trevor D. Abramson, Mark S. T. Anderson, Richard D. Beard, Hagy Belzberg, Bonnie Blake-Drucker, Thomas W. Chessum, Christopher W. Coe, Sarah Ann Dennison, Edward J. Denton, Edmund M. Einy, Anne N. Fougeron, Sarah R. Graham, Richard M. Heinz, Charles A. Higueras, Mark G. Horton, Ted A. Hyman, Stephen Johnson, Alice Y. Kimm, Jerome A. King, R. Kent Mather, Burton Miller, Dean A. Nota, Charles M. Oraftik, Peter W. Pfau, Gwynne Pugh, Elizabeth Ranieri, Bill E. Roschen, Lawrence Scarpa, Bradley D. Schulz, Scott Shell, Michael Strogoff, John H. Thodos, Dean J. Vlahos, Daniel W. Winey and Francis M. Zwart III.

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FNE Holdings has named William McFarland chief executive officer and promoted Chad Ogden to president.

FNE is the primary parent company within the Fieldstone Group of Companies. Since inception in 1981, companies within Fieldstone have built nearly 26,000 homes in Southern California, Utah and Texas with a total sales volume of approximately $6.6 billion. Currently, Fieldstone has 23 active new home communities.

McFarland is the former executive vice president and director of The Irvine Company, where he oversaw the design and development of the master-planned communities on the Irvine Ranch. He also served as CEO and president and a director of Irvine Community Development Company, the community development subsidiary. McFarland also served as CEO and president and a director of Irvine Apartment Communities until 1999, when the company was taken private by The Irvine Company.

McFarland was named to the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame in 1996.

Ogden was promoted from regional president, where he oversaw FNE’s Texas and Utah operations.

He has managed operations for the Central Region since 2005. Starting in 2008, he also served as Utah division president and became increasingly involved in corporate matters. He has supervised land acquisition, entitlement, construction, sales and marketing of new communities.

Before joining Fieldstone in 2004, he spent six years with the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Texas and one year with Caltex Australia Ltd. in Sydney, Australia. He holds a masters degree from Stanford.

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Ron Rudolph has been re-appointed to the board of directors of the San Diego chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.

Rudolph, the vice president of operations manager of Turner Construction Company in San Diego, will focus on growing membership to increase ABC’s local strength and influence.

Rudolph joined Turner in 1996, and has 41 years of construction experience in the San Diego area. As operations manager, he is responsible for Turner San Diego’s construction operations, staff development, and supporting the company’s community outreach initiatives.

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Tom Schwiebert has been named president of the 2010 Board of Directors for BIA Cares, the charitable foundation of the BIA of San Diego County.

Joining Schwiebert on the board are Bryan Binney, vice president; John Howard, treasurer; Kellie Coon, assistant treasurer; and Tina Villa, secretary. Also serving will be immediate past president Russ Carlson, and directors Charlie Abdi, Sam Cadwallader, Alice Cummings, Ryan Meyer, Peter Reeb, Robin Skaggs, Gale Tobin and Ryan Martin.

Laura Wilson has been voted a life director of the BIA Cares board of directors for her eight years of service. She joins an esteemed list of other life directors including Lora Heramb, Eric Jones and Karen Amelio.

BIA Cares has raised close to $3 million for local charities in its 20 years of operation.

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Environmental consultant Michael Brandman Associates has announced a number of additions and promotions to the company’s corporate principalship program.

Ken Lord, corporate director of natural and cultural resources, has elevated from associated principal to principal. Elevating from associate to associate principal are Tula Economou, San Ramon branch manager, and Anne Viricel, corporate director of client services.

New associates are Frank Coyle, Inland Empire and Coachella Valley branch manager; Scott Crawford, lead biologist in Irvine; Michael Dice, Inland Empire senior archaeologist; Trevor Macenski, Sacramento branch manager; Dave Mitchell, Fresno branch manager; and Kelly Rios, Irvine senior biologist.

MBA serves clients in the western United States with a staff of more than 90 full-time professionals from offices in Fresno, Irvine, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Ramon. The firm’s client base is comprised of local land developers, contractors, homebuilders, private- and public-sector agencies, engineers, financial institutions, law firms, military and academic institutions.

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Psomas has elevated two of its California employees to principals with the consulting engineering firm.

Joseph Boyle is a vice president and team leader for water/wastewater infrastructure in Southern California. He has more than 25 years of experience in the planning and design of water transmission, distribution and storage facilities.

Boyle received his bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He lives in Laguna Niguel and is based in Psomas’ Orange County office.

Dave Moritz is a senior project manager in Psomas’ Orange County office. He has more than 18 years of experience in large-scale surveying and mapping projects, including rail corridors, gas transmission pipelines, multi-site ALTA surveys, environmental monitoring surveys, and municipal and transit agency on-call contracts.

Moritz received his bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly-Pomona. He currently resides in Huntington Beach.

Psomas has more than 500 employees across the western United States, specializing in transportation and water/wastewater engineering, land and institutional site development engineering, land surveying, planning and entitlements, program/construction management, GIS and natural resources.

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Wendy Bucknum of Professional Community Management, Inc., the managing agent of Laguna Woods Village, was named president-elect for 2011 for the Orange County Regional Chapter of Community Associations.

Bucknum is in her third year of serving on this organization’s board of directors, serves as chair of the Legislative Support Committee, and is on the California Associations Institute’s California Legislative Action Committee.

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Land surveyor Stephon Gregerson has joined Hunsaker & Associates-Los Angeles, a Valencia-based civil engineering firm.

Gregerson has more than 30 years’ experience in the application of surveying and project management principles and will assist H&A-LA and its clients in the budgeting, preparation and management of land surveys, as well as in all phases of planning, permitting and engineering design.

He was previously with Psomas for 15 years, leaving as a vice president.

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Names in the News is compiled by California Builder Editor Greg Robertson. News about awards, promotions and hirings in the California homebuilding industry can be sent to him at