Meet our Founders


Gary Collett

Gary Collett

Founder

Gary Collett has been a significant presence in the California, national and international real estate arena for over 40 years. His career as a principal began with the acquisition of apartment buildings, condominium conversions and land development. Over the span of his career, Mr. Collett has owned and managed several thousand apartment units, office buildings, shopping centers, large land developments, new condominium developments as well as condominium conversions including high rise and garden style apartment buildings.

During the last ten years, Collett’s main focus has been the acquisition, ownership and management of affordable properties that participate in HUD and/or LIHTC programs. After 15 years of involvement with affordable properties, his knowledge of the many intricacies of government subsidized housing have garnered him the reputation of being an expert in affordable housing.

Under the umbrella of his main business unit, California Commercial Investment Group, Inc., Collett currently owns a portfolio of approximately 6,000 apartment units located in over 26 states. In conjunction with his real estate assets, he owns and controls over 70 corporate entities and employs over 300 people.

Lou Mellman

Lou Mellman

Founder

Graduating with honors in 1985, Mr. Mellman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphasis on real estate and finance from California State University, Northridge. He then began his career in real estate brokerage where he had the opportunity to hone his skills in the multi-family band of investment, diving in to onsite operations and sale negotiations. After a decade of first-hand experience in multi-family real estate transactions, he moved to the ownership side, where he began building a portfolio of local apartment complexes, specializing in value added real estate transactions. Thirty years later, Mellman has purchased, sold, and developed over $395,000,000 in real estate and owns and operates more than 6,000 units.

For the last ten years, Mellman has focused on Project Based Section 8 properties. Along with his partner, Gary Collett and their investors, he now owns and operates approximately 56 senior Section 8 properties across the country. They are all successfully managed by California Commercial Investment Group, Inc. His projects maintain a near 100% occupancy rate and receive consistently high REAC property inspection scores, MOR management reviews and garner various HUD accolades.

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Tom Lungin

Tom Lungin

Partner

Upon submerging himself within the real estate industry in 2002, Mr. Lungin has been involved in the acquisition of over $140,000,000 worth of commercial real estate. His primary emphasis has been affordable housing for the elderly.

With CCI, he has undertaken the responsibility of identifying suitable properties, underwriting them, negotiating the purchase and sale agreements, putting the properties under contract, helping to ensure a smooth and successful closing, as well as staying on in a consultant capacity to oversee the management of the aforementioned properties. With a portfolio of over 5,000 properties to date, every property that Mr. Lungin has underwritten and participated in continues to cash flow positively as projected.

It has been his personal mission to preserve and promote affordable housing and to provide added services while enhancing the tenant’s personal wellbeing as they continue to age in place. He continues to pursue this effort by serving as President of several Non-Profit entities that offer affordable housing throughout the Los Angeles area.

Mr. Lungin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from San Diego State University.

Scott Heaton

Scott Heaton

Executive Vice President, Property Management

With more than 30 years of experience in the real estate world, Scott has been an integral part of CCI’s management team since 2000. Beginning in the early 1980’s, Scott had the advantage of working in a wide variety of industry segments, including title insurance, escrow, mortgage lending, syndication, development, entitlement processing and property management. Honing his technical skills as a Title Officer, Scott first worked with Gary Collett in 1987 to develop residential and industrial land in Ventura County. Since then, Scott has also worked as a consultant for various companies focusing on operating efficiencies and revenue growth.

In 1999, Mr. Heaton formally began working with CCI as a property management consultant. Since then, he has steadfastly focused his energy on the HUD management world, developing and implementing a wide variety of policies, procedures and protocols used across the CCI portfolio. Scott now oversees more than 250 employees and 6,000 affordable and conventional apartment units across more than 26 states. He is responsible for day-to-day oversight of the CCI property management division, including revenue goals, HUD compliance, REAC & MOR inspections/audits and property maintenance, including building rehabilitation and various other HUD initiatives and guidelines.

Kim Siegert

Kim Siegert

Executive Vice President, Finance & Operations

Ms. Siegert oversees the accounting department as well as corporate operations for CCI. Ms. Siegert’s team is made up of staff accountants, acquisitions accountants, asset managers and a Controller. She is a key decision maker in all major financial decisions of the company and its related parties. She is responsible for ensuring that all financial compliance is met with regards to HUD and lender guidelines for some fifty five HUD subsidized properties. This includes day to day operations, monthly/quarterly/annual financial statement preparation and annual financial audit preparations. In addition, she supervises the oversight of approximately seventy ownership entities including all financial reporting and income tax preparation. She works closely with CCI’s contracted CPAs with regards to tax planning and strategy.

Kim Siegert graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University, Northridge and subsequently worked in the tax department of BDO Seidman, LLP in Los Angeles prior to becoming the Controller for CCI in August of 2001.

Danielle Hastie

Danielle Hastie

Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Asset Management

As the EVP of Acquisitions and Asset Management of CCI, Ms. Hastie has a part in all phases of business dealings in which CCI participates. Responsible for structuring all of CCI’s acquisitions, she has managed the closing of approximately $400,000,000 of real estate transactions around the country over the last twelve years, including approximately fifty-five project based Section 8 purchases, 60 FHA insured loans and countless other transfer of physical asset packages, HAP Assignments, grant applications, debt/equity structures, and LIHTC and bond applications/transactions.

She is also responsible for CCI’s Asset Management including high level budget oversight and strategy, asset management, strategic planning and investor relations. Ms. Hastie has worked with lenders, HUD offices, housing authorities and various other local, state and federal agencies around the country in the course of her every day business and thus has a keen understanding of the intricacies of complicated, multi-tiered transactions.

Ms. Hastie graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric.

