Eric Lipar Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board, LGI Homes
Mr. Lipar is our Chief Executive Officer and serves as Chairman of our Board of directors. He has served as our Chief Executive Officer since 2009, as a director since June 2013 and as Chairman of the Board since July 2013. Previously, Mr. Lipar served as our President from 2003 until 2009. Mr. Lipar has been in the residential land development business since the mid-1990s and is one of our founders. He has overseen land acquisition, development and the sales of over 7,000 homes since our inception. Through his in-depth work experience, Mr. Lipar has obtained a broad background in all aspects of residential construction, development, financing, sales and marketing. Mr. Lipar is responsible for our overall strategic leadership, working closely with our key executives to establish, implement and direct our long-range goals, strategies and policies. Mr. Lipar currently serves on the Residential Neighborhood Development Council for the Urban Land Institute and is a member of Vistage Worldwide.
Mr. Sansbury has served as our Lead Independent Director since June 2013. Mr. Sansbury is Chief Operating Officer of Aon Hewitt and has been with Aon Hewitt and its affiliates for eighteen years. Mr. Sansbury was previously President of Aon Hewitt’s Emerging Solutions business and a Business Unit Leader in Aon Hewitt’s HR Business Process Outsourcing business. Mr. Sansbury also led Aon Hewitt’s Canadian Outsourcing business. Early in his career, Mr. Sansbury held several client and business management roles in Aon Hewitt’s Atlanta office and led the Pension Outsourcing business in the Southeast region. Mr. Sansbury is a former member of The Woodlands (Texas) Area Economic Development Partnership Board and a fellow of the CEO Perspectives program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Sansbury is the chair of our Compensation Committee and is a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Mr. Gage has served as a director since June 2013. Mr. Gage currently manages his personal investments. Mr. Gage was President and CEO of Giant Cement Holdings, Inc. from 2009 to 2012, a producer of cement, concrete and aggregate for the construction industry. He previously served as President of the Eastern Construction Materials Division of Rinker Materials and President of Rinker’s Concrete Pipe Division. Mr. Gage also held a number of senior executive positions with Lafarge Group, including, Regional President, Southeast Asia and President, US Cement Operations. Mr. Gage is the chair of our Audit Committee and is a member of our Compensation Committee. He is a director of Insteel Industries, Inc., where he chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Gage is also a member of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Aquarium.
Mr. Smith has served as a director since June 2013. Mr. Smith has practiced health law in the Washington, D.C. office of Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver (“Ober Kaler”) for more than 9 years and is the Managing Partner of that office. He practices exclusively in the health care regulatory, operational and transactional areas where he counsels hospitals, physicians and other clients on a variety of issues including corporate governance, executive compensation and agreements; medical staff issues including structure and relationship to hospitals, medical staff bylaws, physician disciplinary matters and all peer review related issues; compliance, from both an operational and legal standpoint; structuring transactions to achieve the objectives of his clients and to comply with such laws and regulations; patient safety and quality assurance issues as they relate to both reimbursement and improvement of patient care; and risk and claims management, insurance coverage and fiduciary responsibilities. Prior to joining Ober Kaler, Mr. Smith was Senior Vice-President and General Counsel for a large healthcare system in Maryland for 10 years. Mr. Smith is the chair of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of our Audit Committee.
Mr. Vahradian has served as a director since June 2013. Mr. Vahradian is a senior managing director of GTIS Partners, LP ("GTIS"). GTIS currently manages approximately $3 billion of committed equity, comprising residential, retail, industrial, office, hotel and mixed-use properties in the U.S. and Brazil. Mr. Vahradian runs the U.S. investment and asset management activities of GTIS, and is a member of the investment committee of GTIS. Mr. Vahradian joined GTIS in 2006 and has 28 years of real estate experience. Previously, Mr. Vahradian was President of Allied Partners, a private real estate investment company and was Chief Operating Officer and principal of The Athena Group, L.L.C., a residential investment and development company based in New York. Prior to joining The Athena Group, LLC, Mr. Vahradian was a Director in Credit Suisse First Boston’s real estate investment banking and principal groups. Mr. Vahradian is a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.