Power Top Ten #3: Real estate developer Danny Signorelli

Power Top Ten #3: Real estate developer Danny Signorelli

Image: Real estate developer and businessman Danny Signorelli (left) with Woodlands Township Board member Richard Franks (right).

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Conroe, New Caney, and The Woodlands, December 19 – Woodlands-based businessman Danny Signorelli, who was raised in Conroe and is one of the leading developers in East Montgomery County through his Valley Ranch master-planned real estate development and has numerous other development projects throughout Montgomery County and southeast Texas, is the Third Most Powerful of the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in Montgomery County. Signorelli got to this point through hard work and some good luck.

The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, continues the tradition of listing the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in Montgomery County. The Power Top Ten doesn’t commemorate the ten best people in Montgomery County necessarily, but the most powerful people who are actually able to accomplish political or policy goals. In other words, she or he can get things done in Montgomery County. This year is the fifth that The Golden Hammer is publishing this list. In 2016, the former Publisher of this newspaper published the list on social media before this newspaper began.

So far, The Golden Hammer has named seven other people in the Power Top Ten:

#4, County Judge Chief of Staff Jason Millsaps

#5, Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon

#6, Conservative Republican political activist Ginger Russell

#7, Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley

#8, Conroe ISD Superintendent Curtis Null

#9, Businessman and power broker Simon Sequeira

#10, Precinct 1 Montgomery County Commissioner Wayne Mack.

#3: Businessman Danny Signorelli

In Montgomery County, it’s begun to feel as though Danny Signorelli is everywhere. There are few parts of the community where there is not a Signorelli Company development or at least a presence through his production home builder, First America Homes. He’s also starting to feel as though he’s everywhere politically with the exception of the City of Conroe where he made some miscalculations.

Signorelli is one of the hardest working businessmen in Montgomery County. He actively runs his rapidly-growing development companies. He’s involved in every chamber of commerce in the area. The politicians often listen and always talk with him. That’s partly because Signorelli is very willing to support their campaigns financially, but it’s also because of Signorelli’s intellect and capacity for problem-solving.

Part of what makes the difference for Signorelli is that he’s a nice person, although Signorelli has his limits how far he’ll allow people to push him or his companies.

Where Signorelli put himself on the map in the body politic of Montgomery County last year was in the incorporation fight over whether The Woodlands should form a city government. Signorelli, along with Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack, became the faces of the anti-incorporation efforts to defeat the November 2, 2021, referendum, which Woodlands Township Chairman Gordy Bunch and his allies on the Township’s Board of Directors put on the ballot.

He, along with Noack, followed up that victory with a sweep of the four seats up for election on the Woodlands Township Board. An anti-incorporation faction firmly controls that Board and recently elected long serving Ann Snyder as Chairman.

Signorelli couldn’t sit back and watch incorporation as a city government happen in his own neighborhood, as that just isn’t in his nature. He jumped in, didn’t look back, and ultimately, with Noack, led the anti-incorporation forces.

The incorporation referendum revealed to the world Signorelli’s intelligence and his persistence. He fought the slew of pro-incorporation trolls toe-to-toe on social media, in forums, and at so-called “education sessions.” Ultimately, logic prevailed, especially in a community where the vast majority of the people who moved to The Woodlands did so specifically to get away from the city.

Signorelli got the job done, as he does with his real estate developments and home construction projects. He’s a genuine community builder. And he stands up for what he believes is right.

Where Signorelli had a few missteps was in the City of Conroe, where he allied himself with incumbent Mayor Jody Czajkoski. Another faction closely allied with businessman Simon Sequeira gained control of the Conroe City Council in May, 2022, and very definitely does not share Czajkoski’s view of the world or of the City.

Every business and political career suffers a setback or two (or more). Signorelli’s is no exception. The real measure of success, however, is how one deals with those setbacks.

Signorelli gets things done.



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