THE TEAM

Newport Pacific Land Group of Companies' accomplished leadership team share individual and collective experience in real estate finance, acquisition, planning, entitlement and development. Their careers span decades and take in a wide array of achievements which include residential communities, as well as multi-family, age targeted, commercial and industrial projects. Depth of expertise, insight, foresight and outstanding performance are the cornerstones of the Newport Pacific Land Group of Companies.


EXECUTIVE

The executive team of Newport Pacific Land Group of Companies is driven to deliver the highest and best solutions in all circumstances.  Collectively offering over 100 years of experience, these individuals are well respected and are proud of their strategic relationships throughout the industry. 

Douglas Neff

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Along with his efforts at NPLC, Doug Neff is the Managing Partner and President of IHP Capital Partners, positions he has held since 1992. He also serves as Chairman of IHP’s Investment Committee.

From 1985 until the founding of IHP Capital Partners, Mr. Neff was a Partner of The O'Donnell Group, a regional developer, owner and manager of commercial and industrial real estate. Prior to 1985, he was Treasurer of The Irvine Company and a Vice President in the Real Estate Industries Group at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco.

Mr. Neff’s background in real estate and finance has provided him with extensive experience in real estate transactions and a deep knowledge of the real estate industry.

A graduate of Amherst College, he received an MBA from the University of Chicago in finance and economics. Mr. Neff is also a member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate at the University of California, Berkeley.


Geoffrey Le Plastrier

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Geoff Le Plastrier became President of LDC Advisors in 1983, managing numerous large land portfolios for institutional investors and families. Since 1992 the firm has been a principal consultant to several institutions including IHP Capital Partners, Alamitos Land Company, Bank of America, Rose Hills Foundation, LACERA and others. Between 2005 and 2014 LDC Advisors was the principal real estate consultant and independent fiduciary to CalPERS, which was the largest investor of land and housing in the U.S. The portfolio, at its peak, contained over 350,000 lots with invested capital of over $12 billion.

Additionally, Mr. Le Plastrier was appointed to an internal board for CalPERS that oversaw the performance and evaluation of over 90 investment managers in the fund’s real estate program. Prior to LDC, he has held senior level positions with Lend Lease Corporation, Bixby Ranch Company and Janss Corporation.

Mr. Le Plastrier is an engineer and licensed architect in addition to being a California licensed contractor and real estate broker. He serves on the board of Olson Urban Housing and other several non-profit organizations, including the Seneca Family of Agencies and the Pacific Art Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Concord Law School.


Donald Grant

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Don is also a Co-Founding Partner and Executive Vice President of IHP Capital Partners. He has responsibility for the selection and structuring of builder transactions, asset management, fund liability management and investor relations. He also serves as a member of IHP’s Investment Committee. Since its inception, IHP has received equity commitments for its funds totaling over $1.5 billion from institutional investors. As a result of those commitments, IHP has established six equity funds to finance residential projects representing more than $20 billion of estimated revenue.

Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of The O’Donnell Group, an office and industrial development firm doing business on the west coast from Southern California, Northern California, Seattle and Anchorage, Alaska. Prior to joining The O’Donnell Group in 1982, Don spent 12 years in the real estate group of Wells Fargo Bank, where he was Senior Vice President responsible for all of the bank’s construction lending to commercial developers and home builders based in Southern California.

Don is a 30 year member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute since 1982, having spent many years on various ULI Real Estate Development Councils. Additionally Don is and has been on the Board of Trustees of the two leading private middle and high schools in Orange County, California.

Don graduated from Kent State University with a BBA in Banking and Economics and holds an MBA from the Santa Clara University.


Christopher Bley

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Chris Bley has broad experience and expertise in real estate and real estate finance, including project origination and underwriting, project and asset management, land development, financial analysis, workouts and institutional relations.

