John Aquino joins illi Commercial Real Estate as a virtual broker most recently from NAI Capital; and previously from California Oak Property Management Services in Ventura County and Merrill Lynch Real Estate. Mr. Aquino has over 30 years of experience specializing in Commercial Retail, Investment Brokerage in Southern California and Ventura County including Sales, Purchase & Leasing of Real Estate.
Vice President, Sales and Leasing
Professional Experience and Background:
Greg Offsay is a Los Angeles native whose passion for the city is at the core of his approach to the real estate business. Greg joined illi Commercial Real Estate in December 2007 after graduating from the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.
As a commercial real estate agent, Greg’s primary focus is leasing and investment sales of retail properties. He works with Landlords, Tenants, Sellers and Buyers to ensure that they achieve their investment and/or utility objectives. Greg has facilitated well over 200 transactions with national, international and local businesses, including Westfield, Macerich, Dunkin Donuts, Hertz Rent-a-Car, Tapout Fitness, Bar Method, Pure Barre, Karina Smirnoff Dance Studio, State Bank of India (California), Burgerim, Baskin Robbins, Yogurtland, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Ortho Mattress and more.
As Vice President of Sales and Leasing, Greg is a key contributor to the growth of illi’s investment sales business, having completed more than $21 million worth of sales transactions since 2015, representing both buyers and sellers along the way.
Affiliations / Memberships:
Greg is committed to providing his clients with the highest level of real estate advisory services. He participates in many professional networking groups and regularly pursues continuing education opportunities. Greg is a CCIM Designee, and an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and its Next Generation group. As a member of the All Cities Network, Greg serves as the moderator of the monthly Real Estate Group meetings. Additionally, he supports CREW-LA, ACRE, Jewish Federation REC, and a variety of other organizations.
Director - Property Management Division
Keith Corneliuson having been raised in a small farming and ranching community in South Dakota, transferred his junior year in college from South Dakota to Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado where he continued with his Business Administration studies. He also trained in property management coursework through the University of Denver. Keith began his property management career by opening and operating a management, maintenance and brokerage company in Denver in 1978 operating single and multi-family properties and warehouse, medical, office and retail commercial properties primarily for California investors who found the Denver market attractive. In 1985, Keith obtained his Arizona broker’s license and expanded to Phoenix before selling his businesses and moving to Los Angeles in October of 1988.
In Los Angeles, Keith went to work for the Joseph Yousem Company, a 30-year old fee-management company specializing in H.O.A. management and consulting. As Executive Vice President, Keith expanded by diversifying the company’s management business to include multi-family and commercial management including opening an in-house roving maintenance division and becoming a court-appointed receiver of troubled properties which doubled the size of the company within five years. He was instrumental in bringing a company stuck in a 70’s operating mode into the 90’s through state of the art computerization and revamping the entire business office operation with the end result doubling income and increasing overhead by only 20%. Todd Nathanson joined the team at Yousem and worked with Keith for a period of time and they have remained friends for over 26 years with Keith encouraging Todd to open his own business 8 years ago.
In 1996, two years after the Northridge earthquake, Keith went to work for a new company that was formed to redevelop earthquake damaged apartments in the Sherman Oaks and Northridge areas. Keith formed a management company for PCS Properties to manage their redeveloped properties during the holding period and also was a member of the design team for the redevelopment of both earthquake damaged properties and new stick built properties. PCS was the largest re-developer of earthquake damaged apartments in Los Angeles and also developed some commercial properties.
After the completion of the earthquake damaged properties and with a management company efficiently operating, Keith went on to work for another developer for over ten years. Keith headed a management division headquartered in Beverly Hills for this developer who built large 100 to 500 unit communities and several mixed use retail/residential communities including low-income tax credit, conventional, senior communities and medical, office and retail commercial properties.
