Meet the Team: Daniela and Amanda, Sales Counselors at The Grove

It’s been a year since Bonadelle Neighborhoods hired Daniela Ataide and Amanda Lopez and within that year both have sold at several of our communities. Currently, you can find Ataide and Lopez at The Grove welcome center working on paperwork and finalizing purchases for The Grove Cottages development.

When it comes to buying a house, both women emphasize the importance of purchasing a home from a local homebuilder – it’s also the reason why Ataide and Lopez applied to work for Bonadelle Neighborhoods when the job opportunities arose. To them, choosing to buy from a local homebuilder means exceptional customer service that is only a short drive away, employees who are ready to help, and a reputable history in the local community. Ataide and Lopez strive to make the homebuying experience as exciting and easy as possible and hope to show all prospective homebuyers what sets Bonadelle Neighborhoods apart as the Valley’s local premiere homebuilder.

Interview with Dani Ataide:

Q: Why should someone buy from Bonadelle Neighborhoods?

Ataide: “I think it’s important to buy from a local builder, Bonadelle Neighborhoods, who has been building quality homes in the Central Valley for generations, takes pride in providing exceptional customer service from a team of supportive and knowledgeable professionals, offering peace of mind to buyers by streamlining the entire process of purchasing and building a brand new home.”

 

Q: What about the homebuying experience do you think is the most important thing for potential homeowners to know?

Ataide: “I think it’s important for potential homeowners to ask questions when unclear on anything pertaining to the purchase of their new home, be patient and understanding of the many variables with a new build and understand and trust the process during the build and loan processing time.”

 

 

Interview with Amanda Lopez:

Q: What is your favorite thing about this job?

Lopez: “I enjoy people and paperwork (I know that’s weird). I enjoy checking items off my lists, makes me feel accomplished. I enjoy the people I work with and that everyone has an open door even the main bosses.”

 

Q; Why should someone buy from Bonadelle Neighborhoods?

Lopez: Bonadelle is a local builder. Their corporate office, lending, title company, and most important warranty department are all within driving distance. You’re not going to get the run around with answering machines or email you can speak with us face to face.

 

Meet the Team: Jeff & Kate, Sales Counselors at Harvest

This Team Member Tuesday we are introducing Jeff Nermon and Kate Leonard, our sales team at Harvest at Riverstone. Jeff has been with Bonadelle Neighborhoods for almost ten years and has worked at nine of our communities! Kate joined the company almost two years ago and worked at the Canyon Creek welcome center before coming to Harvest.

 

Both Jeff and Kate have unique perspectives on Bonadelle Neighborhoods homes because both have lived in them! They go beyond the position of sales counselors and can understand the needs of every Bonadelle Neighborhoods homeowner, being one themselves. It is evident that both Jeff and Kate stand behind the quality we strive for and are eager to help homeowners find their own home sweet home. Make sure to stop by Harvest and meet this experienced team!

 

Interview with Kate Leonard:

Q: What led you to work for Bonadelle Neighborhoods?

Leonard:After moving back to California, I knew I wanted to work for a local builder with roots in the Valley and understood the needs of the community. From my very first interview, I could sense that everyone on the team really enjoyed their job and was treated like family. I also grew up in a Bonadelle home in Clovis and could personally attest to the quality of homes we build.”

 

Q: Why should someone buy a home at Harvest?

Leonard: “Harvest is a great option for anyone who wants to be a part of Riverstone at an affordable price. The Central Valley has never seen a community of this size with resort style amenities before and I think it’s really exciting to be a part of this brand-new concept.”

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about this job?

Leonard: “So many of our homeowners first come to us initially wanting to buy but not really thinking it’s within their reach. My favorite part of my job is helping people understand it is a possibility for their family and the steps they need to take to achieve this dream. I really love seeing the joy on my client’s faces when they receive their keys!”

 

 

Interview with Jeff Nermon:

Q: What led you to work for Bonadelle Neighborhoods?

Nermon: “The opportunity to work for a family business where you don’t have all the layers.  Prior to Bonadelle Neighborhoods, I worked for a couple of national builders, where you are just a number to them.”

 

Q: What makes Bonadelle Neighborhoods communities unique?