In 2010 Mr. Bley joined Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. as a Senior Vice President where his responsibilities included re-underwriting and developing business plans and exit strategies for a portfolio that consisted of developable land throughout the United States. This process involved understanding where the project stood in the entitlement/development process and very often restructuring the capital stack of each project by working out transactions with borrowers, lenders and joint venture partners.

His professional experience includes principal roles in several real estate development firms as well as acting as the Director of Acquisitions for a Wall Street capitalized company that invested in all aspects of residential real estate throughout the Western United States.

Mr. Bley graduated from San Francisco State University and received a MBA from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University.


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John Patterson

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John Patterson has amassed almost 40 years of experience in the real estate development business. He began his career in banking as an originator of construction loans, and then as Vice President of Equity Investments for California First, where he directed the bank’s real estate investments in partnership with several Southern California homebuilders.

In 1986, Mr. Patterson served as President and shareholder in Pacific Crest Homes, an Orange County land development and homebuilding company. From 1997 until the company wrapped up operations in 2008, he was one of three principal shareholders in Classic Pacific, also serving as CEO and President directing the company’s operations. During this period the company planned, entitled and developed an extensive number of successful communities and commercial projects in California, Mexico and Hawaii.

Mr. Patterson is also the owner, CEO and President of Rockne Construction, a diversified real estate development and contracting company. Rockne often provides NPLC, and other institutional clients, on-the-ground daily construction and development management. Rockne is currently staffed by several former employees of Classic Pacific.

A graduate of UCLA with a degree in economics, Mr. Patterson is also a California licensed contractor.


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SENIOR

Our senior team consists of seasoned industry professionals with a wealth of experience in real estate and finance that spans decades. The depth of their knowledge extends to managing numerous large land portfolios for institutional investors, with extensive experience acquiring, developing and managing master-planned communities, single family detached and attached product, as well as rental, commercial and industrial projects.

Barry Gross

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Barry Gross is well known throughout the land development and real estate industry as a premier expert and financial analyst in all aspects of development operations, individual project and master-planned community cost analysis, finance and governmental negotiations. Barry handles financial analysis and evaluation of development opportunities at Newport Pacific Land. NPL relies on Barry’s broad range of talents, evaluating value and risk associated with every facet of real estate acquisition, disposition and development and obtaining entitlements for the company’s projects.

Barry’s career portfolio includes key systematic and objective financial analysis for small and large scale commercial and residential projects. Mr. Gross specializes in value engineering for land development, Community Facilities District financing, is versed in a host of land development issues.  

Prior to NPLC, Mr. Gross held ownership, partnership and executive management positions in several companies, including Developers Research, Inc. for 20 years. Developers Research became a preeminent resource for clear understanding of potential profit, and costs of developing a specific parcel of real estate.  

Previously, Barry served on the City of Newport Beach Planning Commission and was appointed by members of the Orange County, CA Board of Supervisors to a number of county commissions, was a partner in Concorde Development, and employed at The Housing Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Pritzker family.  He began his career with Kenneth Leventhal Company, CPAs.  

Mr. Gross earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at Union College, Schenectady, NY, and a Masters of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance at Rutgers Graduate School of Business in Newark N.J.  He is a sought after industry speaker, and is a long-time member of Urban Land Institute, was a member of the Board of Directors for BIA Orange County, CA and serves on the Finance Committee at Big Canyon Country Club. 


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Mark Burkes

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Mark Burkes has over 30 years of experience in real estate development and the construction industry.   He brings many talents to Newport Pacific Land Company, such as managing multi-disciplinary consultant teams that include land planners, architects, structural and civil engineers, MEP consultants and land use/real estate attorneys.  He forecasts project budgets and works closely with the equity and joint venture partners. He communicates with private equity and accounting departments, as well as, many commercial lenders. Mr. Burkes oversees the development operations and is responsible for maintaining project proforma, budgets, schedules and construction. He delegates due diligence tasks including land acquisition, zoning, title, environmental risk and project entitlements.