Approaching the 40-year mark in the management business, Keith accepted Todd Nathanson’s job offer to come on board operating the management division of illi when it became known that a key player with Todd would be leaving the firm. Todd and Keith have set a goal to double the size of the management division of the company. Keith came on in September of 2014 and began both short and long term enhancements to produce the best available management for the property size that illi specializes in. The division has already been complimented by the clients over the many changes and enhancements that have been made in the past few months and are anxiously awaiting the continued enhancements that have been shared for upcoming improvements. Keith enjoys the challenge and takes personal pride in the management that is produced for our clients.
Keith’s hobby is 50’s and 60’s American made cars. He collects and putters around with a collection that including parts cars numbers around 25 cars at times that he stores at a 5-acre property in the Palm Springs area that he built a 6,000 sq. ft. steel building on.
Matthew Essex is an industry leading authority on result driven commercial real estate success customized for his clients’ individual needs. He is the energy force behind illi Commercial Real Estate, mending the gap between traditional approaches and modern enthusiasm throughout the west coast. Although born and raised in Southern California his most recent collegiate background at Cincinnati’s Xavier University, promted his studies of Marketing and International Business whose concepts he often applies. Having significant professional experience in Multi-Family development, add-value retail and automotive opportunities Matt is willing and able to evaluate, formulate, and accomplish the commercial needs of his clients’ full throttle.
Matt is a detail-oriented, passion-giving gentleman who settles for no less than the best in all that he pursues. His uncanny attention to detail and love for automobiles taught him the value of discipline early on which has transcended into his commercial real estate career. His consistent pursuit of industry boundaries has enabled him to continue building upon a solid foundation. His goal-driven, relentless dedication ingrained in him by his Mother, and a deeply rooted drive to consistently learn inspired by illi president, Todd Nathanson, fused to make Matt who he is today.
Todd Nathanson is Founder and President of illi Commercial Real Estate, a commercial brokerage, property management and investment advisory service firm specializing in retail real estate and headquartered in Encino, California. Since launching the company in 2007, illi Commercial Real Estate has grown to over 30 agents and brokers, and has over 220 listings throughout Southern California. illi Commercial Real Estate recently opened a satellite office in Long Beach, CA to service the firm’s client base in that area. illi Commercial Real Estate has retail real estate experts handling leasing, investment sales, acquisitions, over 3,200 transactions, valuation, business brokerage and tenant representation.
illi’s motto is, only performance counts, not promises.
Prior to launching his own brokerage, Todd headed the San Fernando Valley Division for Centers Business Management. During his 17 year tenure at CBM, he was responsible for generating exclusive listings, negotiating and closing lease transactions and management of the San Fernando Valley office. In addition, he recruited, hired, trained and mentored agents and supervised both agents and administrative staff. Todd’s team closed over 2,000 transactions and he supervised 15 agents and staff during his tenure at CBM. Todd also worked for Santa Monica based Muselli Commercial Real Estate and Forest City Development.
Todd has brokered almost 1,500 lease and sales transactions during his career. He has strong established relationships with national retailers, regional tenants/franchisees and local mom ‘n pop tenants. His attention to detail and timely execution of complex transactions has earned the trust of over 600 shopping center investors, from the single center owner to the nation’s largest institutional owners. Todd’s team pride themselves on leasing the more difficult in-line and elbow shop spaces by expending exceptional effort and utilizing their deep database of prospective tenants in the market. Todd has fostered a collaborative and open culture where data and opportunities are shared providing the best service and performance for illi Commercial Real Estate’s clients.
Born and raised in Southern California, Todd Nathanson is supported by his wife and two children not to mention his faithful dog Beau. Todd prides himself on his physical conditioning which includes endurance running, cycling and daily workout regiments that start each morning at 4:30 a.m.
Todd’s favorite pastimes are quick weekend retreats to the California’s Central Coast to enjoy fine wine, tasty hole-in-the-wall Mexican cuisine, amazing Pacific Ocean sunrises and sunsets, as well as spending quality time with his family and entertaining friends.
