LuxMods team draws on a wealth of experience in real estate, modular, and energy technology.
LuxMods team draws on a wealth of experience in real estate, modular, and energy technology.
Dean DeLisle is the Chief Executive Officer for LuxMods. As CEO, Dean is responsible for the execution the current corporate strategic plan, focusing on the expansion of different business verticals, customer segments and partnerships, while ultimately strengthening operations. As part of the CXO team, Dean works closely with all divisions of LuxMods to create future strategic plans with the goal of boosting revenue streams.
Dean also oversees investor relations and the team that helps guide investors into the factory expansion opportunities, as well as developers who want to join the Factory Discount Program.
He learned early in his career that hard work and motivation were key ingredients to success, and the value of forging relationships with colleagues and customers to create a powerful network. Leveraging his network, he started his career in technology with Merrill Lynch in Chicago in data center operations at the Board of Trade. Within three years, Dean opened his own technology firm developing apps and solutions for various industries including banking, finance, insurance and real estate.
Advancements in technology and the internet caused him to shift his focus to front office operations, specifically marketing solutions like CRM and early Marketing Automation. He later added web design, more advanced automation and digital lead generation to his list of professional services. During this time, he also provided his clients integrated advertising solutions across radio, television, print and outdoor. In 1994, Dean founded tech company Delcom System which provided hardware and telecommunication services, in addition to expanding his CRM services to call center solutions that handled both inbound and outbound calls for companies like such as Sears, Discover, Blue Cross, State Farm, Citi Corp and others.
In 2003, Dean transitioned his focus to digital marketing, CRM and the newest of evolution in social media on new platforms like LinkedIn. Dean then founded Forward Progress, a Chicago-based social media and influencer marketing company which provides integrated marketing solutions via a proven digital thought-leadership methodology, consistently driving clients’ business growth. Then in 2012, Dean launched the leading Influencer Development Platform called Social Jack™ to providing training and equip organizations and professionals to accelerate their digital influence. The core of the curriculum is “social teaming”—a unique system created by Dean. Using its proven influencer methodology, Social Jack guides organizations to humanize their brands using employees, partners, and connected advocates.
Dean is a highly sought-after speaker who brings his expertise, enthusiasm and energetically drive to his popular B2B influencer-themed podcast, The Influence Factory. Dean’s recent book FIRST, The Street Guide to Digital Business Influence, contains a proven step-by-step formula for business professionals to fuel thought leadership and recognition in their industries.
John Rowland is the Chief Operating Officer of LuxMods. A visionary with a passion for designing homes, hotels, and multi-family buildings to a new standard of sustainability– John’s career had focused on land entitlement, land development and development feasibility analysis. In most recent years, he has shifted to a primary focus of engineering the most advanced self-sufficient homes in the world – paving the way to his success in building the second off-grid Tesla Powerwall-powered smart home in the United States.
Since 1997, John has kept his pulse on home buying and home building trends. During this time, he has designed and engineered projects, secured prime buildable land and developed custom residential projects throughout southern California.
As Chief Operating Officer, John takes and cultivates vendor and supplier relations to ensure LuxMods maintains the best pricing and product selection, as well as vetting and handling contract negotiations with sub-contractors.
Born and raised in Orange, California, John embraced the art of home building at a young age, learning from his father who built spec homes in Southern California. Shaping his career as a real estate developer, John attributes his expertise, successes and work ethic to his father Marvin Rowland.
In 2002, John moved from Orange County to Murrieta to entitle and develop land in the Inland Empire while training his two daughters, Lauren and Ashley, to carry on his legacy. John is a licensed real estate Broker in the state of California, a Licensed GC in the state of California and the premier engineer for energy-efficient homes in the state.
Larry Braden is Chief Financial Officer of LuxMods with more than 25 years of diverse consulting and corporate finance experience. As CFO for LuxMods, he supervises all LuxMods financial functions including accounting, auditing, corporate finance, investor relations and capital raises. Using his comprehensive background in raising capital for several different types of companies across a wide variety of industries, Larry is leading efforts for corporate and individual investors.
Prior to joining LuxMods, he was the U.S. Market Director for the International Stock Exchange Group and ILOCX.com, served as a contracted CFO for Early Growth Financial Services in the greater Seattle area, and was the founder and managing director of Charter Business Brokers he merged with Keller Williams as one of the largest business brokers in Washington state. He has more than 20 years of experience as a commercial and residential real estate broker and launched Braden Realty as a residential brokerage specialist in Sacramento.
