A seasoned partnership backed by a network of design and construction professionals
Doyle Heaton is renowned for his ability to recognize land values and then acquire, develop and deliver efficient housing communities. The body and caliber of his work, coupled with his significant impact within the industry, have earned him the reputation as a “builder’s builder” and induction into the California Building Industry Association’s Builders Hall of Fame.
His career started early. At the age of 12 he shadowed his father, working on home sites in Boise, Idaho. Doyle was a natural, and his desire to become a builder only intensified over time. Soon after earning his BA and BS degrees in Building and Real Estate at the University of Denver, he landed his first project manager post, and in 1965, he was recruited by California builder Ken Hofmann as manager a;nd estimator. His work ethic continued to result in increasingly responsible roles, including a partnership with Paul Baldacci at Castle Construction Company.
In 1977, he opened his own building firm, Delco Builders & Developers, Inc. Specializing in housing parcels that its competitors tended to ignore, Delco focused on high-density building in the San Francisco Bay Area, where homeowners could be near their jobs, their children’s schools, and transportation. Doyle was adept at convincing landowners to sell to him; by leveraging his impressive skillset, he would gain their confidence, then turn around and prove himself the best steward of their investment, again and again, project after project. Over the last 40-plus years, he has built over 4,500 single-family and multi-family homes.
Doyle Heaton was one of the backers of “regionalizing” multiple San Francisco Bay Area-based homebuilders associations and was instrumental in forming the Building Industry Association of Northern California (BIANC). He has held numerous positions with local BIAs, including: Chairman, Regional Board of Directors; President, Eastern Division; President, Board of Directors; and Vice Chair of the Regional Chairman’s Council. In addition, Doyle is a trustee/founder of the Building Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC).
Today, as founder of DRG Builders, Doyle continues to build single-family residences and townhomes throughout the Bay Area. In his Pleasant Hill office, a small plaque occupying prime real estate on his desktop says, Nice Guys Finish First. Clearly this principle is born out in his successful career and compelling influence in the building marketplace.
Gregg Heaton’s career in land acquisition and real estate development, both commercial and residential, spans nearly 20 years.
Like his father before him, Mr. Heaton observed his dad at work throughout his childhood as the elder Heaton made a name for himself in the building industry. Not surprisingly, Gregg Heaton earned a BS degree in Business Administration with a major in Construction at the University of Denver in Denver, CO, in 1998. That same year, he began his career at Paramount Homes in Concord, CA, where he mastered the complexities of meeting specifications and obtaining approvals from the myriad of civil and governmental agencies that characterize the real estate and construction industries.
In 2000, Mr. Heaton joined Delco Builders of Pleasant Hill, CA, where, as Land Acquisition Manager, he obtained development approvals for more than 10 projects from various governmental agencies, including Regional Water Quality Board, Fish and Game, Army Corp of Engineers. In 2006, he partnered with his father to establish DRG Builders in Pleasant Hill, CA. As head of Site Selection and Land Acquisition, Mr. Heaton has located and acquired over 1,000 residential prime real estate lots and 50,000 square feet of commercial office space representing in excess of $200 million in revenue within the past 15 years.
Mr. Heaton has a firm grasp of the complicated and ever changing environmental quality/environmental impact challenges. He is highly skilled at managing teams of engineers, architects, planners and environmental consultants, and has made locating property in towns and cities with difficult barriers of entry a specialty.
Mr. Heaton, a licensed real estate agent, resides in San Francisco and volunteers for the Animal Rescue Foundation.