TEAM MEET THE BEHIND THE VISION

BRIAN GROVER

Managing Partner

Brian Grover is the founder and Managing Partner of Nolen Communities. He is responsible for executing Nolen’s strategic direction, leveraging 15 years of real estate, planning, and development experience to envision and ultimately bring to life innovative communities. Nolen Communities was founded on his desire to connect people to where they live. He is focused on creating both value for his partners and a truly unique living experience for residents.

Prior to founding Nolen, Brian spent most of his career rising the ranks to Principal at Dudek, a planning and environmental consulting firm based in San Diego. His clientele consisted almost entirely of residential developers, and his work ranged from entitling large master-planned communities to infill redevelopment projects. His services included land acquisition (site selection and due diligence), jurisdictional coordination, site design, planning, entitlement processing, environmental analysis, public outreach, land development, and disposition. He has successfully entitled hundreds of residential development projects throughout the State of California, and has established strong working relationships with city/county staff along the way.

Brian has a B.S. in Structural Engineering and a minor in Urban Planning from the University of California, San Diego. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Planning and Real Estate Development from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he raced on the university’s ski team. He is a certified planner (since 2010) through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and is an active member of the American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute, Lambda Alpha International, and the San Diego Building Industry Association, where he serves on the Board of the City/County Legislative Committee and was named Consultant of the Year in 2016. In 2019, Brian was honored as a Next Top 40 Business Leaders Finalist by the San Diego Business Journal. He formerly served on the City of Encinitas Environmental Commission (2010 – 2014), and currently serves as Vice Chair of the City’s Traffic and Public Safety Commission. He guest lectures at local universities, including the University of San Diego’s Burnham and Moores School of Real Estate and the Urban Planning Program at the University of California, San Diego. Brian and his wife, Laurie, live in Encinitas and look forward to raising a family there.

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SEAN KILKENNY

Partner

Sean Kilkenny is a founding Partner of Nolen Communities. Sean’s past experience includes representing master plan developers; family-owned homebuilders; and working as a consultant during his 13 years in real estate development. He brings both practical, first-hand experience and a business background to Nolen’s management team. Sean has a passion for working collaboratively to find compromises that achieve business plan objectives while meeting project schedules. He believes great communities are the result of listening and refinement.

Prior to founding Nolen, Sean worked for Davidson Communities as Forward Planning Director. While at Davidson, Sean gained experience performing due diligence, financial underwriting, preparing development budgets, reviewing horizontal and vertical development plans and drawings, navigating the DRE process, and coordinating with sales and marketing. Before joining Davidson, Sean served in various roles at JPB Development, a master plan developer in Otay Ranch. Working his way from a Project Assistant to Vice President, Sean evolved from leading the company’s efforts on sustainability to managing the environmental process, preparing and reviewing various planning documents, and working with key stakeholders in the community.

Sean has dual B.A.’s in Economics and Government from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from San Diego State University. Sean has served on the Board of Director’s at South Bay Community Services since 2014 and is currently the Board Chair. He has also served on the San Diego State University Alumni Board of Advisors and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation Land Use Committee. Sean is active in the San Diego Building Industry Association, including the Young Leaders (YGEN) and BUILD SD PAC. He lives in Carlsbad with his wife Maddy and two sons, Logan and Owen, and their family dog Cooper.

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SEAN KILKENNY

Partner

Sean Kilkenny is a founding Partner of Nolen Communities. Sean’s past experience includes representing master plan developers; family-owned homebuilders; and working as a consultant during his 13 years in real estate development. He brings both practical, first-hand experience and a business background to Nolen’s management team. Sean has a passion for working collaboratively to find compromises that achieve business plan objectives while meeting project schedules. He believes great communities are the result of listening and refinement.

Prior to founding Nolen, Sean worked for Davidson Communities as Forward Planning Director. While at Davidson, Sean gained experience performing due diligence, financial underwriting, preparing development budgets, reviewing horizontal and vertical development plans and drawings, navigating the DRE process, and coordinating with sales and marketing. Before joining Davidson, Sean served in various roles at JPB Development, a master plan developer in Otay Ranch. Working his way from a Project Assistant to Vice President, Sean evolved from leading the company’s efforts on sustainability to managing the environmental process, preparing and reviewing various planning documents, and working with key stakeholders in the community.

Sean has dual B.A.’s in Economics and Government from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from San Diego State University. Sean has served on the Board of Director’s at South Bay Community Services since 2014 and is currently the Board Chair. He has also served on the San Diego State University Alumni Board of Advisors and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation Land Use Committee. Sean is active in the San Diego Building Industry Association, including the Young Leaders (YGEN) and BUILD SD PAC. He lives in Carlsbad with his wife Maddy and two sons, Logan and Owen, and their family dog Cooper.

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