Names in the News

Michael Hixson, partner in CADO Real Estate Group and its executive vice president, has been honored with a Distinguished Instructor award by the University of California, Irvine Extension.

Hixson has been an Extension instructor at UC Irvine since 1987, teaching in the Marketing for the Residential Builder and Light Construction and Development Management certificate programs. In addition, Hixson serves on the programs’ Advisory Committee, which he has twice chaired, and is a designated national instructor for NAHB's Institute of Residential Marketing.

The Distinguished Instructor Award is given annually to educators who demonstrate outstanding performance in their creative use of educational techniques, a continuous commitment and flexibility in addressing student needs and presentation of current and relevant materials that positively impact the student’s careers or life, while demonstrating qualities that inspire enthusiasm and enhanced learning.

“There are few greater honors than being able to share one’s expertise in such as way that it helps improve and further an individual’s career and professional aspirations at a time when one is seeking personal growth," said Hixson, a two-time recipient of Outstanding Service awards from the University. "I’ve been blessed with hearing this type of feedback from former students many times over the years, and it never ceases to reinforce what a positive experience teaching can be at this level. I am truly honored and humbled by this award.”

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Cali Bamboo CEO Jeff Goldberg has been named the San Diego Business Journal's Most Admired CEO.

Goldberg was chosen from a field of more than 65 finalists who were nominated by peers, subordinates, clients and other stakeholders in recognition for the outstanding, visible accomplishments. Individuals competed in one of the following categories: Public, Private, Nonprofit and Government Agency.

Goldberg and Cali Bamboo COO Tanner Haigwood had previously been name San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.

“Our team won this award – plain and simple” said Goldberg. “We’ve been fortunate enough to receive a significant number of accolades this year. ... It’s all been due to the care and dedication shown by everyone in our organization. This is their prize, and I’m so very proud of them.” 

San Diego-based Cali Bamboo manufactures green building products for residential and commercial projects made entirely from bamboo.

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Architect Robert Hidey was inducted into the Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design during a gala in Washington during the 29th annual Builder’s Choice Design and Planning Awards.

Since establishing Irvine-based Robert Hidey Architects in 1992, Hidey has pioneered housing trends that have enriched the residential environments of numerous communities throughout North America and across the world. RHA has completed the design of thousands of units of housing for more than 100 top development companies, including The Irvine Company, Brookfield, Taylor Morrison, Easy Homes and Richmond American Homes.

“I am honored and humbled to be part of the Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design,” said Hidey. “As we continue to pursue our mission of blending art, history, creativity and technology in community design, this award will motivate us to maintain our respect for practicality, and remind us that housing can and should be both special and simple.”

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Two principals with KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture and Planning, will be speaking at the International Builders’ Show this month in Las Vegas.

KTGY’s David Senden will be a speaker on the panel “High Density - 50 Units Per Acre and More.” Senden will discuss how to maximize the number of units you can build, while providing smaller apartments or condos that are still attractive to residents.

Senden is responsible for the initial planning concept and design development. He provides the “big picture” vision for projects varying from infill mixed-use developments through large scale planning efforts. Senden leads a team of designers and planners who work hand-in-hand with the local jurisdictions, developers and community.

Manuel G. Gonzalez will participate as a speaker at two sessions at IBS. 

Gonzalez will speak on the panel “How to Get Started in Developing Apartments and Condos - Part 3: Design It and Build It.” Gonzalez will help attendees learn how to determine the design that will work best for them, and how to maximize density and cost-savings. He will also discuss how to successfully manage the construction process to bring the development in on schedule and within budget.

Gonzalez also will speak on the panel "From Woodstock to Wii: These Generations are Closer Than You Think!" He will discuss evolving preferences, and share predictions regarding products, including location, price and size. Gonzalez will also help attendees to understand current preferences and expectations among the 50+, GenXers and Millennial markets and where they're headed.

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Several employees from Professional Community Management participated in the 32nd Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot. Approximately 20 PCM employees and their families, including CEO Donny Disbro, joined more than12,000 people who ran or walked in the event’s10K and two 5K races.

"PCM is proud to take part in a good cause supporting health and fitness. We hope to strengthen our presence at the Turkey Trot, increase what we give back to the community and continue to help fight hunger during the holiday season,” said Disbro.

Proceeds from the Dana Point Turkey Trot benefited the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

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Names in the News is compiled by California Builder editor Greg Robertson. Information on promotions, awards and other news in the homebuilding industry can be sent to him at grobertson@cbia.org.