Nermon: “Knowing firsthand with not only having bought a brand new Bonadelle home myself, but also compared to other builders, quality and value stand out.”

 

Q: Why should someone buy a home at Harvest?

Nermon: “First, Harvest is the most affordable in Riverstone.  Second, being able to be a homeowner in a community that is all about being a part of something bigger.  The sense of community and the comradery you just don’t get anywhere else.”

 

 

Meet the Team: Tyler Pryor

The Bonadelle family isn’t the only family working at Bonadelle Neighborhoods. Dean and Tyler Pryor have been a hardworking father and son team within the office for eight years. Bonadelle Neighborhoods was Pryor’s first employer after graduating from Fresno Pacific University and the company has had a unique opportunity of watching him grow from a recent college graduate into a young professional. When Pryor first started with the company, he joined the sales team and was mentored by his father, Dean, and John Bonadelle, who passed down their knowledge from JB to him.

 

After eight years of working as a Sales Counselor, Pryor recently transitioned to Loan Officer at Premier Mortgage Inc. where he helps Bonadelle Neighborhoods customers find the right loan in order to purchase their dream home. Pryor’s years in sales paired with the mentorship he has received from both his father and John Bonadelle makes him the perfect fit as a Loan Officer. Bonadelle Neighborhoods is excited to watch Pryor continue to grow in this new position and looks forward to many more years of working alongside the Pryor family.

 

Q: Please provide a little background on your journey to working at Bonadelle Neighborhoods.

Pryor: “I was born and raised in Fresno,Ca.  I went to high school at Clovis West and ended up graduating from Fresno Pacific University.  All I did growing up was play baseball and go to school.  I was very fortunate that my parents never missed one of my games, from T-ball all the way through college ball.  With my dad being an important part of Bonadelle Neighborhoods, I can’t thank the Bonadelle family enough for giving him the flexibility to share in all of those experiences with me.  I have grown so much as a person in the last 8 years with Bonadelle Neighborhoods and can’t wait for this new chapter with Premier Mortgage,  Inc.”

 

Q: What made you want to follow in your father’s footsteps and work at Bonadelle Neighborhoods?

Pryor: “I was in my last semester of college and wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go.  Without my knowledge, my Dad had spoken to John Bonadelle about making me a part of the sales team.  Caught off guard, they offered me a job with Bonadelle Neighborhoods and I thought it would be a great opportunity.  Bonadelle Neighborhood’s has done so much for my family, I knew I was in good hands and that it would be the best decision for me moving forward.”

 

Q: What is it like working for a family company alongside your own family members?

Pryor: “Being able to work alongside my Dad and the Bonadelle family for the last 8 years has really been an eye-opening experience.  The Bonadelle family has some of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen.  You don’t really know what to expect starting a new venture but seeing everyone work together to make sure the company runs as smooth as possible is something really cool to see.

 

Q: What are some of the most important things you have learned from your father and John Bonadelle about the homebuilding industry?

Pryor: “John takes a lot pride in his sales skills he learned from his father.  He always has good sales tips and he knows every aspect of the homebuilding process, which he is never shy about passing along.  My Dad and John form a great team.  They understand each other and always seem to be on the same page.  The homebuilding industry is always changing, but the foundation of Bonadelle Neighborhoods is as consistent as ever.”

 

Q: What has the transition from Sales Counselor to Loan Officer been like?

Pryor: “I have always been a numbers guy like my dad.  It’s been a very smooth transition from new home sales to lending.  I love helping people find a loan that works for them.  Not every loan is the same, so helping borrowers understand the differences and make decisions based on that is something I really enjoy.  I pride myself in being someone people can trust.  Getting a loan is a huge deal, so having someone you can trust guide you through the process is a very important thing.”

 

Pryor’s NMLS #: 1924385

 

Meet the Team: Dean Pryor, Chief Financial Advisor

Dean PryorOver 40 years ago, a young professional with a background in finance and a degree from California State University, Fresno applied for a job at John Bonadelle Sr.’s (JB) company, Trend Homes. Dean Pryor got the job and immediately earned the position as the number two man to JB, who mentored him daily. This would be the start of a strong business relationship between Dean Pryor, and the entire Bonadelle family. When John Bonadelle joined the company a few years later it was the perfect team – JB led as President, Pryor worked as Chief Financial Officer, and Bonadelle was Vice President. Together the team built hundreds of houses and played a paramount role in building out the Central Valley.

