With such diverse backgrounds, each of the five Principals of Family Development utilizes their particular talent and specialized skills to oversee one of the critical stages of the development process with all of the partners providing their invaluable input along the way. This hands-on approach allows each partner to utilize his passion and expertise with the entire team, providing an excellent system of checks and balances at every level.
The success of any company ultimately lies with its people. In creating a company culture that includes happy, talented people driven by passion, Family Development is able to consistently produce positive results with every project.
"We are all different but bound by our common passion to deliver beautiful homes that will stand the test of time. Beyond respecting each other, we are all so grateful to have each other as partners." - R. Bishop
With a successful career spanning the last three plus decades, from condominiums to custom homes, from industrial tilt-ups to major commercial centers, Rudy Herrera has been involved in the acquisition, financing and building of an incredible assortment of real estate products. This broad range of experience has helped Rudy hone his skills to focus on the core of Family Development's business - homebuilding. Believing that the best transactions are those where every party benefits, the "art of the deal" is where Rudy's passion lies.
For Family Development, Rudy uses this passion and expertise to find, acquire and finance the "blank canvases" for the company. A go-to entitlement expert, Rudy assembles the planning team and works closely with each member to ensure the company's projects are approved in as timely a fashion as possible.
With a degree in Psychology from UCLA, starting a brokerage in 1986 that specialized in new home sales when interest rates were hovering around 12% might not have sounded like the wisest choice of career paths, but it proved to be the best foundation that Vincent Barbato could have ever received. In 15 years, by working closely with builders both large and small to develop dynamic and successful sales and marketing programs for all new home products, Vince was able to build his company to become one of the largest in the United States, eventually selling the firm to Prudential New Homes. Over that time, Vince became a nationally recognized speaker and expert on new home sales, design and marketing.
For Family Development, Vince utilizes his 30+ years of experience to design everything from land plans and architecture to marketing campaigns. To do so, Vince spends much of his time researching and listening to homebuyers to learn their values and incorporate them into each design. Under his guidance, Family Development has received every major design accolade from Gold Nuggets to Project of the Year awards.
Being involved in all areas of the construction business since the early '80's, Raymond Herrera literally built his 30-year plus real estate career from the ground up. Knowing how to take apart things as well as put them back together has provided Ray with the foundation to understanding and perfecting construction systems. His extensive knowledge and understanding of the construction process allows him to ascertain how to build each product in the most efficient and highest quality manner.
This expertise has been extremely beneficial to the Family Development team where Ray oversees all bidding, purchasing and construction. Further benefit comes from our front-line forces who are motivated to work under the guidance of a man who not only understands their craft, but appreciates it as well. Happy people build happy homes.
With a 30-year track record of success in the construction industry, Robert Bishop's passion lies with mastering the details. A few years after starting as a craftsman in the construction field, Robert was called upon by an up-and-coming construction firm to help them create the solid infrastructure of the company. Under Robert's diligent guidance and systems, this relatively new company of two partners blossomed into a major player in the construction business with hundreds of employees and projects nationwide. After a number of years, the entrepreneurial world called, leading Robert to create his own successful private construction company.
In 2009, Family Development was fortunate to gain Robert as a full partner in the firm. For Family Development, Robert brings his years of proven systems and management to oversee all internal operations and staff. Under his thoughtful guidance, Family Development has the assurance of each venture being built on time and on budget.
Entering the new home brokerage business upon graduating from UCSB, it did not take long for Antun Barbato to establish himself as one of the industry's top sales experts and leading Sales Managers. An expert in evaluation, Antun was able to perfect the art of bringing out the best in sales people's personalities to meld with the systems that he developed to obtain sales success. Such success has led to the sale and closing of more than 5,000 homes.
For Family Development, Antun brings this proven expertise to each community. Beyond sales, Antun has applied his skills and systems to thoroughly evaluate the financial viability of each venture taken on by the Family Development team. The proprietary systems he has developed are fast becoming the talk of the industry. Under his meticulous watch, each detail of every community can be properly evaluated and managed.
Since its formation in 2003, Family Development has earned an excellent reputation as being the preferred residential homebuilder in both California and Arizona. Throughout its history, the company has built thousands of homes in some of the most desirable communities while developing land for many more residences in these states.
In addition to this activity, over the years, Family Development has garnered numerous industry accolades awarded by the Sales & Marketing Council (SMC), the Building Industry Association (BIA), the Desert Contractors' Association (DCA) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
BUILDER OF THE YEAR
BRINTON CHILD ADVOCACY AWARD
GOLD NUGGET COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD
OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIC CORPORATION
BEST COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION GRAND AWARD WINNER
BEST OF THE VALLEY
DESIGN LENS AWARDS
MEET THE FAMILY
We welcome you to learn more about the people we like to call “Family.” We are quite blessed to have each of these talented individuals on our team. Our family culture is pretty simple – we take all tasks very seriously while trying to keep a fun work environment. Positive attitudes create a positive work place which, in turn, leads to positive results!
A top graduate of Penn State University with a double major in Business and Economics, Barrett Barbato is one of those unique individuals who happens to really enjoy solving math problems. What a blessing for us! Furthermore, Barrett realizes that at the foundation of every sound business decision is the arithmetic. From land acquisition to marketing, in his capacity as Director of Analytics, Barrett uses his natural and learned skills to work with each of our Principals (including his father, Vince) to bring mathematical clarity and support to each decision made. An avid sports fan, beyond the numbers, Barrett loves the excitement of the game.
