The Team

Clifton Taylor

Clifton Taylor

Clifton Taylor is the President of Taylor Builders, located in Roseville, CA. Mr. Taylor has two decades of real estate and asset management experience in Northern California with a primary focus on entitlement and regulatory permitting of master-planned communities. He formerly led Richland Communities real estate division located in Roseville, where he was responsible for the company’s Northern California assets in the Sacramento Region, Bay Area and San Joaquin Valley.

Mr. Taylor has worked successfully with federal, state and local agencies on numerous complex regulatory permitting matters in Sacramento, West Sacramento, Roseville, Elk Grove, Lincoln, Dixon, Lathrop, Antioch and Brentwood. He also played a leading role on the development of the Placer County Habitat Conservation Plan, serving most recently as a member of the Finance Committee. In 2005, Clifton led a team that received a California Department of Conservation Director’s Award and San Joaquin Council of Governments Regional Excellence Award for his work on the largest Williamson Act easement exchange in California’s history.

Prior to Richland, Clifton worked on entitlements and acquisitions for Centex Homes in Roseville. He began his career as a planner for the County of Yuba, serving as the Zoning Administrator and Secretary of the County Fish & Game Commission.

Mr. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is active in the community, previously serving on the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation Board and is also a founding member of the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group in Sacramento. Additionally, he is President & CEO of the Lincoln Potters Baseball Club, LLC, a collegiate wood bat baseball organization based in Lincoln, CA.

Anton Garcia

Anton Garcia
Director of Forward Planning

Anton Garcia is the Director of Forward Planning for Taylor Builders. Mr. Garcia engages in forward planning, entitlement and asset management for projects located in Northern California. He is responsible for Taylor Builders’ ground-up entitlement projects, which require a multitude of local government, state, and federal approvals.

Mr. Garcia’s capability within the company is strengthened by seven years of planning, entitlement and development experience in the Greater Sacramento region. Prior to joining Taylor Builders, Anton was the Forward Planner for Towne Development of Sacramento, a subsidiary of Zilber Limited, a national developer and homebuilder. During his tenure there, he worked closely with teams of land-use experts, engineers, and contractors, as well as in-house vertical construction and sales operation managers. Mr. Garcia also played a significant role in HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program, where he managed the rehabilitation of single-family homes in neighborhoods with declining homeownership rates.

Mr. Garcia is native of northern California and holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from California State University, Sacramento.

Ed Morgan

Ed Morgan

Edward Morgan serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Taylor Builders, based in Truckee, CA. Mr. Morgan has 25 years experience in accounting, financing, financial reporting, and strategic planning for mountain resort real estate developments and operations. He previously served as Vice President and Corporate Controller for Mountainside Partners, the developer of and asset manager for Crescent Real Estate’s (Ft. Worth, TX) $1 billion communities in the North Lake Tahoe region. Crescent was the owner and developer of Old Greenwood, Gray’s Crossing, the Village at Northstar, Mountainside, the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Mountain Club. Prior to Mountainside Partners, Mr. Morgan served in accounting and finance roles for East West Partners in Vail, Colorado and North Lake Tahoe. He was involved with all debt, equity and public financing for the company’s California developments. He also managed cash, forecasting, audits, tax, human resources and technology for the company.

Mr. Morgan serves on the Board as Treasurer and on the Investment Committee of the Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation which supports many educational, cultural, and environmental initiatives in the Truckee/Tahoe region and awards college scholarships to local students annually. He has also represented the developer on many homeowner association boards through the years.

Mr. Morgan began his career in the management training program at Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide in New York City and worked in accounting and finance roles for Vail Resorts, Inc. and Kensington Partners before beginning his tenure with East West Partners. Mr. Morgan lives in Reno, coaches several youth sports and is pursuing his Master’s degree.

Mr. Morgan has a B.A. from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.

Lydia Carter

Lydia Carter
Director of Finance

Lydia Carter is the Director of Finance for Taylor Builders. Lydia is responsible for and oversees Taylor Builders finance, accounting and contracts management including developer inventory and bulk land transaction management. Lydia is a licensed real estate broker and is extremely familiar with all facets related to Taylor Builders.