Todd has been a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters for 24 years and especially proud of his relationship with his Little Brother and the fine, responsible man he has become. For the last four years Todd has held a Board of Director’s position with The Harmony Project, an organization developed to bring music lessons and instruments to children of Los Angeles to promote the healthy growth and development of children through the study, practice and performance of music. It is The Harmony Projects’ goal to build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of children through music. As well as to develop children as musical ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding amongst people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and beliefs.
Joe Mandracchia was born and raised in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. He recently graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and now works in the marketing department at illi Commercial. It wasn’t until he started working at illi that he discovered his aspiration to become a salesperson.
Joe is an avid problem solver and believes in a marketing strategy that focuses on brevity, clarity, and effectiveness. He is driven to support the sales team and the brand of the company with not only proper strategy but also calculated execution.
When he is not working in the office, you can find him at the gym, playing piano, or studying for the California real estate licensing exam.
Kyle Fishburn was born and raised in Los Angeles.
Kyle joined illi in 2012 and represents both landlords and tenants. In 2015, Kyle was nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Finalist for the Broker of the Year retail category, illustrating his status as an industry leader in retail leasing and investment sales.
Kyle specializes in leasing anchored shopping centers and has a passion for studying markets and synergies of retail properties. Kyle’s most notable brokerage work is for his client Douglas Emmett and the Sherman Oaks Galleria, which is anchored by Arclight Movie Theatre, Cheesecake Factory, Paul Mitchell, Urban Home, PF Chang’s, and other national tenants.
Kyle is dedicated to each of his client’s projects and realizes the importance and magnitude of his client’s investments. He puts his maximum effort forward and is committed to providing first class service to all of his clients.
Prior to joining illi, Kyle graduated from the University of Arizona earning a degree in Economics with a minor in General Business. After college, he worked at Kennedy Wilson Properties as an Assistant Property Manager managing over 500,000 square feet of commercial property.
In Kyle’s free time he loves playing (and watching) basketball and other competitive sports. He also enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures and environments.
Recent Notable Transactions: 99 Cent Only, IHOP, Yogurtland, Jersey Mike’s, Dollar Tree, T-Mobile, Fitness 19
Director Tri-Cities Market
Sevada Hemelians is an experienced real estate professional with an active real estate consulting practice of nearly 10 years. Sevada’s experiences span various positions with private real estate firms, as well as practical experience with local and regional government agencies. As a consultant, he has worked with a variety of private and public sector clients, including Stevenson Real Estate Services, Re/Max of California, Bank of America, and Countrywide to highlight a few.
Prior to starting his own consulting practice, Sevada Hemelians was director of marketing and research services of the Charles Dunn Company. While at Charles Dunn, Sevada was responsible for spearheading and enhancing Charles Dunn Company’s marketing and research department and successfully prepared regional economic and multifamily forecasts that were showcased at the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Annual Forecast.
Prior to joining Charles Dunn Company, Sevada was a Senior Associate with Economic Research Associates, where he performed financial and market feasibility studies, economic forecast studies, analysis of urban entertainment real estate projects, redevelopment projects, economic development strategies and public=private joint venture projects.
He has also worked with some premiere organizations such as Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA), the City of Glendale City Manager’s Office, the University of Southern California Center for Economic Development, where he has utilized GIS technology to assist with the analysis of the Adams Square Neighborhood Revitalization Plan for the City of Glendale. He has also conducted research for the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) concerning construction defect litigation of stacked and attached townhouse and condominium projects in California.
Sevada obtained a double Masters Degree in Planning and Development and Public Administration from the University of Southern California, where he also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Sevada is an active member of many associations including Urban Land Institute, American Planning Association, the Real Estate Cyberspace Society, and serves on the Glendale Association of Realtors MLS committee as well as the Co-Chair of the combined technology initiatives for over 3,000 commercial and residential real estate agents.
Barbara Leyner started her professional life as a stone sculptor in New Jersey. After moving to California, she owned and operated two Red Carpet Residential Real Estate offices with her husband, Richard. She then worked as a transaction coordinator before deciding to concentrate on Commercial Real Estate.
