As President of Topa Management Company, Jim is responsible for setting and implementing strategic planning and decision making for a company-owned portfolio of office, retail and multi-family properties located throughout southern California and Hawaii. Additional responsibilities include identifying opportunities for growth while adhering to budgets and cost control management to achieve efficiencies in operations.
Jim brings more than 26 years of principal based real estate investment, financing, asset management, operating, development and repositioning experience including an extensive network of relationships critical to driving investment opportunities and financial performance in key markets throughout the west coast.
Having worked for several national and regional real estate firms in senior level management positions and/or in partnership including Angelo, Gordon & Co., Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund and its subsidiary Kearny Street Real Estate Company, The Koll Company, Tishman Speyer Properties, Empire Commercial Real Estate, and the Marcus & Millichap affiliated companies of Pacific Property Company and Urban Housing Group, Jim has demonstrated a successful investment and value-add track record for his former partners and employers while directing over $1.2 billion in acquisitions and financings.
Jim holds a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Property Manager, Brentwood, Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades, CA
As Property Manager for Topa’s Westside retail portfolio, consisting of over 300,000 square feet and 185 tenants, William is responsible for the operations and management of some of the Westside’s most influential retail tenants located along Montana Avenue, San Vicente Blvd. and Sunset Blvd.
William joined Topa in 2002 following 5 years of experience working in various capacities for real estate firms including Held Properties and Fujita. With an educational background in accounting and architecture, William has held various positions with the Company including roles in both engineering and management.
Vice President, Leasing
As Vice President of Leasing, Darren brings to Topa more than 23 years of experience in commercial real estate leasing development, investment, and management. Darren is responsible for overseeing the marketing and leasing of Topa’s 1.5 million square foot office and retail portfolio located throughout Los Angeles County. He has negotiated and consummated over 1,500 commercial lease transactions throughout his career.
Since joining Topa in 2002, Darren has been responsible for the execution of over $600 million in lease transactions representing over 2.4 million square feet. Prior to joining Topa, Darren held senior level positions with Lowe Enterprises and CarrAmerica Realty Corporation. He holds an MBA Degree in Finance from the University of Southern California and a BS Degree in Economics from the University of Santa Clara. Darren is a member of the Los Angeles Commercial Real Estate Association (LACRA) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Senior Property Manager, Oxnard, CA
Dean is responsible for the operations at Topa Financial Plaza, a 580,000 square foot office and retail complex located in two Class A high-rise office buildings and ten low rise buildings located on 15 acres. As an experienced broker and property manager, Dean worked in the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas for over 27 years before joining Topa in 2001.
Dean serves on the Board of Director’s for United Way in Ventura County, and graduated with a BS in Business Management from the University of Redlands.
Vice President, Residential
As Vice President, Gary is responsible for Topa’s multi-family residential portfolio, bringing over 24 years of multi-family management and operations experience to the Company. Since joining Topa in 1992, Gary has been responsible for the growth and management of Topa’s residential portfolio of over 3,000 units in 29 properties.
Gary held the prestigious position of President and Director Emeritus of the Affordable Housing Management Association - Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW), which covers Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. His position puts him in direct daily contact with the National Affordable Housing Management Association based in the Washington, D.C. area and places Topa on the cutting edge in knowledge of federal, state, and local legislative and regulatory changes, updates and developments in the housing industry. Gary is also a recipient of the Clive Graham Award for lifetime achievement of excellence in the Affordable Housing Industry from the AHMA-PSW.
Property Manager, Century City and Beverly Hills, CA
Erminé joined Topa in 2003 as Property Manager, responsible for the operations and management of two Class A office buildings in Century City; 1800 and 1900 Avenue of the Stars and 9720 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, totaling approximately 900,000 square feet.
She brings 11 years of real estate experience to Topa, having held a senior level position at Douglas Emmett & Co. in Los Angeles prior to joining Topa. Erminé holds a California Real Estate License.
General Manager, Honolulu, HI
As General Manager, Curt is responsible for both the operations and leasing of Topa’s 500,000 square foot Topa Financial Center located in Honolulu, HI consisting of two (2) Class A high-rise towers and retail podium. With over 20 years of direct Hawaiian experience in both real estate and finance, Curt joined Topa in 2001 following the acquisition of Topa Financial Center.
A graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, he has worked extensively in the financial and real estate markets in both Hawaii and Washington State. Curt is a member of BOMA, is a Director on the Board of the Fort Street Mall Improvement District Association and is a Trustee for the Institute for Human Services (emergency homeless shelter).
Robin N. Platt
Regional Vice President
Robin is recognized as one of Ventura County's leading commercial real estate professionals with over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate leasing and operations. Robin joined Topa in 2002 and has continued to manage Topa’s combined operations and leasing of Oxnard, Westlake and Thousand Oaks, representing approximately 1 million square feet of office and retail properties. Prior to joining Topa, Robin held senior level management positions with Transwestern Commercial Services and was a Regional Operations Manager for the Voit Companies in the Los Angeles region.
Robin is a founding officer and member of BOMA Tri-Counties and is also a member of BOMA Los Angeles. She holds an MBA in Marketing & Finance from California State University Northridge and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Robin is on the Board of Director’s for the Economic Development Corporation of Oxnard and St. John's Regional Medical Center Foundation. She has received numerous awards acknowledging excellence in Property Management.
Property Manager, Westlake Village and Woodland Hills, CA
Carrie is responsible for the management and operations of Topa’s retail and office portfolio located in Westlake Village and Woodland Hills, CA consisting of 450,000 square feet and also including a 122,000 square foot retail center located at one of Los Angeles’ busiest intersections.
Carrie joined the Topa in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Cal State Northridge. Carrie has a California Real Estate License, is a member of the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and is pursuing her Real Property Administrator designation through BOMA.
Senior Property Manager, Westwood, Century City and Beverly Hills, CA
Elizabeth joined Topa in 2012 as Senior Property Manager initially responsible for Topa’s 220,000 square foot retail portfolio in Westwood and later promoted to additionally manage the operations of Topa's Class A portfolio in Century City and Beverly Hills, CA representing a combined 1.2 million square feet. In addition, Elizabeth represents Topa's interests as an active member of both the Century City and Westwood Business Improvement Districts and is reponsible for the implementation of Topa's value-added retail and merchandising strategy in Westwood.
Elizabeth has held senior management positions with CIM Group, The Irvine Company and RREEF before joining Topa and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and is an active member of BOMA.