 

Today Pryor still holds the CFO position at Bonadelle Neighborhoods, manages the accounting department, and acts as the Sales Administrator where he reviews and approves every sales contract for the homeowners. He is also the managing partner and broker of Premier Mortgage. Over the years Pryor has had the unique experience of watching the generations of Bonadelle family members grow up and establish themselves as young professionals in the homebuilding industry. He has even had the opportunity to watch his own son, Tyler join the Bonadelle Neighborhoods team. Pryor is an invaluable asset to the company and a wonderful mentor to the younger generations.

 

Q:  At this point you have now worked with 3 generations of the Bonadelle family. What has it been like for you seeing that transition?

 

Pryor: “When I started with John Sr. in 1979 I was 26 years old. I had a financial background but zero construction knowledge.  He put me in as the number two man in the company and was very patient as he taught me the business.  He had an amazing work ethic and a brilliant business mind. John Jr. came aboard, and it was my job to pass on what I had learned to him.  He has been great to work with. He has taken the very best parts of John Sr. and made the company even better. We’ve worked together for many years and we think alike.  John number three came a few years ago and he’s the smartest of all of us.  The company is in great hands with John, Bianca and I’m sure Mia to follow.”

 

Q: What are some of the most important things you have learned about this industry over the years?

 

Pryor: “Stay consistent. Treat others with respect.  There will be good times and bad times and you just keep working hard with the goal in mind.  Build a quality home at the best price you can.”

 

Q: What about this company has made you want to stay with it for so long?

 

Pryor: “I work with GREAT people!  A few I hired and they’ve been with the company 25 + years. The Bonadelle family has always treated me as part of the family.  We all share the same goals.”

 

Q: Why do you recommend buying a Bonadelle Neighborhoods home over another builder?

 

Pryor: “We work hard to build a home that our homebuyers would be proud to show off and we are local. Our homes have never been better than they are right now.  We stand behind our homes and we will be here when you need us.”

 

Meet the Team: Bianca Bonadelle, Communications and Public Relations Director

Bianca Bonadelle recently joined Bonadelle Neighborhoods as the Communications and Public Relations Director after having moved from Dallas, Texas. Growing up, Bonadelle was always interested in the family company and loved stopping by the corporate office after school to visit her father and mother to see what new project they were working on. As she grew older Bonadelle also became interested in other industries, specifically communications and fashion, but she always tried to find ways to relate them back to homebuilding and real estate.

Bonadelle pursued degrees in both Journalism and Fashion Media at Southern Methodist University and after graduation chose to start her working life in Dallas. Bonadelle worked as a publicist for an advertising agency that is the largest independently owned company in America. Working for such a large company, she had the opportunity to connect major companies and brands to the public through their messaging. While none of Bonadelle’s accounts were real estate focused, the exposure she received and the work tactics she learned are extremely applicable to our company. Bonadelle is excited to be back in the Valley working with her family and is looking forward to contributing to Bonadelle Neighborhoods’ success.

 

Q: How do you apply what you learned from your previous employer and college education to your position at Bonadelle Neighborhoods?

Bonadelle: I studied Journalism at SMU and I believe that my involvement in the extracurricular programs offered for journalism majors really strengthened every aspect of my communications skills. I was a reporter for SMU’s newspaper, The Daily Campus, as well as an anchor for the student run broadcast show, SMU Look. These opportunities forced me to become a better communicator both through written and spoken word. Communicating effectively is beneficial for any job, but I plan on exhausting these skills in my new position as it is a necessary element in my job description. After my first internship in PR I saw the importance of having strong communication skills and the overlap between Journalism and Public Relations. It made me want to be a publicist, and after college that’s exactly what I did. I worked on the public relations team for a major advertising agency in Dallas and really started utilizing the skills I had learned as a Journalism major for my job. I understand how to pitch a story to reporters and the best way to contact them because I once was a reporter for SMU. I understand how to effectively communicate a brand’s message to the public because of the skills I learned through anchoring for the show and conducting interviews. While the world of public relations is so much more than pitching reporters and brand messaging, I plan to use those strong skills of mine and apply them to this job like I did my last and I am excited to see the results it will bring to the company.

