Gary McDonald Homes Administration Associates


Gary McDonald

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Since 1970, Gary has been intimately involved in real estate development and custom home building in the Central Valley of California. Through the years, his notable projects include residences in Woodward Park’s Dominion subdivision, Lake Van Ness, Valerie Estates, The Masters Collection, Gary McDonald Homes at the Fort, and Copper Ridge Estates.

Gary started his career in construction as a teenager in Florida working with his best friend, Robert Bond, and Robert’s father, a concrete company owner. After graduation and playing baseball for a summer, McDonald said goodbye to his parents and five siblings in Florida, when he and Bond joined the Navy.

Toward the end of his four-year tour, Gary was stationed at Lemoore Naval Air Base and met Beverly Nichols, a Fresno girl. They married and decided to settle here where he earned his way through college at Fresno State by pouring patios and doing various construction jobs.

Growing with Fresno
Early in the 70’s Gary’s investment in several small parcels in Fresno County launched him into the real estate development profession. While building his first home, he befriended Oscar Spano, who acted as a trusted mentor and provided guidance to Gary early in his career. Gary has long been a champion of prudent growth initiatives and has witnessed Fresno’s transformation from a farm-based economy to a thriving business hub.

Custom Building Niche
Over the decades Gary’s body of work has earned him the distinction of being one of the finest and most prolific luxury homebuilders in the Central Valley. He is sought out by the most discerning homebuyers who seek the utmost in quality, lifestyle, sophistication, and location.

McDonald collaborated with longtime friend and fellow builder Leo Wilson on the Lake Van Ness project which is now regarded as the most prestigious lakefront community in Fresno. Gary has a long history of developing some of the most coveted properties in the Fresno-Clovis area. As Chairman of the Board of Regency Bank and General Manager of its joint venture development agency, he oversaw more than 30 major projects that included in excess of 3,000 residential units.

Community Involvement
As his company moves into the 21st century, Gary recently completed two years as Chairman of the Board of the Building Industry Association of the San Joaquin Valley. A dynamic period of growth for the organization, it developed several key programs for improving the quality of life in the Central Valley. Among those initiatives was the “Clean Air Subdivision” program which certifies those developments that meet stringent ecological standards.

On a personal note, Gary says staying in Fresno was always the right decision. He and Beverly raised their daughter here and he has found ways to give back to the community. Once a mission pastor in college, Gary also served as a local pastor for several years and has been instrumental in helping start and finance several area churches. Recently, McDonald was co-chairman of the Center City Revitalization Committee and is currently building several inner-city homes in Fresno at cost.

Gary embraces the community he calls home and feels blessed by the many enduring friendships and business relationships he has made over the years.

Steve Hertel

Steve Hertel


As President, Steve brings extensive experience in organizational business management, financial services and real estate to his position. Associated with Gary McDonald since coming to Fresno in 1990 to be Regency Bank’s president and chief executive officer, he subsequently succeeded Gary as chairman of the board as well. In his 30-year banking career, he served as president and chief executive officer of three independent banks, one of which he started, three bank holding companies and a money management firm. For nine years, he was president of Regency Service Corporation which was Regency Bank’s land development subsidiary. On behalf of their shareholders, Steve also negotiated the successful sale of three banks. A native of Oregon, Steve graduated from Linfield College in Northwestern Oregon where he received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both business and economics. He is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon which is the international economic honor society.

Andrea McFadden

Andrea McFadden

Accounting Manager

Heading up the financial management area for Gary McDonald Homes is Andrea McFadden. A lifelong Central Valley native, she brings 25 years of experience in the financial world to her position as the home builder’s accounting manager. With experience in both the building idnustry, six years including Wilson Homes, and the not for profit area (Exceptional Parents Unlimited), she brings a unique vision to her job. A native of Lemoore, Andrea is a graduate of Washington Union High School and currently is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business at Fresno Pacific University. With three daughters, the youngest attending Buchanan High School, Andrea is a certified scuba diver and celebrates completion of her first year as our accounting mager in mid-September having joined us in 2013.

Jean Ishimoto

Jean Ishimoto

Administrative Assistant

Providing administrative and human resources support for Gary McDonald Homes is Jean Ishimoto. Jean graduated from CSU-Fresno and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology. She also attended the Fresno City College Police Academy prior to launching a 19-year career with the County of Fresno. Working primarily as a Correctional Officer with the Fresno County Sheriff Department, she also served as a County Probation Officer.


Ruby Salazar

Accounting Assistant