SPEAKERS

Arnie Garfinkel
President
All Star Group
(818) 532-7660
Arnie Garfinkel
President
All Star Group
(818) 532-7660
arnie@allstargroup.com

Biography

Arnie formed Income Property Lending (IPL) in September, 1995 as a division of the All Star Group, Inc.
He serves as President of IPL and is a corporate officer of All Star Group.
Prior to employment with IPL, Arnie was Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Lending for Pacific
Thrift and Loan, and he was a principal of United Commercial Credit Industries (UCCI). Previously he
held the position of Vice President/Sales Manager and assisted in the training and development of the
marketing staff while employed with Foothill Thrift & Loan / Foothill Capital Corporation for 9 years.
Mr. Garfinkel has been a featured speaker for various organizations, including - California Association of
Mortgage Brokers, National Association of Mortgage Brokers, California Mortgage Bankers Association,
Building Industry Association, American Industrial Realtors Association, R.I.A.O.C., and Crittenden
to name a few. Arnie produces many events for other organizations including the Soulland Regional
Association of Realtors, Long Beach Commercial Real Estate Council and the California Lodging
Investment Conference aka [CLIC].
He is past president of the Tarzana Chapter of Toastmasters International and served as a Board of
Director and Vice President of the Southern California Chapter of the Florida State University Alumni
Association.
Ryan Patap
Senior Director, Market Analytics
CoStar Group
(213) 425-2328
Ryan Patap
Senior Director, Market Analytics
CoStar Group
(213) 425-2328
rpatap@costar.com

Biography

Ryan Patap is the Senior Director, Market Analytics for CoStar, where he is responsible for Costar’s coverage of Los Angeles’ commercial real estate markets. Ryan has over eight years of experience in real estate research and over a decade of experience in the commercial real estate industry. He was most recently at CBRE Global Investors, CBRE’s investment management business, where he was a Director in the Research & Strategy team. Previously, Ryan started his career in research at Heitman, a real estate investment manager based in Chicago with $44 billion in assets under management. Ryan has a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.
Fred Ornelas
Regional Manager
Axos Bank
(949) 305-3720
Fred Ornelas
Regional Manager
Axos Bank
(949) 305-3720
FOrnelas@axosbank.com

Biography

Fred Ornelas is Regional Manager at Axos Bank (formally known as B of I Federal Bank). With over 30 years of multifamily and commercial lending experience, he has originated more 3,000 multifamily and commercial loans totaling well over $2.0 billion. He has been with Axos Bank for 8 years and remains consistently among the top 3 producers every year. He attributes his success to thinking outside of the box and his hard work ethic.
Mr. Ornelas earned his Bachelor of Administration in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from California State University, Fullerton. He also holds California Real Estate Broker license.
John MacLean
Senior Vice President
Banc of California
(818) 590-7223
John MacLean
Senior Vice President
Banc of California
(818) 590-7223
John.MacLean@bancofcal.com

Biography

John MacLean is the Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Banking for Banc of California. In this position, John and his team are responsible for financing commercial real estate (multifamily, office, retail, industrial, mixed-use, self-storage, student housing, bridge and construction loans) as well as leading the Banc’s growth and expansion in the Greater Los Angeles Market.
John has over 25 years’ experience in Commercial Real Estate and Banking, where he has created, built and supported high performing teams. Most recently, John was an Executive Director at JP Morgan Chase and over his 24 year career with Chase, WaMu and Home Savings, he focused on CRE & Multifamily Lending, Asset Management, as well as holding Senior Management positions in Loan Service and Capital Markets.
John attended San Diego State University where he received his Bachelor Degree and has been a California Licensed Real Estate Broker for over 25 years.
John is active in the community and served on the Habit for Humanity Board of Directors (San Gabriel Valley) for over 10 years. John has three children and lives in Westlake Village, CA.
Ryan Huntsman
Vice President, National Major Accounts
Chicago Title Company
(949) 724-3129
Ryan Huntsman
Vice President, National Major Accounts
Chicago Title Company
(949) 724-3129
Rhuntsman@ctt.com

