The Urban Pacific Cos. mission is to provide innovative, high-quality, value-priced urban housing in conjunction with maximization of investment returns to our investors. Urban Pacific prides itself as being a progressive “smart-growth” infill developer capable of handling complex transactions and the development of difficult sites. In this regard, urban core development requires an innovative approach and understanding of unique and complex urban conditions. Obsolete retail centers, blighted neighborhoods, adaptive reuse properties, and urban revitalization all require a different and “out of the box” solution based on a particular community’s needs and goals.
Urban Pacific’s specific focus is infill residential projects in markets that have been consistently passed over by traditional homebuilding companies, where the housing supply is severely constrained, and the sites are strategically located in dynamically urban markets poised for, or going through, rapid economic revival.
THE CHOPPIN FAMILY
In Real Estate and Construction Services since 1960
Begun by Michael J. Choppin in 1960, the Choppin family’s involvement in real estate and construction services in Long Beach and Southern California has been highly influential for over 50 years. Including such projects as the development of the World Trade Center in downtown Long Beach, the legacy continues through the efforts of Scott Choppin. Founding the Urban Pacific Group of Cos. – Scott Choppin, and the Choppin family – continue to pursue real estate development and construction services business interests throughout the Western United States.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Scott K. Choppin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Pacific Group of Cos. Mr. Choppin oversees all operations of the Urban Pacific family of companies, including business development, capital acquisition, and strategic planning.
Prior to forming Urban Pacific, Mr. Choppin was Director of Land Acquisition for the Multi-Family Development Division of Irvine-based Sares-Regis Group. In that position, he was responsible for all land acquisition activities for the development of luxury, market rate and senior rental communities throughout California, Colorado, and Arizona.
Before joining Sares-Regis, Mr. Choppin was with Kaufman and Broad Multi-Housing Group. As Senior Project Manager, he was responsible for all activities related to multifamily development, including the acquisition, entitlement, syndication and development of over 1,900 affordable multifamily units throughout the Western United States.
Prior to that, Mr. Choppin was a project manager with Irvine-based Snyder Langston Real Estate and Construction Services.
Mr. Choppin holds a degree in Finance from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo and is a licensed real estate broker and licensed general contractor in the State of California
Land Acquisition – Operations
Prior to joining Urban Pacific, Mr. Sheynin was Director of Acquisitions and Asset Management for LA based developer and operator, ICO Development, where he was responsible for deal sourcing and underwriting, debt and equity financing, repositioning plan development and implementation as well as project level financial reporting. Prior to that, Mr. Sheynin spent several years as an investor and an operator, focusing on the development, operations and repositioning of large multifamily portfolios and commercial assets, which under his supervision delivered above market returns to significant private and institutional investors.
During the past 17 years, Mr. Sheynin has held various real estate positions within the Southern California real estate community and has been directly involved with over $2 billion in acquisitions, development and operations of residential and commercial assets in major metropolitan markets in the US. His experience and expertise were recognized by such real estate giants as Kaufman and Broad and Sun America Companies.
Mr. Sheynin graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business from the University of Southern California, with a focus in real estate and finance. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and holds a California real estate license.
Director of Construction
Gary Daly has 30 years of commercial construction management experience. An even split of years with major General Contracting firms and National Construction Management firms.
Gary has a formal education in the discipline of construction management attaining graduate and post graduate degrees in this chosen major. Early on the job training included holding such positions as Project Engineer, Assistant Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, Project Executive, Director of Project Management and Vice President of Project Management. Past associations include career positions at Swinerton and Walberg; General Contractors, Lehrer McGovern Bovis Construction Management, Walt Disney Imagineering and Daly America Project Management. Gary has served as Project Director on such Landmark projects as The Angeles Baseball Stadium, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, and UCLA’s John Anderson MBA school. Daly has a detailed listing of start to finish projects completed including a stadium, hotels and housing adaptive use Loft projects in Downtown Los Angeles. Gary has been fortunate to have built projects with such notable architectural firms as I.M. Pei, Frank Geary, Robert Stern and Gensler.
Gary has developed a brand of construction management that is inclusionary, open book, giving assistance to all team members, with a heavy focus on saving money, cost projections and controls, change order management, and expert schedule management including recovery schedules when
Gary is originally from the United Kingdom.
R. BRAD SEVIER
Principal – Highland Realty Capital
R. Brad Sevier is the co-founder and President of Highland Realty Capital, Inc. With over twenty-eight years of experience in real estate brokerage, finance and law, Mr. Sevier has established a reputation as one of the preeminent real estate experts in Southern California. Mr. Sevier has been involved in the real estate industry since 1989 when he began a seven year career as a real estate attorney. Mr. Sevier’s practice focused on the financing, acquisition, disposition, leasing and development of both commercial and residential projects. Since transitioning into real estate brokerage and finance in 1997, Mr. Sevier has established a broad base of strong capital relationships including investment fund managers, life insurance companies, pension funds, REIT’s, banks and private investors. He has extensive experience structuring and closing asset sales, permanent loans, bridge loans, construction loans, mezzanine debt and joint venture equity for projects ranging from stabilized assets to ground up developments. Prior to forming HRC in 2005, Mr. Sevier was a partner and Senior Vice President with Buchanan Street Partners, a West Coast based real estate investment bank. Mr. Sevier started Buchanan’s Los Angeles office in 1999, and for six years he led a team of professionals that arranged asset sales and debt and equity financing for real estate investors and developers.
Mr. Sevier received a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1986, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1989. Though no longer practicing law, Mr. Sevier remains a member of the California State Bar, and he has been a licensed Real Estate Broker since 1991.
CHRISTINA MARIE KIMBALL
Strategic Advisor – Business Strategy and Operations
Christina Marie Kimball’s background includes founding five successful ventures including a business consulting firm, a design firm, art studios and a restaurant. Christina Marie also has extensive experience in leading organizations in institutional settings as well as executive level work in the hospitality and entertainment worlds.
Christina Marie has three grown daughters and lives a bi-coastal life with her husband Alex between Seattle and New York. When her feet are not on the ground, they can be found on the deck of her sailboat with Alex, where she helps navigate the “force of the wind and changing of the tides.” These experiences serve as additional insight into how Christina Marie expertly coaches her clients about business and life.
Project Manager/Senior Superintendant – Hopkins Construction
Mr. Vitale held positions as a construction manager/project superintendent with some of the largest companies in the business, including Shea Homes, Western Pacific, ROEM, Watt, and Warmington Homes. Tony has proven his success in the industry and has an expertise as a hands-on troubleshooter, with solid background in the construction field.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Vitale holds a degree from Miami Dade College, and is a Licensed General Contractor in the State of California.
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