Brett Shaves, a Principal and Co-Founder of Urban Village, has over 20 years of real estate experience covering corporate real estate, development, finance and syndication encompassing all product types. Over the last decade Brett has specialized on syndications, entitlements, and development for residential, condo, and multi-family projects in the Western US, completing over $80 million in transactions as a principal, specifically in California, Nevada, Montana and Hawaii.
From 1996 – 1999 Brett was involved with the divestiture of over $400 million in real estate through a Citicorp funding program as a Director of Real Estate for Chevron and negotiated and acquired over 100 franchise and supply contracts encompassing FTC and merger implications.
From 1999 – 2008 Brett was the President of Pacific Coast Development, a California based real estate development company that focused on West Coast and Hawaii “for sale” product, primarily condo and single-family subdivisions. During this time, Brett successfully acquired, entitled and developed 13 projects as well as owned and operated an office building in Newport Beach.
From 2008 – 2011 Brett provided international development consulting for a range of clients on projects including a master planned community in Hoi An, Vietnam, a resort in Phan Thiet, Vietnam and a hospital complex in Ho Chi Minh City. Brett is also the President of Emerald Pacific Corp, a California based General Contractor that focuses on commercial tenant improvements for fortune 500 companies.
Brett graduated from UCLA, Sigma Chi, resides in Newport Beach with his wife and children and is an active member of St. Andrew’s Church. Brett was appointed to the General Plan Committee, City of Newport Beach in 2002 and has been a member of ULI, BIA and ICSC.
Joshua P. Host, a Principal and CO-Founder of Urban Village, Joshua P. Host, a Principal and CO-Founder of Urban Village, has purchased, positioned and sold over $119 million in real estate investments and development projects.
In the first part of the decade Joshua worked as a broker for a California based broker dealer holding his Series 22 and 63 licenses raising capital for private placements in a variety of industries including real estate. In addition to capital raises Joshua held a California Sales Person license and raised debt for developers, and investors.
In 2005 Joshua started a real estate company that focused on repositioning distressed assets and was named one of the fastest growing private companies in Orange County in 2008/2009.
In 2008 Joshua created a Community Home Ownership Program which offered over 500 redeveloped homes nationwide to low income families with seller financing for less than they pay in rent. The program required the creation of rigorous processes covering due diligence, transactions management, sales, construction management, quality control and post sale services to complete the client life cycle. The program was featured on Fox News, ABC, NBC and multiple newspapers and radio stations.
Joshua is a member of the Young Leaders Group (YLG) at the Orange County Urban Land Institute and is currently completing his MBA at Pepperdine University. Joshua resides in Laguna Niguel with his wife and two young children.
Grant McPhail is the Managing Partner of Urban Village Capital, with over 40 plus years of experience, primarily in real estate, that encompassed activity in Canada, United States, Micronesia and New Zealand. Mr. McPhail has a proven expertise in project management, marketing, sales, finance and development. Over the years, Mr. McPhail has developed, marketed and/or constructed over $600 million in real estate projects.
In the late 1960’s, as Vice President of an investment company in Alberta, Canada, Mr. McPhail was part of a team that pioneered the use of limited partnerships as real estate investment vehicles in Canada.
In the 1970’s, Mr. McPhail and a partner formed Liberty Investments, a development company specializing in multifamily and land development, primarily in Western Canada. Projects included condominium conversions in Edmonton, construction of multifamily rental and condominiums in both Edmonton and Calgary and development of residential and industrial subdivisions throughout the province and Washington State. Liberty Investments was involved in over $200 million of projects in Alberta, British Columbia, Washington and Arizona between 1974 and 1982.
In the 1992, Mr. McPhail contracted full time with Samoth Capital Corporation, a Canadian public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange with its Head Office in Vancouver BC Canada. The company’s primary business was bridge lending to real estate developers in the USA.
Mr. McPhail’s role was a trouble shooter for the company’s problem projects and included financial restructuring, construction completion, entitlement completion and sales of various projects including housing developments in San Antonio, Texas, a failed syndicated portfolio of several hundred multi family suites in San Diego, California, which he converted several of the projects to condominiums and sold others as rental properties, and restructuring a portfolio of eight hotels in Orlando, Florida and San Antonio, Texas, which were severely financially impacted after 9/11.
