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T.W. Lewis - Quality since 1991

History of T.W. Lewis

In 1984 Tom Lewis joined Trammell Crow Residential as its Regional Partner in the southwest. Based in Phoenix, their primary business was multi-family development and management. In 1986 Tom started Trammell Crow Homes.

In 1991, Tom purchased his partner's interest in Trammell Crow Homes and founded T.W. Lewis Company. For the next 20 years, T.W. Lewis earned a solid reputation for quality and customer satisfaction and was considered by many to be one of the best homebuilding companies in America. T.W. Lewis Company won many prestigious awards, including America's Best Builder in 1998 and the National Housing Quality Gold Award in 2009. In recognition of the consistent performance of T.W. Lewis, Tom Lewis was the 1st inductee into the National Housing Quality Hall of Fame.

In 2012, Tom transitioned out of homebuilding and sold that portion of the business to David Weekley Homes, a large private homebuilding company who shared the values of quality and outstanding customer service. From 2012 thru 2016, T.W. Lewis actively engaged as a partner with David Weekley Homes in Phoenix. We are now focusing on philanthropy and other real estate investments.

For over 25 years our principles and values have remained the same. We continue to emphasize integrity, quality and long term relationships with all of our investments and philanthropy.


Thomas W. Lewis

Steve Smith

Dana Fingleton

Alan Peril

Michelle Arndt

Jamie Womack

Thomas W. Lewis

Thomas W. Lewis CEO/Owner



Steve Smith

Steve Smith Executive Director


(480) 768-4959


Dana Fingleton

Dana Fingleton Executive Assistant to Tom Lewis

Alan Peril

Alan Peril Chief Financial Officer

Michelle Arndt

Michelle Arndt Senior Grant Director

Jamie Womack

Jamie Womack Office Manager

Our Values

At T.W. Lewis Company, we have always been guided by our core values, and an underlying philosophy that encourages us to treat our customers and business associates with respect, courtesy and prompt attention to their needs. We believe in dealing honestly and fairly with everyone, working hard to earn their trust, keeping our commitments, striving to improve and being considerate of others in all of our interactions.

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Hard Work
  • Reliability
  • Achievement
  • Compassion

Words of Wisdom

Personal Character

Hard Work

Goal Setting


Helping Others


Decision Making

Risk Taking



Finding Success

Finding Purpose

Finding Meaning

Finding Wisdom

Finding Happiness

My dear, if you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be much easier for you.
- Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis to his daughter

"To be happier, just lose five pounds and go to church."
- Ruth J. Lewis

Being with the end in mind.
- Stephen Covey

Before we can start winning, we have to stop losing.
- Brian Kelly

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
- John Wooden

In matters of style, flow like a river. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.
- Alan Simpson

Thoughts lead to actions. Actions lead to habits. Habits lead to character. Character leads to destiny.
- James Allen

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
- Billy Graham

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

There are no elevators to success. You have to take the stairs.
- Zig Ziglar

Deserve victory. The harder you work, the more you deserve it. The more you deserve it, the more you get it.
- Rick Pitino

Strength and courage aren't always measured in medals and victories. The strongest people aren't always the people who win, but the people who don't give up when they lose.
- Ashley Hodgeson

I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that will not work.
- Thomas Edison

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
- Richard Bach

Don't run out of breath before you win.
- Derek Anderson

Most people that get ahead do so with the time that others waste.
- Unknown

A goal is a dream with a deadline.
- Napoleon Hill

The value of setting goals is not so much what we achieve, but what we become in the process.
- Unknown

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you will keep on getting what you've always got.
- Unknown

A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
- Thomas Carlyle

To avoid criticism: say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
- Aristotle

Hope is not a plan.
- Jimmy Dykes

Get clear. Get Free. Get Going!
- Bob Buford

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
- Chinese Proverb

If the plan doesn't work, change the plan, but never the goal.
- Unknown

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.
- Bill Copeland

You were born an original. Don't end up a copy.
- Unknown

I try my best to be just who I am, but everybody wants you to be just like them.
- Bob Dylan, "Maggie's Farm"

The un-examined life is not worth living.
- Socrates

Don't care too much what others think of you, but act in ways that make you proud.
- attributed to Dennis Prager

Know thyself.
- Socrates

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
- Malcolm Forbes

Between stimulus and response, there is a space.
- Viktor Frankl

Envy is ignorance. Imitation is suicide.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I discover who I am, I'll be free.
- Ralph Ellison

The challenge is not simply to survive. Hell, anyone can do that. It's to survive as yourself, undiminished.
- Elia Kazan

