John was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1957. He was a serious athlete competing in basketball, swimming, and soccer. Academic interests were in the Liberal Arts with a focus on History and Art. After attending Illinois State University for 2 years, John transferred to Florida Institute of Technology, finishing his degree in Underwater Engineering.
John met his wife Mary during a school break, and they were married in 1980. They moved to Patterson, Louisiana, to pursue a career in commercial diving. While John enjoyed his career as a diver, the industry went through some difficult years. In 1984 John began his homebuilding career in Houston, Texas, working for the largest homebuilder in the nation.
Not happy with the Texas lifestyle and looking to spend more time windsurfing and whitewater kayaking, John and Mary moved to Hood River, Oregon, spending a year enjoying the Gorge and surrounding areas. When the time came to get back to work, they moved to the Portland area and started Riverland Homes in 1988.
John is an avid pilot and outdoorsman using his airplane to explore wilderness areas from Idaho to the Arctic.
Chris was born in Portland in 1969. He graduated from Portland State in 1995 and began working in the homebuilding industry off and on while campaigning for an Olympic sailing spot.
Chris was hired as a construction manager with Riverland Homes in 1999, and became an owner 2 years later. He has been an avid sailor his whole life, competing at the collegiate, national, and international levels in small boat racing. He is also an avid windsurfer and fisherman. He is famous for his smoked salmon.
Kathy was born in Portland, Oregon, and received a degree in Business Finance from the University of Oregon. She is an avid Duck fan and enjoys ballroom dancing, camping, and spending time with friends and family