In 1998, Mr. McPhail formed Wellington USA LLC and has been engaged in selective condominium conversions and land development with private investors in California and Mississippi and Alabama.
John Savage, Managing Partner at Urban Village Hospitality, has been involved in the hotel industry for over thirty years. For his first two decades in the business John worked with leading hospitality companies, gaining in depth, hands on experience developing and operating a variety of hotel products. Then in 1997, John went on to co-found Pacific Hospitality Group, LLC and serve as the President and Chief Operating Officer. During this time John developed, built and managed three full service hotels in Orange County California. These included the 384 room Crowne Plaza Hotel in Garden Grove, the 252 room Double Tree Hotel in the Irvine Spectrum® and the 253 room Double Tree Hotel Orange County Airport. John was responsible for all facets of these projects, including entitlement, brand selection, design, consultant and contractor selection and supervision, hiring, training and directing operations staff and the negotiation of all contracts pertaining to the projects.
John’s development achievements were recognized in 2001 when Pacific Hospitality Group, LLC, was awarded Hilton Hotels Developer of the Year Award for the development of the DoubleTree Hotel Orange County Airport, as well being awarded Intercontinental Hotels Group Crowne Plaza of the Year for the development of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Garden Grove.
In addition to the three full service hotels mentioned above, John has managed both full service and limited service hotels in a number of other states, including, but not limited to the Double Tree Club Hotel LAX and the Ramada Plaza Hotel LAX, both in El Segundo, CA.
Since 2003 John has performed a variety of consulting services for hospitality and advertising projects throughout California and the United Kingdom. John also performed consulting services regarding the design, construction and space planning of the Double Tree Guest Suites in Anaheim, California, which was also awarded the Hilton Hotels Developer of the Year Award.
John resides in Irvine, California with his wife Jeannie and their seven year old daughter, Madison.
Jared Riemer is a Development Manager with Urban Village, focused on the acquisition and entitlement of mixed use property in Southern California. During the span of his career Jared has covered varied aspects of acquisition and entitlement in government and private developer roles.
After completing his BA at San Diego State University Jared was in the Urban Design Division with the city of San Diego assisting with the update of community plans in accordance with San Diego’s General Plan. Jared went on to work with privately held development companies covering the leasing, acquisition and development of affordable and market rate multi-family projects. Currently Jared is completing his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of California, Irvine.
Jared is also an active member in the Orange County Chapter of the Urban Land Institute. He currently serves as a representative to the Place Making Initiative Council and is also a member of the Young Leaders Group.
Vincent M. Ciccone
Vincent Ciccone is an Development Associate for Urban Village, focusing mainly on the greater Los Angeles region and bringing his strong knowledge of the city’s metropolitan sub-markets. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business where his studies centered on the intersection of finance, real estate, and law.
Prior to working at Urban Village, Vincent completed internships in the Executive Office of California State Controller John Chiang and with Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG).
Vincent is a CCIM candidate and a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders and Legislative Affairs Groups. He possesses a real estate broker license in the state of California.
Dominic Mazza is an Development Associate for Urban Village, covering greater Los Angeles and Orange County. After earning a BSBA in Economics from the University of Miami, Dominic completed an internship for the City of Anaheim, assisting the Planning Department simplify their zoning code. Dominic then worked as a runner for a brokerage firm that covers sales and leasing of commercial properties throughout Southern California.
Dominic went on to complete his Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of California, Irvine where he focused on housing issues related to vulnerable populations. In pursuing interests in housing policies Dominic came joined the New Communities Initiative in Washington, DC, which sought to bring development to economically disadvantaged communities in the District of Columbia.
Most recently, Dominic worked as a multifamily researcher for CoStar Group where he tracked market conditions nationwide as well as the development pipeline for Southern California.
He is an active member in the Orange County chapters of the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association.
Ragnar Ahman is an Associate with Urban Village and four years of broad real estate experience. His current focus with Urban Village is acquisition and development of residential subdivisions in San Diego.
After completing a Masters in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, Ragnar worked as an Investment Consultant analyzing distressed notes and FDIC loan pools. Next he became involved with trustee sales; buying, renovating, and selling single family homes. Most recently Ragnar was a Project Manager for an age restricted condo development consisting of seven existing units and 72 lots.
Ragnar is fluent in Spanish and holds a Real Estate and a General Contractor’s license.