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Inspirational Leadership Podcast: Mike Forsum

Jan 12, 2023

When a career as a professional athlete didn’t pan out, Mike Forsum returned to his familiar roots in home building. Get to know him in this inspirational leadership podcast episode.

Episode 15

Mike Forsum is a third-generation Swedish carpenter and home builder. Although home building wasn’t his original dream, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Today, Mike is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Landsea Holdings Corporation. He has been in the home building industry for over 30 years. He co-founded Land Ventures in 2008 and joined Landsea in 2016. Together with the leadership of CEO John Ho, he has helped the company grow rapidly from just 30 employees to over 750—not to mention going public in 2021, exceeding $1 billion in revenue and winning the 2022 Builder of the Year award.

Mike has been impacted by many great leaders in his life. His father taught him to always do a job right, and do it right the first time. He believes quality is non-negotiable, people are indispensable, and he’s not satisfied with coming up short. He believes good leadership means being able to pass the baton and train up your team to do a job as successfully as you had, or better.

Learn more about Mike Forsum’s career, who inspires him, and more in this episode of the Inspirational Leadership with the Best in Home Building podcast, hosted by Mollie Carmichael.

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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.

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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Quality is non-negotiable. People are indispensable. Homebuilding is noble.

Mike Forsum

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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. Discover how we can help you think ahead and provide creative and functional solutions to your customers.

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