John G. Combs
John Combs is Founder and Principal of RiverRock Real Estate Group, Inc., a West Coast-based commercial real estate service firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California. He also is Founder and Principal of C&C RiverRock Newmark, a joint venture between RiverRock Real Estate Group and Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank headquartered in San Francisco California. RiverRock services over 20 million square feet of office, industrial and retail properties throughout California and Arizona from 20 offices.
John formed RiverRock in response to a market-driven need for a more client-centric property service model. RiverRock is based on innovative, client-focused standards for operational efficiency, customer service, fee structure, outsourcing, personnel and training.
Prior to launching RiverRock, John served as COO of Insignia/ESG for the Americas and Asia. He was also the President of U. S. Property Services for Insignia/ESG, Inc. John was responsible for all regional offices and service lines of an approximately 300-million-square-foot portfolio of office, industrial and retail properties. John was also a member of the Executive, Financial, and Strategic Planning committees for Insignia/ESG.
Prior to leading that company’s national property services, John was Chief Executive Officer of O'Donnell Property Services, Inc (OPSI), which Insignia later purchased. OPSI was a real estate service company for 24-million-square-feet of properties in California. He had previously served as President of OPSI since its formation in 1990. Before that, he was Vice President in charge of property management for Vantage’s North Dallas Division overseeing 6-million-square-feet.
John holds a Master’s degree in Business from the University of Dallas and a Bachelor’s degree in real estate from Southern Methodist University. He is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) ® and holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license. John was the 1994 President of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) in Orange County, which is one of the largest and most active chapters in the country and is the only IREM-OC President to have received the National Gold Award for Best Large Chapter in the Country. He won CPM® of the Year in 2009 awarded by the Orange County Chapter.
John serves as a member of BOMA Orange County’s Advisory Board and was the recipient of BOMA Orange County’s “Professional of the Year” Award for 2003. He is also a member of the California Receivers Forum. John joined the Board of BOMA San Francisco in 2012. He resides in Laguna Beach and San Francisco. John is a frequent speaker and author on real estate-related topics. He is the father of Brittney (25), Clay (21) and Tanner (16).
CA License #01022259
Steve Core is President with C&C RiverRock Newmark, a West Coast-based commercial real estate management firm. Steve brings more than 26 years of experience in property and facility management to the company. He is a senior-level results driven professional with extensive accomplishments in the property management industry.
Prior to joining Cornish & Carey RiverRock, Steve was Director of Property Management at CB Richard Ellis (formerly Insignia/ESG), where he was responsible for overseeing property management operations of a 7 million square foot office, industrial and retail portfolio throughout Northern and Southern California. Steve represented CB/Insignia on high profile clients such as Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, Archon Group, LaSalle Partners, Pacific Mutual, Property Reserve, Inc., The RREEF Funds and The Irvine Company. Additionally, he served as the National Account Executive on both the California Public Employee Retirement System and Meridian Industrial Trust accounts.
With a strong operational background, Steve has worked to expand C&C RiverRock Newmark throughout the Western Region, contributing to the firm’s 20 million square feet of growth. As a veteran of institutional ownerships, Steve has in-depth, working knowledge of the financial reporting, staff supervision and training and strategic planning required for high profile assignments. In addition to his daily operational oversight responsibilities, Steve also interfaces directly with clients coordinating pre-acquisition diligence efforts, special consulting assignments and overseeing all property transitions. Steve offers an extensive background in customer service, business plan preparation, lease administration, quality assurance and financial analysis.
Steve's past experience includes serving as Group Manager at Prentiss Properties for the company's Los Angeles industrial division, overseeing the management operations and marketing efforts of a 6 million square foot industrial portfolio. As an Irvine Company employee Steve worked in the company's residential division overseeing several high-end apartment communities.
Steve holds the Certified Property Manager® designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management and has a California Real Estate License. He is a long-time California resident and resides in Orange County with his wife and 4 children.