 

Q: How have you adjusted from working with a company of 800+ people to a family owned business?

Bonadelle: Having the opportunity to work for such a large advertising agency allowed me to work on some amazing accounts with businesses and non-profits that are well known around the country, and in some cases the world. Working on accounts like these required a lot of dedication, creativity, and diligence. Working for Bonadelle Neighborhoods really is no different. While we may not be known worldwide or have 800+ employees, we are dedicated to our work, we are creative with our floor plans, models, and advertisements, and we are made up of diligent employees who care about this company, the homes we build, and bettering our community. Adjusting to my new job with Bonadelle Neighborhoods was a fairly easy transition, although I am still not used to calling my bosses ‘mom’ and ‘dad’.

 

Q: How do you plan to use your position to advance the company? What specific goals do you have set for your position?

Bonadelle: My most immediate goal is to expand Bonadelle Neighborhoods’ presence on social media. Now more than ever people are relying on their phones to access news and learn about companies and I think it’s a great way to share our brand’s message of building homes for families to enjoy for generations to come. I think it’s an amazing thing to support our community by supporting other businesses and local non-profits and so I hope to get more exposure for our charitable contributions and partnerships. I believe it will in turn give those non-profits and organizations more opportunities to reach larger groups of people in the Central Valley. A long-term goal of mine that I hope to one day achieve is to land a feature in a major publication likes Forbes.

 

Q: What do you like best about your job?

Bonadelle: I love that I have the opportunity to be back in the Valley working with my family, pitching stories to the local news outlets, and sharing our company’s story with the community. Being able to carry on the legacy that my grandfather has left behind while working alongside my parents and brother truly is something special that I love being able to do.

Meet the Team: John A. Bonadelle

John A. BonadelleFrom a very young age, John Anthony Bonadelle knew he wanted to be involved in the homebuilding industry, just like his father and grandfather. To him, physically seeing the results that you are continuously working towards, like a new community that a few months prior was only a vacant field but is now filled with moving trucks in the driveway and excited families moving in, is unlike any satisfaction he could receive from another industry.

Growing up John A. would spend early summer mornings out at the construction site learning the foundations for how to build a quality home. After getting his realtors license in college, he eventually moved on from the construction site to the sales offices and began selling the homes that he once used to build.

John A. now acts as Bonadelle Neighborhoods Director of Operations, his responsibilities include locating, entitling, and acquiring undeveloped properties that have the potential to be valuable for the company. We sat down with John A. to talk more about his vital role in the company, how he plans on continuing the strong legacy his father and grandfather have built over the last 75 years, and his future goals as a young professional.

 

Q: Explain the process of finding an undeveloped lot and transforming it into a community that families can enjoy for generations to come?

Bonadelle: “I am more or less involved with every step from taking a vacant undeveloped property to preparing it for homes to be constructed on. This includes working with local land sellers to identify properties we feel can be created into a neighborhood that is appealing to both future residents and the surrounding neighbors; working with the cities to create an entitled subdivision and then ultimately budgeting for and developing a property into a future community. I also have a handful of other various responsibilities such as serving on our existing homeowner associations (H.O.A.’s) executive boards prior to us completing a neighborhood and the homeowners ultimately managing their own H.O.A.’s.”

 

Q: What made you want to return to the Valley after having lived in Dallas?

Bonadelle: “The Central Valley has always been home to me, and it is a great place to work and live. Central Valley residents are extremely friendly, honest and hardworking, which I very much value. From a career perspective, I have always wanted to work with the company and felt I could make a positive impact to Bonadelle Neighborhoods and the home buyers we serve.”

 

Q: How do you uphold the legacy of your grandfather and father in your everyday work?

