Investor Relations

Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Corporate Officers

Steven J. Hilton
Steven J. Hilton
Chief Executive Officer
Steven J. Hilton Mr. Hilton was co-chairman and co-chief executive officer of Meritage Homes Corporation from 1997 to May 2006. In May 2006, Mr. Hilton was named the Company’s chairman and chief executive officer. In 1985, Mr. Hilton cofounded Arizona-based Monterey Homes, the predecessor company to Meritage Homes Corporation. Under Mr. Hilton’s leadership, Monterey became publicly traded in 1996. Mr. Hilton received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona and is a director of Western Alliance Bancorporation, a leading bank holding company based in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Hilton has almost 30 years of real estate experience and is considered an expert and innovator in the homebuilding industry. He is a frequent participant in panels and interviews regarding the industry.
Javier Feliciano
Javier Feliciano
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Javier Feliciano
  • Joined Meritage in 2015 as EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

  • Previous human resources experience with Apollo Education Group, Ford Motor Company and PepsiCo

  • Graduate of Ford Motor Company Human Resources Development Program and Modern CHRO development program at Cornell University

  • BA in Criminal Justice and a Master's degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources, both from Michigan State University

  • Board member of Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Phillippe Lord
Phillippe Lord
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Phillippe Lord
  • Formerly West Region President since 2012

  • Joined Meritage in 2008 as VP Strategic Operations & Market Research

  • Previous experience with Acacia Capital and Centex Homes

  • BA in Economics & Business from Colorado State University, Masters in Economics from University of Arizona
Hilla Sferruzza
Hilla Sferruzza
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Hilla Sferruzza
  • Joined Meritage in 2006, served as Corporate Controller, named Chief Accounting Officer in 2010 and SVP in 2013

  • Previous financial management experience with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and KPMG

  • BS in Accounting from University of Arizona, Executive MBA from Washington State University

  • CPA
C. Timothy White
C. Timothy White
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
C. Timothy White
  • Outside Counsel for Meritage starting in 1991

  • Former chairman of Real Estate Department for Greenburg Traurig, LLP

  • Director of Meritage Jan'97-Oct'05, director of Monterey Homes Feb'95-Dec'96

  • Law degree, Arizona State University College of Law 1985; BS in Accounting, University of Arizona in 1982

