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SANTA ROSA -- Wendell "Del" Nordby III, chief executive officer of Nordby Construction Inc., one of the North Bay's largest commercial general contractors, left the company June 1. His brother, Craig, is now president and CEO.

"Del is leaving our company in order to focus on other interests," said Craig Nordby. "We will deeply miss his contributions and experience.

The brothers acquired ownership of the company in 2006, when their father, Wendell Nordby Jr., retired. Wendell Nordby started Nordby Construction in 1978.

Craig Nordby stressed that his brother's challenges with real estate investments are not connected to the construction company or its subsidiaries, Nordby Signature Homes, Nordby Construction Services and Nordby Wine Caves.

Nordby Signature Homes has been garnering contracts recently to build high-end custom home, according to Craig Nordby.

Earlier this year in a petition for U.S. Bankruptcy Court reorganization of loans on two of his homes, Del Nordby listed about $32 million worth of real estate investments he personally guaranteed in Sonoma County and Oregon. The court confirmed the reorganization plan in April.