Lydia brings 20 years of experience in resort development accounting and over a decade experience in developer sales transactions. She has successfully closed hundreds of real estate transactions assisting buyers, lenders, agents and escrow companies. Lydia began her career working in finance with Lahontan/DMB Highlands group in 2000. In 2003, she was hired with East West, then with Mountainside Partners. Her ability to adapt to new roles and responsibilities over the years demonstrates her motivation to see projects through to completion.

Lydia sits on the Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation Board and is the administrator for the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee. The Foundation is charitable funding source and scholarship program initiated by transfer fees within the Mountainside, Northstar, Gray’s Crossing and Old Greenwood resort developments. Funds generated by the Foundation help support local non-profit organizations, programs, community events and scholarships to local high school students giving over $500,000 annually.

Lydia holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Nevada Reno. As a local resident for nearly 30 years, she is passionate of Tahoe’s natural playgrounds both on her snowboard and mountain bike. Lydia and her husband Brad have two children attending North Tahoe High and North Tahoe Middle schools and are eternally grateful to call this place “home.”

John Jewett

John Jewett
Director of Projects

John Jewett is the Director of Projects for Taylor Builders. He is responsible for the master planning, design and development of Taylor projects. John’s management of the portfolio of land assets requires broad engagement with community stakeholders.

Prior to joining Taylor Builders, John spent 13 years with East West Partners and Mountainside Partners working on Tahoe projects including Old Greenwood, Grays Crossing, The Village at Northstar, The Highlands and Mountainside at Northstar.

Mr. Jewett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Syracuse University, graduating as a Dean’s Scholar. He is active in the community, sitting on numerous non-profit and government boards including the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Committee, Trout Unlimited and the Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation.

Steve Hicks

Steve Hicks

Steve, a registered Civil Engineer, possesses over 35 years of experience designing, processing entitlements, negotiating environmental agency permits, and bidding and managing site improvements for master-planned communities and major infrastructure projects in the Bay Area, Inland Empire, Central Valley, Reno, and the Sacramento Region. Prior to joining Taylor Builders Steve was a Principal at Bayless & Hicks, Inc. in Roseville, Vice President of Land Acquisition and Development for Signature Homes/Signature Properties in the Bay Area and Sacramento Region, and Vice President of Land Acquisition for Meritage Homes in the Sacramento and Reno regions. Steve also has held land acquisition, processing, and construction management positions with William Lyon Homes, Shea Communities for Active Adults, Kaufman & Broad (KB Home), and the O’Brien Group, as well as a consulting engineering position with MacKay & Somps Civil Engineers.

Education and Affiliated Organizations

    • Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering, California State University, Chico
    • Registered Civil Engineer – License No. 38232
    • City of Roseville Development Advisory Committee – 2011-2013

Alisha Lanyi

Alisha Lanyi
Operations Manager

Alisha Lanyi is the Mountainside Operations Manager for Taylor Builders. Alisha has more than twenty-years of experience in real estate, resort hospitality and office management. She currently oversees the day to day operations within Mountainside at Northstar including the Rendezvous Cabins and other master planned amenities. Alisha will continue to use her vast experience ‘on the mountain’ in various capacities within Taylor Builders including; real estate transactions and land sales, sales executive and back of the house support, marketing, contracts, administration and vendor relations.

Prior to Taylor Builders, Alisha was employed with East West Partners and Mountainside Partners for eleven years. She began her career at Old Greenwood working as a sales assistant and with hard work and dedication she rapidly worked up the ladder to management. Alisha is known for setting goals, creating positive culture, establishing progressive policies and procedures and implementing them within the organizations she has been involved.

Alisha was raised in South Lake Tahoe, Ca. She has two beautiful girls and a loving husband. In her spare time, she works with her husband in their family owned pizza business, enjoys traveling, camping, golfing, gardening, reading and spending quality time with her family.

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