Larry has had a significant impact in several of his positions throughout his career. While serving as a senior associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, he was instrumental signing AXA Advisors as a major account to help them resolve a $1B shortfall in financing for more than 200 films across all major film studios, generating $3M in revenue. He was also the key witness for helping his client win a $30M settlement with Village Roadshow. A few years later, Larry was chosen to join Vulcan Inc., Paul Allen’s investment company, where he worked as the director of finance and controller, media. He developed financial reporting and oversaw accounting for Vulcan’s media segment of 42 business units, including its films and other Vulcan entities, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Experience Music Project, and the Science Fiction Museum. He regards Paul as one of the most brilliant men of his time, and was honored to work alongside of him.
Some of his other notable finance roles include working as the senior director of finance for Universal Music Group’s e-business divisions in Santa Monica, a corporate accounting manager for Time Warner in Burbank, and a senior operations auditor at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.
Larry is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-inactive) and a designated real estate broker in both California and Washington. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Strategy from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Sharon Amezcua is the Chief Growth Officer for LuxMods and is responsible for developing and implementing growth strategies across all areas of the company. With more than 35 year of experience as a serial entrepreneur and serial investor, Sharon has created, built, incubated, accelerated, invested in, syndicated and exited hundreds of companies across the globe while working closely with a team of sector specialists. Sharon’s focus has been at the intersection of technology and finance with a concentration in Alternative Energy, Fintech, Alternative Healthcare, Software, AI, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency.
The beginning of Sharon’s career was focused on commercial banking as well as building and growing energy-related companies in lighting, HVAC control systems and several alternative energy solutions including solar, wind, hydro and more. After the successful launch and exit of New Energy Ventures in Los Angeles, a company that went from no revenue to $1B in 18 months, Sharon co-founded MCC Global NV, an old-style merchant bank that was listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange in 2006. MCC offered a proprietary creation, incubation and acceleration “de-risking” process that Sharon developed and implemented with hundreds of emerging and established companies exhibiting an unmatched track record of success. As vice chairman of Moore Clayton Capital Advisors, Inc. and vice president of Equus II, MCC Global’s fund management company and its NYSE-listed private equity fund, respectively, Sharon was instrumental in increasing the overall net asset value and ROI of this highly regulated BDC.
Sharon then Co-Founded ESE Partners, LLC and ESE Fund Ltd., a future financial services company and associated fund that built and invested in emerging and established companies in targeted sectors across the world. With the leadership of her London-based business partner, Edward Fitzpatrick, ESE created an unregulated stock exchange in Europe (European Stock Exchange), a regulated stock exchange, AlliedSX (A Start-Up Stock Exchange), that expanded globally in 50 countries and ILOEX (An Initial License Offering Exchange) that makes it easier for companies to raise the growth funding they need without diluting their equity. Sharon is also the co-founder of SSG, LLC, a technology transfer company managed by women at the top of their fields and SSG was initially created to build companies in the United States and the Middle East/North Africa region of the world. ESE and SSG both have a strong focus on traditional industries converging with new technologies particularly in new media, healthcare, wellness, alternative energy and fintech.
Sharon’s passion, besides dancing and architectural engineering, is working with young people through business and philanthropy to enhance their entrepreneurial skills and help them execute their dreams. She is also an active advisory board/board member of many emerging and established companies across the globe.
From small-scale beginnings with Terrace Homes in Central Wisconsin, Lance Lowrey is accomplished and renowned for his custom modular design expertise, for both residential and commercial real estate sectors. His home designs and architectural masterpieces can be found coast to coast in the United States and in Canada.
For twenty-four years, Lance has established his career as a design and engineering manager, and business owner/consultant. Hands-on from the start, Lance has systematized construction methodology in manufacturing plants to expedite the building process, shorten lead times, and eliminate materials waste. He has helped develop and implement a CAD system enabling engineers and architects to frame buildings before production.
Lance has left no stone unturned, having worked on tiny homes, classrooms, large custom homes, professional office buildings, churches, apartment buildings, residential neighborhood subdivisions, and hotels. Consistent with the community outreach of our Leadership, Lance worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration as a post-disaster home inspector. His generosity with his time and experience illustrates his indiscriminate reach and extensive capacity to meet all design needs.
For S²A Lance’s curriculum vitae is commensurate with the company’s vision to build high-efficiency homes using modular construction. Lance is instrumental to the Executive Team and will help troubleshoot, devise, and tighten the entire modular construction process from inception to completion.
