From Psychology Grad to Building the Bush Home: David Sanguesa Reflects

When David Sanguesa III graduated from Texas A&M in 1986 with a Bachelor's in Psychology, he only had a rough idea of how he wanted his future career path to look like. Having worked on the side as a part-time construction worker to support himself while he studied towards his degree, he had become increasingly more taken with the idea of making a career in the industry.

However ambitious he might have felt in those days, though, he never could have imagined that he would oversee construction of President George Bush’s home in the Tanglewood area of Houston. In fact, he considers the project to be the crowning jewel in a prolific portfolio which encompasses many homes put together with budgets of several million dollars.

It was while working at Renaissance Builders that David Sanguesa successfully bid for the opportunity, having created a positive reputation for himself while working at David Weekley Homes between 1990 and 1992, and Pulte Home Construction between 1988 to 1990.

The Bush family has lived in the Tanglewood area for several decades, and it’s said that George Bush Senior actually accepted the position of running mate (for Vice President, alongside Ronald Reagan) in 1980 while sitting in the driveway of one particular home in the suburb.

While it’s hard to be certain how long George and Barbara Bush lived at the home, it is thought that they resided there for several years in the late 1970’s. That particular property was a five thousand, three hundred square foot estate.

On the other hand, Bush and his family have owned three different homes in the Tanglewood Area at different periods of time. Having established his roots there, he – like his father – began his run for President of the United States of America while living in one of them.

All in all, David Sanguesa can rest easy when it comes to the decisions he’s made in his career. He left A&M with a direct focus, and nearly immediately began the next chapter in his life by earning his certification from the Texas Real Estate Commission.

Then, having made an impressive application to Pulte Home Corporation for their Construction Manager vacancy, he impressed bosses there with his enthusiasm and forward-thinking ideas. While working at the company, he managed land development across the Copperfield, Barkers Ridge, and Windsong subdivisions.

He was also in charge of hiring a team of superintendents and subcontractors during this period, a responsibility which he found to be particularly rewarding. In fact, Sanguesa has over the years reverted back to many of the skills he learned studying for his Psychology degree to relate to his employees and help them to produce some of their best work.

Those achievements alone are significant enough, but when you factor in his oversight of the construction of six hundred homes during a one year period, they become even more impressive.

Following his successful appointment at Pulte, he then took on a similar role at David Weekley Homes for two years.

There, he was in charge of an even bigger project: managing subdivision land development for 1100 homes in the Cinco Ranch community, while also taking on responsibility for all of the company’s construction, marketing, and model homes.

He proudly notes that his second proudest achievements also occurred during this appointment: being ranked Top Builder for two consecutive years, and taking home first-place in the “Best Finisher” awards. In fact, David Sanguesa credits receiving these awards for giving him the confidence to continue pursuing his most ambitious ideas and visions for his own career.

That’s when he took on the position at Renaissance Builders, and subsequently, receive approval to build the Bush home in Tanglewood.

Since then, his career has spanned a few more positions, dozens of beautiful homes, and new and exciting challenges; but he’s always maintained that doing jobs the right way, the first time, has been the key factor in his success.

Source: David Sanguesa