Mrs. Leyner has been very active in her community, serving on the Board of the Mid Valley “Y”, the Gala Committee on New Directions for Youth, The Event Committee for the Child Development Institute and the Board of the Walk of Hearts. She served as Executive Director of the Canoga Park Chamber of Commerce and spent a number of years on the Board of Temple Ramat Zion, culminating with one year as President.
Chief Financial Officer
Mike Matzner is the Chief Financial Officer at illi Commercial Real Estate, joining the team in November of 2014. Mike has worked in Property Management for over 30 years, and obtained his Real Estate License in July 2014.
Prior to joining the team at illi, Mike worked for 25 years at a local property management company as a Controller, and developed an excellent reputation working with clients throughout varied states. Mike has a strong work ethic and is loyal, dependable, trustworthy, and highly regarded by his friends and colleagues.
Mike’s number one passion is his family. He is a loving husband who has been married for over 30 years to his junior high school sweetheart, Lori. Mike is also blessed to have two wonderful children; Shannon who is 29, and Chris who is 25. Both of his children are married to two wonderful people; Mike a City Planner for Santa Clarita, and Hayley who is in Medical School. Mike is also feeling overjoyed with his first granddaughter, Kadence (nicknamed Peanut), who is now 19 months old, and his second granddaughter who is due to be delivered in August. Both are beautiful gifts from his daughter and son-in-law.
When he isn’t working, Mike enjoys family time, Disneyland, and traveling with friends.
Michael Haim Sharon,
Senior Vice President
Michael Haim Sharon has been specializing in commercial investment sales and leasing of retail and office properties for over 10 years. Prior to joining illi Commercial Real Estate from NAI Capital, Mr. Sharon led a successful career in commercial mortgage lending and now provides a unique insight to his clients about financing.
Mr. Sharon brings honesty, integrity, motivation and persistence to work when closing transactions for his clients. Mr. Sharon started his professional life as an engineer/entrepreneur and uses his business experience and problem solving abilities to the benefit of his clients.
Carol Marmor, a native Los Angelino, joined illi Commercial Real Estate after a long career in the Not-for-profit community. Carol’s experience as an award winning Youth Department Director has translated to effective negotiating and excellent relationship skills as well as the vision for strong strategic thinking as a problem solver. These are all tools that will propel her to success in the commercial real estate industry.
In Carol’s free time, she loves playing Mah Jongg, gardening, and volunteering at the food pantry in the North San Fernando Valley.
“Your Commercial Real Estate Resource”
Aleya Coolidge graduated from Whitman College in Washington State and then moved on to a successful mutual fund startup company. For 12 years, she maintained a roster of high-profile clients in various international venues before returning to the Los Angeles Metro Area and starting a career in commercial real estate. Commercial real estate is not only her passion but it’s in her DNA. Her family has been involved in the development, management and ownership of commercial real estate in the US and abroad for over 30 years.
Aleya specializes in Retail Sales Leasing and Investments with an emphasis on restaurant spaces. She is both a Landlord and Tenant Representative and has represented clients such as 7-Eleven, California Wok, Encino Village, The Legado, Shik Do Rak, No Tomatoes, Rosti s Tuscan Italian Kitchen, Sharkey’s, and many other franchisees and Center Owners throughout LA and Ventura Counties.
Aleya’s knowledge of the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area is extensive and she takes pride in leveraging that knowledge for her clients benefit. Combined with her long experience assisting with the management of her family’s commercial real estate interests she stands ready to serve all of her clients needs, small or large. She considers herself more a resource to her clients than simply an agent as she strives to always put the needs of the client and the Centers she represents first.
Member of ICSC.
Carter D’Auria was born in Southern California and raised in Houston, Texas. A Los Angeles native and Cal State University, Northridge alumni with a B.A. in Marketing, Carter is intimately familiar with this great city. Her commitment to excellence has contributed to her successful career with a strong background in high fashion sales and customer service.
