BUILDER Announces 2017 Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award

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DeNova Homes Leadership Selected to Receive Honor

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“The Hearthstone BUILDER Award honors those in our industry who invest their time, energy and resources to helping others,” said Frank Anton, Vice Chairman Emeritus of Hanley Wood.

Hanley Wood, the premier information, media, event, and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries, has announced that Dave and Lori Sanson, CEO and executive vice president of DeNova Homes, are the recipients of the 2017 Hearthstone Humanitarian Award, presented annually by BUILDER magazine and Hearthstone, a leader in financing single family development.

“The Hearthstone BUILDER Award honors those in our industry who invest their time, energy and resources to helping others,” said Frank Anton, Vice Chairman Emeritus of Hanley Wood. “Dave and Lori are a true example of community altruism, which is directly reflected in their company culture and their generous contributions to HomeAid.”

Hearthstone and BUILDER, together with founding sponsor Kohler Company, joined forces to recognize builders who go the extra mile to help others. Now in its 18th year, the Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award has given nearly $6 million to charity, making it the largest philanthropic award in the home building industry, to honor builders who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to making their communities a better place to work and live.

“There is so much pride behind honoring these individuals, year after year, who represent the best of the best in the builder industry,” said Mark Porath, CEO of Hearthstone. “And, what also makes me equally proud is that there are so many great submissions every year. I am always humbled by the self-sacrifice of the leaders in our industry, which inevitably makes it a difficult decision."

The Sansons and DeNova Homes, a San Francisco-area builder, started working with HomeAid Northern California, a group that focuses on rebuilding the lives of local homeless individuals and families, more than 10 years ago. The Sansons have active roles with HomeAid – Dave serves as Chairman of the Board and Lori has chaired the PR committee and the “Hope for the Homeless” annual fundraiser for the last seven years. Their local impact translates to housing for more than 500 homeless individuals with five large HomeAid projects. Their passion for the organization has been ingrained in their 60 employees at DeNova and with their two sons.

The couple led the construction of a home for a sick child in cooperation with Extreme Home Makeover last December to build a two-story, $700,000 home in just four and a half days. In addition, the Hope for the Homeless event that they inaugurated raised a total of $1 million in seven years. They also led project management and construction of the Mission Solano Bridge to Life campus ten years ago that provides housing to 200 homeless to the tune of $800,000 in in-kind donations. In addition, they renovated the STAND! For Families Free of Violence domestic violence shelter in Contra Costa County with another $250,000 in in-kind donations.

“The Sansons’ work for HomeAid has been overwhelming and just the most recent in a long history of builders working through HomeAid to give back to the community,” said Peter Simons, CEO, HomeAid America. “Past Hearthstone Humanitarian Award winners such as Bert Selva, Larry Webb, Mike McGee, David Hill and Bob Macleod have all done incredible work with HomeAid to fight homelessness in their communities and across the nation.”

The Sansons were selected by a panel of top industry leaders with experience in humanitarian outreach:

  • Frank Anton, Vice Chairman Emeritus of Hanley Wood;
  • John McManus, Vice President and Editorial Director, Residential Group, Hanley Wood;
  • Mark Porath, CEO of Hearthstone;
  • Bert Selva, CEO of Shea Homes;
  • Larry Webb, CEO of The New Home Co.
  • Dan Ryan, CEO of Dan Ryan Homes
  • Chris Gaffney, Group President, Toll Brothers
  • John Wieland, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods

The Sansons will be honored at the 2017 Housing Leadership Summit, taking place May 8-10 at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel at Dana Point, Cal.

“Our work with HomeAid is something we are extremely passionate about and take great joy in,” said Lori Sanson. “We are always thrilled when we can educate and inspire people about the cause, and the recognition that sometimes comes with that is actually a little outside our comfort zone.”

About Hearthstone
Hearthstone was the first, and today is the largest institutional investor solely focused on for-sale residential development in the United States, with over $12.5 billion committed to the home building industry since 1992. This commitment represents the financing of over 475 communities and 100,000 homes and lots. To learn more visit,

About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood is the premier company serving the information, media, and marketing needs of the residential, commercial design and construction industry. Utilizing the largest analytics and editorially driven Construction Industry Database, the company provides business intelligence and data-driven services. The company produces award-winning media, high-profile executive events, and strategic marketing solutions. To learn more, visit

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