2017 GSMC Board of Directors
Builder Development Manager at
Fisher & Paykel Appliances
Melissa here! I was born and raised in the OC and I’m a die-hard sports junkie turned coach. I never shy away from a crowd and I love public speaking. Being in a room full of people to engage with is one of my favorite things to do. I’m an energetic team builder who loves to collaborate with the best and brightest in the industry, especially our GSMC members!
1st Vice President
Vice President of Sales, Fusion Sign and Design
Just call me the Energizer Bunny! I’m pretty sure I was born to work in client services because I LOVE my clients and I LOVE my job. I’m beyond blessed to work with some of the best in the industry and even more blessed to call many of them close friends. I don’t see my job as work, which not many people can say. My professional and personal life all blend together most of the time, but I couldn’t ask for a better industry to call home. Love what you do, and do what you love!
2nd Vice President
ASLA RHA Landscape Architects
Being in the homebuilding industry has allowed me to develop my creative side, my practical side, and my extravagant side…who knew I had so many! I’ve enjoyed branching out and collaborating with some extremely talented human beings (people in this industry are truly the best!). I thrive on having a positive impact on our environment and helping to make our world better and more sustainable.
Vice President & Dynamic Diva of Design at Ryan Young Interiors
Truth be told, I’ve been called a “Lovely Freight Train,” but really I’m just a high spirited, Type A, genuine rainmaker, that loves what I do and those with whom I do it! This Industry is my passion, my home away from home and my second family. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t work hard to support it and keep it running strong on all cylinders. “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun….if you find the fun, then SNAP, the job’s a game.” – Mary Poppins (Words I live by every day).
CBC at Get Community, Inc.
Being the Chief Buzz Creator can have its own set of challenges. Luckily for me though, I’m the queen of buzz and baby, I was born this way. On a serious note, I was born to lead and nurture, a great combination for an entrepreneur and mother of two. I not only embrace what I do, but I love the people I get to do it with. The building industry is my second family, and there’s no place I’d rather be…well, unless there’s a happy hour going on somewhere.
Marketing and Community Relations, Pardee Homes
I’ve been involved in the building industry for just over 13 years. I’ve been told that everything I touch turns to gold, but I really am just a fun-loving, sweet and sassy personality with an ambitious nature to succeed! I truly love every aspect of the homebuilding industry. But at the end of the day, my true passion is people. Seeing the smile on someone’s face after delivering a well-designed product is what it’s all about for me. I’m excited to grow relationships within GSMC!
Sharon Sommer Florentine
President, Florentine Creative
Hello…it’s me. I go by many names: Sharon, Shar, Mom, and Mimi (my personal favorite!). I’ve been in the industry for quite some time, and I owe my success to the connections and friendships I’ve made over the years. I love, love, love what I do! As a member of the GSMC board, I hope to make a difference in people’s lives by sharing my personal experiences and adventures. When I’m not a serious business woman, I’m a spunky lady who loves designing, reading, playing with the kiddies, playing with the dog…well, okay…I guess playing in general!
Renee Self Gibbons
VP of Sales and Marketing, Chameleon Design
They call me Renee “Group Selfie” Gibbons, if that tells you anything! When I’m not stirring up trouble, herding a plethora of kittens, or snapping everyone in group selfies, I’m dedicated to my amazing job at Chameleon Design and being part of the incredible board here at GSMC. I’m always available to lend a helping hand to co-workers, clients, family, friends, and perfect strangers. I have a knack for marketing, sales, design, and making people laugh!
Vice President, p11creative
My dad got me involved in the home building industry at an early age. I remember “looking at dirt” on weekends with the entire family. Apparently when I was a wee babe, I enjoyed eating the dirt too…weird. Our boys are out on their own, one working in the Bay Area and the other in med school at UCI. It’s safe to say I am one proud mom! I absolutely love my job and this industry and enjoy all aspects of sales and marketing!
Marketing Manager at Trumark Homes
The home building industry was a huge part of my upbringing here in the beautiful OC. After a short stint in the medical field post college, I decided to return to my roots and come HOME to home building…and I’m so glad I did! My specialities involve all things marketing, social media, advertising, PR, and event planning. Life’s a journey and I’m loving the ride!