Biography

Ryan Huntsman serves as a Vice President of Sales for Chicago Title Company’s National Commercial Sales division in Southern California. He joined the company as a result of the recent acquisition of the TransAmerican Escrow Company in Newport Beach.
Ryan started his career in commercial real estate in 2002, working in Escrow. Since then, he has exceled in various positions within the Title Insurance and Escrow industries. He is always a perpetual student of our economy, and holds Series 6,7, 63, 65, 66 Securities licenses along with Life and Health Insurance sales licenses. Currently licensed in real estate sales, Ryan is well versed in both commercial and residential contracts. After successfully helping a multi-million dollar start-up company flourish, he eventually negotiated the acquisition of his company.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Boys Hope Girls Hope, and is very proud of his twelve years of service to this very worthy cause. As a result of being a certified non-profit manager, he has financially assisted with the finances of this tax-exempt organization, and is responsible for raising approximately $3.6 million in donations since 2002.
Victor Jacobs
Senior Vice President
Community Commerce Bank
909-450-2050
Victor Jacobs
Senior Vice President
Community Commerce Bank
909-450-2050
vjacobs@ccombank.com

Biography

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Mario Navarette
V.P. Relationship Manager
CoreVest
949.936.0007
Mario Navarette
V.P. Relationship Manager
CoreVest
949.936.0007
Mario.Navarrete@cvest.com

Biography

With 20 years in the mortgage business, Mario prides himself as being a “solutionist” in the investment real estate space. Working with his brokers and borrowers to accomplish their goals is a keen focus. His clients have ranged from mom and pop operators to A-list celebrities in the NFL, NBA and Hollywood. Outside of work he is a father of four and apparently known to cut a rug from time to time.
David Rosenthal
President & CEO
Curtis Rosenthal, Inc.
310-846-4920
David Rosenthal
President & CEO
Curtis Rosenthal, Inc.
310-846-4920
drosenthal@curtisrosenthal.com

Biography

David Rosenthal, MAI, FRICS has over 30 years of commercial real estate appraisal
experience working with lenders, equity sources, attorneys, and public agencies. Prior to
co-founding Curtis-Rosenthal, Inc. in 1983, he worked at Security Pacific National Bank as
a corporate banker. He has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at
Northwestern University, and a BS in finance from the University of Florida.
He lectures on real estate at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University, and is a frequent
author for commercial real estate publications.
David R. Flamer, CPA
Principal
David Flamer Accountancy
(818) 991-8700
David R. Flamer, CPA
Principal
David Flamer Accountancy
(818) 991-8700
dflamer@sbcglobal.net

Biography

David R. Flamer, C.P.A. is the principal in the Agoura Hills firm of David R. Flamer, An Accountancy Corporation, where he emphasizes tax and small business consulting. Prior to his association with that firm, Mr. Flamer worked within the Tax Division of Arthur Andersen & Company in their Los Angeles Office.

Mr. Flamer received his B.S. in Business from the University of Southern California in December, 1984, and has been a California C.P.A. licensee since 1989. Mr. Flamer is a past chair of the California Society of C.P.A.’s Los Angeles Chapter’s Taxation Committee, and currently is the Chair of the Society’s Statewide Committee on Taxation. Additionally, during the period from 1997 to 2000, Mr. Flamer was an appointed member to the Administrative Committee of the California State Board of Accountancy.

Mr. Flamer regularly addresses the tax compliance and tax planning needs of his diversified clientele. Representation of his clientele before the various taxation agencies has been a staple of his practice since its inception. His vast experience working with the various taxing agencies in his non-confrontational role has resulted in his having excellent contacts in the representation area.

Mr. Flamer has authored several articles and appears before live and radio audiences on a
Peter Meyers
First Vice President
Farmers & Merchants Bank
(949) 460-7903
Peter Meyers
First Vice President
Farmers & Merchants Bank
(949) 460-7903
peter.meyers@fmb.com

Biography

Peter Meyers is in his 40th year of banking, currently as the Senior Commercial Lender in South Orange County with Farmers & Merchants Bank. His exposure to all facets of banking including operations, back office and senior management gives Mr. Meyers an unrivaled ability to put together complete banking solutions for his clients. Meyers is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and the Pacific Coast Banking School Graduate Program at the University of Washington.

Peter Steigleder
Chief Operating Officer
Fidelity Mortgage Lenders
(310) 820 - 4300
Peter Steigleder
Chief Operating Officer
Fidelity Mortgage Lenders
(310) 820 - 4300
psteigleder@fidelityca.com

Biography

Peter Steigleder, Chief Operating Officer of Fidelity Mortgage Lenders, Inc., and Co-Founder of Hudson Commercial Partners, Inc. brings with him 28 years of finance, commercial real estate and economic development experience.