CA License #01117096
Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Ken Kruis is Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer with C&C RiverRock Newmark. Ken is a financial management professional with over 15 years experience with an emphasis in real estate. Ken has a successful track record of delivering accounting and financial solutions, driving profitability, controlling costs and enhancing efficiency. In his position Ken is responsible for all corporate accounting and financial management for RiverRock.
Prior to joining C&C RiverRock Newmark, Ken was Assistant Controller at Western National Group, where he was responsible for monthly financial reporting of a $130 million real estate portfolio. This portfolio was comprised of over 90 projects with a total of 174 properties.
Ken’s experience includes that of Assistant Controller with Donahue Schriber, a national property management company. He was a Senior Accountant with Insignia/ESG, a national property management company where he was responsible for preparing monthly investor reports and financial statements for The Irvine Company (TIC), a multi-million dollar owner/developer of over 130 commercial properties. Ken also served as a Portfolio Accountant with Legacy Partners (formerly Lincoln Property Company) in Irvine, California. Prior to Legacy, Ken was a member of the United States Air Force where he held the positions of Staff Accountant, Accounts Payable Supervisor and Accounts Payable Lead stationed in Los Angeles and Saudi Arabia.
Ken is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in real estate finance from California State University, Fullerton.
Executive Vice President, Northern California
Anne Hinz is EVP in charge of running the 8 million square feet of properties and staff in Northern California. She joined C&C RiverRock Newmark from Paramount Group Inc. where she was the Area Asset Manager for the West Coast. In this role, she worked directly with the Senior VP of Leasing and the outsourced brokerage teams to analyze, approve and negotiate leases at One Market Plaza, a trophy Class A, 1.6 million square foot office building. Additionally she was responsible for the overall operations at the building and associated off-site garage, a prime development site. She has an extensive background in budget and business plan preparation and was also directly responsible for all construction management supervision. Anne was also a key member of the acquisition team that toured and analyzed potential purchases in the SF market during PGI planned expansion on the West Coast.
• During tenure, occupancy has increased from 85% to 95%.
• Over the last three years, team has leased approximately 300,000 sf per year, leading the San Francisco
market in absorption and rental rate growth.
• Directly interfaced with and supported tax appeal consultants on multi-million dollar change in assessment with
associated refunds, tenant dialogue and adjustments.
• Coordinated response and tenant communication after hazardous materials release.
• Completed remediation and insurance claim totaling over $1 million.
• Awarded PGI Highest Achievement Building Award in 2011.
From 2002-2006, Anne oversaw a large portfolio for Cushman & Wakefield, where she was promoted to City Lead/Branch Director for the San Francisco region in 2007. C&W’s portfolio consisted of 18 million square feet of office, industrial and retail properties.
Anne attended Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland with an emphasis in Business and Accounting. She holds the CPM® designation, was the President of BOMA-San Francisco in 2011, and she currently serves on the Board for BOMA San Francisco. Anne also holds a current California Real Estate License.
CA License #1293264
Vice President – Construction Management
Michael Valentine is Executive Vice President of Construction Management with C&C RiverRock Newmark, a West Coast-based commercial real estate management and leasing firm. Michael brings 28 years experience in the construction industry to his role overseeing RiverRock’s construction management projects for Southern California.
Before joining C&C RiverRock Newmark, Michael was Vice President of Construction for TBI Construction / Red Mountain Retail Group. In this position he managed the construction team on multiple projects in four states. He served as a corporate officer and RMO for TBI Construction.
Prior to TBI, Michael started his own construction company, DMK Incorporated, in 1991 which later merged with Snyder Langston in December of 2003. DMK built nearly 6 million square feet of commercial buildings and tenant improvements in Southern California and achieved a ranking of 62 out of the top contractors in California in Construction Link Magazine for 2002.
Michael has also held construction project management positions at Hedley Builders in Newport Beach, Century American in Laguna Hills and Lyle Parks Jr., Inc. in Anaheim.
