Executive Leadership Team
Co-Founder & CEO
As the Co-Founder and CEO at Thomas James Homes, Tommy oversees operations and leads the short- and long-term strategic direction of the firm’s portfolio. Prior to founding Thomas James Homes, Tommy served as Senior Vice President at Independent Financial Mortgage, where he originated approximately $1.8 billion in loans.
Tommy’s nearly 20 years in the mortgage and homebuilding industries cover management, business development, investor relations, research, analysis, and marketing.
He studied electrical and electronics engineering at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, business administration at Washington State University, and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in California and Washington.
President & Chief Financial Officer
James is our Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all corporate finance, accounting, and reporting activities. He has previously held the CFO position at Alexander & Baldwin, SL Green Realty, Strategic Hotels & Resorts and Irvine Apartment Communities.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from Tulane University, James completed his MBA at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
James’ financial executive experience at public companies spans two decades in the office, industrial, retail, hotel and multifamily real estate sectors. He serves on the board of advisors and fairness opinion committee for NYC-based investment bank, CenterCap Group, as well as Tulane University’s School of Science and Engineering. James is a board leadership fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors and was formerly a director and chairman of the audit committee for the public REIT Easterly Government Properties.
CHIEF SALES OFFICER
Brian serves as Chief Sales Officer and oversees sales strategy, company-wide marketing, and growth initiatives. He brings over 25 years of experience in sales and marketing in high-growth environments as an entrepreneur and as a public company executive. His expertise also includes developing strategic partnerships to increase brand awareness and customer conversion.
Before joining TJH, Brian was Executive Vice President, Head of Enterprise Sales and Partnerships at Wheels Up, where he led the creation of the Wheels Up Sales Academy and established innovative new partnerships across real estate, financial services, hospitality, and retail. Prior to Wheels Up, he served as the founder and chief executive officer for several companies focused on consumer engagement, brand activation, and advertising. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Connecticut, Brian began his career in sales leadership roles in the mortgage insurance and wholesale lender industry.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
As our Chief Operating Officer, Steve oversees all TJH homebuilding operations, including acquisition, development, and homebuilding activities across all divisions.
Steve possesses over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry and brings expertise within homebuilding operations, land acquisitions, capital allocation, strategy, and people development. Prior to joining TJH, he spent 20 years with PulteGroup where he served in multiple senior management roles, including Northern California Division President and Area President for West Coast operations. During his tenure as Pulte’s Northern California Division President, he oversaw the construction and sale of over 10,000 homes. He also launched Pulte’s infill urban housing group in Northern California. Prior to Pulte, Mr. Kalmbach served as Vice President for Catellus Development (now Prologis) in San Francisco, focusing on building urban, mixed-income and mixed-use housing throughout Northern California.
Steve serves on the Board of Directors for the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) and HomeAid Northern California. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Mr. Kalmbach was inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame in 2021.
Chief People Officer
As our Chief People Officer, Dan is responsible for all things people-related, including employee experience, total rewards, payroll, talent acquisition, organizational development, HR systems, compliance, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Dan brings over 30 years of related HR experience in retail, operations, hospitality, and consulting. Prior to joining the TJH team, he served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Macy’s for 12 years, and most recently, as a consultant, helping organizations build their people, processes, and practices. He was also an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University for 20 years, where he taught courses for the Industrial/Organizational and Organizational Behavior Psychology programs in the US and China.
Dan is a senior certified professional (SHRM-SCP) with the Society for Human Resource Management and a member of the board of directors for the Slippery Rock University Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a minor in business administration from Slippery Rock University, and a Master’s degree in organizational behavior from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DIVISION
President of the Southern California division, Dan Carroll leads the acquisitions and disposition teams, sales and marketing team, real estate development, and strategic direction for the region. With over 28 years in the real estate industry, Dan has a wealth of experience in land acquisition, entitlement and development, sales and marketing, and capital management.