Born in Germany, Peter immigrated to the United States in 1985. After studying real estate and finance at Cal State Northridge, Peter served as Director of Economic Development for the German Consulate General in Los Angeles. In 1999, Peter began his real estate career at Beitler Commercial where he earned the prestigious recognition of “Rookie of the Year” and soon thereafter earned the title of Senior Vice President. In 2006, Peter joined Lee & Associates where his consistent status as one of the company’s top producers quickly elevated him to Principal status. In 2009, he joined Delphi Business Properties as a partner before founding Hudson Commercial Partners. Peter has completed over 700 sales, leasing and development transactions during his career.

Peter actively gives back to his community, he is the current President of The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging.
Lindsay Spjut
Vice President, Director of Loan Production
First Foundation Bank
(310) 321-6693
Lindsay Spjut
Vice President, Director of Loan Production
First Foundation Bank
(310) 321-6693
lspjut@ff-inc.com

Biography

With twenty years of experience in income property lending, Lindsay has played a critical role in the closing of over $2 billion in income property loans. Prior to joining First Foundation, Lindsay worked for regional and national lenders as a loan production officer and top producer’s associate. She has a great deal of experience in income property analysis, loan processing, deal coordination, and originations. Her comprehensive knowledge of the loan process from origination to funding, make her a great asset to any transaction.
Lindsay earned her Bachelor of Business Administration and MBA from Loyola Marymount University.
Valerie Hapner
VP of Loan Originations
Forbix Financial
(818) 290 - 8340
Valerie Hapner
VP of Loan Originations
Forbix Financial
(818) 290 - 8340
Valerie.Hapner@forbix.com

Biography

Valerie Hapner grew up amid rich cultural diversity in Montreal, Canada, and her ability to speak four languages — English, French, Spanish and Hebrew.

At Forbix Financial, Valerie has many of the resources needed to facilitate a variety of residential and commercial projects. Valerie has 13 years of experience in real estate investment, development, brokerage and lending. She has been involved in deal origination, acquisition, debt restructuring, joint ventures and has financed properties across 20 states.

As VP of Originations at Forbix, Valerie helps developers find the right source for funding and identify appropriate exit strategies for each undertaking. While she works with a variety of commercial and residential clients, she specializes in financing existing and new construction apartment projects.

Valerie is passionate about healthy eating and active living. She is a world traveler and continues to enjoy connecting to new cultures.

Jenna Williams
Commercial Relationship Manager
Fremont Bank
Jenna Williams
Commercial Relationship Manager
Fremont Bank

Biography

Jenna Williams, a Commercial Relationship Manager, SBA Specialist with Fremont Bank. Has been in the banking industry since 2007. I specialize in understanding your business needs & use my expertise to tailor your banking experience by offering comprehensive business lending & unique financing solutions for our local communities. I came from a larger financial institution, and am so happy to be here at a local Bay Area bank that allows me to work in my community. My passion is CalPaws K9 Rescue, an amazing non-profit that saves German shepherd dogs. I am proud to be the banker that helps someone’s business live his or her dream!
Peter Yacoub
Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking
Genesis Bank
(213) 673-8242
Peter Yacoub
Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking
Genesis Bank
(213) 673-8242
Peter.Yacoub@cnb.com

Biography

Farhad Hanasab
President
Hanasab Insurance Services
323-782-8454 Extension #300
Farhad Hanasab
President
Hanasab Insurance Services
323-782-8454 Extension #300
farhad@hanasabinsurance.com

