John Fukuda is a 25‐year veteran of executive positions in the real estate and technology fields and currently the CEO of Savvia Group, Inc., a conglomerate of five national companies. Prior to assuming leadership roles within the real estate community, Mr. Fukuda founded, launched, consulted, and directed numerous Internet companies from 1996 to 2005, which afforded him the unique experience of witnessing the cross‐industry technology transition firsthand. His two decades of senior management and principal experience include both regional and national entities, which range from Fortune 300 companies such as IBM and ADP to rapid start‐up and turnaround situations. In the residential housing industry, Mr. Fukuda lead a Nevada‐based residential mortgage bank from #396 to #3 in loan volume in the midst of the most recent housing crisis (2006‐2009).
Mr. Fukuda served as national chairman of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). Founded in 2003, AREAA is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit professional trade organization dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market. The paramount mission during his tenure was mobilizing the organization’s 12,000‐strong membership of Asian‐American real estate practitioners nationwide to provide high quality information on responsible homeownership throughout the Asian community. Under his leadership, AREAA doubled in membership and chapter size and launched several notable legislative initiatives. In his capacity as Chairman, Mr. Fukuda successfully lobbied in Washington, D.C. and Carson City, NV and went on to work closely with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid D-NV, Senator John Ensign R-NV, HUD Secretaries Henry Cisneros and Shaun Donovan and Assistant Secretary of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, John Trasviña. Because of his extensive experience in community-based non-profits, Mr. Fukuda was chosen to serve as Chairman of Neighborhood Solutions of America, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to sustainable homeownership in underserved communities.
Mr. Fukuda’s tactical vision of integrating high‐tech principles with traditional real estate practices is extremely valuable to his role as CEO of Savvia Group, Inc. as the company is on the cusp of innovations that contribute to the recovery of the U.S. real estate market. A more comprehensive overview of his background includes specialties in sales, information technology, marketing, operations, strategic planning, finance, corporate vision, public relations, and human resources.
Mr. Fukuda’s affinity for education, coupled with his strong business acumen, history of large-scale volunteerism, ability to effect iterative improvement and orientation for action will serve any organization well.
As a third-generation Japanese‐American (Sansei), Mr. Fukuda attributes his professional success to strong family values that are rooted in principles of higher education and property ownership. After attending high school internationally in Rome, Italy, Mr. Fukuda studied Biology and Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Fukuda enjoys time with his wife, Hadley and their two young sons, Jett and Jayce whom Mr. Fukuda is fortunate enough to coach in basketball, baseball, football and life.