I have been in this beloved industry for over 35 years and I can say that I still love being a “sign geek.” More than that though, I love all the wonderful relationships I have built and continue to build while being a signage partner to our clients. Oh, and by the way, in my other life I am a singing and dancing queen!
Director of Marketing at William Lyon Homes
I’ve been in the homebuilding industry for the last 22 years and I honestly can’t see doing anything else. I absolutely love what I do and I get to do it with some of the industry’s finest. At the end of the day it truly warms my heart to know we are providing a home for people – whether they are a first time buyer or buying their last home. We play a pretty big part in that stage of their life and it’s just so rewarding to see.
Director of Business Development, Wolff Horticulture
I’m a positive plant lady who loves this industry! I thrive on getting my hands dirty with exciting new projects (and plants, obviously). I’m dedicated to the homebuilding life and providing our clients with fabulous solutions through the magic of creativity. If you’re looking for someone who is passionate for design, horticulture, sales, and marketing, I’m your gal!
Sales and Marketing Manager, Sunstreet
I love to bring sunshine into people’s lives, and since I can’t bring them the actual sun…I thought solar would be the next best thing! With the help of my incredible team and my trusty fingers typing at lightening speed, I get people excited about using solar on their new homes. I’m so thankful to be part of the homebuilding community and the GSMC family!
Director of Sales and Marketing, Watt Communities
Hello World! Sales and Marketing is FUN (lots of hard work but overall FUN when you work with people you LOVE)! I’ve been in the industry 17 years now, and every year brings new experiences and challenges. I feel blessed to have a supportive husband and family. Without them I could not achieve the success I have today. They are my “Rock.” I believe being a part of the Home Building Industry is a gift to be able to touch so many lives and witness people make their dreams come true with homeownership. I’m truly grateful to this industry and GSMC as I have made lifetime friends. My motto in Life, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi
Rainmaker, BMG Advertising
As the Chief Executive Rainmaker, this girl boss delivers on the daily. I color outside the lines and gettin’ creative is my jam. I’m a reality TV junkie easily distracted by sparkly things: sequins are my spirit animal. Who knew this procrastinator at heart would find the perfect career that requires deadlines? The best part of the building industry for me has to be the fabulous friends I’ve made who keep it real while sharing belly laughs!
Chief Creative Chick, Team PMP
I proudly wear the hat as Chief Creative Chick at PMP and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m always hungry for new projects and something I can really sink my teeth into! I’m passionate about providing inspiration to others through a willingness to share knowledge, and it brings me immense joy to mentor others in the home building industry. My daily agenda involves marketing promoting, and doing great things with great people!
Director of Shenanigans, Team PMP
As the director of shenanigans at PMP – my specialties are planning, logistics, marketing, promotion and details. Working with the creative talents on the GSMC inspires me every day. I’m blessed to work in this fantastic industry.
Marketing Manager at Brookfield Residential
I am passionate about what I do – from telling the story of every new community, to overseeing the merchandising of each beautiful model home we build. I love my job because it allows me to be creative! When I’m not working, you can find me watching anything on Bravo, enjoying a glass of buttery chardonnay, or getting my sweat on at the 12. Another fun fact about me: I was named Rising Star of the Year at SoCal Awards 2016!
MIRM, AVP, West Coast Marketing for Toll Brothers
I’m a people person at heart, which is why being part of the homebuilding industry is so rewarding. There’s nothing more incredible than helping families realize their dream of homeownership! This industry is special as I have made lifelong friends and have mad respect for my competitors and peers. There is so much passion to be found in homebuilding, and I wear my stripes proudly as a board member for GSMC!
EVP Ops and Business Development, Vintage Design Incorporated – Nuwood Design
Here to change the world!!! One floor, cabinet or cross-check at a time!! I love what I do, no matter what that is. Whether it’s meeting with partners tailoring programs to fit their needs for flooring and cabinetry, coaching my son with his hockey and soccer teams, or just hanging out with my amazing family on Sunday’s after Church. If you love what you do, it shows! And I’m absolutely blessed to be part of an industry I love!