Lance is one of the best-known and most highly respected modular home designers in the United States. Lance loves to engage in his creativity and articulation in the modular design process and likens this to putting a puzzle together. His pièce de résistance is a home he and an architect designed and built in Lake Tahoe, California, for Gary Erickson, Owner and Founder of CLIF BAR®.
Lance and his wife Stephanie have two grown daughters, Keira and Jordan, and a grandson named Roman. Lance and Stephanie live with their two dogs, Catalina and Autograph, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lance is an avid collector of high-end sports memorabilia.
Gary Eagleton is the Chief Operations Officer for S²A Modular and has more than 35 years of experience in operations, plant management and modular building production of custom, residential, commercial, multi-family, schools and specialty units. He is a established leader and professional in industrial production, design, engineering, problem solving, customer relations, safety, quality assurance, human resources, and multiple location supervision.
As COO, Gary leads all S²A Modular factory setups, and has already designed the factory layout and operational processes for both of S²A Modular’s California factories in Hemet and Patterson. This process includes determining building requirements, production line needs, equipment and movement of modules, establishment of quality control processes, material storage and offline fabrication areas. Gary has a comprehensive understanding of buildings and building-systems and can quickly recognize potential issues so that require prompt, innovative solutions.
Prior to joining S²A Modular, Gary served as a business manager for Goodwin Knight/Key Structures LLC in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he established an offsite construction facility and developed specific manufacturing techniques, asset utilization methods and communications systems for the facility. Gary also served as the production manager for Champion Home builders in York, Neb. where he delivered an 80-unit complex and multistory commercial unit for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. As a production manager for Champion, he increased production rates by 50 percent over a six-month period.
Ryan Leusch is the Chief Technology Officer for S²A Modular. He was born with an intrinsic fascination for technology, and with more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Ryan’s passion and knowledge has driven his success. He has had significant roles in a variety of projects throughout Southern California – ranging from small residential designs to large commercial designs. He specializes in renewable business development and is an expert in combining the smartest, greenest and most superior solutions in the industry.
In 1995, Ryan launched Affordable PC, a small computer service and repair company while working to attain his AA in Computer Science. Affordable PC quickly grew to become a computer network leader in Orange County. After six years of running and growing the business, Ryan sold his client base and moved to Temecula, CA where he helped pioneer managed network services in Southwest Riverside County and North San Diego – from there, Temecula Technologies was born.
Ryan was able to recognize the extensive benefits of energy efficiencies and smart-home technologies, leading him to obtain his BS in telecommunications management. He began programming Crestron Smart Homes and merging renewable energy solutions in homes and businesses, saving his clients thousands of dollars. With close-knit relationships with world-renowned vendors and suppliers, Ryan creates large-volume sales which ensure the best and most competitive pricing in the industry.
As CTO, Ryan constantly reviews all legislation related to technology on a daily basis to quickly implement the latest improvements in products and services. He is a regular attendee at all top industry trade shows and using his large network of colleagues, he contributes to several thought leadership user groups and industry think tanks.
Ryan is a team builder with the unique ability to educate clients and communicate effectively throughout the duration of a project. In addition to this, his keen attention to detail and transparent communication has established him as the consistently referred and recommended choice for colleagues and customers alike.
Brian Kuzdas is an advisor for LuxMods and also the chief executive officer of S²A Modular. As a self-made entrepreneur, business visionary and successful team builder, he began his real estate career by specializing in commercial sales in 1985. Five years later, Brian opened his own company, Brookshire Investments, a boutique commercial office, which represented retail and multi-family projects in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Throughout his career, Brian has been part of several commercial real estate ventures. From 1997-2006, Brian served in an acquisition role purchasing more than $350M in Chicago real estate and converting 4,000+ apartments into condos through his condo brokerage firm, OwnACondo.com. Brian leveraged the OwnACondo.com name by placing it in Wrigley Field and US. Cellular (home of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox at the time) in addition to having it on hundreds of expressway billboards, radio & TV making it a household name throughout the Chicago metro area.
The housing-crisis of 2008 caused Brian to shift his priorities and use his unique expertise to help various banks auction foreclosure portfolios (REOs). In 2010, after learning extensively about the liquidation process, Brian purchased the domain RealEstateAuctions.com (REA) and by 2016, has been able to expand the company to more than 93 counties in 14 states across the U.S.
While expanding his focus to include buying and auctioning other types of properties, Brian met John Rowland, CEO of Rowland Development, in April 2018 and started discussing the concept of building efficient modular homes. Together, they developed S²A Modular and today are involved in expanding the S2A brand to 35 factory locations in North America with projections of building 35,000 units+ annually by 2025.