Picacho Mountain Development Team
This 780 acre community, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is a real estate development of Community Builders International (CBI) and integrates a vision to create a sustainable community and improve quality of life for residents. The development team believes that creative and feasible solutions such as pedestrian friendly neighborhoods, central gathering places, easily accessible retail, recreational activities, and attractive themes implemented into every development are key ingredients to sustained growth. In all of its developments, CBI is committed to raising the level of quality and excellence throughout the industry and takes seriously its responsibility to both the land and its stakeholders.
Bob Pofahl - President
For the past 35 years Robert Pofahl has been principally engaged in the management and organization of companies involved in real estate development and construction. Prior to forming Community Builders International and Picacho Mountain, Bob and his associates built several nationally recognized companies, later integrated into subsidiaries, which provided real estate and building services. Those services encompassed architectural, engineering, construction, development, property management, financing and real estate securities.
Some of Bob’s more notable accomplishments include the development of over 20 Embassy Suite Hotels, the acquisition of the Park Suite Hotel chain from Brock Hotels, and the development and sale of the Park Suite Hotel chain to the Sara Hotels of Stockholm, Sweden. In the early 1980’s Bob became convinced that the future of real estate was in mortgage backed securities. In 1985 he worked with America First Securities and E.F. Hutton to sponsor the first combined debt and equity real estate security offered on Wall Street. The offering successfully raised over $300 million for the development of residential apartments.
Karen Pofahl - Managing Partner
Karen Pofahl oversees the vertical construction projects for the Picacho Mountain development. Her major focus over the past two years has been to coordinate the design and contract management for the Willows at Picacho Mountain courtyard home project. Additionally, Karen is working with architects to design the next phase of vertical development, The Oaks at Picacho Mountain. Karen is President and Executive Director of Community Resource International (CRI), a non profit community development organization committed to working with communities, homeowner associations and developers to empower residents to create better neighborhoods.
In addition to CRI, Karen has been Director of King’s Kids El Paso, a youth program training and releasing young people to practically apply and share their faith and skills through service to their communities and beyond. Karen also directed the King’s Kids program in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for five years. A major focus was leading youth and adults in community projects such as building homes, orphanages and schools for people in need.After graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso, Karen began her career as an escrow officer for First American Title Company. During that time she has assisted in the organization and management of construction and development companies owned and operated by the family trust. Karen handles administrative, legal, and accounting oversight for CBI and its subsidiaries, including Picacho Mountain.
Learn more about the steps the Picacho Mountain development team has taken to become the only Certified Build Green Community in New Mexico