AZ DealMaker 2019 Speakers


CEO, Elliott D. Pollack and Company

Elliott D. Pollack is CEO of Elliott D. Pollack and Company, an economic and real estate consulting firm in Scottsdale, Arizona established in 1987. The firm serves a broad range of clients in both the public and private sector ranging from law firms, utilities, banks, retailers, major service firms and real estate related companies to states, counties, Native American communities, cities and universities for both business and policy issues. The firm maintains the most comprehensive economic
database in Arizona.

Mr. Pollack is widely sought after as a speaker for economic, policy, fiscal and economic impact, and real estate issues. He is also sought after by local, regional and national news media as an expert source of economic and real estate matters. Mr. Pollack has been an expert witness in litigations where
detailed information was needed on the economy and/ or its real estate markets. He has testified extensively on interest rates. Through affiliate companies, Mr. Pollack has syndicated, master planned and brought to development numerous properties in Arizona. He is recognized for his expertise in both national and local real estate trends.

Pollack is a consulting economist to Arizona State University and co-editor of the Arizona and Greater Phoenix Blue Chip economic forecasts published by ASU’s Economic Outlook Center. Background Pollack has degrees from Boston University and the University of Southern California. He has been a practicing economist for 45 years. For 14 of those years Pollack was chief economist for the largest bank in the Rocky Mountain States. For the last 29 years he has been president of an economic and real estate consulting firm that bears his name.

Over the years he has examined many facets of international, national and regional economies. While at Valley National Bank, his analysis included building econometric models of the state and local economies and asset liability models of the bank itself. He also was editor of VNB’s monthly economic publications and its annual statistical review.

Through the years he has held many professional roles including student, teacher, author, peer reviewer, consultant, expert for media and court purposes and board member. He has taught economics and has written more than a thousand articles over the years. Pollack’s job has been to help clarify how current and future economic conditions fit into the decision process, as well as to explain how past decisions relate to the present situation. He has developed models of real estate value appreciation for the Phoenix area that are devoted to analyzing alternative land use strategies for property and economic feasibility.

Affiliations, Memberships & Credentials

  • Arizona State University, Consulting Economist
  • “Arizona Blue Chip Economic Forecast”, Editor
  • “Greater Phoenix Blue Chip Economic Forecast”, Editor
  • Economic Estimates Commission, Member
  • Joint Legislative Budget Advisory Committee, Member
  • National Association of Business Economists, Member
  • Arizona Economic Round Table, Member, Former President
  • Institute for Investment Management, Member
  • Greater Phoenix Leadership, Member
  • ML Manager Board, Chairman
  • Scottsdale Waterfront Board, Director
  • Sun State Savings, Board Member
  • Founders Bank of Arizona, Board Member
  • Resolution Trust Corporation Advisory Board, Board Member
  • Mr. Pollack has also served on the Board of Directors of
    numerous civic, community and cultural organizations.
  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • American Society of Real Estate Counselors, Member
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • Former Licensed Mortgage Broker






CEO, Christopher Todd Communities

“Believe. Trust Me. Hang On.”  has been Todd Wood’s compass all his life.

Born into a family of 6 children, Todd started working for the family candy business at age 10 for his grandpa whose motto was, “Our family only works 6 days per week, half days. 6am to 6pm.”

In 1995 Todd and his wife Andrea moved to Arizona with their two young daughters and opened a small family business baking all-natural breads.

With Todd’s scrappy and tenacious work habits, dedicating six days a week and “half days”, the family business grew through difficulties and challenges. They began baking organic whole grain breads, long before it was mainstream, and the business took off like a rocket ship. Todd encouraged to everyone to “trust and hang on.”  Alpine Valley Bread Company soon became one of the largest national and international organic bread manufacturers.

In 2015, Alpine Valley Bread Company was sold. Todd learned a great lesson after the sale.  “If you want to ruin a great marriage, retire and stay home all day with your wife.” After much pondering and prayer, Todd and Andrea again felt inspired to begin a new business providing all “A New Way to Live!”

Christopher Todd Properties is the parent company of Christopher Todd Communities, both of which were launched in 2016. Christopher Todd Communities develops private luxury single-family rental smart homes, with all the amenities of a master planned community. The company is planning for a national expansion, bringing the Christopher Todd Communities brand coast to coast.

With this real estate venture, Wood has returned to his strong roots and passion for real estate development. He has been participating in all aspects of real estate transactions for over 30 years: from planning, financing, and building to selling and leasing across both residential and commercial marketplaces. He is a licensed real estate agent for more than two decades in both Utah and Arizonan. He has financed, built, and sold over 100 custom, high-end homes as well as owned and leased residential and commercial properties in Arizona.

Prior to Alpine Valley Bread, Mr. Wood spent 10 years in executive sales with Xerox Engineering Systems. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from University of Utah and an MBA from Arizona State University.





Chairman & CEO, Meritage Homes

Steven J. Hilton co-founded and has led Meritage Homes for the last 33 years. Meritage Homes (NYSE: MTH) builds single-family homes in 21 markets and 9 states across the U.S. and has delivered more than 100,000 homes since it was founded.  Meritage is the 7th largest public homebuilder in the United States and offers a wide variety of products for first-time, move-up, luxury and active adult buyers.