Some of Michael’s past major projects include Main Street Medical Buildings in Orange (two 40,000 square foot buildings and parking structure), Vons, Foodsco, Heritage Springs Office Buildings, Pacific Western National Bank in Brea, Home Depot Expo stores, Houdini Inc. (300,000 square foot cold storage, assembly and distribution), Marina Waterside Shopping Center renovation ($7 million renovation) and numerous shopping centers and business parks throughout Southern California.
Michael has overseen the management of over $77 million in construction projects. These projects included capital projects such as parking lot renovations, rooftop HVAC replacement, chiller plant replacement, roof replacement, lighting retrofits, bathroom renovations, lobby renovations, ADA improvements, elevator cab interiors, waterproofing, remediation, energy retrofit, exterior finishes and landscape renovations; and tenant Improvements – laboratory, class A, office, retail, industrial, and medical.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a past Board of Directors member for Goodwill Industries of California, where he served for twelve years and previously held the position of Chairman of the Board. He currently serves on the Strategic Planning Committee of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.
Senior Property Manager
Mary Artery is a Property Manager with C&C RiverRock Newmark. Mary joined C&C RiverRock Newmark in 2010 and brings to the company 16 years experience in commercial property management and corporate facility management. She is directly responsible for all aspects of property management for a 1.1 million square foot portfolio consisting of industrial, R&D flex and office assets located throughout Silicon Valley.
Prior to joining the C&C RiverRock Newmark team, Mary was a Property Manager for Borelli Investment Company where she was responsible for management, leasing and construction management for approximately 500,000 square feet of multi-tenant office and industrial buildings. During her 7 years at Borelli, Mary also worked as project manager and leasing agent on a highly successful $2.5 million renovation and conversion of a two-story office building into office condominiums for sale. Mary was instrumental in every phase of the conversion project, from construction management to sales of all 40 condominium units.
Mary has also held positions in Inside Sales, and has worked as Lease Administrator and Facilities Coordinator in corporate facilities at Bay Area high tech companies; AltaVista, Compaq Computers, Digital Equipment and Hitachi.
Mary holds a California Real Estate Salesperson License.
CA License #01387930
Nancy Dodson, CPM®
Nancy is a Property Manager with C&C RiverRock Newmark, based in Santa Clara. She is currently managing a portfolio of office buildings in Santa Clara and light industrial in South San Francisco. She has over 30 years experience in facilities, property and asset management in addition to project management and office leasing.
Prior to joining C&C RiverRock Newmark she was a senior property and asset manager for MCC Realty Group, managing a high-rise in San Francisco and earlier a portfolio of Class A buildings for a real estate investor throughout the Bay Area and Sacramento. She also worked in Corporate Real Estate for Union Bank for 25 years overseeing a 1.8 million sq.ft. portfolio of office and retail located in Northern California, Oregon and Washington and internationally.
Nancy has been a CPM since 1986 and holds a current California real estate license.
CA License #01490219
Michelle L. Goudeaux
Senior Property Manager
Michelle L. Goudeaux is a Senior Property Manager, Northern California with C&C RiverRock Newmark. Michelle brings over 16 years of experience in property management to the C&C RiverRock Newmark team. She is directly responsible for management of a 3.2 million square foot portfolio. Her portfolio consists of office industrial assets located throughout the bay area, East Bay, Peninsula, Stockton, and the Silicon Valley areas.
Prior to joining C&C RiverRock Newmark, Michelle was a Senior Property Manager with PS Business Parks, Inc. where she managed multi-tenant flex, office space and industrial R&D.
In 2003, Michelle Co-managed Redstone Real Estate where she was responsible for obtaining and maintaining management of office, warehouse and retail, multi-tenant residential located in San Jose, Central Valley, and Fresno. Prior to her career with Redstone Real Estate, she worked as a Property Manager where she served for four years with Lincoln Property Company on projects throughout the Northern California.