Professionals


Darren Wilde

Controller

As Accounting Department Controller, Mr. Wilde is responsible for the financial activity of CCI’s property management division. Leading a team of Accounting Managers, Property Accountants, and Support personnel, Mr. Wilde works closely with Property Management and Compliance to accurately process, report and monitor the operations of the HUD Section 8 and LIHTC portfolio.

Prior to joining CCI and while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California Lutheran University, Mr. Wilde developed leadership and law enforcement skills serving in the US and abroad during a 10-year military enlistment. His career at CCI began in 2006 in the Accounting Department, where Darren gained operational insight by handling the daily processing for multi-family affordable properties. As CCI grew, Darren expanded his focus to accounting procedures by directing the development of formalized policies, procedures, and internal controls, resulting in a low number of findings during the required annual financial audits as well as low incidences of fraud compared to industry. He has advocated for the expanded use of technology to connect CCI offices and employees together, minimizing the risk to company assets and allowing for a high-degree of real-time analytics and reporting while keeping overhead to a minimum.

With an emphasis on responsiveness and positioning the company for future growth, the security of the residents, employees and stake-holders is the top priority from Mr. Wilde as he continues to leverage CCI’s substantial resources to deliver an exceptional product.

Raychel Larson-Yaggy

Compliance Manager

Raychel began her career with CCI in 2006, where she oversaw CCI’s insurance portfolio and gained a strong understanding of risk evaluation and the importance of policy and procedure. She then moved into CCI’s accounting department where she took on implementation of our property management/accounting software and as such, began working on creation and application of work flows, guidelines and protocols. In 2011, she became the Manager of CCI’s Compliance Department where she has integrated accounting and property management policies and procedures with compliance.

After a decade with CCI and with multi-departmental exposure and experience, Raychel now directs a team of compliance professionals to ensure that CCI’s internal workflows remain in compliance with LIHTC regulations and all regulatory issues as they relate to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She is responsible for remaining up to date on HUD’s constantly changing guidelines as they pertain to Fair Housing, EIV and MORs for over 6,000 units while also managing LIHTC and investor reporting for CCI’s tax credit portfolio.

Finally, Ms. Yaggy oversees CCI’s internal computer support for all employees in order to make certain that CCI’s compliance needs are integrated with the newest IT solutions, thereby establishing CCI as a leader in the field with regards to use of technology to better guaranty more automated compliance upgrades as well as training of the onsite property staff.

Katrina Kujan

Director of Service Coordination

With 25 years of social work experience, Katrina leads CCI’s Service Coordinator program as a Quality Assurance Administrator.

After attending Columbia University’s Graduate School of Social Work in 1991, Ms. Kujan moved to Los Angeles where she was employed at an outpatient County Mental Health Clinic located in Lake View Terrace. Working with those living with mental illness, homelessness and chemical addiction, Ms. Kujan observed first-hand the Rodney King Riots and had the privilege of working as a FEMA Emergency Responder following the Malibu Fires and the Northridge Earthquake. From 1992-1994, Ms. Kujan also volunteered at Aids Project Los Angeles, facilitating a support group for men living with AIDS. In 1994, Ms. Kujan transitioned to comprehensive acute psychiatric and medical care at Brotman Medical Center and In 1995 she was promoted to develop a Social Services Department for this facility from the ground-up, which she accomplished and managed until 2000.

After a ten year break in order to have a family, in 2011, Ms. Kujan returned to social work when she agreed to develop CCI’s Service Coordinator program. Having developed this department from its inception, Katrina went from a staff of 3 to 40 in five short years.

Ms. Kujan’s personal mission is to focus where there is oppression, injustice and unmet need.

Brian Foley

National Maintenance Supervisor

Brian began his career as a union electrical worker, where he spent 10 years honing his craft. He subsequently worked in various trades followed by almost a decade as a senior property management and maintenance specialist before he joined CCI as the lead maintenance technician at Arthur McCants Manor in 2007. During his five years at that location, Brian completely rehabilitated much of the property with his own hands thanks to his vast experience in all aspects of apartment maintenance. In 2011, Brian was promoted to the newly created position of National Maintenance Supervisor.

Since that time, Brian has worked tirelessly on developing and implementing a wide variety of successful programs across the portfolio, including various training classes, energy efficiencies, building rehabilitations, expense reduction, OSHA compliance and our widely praised Annual Maintenance Schedule and REAC protocol. The results of his work are clearly evident in our national average REAC score of 91.

Brian is also the recipient of various training and trade certifications as well as licenses in numerous states, including, but not limited to: HVAC Technician Certification, EPA Universal Technician License, Special Engineer and Boiler Operator License, HUD Lead Based Paint Visual Assessment Certification, General Industry Safety and Health Certification, Worker’s Compensation Training, Boiler Feedwater Systems, Dosing Pumps and Pump Curve Graphing and Mold Remediation and Indoor Air Quality training.

Rochelle Sabo

Vice President of Property Management

With an Associate’s Degree from the Saginaw Business Institute, Rochelle has over 34 years of Property Management experience in the affordable world. She began her career at CCI in 2005 when she joined our team as a Property Manager. In 2009, Rochelle moved up into the role as a Regional Property Supervisor where she oversaw a portfolio of buildings in four different states. In 2012, Rochelle was promoted to the position of Vice President, Property Management Division, where she works directly with the Executive Team and Owners. As a leader in our Property Management Division, Rochelle oversaw the creation and development of our Portfolio Vacancy Report process, Accounts Receivable and Rent Collection Protocols.

Rochelle spends her days focusing on establishing and achieving goals throughout CCI’s national portfolio, including employee performance, training, policy creation & implementation, HUD compliance and problem solving. Rochelle works closely with the Executive VP of Property Management, Department Heads and Regional Managers to provide support and ensure fluid communication across the portfolio.