• Oasis In The Foothills
  • Oasis In The Foothills

Aaron Wallace – Founder, Chairman and CEO

Aaron has been in the Real Estate industry for nearly 25 years and has owned and operated sizeable real estate brokerages, built and developed single family sub-divisions and bought and sold over $250 million worth of real estate.

In 1995, Aaron began his career as a residential agent, working his way from the bottom up to eventually purchasing the brokerage. After purchasing his first brokerage, Aaron later become the majority owner of several brokerages where he held positions ranging from President/CEO and Chairman of the Board. During his tenure, Aaron’s brokerages closed over 20,000 transactions across the Southwest. From 2006 to 2009 the company focused on foreclosures, conducting over 30,000 broker price opinions and closing more than 3,000 REO transactions.

In 2002, Aaron turned over the day-to-day operations of his brokerages to focus on the acquisition of investment properties. He has been involved in over 1,100 transactions in the single family residential space, spanning the tri-state area and Oregon. Aaron has developed a keen eye toward identifying undervalued assets, making necessary improvements and divesting for significant profits.

In 2004, Aaron moved from Las Vegas to Phoenix where he began acquiring land to develop and build single family subdivisions. Prior to the great recession, he was involved in land acquisitions and entitlement on over 300 lots as a principle as well as building several semi-custom subdivisions. In 2013, Aaron created Divinity Homes and has led the company to its current position.

Aaron’s biggest accomplishment is his family which is anchored by his wonderful wife, Sherri. He is the proud father of two stepchildren, Tasha and Luke, as well as two biological children, Madison and Austin. Aaron’s biggest passion is giving back to today’s youth thru coaching and sponsoring a traveling youth basketball program.

HEADQUARTERS

Dan Clayton – President

Dan brings more than 30 years of experience in all phases of development and construction for both residential and commercial real estate to his role as president of Divinity Homes. Soon after college, Dan began working in commercial construction and real estate, managing a $24 million exterior and interior renovation of a 10-story mid-rise building. He supervised the aggregating of land and helped manage the entitlement and construction project for a large church in the East Valley.

Turning his expertise to residential construction, Dan singe-handedly developed a 20-acre, 44-lot custom-home community through all phases of land acquisition, planning and zoning, entitlement approvals, infrastructure planning and construction, HOA creation and acceptance. He served as general contractor for construction of 15 custom homes using energy efficient alternative construction techniques.

Dan used his leadership, development and interpersonal skills to transform the worst performing single-home community into the best performing community for a national homebuilder. He was selected as top manager in his region and was asked to serve on a national advisory council. He later worked with a small private builder to construct several multi-million dollar custom homes in the Troon area and developed a master-planned, five-phase golf community including 244 single-family homes, 200 condominiums, hotel and commercial sites.

Currently, Dan serves as president for Divinity Homes where he oversees the day-to-day operations including land development and vertical construction.

After work, you’ll likely find Dan spending time with one of his four children ranging in ages from 11 to 20 or trying to steal a quiet moment with his wonderful wife of 25 years, Karen.

Tom Grohs – Controller or Comptroller

Tom has 30 years of executive finance experience in the hotel, restaurant and real estate industries, having been credentialed as a CPA in 1995. He has served as the Controller for Meritage/Monterey Homes in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Vice President of Finance for Richmond American Homes in Houston, TX where he was responsible for the accounting/finance function in divisions with over 2000 closings per year.

In addition to administrative responsibilities in the finance area, Tom has created and implemented Microsoft Office applications to enhance management reporting that are now part of many public company legacy platforms. For the last eight years, Tom has been an independent consultant focusing in the areas of management systems design; financial modeling with an emphasis on pro forma financials, cash flow projection and budgeting; and several multi-million-dollar capital raises.

On a personal note, Tom enjoys watching his seven grandchildren grow and mature. Tom has a high level amateur radio license and flies radio-controlled aircraft, including fixed-wing and quadcopters, occasionally engaging in aerial photography/videography. He was recently awarded an FAA pilot’s license for commercial remote piloting.

