California Homebuilding Foundation to Induct Six Industry Leaders into Hall of Fame


SACRAMENTO, CA – February 2, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Six homebuilding leaders will be honored at the California homebuilding industry’s most prestigious event, the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame Celebration.

Each year, the California Homebuilding Foundation honors the lifetime achievements of a select few who have made outstanding contributions to the homebuilding industry while maintaining an active presence in the betterment of their communities.

Named to the Hall of Fame, Class of 2012:

Aram Bassenian, AIA
Chairman & CEO
Bassenian Lagoni Architecture, Planning and Interiors – Newport Beach
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Wilfred N. Cooper, Sr.
Chairman of the Board
WNC & Associates, Inc. – Irvine
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Fremont DeArmond
Senior VP, Northern California Homebuilder Services
First American Title Company – San Jose
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Walter W. Keusder (Wes)
Keusder Homes – Costa Mesa
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Jeffery Mezger
President, CEO and Director
KB Home – Los Angeles
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John Orr, CAE
President & CEO
North State Building Industry Association – Sacramento / Roseville
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Celebrating its 28th year, the Hall of Fame is comprised of 187 men and women who epitomize the spirit of the homebuilding industry – skillful, visionary, resilient and determined. Each honoree has also been a model of public service through their enthusiastic involvement in civic, social and philanthropic organizations in their communities.

“The 2012 class of inductees is a remarkable group of people who have all made a lasting impression on the homebuilding world and their communities. While they might hail from different sectors of the homebuilding community, their passion for the industry is what unites them and shows why they are more than deserving of this honor,” said Steve Doyle, President of Brookfield Homes, Chairman of the California Homebuilding Foundation and a past Hall of Fame inductee.

The Hall of Fame Awards Dinner will be held Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at the Hilton Union Square Hotel in San Francisco. For tickets or more information, go to and or contact Terri Brunson at CHF at (916) 340-3340 or tbrunson (at) mychf (dot) org.


The California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF), founded in 1978 as a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization, serves the homebuilding industry by providing scholarships, research and educational professional development programs for California’s homebuilding and construction industries. It is the presenter of California homebuilding industry’s top honor, the Hall of Fame Award.

For more information on the Hall of Fame or to learn more about the Foundation and its programs please contact Terri Brunson, Executive Director, at tbrunson (at) mychf (dot) org or (916) 340-3340. Additional information can be found at

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Media Contact:

Michael Castillo
Communications Manager
(916) 443-7933 ext. 346
mcastillo (at) cbia (dot) org


The California Building Industry Association (CBIA) is a statewide trade association representing thousands of homebuilders, remodelers, subcontractors, architects, engineers, designers, and other industry professionals.


California Building Industry Association
1215 K Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 443-7933
Fax: (916) 443-1960

Michael Castillo
Communications Specialist
(916) 443-7933 ext. 346

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