Carter entered the Commercial Real Estate Industry in 2015 and has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a broad range of individuals and corporate groups to achieve a variety of real estate objectives throughout Los Angeles. Her specialties in retail leasing include landlord and tenant representation and retail investment sales. Over the course of her career, Carter has completed over 70 transactions, most notably the headquarters for East Coast Defender, Bonjour Fete, luxury leather goods producer Killspencer, Cousin’s Maine Lobster (featured on Shark Tank), M+B Photo, Dash Boutique, and representative for Robeks Juice throughout Southern California.
Carter is working to expand her knowledge by studying to become CCIM certified. She has witnessed the benefits of being an educated professional and understands what it takes to be a top producer in commercial real estate.
Fun Facts: Prior to attending Cal State University, Northridge, Carter attended Clemson University and studied Nutritional Sciences. Carter is also a certified Pilates instructor through Equinox.
Affiliations / Memberships:
Carter is an active member of the JLLA, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. It’s purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Director of Operations
Dawn Fuqua joins illi Commercial with a wealth of knowledge and experience in residential real estate and the financial banking industry. Dawn spent several years working as a Business Development Officer and Financial Service Representative for California Credit Union before venturing to obtain her California Real Estate Salesperson license at the height of the market in 1999. She returned to work at CCU when the market declined in 2005.
In 2012, Dawn decided to re-enter the Real Estate field, working not as an agent, but as a well-seasoned Executive Assistant to the Owner/Broker of a Dental Practice firm. There she gained an immense interest and mastery in business sales and the commercial brokering.
Broadening her horizons, Dawn joined illi with a vision to take responsibility of contributing and supporting a winning team of real estate professionals. As Office Manager, she heads the administrative department at illi ensuring accuracy, efficiency, and joyful support to the entire team.
In her spare time, Dawn enjoys playing word and board games, gardening, reading, and spending time with her 3 children. During the summer months, you are sure to spot her at an outdoor music venue soaking up the California sun and grooving to melodic tunes.
Helen Bay joined illi Commercial Real Estate with more than 10 years of Property Management Accounting experience for commercial and multi-family assets and is well-versed in property account management including account receivables, account payables, property bank accounts; funding, stop payments, research, reconciliations, communication with bank personnel and overall administration of accounts and Controller support.
Helen is a very valuable asset to the Property Management Team because of her attention to detail along with her years of experience and her proficiency in two languages.
In her free time, she devotes her time to her husband and 2 young sons.
Fabian Munoz was born and raised in Southern California.
Fabian brings extensive administrative skills to the Property Management Division. Previously an assistant for a prominent Southern California law firm, Fabian learned the dynamics of working in a fast paced environment working against pressing deadlines.
Fabian is a devoted husband and father of two who enjoys playing the accordion with his Latin Grammy nominated band.
Joseph Woods is a third generation native of Los Angeles with a deep pride for the city, its people, buildings, and culture.
Joseph joins illi after working for a small family group handling their leasing, management and development of retail and office assets. His broad experience isn’t limited to just real estate sales and management, but also includes management in aerospace manufacturing and operations in entertainment. He is an alumni of UCLA.
He is passionate about many facets of real estate including adaptive reuse, retail development, hospitality enterprise, and engineering synergistic experiences.
In addition to his social skills including a keen listening ability, his problem solving acumen makes him an asset in negotiations.
Joseph lives in West Hollywood and is a proud father and husband. He enjoys spending his off-time cooking, reading, traveling, and exploring the city. Long walks on the beach are great, but you’re more likely to find him hunting for delicious falafel or going to a museum than at the beach.
Micaela Bass joined illi Commercial Real Estate in March of 2016. Living in Woodland Hills, Micaela has a deep appreciation of the San Fernando Valley. By combining her passion of Southern California and graphic design, Micaela finds ways to uniquely promote properties through email marketing, property flyers, and social media. Always eager to help, she also assists the office in administrative work when needed.
When she is not in the office, you are likely to find Micaela attending a concert, watching a scary movie, or browsing the isles of her local health food store.
