Jul 31, 2012
Led by founder, president Dennis Pahlisch and his three sons, Pahlisch Homes is a locally-based, family-owned business. The company started in the Willamette Valley, and more than two decades later its legacy includes thousands of homeowners in over 30 Pahlisch neighborhoods.
As owner and founder, Dennis Pahlisch brings over 30 years of homebuilding experience to Pahlisch Homes. Previously a purchaser of developed lots, Dennis broadened his knowledge and experience working with his partners at Pahlisch Duncan Homes to include land acquisition and development. Recognizing the combined strength of acquiring, developing and constructing upon the land has proven a solid success. Dennis works closely with the management team at Pahlisch Homes to carefully review and plan new projects as well as managing the communities currently in progress.
In 2003, the Pahlisch team moved all its operations, families and a proven successful approach to Central Oregon, leading to the construction of several new neighborhoods and hundreds of homes. Recently, the demand for quality homes has also called Pahlisch Homes back to the Willamette Valley as well as Central and Southwest Washington. With projects ranging from everything from showcase residences to practical single-family dwellings, townhomes or courtyard homes, the Pahlisch team has garnered a reputation for building lasting value throughout the Northwest.
How has your business been impacted by the economic downturn?
We almost did not survive the downturn. Really, we called it very close to having to throw the towel in as most banks would or could not work with us on loan modifications, but two did - Banner Bank and Washington Federal – and we owe our future to these two banks! We went from over 70 staff to 11, and we are now back to 24.
How have you reinvented yourselves to stay in business?
We have had to get very creative with private financing and joint ventures with investors. We also needed to diversify out of Central Oregon back to the Portland/Valley area and also in the Tri-Cities area of Washington.
What are your goals going forward in our present economic climate?
We are a builder at heart. We will not act as developer as much as we did in the past, and we will partner on more projects to reduce risk.
What have been the keys to your continued success?
A really hardworking philosophy; being blessed by our maker and having a great team of owners - Cory Bittner, Jason Spence, Chuck Hammegrin and all. Plus, being joined by my three wonderful hardworking sons: Josh, Daniel and Phillip Pahlisch. Also, we do everything we can to be honest, trustworthy and good partners to our investors.