Lanai Ortega – Vice President of Operations

Lanai has over 20 years’ experience in the homebuilding industry. Lanai is a native of California and has worked for homebuilders in both custom and production homes. Her background is in all facets of new home development from accounting, purchasing, customer service, buyer options and field construction management. Lanai has also worked for Coca Cola managing 130 technicians in Southern California creating processes to keeping her market at #1 for consecutive quarters by meeting timelines by “Fix right first visit”.

Her experiences have developed a strong sense of devotion and a deep appreciation for quality with a well-rounded skill set. She is adept to troubleshooting situations so that the outcome is solved while saving the company expenses. Her approach is “Act Like an Owner”.

Lanai has 2 adult kids one in college and one working in the food and beverage industry. In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy backpacking, shooting, CrossFit and attending concerts.

Tom Seibolt – Land Development Superintendent

Tom has over 40 years’ experience 32 years as a licensed General Contractor. He understands every aspect of home building. Tom’s vocabulary does not include the words “halfway” or “almost”.

Tom attended the University of Missouri and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in 1975 and a Masters degree in 1977.

His passion in life is for family. He spends time camping and entering triathlons’ with his wife Gail.

Cory Ross – Semi-Custom Superintendent

Cory has over 20 years’ experience working in construction. He is an experienced framer with knowledge of several trades ranging from HVAC, electrical and plumbing. He supervises jobs at the site and enjoys the challenge of keeping everyone working toward a shared goal. Cory takes pride and personal satisfaction in knowing that Divinity Homes offers a product that meets or exceeds every customers’ needs and expectations.

In Cory’s spare time he likes to play golf, work out and spending time exploring the cultural area in downtown Phoenix with his wife.

Chris Guzman – Production Superintendent

Christopher Isaac Guzman has over 20 years of construction experience. He received his Project Management Certificate and Masters in Business Administration at University of Phoenix. His Bachelors of Science degree is in Construction Management from Arizona State University. He has held many positions from intern, purchasing coordinator, purchasing agent, estimator, field construction superintendent, assistant project manager, project engineer, project manager and branch manager.

His experience is in commercial and residential projects from design, procurement and all construction phases. Which he has maintained budgets, schedules, personnel, estimates, contracts, request for information’s, payment applications, inspections, drawings, specifications. His work ethic and management styles are always efficient and effective; while managing multiple projects. He communicates professionally in English or Spanish and treats others the way he likes to be treated.

Omar Assaf – Staff Accountant

Omar is a Midwest transplant who moved to the Phoenix area from Michigan over 15 years ago. Omar went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University. His love for numbers steered him into the accounting field after many years in hospitality management where he worked for major hotel/resort chains including Starwood and Marriott Hotels. Omar joined the Divinity Homes team after five years of non-profit accounting at the Desert Botanical Garden. Omar oversees much of the day-to-day accounting including entering general ledger postings, account reconciliations, and maintaining financial reports and records.

Omar is a huge dog lover and in his free time he enjoys outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking and fishing with his Labrador mix, Sheeba. He also likes to travel and ride motorcycles.

Lisa Gross – Vendor Procurement

Lisa brings over 20 years of experience in the Real Estate and Construction industry. In 2005 she obtained her General Contractors license in Oregon and with her partner operated a renovation company for several years before moving to Arizona in 2010. Prior to joining Divinity Homes in 2013 she worked as a Property Preservation Manager in Vendor Procurement for a large REO company in Arizona. In 2012, Lisa turned her focus to Real Estate and obtained her Arizona Real Estate license and began working as a leasing agent for Noblewest Properties. In 2013, Lisa joined Divinity Homes and currently handles many aspects of Vendor Procurement and compliance. After work you can find Lisa spending valuable time with her 3 kids ranging from 19 to 27 and enjoying play time with her 2 grand babies who are 7 months and 3.