Howard Gad formed Heritage West Development Co. in 1979.  Over the years, Heritage West has developed award winning residential communities, retail shopping centers, industrial buildings, custom homes and community facilities throughout Southern California and Arizona.  

Activities Prior to Forming Heritage West 

Mr. Gad joined Avco Community Developers in 1976 as Marketing Manager for the Company’s 8,000-acre Laguna Niguel community in Orange County.  Between 1976 and 1979, he was responsible for product development and marketing of over 1,000 new homes in Laguna Niguel.   

In 1972, Howard joined Market Profiles, one of Orange County's leading market research firms for the real estate development industry. Mr. Gad was a research analyst conducting consumer, market and economic research for some of Southern California's largest residential developers including the Irvine Company, the Mission Viejo Company and Avco Community Developers.

After military service, Howard completed his university education (see Education below). While in college, he worked part time remodeling small residential and commercial buildings. 

Howard enlisted in the Construction Battalion of the Navy (CB’s) in 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1968.  During his tour of duty, he was exposed to a wide range of construction activities. 

Education / Licenses

  • Graduate of San Diego State University (1972) - School of Business Administration – Emphasis: Marketing & Finance
  • California Real Estate Brokers license since 1976 (Lic. #00530341)
  • California General Contractors license (B-1) since 1978 (Lic. #393347)

Community Service

Howard has been active in community affairs throughout his career.  Some of those activities include:

  • Founding member of the Solana Beach Foundation for Learning (1986), a fundraising foundation for public schools - the Foundation is still active
  • Trustee of the Solana Beach School District (two terms: 1988 to 1996) – one of the top school districts in San Diego County
  • Board of Directors of the North City West School Facilities Finance Authority (1992 to 1998: 5 yrs as Chairman) – an $80 million “Mella Roos” taxing authority responsible for funding construction of new schools for three school districts covering the Carmel Valley community in San Diego.
  • Del Mar Historical Society (2006 to 2012) – Mr. Gad has been a key player in producing a plan relocate and renovate the Alvarado House, one of Del Mar’s original homes built in 1885. Currently, the plan is to move the home from it's current location at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to a site on City property in central Del Mar.
  • Chairman of the City of Del Mar’s Form-Based Code committee (2009 to 2012) – this committee was established by the City Council and was tasked with making recommendations to revise and revitalize Del Mar’s central business district.
  • Del Mar Beach Safety Center (2010-2011) - Mr. Gad coordinated the design, value engineering, and consultants required to build the new lifeguard tower and safety center in the City of Del Mar.  

Family Life

Howard and his wife Jan have have lived in Del Mar since 1984. Jan is an active member of the Del Mar Garden Club and other local civic groups. Their daughter Kameron lives in New York City and designs the interior of retail spaces of an international fashion company (Alexander Wang) on three continents.  Kameron received her master’s degree in architecture from Parson’s School of Design in Manhattan.  Their son Ryan is a principal at Heritage West Development and lives with his wife and son in Solana Beach. Ryan has a bachelors degree in economics from UCLA, a Masters Degree in Real Estate Development from USD, a Masters in Business Administration from USD, and is a licensed real estate broker.