Executive Vice President
Dean Cutler is a Los Angeles native and Alumni of University of Southern California. Formerly at The Piken Company, Dean has worked in the commercial real estate brokerage arena, focusing on both sales and leasing for over thirty years. His name is synonymous with properties along the 13 miles of Ventura Boulevard and he is considered one of the top players. Dean has represented institutional clients, developers, investors, owner-users and many office and retail tenants in the greater Los Angeles area. Dean maintains his own portfolio of properties along with various partnerships which gives him an additional real estate perspective and contributes to a wealth of knowledge.
He has been responsible for transactions totaling over $275 million in value spanning more than 4 million square feet of property. Dean’s affiliations include the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Ventura Boulevard Specific Plan Review Board, the Studio City Business Improvement District Board, Studio City land use committee and currently President of the Studio City Shopping Center Association.
Jordan Perlman, a native of Southern California was born and raised in Encino. Jordan has a family history in the Affordable Housing Development industry, which gave Jordan a strong interest in pursuing Real Estate as a profession.
After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Business Management, Jordan joined the investment sales team at Marcus and Millichap in Encino. By making over 350 cold calls a week, Jordan understood the importance of client-broker relationships which helped create close relationships with apartment owners throughout Los Angeles County. Jordan brings a very hard work ethic with strong attention to detail.
In his free time Jordan loves to play golf and spend time with friends and family.
Bernie Kaufman, formerly at Paley Commercial, has been a top performer in the real estate industry for nearly 40 years. His vast portfolio of clients range from various businesses, including developers, investors, and national and local credit tenants alike. Bernie has represented notable clients such as Bank of America, 99 Cents Store Only, Domino’s Pizza, The Gap, and El Pollo Loco.
Bernie’s professional engineering and sales experience coupled with enthusiasm, integrity and significant client contacts has given Bernie an impeccable reputation in the industry and makes him an important asset to illi Commercial.
Maria Moreno provides administrative support for the illi Leasing team. Her background as receptionist for a radio station has provided her with the ability to efficiently multi-task assignments. Maria cheerfully answers and directs incoming calls while managing various projects.
Maria finds delight in volunteering to assist the elderly. She loves spending quality time exploring the great outdoors with her family.
Manuel Napoles-Ramirez is a native of Los Angeles and graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. Manuel obtained his Real Estate License during his freshman year in college and gained experience working in Real Estate Finance throughout his college career. By reviewing multiple real world case studies at USC, Manuel built a solid understanding of trend changes, current challenges, and demand dynamics within the real estate spectrum.
Manuel’s drive and ambition lead him to become the first person in his family to graduate college. The importance of hard work, integrity, positive energy, and creativity was instilled by witnessing his parents start a clothing recycling company from scratch with limited resources. In addition, Manuel had an internship during his junior year at USC working on a foreign exchange trading floor for Monex based in Mexico City. Originally Manuel was focused on working for a Global Macro Hedge fund, but pivoted to real estate when he realized real estate suited his personality better compared to working for a hedge fund.
His interests outside of Real Estate include trading global financial markets, football, fitness, and poker.
Barbara Sol moved to Southern California after completing her Bachelor’s Business Degree in her native Guatemala. Before settling down and ensuing her Real Estate career, she traveled the world extensively quickly learning local traditions and language. Barbara is fluent in Spanish, German and French.
Barbara joins illi Commercial Real Estate with previous finance experience facilitating loans on behalf of private investors, as well as property management experience overseeing a portfolio of REO’s. Barbara enjoys the ability to interact with a robust diversion of individuals. With a sincere and outgoing personality, Barbara takes an active interest in helping each client achieve their real estate related goals.
Barbara enjoys teaching yoga and meditation, traveling, spending time with her daughter and volunteering with seniors.
Jack Garland joined illi in October 2018 after graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Economics. Jack is a Studio City native who is extremely passionate about the condition of the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.
Jack prides himself on his problem-solving abilities, paired with his strong work ethic and listening skills. He is committed to helping support the illi leasing staff in any way he can.
Outside of the office, Jack enjoys watching and playing sports such as baseball, basketball, football, and soccer. When he’s not rooting for his local Dodgers, he’s likely watching comedies or dramas.
