Scott Sanders

Chief Executive Officer/managing partner

Sustainable Before Sustainability Was Cool
Everyone’s Mentor

“I’m in the background making sure opportunities are there for the future.”

Ever since Scott could remember he wanted to be a builder. After graduating high school, enrolling in the Construction Management Program at Illinois State was a no-brainer for him. He had a voracious appetite for this new practical knowledge and pursued his degree with a laser-like focus.

Even before graduation he knew exactly what he needed to do – work for a large homebuilding company to gain some additional experience and save up enough money so that he could start building homes his way. Scott founded BrightLeaf in 2008 and built the first BrightLeaf home in Brookfield soon after.

In his role, Scott works closely with everyone on the BrightLeaf team to help them excel at each of their positions. He also makes sure that the business runs smoothly and reliably by developing and managing the relationships BrightLeaf has with vendors, suppliers, and other various partners.

Scott spends time relaxing by driving his heart rate up. He’s a big fan of running and mountain biking and utilizing all Chicagoland has to offer in terms of nature and scenery. He’s also a pro in the kitchen and likes utilizing the same planning and precision as he builds homes with.




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I cannot express how happy I have been to work with BrightLeaf Homes! BrightLeaf offered the perfect solution for several of my clients that had exhausted the inventory of existing homes, but still failed to find a match for their family needs. They were able to locate the right land and also allowed my buyer clients to customize their build both physical…CONTINUE READING

– Agnes Halmon, Real Estate Broker, Coldwell Banker

Last year, my husband and I were looking for a new home that was close to the city, access to public transportation, within our price range, and didn’t require a lot of updates or fixing up. It was hard finding all those criteria fulfilled in one home. We did find a home we liked, but unfortunately we missed out on it. I took a chance and contacted the bu…CONTINUE READING

– Bernadette & Chris N., Brookfield

We thoroughly enjoy living in our BrightLeaf home. The energy efficiency, open floor plan, passive solar heat and lighting are all great features. Energy bills are less than half of our previous home with 20 percent more square footage. Friends and neighbors always comment on the beauty of the space. The open floor plan gets lots of compliments and everyo…CONTINUE READING

– Martin & Kim C., Brookfield

Building a home was a major life decision for our family. Choosing BrightLeaf made that decision and the experience beyond enjoyable. The team at BrightLeaf was there to help guide us through every step of the way. No concern was too big, or too small. We couldn’t be happier with our home, and couldn’t have selected a better team to build it.


– Carol & Abe R., Brookfield

BrightLeaf Homes is an excellent home builder, and delivers a positive buying experience from the initial meeting, through closing, and beyond! I represented buyers for a BrightLeaf home in Forest Park, and the relationship with Rick and Scott was invaluable in my client’s decision to move forward with confidence. BrightLeaf Homes is the first builder I h…CONTINUE READING

– Doug Stachowiak, Realtor, Best Chicago Properties

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