David Weekley Homes began in 1976 in Houston, Texas, and has grown to become one of the largest privately held home builders in America, spanning across 12 states and 19 cities. We’re passionate about our Customers, building exceptional homes, our fellow Team Members and the communities in which we live and work.
Here, our Leaders know the importance of forever improving and believe in elevating the lives of those around them through their actions and servant leadership styles. With their support, Team Members are provided with the right knowledge and a caring workplace to thrive and shine. When our Team Members are happy and loyal, that leads to happy and loyal Customers, which ultimately leads to the ability to further Our Purpose of Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives.
In 1976, 23-year-old David Weekley started his own home building company. Today, the company has sold more than 100,000 homes and expanded to 19 cities across the nation.
As a result of his progressive management methodologies where people are the primary focus of the organization, the company has been named to Fortune magazine's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For 16 times. David has also received recognition for his leadership talents and many community outreach efforts in addition to building innovative, high-quality homes.
David earned degrees in Economics and Geology from San Antonio’s Trinity University. He and his wife, Bonnie, have three children and eight grandchildren.
John Johnson began his career with David Weekley Homes in 1990 after a distinguished career with a large national home builder. During John’s tenure with David Weekley Homes, he has been instrumental in the company’s expansion, a guiding force behind its introduction of new product lines, and has also helped the company achieve record-setting Customer Satisfaction scores.
John earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston. He and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Houston and have four grown children and four grandchildren.
In his role as President at David Weekley Homes, Chris Weekley leverages his expertise in innovation and developer relationships to effectively position the company for growth and expansion. He began his journey with David Weekley Homes in 2007 as a Builder, and then Sales Consultant, for the Austin Division. After transitioning to Houston, Chris worked as a Project Manager, Division President, Vice President of Central Living and Innovation, Senior Vice President and, most recently, Executive Vice President.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from The Acton School of Business. When he is not at work, he can be found spending time with his wife Sarah and their five children.
Ladd Fargo, Chief Operating Officer with David Weekley Homes, oversees all division operations for the company. Fargo joined David Weekley Homes in 2004 and carries with him nearly 30 years of home building experience. Influenced by his father’s experience in real estate and residential development, he began his home building career as a builder in 1994. During his tenure with Weekley, Fargo has been awarded Division of the Year as Division President in San Antonio along with Division of the Year as Area President in Dallas.
A native Houstonian, Fargo attended Texas State University and graduated with a finance degree. He is married and has three children, with whom he spends a great deal of time supporting in their various activities. He also enjoys his time outdoors hunting and fishing.
Joe Rentfro joined David Weekley Homes in 2006 and has held several positions, including Senior Builder, Project Manager and Division President and Area President for the Houston Division. He began his career after college working as a sales manager but made the switch to homebuilding after going through the building process with Weekley Homes and enjoying the experience. In his role as Co-Chief Operating Officer, Joe prioritizes operational efficiency while maintaining our Brand Promise, and continues the company’s focus on enhancing the strategic objectives of our field operations Teams.
Originally from Tomball, Rentfro graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. Along with his wife, Ursula, Rentfro enjoys spending time outdoors and watching his two children, Cole and Reid, play sports.
David Weekley Team Members will never tell you they are in the home building business. What gets us out of bed every morning is knowing each day is another opportunity for our Team to continue Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives.
When you choose to build a new home, it’s normal to have some questions. Our Internet Advisors are equipped to provide you with any information you need. Whether you’re wondering about floor plan specifics, community features or area amenities, they are here to help you find a home to fit your ideal lifestyle.
There’s a lot to keep track of when buying a new home. The process can be daunting - even for those who’ve been through it before. With a David Weekley Homes Sales Consultant, you’ll have an experienced guide at your side for the entire journey. From site selection to closing contract, through move in and beyond, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing someone is with you every step of the way.
Would you believe there are still builders who don’t allow Homebuyers to talk with the person building their home? At David Weekley Homes, we encourage open communication to keep our Customers informed. Depending on the construction stage of your new home, you’ll meet with your Personal Builder℠ up to four times at foundation, framing, drywall and a Homebuyer Introduction Meeting. After all, the best person to answer questions about your home is the person who’s building it.
When you build a home from the ground up as a David Weekley Homebuyer, you’ll enjoy scheduled meetings with your very own Design Consultant. From floors to cabinets to lighting and more, your Design Consultant will help guide you through the process of choosing the finishes and fixtures that will turn your home into the home of your dreams.
