In August of 1995, Lou Mellman and Garry Collett fused their commercial real estate investment and property management expertise to form the California Commercial Investment partnership.  Over the next decade, they focused on local acquisitions and development as they eventually began to explore the affordable industry.  In 2004, after broadening their footprint to a national level, they decided to incorporate, creating California Commercial Investment Group, Inc.

Collectively, Collett and Mellman have 70 years of commercial realty experience and have participated in over 250 investment real estate transactions during their individual and joint ventures. Currently, CCI and its affiliates are the owners and management agent for approximately 60 properties with over 5,500 units including senior affordable apartment complexes, conventional apartment communities, industrial and commercial buildings, and other investment units.