Asher Pergament has over the past five years worked on negotiations of over $1 Billion of acquisitions, dispositions and tenant leases, specializing in retail and hospitality development. Past deals include Dusit D2 Pasadena, Planned Parenthood, Valvoline, Castrol, Smithfield Foods, and International Tile. Prior to his life in real estate, Asher was involved in vanguard technology and media content start-ups of the late ‘90s in the business of broadband streaming video and Digital Rights Management as a Brand Manager, he was an entrepreneur who owned a clothing manufacturing and distribution company, was the former Rooms Director and Revenue Manager of four Boutique Hotels in Los Angeles with the Preferred Hotels brand, and has consulted on hospitality development and management.
Asher grew up in retail, his family owned the legendary Sonny’s Boutiques that populated 6 locations throughout Brooklyn and his grandmother owned the Dodger’s Café right next to Ebbet’s Field. In addition to his MBA from Pepperdine University, he holds a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in economic development from San Francisco State University.
In his personal life Asher’s interests are Hiking, Yoga, Swimming and Cooking and most of all Family. He lives with his partner Meaghan, their sons Axel and Judah, and his daughter Scarlett. Both Asher and Meaghan are long-term Beverly Hills residents. He is also AYSO Region 76 Division Director, Coach and Board Member, Member of the City of Beverly Hills Community Group Team, and Coach at Beverly Hills Basketball League.
Garrett Smith joined illi Commercial Real Estate in June of 2018. Garrett has worked in accounting for over 6 years, and is working to finish his BA in Business Management. Ready to bring in fresh ideas to illi, Garrett has been learning as much as he can to help grow the business.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, he enjoys his time doing activities such as motocross, camping, wake boarding, Music. Playing guitar is his passion, but his main love is his fiancé and newborn son.
Karen Gonzalez was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) with a B.A. in Psychology. Previously a Team Lead of the Matador Bookstore at CSUN, she learned the skills necessary to communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and the ability to carry on multiple assignments simultaneously.
At illi Commercial Real Estate, Karen joyfully answers and directs phone calls while providing administrative support.
In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with family, going to Disneyland, singing at her local church, learning musical instruments, and traveling with friends.
Richard A. Charlemagne was born and raised in Los Angeles and recently joined illi Commercial Real Estate as Property Supervisor.
Richard has over 10+ years’ experience in property management, and has worked with both private property owners and fee based professional management companies. Richard has experience in all aspects of property management from being office manager, supervising properties, coordinating maintenance and vendors, being a resident manager, and also as a leasing consultant.
Richard is very familiar with greater Los Angeles area from San Fernando Valley to San Gabriel Valley, and Long Beach to Santa Monica. Richard has lived in Downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown, West Hollywood, Azusa, and now resides in The Village, Sherman Oaks with his wife, Jenny, and 2 Children; 8 year old daughter Ahnika and 2 year old son Anselm.
In his free time he enjoys buying or “picking” American made items for re-sale or for his collection with his family, hiking, going to amusement parks, and watching the latest movies.
Matthew Huston was born in Riverside, California, but was raised in the Detroit area of Michigan. He has been in property management for two and a half years, and enjoys that no two days are the same in this industry. He has a background in residential leasing and management, and joins illi to expand his experience with Commercial Property Management.
In his spare time he enjoys self-improvement, the outdoors, church, and has a home recording studio where he records Christian hip hop music.
Sheila Navi joined the illi team in December of 2017. As a Los Angeles native, she has always had a knack for getting around this city which led her to illi’s Property Management Division. A year later she has moved over to the Brokerage Division as a Transaction Coordinator where she oversees many of the leases from both departments.
Austin Harrell brings a diverse background to the commercial real estate world with experience in public, private and non-profit organizations. A veteran in both sales and finance, there is no doubt Austin will bring both valuable knowledge and hustle to the industry. Some of Austin’s strengths include: Business consultation, project management, economic analysis, sales, real estate and finance experience. Utilizing a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree and Bachelor’s (BA) degree in Economics has allowed Austin to bring success to organizations through economic analysis, strategic planning and consultation. There is no doubt Austin will serve the community well by linking business owners, customers and organizations together in the Southern California market.
