In 1986, Anthony Lombardo studied Technical Building Construction Technology at Ferris State College. Two years later, at the age of 21, he took the helm of the family business, Lombardo Homes. He has transformed the company into an organization that generated as much as 70 million dollars in revenue annually.
Holding true to the company’s core values of quality and affordability, has been a major focus for Anthony and in J.D. Powers and Associates named Lombardo Companies as one of the top 3 home builders in Detroit for Customer Satisfaction. As our industry declined over the past several years Lombardo Homes has had to recreate itself. With Anthony's leadership, new innovative sales programs were developed to tap new buyer segments. The organization also made the bold move of purchasing all the land assets of the Detroit Division of Centex Homes.
Since then, the company has not looked back, growing closings and revenue by nearly 35% annually for the last 3 years. In addition, the company has added 1600 developed lots and 925 acres of raw land in the Detroit Metro area. The companies continued success has lead them to now be the largest homebuilder in the Detroit Metro area. We look forward to taking what we have learned in arguably the most devastated economy in the country and applying it to the St. Louis Market.
Michael Van Pamel
| President, St. Louis
Michael Van PamelPresident, St. Louis
Michael J. Van Pamel began his career in Homebuilding with the Selective Group in Michigan in the accounting/finance department. Centex Homes, one of the countries largest builders, acquired The Selective group in 2001. His career developed from that point on as he held roles as Controller, VP Finance, Construction Operations Manager for Michigan, Mid West Region Product Manager, Division President of Ohio, then Division President of Michigan, and ultimately Missouri for the last 2.5 years where he helped return the Jones Company to profitability. He received his education from Michigan State and Oakland University in Accounting and has been in the homebuilding and contracting business since the late 80's.
He has been certified in the following Centex Homes development programs; Management Development I, II, and III, Facilitative Leadership Development I and II, Field Management Training Programs I and II, High Potential Management Development Program, and was elected to the Executive Builder top 100 Division Presidents in 2009. He has managed more than 5,000 homes, $5 Billion dollars in revenue, and better than $150 million in profit in 3 different markets. He also orchestrated 2 major asset sales including the successful disposition of Real Estate assets in Michigan and Ohio including more than 45 different developed or partially developed neighborhoods.
Anna Lisa LombardoVP of Finance, Michigan and St. Louis
Anna Lisa Lombardo began working in the business during high school. She worked in both the office and in the apartment complex. Anna Lisa attended Northwood University where she graduated with Honors in Business and Accounting.
In 1986, Anna Lisa obtained her CPA certificate while working for a public accounting firm. She further broadened her accounting and finance career when she worked for a division of Lever Brothers. There she served as an Assistant Controller for Mrs. Butterworth Syrup. In 1989 Anna Lisa joined the Lombardo Companies’ accounting department and she is currently the company’s VP of Finance. Her experience in multiple industries as well as overall knowledge of the business continues to be an asset to the organization as it grows into the future. Anna Lisa also has a builder’s license as well as a real estate sales license both in the State of Michigan.
Heather Buchanan SmithManagement, Michigan and St. Louis
Heather began her career with The Selective Group, a Detroit based homebuilder shortly after graduating from college in 1993. After having tremendous success as a Sales Consultant, Heather was promoted to Sales Manager in 1999.
In 2001 Centex acquired the Selective Group and Heather was instrumental in managing the transition of company operations. After six years of leading the Sales Team in Detroit, Heather transferred to the Illinois operation where she served as VP Sales and Marketing. In 2009 Heather became the Midwest Regional Vice President of Sales for Pulte Homes. In this role she worked with Division leadership in Minnesota, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Denver, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland markets to facilitate a smooth transition, integration of processes, and training after the acquisition of Centex by Pulte.
Frederick "Skip" StoneLand Development and Acquisition, St Louis
Skip is a skilled real estate developer and asset manager in the St. Louis MSA with proven skills in land use planning, budgeting, obtaining entitlements, negotiations and construction management. With over 12 years of professional work experience in industry and consultancy he has gained a full understanding of the entire land development and asset management process. Skip earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 1997 with an emphasis on construction and development.
As a consultant Skip has assisted both current owners of troubled assets and investors looking to purchase distressed properties. His proven experience has allowed him to provide governmental and environmental compliance audits, provide value engineering and to give advice on land use plans, current market values, costs to develop or complete projects and potential absorption rates. He has also been able to bring potential purchasers to owners of distressed properties through his contacts across the industry.
At the project level he has administered real estate purchase and sale contracts, processed due diligence materials, provided project and construction management, overseen the entitlement and subdivision process and managed escrow and bond releases for projects ranging from single phase 20 lot subdivisions to multiple phase mixed use developments with over 1000 lots. He demonstrated fiscal responsibility by consistently delivering completed projects on time and on budget.
Daniel LicariDirector of Construction
Dan has been in the homebuilding industry for over 11 years and has held positions with Centex Homes in Detroit, Chicago, and ultimately St. Louis with the Jones Company. His career started in the field management and customer service departments, where he won numerous awards for the highest customer satisfaction scores. As his career progressed, he was named Area Construction Manager, Division Construction Manager, and Construction Services Manager for all of Michigan. From there Dan accepted a position with Centex Homes in Chicago as the Purchasing/Estimating Manager where he excelled. His most recent position was with the Jones Company in St Louis where he was responsible for all Construction Operations and played the lead role in improving customer satisfaction to its highest levels ever. Dan received his education at Michigan State University and earned a degree in Construction Management where he has also served as a University Board Member. Dan's multi market experience and customer focus will be a great asset to our organization in St. Louis.
Jacqueline NeedhamPurchasing, Estimating, & Architecture St. Louis
Jackie has over twenty-six years experience working for prominent St. Louis homebuilders; The Jones Company for over thirteen years, Taylor-Morley Homes for seven, and TR Hughes for six. Her work has contributed to the production of over 8200 units. Jackie has a strong background in Architecture, certified from Washington University, School of Architecture. Her designs have received numerous awards and recognition for design and design with affordability; over fifty Homer Awards, custom homes featured in Professional Builder, and St. Louis Home magazine. For the past several years, Jackie has also held a seat on the Codes Advisory Committee at the Home Builders Association of Eastern Missouri.
A strong architectural background and purchasing experience enables Jackie to create designs that utilize products in the most efficient manner. She has experience with products from smaller starter homes and villas up to and including multi million dollar custom homes. With her understanding and experience of building components, construction documents, and current construction methods, she is able to discuss technical issues with sub-contractors and suppliers. Through her Purchasing & Estimating experience, Jackie has developed outstanding working relationships with both local and regional sub-contractors and suppliers. Jackie has extensive experience qualifying professionals as well as negotiating vendor and supplier contracts. Experience in budgets, project management, financials and disbursing completes her overall knowledge base. With over twenty-six years of experience, in various facets of the building industry, she is a strong asset to our team and the building industry.