Californians Make the List: Professional Builder's 2017 40 Under 40 Awards

03 Mar 2017 by BIASC - Staff

An Eagle Scout, professional dancers, and a former hotel manager are among this year’s array of home building superstars picked as 40 Under 40 winners by the editors of Professional Builder. Once again, several honorees cited surviving the great recession as one of their proudest achievements, while many others were notable for not only starting their companies but for also launching and growing more than one business during the recovery. 

 

In addition to owners and principals, this class includes managers, team leaders, and associates who stood out as innovators because they found creative ways to cut overhead and enhance customer relationships; some even innovated by inventing apps or algorithms to simplify complex functions. Off the clock, these professionals are fighting blight, building homes for disabled veterans, mentoring low-income youth, and giving back to their communities by volunteering their many other services and talents. Listed below are the Californians who made the 40 Under 40 Class for 2017.

 

Katherine Bardis, 29 

President

Bardis Homes

Sacramento, Calif.

Education

• BA, Communication Studies, Loyola Marymount University; JD, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Accomplishments

• Co-founded her company with cousin Rachel Bardis in 2012 and plans to build 100 new homes a year • Started one of Sacramento’s largest infill housing projects, The Mill at Broadway, which is expected to have more than 1,000 homes • Passed the California bar exam while also starting a business

ExtraCurricular

• Member of the North State Building Industry Association, Urban Land Institute, and InspireMidtown, a Sacramento community for female professionals • Volunteers for HomeAid and the National Charity League, a nonprofit leadership and service group of mothers and daughters

Secret Life

• Competed at the Grand Prix level in horse jumping • Family has built more than 45,000 homes over 50 years

 

 

Katherine Bardis, 29 

Aren Bazzocco, 39 

Division President

Taylor Morrison

Sacramento, Calif.

Education

• BS, Business Administration, California State University, Sacramento

Professional Credentials

• Certified public accountant

Accomplishments

• Guided his division’s survival through the housing recession • Developed and retained a team of more than 75 employees who, based on employee engagement survey results, are among the most satisfied groups in the entire organization • Grew the division’s market share in Sacramento from the eighth largest in 2014 to the second largest in 2016, translating to a unit volume increase of more than 170 percent

ExtraCurricular

• Board member of the North State Building Industry Association

Off the Clock

• Founded the Payton Hadley Bazzocco Foundation to support children and families facing health crises

Secret Life

• Collects ticket stubs

 

Aren Bazzocco, 39 

Brent McCaffrey, 39 

President

The McCaffrey Group

Fresno, Calif.

Education

• BS, Urban Planning and Development, University of Southern California

Accomplishments

• Developing more than 60 lots at South Hampton, his first community as construction superintendent • Secured approval for the first two villages with 2,734 residential units in a Madera County master planned community • Grew Building Industry Association (BIA) Fresno/Madera Counties membership and established forums to facilitate discussion between industry experts and the public

ExtraCurricular

• Chairman, BIA of Fresno/Madera Counties • Urban Land Institute Community Development Council • Catholic Professional and Business Club of Fresno • Young Presidents Organiz­ation of San Joaquin Valley

Secret Life

• Brent was the USC Trojans football team's MVP offensive lineman in 2000 and his father, Bob, won that honor in 1974 playing center.

 

Brent McCaffrey, 39 

Annjielyn Narvaez, 33 

SEC Reporting & Compliance Manager

UCP

San Jose, Calif.

Education

• BS, Accounting; MBA, San Jose State University

Professional Credentials

• Emerging Leaders Certificate Program, California Society of CPAs

Accomplishments

• Put UCP in the forefront of financial reporting by redesigning filings to be more reader friendly with charts, graphs, and other visuals replacing content previously presented using text and numbers • Streamlined the audit process by redesigning risk-control matrices and critical-process flowcharts for Sarbanes-Oxley Act documentation • Introduced new technology to SEC reporting and compliance, resulting in cost reduction and increased effectiveness

Off the Clock

• Make-A-Wish • Hot pilates, vinyasa yoga, power yoga

Secret Life

• Scotch connoisseur

Annjielyn Narvaez, 33

Read the full list here.