Biography

Farhad Hanasab is the President and Founder of Hanasab Insurance Services, Inc. He began his career in the insurance industry over 20 years ago where he worked for a direct writer that specialized in Automobile and Homeowners insurance. Early in his career, perfecting risk management skills were essential priorities to establishing unmatched client relationships. Farhad prioritized all of the key components he would need, to one day establish his own boutique insurance agency. Since then, he has made it his mission to provide unrivaled service and security as he helps the High Net Worth clientele navigate through the challenges of their insurance and financial needs. Licensed with over 300 insurance companies and with the ability to write policies in 45 states, Farhad exemplifies commendable partnerships with both his clients and top premier insurance carriers.
A vast majority of Mr. Hanasab’s clients include publicly traded companies, large privately held real estate firms, Sports & Entertainment legends, renowned doctors and legal professionals, and established restaurants. The high level of trust and caring that defines Farhad’s relationships with his clients is rooted in his strong sense of community. “Beverly Hills is and always will be a huge part of my life. I have lived there since I was seven years old. Having the ability to work with the folks I grew up with and to continue their family legacies as well as safeguard their homes and businesses has taken those relationships to a deeper level.”
A long-standing client of Mr. Hanasab shares his support and gratification of the services he has received. “My highest gratitude goes to a great friend Farhad Hanasab (the founder of Hanasab Insurance Services) and his wonderful team, who not only were of great help in simplifying many complicated aspects of this power-packed project, but also provided the vital insurance coverage for highly risky aspects of my business operations as well as raising my awareness of risk factors lurking around any business.”
Farhad’s sense of altruism and public spiritedness drives his work and civic philanthropy. He has provided leadership, financial contributions and most importantly, hands on support to the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research. This foundation is and always will be close to his heart. Farhad lives in Beverly Hills, with his wife, two inspiring sons and enjoys spending much of his free time with his family traveling, playing sports and dining at his favorite Beverly Hills restaurants. Farhad believes if “you follow your passions and dreams, the rest will follow.”
Dain Court
Senior Vice President
Harvest Small Business Finance
(714) 402-5096
Dain Court
Senior Vice President
Harvest Small Business Finance
(714) 402-5096
dcourt@harvestcref.com

Biography

A prominent figure in the commercial finance industry, Dain K. Court has over a decade of experience working in real estate finance. After obtaining a degree from the University of Southern California, Dain successfully cultivated a career in financing. An entrepreneur with keen business acumen, Dain served as Senior Vice President/Business Development Officer for Plaza Bank, established Court Capital, a commercial real estate finance brokerage, served as CEO of New Day Trust Mortgage, and was a founding member of First Direct Mortgage. A man of many hats, Dain has a background in film production. He earned an Emmy nomination for his role as Unit Production Manager for the AIDS Project Los Angeles documentary, “Heroes.” Dain believes in personal and professional balance. When he isn’t financing highly complex commercial transactions, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Steven Weiler
Senior Vice President
Keypoint Credit Union
(408) 731-4309
Steven Weiler
Senior Vice President
Keypoint Credit Union
(408) 731-4309
sweiler@kpcu.com

Biography

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W. Eric Paulsen
Regional President, Brokerage
Kidder Matthews
(949)557-5079
W. Eric Paulsen
Regional President, Brokerage
Kidder Matthews
(949)557-5079
eric.paulsen@kidder.com

Biography

Mr. Paulsen has been involved in the real estate industry since 1988 and directly involved in the buying, selling, brokering, managing, underwriting, developing and auctioning of over $10B in commercial real estate assets across the United States in all product types.
In July 2021, he joined Kidder Mathews as the Regional President, Brokerage, sharing the responsibility of overseeing and managing 7 Southern California offices and 1 Arizona office consisting of approximately 196 brokers, along with property managers, appraisers and support staff.
Prior to joining Kidder Mathews, Mr. Paulsen was a Founding Member of Topside Real Estate, a boutique firm designed to help clients maximize the value and efficiency of their real estate portfolios.
In 2017, Mr. Paulsen was a Managing Principal for Cushman & Wakefield, responsible for the Company’s Orange County and Inland Empire offices ….this is the 2nd paragraph you have in the bio, so can keep it in.
Prior to joining LNR, Mr. Paulsen was a Vice President at CB Richard Ellis for 12 years focused on investment sales of commercial real estate.
Mr. Paulsen holds officer positions and sit on multiple boards of real estate, non-profit and charitable organizations, including NAIOP So Cal (Executive Committee/Vice President), Building Block Foundation Fund, CDM High School Foundation (President), and the CDM High School Girls Tennis Foundation (President).
James Arom
Income Property Loan Officer
Luther Burbank Savings
(818) 333-2587
James Arom
Income Property Loan Officer
Luther Burbank Savings
(818) 333-2587
jarom@lbsavings.com

Biography

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Jenny Redlin
Principal
Partner Engineering & Science
(310) 765-7243
Jenny Redlin
Principal
Partner Engineering & Science
(310) 765-7243
Jenny@PARTNEResi.com

Biography

Ms. Redlin has more than ten years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. She is one of the founders of Partner Engineering and Science and is a Principal in the firm. Ms. Redlin has extensive experience in testing soil, soil gas, and groundwater in the context of a real estate transaction, as well as under the supervision of state and federal regulators. Her background in environmental science, in addition to her knowledge of current environmental regulations and the real estate industry, allows her to offer comprehensive environmental consulting services for real estate transactions. Ms. Redlin has extensive experience managing all aspects of due diligence- environmental, engineering, asbestos, lead based paint and radon surveys for nationwide and local clients such as developers, brokers, private equity funds and lenders including SBA, HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, portfolio, and insurance lenders.

