Tim Lewis Communities is a Northern California traditional homebuilder with more than 30 years experience crafting homes of solid value and exceptional appeal for hundreds of satisfied homeowners.

Quality Statement

Our commitment at Tim Lewis Communities is to be the regions top home builder in overall homeowner satisfaction. To that end, we aim to exceed our home buyers expectations, creating an exceptional home-buying experience of unsurpassed home quality and service. All employees shall embrace our company commitment to quality and work diligently toward continuous improvement thereof.

We strive to build lasting relationships of mutual trust and respect with our customers. This bonding can develop and prosper only after we set realistic customer expectations via proactive homeowner education, keep customers informed about the home-buying and ownership process, consistently deliver what we promise, and minimize surprise.

Management Team

tim-lewis-214x236Jay Timothy Lewis – President and Founder

Tim Lewis is President and Founder of Tim Lewis Communities. Founded in 1982, Tim Lewis has taken his company from a small custom builder to an award winning builder recognized and twice ranked No. 1 in Customer Satisfaction and New Home Design by J.D. Power and Associate. His focus on quality craftsmanship, innovative design and product implementation have all been integral in his approach to providing customers with the highest value product as well as exceeding customer expectations. He has built over 3500 homes in the Greater Sacramento Area and in the state of Nevada. He is in the process of acquiring land in San Jose, Morgan Hill, Dublin, Fremont and Alameda in the Bay Area. Tim is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant (inactive), Licensed Ca and NV Real Estate Broker, and Licensed General Contractor. He has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley and a MBA- Accounting and Finance from University of Southern California. Tim Lewis has been a major contributor to several local charities including Big Brother Big Sister, Home Aid, Make a Wish Foundation, Loaves & Fishes, Red Cross, American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Gifts to Share, Sacramento Children’s Home and Volunteers of America.

Tina Cruce – Chief Financial Officer

Tina Cruce has been a member of the Tim Lewis Communities management team since 2002. Tina is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (inactive) with 20 years experience in finance and homebuilding. Her expertise includes developing new lender relations and financial sources, administrating company’s insurance plans and risk management program and managing overall corporate office operations including HR and Design Studio. Prior to joining Tim Lewis Communities, Tina was the Regional Director of Finance for International Fiber Com, Inc. and Senior Associate for Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLP. Tina began her career with Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation in Accounting and Forward Planning as an Operations Coordinator. Tina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from California State University, Sacramento.

James Meek Director of Land, Bay Area

Jim joined the Tim Lewis Communities team in 2011. Jim has over 25 years of real estate acquisition, negotiations, entitlements, development, financing, and construction and disposition experience. Jim’s strong background in land acquisition includes work in many of the major markets in the Western States and strong relationships with financial institutions. Prior to joining Tim Lewis Communities, Jim was with Toll Brothers Inc. here he advanced from Land Acquisition Manager to Senior Vice President for Land Acquisition in Northern California. There he acquired and secured entitlements on multiple land parcels comprising over 2,000 lots. Jim is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of California and Nevada.

Rich Balestreri Director of Land, Greater Sacramento Area

Rich joined the Tim Lewis Communities team in 2012. Rich has over 25 years experience managing all facets of real estate acquisitions, negotiations, entitlement, development and leases. Rich’s expertise includes project feasibility analysis, construction management and contract negotiations. Prior to joining Tim Lewis Communities, Rich was Vice President of Acquisition and Planning for K. Hovnanian Homes, Sacramento and Senior Vice President at Forecast Homes, Sacramento. Rich has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business administration from California State University, Sacramento and a MBA from Santa Clara University. Rich has been a member of the Political Action Committee for the North State Building Industry Association and a committee member for Run to Feed the Hungry for the Sacramento Food Bank.

Linda Schwartz Director of Sales and Marketing

Linda has been a member of the Tim Lewis Communities team since 2005. Linda is responsible for all aspects of the sales team and marketing efforts for the company including strategic product pricing and positioning, web-site development and model merchandising in both California and Nevada. Linda has over 25 years experience in Real Estate and homebuilding with both medium sized private builders and large public builders. Prior to joining Tim Lewis Communities, Linda was Vice President of Sales for Beazer Homes and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for US Home/Lennar Corporation where she lead her sales teams in record profit years for both companies. Linda was named Sales and Marketing Director of the Year in 2002 and was honored as a graduate of the Building Industry Association of No. California’s Leadership Development Program in 2004. Linda has served on the Northern California Building Industry Association’s Sales and Marketing Counsel. Linda holds a California Real Estate License and a Nevada Salesperson/Broker license. Linda supports Volunteers of America annual membership breakfast as a Community Captain.

Karen Ackerman – Director of Customer Care

Karen has been a member of the Tim Lewis Communities team since 2004. Karen is instrumental in implementing processes to insure quality control assurance while reducing litigation exposure. Karen oversees construction home readiness for product delivery and customer satisfaction through TLC’s warranty process. Karen is responsible for the coordination between departments of NHQ (National Housing Quality) procedures and Eliant surveys. Prior to joining Tim Lewis Communities, Karen was Customer Service Manager for Pulte Home Corporation and Richmond American Homes.