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
- Unknown

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
- Carl Rogers

Each of us will one day be judged by our standard of life, not by our standard of living; by our measure of giving, not by our measure of wealth; by our simple goodness, not by our seeming greatness.
- William Arthur Ward

One of life's most important questions is - what am I doing for others?
- Unknown

In business and in life, our rewards are directly related to how we serve others.
- Unknown

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in your life you will have been all of these.
- Lloyd Shearer

The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is selfishness.
- Billy Graham

People don't care about how much you know until they know how much you care.
- Theodore Roosevelt

One of the kindest things that you can do for yourself is to help others.
- Unknown

Mankind's greatest need is better understanding of man. All are victims of circumstance, all are under sentence of death and all deserve compassion.
- T.G. Lewis

Be willing to offer others the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps life simply gave them tougher problems than they could solve.
- Unknown

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
- Aesop

Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.
- Unknown

When the student is ready, a teacher will appear.
- Chinese Proverb

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard.
- Sign in University of Kentucky football weight room

In every person there is a seed of greatness.
- Ezekiel Sanchez, Anasazi founder

Don't let anyone stop you. There will be times when you'll be disappointed, but you can't stop. Make yourself the very best that you can make out of what you are. The very best.
- Sadie Alexander

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.
- Arthur Golden

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.
- Virginia Satir

Don't worry about your passion, that changes over time. Find your talent - what you're naturally good at - and work on that. It's your best chance of making a difference in this world.
- T.W. Lewis

Everyone has talent at 25. The difficulty is to have it at 50.
- Edgar Degas

It's easy to make it hard, and it's hard to make it easy.
- Unknown

Everyone has potential, yet almost no one is reaching it.
- Noah St. John

Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner that works and brings it out.
- Marguerite Blessington

When it comes to being successful in life, having good judgment and making good decisions are much more important than just being smart.
- T.W. Lewis

Life can be hard. And if you make bad decisions, it can be really hard!
- Unknown

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
- Stephen Covey

It is easy to make good decisions when you know your values.
- T.W. Lewis

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows to the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come through.
- Alan Alda

There are only two times to make a decision: when you have all the information, and when you have to.
- Unknown

Fate is the hand of cards we've been dealt. Choice is how we play the hand.
- Marshall Goldsmith

It is good to understand your problems but put your energy into the solutions.
- T.W. Lewis

Moderation is the golden mean between two extremes.
- Aristotle

A decision is the action a person must take when he has information so incomplete that the answer does not suggest itself.
- Arthur W. Radford

Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
- Peter Drucker

Go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is.
- Unknown

You will never reach new horizons if you are afraid to lose sight of the shore.
- Unknown

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.
- Helen Keller

The only thing more important than the will to win is the will to prepare to win.
- Vince Lombardi

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things you didn't do than the things you did.
- attributed to Mark Twain

Don't be afraid to fail. Everyone else has.
- Unknown

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Genius will not. And education will not. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- sometimes attributed to Calvin Coolidge

Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful.
- Warren Buffett

Hard work is where self-worth and self-esteem begin.
- Unknown

If you put all your eggs in one basket, you need to really watch that basket.
- attributed to Andrew Carnegie

Hard work leads to competence. Competence leads to confidence. It takes confidence to succeed, and it all starts with hard work.
- Rick Pitino

Risk and reward go together. If you want the rewards, you will have to take the risks.
- T.W. Lewis

The problem is that when you don't risk anything, you can risk everything.
- John Spence

A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships are made for.
- John A. Shedd

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
- Wayne Gretzky

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes up short again and again... who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.
- Theodore Roosevelt

In the end, you will be judged not by what you believed, planned or dreamed, but by what you did.
- Unknown

Looking back we see with great clarity, and what once appeared as difficulties now reveal themselves as blessings.
- Unknown

Motivation is the anticipation of success.
- Unknown

Look in the mirror. That's your competition.
- Eric Thomas

There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.
- Zig Ziglar

While you are resting, your competition is getting stronger.
- Sign in a gym

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things that are left behind by those who hustle.
- Unknown

You can win 80% of the time if you just show up, 90% of the time if you show up with a plan, and 100% of the time if you show up, have a plan, and are committed.
- attributed to Woody Allen

Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
- Roger Bannister

Nobody who ever gave their best regretted it.
- Unknown

If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 6 hours sharpening my axe.
- anonymous woodsman

Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can't get it back.
- Harvey McKay

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Work to become, not to acquire.
- Elbert Hubbard

Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.
- John Lennon

To be a leader you have to earn the trust of others. Trust is the natural result of trustworthiness.
- Dennis Prager

Accomplished people come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success.
- Unknown

