Gavin SermonTackling a new area of the business for South Pointe as the Sr. Project Manager Gavin will lead our efforts for the development of Hidden Hills in Temecula CA. where we are planning to build 17 custom homes. Having previously worked to evaluate the internal processes at South Pointe and with his team strives to improve the systems and processes to maximize efficiency on the office side of operations so that the field side can move forward as smoothly as possible. He connects with vendors and subcontractors to work on pricing and maintains communications between all parties. He ensures a completely developed plan for the field.
He also is tasked with helping and training the team members in using and understanding the operational software, “BuilderTrend.” The software allows users to know what is happening on the various job-sites. Gavin understands that the software is only as good as the input; therefore, he makes certain that the most accurate information is inputted and reinforces the use of it.
A graduate of BYU-Idaho, Gavin received a degree in construction management in 2008 and was recruited right out of college by a large southern California commercial construction company. It was a large, very corporate enviroment. It was a good job, but Gavin wanted to do something different with a smaller company and play a part in a concern that would grow. South Pointe was a perfect fit.
Once introduced to southern California, he says he fell in love with the beautiful weather and the beach, where he and his family go as often as possible. He is a novice surfer and likes mountain biking. His other favorite pastime is technology. “I like taking the time to figure it out and how to implement it.” Someday he’d like to spend more free time getting into music, but for now, he loves his work and the great group of people with whom he works.
“The favorite part of my job is the team,” he said. “I’d be happy with this group of people if we were selling cardboard boxes!”
Director of Operations
Director of Operations
Mariana SaldanaMariana as the Director of Operations is responsible for day to day execution and support of key operational functions performed in the division office. Her position pulls together many of the required operations needed on a daily basis to create a smooth work flow that helps make the office efficient and excellent customer service sustainable.
Her wide range of experience makes Mariana the perfect fit for this position that has a varied scope of functional tasks, many of which have daily, weekly or monthly deadlines. The authority to handle and resolve daily situations in this position is a key to success. One of things Mariana likes about her new career is the contact and communication she has with an extensive number of both internal and external personnel.
In the past, Mariana has worked as an office manager; she’s ran her own company and worked at Home Depot on the merchandising execution team. She has a wealth of information. In Bill's words “Mariana is truly the perfect match for South Pointe,”.
Mariana is Bill’s sister-in-law and she is in awe of his drive and understanding of the business. “I want to learn as much as I can from him; he’s amazing,” she said. “I told my 15 year-old daughter, ‘If Uncle Bill tells you anything about business, you listen!’”
She likes computers and is passionate about reading anything entertaining although with work and family, finding time to relax with a book can be challenging. Sometimes she and her daughter read a book together.
She says she is always looking forward to learning all she can and wherever this adventure takes them, she wants to be a part of it. “It amazes me how far South Pointe has come in such a short time. I just can’t wait to see what’s next.”