Building Communities Since 1988

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Executive Management Team

Stephen E. Olson Chairman & Founder

Mr. Olson directs the overall business strategy for the Company in providing housing solutions for California’s cities and agencies. He has over 25 years of homebuilding experience developing in excess of 10,000 homes in urban areas with many projects located next to transit stops.  Mr. Olson was named America’s Builder of the Year and has been honored by State, City, and Transit Agencies for the contributions he has made to affordable housing in California.

He is an alumnus of the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, a member of the Founders Cabinet at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, a long time member of the Pepperdine University Board, and the University of Redlands Board of Trustees. In addition, Mr. Olson has received an honorary Doctorate of Law from Pepperdine University and is a recipient of the Pepperdine Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. He has also been a Commencement Speaker at both Pepperdine University and the University of Redlands.

In addition to serving as The Olson Company Chairman, Mr. Olson serves on the Board of the Aquarium of the Pacific (also served as past Chairman), Kings Seafood Company, Flowline Inc., ONX Wines, and OMC. He is a past member of the L.A. County Housing Commission which advised the County on matters of affordable housing, transit housing, and permit processing. Prior to founding The Olson Company, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Signet Scientific Company, an international technology company and a Vice President of Dean Witter and Company specializing in real estate finance.

Mr. Olson received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands (BA).

Scott Laurie President & CEO

Mr. Laurie joined The Olson Company in 2007 and oversees the organization’s administrative and operating groups including strategic planning, acquisition, finance, construction, legal, and human resources. Olson is one of the largest private builders in California with a primary focus on affordable, transit-oriented, urban, infill housing in partnership with cities and municipalities. The Olson Company is ranked as one of the nation’s leading homebuilders for overall buyer satisfaction, construction quality and sales process according to Eliant Survey Systems.

Mr. Laurie started in the homebuilding industry in 1996, and he was previously with KB Home for 9 years, holding various Executive positions at both the Corporate and Division levels, as well as Inland Valley President.

Mr. Laurie is currently a member of the Executive Committee for USC LUSK Center for Real Estate and is also a member of the ULI Residential Neighborhood Council.  He has previously served on the Executive Board of BIA Baldy View and has been involved in various other real estate organizations.

A native of Southern California and resident of Santa Monica, Mr. Laurie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California in Urban Planning and Development.

Mario A. Urzua Senior Vice President & CFO

Mr. Urzua joined The Olson Company in 2004 and oversees the financial management of the company including financial reporting, investor relations and long-range capital planning. He is responsible for managing relationships with the company’s financial partners and raising corporate and project level debt and equity. Prior to being named Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Urzua held the position of Senior Vice President of Finance for The Olson Company.

Mr. Urzua previously was the Chief Financial Officer for GreenPark Group, a Warburg Pincus venture. He spent three years with Colony Capital, Inc/Colony Advisors, Inc., where he was responsible for the financial reporting for two private equity real estate partnerships with net assets in excess of $1.6 billion. He also worked for Coopers & Lybrand, LLP, providing professional services to a number of clients in various industries.

A resident of Rossmoor, Mr. Urzua is a Certified Public Accountant (license inactive) and received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M. B. A. from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

William E. Holford President, Olson Communities

Mr. Holford is responsible for overseeing The Olson Company’s operating division responsible for planning, development, construction, marketing, home sales, finance and homeowner satisfaction at Olson communities throughout California. Olson’s operating division has been recognized as the #1 U.S. Home Builder for ‘Purchase Experience’, ‘Customer Satisfaction’ and ‘Construction Experience & Quality’, according to Eliant Survey Systems. Joining the company in 2003, Mr. Holford, also manages the company’s corporate branding & marketing efforts.

Joining The Walt Disney Company in 1989, Mr. Holford directed sales & marketing for Disney’s West Coast Division, including Disneyland Park and Resort. A member of the initial executive team for Disney Sports Enterprises in 1993, Mr. Holford oversaw Sales & Marketing for the inaugural Mighty Ducks Hockey Team (NHL) as well as the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim’s Premium Club program. Disney acquired the Anaheim Angels Baseball Club (MLB) in 1996 and Mr. Holford was responsible for the Sales & Marketing of the Club and newly renovated Angels Stadium Ballpark. During his career at Disney, Mr. Holford was a recipient of the Advertising Age Magazine “Marketing 100” Award for global marketing.

A 10 year veteran of the airline industry, Mr. Holford began his professional career managing sales and marketing for domestic and international passenger carriers, including Long Beach based Jet America.

A native and resident of Long Beach, Mr. Holford attended California State University, Long Beach and has served on several boards and foundations including Southern California Special Olympics.

Todd J. Olson President, Community Development

Mr. Olson is responsible for managing all proposed developments from acquisitions and City relations through entitlements and permitting. Mr. Olson has over fifteen years experience in real estate, exclusively with The Olson Company.

Prior to joining The Olson Company Mr. Olson worked in the technology industry providing integrated networking solutions to private business and universities throughout the United States.

Recognized as a leader in providing affordable housing and mixed-use developments in urban areas throughout the State of California, Mr. Olson sits on the California Redevelopment Association’s Housing Committee charged with the development and review of the State’s housing policies.

A resident of Long Beach, Mr. Olson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Entrepreneurship Program from the University of Southern California.

The Olson Company Board Of Directors

Murray Hutchison
Former Chairman
Texas Eastern Product Pipeline

Donald Clark
CEO & President
Clark and Trevithick

A.J. Richard
Senior Director
TH Real Estate

Stephen E. Olson
Chairman & Founder
The Olson Company

James Hankla
JCH Fulcrum, LLC

Geoff Le Plastrier
Le Plastrier Development Consulting

Don Knabe
Supervisor 4th District (Retired)
County of Los Angeles

Thomas W. Turney
Managing Principal
NewCap Partners, Inc.

Financial Affiliations
State of Michigan Retirement Funds
Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.
Wells Fargo Bank
City National Bank
Moelis & Company
Henderson Global Investors
Housing Capital Company

Legal Counsel
O’Melveny & Meyers
Gallagher & Moore
Cox, Castle & Nicholson
McKenna, Long & Aldridge
Clark & Trevithick
Payne & Fears
Irell & Manella

Ernst & Young, LLP

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