Meet the people behind companies, such as I-Grace, Level 10 Construction, JRC Group and Reis, and learn how they apply their decades of collective experience to building some of the most beautiful custom homes in Southern California.
The ICAA Southern California Chapter’s first builder’s panel will examine challenges unique to the region and discuss post-pandemic changes, the application of technology, and how to avoid common problems. Bring your questions on how to achieve success on a project for an insightful Q&A session following the panel discussion.
A brief overview of our moderator and panelists:
Brian Pinkett, AIA, has been working with Landry Design Group for almost 30 years. As principal, Brian focuses on design, management and the firm’s overall organizational growth. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, studying Urban Design and Planning in Washington, D.C., and Renaissance Architecture in Rome with the late historian Colin Rowe. Brian also taught architectural design and theory at Cornell University’s Introduction to Architecture Program. Brian knew he wanted to be an architect at a very young age. At 18 he won the Young American Design Award: the single-family home that he designed was built in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Other significant awards include: La Cite Internationale de Montreal Award and many Gold Nugget Grand Awards with Landry Design Group. He is also a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Los Angeles Conservancy, and a board member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Southern California Chapter.
Ron Johns has been with I-Grace for 12 years and leads custom home construction projects across the entire portfolio. Prior to working in residential, Ron spent 16 years in commercial construction working in Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles and Hawaii – his projects included renovating the Pentagon, a baseball stadium in NY, the 9/11 Memorial in Staten Island, a high-rise condo in LA, Tom Bradley International Terminal, and neighborhoods of housing in Hawaii. He currently calls Manhattan Beach home, and spends his free time being a husband and dad, golfing, surfing and (of course) renovating his house.
Sarah Larson of San Francisco Bay Area Level 10 Construction started her construction career as a laborer in the field, and after three years found the construction industry a great fit. After completing her degree in Construction Management from North Dakota State University, she moved into project management roles. Sarah is experienced in multiple project types, including residential, education, commercial, OSHPD, tenant improvement, and infrastructure. Sarah has worked on a diverse portfolio of marquee projects including Facebook, Stanford, and Kaiser Permanente. She is a member of Society of Women Engineers, National Association of Women in Construction and is currently working on the construction of her first classical residential project.
JRC Group’s Jason Rodriguez’s passion for building is in his blood. As soon as he could walk, Jason was immersed in the knowledge of three prior generations. Assisting his grandfather and great grandfather framing houses well into their 80s and working for his father’s small GC firm every summer and winter in college solidified this passion. After earning an undergraduate degree in Construction Science from Texas A&M University, Jason moved to Los Angeles to work with commercial builders, then moved his focus to high-end residential. Previously with Peter McCoy Construction, he collaborated and worked alongside architects & designers such as Tadao Ando, Peter Marino and David Kleinberg to build iconic custom estates. In 2012, Jason founded JRC Group Inc. with the vision to bring complete transparency, efficiency, professionalism and quality to the luxury, residential building industry.
Jim Schram of Reis Contracting is a passionate builder with 45 years of experience. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara with a dual degree in Civil Engineering and Botany, Jim began his career as a tradesman and progressed to Superintendent, Project Engineer and Project Manager. He founded and ran Winters Schram and Associates for 30 years, which built some of the most celebrated estate homes and institutional projects in Los Angeles, and was published in Architectural Digest, Interior Design, The New York Times, Residential Design Magazine and Sunset Magazine, among others. Jim joined Reis Contracting in 2020 and leads the company’s West Coast operations as Director of Project Development & Engineering.
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