Meritage Homes is the industry leader in energy-efficient homebuilding and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for innovation and industry leadership in energy-efficient homebuilding.  For more information, visit


Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and real estate from the University of Arizona and has been honored as an Entrepreneurial Fellow by the University’s Eller College of Management.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE: WAL) and volunteers on boards for Banner Alzheimer’s Institute; TGEN Foundation and the National Pancreatic Cancer Advisory Council and is a Foundation Trustee for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.


Steve is married to Suzanne Hilton and they have four children.





Division President, Richmond American Homes

Michael “Frenchy” IlesCremieux is the Division President for Richmond American Homes Phoenix Division. Frenchy has more than 22 years of experience working for national production homebuilders in the Phoenix, Denver, Tucson, California and Las Vegas markets. The RAH Phoenix Division Team has surged from being the 12th largest builder in the Phoenix market in 2013 to the 9th largest builder in 2017 by permits and continue to aggressively grow their market share. The Richmond American Homes Phoenix Division currently has 36 New Home Communities in the Phoenix Metro Area priced from the low $200’s to the high $600’s.





Principal, TerraWest Communities

Mike has over 25 years of experience in real estate development and asset management. In 2009, Mike formed TerraWest Communities and became the Arizona Operating Partner for JEN Partners LLC, a New York based private equity firm. Under Mike’s leadership, JEN Partners has invested in excess of $300M in various Phoenix and Las Vegas real estate assets. The focus of these investments has been in lot/land banking, master planned communities, finished lot purchases and condominium development. Prior to launching TerraWest Communities, Mike was a Principal at Element Homes for 6 years and was an executive with Pulte and Del Webb Corporations from 1990 to 2002 overseeing master planned community developments in several different  markets over his tenure.



Division President, Lennar

Alan Jones is currently the Division President of Lennar Homes in Phoenix, a position that he has held for the past 12 years. As of February 12, 2018 Lennar purchased Cal Atlantic Homes making Lennar the largest homebuilder in the Country and also in Arizona. The Phoenix Division is on pace to close in excess of 2,000 homes in 2018. Lennar will have over 50 active communities in the Phoenix market as of 2019. Alan Jones first joined Lennar in 2000 and held the position of Land Division President. Mr. Jones was promoted to Regional Vice President in 2004. In 2005 the Lennar Phoenix Division closed in excess of 2,400 Homes.

Mr. Jones has been instrumental in the development of the Next Gen Home. This particular home is a multi-generational home that has brought National Recognition to the Phoenix Division with articles in the New York Times and Television Interviews on both NBC Nightly and CBS Morning News. The Phoenix Division has now sold over 1,000 Next Gen Homes in Phoenix since the product was first introduced.

Prior to joining Lennar, Mr. Jones worked for four years for Ryland Homes as the Vice President of Land Acquisitions. During the time that Mr. Jones worked for Ryland the Division increased their closings from approximately 400 homes per year to over 800 homes in 1999.

Mr. Jones got his start in the homebuilding industry in 1992 by going to work for Brown Family Communities as Forward Planner. Mr. Jones worked for Dave Brown for four years and during that time was promoted to Vice President of Land Acquisitions. The last year that Mr. Jones worked for Brown Family Communities the company closed over 600 homes.

Mr. Jones currently serves as one of the Board of Directors for the Homebuilders Association of Central Arizona.





CEO, New Village Homes

Reed Porter has been involved in residential real estate development since 1990.  Reed began his career as a new home sales agent and broker for Trend Homes.  A few years later he became the sales manager and in 1996, was named President of Trend Homes, a privately held company, serving in that capacity for 16 years.  In 2012, Trend Homes was purchased by Ryland Homes and Reed served as Division President.  In 2015, Ryland Homes merged operations with Standard Pacific Homes to form CalAtlantic Homes.  Reed served as Division President of the Phoenix division of CalAtlantic Homes until the spring of 2017.  Across 3 companies, Reed has served at Division President for more than 21 years.

Reed has been responsible for all aspects of new home building including, land acquisition, land entitlement, land planning, land development, product design and development, purchasing and value engineering, new home marketing and sales, residential home construction, warranty and customer satisfaction.  Reed has been especially involved in negotiations with land sellers, municipalities, community activists, lenders, investors, engineers, site planners and utility providers.

Since 1990, Reed has been involved in planning, marketing, selling and constructing over 13,000 new homes in every city in the Phoenix MSA.

In 2017, Reed and his wife Sabrina formed New Village Homes with a focus on constructing infill communities of for-rent and for sale homes.

Reed lives in Gilbert Arizona with his wife Sabrina.  They have 3 children.





Founder & President, Rose Law Group

Jordan Rose started Rose Law Group pc leasing space for just herself in another lawyer’s storage room and has, in seventeen years, grown the firm to the largest woman owned Law Firm in Arizona history. Jordan’s passion is adding value to her clients’ business propositions – her goal being “to make my clients more money”.

Of her ability to come up with creative solutions to complex problems, Arizona Supreme Court justice, Clint Bolick, says “It’s very instinctive for her, and that’s unique. It’s not something they teach you in law school.” In December 2014, Governor Elect Doug Ducey named Jordan to serve, along with Michael Bidwill, Don Brandt, Jim Click and Angela Ducey, as a Co-Chair for the Inauguration Committee. Most recently, Governor Ducey appointed Jordan to serve on the state-wide Groundwater Work Group to help draft legislation to continue Arizona’s responsible use of water resources. Jordan enjoys her representation of major landowners, developers and homebuilders in their zoning and land use issues throughout the state. The Phoenix Business Journal once dubbed her the “Queen of Pinal County” and she currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for Pinal Partnership.