Our Team

SiliconSage® Builders, LLC (“SSB”), was founded by Sanjeev Acharya, an experienced high-tech executive in Silicon Valley.
In 2007, he began his fascination with local real estate redevelopment and his transition to new home construction entrepreneur. The company has grown to over 200 employees in Sunnyvale, CA
SiliconSage® is proud of its unique design-build model with in-house Acquisition, Design, Construction and Sales.


Sanjeev Acharya President and CEO


Nick Zaferes Vice President of Construction


Lily Quan Director of Sales and Marketing


Rodolfo Chacon Director of Design


Payal Prasad Director of Project Management, Construction


Shaivali Desai Director of Acquisition & Forward Planning

Sanjeev Acharya
Sanjeev Acharya
President and CEO
Nick Zaferes
Nick Zaferes
Vice President of Construction
Rodolfo Chacon
Rodolfo Chacon
Director of Design
Lily Quan
Lily Quan
Director of Sales and Marketing
Payal Prasad
Payal Prasad
Director of Project Management, Construction
Shaivali Desai
Shaivali Desai
Director of Acquisition & Forward Planning

Sanjeev Acharya is driven to convert his visions to reality through creative ideas, practical thinking and unprecedented passion. He believes in the importance of making positive contributions to people’s lives through intelligent business solutions, and possesses an instinctive talent for innovative problem solving.

Professionally, he holds a BS in Electronics and Communication and is a 20-year veteran in high-tech, software engineering and entrepreneurial roles. As a forward thinker, he detected a market in the Silicon Valley for high density, residential developments tailored to fit the modern lifestyles of local urbanites. With a deep understanding of socio-economics he is in a unique position to cater to a dynamic, millennial housing market. In 2001, Sanjeev was inspired to begin buying and selling real estate, and by 2010 he broke ground on his first development project. His extensive portfolio of work includes developments in Sunnyvale, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Jose and Fremont. By leveraging his expertise in real estate, land development and construction, Sanjeev Acharya founded SiliconSage® Builders in 2011.

It’s important to Sanjeev to continue executing ideas, staying ahead of trends and making a lasting, positive impact on his community. Industry experts have recognized him for his unique and pioneering Design Build business model, enabling him to be the leader of the mixed-use condo market. Sanjeev is playing a vital role in the urbanization of the Silicon Valley. His vision is to propel SiliconSage® Builders to a greater leadership role in similar, future transformations of other metropolitan areas.

As a supporter of several nonprofits, Sanjeev believes in the power of giving and maintains a healthy work-life balance through his spirituality, yoga and meditation practices. As a language enthusiast, he enjoys learning and teaching his son Sanskrit and is a proud, devoted and loving father.

Nick Zaferes has gained national recognition as a leader in the multi-family, condominium & student housing industry. With over 30 years experience in construction and real estate development, Nick Zaferes has managed large multimillion dollar projects throughout the United States. Zaferes' construction and development experience spans the country and includes developments in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Detroit, Sacramento, Minneapolis and Orlando.

Currently Vice President of Construction at SiliconSage Construction; Zaferes’ specializes in residential, mixed use, retail and commercial construction, and operations management.

Managing development, construction, operations, facilities and engineering for a portfolio with numerous locations throughout the United States has led to a detailed understanding of how real estate development and operations management can greatly affect means, methods, costs and operational efficiencies.

Operations include hi-rise; mid-rise and low rise product and portfolio types. These products have included new construction complexes, community building, urban renewal and renovations to existing buildings.

A special attention to real estate sales and marketing has always worked hand in hand with the development and operational disciplines, a combination which has led to many successful projects throughout North America.

Rodolfo Chacon brings over 20 years of experience in architectural design of multi-family residential and mixed use projects. Mr. Chacon offers an expert synergy of technical knowledge, artistic design and a client-focused philosophy.

He has “hands-on” experience in project oversight in mixed use, multi-family, residential remodels, tenant improvements, custom homes, educational and many other specialty assignments.

He gives special attention to cost control, quality and goal attainment. Previously, he worked at James Guthrie and Associates, San Mateo, CA where he worked on numerous multi-family apartment and mixed Use projects, varying in size and scope from 48 units to 100 units. At Studio T-Square Architects, Oakland, CA, he was the Project Manager on 2 Luxury apartment projects ,117 and 67 units over podium garage. Mr. Chacon received his Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has been a California Licensed Architect since 1. In addition, he is a LEED Accredited Professional and CSI, CDT Construction Documents Technologist.