If you chase two rabbits, you will catch neither.
- Russian Proverb

The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you're the pilot.
- Michael Altschuler

Talent is god given; be humble. Fame is man given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

It's not what happens to you that is important, it's what you do before it, during it and after it.
- Alan Weiss

In life there is not lasting success or failure, only lessons. Life will continue to present you with difficult circumstances until you learn each lesson.
- Unknown

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
- attributed to Confucius

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

Invictus - William Ernest Henley
- Unknown

The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost
- Unknown

The Man in The Glass -Peter "Dale" Wimbrow Sr.
- Unknown

Luck -Jack Dionne
- Unknown

The Unconquerable Mind -Walter D. Wintle
- Unknown

Don't Quit -John Greenleaf Whittier
- Unknown

If at first you succeed, try something harder.
- John Maxwell

There are no secrets to success, so don't waste your time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure and persistence.
- Colin Powell

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.
- Earl Nightingale

The road to success is traveled by those who believe in themselves.
- Unknown

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
- T.W. Lewis

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure - try to please everybody.
- Unknown

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
- Seneca

We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don't like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves
- Carol Dweck

Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.
- Angela Duckworth

The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success.
- Irving Berlin

Whatever you become, be a good one.
- Unknown

Nothing worth having comes easy.
- Unknown

You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.
- Steve Jobs

Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
- Howard Thurman

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
- attributed to Mark Twain

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.
- attributed to George Washington Carver

Believe in something big! Your life is worth a noble motive.
- Walter Alexander

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
- Pablo Picasso

Your purpose is not determined by yourself, but it is discovered for yourself.
- Unknown

The purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to help others, to stand for something, to learn, to grow, and strive to be the best that you can be. That is the purpose of life.
- T.W. Lewis

If you want to know your calling, you need to know your caller.
- Christian saying

Where there is vision, there is hope.
- Unknown

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
- Dalai Lama

People plan. God laughs.
- Christian saying

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only that gives everything its value.
- Thomas Paine

Life is a journey of the heart that requires the head. Not the other way around.
- Unknown

Don't care too much about what others think about you, but act in ways you will be proud of.
- attributed to Dennis Prager

It is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.
- Jim Collins

The greatest joy in life is to begin.
- African Proverb

If you want your dream to come true, you first have to have a dream!
- T.W. Lewis

To increase your self-esteem, just start doing more things that are estimable.
- Dennis Prager

Align yourself with islands of health and strength. Work with people that want to work with you. Shoot elephants, not squirrels.
- Bob Buford

Meaning is found on the road to purpose.
- T.W. Lewis

Finding meaning requires us to use the right words. Everything can't be 'awesome'.
- Jeremy Beer

You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
- C.S. Lewis

Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
- Viktor Frankl

Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.
- Stephen Hawking

God grant me the serenity to accept those things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Serenity Prayer

We do not receive wisdom from others. We must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us.
- Unknown

We ask God for strength and He gives us difficulties to make us strong. We ask Him for wisdom and He gives us problems.
- Christian saying

It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble. It is what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- attributed to Mark Twain

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Knowledge without truth is just data.
- Unknown

Truth leads to wisdom. Wisdom leads to judgment. Judgment leads to prosperity.
- Unknown

When you learn, you know. When you experience, you understand.
- Unknown

On the road of life there are signs. Read them.
- African Proverb

We are all ignorant. Just about different things.
- Mark Twain

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
- Will Rogers

We cannot rise above the limitations of our character.
- John C. Maxwell

Accomplished people come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success.
- Unknown

How a person plays the game reveals part of his character. How he loses reveals it all.
- Unknown

The Constitution only guarantees you the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
- Unknown

Wherever you go, be there.
- Unknown

Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
- Aristotle

What we do to others, we do to ourselves.
- Bryant McGill

A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.
- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Nothing has to happen for me to feel good. I feel good because I'm alive. Life is a gift, and I revel in it.
- Tony Robbins

Happiness is unrelated to success. Success follows talent, hard work and perseverance. Happiness naturally occurs when you help others and grow as a person.
- Joe Farcht

Happiness is different than pleasure. It has something to do with struggling, enduring, accomplishing.
- George Sheehan

Good Character is more to be praised than talent. Most talents are a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece.
- attributed to John Luther

Happiness comes indirectly as a dividend. If we make it the object of pursuit, it will lead us on a wild goose chase.
- Unknown

You will never find happiness until you stop looking for it.
- Unknown

Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more elusive it becomes.
- Chinese Proverb

The word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
- Carl Jung

T.W. Lewis takes no credit for the originality of these quotes.

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