William “Bill” Overton Jr., who has more than 25 years of experience in community management, community development and operations management, took over as manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Association on Jan. 28.
Overton comes to Rancho Santa Fe from Scottsdale, Ariz., where he served as community manager for the Desert Mountain Master and Village Associations, a position he held for 12 1/2 years.
“They’re both very big, very beautiful and very upscale communities,” said Overton, 57, said of Desert Mountain and Rancho Santa Fe, in an interview in his office the day after he started his new job.
Desert Mountain, according to its website, is planned for about 2,400 homes, with some 1,700 homes completed, and nearly 200 more homes either under construction or in design review. The community covers some 8,000 acres.
The Rancho Santa Fe Covenant, by contrast, has 1,900 homes and spans 6,730 acres.
Overton succeeds former RSF Association Manager Pete Smith, who retired last year after 23 years with the organization, 18 as manager. Since Smith’s departure, assistant manager Ivan Holler has served as interim manager. With Overton’s arrival, Holler returns to his former position.
Overton said he was happy working at his job in Desert Mountain, when he was contacted by a recruiter regarding the Rancho Santa Fe job. He came to the Ranch to meet with the Association board, and “everything just naturally fell into place there. It felt like a really good fit.”
One of the things that impressed him, said Overton, was the list of projects that the Association board is working on, such as improved cellular service, expanding broadband service to every lot in the Covenant, and research into the costs and feasibility of a community swimming pool and fitness center.
Another was the board’s emphasis on communication and transparency, which he shares, Overton said.
“The board is committed to open and transparent communication on all issues at all times,” he said…(Read More on RSF Review)