Lily Quan is an inspiring and creative thought leader with a multi-cultural upbringing between Hong Kong, Taiwan, Chile and her native city of Los Angeles. She speaks Cantonese and Mandarin but is a true Southern Californian full of optimism, passion and a taste for adventure. Between earning her BA from Long Beach State University and her MA in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University, Lily took a gap year to teach English in Hong Kong. As a travel aficionado, she worked on obtaining her private pilots’ license, but after the drastic, post 911 airline industry reform, Lily turned her attention and career path to real estate.

She kick-started her career in 2003 in dual roles as loan officer and real estate agent. Proving to be a coveted asset, she was soon recruited to the homebuilding industry where she built an illustrious career as a new homes consultant, managing all aspects of sales and marketing. Lily worked with successful class A, private and public developers including Irvine Company and Lennar.

Working for more than a decade and a half in the real estate and building industry has made Lily a true expert in the field and an incredible resource to her clients. Her impressive resume includes over 560 home sales and over $450 million of real estate sales.

A former track and field, all-star, college athlete, Lily possesses an eternally energetic spirit, and leisurely enjoys golfing, surfing and snowboarding. Her active life includes spending quality time with her identical twin boys, her supportive and loving husband and their adorable, old pound dog.

Challenging herself professionally is where Lily Quan truly thrives. As the Director of Sales and Marketing for SiliconSage® Builders, Lily is impeccably responsible, solution oriented, sensible and efficient in her role. She believes in improving lives by refining and defining the building industry standard, through design and well thought out features. The intricate process of home sales, from single family to ground-up, high-rises, coupled with her unwavering passion, has earned Lily the reputation of a sought after and respected professional in her field.

Payal Prasad is a unique Construction Project Manager with a background in Architectural studies. She has transformed herself from the Architectural industry to construction Project Management. In the process, she has found her passion working in all phases of project development from schematic designs through construction documentation and site implementation. She’s well versed in housing, commercial, mixed use and high-end retail projects. Currently Director of Project Management at SiliconSage® Builders, Payal coordinates with clients, consultants and product manufacturers to successfully lead projects from inception to completion. With a Bachelor degree in Architecture, and over a decade in the industry, Payal has forged her way into construction development where she can utilize her architectural background to her advantage in construction Project Management.

Payal sees her role as an opportunity to apply her experience and skills to promote a standard that delivers efficiency and value to all parties. She coordinates and supervises all construction related activities on all ongoing multifamily projects including budgets, status reports, construction schedules and progress. There is unequivocal pride for her to be a part of a cutting edge organization that utilizes atypical processes that produce innovative and cost effective benchmarks. Payal’s role is integral in developing an environment that is attractive to employees, contractors and investors, which result in a solid, long-term business structure.

Her team would describe her as a hard working, passionate professional with an innate desire for self-improvement and the cultivation of a positive environment. Payal’s colleagues would say she is unmistakably committed and possesses the experience and knowledge to tackle projects and goals with passion and precision. She is a self described, fun loving person and is always seeking happiness in the little things. Challenges and chasing goals keep her inspired and she is eternally motivated to achieve more and do more.

In her spare time, she dedicates herself to her children who are her inspiration and her joy. She is also an avid tennis player and meditates regularly to stay calm and sharp. Payal relishes new experiences and discoveries and enjoys traveling to new places with her family. As a humanitarian, she supports the Art of Living Foundation. To date, her biggest career accomplishment is her current role with SiliconSage® Builders.

Shaivali Desai holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Mumbai, India. She has over seventeen years of extensive experience in architectural design. Her areas of expertise include multi-family residences, custom homes, religious institutions, commercial and mixed use buildings. She believes in doing work that makes a difference, and truly appreciates the opportunity to apply her creativity skills in her profession.

Over five years ago she embarked on her career with SiliconSage® Builders as a Senior Designer. Soon she took over the role of Senior Manager of Forward Planning and Entitlement. Her passion and skills for the architectural and construction industry have propelled her into a leadership role in the fast paced, and energetic environment of SiliconSage Builders. Currently, as a Director of Acquisition and Forward Planning, she oversees acquiring new projects and Entitlement. Driven by her strong passion and adoration for design and construction, she is resourceful and result oriented in her role.

Shaivali is equipped with exceptional communication skills and an outgoing personality. As a self-motivated, team player, she has repeatedly demonstrated her capabilities to work collaboratively with different key departments such as Finance, Design, Construction and Sales. Her colleagues would say that she is very approachable, calm, and diligent about her work and exercises unequivocal integrity and loyalty.

Outside of work, she enjoys cooking daily fresh meals for her family. As a doting mother and a loving wife, family quality time and quiet movie nights are her most cherished moments. When she finds the time between projects, she loves to travel to her favorite beach destinations and practices the art of slow living. Her love for children also extends to her philanthropic contributions, which include children’s healthcare and educational programs and charities.