Managing Partner

Brian Grover is the founder and Managing Partner of Nolen Communities. He is responsible for executing Nolen’s strategic direction, leveraging 16 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.

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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.

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