Board of Directors

Steven J. Hilton
Steven J. Hilton
Chairman of the Board
Inside Director
Steven J. Hilton Mr. Hilton was co-chairman and co-chief executive officer of Meritage Homes Corporation from 1997 to May 2006. In May 2006, Mr. Hilton was named the Company’s chairman and chief executive officer. In 1985, Mr. Hilton cofounded Arizona-based Monterey Homes, the predecessor company to Meritage Homes Corporation. Under Mr. Hilton’s leadership, Monterey became publicly traded in 1996. Mr. Hilton received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona and is a director of Western Alliance Bancorporation, a leading bank holding company based in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Hilton has almost 30 years of real estate experience and is considered an expert and innovator in the homebuilding industry. He is a frequent participant in panels and interviews regarding the industry.
Peter L. Ax
Peter L. Ax
Lead Independent Director
Independent Director
Peter L. Ax Managing Partner of Phoenix Capital Management
Mr. Ax has been a director since September 2000. He is the managing partner of Phoenix Capital Management, an operationally focused venture capital firm. Mr. Ax is the former chairman and chief executive officer of SpinCycle, Inc., a public reporting consolidator and developer of coin-operated Laundromats. Previously, Mr. Ax served as head of the Private Equity Division and senior vice president of Lehman Brothers in New York and has served in various operating roles for enterprises operated by Phoenix Capital Management. Mr. Ax is also on the board of directors of iGo, Inc. (NASDAQ: IGOI) and serves on the Advisory Board of Directors of Cascadia Capital, a Seattle based investment banking and merchant banking firm. Mr. Ax holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the University of Arizona, and a B.S.B.A. from the University of Arizona, and has been a certified public accountant. Mr. Ax possesses extensive skills and experience relating to, among other things, capital markets and corporate finance.
Dana C. Bradford
Dana C. Bradford
Independent Director
Dana C. Bradford Mr. Bradford has been a director since August 2009. Currently, Mr. Bradford is the Executive Chairman of the Waitt Brands, a diversified consumer brands company. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Bradford was the president and managing partner of McCarthy Capital Corporation, a private equity firm. He serves as executive chairman of the board of Prince Global Sports, a tennis and squash company. Mr. Bradford also serves as a director on the boards of the Waitt Brands, Vornado Air and Southwest Value Partners, a San Diego-based real estate investment company. Mr. Bradford formerly served as chairman of the board of SAFE Boats International, a director on the boards of Ballantyne (AMEX: BTN); NRG Media; Guild Mortgage; Gold Circle Films and McCarthy Group, an Omaha-based investment company. Mr. Bradford earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Creighton University. Mr. Bradford brings additional perspective to the Board relating to real estate and corporate finance matters.
Richard T. Burke Sr.
Richard T. Burke Sr.
Independent Director
Richard T. Burke Sr. Mr. Burke has been a director since September 2004. Mr. Burke is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of UnitedHealth Group, which he founded, took public in 1984 and served as chief executive officer as well. From 1995 until 2001, Mr. Burke was the owner and chief executive officer of the Phoenix Coyotes, a National Hockey League team and has served as a director for a number of other companies, public and private. Mr. Burke previously served as a director for First Cash Financial Services, Inc., a position from which he resigned within the past five years. Mr. Burke is a business and civic leader in Phoenix, Arizona, and his experience as the chairman and CEO of a multi-billion dollar public company provides the Board with outstanding corporate governance and financial insight.
Gerald Haddock
Gerald Haddock
Independent Director
Gerald Haddock Founder of Haddock Enterprises, LLC
Mr. Haddock was appointed as a director in January 2005. Mr. Haddock is the founder of Haddock Enterprises, LLC and formerly served as president and CEO of Crescent Real Estate Equities, a diversified real estate investment trust. He is currently a director of ENSCO International, Plc., a leading global offshore oil and gas drilling service company. As a director for ENSCO, he has served as its co-lead director and Chairperson of the Audit Committee and is also a member of the Nominating & Governance Committee. From December 2004 to October 2008, Mr. Haddock served as a Board Member of Cano Petroleum, Inc. He also serves on the board of trustees and is a member of various committees for the Baylor College of Medicine, the Baylor Executive Investment Committee at Baylor University, the M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy Education and Research Foundation, and the CEELI Institute. Mr. Haddock received his Bachelor of business administration and Juris Doctorate degrees from Baylor University. He also received a Master of Laws in Taxation degree from New York University and a MBA degree from Dallas Baptist University.
Deborah A. Henretta
Deborah A. Henretta
Independent Director
Deborah A. Henretta Ms. Henretta was appointed as a director in March 2016. Ms. Henretta retired from the Proctor & Gamble, Co. ("P&G") in 2015. Throughout her 30 years at P&G, she held various senior positions throughout several sectors, serving as Group President of Global e-Commerce, which included serving as Head of Global Beauty Care; Division President of Global Baby/Toddler & Adult Care; and Division Vice President of Fabric Conditioners and Bleach. She has been a director at Corning, Inc. since 2013 and at Nisource Inc. since 2015. Ms. Henretta graduated summa cum laude from St. Bonaventure University with a BA in communications in 1983. She earned her MA in advertising research and teaching assistantship from Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1985.
Michael R. Odell
Michael R. Odell
Independent Director
Michael R. Odell President and Chief Executive Officer of
The Pep Boys
Mr. Odell has been a director since December 2011. He is the president and chief executive officer of The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack. Pep Boys is the nation's leading automotive aftermarket service and retail chain. Mr. Odell joined Pep Boys in September 2007 as the chief operating officer, and has also been a member of the Pep Boys' Board of Directors since 2008. Previously, he served as executive vice president and general manager of Sears Retail & Specialty Stores, a $27 billion division of Sears Holdings Corporation. Mr. Odell holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business. He joined Sears in 1994 where he served in executive operations positions of increasing responsibility, including as Vice President, Stores-Sears Automotive Group. Prior to Sears, Mr. Odell was a CPA with Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Raymond Oppel
Raymond Oppel
Independent Director
Raymond Oppel Mr. Oppel has been a director since December 1997. Mr. Oppel is a licensed real estate broker and currently is active as a private investor in real estate development. He was the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of The Oppel Jenkins Group, a regional homebuilder in Texas and New Mexico, which was sold in 1995 to the public homebuilder KB Home. Mr. Oppel has almost 30 years of experience in the homebuilding business. Mr. Oppel possesses extensive knowledge about the real estate industry in general and the homebuilding industry in particular.
Robert Gary Sarver
Robert Gary Sarver
Inside Director
Robert Gary Sarver Chairman and CEO of Western Alliance Bancorporation
Mr. Sarver has been a director since December 1996. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of Western Alliance Bancorporation, a director of Skywest Airlines, and the managing partner of the Phoenix Suns NBA basketball team. In 1990, Mr. Sarver co-founded and currently serves as a director of Southwest Value Partners, a San Diego real estate investment company. From 1995 to 1998, he served as chairman of Grossmont Bank. He was the chairman and chief executive officer of California Bank & Trust from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Sarver earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Arizona and has been a certified public accountant. Mr. Sarver has been active in the real estate industry for more than 20 years and is known nationwide as a leader and expert in banking. He has extensive experience in a wide spectrum of successful real-estate activities, including commercial, residential and development projects.