After closing, imagine how well you’ll sleep knowing that your home builder still cares. If you discover any issues after moving into your David Weekley home, we have an entire Warranty Service Team available to resolve matters and keep you smiling.
The most important aspect of David Weekley Homes isn’t home building, it’s Our Purpose of Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives. As a company, we want to make a positive impact in the lives of everyone we touch and in all the communities in which we build. Our commitment to focusing on what’s really important sets us apart as a company, as an employer and as a neighbor.
David Weekley Homes strives to bring out the best in our people and provide a challenging work environment. Our Team Members are encouraged to utilize their potential to positively affect other people's lives, increase their own self-fulfillment, and enhance their own lives. Accolades like our 15 listings on the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For®" list show us we are on the right track!
A home is much more than shelter, it's a place where families join together to create memories. A David Weekley home is a symbol of Customer Satisfaction and personal attention. Enhancing the lives of our Customers is why we exist. The numerous Customer Satisfaction distinctions and the fact that 93% of our Customers would recommend us to their family and friends tell us we are living Our Purpose when it comes to our Customers.
David Weekley Homes is about more than just lumber and profits; we’re about community. Over the last 20 years, The David Weekley Family Foundation has given over $250 million to worthy causes and charitable organizations. More than that, our Team is always happy to help too – Team Members ride thousands of miles to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, hammer countless nails for Habitat for Humanity®, and work many, many volunteer hours for numerous charities throughout the country.
Becoming a Homeowner is one of life’s greatest achievements… that’s why they call it the “American Dream.” I am honored to have shared this experience with more than 100,000 David Weekley Homeowners and their families.
It is exciting to be a home builder that introduces new and unique product designs – keeping us on the cutting-edge of new home design – and provides countless Choices and inspired Service to each and every one of our Homeowners.
But more than just building homes, we exist as a company to serve Our Purpose of Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives: Our Team, Our Customers and Our Community. This means creating a challenging and rewarding work culture, delighting our Customers with an unequaled home owning experience and positively impacting our community by what we do and how we act. Whether it’s pedaling a bicycle 180 miles to fight Multiple Sclerosis, joining a charitable mission to Mexico or going the extra mile to make a Customer’s experience with us truly memorable, the entire David Weekley Homes Team is making a difference far beyond our offices.
I invite you to join us in our quest to make the world – this home we all share – a better place for everyone.
David graduated from Trinity University and was on track for Harvard Business School. All he lacked was the requisite two years of management experience. So, when recruiters from a home builder visited his campus looking for management trainee candidates, David accepted their offer. Within the first year, he discovered a passion for home building and quickly rose through the ranks to lead his own Team, building and selling homes in a new subdivision. "I liked the company I was learning a lot and doing well," David recalled. But his visions of a bright future at this company faded quickly when he was forced to choose between his prosperity and his principles.
They say, "It's not a principle unless it costs you money." When David's supervisor wanted to substitute the use of a company car for the bonus he had earned, David took his case to the company president who told him to take the Oldsmobile or take a hike. David made one of the most difficult—and important—decisions of his young life. He left with his principles and a dream.
At 23, unemployed with a family to feed, David still couldn't shake the idea of starting his own company. With home building experience and a fire in his belly, the only thing he didn't have was capital. David's older brother, Dick, had watched with amazement as David excelled at his first job. So Dick risked everything he owned for a line of credit and the two brothers started David Weekley Homes.
The world headquarters of David Weekley Homes was a lonely construction trailer in the middle of a field. David was salesperson, purchasing manager and builder. Competing against national companies, he started with two model homes and an ad from his dad. David's father created a newspaper ad which, appropriately enough, featured David vs. Goliath.
With no way to compete with the big guys on price due to the economies of scale, David held to his belief that design was an important facet of home building that had been largely overlooked. So, he began questioning every preconceived home design notion. Why so few windows? Why eight-foot ceilings? As he answered these questions, his homes began to stand out for their design.
Everyone in Houston was in the oil business. They just didn't know it until 1984. That's when oil and gas went bust and took Houston's real estate market with it. More than 100,000 people lost their jobs. In an industry where margins were already slim, David would have to look beyond Houston's troubled economy if his company hoped to survive. So he expanded into Dallas.
David was looking for ways to weather Houston's real estate crisis when he found a bankrupt Dallas builder who was selling his subdivisions. Dallas Homebuyers were wowed by David's unique design approach. He started handing out sunglasses to visitors and running ads that said, "We've Seen the Light." The overwhelming response encouraged David to expand into other markets.
