A native of St. Louis, Jeff Bogard and his wife of 30 years have three children and reside in Creve Coeur, MO. The “R.E.A.” in the company’s name represents the first initials of his three sons. Jeff was born and raised in St. Louis and is a graduate of Parkway Central High School. After graduating from the University of Kansas in 1988, he chose to return to St. Louis because he believed it was and continues to be an excellent place to raise a family.
By this time, his father, Daniel Bogard, had just retired from home building, but arranged a job interview for Jeff with McBride & Son Homes, the largest builder in St. Louis. While Jeff had never officially been an employee in his father’s home building company, he grew up in the business and was ready to take his spot as a second generation St. Louis home builder.
After a few years at McBride, Jeff was offered an opportunity to be a part of a new McBride start-up company called Vantage Homes. As one of its first employees, Jeff helped the company grow to a $100 million operation. He wore many hats at the company, including laborer, construction supervisor, salesperson, project manager, and finally served as general manager for many years.
While Jeff had a vision for building custom, luxury homes with green features, his belief was only reinforced when his young sons commented about the “crazy amounts of trash” generated from just one home being built. Jeff realized that his passion for building environmentally-friendly luxury homes was a foundation that would last for generations.
Jeff is a former board of directors member of, and current active member, in the St. Louis Home Builders Association, member of the HBA Custom Home Builder’s Council, member of the U.S. Green Building Council, member of the National Association of Home Builders, and holds the NAHB Master Certified Green Professional designation as well as the LEED Green Associate designation.
Today, as he operates R.E.A. Homes, LLC, Jeff and his team bring St. Louis’ foremost building practices and two generations of his own family tradition into one foundation.