In 1997, Lance Williams founded privately held, Santa Clarita based, Williams Homes, on the principles of integrity, trust and partnership - the key ingredients to Williams Homes’ continued success.

Managed by Lance Williams, Williams Homes has assembled a team with more than 100 years combined experience in the building industry. During the last decade, Williams Homes has built and delivered hundreds of homes in Los AngelesVentura and Santa Barbara Counties at prices ranging from $159,000 to in excess of $1,000,000. Williams Homes has earned a respected reputation as a builder of exceptional quality Southern California homes and new home communities in California. The Williams Homes’ team has established a relationship with its family of homebuyers as a builder who stands behind its product and continues to provide a level of customer service that exceeds expectations.

Williams Homes was the proud recipient of the 2013 Builder of the Year Award from the Building Industry Association.

When your Williams Homes’ representative shakes your hand at closing, it signifies a commitment that has been fulfilled by a team dedicated to making your American dream a reality.


A California native, Lance Williams (46) has been building homes for more than 25 years.  Founding the company that bears his name in 1996 along with housing legend Ray Watt, his development experience encompasses all disciplines of residential real estate. 

As president and CEO, Mr. Williams has directly overseen the acquisition, entitlement, financing, development, construction, sales and delivery of more than 1,000 homes in 30 communities worth in excess of $400 million, and currently has in development or under construction an additional 1,200 units with a completed value of approximately $600 million.

Prior to founding Williams Homes, Inc., Mr. Williams was employed by Watt Housing Corporation and Beazer Homes, Inc. where he served in a number of management roles.  Mr. Williams received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Real Estate and Law from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  Mr. Williams is a California licensed real estate broker and licensed general contractor. 

Mr. Williams is an active member of the California Building Industry Association, where he has acted in a variety of functions including serving as the chair of the government affairs committee as well as on the board of directors of the Los Angeles/Ventura chapter of the BIA.  Through the years, he has shared his expertise by serving on industry boards, chairing committees, and guest speaking, in addition to lending his time and efforts to many worthy community endeavors.  Mr. Williams has also been recognized by his alma mater as distinguished alumni for outstanding early career success and outstanding entrepreneurship.


Keith Herren joined the Williams team in 2008.  In his position Mr. Herren oversees new acquisitions, product and community development and marketing of all new communities.  

Mr. Herren has constructed his real estate career in Southern California over the last two decades.  Most recently, Mr. Herren was a Development Partner in charge of Southern California for the Hanover Company.  His responsibilities as Development Partner included the acquisition and development of strategic real estate assets throughout the region.  While there he expanded Hanover’s development pipeline to over $1 billion.  Prior, Mr. Herren was Vice President of Residential Development and Vice President of Commercial Development for Newhall Land for ten years, perfecting entitlements, forward planning and land development for the communities of Valencia and Newhall Ranch. 


Bob Barjam joined Williams Homes in October of 2010.  Bob is responsible for management of day to day operations that involve horizontal as well as the vertical improvements. Mr. Barjam has 30 years of development experience and has developed commercial as well as residential developments throughout Southern California and Nevada.  Prior to joining Williams Homes Mr. Barjam was with the SunCal Companies for 18 years. During his time at SunCal he performed in a number of management roles including development director where he headed the home building aspects in the early 90’s then ultimately a Vice President role in the land development and acquisition departments. While in that role Mr. Barjam was responsible for development of a number of Southern California master planned communities. In his career Mr. Barjam has overseen the development of hotels, shopping centers and approximately 4,000 lots as well as construction of over 450 homes.  Mr. Barjam holds a Class B general contractors license and is in good standing with the State Board. 


Joavan Tseng joined the Williams Homes team as a consultant in 2010. Mr. Tseng began his residential homebuilding career with Watt Industries in 1988 as a Senior Auditor.  Through acquisition in 1993, Mr. Tseng joined Beazer Homes, a top 10 national homebuilder, as a Division Controller in Orange County.  As a result of his contributions, Mr. Tseng was promoted to CFO in 1995. He remained in that capacity until his elevation to Division President in 2004.  Under his leadership the division closed as many as 750 homes annually with revenues exceeding $250mm.  Mr. Tseng received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University in 1981.  He received his California CPA certification in 1983.


Richard Betz brings over forty years combined trade contractor relationship and experience in residential and commercial development. During his career Mr. Betz has overseen in excess of a half billion dollars worth of contracts in the capacity of Purchasing Agent, Director, and Manager. A partial list of builders he has worked with includes Williams Homes, Inc., Watt Developers, Inc., Beazer Homes, Inc., Watt/Parker, Inc., Saddletree Development Co., M.J. Brock & Sons, Helms Homes and Fine Built Homes. Mr. Betz is a charter member and past President of the Residential Purchasing Council. Mr. Betz holds a B.A. degree in Economics and a B.S. degree in Construction Management from Michigan State University.

During the last twelve years, Mr. Betz has worked under contract with Williams to provide his specialized skills, including onsite and offsite purchasing, architectural design review and value engineering, specification writing, budgets, and product development.


Daniel Faina joined Williams in 2007 after several years as a licensed Realtor for RE/MAX of Valencia. Prior to joining Williams, Mr. Faina marketed and sold dozens of residential properties across both Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Since becoming an integral part of the Williams Homes’ team, Mr. Faina has developed and implemented both sales and marketing strategies that have allowed Williams to continue selling its homes through the recent economic downturn. He is also responsible for real estate market analysis for all new communities, as well as research and development of cutting-edge marketing campaigns.

Beginning in the real estate industry at the young age of 17, Mr. Faina has proven that integrity and an entrepreneurial spirit are what it takes to build a foundation in business that can withstand any storm.


Steve Johnson of Williams Homes, Inc. - Central Coast Division, rejoined the Williams Homes team in July of 2013.  Steve has over thirty five years of experience in the single family home development business.  He is responsible for day to day land development and construction activities of the California central coast operation.  Steve has worked in multiple positions for several notable builders including operations manager, project manager, architectural coordinator, onsite and offsite construction manager, purchasing manager and superintendent.  At his previous employer Steve created and managed a home builder service company dedicated to resolving SB800 litigation claims by performing repairs on hundreds of homes built by Southern California’s largest home builders.  Mr. Johnson holds a Class B and C-53 California contractor license.


Martin Mendoza has more than twenty years of residential building experience and has overseen construction for Williams since 2001. Prior to joining Williams, Mr. Mendoza worked under contract for a number of home builders including Pardee Homes, Kaufman and Broad, Centex Homes, EPAC Communities and Braemar Homes. Mr. Mendoza is a multi-disciplined construction executive and tradesman with a consistent record of delivering projects on time, on schedule, and with exceptional quality.

Mr. Mendoza joined Williams, in 1997 and is responsible for all aspects of field construction management and supervision, including scheduling, site development, construction, delivery, and customer service.


Kelly Brown joined Williams in 2004 with more than 10 years of experience in the construction and real estate development business. Before joining Williams, Mrs. Brown worked for the Legal Counsel, CFO and Controller of The Newhall Land and Farming Company. Mrs. Brown provides all administrative support to the President & CEO, CFO and Senior Vice Presidents.  Kelly is also the Office Manager overseeing both on and offsite facility issues and provides in-house Notary services for Williams Homes.    

Mrs. Brown was born in London, Ontario, Canada. After graduating from Westervelt Business College as a Legal Assistant, she worked in the legal department of Deloitte, Haskins & Cells and the law firm of Siskind, Cromarty, Ivey & Dowler before moving to Southern California in 1993.