Bonadelle: “My grandfather built a successful career and company off the idea of creating value by building quality, affordable housing for thousands of Californians looking to achieve the American Dream of homeownership. Over the years California has become an extremely expensive place to live, but despite this Bonadelle Neighborhoods still continues to create the opportunity for homeownership at an affordable price for hundreds of new homeowners each year. For instance, our Legacy Series communities are some of the most affordable first-time home buying opportunities in the entire state of California. These communities are being built in Clovis Unified, one of the premier school districts in California; Riverstone, a top master planned community in the country; and in northwest Fresno, an extremely desirable neighborhood. That is a tremendous level of value for our home buyers and they will see their value continue to grow as they live in their homes long term. Our Signature Series offers pool sized lots that are becoming increasingly rare to find in California and provide the ability for families to grow into their home and enjoy their own piece of California.

 

Long term, John A. plans on continuing to build homes with the same quality and affordability that Bonadelle Neighborhoods has offered for 75 years while also evolving and developing new floor plans.

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Meet the Team: Lisa Bonadelle, Vice President

Lisa Bonadelle didn’t start her career in the homebuilding industry. After having received her MBA from Cal State University Fresno she worked as the Director of Marketing and Fundraising for the American Cancer Society. Over the last several years of working as the Director of Marketing for Bonadelle Neighborhoods, Bonadelle has been able to apply lessons learned from fundraising and working for a nonprofit to the homebuilding industry. This has allowed Bonadelle Neighborhoods to have a marketing perspective that is both authentic and valuable.

 

When Bonadelle isn’t deciding on the next campaign slogan or advertisement to run, she is acting as the company’s Interior Designer. With a love for both fashion and art, Bonadelle combines the two to create a beautiful living space for families to enjoy for generations to come. The accented walls, perfectly fluffed pillows, and vibrant art pieces are just a few things customers will find when walking through any Bonadelle Neighborhoods model home.

 

In addition to decorating and designing model homes that families can picture as their own ‘home sweet home’, Bonadelle also works closely with the home service department. She is truly there from the start to finish of a homeowner’s experience with the company. Continue reading on to learn more about how Bonadelle juggles her long ‘to-do lists’ at work and special tips on how to make a Bonadelle home a representation of you and your own family.

 

Q: You have a lot of roles within this company, do you have a favorite position and if so, why?

Bonadelle: I appreciate all of the departments in our company as each is essential to making Bonadelle Neighborhoods unique and special. I spend a lot of my time working on marketing and promoting the Bonadelle Neighborhoods brand as well as protecting it through our home service department.

 

Q: How do you begin decorating a model home?

Bonadelle: I immediately determine a design style for each model based upon the demographics of the community that we are building as well as current design trends. I then meet with our wonderful design consultant, Amanda Cooley, at Builder’s Flooring and make paint color, countertop and flooring selections. This allows us to choose a color scheme and theme to keep throughout the home.

 

Q: Do you have any decorating tips for people furnishing their homes?

Bonadelle: Find an item, whether art for your wall or a fantastic bedspread, that you absolutely love and use that as your inspiration for color, style, etc. Once you find something you truly love it is easy to find furniture and accessories that will work with it. Before you know it your home is a true reflection of you and your family.

 

Q: What sets Bonadelle Neighborhoods apart from other builders?
Bonadelle: At Bonadelle Neighborhoods, we truly do our best to build quality neighborhoods that families will enjoy, feel safe in, and be proud of for generations. Since we are a local,  family-owned company, we can closely monitor the development of a community and the homes built in them. We have a pulse on what our homeowners view as important in a home and we do our very best to provide it. We are also surrounded by employees and trade partners who have been with our company for years and who share our commitment to building value for generations.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Team: John Bonadelle, President


John Bonadelle has been involved in the homebuilding industry since the young age of 12. It was in grade school when Bonadelle’s father, John Bonadelle Sr, began showing him how to properly build a quality home for residents of the Valley. Unlike most children who spend their summers by the pool, Bonadelle spent his out on the construction site swinging a hammer and picking up construction debris. Bonadelle admits his summers were not the most glamorous, but he attributes his understanding of basic construction and his strong rapport with the men at the sites, some of whom are still with Bonadelle Neighborhoods today, to those hot summer days.