Michelle attended University of Phoenix with studies focused on Business Management and Administration.
Michelle holds a valid California Broker License.
CA License #0128146
Senior Property Manager
Wilma Vanson is a Senior Property Manager/Portfolio Manager with C&C RiverRock Newmark. Wilma brings over 24 years of commercial property management experience to C&C RiverRock team.
Prior to joining C&C RiverRock Newmark, Wilma was a Senior Property Manager for CBRE, where she managed real estate portfolios for high profile privately held real estate firms; managed REIT portfolio serving the biotechnology R & D industry (1.9M square feet) and managed the California portfolio of buildings for a privately owned, independent money management firm offering global equity management for high net worth individuals and institutional clients.
Wilma was recognized and honored as CBRE’s Property Manager of the Year for her Tenant Retention Program and her numerous cost savings/sustainability programs that she initiated during her tenure.
In 2000, Wilma joined Cushman & Wakefield as a General Manager overseeing 464,502 sf of Class A office space in South San Francisco. There, again, she was awarded Cushman and Wakefield’s Manager of the Year award during her first year with the global management company. During her six year assignment, Wilma project managed building improvement projects consisting of lobby renovation, installation of new energy management systems, restoration of exterior façade; reviewed and construction managed build out of new restaurant. All along continually reviewing and improving operational efficiencies thereby resulting in consistently lower operating expenses compared to comparable buildings surveyed by BOMA.
Before joining C&W, Wilma was a Property Manager for Kennedy-Wilson Properties/Jones Lang Wootton California where she managed a historical mixed-use building located on the San Francisco waterfront and oversaw various capital improvement projects – including but not limited to elevator lobby modernization, build out of common area hallways, ADA compliant restrooms and partnered with City officials to close out approximately 70 open building permits. Wilma also managed 650 Townsend Center, a 658,000 retail use building, that was undergoing a conversion from a retail building to full commercial office use building.
Wilma attended San Francisco State University with studies focused on Business Management and Computer Science. She is an active member of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Association of Commercial Real Estate (ACREM). Wilma is a certified RPA ®(Real Property Administrator) and FMA® (Facilities Management Administrator).
CA License #01039646
Helen Kaslin, RPA®
Helen Kaslin, Property Manager, has been active in the commercial real estate industry since 1997. Helen’s current assignment, Dublin Corporate Center in Dublin, consists of three Class A office buildings totaling 441,000 square feet. She is responsible for all tenant relations efforts, staff supervision and training, vendor bidding and compliance, business plan preparation, CAM analysis, and financial reporting.
Prior to her current assignment, she managed The Waterfront in Alameda, which consists of six Class A office buildings totaling 385,000 square feet. There she managed tenant improvement projects of up to 50,000 square feet. As a suburban office product specialist, Helen has spent the majority of her career in the Tri-Valley and East Bay markets. She has played a key role in driving sustainability efforts and achieved the Energy Star certification within her former portfolio. She also led the initiative to install electric vehicle charging stations, solar entry fans, water efficient fixtures, smart irrigation systems, and waste reduction/recycling programs. In 2012 her program diverted 57% of building waste from landfills.
Prior to her assignment at The Waterfront, she managed multiple portfolios consisting of office, retail, and multi-family product. Additionally, she served as the contract administrator for Safeway Inc., overseeing the operations of over ninety properties while maintaining an accounts receivable balance of less than 1%. Prior to her experience at Safeway, Helen was a Lead Instructor at the Property Management Training Institute where she taught Real Estate Principles and computer applications including Microsoft Office and Yardi.
Helen is an active member of BOMA and is currently serving on the Board of Directors. She co-chairs the Programs and Education Committee and previously served on the Environmental Committee. She holds the Real Property Administrator (RPA®) designation from BOMA and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker. Helen is a graduate of California State University East Bay and resides in Dublin, California with her family
CA License #01175178