Prior to TJH, he spent 23 years with Pulte Homes in various roles, most notably as Division President. At Pulte, he was instrumental in the acquisition and development of over 15,000 homes. Dan also held various positions at Citation Homes Central, and throughout his career, he’s worked across all real estate business disciplines—from land acquisition to homebuilding to sales and marketing.
Dan earned a Bachelor of Science from California State University, Santa Clara, followed by a California Real Estate Broker’s license. When he’s not working, Dan enjoys spending time with his family – especially when rooting for his beloved Dodgers baseball team.
With more than 20 years of real estate industry experience, Ryan oversees the development of Thomas James Homes’ Arizona team, including the brand’s signature home designs, property acquisition, and regional partnerships.
Prior to TJH, Ryan served in multiple executive-level capacities with Richmond American Homes, one of the Top 5 largest Phoenix homebuilders. During his five years with Richmond, he grew his division more than 80% year-over-year and served as Vice President of Land, Executive Vice President of Operations, and most recently, President for the Phoenix East Division. Ryan was also the Phoenix and Tucson Regional Vice President of Land Acquisition and Development for Mattamy Homes, preceded by nearly eight years with PulteGroup where he held several positions, including Director of Land Acquisition, Director of Planning and Development, and Project Manager.
Ryan is a registered civil engineer in both Arizona and California, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from Northern Arizona University, in addition to an MBA from University of Arizona. He was drawn to the homebuilding industry through his work with an engineering consulting firm, where he spent seven years in project management, engineering design, and construction management for homebuilders, developers, and the public works sector.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST DIVISION
Jim was born and raised in the New York Metropolitan Area and New England. He studied economics at Hamilton College, and achieved Master Degrees from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, and University of Washington’s College of Built Environments.
Jim has spent most of his career working for large national homebuilders including Toll Brothers, Shea Homes, Richmond American Homes, and DR Horton.
Jim has worked in nearly every aspect of home building (entitlements, purchasing, construction management, sales, warranty) and has held executive positions in acquisitions, land development, and operations. Jim helped establish our Denver office, and has opened offices for national builders expanding into new markets.
Northern California Division
As President of our Northern California Division, Jon leads the acquisitions and disposition teams, real estate development, and strategic direction for the region. He is also responsible for product development, purchasing, design and construction operations, as well as the profit and loss responsibility of the business. Before joining the TJH team, he was Chief Operating Officer at Maverick Partners and President at MBK Homes.
As a real estate development and industry leader, Jon has over 30 years’ of experience in traditional homebuilding, student and senior housing, acquisitions, entitlement, predevelopment/development, construction operations, and finance. He has served in executive leadership roles for large, publicly traded Fortune 500 companies, along with startup and private equity sponsored organizations. In addition to partnering with community leaders, elected officials and other stakeholders, Jon has served as BIA Chairman and PCBC contributing speaker and author. He is a member of Silicon Valley Leadership Group and San Mateo County Economic Development Association.
Jon has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Oregon, earning accolades as a student athlete, team captain and PAC 10 Conference honoree. He enjoys spending time with his wife of 27 years, Tammy, and their three kids Evan, Paige, and Jane, whether it’s at a Cal Bears football game, Pepperdine University swim meet, or high school lacrosse game.
As President of our Colorado Division, Stephen leads the acquisitions and disposition teams, sales and marketing team, real estate development, and strategic direction for the region. He is also responsible for product development, purchasing, design and construction operations, as well as the profit and loss responsibility of the business.
Over the course of a 31-year career, Stephen has developed strong leadership skills and experience across a broad spectrum of real estate business, including land acquisition, strategy, networking and negotiations, sales and business development, and operations management.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science in business from the University of the Redlands, Stephen earned a dual Masters of Business Administration degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and New York’s Columbia University. He currently serves on University of Redlands’ board of trustees and as president of the alumni board of directors. Stephen enjoys spending time with his family, running, reading, golf, and travel.