Bonadelle eventually made his way from the construction site to the sales office after having graduated from the University of Southern California. It was from his years spent in the sales office and being mentored by his father, who was president of the company at the time, that he began to truly understand every aspect of the business.

Now,  34 years later and filled with new experiences, more knowledge, and having built thousands of homes, we sat down with the Bonadelle Neighborhoods President to discuss his perspectives on the industry and his company.

Q: What do you love most about being a part of the homebuilding industry?

Bonadelle: “I have two favorite parts of this job. I really enjoy watching a project that you once saw as a cow pasture turned into a neighborhood. I like seeing the construction and something being produced that was really nothing before we got there, but we turned it into a valuable neighborhood of homes where families will live for decades. The second part of the job that I really like is the sales part. I really enjoyed being in the sales office making a sale, watching the home get completed, and handing the customer their keys.”

Q: How do you see your role as president?

Bonadelle: “My role is to continue the 75 years of tradition of building communities in the San Joaquin Valley. I take a lot of pride in it and I’m looking forward to the next generation of our family continuing our success in the Valley like the generation before us.”

Q: Why buy a Bonadelle Neighborhoods home?

Bonadelle: “I think someone should buy a Bonadelle because of our local roots, our local contributions to the community, and our personal management of the company that goes above and beyond a service that they would get from other builders.”

Bonadelle’s future plans include acting as a mentor for his children in the same way his father did for him and continuing to build valuable homes for families to enjoy for generations to come.

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Declutter 101: Seven Steps to Simplicity

Living a simplified, clutter-free life in your Bonadelle Neighborhoods’ home sounds attractive, doesn’t it? The benefits of owning fewer possessions sound appealing: less stress, less debt, less to clean and organize, more money and energy to devote towards hobbies/activities. It all sounds idyllic and heavenly until you get to the looming question… how do I even start?!

Let us help, with Declutter 101: Seven Steps to Simplicity!

  1. Start with just 5 minutes! Zen Habits recommends 18 different 5-minute decluttering tips as a perfect starting point for decluttering your life. Pick one. Start there, commit 5-minutes to it and continue on!
  2. Give away one thing each day. We all have a lot of stuff… too much stuff. Instead of tossing it in the trash, give it away. How about that pair of shoes that you’ve worn twice? Those skis that haven’t seen the slopes since ‘84? Or the case of vinyl records that are collecting dust in the attic? Slowly, but surely, giving one thing away each day will make this daunting task fly by with ease.
  3. Fill one trash bag. Turn it into a game: “how quickly can I fill this trash bag with donations?” Make it a family event and get everyone involved! This will turn the chore of decluttering into a fun exercise that gets everyone smiling.
  4. Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. Starting today, take all of the clothes in your closet and turn the hanger in the reverse direction, facing out. When hanging up a garment, put it back the correct way. After 6 months, see which pieces of clothing are on hangers facing the opposite direction. This is a great way to tell you which clothes you wear and which ones just fill your closet. 
  5. The 12-12-12 Challenge. This challenge is another great way to turn a boring task into a fun family activity. The simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house.
  6. Change your perspective. You may think you’re home is clutter free, but is it really? Change things up and try to see your home through another lens. Snap a photo and see what stands out. Invite a friend with a toddler and see what they get their hands on. Invite your boss over for dinner and see what areas you clean up first. 
  7. The Four-Box Method. Grab four boxes and label them like so: trash, give away, keep and relocate. Go through your room and start delegating items to each box. Place items from every room into one of the four categories. Do not pass over any item. Some projects may take an hour, while others may take days or weeks, but the technique and principles will remain the same.

It doesn’t matter how you get started – whether it’s one of these seven steps, or a variety of others – the end goal is to take your first step. Behind all of that clutter is a world of freedom and fresh air – how you remove the clutter is up to you!

 

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Exploring Renaissance at Bella Vista

 

Summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean the adventure has to stop!

If you believe in exploring the great outdoors with friends, family or even solo year-round, then this is the blog for you. And it just so happens that our new neighborhood, Renaissance at Bella Vista, is in the perfect area for all of your outdoor activity needs! Here are some of our favorite places found nearby this Bonadelle Neighborhoods community.

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