Who We Are

Wade Hall | Principal

Mr. Hall has spent the majority of his 29-year real estate career in the capitalization, acquisition, entitlement, development, land planning and homebuilding areas for master-planned residential communities. He has worked on projects totaling more than $800 million in assets. Prior to the formation of Ambient Communities Wade served for 21 years at The Corky McMillin Companies and most recently as President and CEO of McMillin Capital and Executive Vice President of Acquisitions for The Corky McMillin Real Estate Group. At the real estate group he was responsible for acquiring new projects by connecting troubled assets with equity coming out of this most recent recession.

Being involved in raising equity for all the projects he has worked on, Mr. Hall has had the good fortune of working with a number of investors from Asia and has been responsible for operating an office and staff in Korea. In the early 2000’s, after having arranged equity and debt for a number of investors, The Corky McMillin Companies decided to form a capital company, McMillin Capital. As CEO of McMillin Capital, Wade was responsible for directing all aspects of McMillin Capital’s growth and operations. McMillin Capital raised $100 million in equity to invest in $400 million in real estate activities including commercial, homebuilding, land entitlement and land development projects. In working with the team at Ambient Communities, he is excited to continue the business experience he has gained while working with Corky McMillin.

Robert Anselmo | Principal

Prior to joining the Ambient Communities, Robert was an Executive Vice President with The Corky McMillin Companies and was a member of the Executive Committee which was responsible for management of the company. Since 1960 The Corky McMillin Companies have built nearly 30,000 residences, created 16 mixed-use master planned communities, more than 20 community parks, thousands ofmiles of newroads, schools, shopping centers, commercial office and industrial parks, college dormitories and 2,000 military residences on seven bases.

Robert also has extensive international experience from previous positions he has held as i) Vice President of Business Development with Leap Wireless International, a global wireless telecommunications company based in San Diego, California, ii) Vice President of Strategic Marketing with QUALCOMM Incorporated, a wireless telecommunications company that develops and licenses its proprietary technology Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), as well manufactures and operates digital wireless communications systems, and iii) a transactional attorney, specializing in real estate and mergers & acquisitions with the law firm of Gray, Cary, Ware and Freidenrich (DLA Piper).

Robert received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nevada and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Hastings College of the Law.

Robert Honer | Principal

Mr. Honer is involved with all aspects of Ambient Communities including new acquisitions, financing, project management/entitlement, development and disposition. Ambient’s corporate objective is to create thoughtful and creative communities while assisting and encouraging the people we interact with and Rob strives to use his broad base of experience and relationships to implement this endeavor.

Prior to joining Ambient Communities, Rob was a VP of Land Acquisitions & Planning with The Corky McMillin Real Estate Group where he was responsible for the sourcing, underwriting, due diligence, funding, acquisition and disposition of projects for the company and its affiliates. Between Ambient and McMillin, Mr. Honer has been involved in acquiring, capitalizing (primarily with private JV equity), entitling and developing over a billion dollars of real estate assets.

Rob and his wife Mary reside with their three children (Micah, Audrey and Levi) in San Diego. Mr. Honer received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Point Loma Nazarene University where he is still an active alumni with the Fermanian School of Business. He is also a licensed real estate broker in the State of California and serves on several non-profit advisory boards.

Dante Anselmo | Principal, Central Coast Division

After graduating from engineering school, Dante joined the consulting firm of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH).  At SGH he focused on analysis and retrofit design of multi-family developments that were in the process of litigation.  Through his five years of experience at SGH, Dante learned what to look for, and more importantly what to look out for, in the design and construction of multi-family projects.

Prior to joining Ambient, Dante was the development manager at Bruno Homes in St. Louis, Missouri.  At Bruno Homes Dante directed the professional consultants and contractors through the project design, entitlement process, and construction of mid-rise condominiums and high-end custom homes.  Upon returning home to California Dante partnered with his former boss from St. Louis and continued to build homes in the San Luis Obispo area.

Dante received his bachelors of science in civil engineering from Arizona State University, his Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and His Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He also holds the licenses of Civil and Structural Engineer and a General Contractor.

Travis Fuentez | Principal, Central Coast Division

Travis Fuentez has over 21 years of professional experience in real estate investment, large scale residential land development and homebuilding as well as an extensive expertise in managing a varied portfolio of development projects, business ventures and income properties.  Mr. Fuentez has overseen the development and implementation of investment strategies creating enrichment between clients and business partners.

He began his career at Centex Homes, a national public home builder and Fortune 300 Company in 1990 following his graduation from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.  At Centex, Mr. Fuentez served as Division President for multiple operating divisions in California.  A licensed general contractor, Travis served as President of the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast in 2005 and currently sits on its Board of Directors. As a Principal of Ambient Communities’ Central Coast Division, Mr. Fuentez is instrumental in managing the operation of the division in addition to business development for strategic growth.

Duncan Budinger | Director of Retail Development

Mr. Budinger is a 40 year veteran of the commercial real estate industry developing major assets for large institutional developers as well as smaller partnership development companies. He has directed over 25 million square feet of retail / commercial space consisting of nationally recognized entertainment / destination projects, historical projects, redevelopment projects, regional malls, outlets centers, mixed-use and community / grocery anchored developments; creating a combined value of well over a billion dollars in real estate assets.

Some recent noted projects include: Outlets at the Border / Las Americas Premium Outlets (San Diego), Liberty Station Retail (San Diego), Hollywood and Highland (Los Angeles-Home to the Academy Awards) and Park Meadows Retail Resort (Denver area).

Prior to joining Ambient Communities, Duncan was VP of Development for Trizec Hahn Company (Premier Developer of Regional Malls -24 years), Director / VP of Development for LandGrant Development, VP / Director of Retail Development for Corky McMillin Commercial and Director of Retail Acquisitions & Development for The Shamrock Group.

Duncan received a Bachelor of Science / Business Administration Degree from the University Southern California (USC), is a Member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), past member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and past Vice President of San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce.

Recent recognitions include:

  • Certificate of Appreciation from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (2015).
  • California Legislature Assembly Certification of Recognition for leadership and service by Lorena Gonzalez Assembly Woman, 80th District (2015).
  • County of San Diego District Attorney Certification of Recognition by Bonnie Dummanis (2015).
  • Casa Familiar Abrazo Award (2014).

Tara Richards | Chief Financial Officer

Tara began her professional career in 1998 as a financial statement auditor for Arthur Andersen, then serving as the controller for an investment advisor with approximately $5 billion in assets under management.  She has worked in the real estate investment and development industry since 2005, first serving as Chief Financial Officer for McMillin Capital then as Vice President of Finance for McMillin Commercial, responsible for the reporting and financial analysis functions of the private equity and commercial real estate arms of The Corky McMillin Companies.  Since 2015, she has worked as a consultant with various development teams providing expertise and resource in financial reporting and analysis, financial modeling, acquisition underwriting, procurement of debt and equity, debt restructuring, business process and ongoing asset management. 
Tara has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Texas.  Outside of the office, she volunteers with Voices for Children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the foster care system and serves of the Board of Trustees of Arts for Learning San Diego, a non-profit focused on providing arts education to children. 

Carlos Bonilla | Project Manager

Mr. Bonilla has worked in various elements of real estate development. Since joining Ambient Communities, he has been involved in capitalization, acquisition, entitlement and development areas of real estate. His interpersonal skills, bilingual literacy, work ethic and many talents make him a valuable part of the Ambient Communities team as he continues expanding his network and knowledge of the real estate industry. Mr. Bonilla holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration & International Business from Point Loma Nazarene University.