Walmart puts their oldest family members on the front lines; not us, we have the youngest member of our family at our front desk. If you just look at Erica's smile it says it all. Erica is much more than a receptionist, she is a breath of fresh air welcoming all visitors and keeping our operations happy. To reach Erica, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The strength behind any organization is, well… its organization. Mari Cota is tasked with the arduous duty of keeping our accounting operations organized and clutter-free so that our team can maintain optimal efficiency. To do this takes patience; to do this with a smile takes Mari. To reach Mari, please email email@example.com.
Starting his career with Del Webb four decades ago, Paul was bitten early by the home building bug. Equipped with a degree in Business Accounting and Economics from the Claremont Colleges, he contributed to the success of home builders throughout Southern California of every size, from corporate behemoths like Lennar to smaller, highly successful start-up homebuilders.
With 30 years of experience, every day Paul endeavors to help make Family Development the best home builder possible, drawing on the greatest attributes from large and small homebuilders, and every sized home builder in between.
Grisell is a detail-oriented multi-tasker who is willing to do anything thrown her way. Her slight obsession with Starbucks could explain why Grisell is so quick with her invoice inputting skills. So, we keep pouring the coffee and she keeps paying the bills. Aside from work (and coffee), Grisell loves spending time with her family. To reach Grisell, please email Grisell@fdgroup.us
Working with municipalities, neighbors and builders to entitle raw land involves a balancing act that few enjoy… and then there’s, Lisa Gage. Lisa loves the puzzle-making challenges of bringing a project to life. Growing up amongst the chaos of New York City, Lisa naturally thrives on finding win-win-win solutions for all involved. With a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Airport Planning from Arizona State University, Family Development benefits from Lisa’s meticulous approach to the entitlement process. Lisa speaks softly, yet carries a very big list and you can be certain that everyone involved is going to get the job done. To reach Lisa, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Purchasing/Options Manager, Tracy has lots of important details to coordinate. When you consider the thousands of inputs from each community, your head might spin - not Tracy's! Meticulously organized, Tracy keeps her cool, positive approach by being thoroughly knowledgeable about each transaction and guiding the team throughout the construction process. To reach Tracy, please email Tracy@fdgroup.us.
As Project Development Manager, Daniel Greek must keep our systems fresh and efficient. To do so, he employs a relentless work ethic to each of his tasks. No detail is too small; no task too large definitely applies to Dan's everyday life. Everyone at the office takes comfort in knowing "it's all Greek to Dan." To reach Dan, please email email@example.com.
With a calculated coolness, Kimberly works closely with Bethann to manage our corporate accounts as well as our accounting staff. Steady and meticulous with a no-nonsense wit about her, it’s like having Princess Leia in charge of our books. Each day we take great pride in knowing that Kim keeps the mother ship running at maximum efficiency.
To say the man was born to love land might be a bit of a stretch, but you would be hard-pressed to find someone who gets more excited about finding viable land opportunities than Keaton Herrera (excluding his father, Rudy, of course). A graduate of Whittier College, Keaton combines his deep analytical knowledge with his keen ability to recognize deals that many others might not see. To reach Keaton, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's rare to find someone in accounting that approaches each day with the positive attitude that Melody Martinez brings to the Family Development offices. In her capacity as Corporate Account Manager, Melody oversees our corporate accounts with meticulous care. To the mere mortal this might be rather mundane, to Melody its good fun. To reach Melody, please email email@example.com.
It takes a cool hand and extensive experience to effectively oversee all of Family Development's construction operations. Pat Romanello is the man. Affectionately known by his peers as, "Charmanello," Pat rightfully earned the respect of each of our Project Managers and Superintendents. To reach Pat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since Angie joined the Accounting Department our systems have been running better than ever. Of course she took some time out to start her own family and now she is back – taking great care of two families! We don’t know what she likes better - processing thousands of invoices or changing diapers – but we sure feel blessed having her skills on our team. To reach Angie, please email Angelique@fdgroup.us
Perry Scotti joins our family with over 20 years of successful experience in the construction industry including high-profile projects that span from industrial manufacturing and large multi-family developments to specialized clubhouses and custom homes.
As Project Manager for our Fee-Build Division, Perry’s responsibilities include management of all construction activities including value engineering, quality control, jobsite safety management, bidding and bid analysis, contract preparation and administration. With Perry on board to oversee our special projects, each client-partner of Family Development has the confidence of knowing that their project will receive meticulous attention throughout its successful completion.
"Having the ability to give back to our community is one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences of all of our lives." - A. Barbato
Outside of their development business, the principals of Family Development place a strong commitment to working with local charities to share their success with those that need it the most – families. Although market conditions have certainly experienced drastic ups and downs since its founding, Family Development’s commitment has not wavered in the best of times or the worst.
When the real estate market was at its all-time peak in 2005, Family Development built the Home With A Heart. Organizing over 200 workers from 80 different companies, Family Development built a four bedroom home from the foundation up in just 52 hours over one amazing weekend. Once it was completed, it was auctioned to the public raising over $400,000 for two local family-centered charities.
When Olive Crest began the search for a partner to help them realize their dream of building the Coachella Valley Children’s Center, they reached out to the entire building community. When the other volunteer builders backed out of the project due to adverse market conditions, Family Development agreed to take on the entire project.
In addition to these efforts, Family Development continues its active involvement in charitable work each and every year.
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