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Inspirational Leadership Podcast: Bert Selva

Aug 02, 2022

Bert Selva, President and CEO of Shea Homes, talks about his upbringing, his journey into the home building industry, and what inspirational leadership means to him.

Bert Selva, President and CEO of Shea Homes, on the Inspirational Leadership podcast with Mollie Carmichael

Episode 6

Welcome back to the Inspirational Leadership with the Best in Home Building podcast. Today Mollie Carmichael interviews Bert Selva, President and Chief Executive Officer of Shea Homes, the largest privately-held home builder in the US.

Bert’s passion and drive for his work stem in part from his parent’s immigrant dreams, their faith, and his mother’s effervescent positivity. As a child, he loved design and envisioned a career in the automotive industry. However, while pursuing his MBA and commuting nearly four hours a day, Bert desperately needed a job closer to home. Then a friend referred him for a project at Rancho Mission Viejo – an experience that exposed him to the many aspects of the home building business. That opportunity not only opened a door but reignited a childhood passion.

Learn more about Bert’s life, his journey into home building, and who inspires him, in this episode of Zonda’s Inspirational Leadership with the Best in Home Building podcast.

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Watch the video interview below or listen to the audio podcast available on Apple Podcasts, Google PodcastsSpotify, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music/Audible, TuneIn + Alexa, PlayerFM, and Listen Notes.

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About the series

Inspirational Leadership with the Best in Home Building is an influential podcast led by housing industry expert Mollie Carmichael. Each episode features a personal conversation with a thought leader in the housing industry. Join Mollie as we get to know these top leaders—what inspires them, what drives them, and how they build communities. 

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He said to me, 'Bert, money will buy you a great bed, but it won't buy you a good nights sleep.' I never forgot that, he put his money where his mouth is and he left with an impeccable reputation.

Bert Selva, quoting Dale Stewart

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Mollie Carmichael is a Principal of Zonda’s Advisory services. Mollie’s expertise in marketing, products, and home design coupled with Zonda’s data, helps clients understand home shopper needs so that builders and developers can maximize revenue. Learn more about our advisory services and contact us today to discover how we can help you think ahead and provide creative and functional solutions to your customers.

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