Sherman D. Harmer, Jr., a 40-year veteran of the homebuilding industry, has built and marketed more than 16,000 homes throughout Utah and California. Harmer specializes in the development of Urban Infill, Multi-family and Affordable Housing and serves as President of Urban Housing Partners.
Mr. Harmer, formerly served as the Vice Chairman to The Olson Company, one of California’s leading Builders of Urban Housing with offices in San Diego, Los Angeles and Northern California and was selected America’s Builder of the Year for 2001 by Professional Builder magazine. Mr. Harmer is a specialist in working with Government and Private entities for the development of Urban, Infill, Transit, Smart Growth and Affordable Housing properties.
Mr. Harmer previously served as President of California Pacific Homes of San Diego, which planned and managed the building of the 1,250 unit urban master-planned community of “Stonecrest Village” in San Diego. For six years prior to joining California Pacific Homes, Harmer was the Senior Vice President of McKellar Communities. He was actively involved in developing the award-winning project “Renaissance-La Jolla”, a 2,500 unit Urban master-planned community in San Diego.
Earlier, Harmer was the Chief Executive Officer for two Utah homebuilding companies, developing single-family and multi-family homes as well as commercial, retail and office complexes, while serving ten years as an elected member of the Utah House of Representatives.
Harmer’s other noteworthy accomplishments include:
2008: “Father of the Year” Honoree, American Diabetes Association
2008: President, Building Industry Association of San Diego
2007/2010 Adjunct Professor, Masters in Real Estate Development, University of San Diego, selected “Teacher of the Year” in 2007 and 2008.
2006: “Top 120 Most Influential San Diegans” San Diego Daily Transcript
2005: “Housing Advocate of the Year” San Diego Housing Federation
2004: Building Industry “Professional of the Year” San Diego
2004/2008 Board of Directors, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
2002/2007: Wells Fargo Bank Community Board-San Diego
2003/2004: President, California Building Industry Association
2004/6: Chairman, Housing Committee, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
2002: San Diego Press Club: Headliner Award “Developer/Builder of the Year”
2000: 2009: Univ of San Diego, Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, Policy Advisor
2001: California Building Industry Foundation “Hall of Fame” Honoree
2001: San Diego Building Industry “Hall of Fame” Award
2000: “Urban Pioneer Award”, Chicano Federation of San Diego
1999/ 2009 Chairman, Downtown San Diego Residential Marketing Alliance
1999/2000: Chairman, Board of Trustees of the California Building Industry Foundation
1995/2008 Chairman, President’s Council, San Diego Building Industry Association
2000: Life Director, Home Builders Council, San Diego Building Industry Association
2000: Recognized as the Founding Director of the “BIG Awards”
1999: Named in Builder and Developer magazine’s “Who’s Who In California”
1995-1998: Chairman, Board of Trustees’ for Village Church, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
1995: President of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) .
1994: San Diego’s “Building Executive of the Year” Award
1985: Received Professional Builder magazine’s “Professional Achievement Award”
1974-1984: Member of the Utah House of Representatives for 10 years
Assistant Professor of Marketing and Finance at University of Utah for 15 years
Graduate of University of Utah with a MBA degree
Post Graduate studies at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Member, Pi Kappa Alpha, National Fraternity
Delta Sigma Pi, National Business Fraternity
Lambda Alpha, National Land Economics Society of San Diego