in the construction of signature homesUnparalleled expertise
Nordby Signature Homes blends a highly personalized approach with the deep knowledge and proven work practices that come from four decades of construction experience.
We know that early collaboration, proven processes and effective communication are the keys to the success of every project. We work with architects and homeowners from initial site selection and planning through to final construction to ensure a seamless process, and a project that is on time and on budget. With a deep well of experience building custom homes throughout the Northern California wine country, we are your partners in the process, dedicated to providing first-in-class construction, every single time.
THE NORDBY TEAM
OWNER & CEO, NORDBY COMPANIES
As CEO of the Nordby Companies, Craig Nordby leads not only a family business with over 40 years of history, but a group of companies that together form one of the premier construction companies in Northern California. Growing into the multiple companies under the Nordby umbrella you see today, Craig has carried the belief that ownership provides an unmatched level of motivation and success, and that a company is at its best when personal and company ambitions are aligned.
Craig comes from a long line of builders that reaches back to his great grandfather – a carpenter who moved to California from the Midwest in 1936 – and roots in Sonoma County, where he and his three brothers were raised. The brothers spent their formative years working alongside their father Wendell Nordby, who founded Nordby Construction in 1978. A strong work ethic was a given. Craig joined Nordby Construction, after graduating with a degree in business and marketing at Sonoma State University, (and writing a thesis on family-owned businesses).
Craig came up through the family business not in the field, but in operations. His business background gave him the ability to study the business and see the gaps – in marketing, business development, technology innovation, insurance and, as he jokingly describes it, “everything no one else wanted to do.” He proved himself valuable in a short period of time, and at the age of 36, took over operations. Along the way, he had developed a global view of the company that would prove invaluable in eventually leading it. Company ownership gradually evolved as first one brother, then his father, then his second brother transitioned out of the company. With a straightforward leadership style, a head for business, and perhaps most importantly, an affinity for people and partnerships, Craig has fostered an entrepreneurial outlook that has come to be one of the defining features of the Nordby Companies as a whole, and for each of its divisions as well.
As is true of any company with a history that spans multiple generations, the company has weathered ownership changes along with the highs and lows of multiple economic cycles. Along the way, Nordby launched the Wine Caves and Nordby Signature Homes divisions, both timely and targeted responses to opportunities in the market that the company was uniquely positioned to meet. The launch of these divisions early in his career trajectory would prove to be a defining moment for Craig, revealing a talent and taste for entrepreneurship.
The company’s growth and successes in the years since the recession of 2008 stem from a singular emphasis on customer service and quality over quantity of work. He describes his leadership style as a combination of strategic thinking and fortitude. “After the recession, our remaining team was made up of leaders, highly focused on customer service. We also had the creative confidence to know our worth.” The transition to this latest phase in the company’s history gave Craig the opportunity to bring on people who are truly aligned in their objectives, creating what he likes to call “a space for possibilities.” One of his favorite phrases sums up the company ethos he has created: “It’s all about opportunity.”
PARTNER & PRESIDENT, NORDBY SIGNATURE HOMES & NORDBY SIGNATURE BUILDERS
As president of Nordby Signature Homes and Signature Builders Idaho, David oversees residential construction company wide. He joined the company in 2000 as a project manager, became vice president in 2005, and became a partner and president of the company’s custom residential company in 2011. With a singular focus on client relationships and business development, David has played a key role in developing Nordby’s large network of repeat clients.
Armed with a family history of engineering, design, technical construction, Dave initially studied architecture at Arizona State University. Following the advice of a mentor who knew his preference for being in the field, Dave made the pivotal decision to enter the university’s Del Webb School of Construction, and finished with a degree in construction engineering and management.
After five years in the field, Dave made a second pivotal decision, returning to his native Sonoma County in 2000. A mutual contact introduced him to the team at Nordby, where the immediate connection between like personalities, Sonoma County roots and a symbiotic outlook on life and business proved to be a perfect fit. Initially hired as a project manager, he quickly accumulated knowledge and experience with the company’s opportunity-driven firm culture. Five years into his tenure at Nordby, the Signature Homes division needed leadership. Dave responded to the opportunity to lead the division, beginning with what is still one of the firm’s largest custom home projects. In 2011, he became a partner and president of the division.
Dave maintains that a shared vision and participatory culture are the keys to Nordby’s success. “For me, it’s all about relationships,” says Dave. “We are all about opportunity, both for the company and for the individuals within the company. We support each other, but we also support a level of entrepreneurship within the company that is unique.”
As a golfer, Dave recognizes the value of individual determination; as a father and coach, he embraces the equally important value of a strong team. In his role at Nordby, he fosters both.