Like all successful entrepreneurs, David was great at the fundamentals that made his company work. But now he was at a crossroads. Aware of his limitations, and the need to grow his company, he found a partner that could help. John Johnson was hired as Chief Operating Officer and was later promoted to President and CEO, with David becoming Chairman.
For David, the evolution of home building is fascinating. By the time other builders got around to rethinking their designs, David was already exploring ways to enhance the buying and building process for his Customers. A prime example is the rich array of options he introduced that blurred the line between custom homes and production homes. Even now, David continues to keep the industry on its toes.
It's human nature: What gets measured gets done. David admits to being "maniacally Customer-driven." It's not unusual to find him on his computer the morning after a phone survey, perusing results and calling Customers to better understand their needs. As far as David is concerned, the only yardstick that matters is what his Customers think. And his company never stops measuring.
David Weekley's formula for exceptional Customer Satisfaction: Hire your industry's best. Keep them happy. They keep your Customers happy. Besides an excellent benefits package the company regularly solicits Team Members for their suggestions on ways to improve every facet of the business. David Weekley Homes is the only builder featured on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For®" 15 times.
The trophy cases at David Weekley's Houston headquarters are filled with hundreds of awards for design, quality and Customer Satisfaction. The company has been profiled in national magazines and was spotlighted on NBC's "TODAY Show." But one of its proudest moments was when The Walt Disney Company asked David Weekley Homes to build in Celebration, a brand new community outside Walt Disney World in Orlando. The folks at Disney had spent two years searching America for builders who shared their passion for excellence. In the end, David Weekley Homes was the only builder with the creativity and Customer-driven focus to remain involved with Celebration from start to finish.
Even though much has changed since 1976, David Weekley's Purpose has never varied: Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives. This mission extends beyond the lives of their Customers to everyone from Team Members and suppliers to those who have never even heard of the company. On any given day, Weekley Team Members can be found raising money and volunteering for a variety of worthy causes. David himself gives half of his time and half of his personal income to charities.
After building homes for more than 100,000 families, some people might think about slowing down, but not David. He's having too much fun.
David Weekley Homes has always been financially conservative. We don’t follow the crowd. We don’t take unnecessary risks. And, we never lose sight of who we are. More than 40 years of booms and busts have taught us that if you stick to what you know, you’ll not only survive tough times, you’ll emerge from them even stronger.
As a privately-held company, David Weekley Homes is not burdened by irrational pressure to deliver short-term profits at any cost. During the depths of the 1980s recession, many home builders were folding. We sustained some short-term losses but kept our eye on the horizon and persevered. Within a few short years, David Weekley Homes emerged stronger and with an even greater market share.
During the heady days of the real estate bubble, many home builders gambled by increasing their landholdings to unhealthy levels. We did not. Why? Because we have always remembered that we’re a home builder, not a land speculator. As land values have declined, we have not been affected to the degree of other builders.
Our conservative values have led to a significant equity build-up during a time when more aggressive builders have found themselves over-leveraged and under-capitalized. During the recent credit crunch, others are having difficulty obtaining loans while we’ve tapped less than half of our sizeable credit lines.
The real estate market is stabilizing. Thanks to minimal land exposure, sizable equity, vast credit resources and conservative business practices, we are happy to say that the future of David Weekley Homes is brighter than ever.
Awards matter. Not just because they look great in our trophy cases, but because they reflect the judgment of our peers and other industry experts. For example, our over 810 awards for new home design assure you that your David Weekley home will have universal and enduring appeal. And for us, it’s like getting more than 810 pats on the back for a job well done.
David Weekley Homes also had the opportunity to be featured on NBC's TODAY show “TODAY Builds A House.” This 12-week segment featured one of our Tampa homes where viewers selected the elevation, floorplan and options. Auction proceeds of the home went to Habitat for Humanity®. And, our Team Members think this is a great place to be, too… David Weekley Homes has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list 15 times! Now that’s something to hang your hat on!
Professional Builder magazine, the home building industry’s leading business publication, has named David Weekley Homes its 2013 Builder of the Year. We are one of only two builders in the magazine’s 77-year history to receive this honor twice after first receiving it in 1990.
"We are so honored to receive this prestigious award,” said David Weekley, Chairman of David Weekley Homes. “Being named Builder of the Year twice in our company’s history is a true reflection of our Team Members’ dedication to providing our Customers with the highest standard of excellence in the home building industry.”
This esteemed honor recognizes innovative home builders whose ideas and business represent the best in home building. It is recognition like this that inspires us to continue Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives.
Picturing life in a David Weekley home is easy when you visit one of our model homes. We invite you to schedule your personal tour with us and experience the David Weekley Difference for yourself.