Housing Giants Leadership Conference

2019 Conference Speakers


Tony Callahan, VP of National Purchasing, Shea Homes

Tony Callahan is VP of National Purchasing at Shea Homes in Walnut, Calif., where he is responsible for the builder's vertical construction costs in nine states. He has more than 20 years of leadership experience in manufacturing, building products, distribution, and homebuilding, holds a master's degree in business administration, and maintains six professional certifications.

April Dichraff, VP of Human Resources, Administration and Information Technology, Veridian Homes

April Dichraff is Vice President of Human Resources, Administration & Information Technology for Veridian Homes and its sister company Marshall Towne Millwork in Monona, Wisc., where she translates the strategic and tactical business plans into HR operational plans and is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of Information Technology. She has been a National Housing Quality examiner since 2016.

Jimmy Diffee, Co-founder, The Bokka Group

As Co-Founder of The Bokka Group, Jimmy has worked with home builders to improve the home buying experience for over 10 years. He is the author of the annual Home Buyer Conversion Report, the industry's leading research showcasing technology's influence on new home sales. Jimmy's passion is utilizing research and technology to create a better, more effective home buying/selling process (and most importantly, a better customer experience).

Jay Mason, Ph.D, VP of Market Intelligence, PulteGroup

Jay Mason, Ph.D, is the National Vice President of Market Intelligence for PulteGroup in Atlanta, where he manages the business strategy process of 27 divisions across the country and applies "big data" solutions to enterprise-wide competitive decision making.

Stephen Myers, COO and data strategist, Thrive Home Builders

Stephen Myers is the COO at Thrive Home Builders. He began his career in media relations and marketing & communications, working in the United States Senate, United States House of Representatives and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Stephen obtained a master's degree in Finance at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in 2010. Immediately prior to joining the Thrive team, he worked in mergers & acquisitions for Dish Network, working on more than $2.8 billion in transactions.

Deryl Patterson, AIA, president and founder, Housing Design Matters

Deryl Patterson, AIA, is an award-winning architect with over 30 years of experience and the president and founder of Housing Design Matters, Inc., specializing in residential architecture. She is married with three grown children and applies her experience as a working mother and empty-nester to all of her designs. A renown influencer in the industry, Deryl stays on the forefront of current trends and innovations, drawing from everyday life to channel thoughtful design that improves the way we live. She has served on multiple NAHB committees, including Design, Education and the 55+ Council. Deryl is often a speaker at national and regional industry events. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Architecture and is a registered architect in multiple states.

Chad Sanschagrin, CEO, Cannonball Moments

Chad Sanschagrin is fulfilling his purpose in life by making a difference in the lives of others. He began his career in the hotel industry as a hotel steward and convention houseman. After working his way up to Director level in several hotels, he wanted to do something different. He joined Richmond American Homes where he became the company's top sales professional. In new-home sales, he discovered that the right leadership could transform the average mindset into an extraordinary one. Today, Chad owns his own company – Cannonball Moments – coaching corporate leaders and their teams around the country and helping unleash the potential of his clients. When he is not focused on becoming better at changing behaviors, Chad speaks to thousands of people each year on how to have the life you truly want. This, for him is, "living the dream." In his free time, he attends his daughters' basketball games, is an avid runner, reads voraciously, and loves creating memorable moments with his family.

Scott Sedam, President, TrueNorth Development

Scott Sedam is president of TrueNorth Development in South Lyon, MI, a consulting firm of experienced home building professionals who for 22 years has worked with more than 200 builders in five countries to improve product, process, and profit. A former Corporate VP for Pulte Corporation, Scott is also a senior contributing editor to Pro Builder magazine. His multiple award-winning monthly column has run continually for 22 years. Scott is a passionate advocate of both application of Lean Process in home building and the development of our trade base on both the national and local levels. Scott is a member of the Board of Trustees for HBI – the Home Building Institute, the organization that leads the way in trade development nationwide.

Wayne Yamano, Principal, John Burns Real Estate Consulting

Wayne Yamano is a Principal at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, where he helps executives make informed housing industry decisions by leveraging his experience as an executive at a top home builder recognized for innovation and a "unicorn" startup disrupting the way people buy and sell their homes. Prior to joining John Burns Real Estate Consulting, Wayne was Head of Pricing Operations at Opendoor, leading all national operations related to pricing. He also held the post of SVP of Strategic Operations & Marketing at Meritage Homes, where he led national land strategy, marketing, research, and architecture. Wayne has an MBA from USC and BS in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics from UCLA.