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Meet Our DreamBuilders

The Foundation is pleased to recognize the individuals and families who have planned gifts to benefit the future of the homebuilding industry. Because of their generosity, CHF will continue to provide the innovative programs and opportunities that take dreams of success and build them into reality.

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Michael Cortney (Founder)

Michael Cortney is the former President of Standard Pacific of Orange County and its Northern California Division. He is a Lifetime CHF Trustee and was inducted into the 2000 Hall of Fame.

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Colleen Edwards (Founder)

Colleen Edwards is founder and president of EMC Creative, 2019 CHF Board of Trustee Chair, and a 2006 Hall of Fame honoree. She is also an original founder of the DreamBuilders.

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Mark Hoover

Mark served as Vice President of the First American Title Insurance Company before retiring in 2014. Mark is a Lifetime Trustee on the board of the California Homebuilding Foundation and 2022 Chair, and the National Association of Home Builders.

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Gary Ryness

Gary Ryness is founder and President of The Ryness Company. Between 1975 and 2015, The Ryness Company sold and closed over 100,000 homes in 300 communities. Gary is a 2002 Hall of Fame honoree, Foundation Trustee and DreamBuilder.

The CHF DreamBuilders legacy society was founded in 2019 by homebuilding Hall of Fame honorees and board trustees, Michael Courtney and Colleen Edwards. The society is managed by CHF’s Sales and Marketing Director, Allison Paul.

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Our industry is challenged by a diminished workforce and inadequate housing supply, but construction education programs are helping to solve this ongoing issue.

From high school courses, to scholarships, and career connections, CHF is securing a prosperous future for homebuilding and shaping the lives of young professionals statewide.

Plan a gift with CHF to start building dreams for the students who will build our future homes.

The California Homebuilding Foundation is registered in California as a nonprofit business, Federal Tax I.D. Number 94-2581819, and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

CHF recommends all donors consult with their tax or legal advisor prior to making a legacy gift.

Email or call (916) 340-3340 for more information.