PARTNER & VICE PRESIDENT, NORDBY SIGNATURE HOMES & NORDBY SIGNATURE BUILDERS
As vice president of Nordby Signature Homes and Signature Builders, the company’s new Idaho division, Brian oversees the highly collaborative and detailed process of custom home construction and will spearhead an exciting new expansion for the company. With over two decades of experience in the field, Brian brings a broad range of knowledge to his role. His experience includes work on custom homes, subdivisions and commercial projects, with companies large and small, in roles ranging from framing to detailing to customer service and management.
Brian grew up in the lumber business, and his career began behind a desk, an experience that quickly taught him he preferred a career in the field. He then spent several years “with bags on,” absorbing the business from the ground up. His first leadership role in the field left him largely to his own devices, an experience that fueled his entrepreneurial spirit. He mastered the art of learning by doing. “I’m really good at asking questions,” he says. As the scale of his projects grew, Brian grew alongside them, and was soon running large subdivisions, several at a time.
After joining Nordby in 2015 as a superintendent, he quickly moved to project manager and became partner and vice president in 2019. It was in custom homes that Brian truly found his passion. They offered a challenging environment in which no project will offer exactly the same experience, enhancing the sense of accomplishment. “The more specific custom homes become, the more you have to think and engage to get it built successfully,” he says. “In custom home construction, we truly are the architect’s partner. We are not just executing but solving problems and enhancing the project in the field, interpreting the artistic vision behind the design. We are respectful of that vision, asking the right questions to make sure we understand the intent behind the design.”
Brian’s focus is on providing not only outstanding quality, but establishing the high level of trust and communication between his clients and project teams that allows the collaborative process to flourish.
Michael quesenbury CSI, CDT, LEED AP
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, NORDBY SIGNATURE HOMES
Michael joined Nordby in 2019 as a senior project manager to help grow the Nordby Signature Homes division. Specializing in luxury estate properties, Michael views his role as a guide through the ebbs and flows of a complex journey, leading owners and teams through the entire lifecycle of a project – from entitlement, permitting, design development, project budgeting and scheduling, to final occupancy. His 22 years in construction and degree in architecture and urban planning from the University of Washington, has brought to our team an eye for detail and deep understanding of the intersection of design and construction.
Deeply immersed in the field, he is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Certified Document Technologist, and has held positions on the boards of the regional chapters of both the AIA and the Construction Specifications Institute, using his position in the construction industry to bring a holistic approach to both institutions.
Michael cites his design education – particularly his study with renowned professors and practitioners Francis D. K. Ching, Steve Bedanes and Sergio Palleroni, a pioneer in the field of social impact design – as influential in his professional development. His focus on the intersection of design and building began early – a fusion of right brain and left brain, ideas and implementation that he would follow throughout his career.
For Michael, life is all about building, all the time. On the weekends, he can be found working in his workshop. His life is filled with architecture and the arts. His wife is an artist. Museums and the arts were an integral part of his life growing up, and a foundational element of his outlook on the world. The hand-written journals he keeps for every project are both a work of art and a practical resource, containing sketches, observations and notes from every meeting. When asked what motivates him, he replies simply: “I get out of bed every morning to build beautiful things.”
PROJECT MANAGER, NORDBY SIGNATURE HOMES
As project administrator, Courtney is responsible for providing administrative and organizational support to project managers and subcontractors. Since joining the team in 2017, Courtney has helped contribute to the continued success and growth of the Nordby Signature Homes division. Courtney has a Business Administration degree from California State University Monterey Bay and is currently enrolled in CSI’s Construction Documents Technology (CDT) Program to help expand her knowledge of the construction process.
Project Superintendent, Nordby Signature Homes
As project superintendent at Nordby Signature Homes, Tyler’s support touches all cornerstones of the business. From managing quality workmanship, to safety, scheduling and budget, he keeps projects on track and continually works to exceed client expectations. Derived from over 18 years in construction, Tyler knows how to focus on the coordination and supervision of all field operations, sharing the enthusiasm for building with the clients, architects and tradesmen that help facilitate a cohesive approach to each project.
Project Superintendent, Nordby Signature Homes
Darrin joined the team in January of 2006 and is now a project superintendent of Nordby Signature Homes. Building his craftsmanship as a carpenter, laborer and journeyman, Darrin has refined his experience over 30 years to bring a level of knowledge and professionalism that makes each of his projects smooth from start to end. His current focus resides in custom homes, but he also has project experience in the casino, hotel, and residential verticals.
Project Superintendent, Nordby Signature Homes
As project superintendent of Nordby Signature Homes, Kevin oversees all phases of the construction process. Coordinating communication across key stakeholders, Kevin manages expectations and brings value to the project team by staying organized and planning ahead. Coming from 30 years of experience in construction, Kevin’s foresight into project management is critical to his success as a good leader, decision maker, and advocate for his clients.
Meet The Rest Of The Nordby Team
A blueprint is only the beginning of a collaboration between the architect, the builder, and the property owner. We’ve established trusting relationships with many regional architects as we’ve worked to manage a construction schedule and budget while realizing the design vision of a space. These are a few of the firms we’ve partnered with in recent construction projects.
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