Meet our Founders


Gary Collett

Garry Collett

Founder

Garry 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 $200,000,000 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.

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.

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.

Mark Weinstock

Mark Weinstock

Executive Vice President, General Counsel

As EVP and General Counsel, Mr. Weinstock handles all of the day to day legal issues that arise in connection with the real estate and business activities of the company, including structuring and negotiating contracts and transactional documents, conducting due diligence and advising on business, operational and legal strategies facing the company. He also manages outside counsel in matters relating to real estate and corporate transactions, tax, HR, litigation, and compliance issues.

Prior to joining CCI in 2017, Mr. Weinstock was a member of the senior executive team at The Decurion Corporation, a portfolio company that owns and operates Robertson Properties Group, ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres and Hollybrook Senior Living. In his 12 years at Decurion, Mr. Weinstock served in various roles, including Vice President and General Counsel of Robertson Properties Group (RPG), the company’s commercial real estate development, acquisition, and property management company and Vice President of Real Estate and Senior Counsel of ArcLight Cinemas. At RPG, Mr. Weinstock was responsible for drafting and negotiating leases, purchase and sale agreements, tax-deferred exchange agreements, construction contracts, development contracts, business agreements, and operational contracts. While at ArcLight Cinemas, Mr. Weinstock was responsible for negotiating all ArcLight real estate and corporate transactions and had primary responsibility for sourcing, underwriting, acquiring, and developing new sites for ArcLight Cinemas as part of its national expansion.

Prior to Decurion, Mr. Weinstock was a partner at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler and Marmaro, where he was a member of the Firm’s Global Hospitality Group and Real Estate Department, handling numerous real estate matters for clients, including commercial, industrial, hotel and multi-family sales and acquisitions as well as drafting and negotiation of commercial, office, retail, and industrial lease agreements, construction contracts, management contracts, financing, and security agreements.

Mr. Weinstock graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and earned his JD degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Weinstock also holds a MBA degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Professionals


Erica Bishop

Service Coordinator Program Administrator

After earning a Master of Forensic Psychology degree from Argosy University in Arlington, VA, Erica began her social services career at a restorative justice non-profit organization. Since then, she has worked in a variety of social service environments, expanding her case management and leadership skills, while becoming an expert in HUD supported programs. In 2012, Erica joined CCI as a Service Coordinator.

Since that time, Erica successfully took on many of the department’s special projects, including developing and implementing an intern program, mentoring new service coordinators, leading department forums to facilitate the sharing of ideas, best practices and conflict resolution, as well as developing portfolio-wide data standards and procedures. Erica understands the importance of working as a team and constantly pursues opportunities to strengthen the relationships between property management staff, service coordinators and company leaders.

Erica now leads a team of over 40 service coordinators to achieve the highest quality long-term, community based supportive services in the industry. With her excellent leadership skills, creativity, passion and determination, she ensures our residents receive the necessary support vital to their successful, independent living.

Rebecca Gigante

Human Resources Manager

As Human Resource Manager, Rebecca Gigante is responsible for overseeing the company’s human resources department including employee relations, human resources policies, training programs, and payroll and benefits administration. Additionally, she is responsible for ensuring legal compliance with federal and local law in over 30 states, evaluating employee programs and policies to ensure alignment with company objectives, and leading company-wide recruiting efforts.

As a graduate of the Minnesota School of Business, Mrs. Gigante received her PHR Certification in 2008. She further developed her leadership skills through over 20 years of practical HR management experience. After having worked with numerous companies in either an external consulting or internal HR manager role, she began her career at CCI in 2017. With an HR philosophy of “honestly and immediately”, she has focused on updating and streamlining training practices, increasing benefits communications and improvement of recruiting practices

She believes that human resources has two major roles; to protect the business by managing and controlling potential liabilities as related to employment law and to guide and mentor employees to success in their careers at CCI.

Scott Means

Vice President of Property Management

Scott began his career in affordable housing as a Property Manager for a 195-unit tax credit property in the year 2000. After joining CCI as a Property Manager in 2011, he quickly rose to a Regional Property Supervisor role, where he honed his talent for building cohesive site level teams while overseeing a portfolio of project-based Section 8 buildings in five different states. During this time, he also oversaw several tax credit renovations and worked with a myriad of agencies at the local, state and federal levels in order to facilitate regulatory compliance as well as ensure the completion of complicated tenant-in-place renovations. In 2018, Scott was promoted to the position of Vice President in CCI’s Property Management Division, where he works directly with the Executive Team and Owners.

After nearly two decades in property management, Scott is focused on providing mentorship and training of his regional property supervisor team while working closely with the EVP of Property Management to ensure superior property performance at every level, including but not limited to budget achievement, long term preservation of each asset, resident satisfaction and the development of sensible policies and procedures.

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.

Cindy Shelton

Cindy Shelton

Leasing & Marketing Manager

Cindy began her career in affordable housing as a property manager for a 54-unit senior property with a small nonprofit company back in 1990. It was during this period that she developed a passion for the industry and the people it serves. That made her a natural fit for CCI and she joined the CCI team in 2009 as a property manager in Bastrop, Louisiana.

Excelling in this position and with a desire to achieve more, Cindy was promoted to Regional Property Supervisor in 2014 where she took on a portfolio of properties spanning the country from Louisiana to Nevada. Working with a wide variety of properties in different regions, Cindy gained a deep understanding of the industry and a wealth of experience and knowledge in affordable housing operations.

Ever wanting to expand her contributions to this industry that she loves, Cindy created, implemented and oversees the national Leasing & Marketing Department here at CCI in addition to her role as Regional Property Supervisor. With a focus on sales training of on-site staff, Cindy and her team’s pro-active tailor-made strategies have proven themselves successful again and again. In addition, Cindy still wears multiple hats including supporting the Executive Vice President of Property Management where she has assisted in the development and training of multiple nationwide programs.

A lover of the outdoors and travel, Cindy lives near a river and works remotely which gives her the freedom to travel the United States with her husband while still focusing on her career

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.