About Partner Engineering and Science, Inc:
Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. (Partner) is a full-service environmental and engineering consulting firm completing projects nationwide. We specialize in evaluating properties in connection with real estate transactions, development or management.

At Partner, we understand the impact of our services on our clients’ business and bottom line. Our clients rely on us not only to provide trusted, objective services but also to provide solutions. Because of this, we are your Partner.
Gina Koenen
V.P. Commercial Loan Officer
Provident Bank
(951) 403-0567
Gina Koenen
V.P. Commercial Loan Officer
Provident Bank
(951) 403-0567
GKoenen@myprovident.com

Biography

Gina Koenen has been commercial lending officer with Provident Bank for over 11 years and in commercial lending for over 15 years. Gina not only works in Commercial lending but also does a lot of training for residential lenders to teach them how to understand and increase their market with commercial loans. Before joining Provident Bank, Gina worked with various SoCal banks and even served in the USAF out of high school. Gina is also a graduate of Commercial Lending School with Hyperion.

Cliff Taylor
Senior Vice President
Ready Capital
(530) 519-1021
Cliff Taylor
Senior Vice President
Ready Capital
(530) 519-1021
cliff.taylor@readycapital.com

Biography

Cliff has over 30 years of comprehensive commercial lending experience with the past 20+ exclusively in the SBA arena. Prior to joining ReadyCap Lending, LLC, he served with several lenders as a SVP with their nationwide SBA lending divisions. Notably he has worked in business development and sales management roles for Borrego Springs Bank, Temecula Valley Bank, and Truckee River Bank. Cliff has extensive experience and knowledge in lending, notably with complex SBA transactions and special use property. Taylor received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.
AJ Bolino
Loan Production Manager
Sabal Capital Partners
(949) 381-2782
AJ Bolino
Loan Production Manager
Sabal Capital Partners
(949) 381-2782
AJ.Bolino@sabal.com

Biography

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Bob Worthington
Western Regional Manager
Silver Hill Funding
(661) 888-5050
Bob Worthington
Western Regional Manager
Silver Hill Funding
(661) 888-5050
bworthington@silverhillfunding.com

Biography

Randy Jones
Senior Vice President
Spectrum Commercial Lending
(310) 503-2010
Randy Jones
Senior Vice President
Spectrum Commercial Lending
(310) 503-2010
R.Jones@contactspectrum.com

Biography

Randy Jones is Business Development Officer and Senior Vice President with Spectrum Lending, based out of Irvine. Spectrum does mostly owner-user lending, and specializes in SBA 504 loans, that provides up to 90% financing. Randy joined Spectrum in 2011, and his market concentration is Long Beach, the South Bay and the West Side.

Before joining Spectrum Commercial Lending, Randy was an SVP with Bank of America in the same capacity for 14 years.

He is a graduate of Kent State University and Case Western Reserve University, both in Ohio.

Randy enjoys real estate investing and working out in his spare time, as well as international traveling. He has been to 15 countries.
Izek Shomof
Founder
Shomof Group
Izek Shomof
Founder
Shomof Group

Biography

One of the first developers to embark upon the preservation and revitalization of Los Angeles’ Historic Core, Izek Shomof is a respected and admired real estate entrepreneur who credits his success to a unique brand of charm coupled with a strong work ethic and an unflappable sense of honor. A beloved investor/developer, Izek began his career in the mid 1980s developing tract homes and apartment buildings before eventually going on to develop an extensive portfolio of properties in Los Angeles, Long Beach, the San Fernando Valley and Las Vegas.

Known as the “King of Spring,” for his dedication to rebuilding downtown’s core neighborhood, Izek has overseen the redevelopment of iconic Los Angeles properties like the Alexandria Hotel, Hotel Hayward, Spring Towers and Premier Towers.

A dedicated philanthropist, he remains actively involved in the Downtown Center Business Improvement District, Israel Christian Nexus and Friends of the IDF, as well as Larger than Life, a non-profit dedicated to helping Israeli and Palestinian children with cancer. A loving father of five who prides himself on family values, Izek’s life story was chronicled in the 2010 film, “For the Lover of Money,” the story of a young immigrant who arrived in America and worked hard to fulfill his dreams.
Craig Sullivan
(949) 500-8300
Craig Sullivan
(949) 500-8300
craig@cliconference.com

Biography

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