CGF founders and team members are qualified experts in the fields of real estate development, finance, economics, and law. With decades of experience in each of these fields, our team understands that collaboration is the key to successful job-creating development. We venture with public agencies, redevelopment agencies, and private sector entities to identify the best development solution and use a collective approach to generate projects that bridge the desires of the given region and our investors. Our team has maintained an exceptional track record of achieving sustainable development, which ultimately leads to permanent job creation.
Mr. Kosmont is a Principal of the California Golden Fund. He has an extensive track record as a public/private real estate advisor and developer, with expertise in creating and managing real estate transactions, government approvals, negotiations, financing, and project implementation for deals exceeding $10 billion. Mr. Kosmont has managed several projects ranging from large-scale economic development to site-specific real estate strategies. Mr. Kosmont also created the Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey, which is now recognized as the industry standard for comparing city taxes and economic incentives for businesses seeking to relocate or expand. Mr. Kosmont graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a Masters in Public Administration and holds a B.A. in Political Science/Economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa distinction. Mr. Kosmont is a Licensed Broker, State of California (#01770428). He is also a registered Municipal Advisor with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Mr. Curtis is a principal of the California Golden Fund. Mr. Curtis’ professional experience includes 25 years of business and legal experience in the corporate, real estate and land use areas. He has represented owners, managers, investors, pension fund advisors, banks and other lenders, businesses and developers primarily in corporate and transactional and administrative real estate matters, including with respect to the ownership, management, financing and development of hotels, master planned communities, new and existing entertainment venues and commercial and industrial properties. Mr. Curtis was a Partner with Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton LLP, where he was the Practice Group Leader for the Real Estate and Land Use Group; and he also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a large private real estate holding company. Mr. Curtis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also graduated Cum Laude from Loyola Law School.
Ms. Macy Leung is an Executive Vice President at the California Golden Fund. Previously, she worked with private and public clients in asset valuation, conducted market feasibility studies, compiled economic reports, and conducted architectural project management. Ms. Leung has worked as an economist at a consulting firm at Economics Research Associates, focusing on government and public/partnership projects. Internationally, Ms. Leung served as a development associate at Shui On Land managing a $3.2 billion mixed-use development project in Chongqing, and worked as an analyst at a real estate asset management firm focusing on distressed assets in the US and Asia. Ms. Leung is a graduate of Harvard University with a Masters in Real Estate Finance and Development focusing on Urbanization and Housing. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of California Santa Barbara and a Masters in Architecture from Iowa State University. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for ULI Young Leaders in Los Angeles and is an active board member of International Green Shield.
Mr. Ryan Aubry, LEED, Senior Vice President with Kosmont Companies, has over ten years experience in the detailed analysis of real estate finance, economics and development. He has worked with governmental organizations on planning and development issues relating to infill development, as well as with private developers. He has worked closely with the City of Los Angeles Planning Department, the County of Los Angeles Planning Department, and the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Recently he served as a project manager for a development firm focusing on workforce housing in the City of Los Angeles, where he was involved in the development of nine infill condominium and town home projects as well as assisting with acquisition strategies. Mr. Aubry has been involved in the underwriting of many property types including multifamily apartments, retail malls, urban hotels, and residential development. He is adept in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He holds a Master’s in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California, as well as a Masters degree in Geography from the University of California Santa Barbara. Mr. Aubry is a member of the Urban Land Institute. He is also a registered Municipal Advisor with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Mr. Joseph Dieguez is a Vice President with Kosmont Companies, serving clients primarily through market and financial analyses, project due diligence, government management services and marketing efforts. Mr. Dieguez has served as a senior analyst at a real estate investment, development and finance firm and as an analyst at a financial services management consulting firm, responsible for industry, market, portfolio and property-level research and analysis, negotiations and transaction execution support. He was previously an assistant project manager at a construction management firm, where he assisted with RFQ/P development and project implementation. Mr. Dieguez graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a Real Estate Salesperson licensed by the State of California Department of Real Estate.
Mr. Josh Kreger is a Project Analyst with Kosmont Companies where he focuses on real estate, market studies, land use, economics research and analysis, as well as marketing activities. Prior to joining Kosmont Companies, Mr. Kreger worked for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning where he researched and analyzed zoning code processes and procedures and worked on staff reports related to CRA dissolution, code compliance and RFPs. Prior to the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Kreger worked as a real estate agent in downtown San Diego specializing in residential properties.
Mr Kreger’s background includes experience in analyzing complex issues, negotiation, and market analysis. Mr. Kreger holds a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Maryland. He is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson, California Department of Real Estate.
Mrs. Vargas is a Vice President of Legal Affairs for California Golden Fund. Mrs. Vargas’ professional experience includes 10 years of experience working in the legal department of Homes Savings of America, FSB and over 15 years of legal experience in the corporate and real estate areas. She has extensive experience as a senior real estate paralegal in all aspects of real estate acquisitions and dispositions and served as a senior real estate paralegal for a large private homebuilder, land developer and commercial real estate company, handling all aspects of complex commercial, land and residential real estate transactions. She has been responsible for the review, analysis and processing of due diligence and entitlement documents for numerous acquisition transactions from inception through closing. Mrs. Vargas received her Certificate of Paralegal Studies from the University of La Verne in 1997.
Gary Melman has over 15 years of investment experience in institutional real estate EB-5 consulting. Working as Chief Investment Officer, Investment Manager and Vice President, with such companies as Horus Capital, Moscow, JP Morgan, New York, TIAA-CREF New York, American Realty Advisors, Los Angeles, and Pacific Coast Capital Partners, Los Angeles, Mr. Melman focused on acquisitions, financing, asset management and dispositions of institutional real estate investments with a gross asset value of $3.5 billion, totaling 23 million square feet of commercial space and 4,865 residential units. Mr. Melman has a diverse national, regional and international commercial real estate finance and investment background in core, value-added, and opportunistic equity and debt investments. Notable projects include Hercules Campus at Playa Vista, a 520,000 sq.ft. redevelopment of former Hughes Aviation headquarters in Los Angeles, 15.6 million sq. ft. CalWest Industrial Prortfolio throughout U.S., development of the Waterside Center 305,000 sq.ft office complex in Ontario, CA, and oversight of the $600 million Horus Capital portfolio in Moscow. Mr. Melman earned a Master of Business Administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University.