Hugo Aditiana is new to California after 28 years of Minnesota life. This Indonesian native loves the sun significantly more than the snow. The fascination of art and design led him to pursue a new life of opportunity in Southern California. His constant yearning for creativity helps with the advance of Real Estate marketing and graphic design. The team has confidence that Hugo would assist with administrative tasks at any time.
Hugo seeks out inspiration through attending performance arts, music concerts, stand-up comedy shows, comic conventions, and various art related events.
Hugo loves to stay busy with comic book style digital graphic projects, martial arts training in Capoeira and Muay Thai, performing open mics, teach painting classes, experimenting with cooking recipes, as well as exploring Los Angeles for what it has to offer.
Mark Jason joins illi Commercial Real Estate after a successful and accomplished career in live entertainment. Mark specialized in concert talent booking, special event production, event marketing and promotion, and experiential sponsorships. Over his career, Mark has worked on over 5,000 concerts including: Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, BB King, Guns N’ Roses, Eminem and Linkin Park at the House Of Blues on Sunset, The Canyon Club, and The Palace.
Mark looks forward to transferring attributes from his entertainment background including building new projects, creating client opportunities and making things happen to illi.
Mark, a Los Angeles native is married with 2 sons, a daughter and two dogs. He enjoys supporting his children’s sports activities, gourmet cooking, travel, concerts and sports. Mark is excited to be part of the illi team, proving expertise in all aspects of commercial real estate including leasing, property management and investment sales.
Joshua Wu (吳建緯) grew up in Louisiana, and moved to Los Angeles in 2004. Growing up, his parents only spoke Mandarin Chinese to him, of which he is grateful for today. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), earning a degree in Asian Studies with an emphasis on China. Being fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Joshua is able to serve the Chinese-speaking community in Southern California.
Joshua began his Commercial Real Estate career as the Assistant to one of the founders of the Dental Practice Sales industry. At this firm he developed skills in business transitions, both in helping owners sell their businesses and helping buyers find a business.
Joshua’s motto is “Serving our community one business at a time.” He believes each client deserves the same respect, effort and importance from him, regardless of the size of their business. In his work, Joshua strives to ensure success for both sides of the transaction while representing his client’s best interests.
For fun, Joshua is a singer and songwriter, and has performed his original songs at college concerts, banquets and other avenues. He enjoys hiking, jogging, learning new hobbies and dining out with others (please don’t hesitate to ask him to get a meal together). Joshua is a deacon at his local church in Sun Valley, serves as a group leader in the men’s ministry, and sings in the choir. His honesty, diligence and care for his company and clients are the result of the love and grace he has received from God, family, and friends. It is, and will be, a joy for him to serve you.
Harriet Kaplan comes to illi Commercial with a diverse background working in various fields from publishing to video media to being a staff assistant for a residential real estate company. With each position, Harriet has always placed a strong emphasis and premium on providing the best customer service possible assisting with client needs. This longtime commitment and dedication translates into her current position as an administrative assistant, as she gains more knowledge about the commercial real estate industry. She will work in tandem with the team of successful brokers that drive the business and support the passionate, hard-working office staff on a daily basis in an assortment of vital and pertinent tasks.
In her spare time, Harriet is an entertainment writer contributing to online publications which cover aspects of music, theater and film.
Jesse Knight, born and raised in Maui, Hawaii, moved to Los Angeles and graduated from California Lutheran University with a degree in Business Administration. During his time at CLU, Jesse became the captain of the tennis team.
Previously working at U.S. Realty Partners, an active REIT based out of Westlake Village, Jesse gained the skills and knowledge needed to perform integral duties as a Commercial Real Estate Agent.
As a member of our team, Jesse specializes in Sales and Leasing from Camarillo all the way to San Gabriel.
In Jesse’s free time he continues to play tennis, frequently visits the beach, and can often be found with his family and friends.