President and CEO
Denny has a passion to create, continually improve, and basically “do the right thing”. He believes the masonry industry has a bright future and that Omni Block will play a significant role in that future. In the past, building codes have unintentionally favored lightweight construction but the newer codes are gradually reducing this favoritism and has opened the door to build economical buildings better with more advanced building systems, which includes Omni Block.
Denny grew up in a small Iowa town, played college baseball at Arizona State University, then finished his playing days in the San Francisco Giant’s baseball organization. Soon thereafter, he found himself trading 30-year United States Treasury Bonds for himself on the trading floor of Chicago Board of Trade. After more than a decade of successful, but stressful, trading, Denny noticed that lumber pricing doubled in 6 months, continued to be highly volatile while the quality was diminishing. Denny felt that the future of construction was going to be with a superior building material and a form of concrete block was that material. He started designing a product that could be easily manufactured, installed, engineered, but would not limit the creative and ingenious designs from architectural professionals. Obviously, another required component was the energy efficiency of the product. After numerous attempts, Omni Block was invented.
Denny has served as the Residential Committee chairperson of the Arizona Masonry Guild, a non-profit association. Denny also volunteered his time and originally authored the City of Scottsdale’s Green Building Program in 1996, still in use today. Green building is now commonplace and most codes include a green building element, but back in 1996, green building was very new. Denny pioneered green building in Scottsdale and the surrounding Phoenix metro area.
Although there is no “perfect” building system, Denny believes that Omni Block is a superior solution when all aspects of what a building system should provide are considered. Omni block is completely structural, easy-to-install, does not limit design, is energy efficient, and reduces the amount of building materials that other systems still require. The most sustainable approach is to limit material usage, so if you can eliminate the use of many materials, you accomplish two things, sustainability, and cost reduction.
Omni Block has expanded into México. Using standard masonry installation techniques along with the advantages of Omni Block. “We are updating and improving the way residential and commercial buildings are constructed, making them efficient, while using less materials and saving time”. Omni Block has been available throughout Canada for a number of years.
The core ideas of Omni Block are consistent with those of Indian Chief Seattle, who once said “We did not inherit the earth from our forefathers. We are borrowing it from our children.”
Jett is leading Omni Block’s global expansion in Mexico. The mission is to enhance people’s comfort where they live and work throughout Latin America through improved construction methods rooted in sustainability and design.
Despite his professional success listed below, Jett is most proud of the relationships he maintains with a large network of friends and family. Even if it requires a flight, he is known to make it to birthday parties, baby showers, and never misses a wedding.
He spends his time traveling, golfing, running, volunteering with children’s charities (currently with the Boys & Girls Club in Los Cabos), and studying sports wagering markets (which he is convinced can be beaten). He is thrilled to pick up some new hobbies that Los Cabos affords including pickleball, spearfishing, beach camping, and more.
Successful Executive Leadership: He was the 6th employee and CFO/EVP of an early-stage software company that grew to over 45 employees, completed a $1m+ acquisition, and eventually sold the business for $10m+.
Proven Sales Track Record: Jett is a President’s Club mortgage advisor for the Jett Lending Team at Cherry Creek Mortgage, where he ranks within the top 5% of salespeople within a firm that closed over $7bn in mortgages in 2021.
Investment Banking & Corporate Finance: Jett worked on a variety of M&A deals at Moelis & Company and lead a $75m capital raise for a subsea infrastructure firm. He worked at Aon on their delegated CIO team that managed $50bn+ in pension plan assets.
Education: MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business (2015) and bachelor’s degrees with honors from Arizona State University (2007) in Finance and Marketing.