Prior to joining NPLC, Mr. Burkes held executive and management positions within Rockne Construction, Inc., Classic Pacific, and Pacific Newport Builders.  He graduated Magnum Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in Construction Engineering Management at California State University, holds a California General Contractor’s License (A&B), is LEED AP certified and is licensed as a California Real Estate Broker.

Mr. Burkes is supervising the Brighton Landing development in Vacaville California and is continuously coordinating the due diligence investigation on new potential projects. 

 

Michael Schlesinger

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Michael Schlesinger has specialized in real estate acquisition, planning, entitlement, property management and disposition throughout his 25+ year career. His responsibilities as Vice President of Community Development at Newport Pacific Land Company currently include management of large-scale master-planned communities in Santa Clarita and Menifee, CA. Michael also provides valuable input to other NPLC projects, especially in the areas of community planning, environmental review and entitlement processing.

Prior to joining Newport Pacific Land Company, Michael was Senior Vice President at LNR Property LLC, where he managed the development of large-scale master-planned communities throughout the United States. His projects for LNR included the redevelopment of South Weymouth Naval Air Station near Boston, MA and Heritage Fields, the former MCAS El Toro in Orange County, CA. Michael also managed the acquisition and development of a 1,500-acre mixed use community in Denver, CO and was involved with valuation and restructuring of several billion-dollar projects.

Before joining LNR, Michael held senior management positions at Taylor Woodrow Homes, The Irvine Company and TMC Development in Orange County, CA. He also founded Origin Real Estate Advisors, which provided real estate clients with a broad range of management and consultation services.

Michael graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Architecture. He is a California licensed architect and real estate broker, and is active with the Urban Land Institute and the Building Industry Association. Michael has also supported HomeAid Orange County as a volunteer for more than 25 years, and is the Co-Founder of The Heart, Mind & Soul Project.

 

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Noah Shih

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Noah Shih has over 15 years of experience in real estate development and large scale construction projects with specialized expertise in land improvements.  He currently manages operations for NPLC including contracts, purchasing, and construction.  In coordination with the rest of the team and its financial partners, Noah manages the consultants and contractors to ensure success on various projects getting them across the finish line on time and within budget.  During the land acquisition and entitlement phase, he is heavily involved in due diligence and the technical aspects related to proposed developments.  Most recently Noah completed the entitlements, planning, final engineering, and rough grading for NPLC’s Latitude Project located in the Summerlin neighborhood of Las Vegas, Nevada.  This has allowed the investor to execute a joint venture partnership with a nationally recognized home builder to finish the improvements and put for sale homes on the market.

Prior to joining NPLC, Mr. Shih held management positions at Classic Pacific Homes, Philco Construction, and Rockne Construction. As Project Manager at Rockne Construction he represented Lehman Brothers Holdings by providing consulting and general contracting services for Marblehead and Pacific Point, bringing them back to life after years of dormancy due to the global financial crisis. This ultimately led to the successful disposition of both projects which generated over $350 million in sales revenue to Lehman. Mr. Shih graduated from Long Beach State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Construction Engineering Management, holds a California General Engineering Contractor’s License and is a LEED Accredited Professional.  


Todd Collins

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Todd Collins, a Certified Public Accountant, manages all financial operation for NPLC. With over two decades of Public and Private Accounting experience in various industries, his emphasis has been on real estate. Mr. Collins is responsible for implementation, management and continual improvement of multi-national, integrated ERP and financial systems. He brings innovation and leading edge technology to NPLC, such as a detailed job cost analysis and financial reporting system specific to the industry, which he implemented and trained personnel to utilize and maintain the system. He also developed cash management and investment strategies to maximize returns and minimize tax liabilities.   

Mr. Collins spent over a decade at Haskell & White LLP, one of Southern California’s leading public accounting firms, performing accounting and audit services for both public and private companies. He graduated with Honors with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at California State University, Fullerton.