About Us

Rise Communities LLC is a preeminent developer and manager of creative, masterfully-planned, large-scale communities. Formed in 2011, the executive team includes all the senior professionals previously associated with American Nevada Company’s Master Plan Community Development Division. These executives include the former President and CEO of American Nevada Company as well as the Community Development Division President, Vice President, and other key executives and employees. During their tenure with American Nevada Company, which collectively includes over 50 years of service, the executive team was responsible for all aspects of the development and construction of several award-winning communities totaling over 14,000 acres and now home to over 100,000 residents. These communities include Green Valley, Green Valley Ranch, Seven Hills and Aliante. 

RISE is currently developing two communities in the Houston, Texas metropolitan area. The 1,100-acre Cane Island community, located in Katy had its Grand Opening in the Fall of 2015, and is growing at a record-setting pace!

Meridiana, the 3,200-acre community located off Highway 288, just ten minutes south of Pearland, started sales in 2016 and has an on-site elementary school, Meridiana Elementary.

In addition to its two active developments, Rise’s 3,600-acre Copper Mountain community, located outside of Phoenix, is currently in the planning stage.


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Dan J. Naef


Mr. Naef’s distinguished career includes the development of over 17,000 acres of award winning, masterfully-planned communities in Nevada and Texas. He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations for Cane Island. Currently, he is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Katy Economic Development Authority and the West Houston Association.

A graduate of California State University, Chico, Mr. Naef earned his Certified Public Accountant designation in 1989.


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Mr. Lawson is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations for Meridiana and Copper Mountain as well as the development, entitlement and construction activities for all the communities in Rise’s portfolio.   Matt has over 25 years of acquisition, construction, development and management experience with master-planned communities.  

Mr. Lawson has been a registered professional engineer in the state of Nevada. He holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.