Ramin Kolahi, PE
Starting his real estate career in the beginning of the early 1990s, Ramin brings over 15 years of experience from almost every aspect of real estate. From consulting to construction to lending to ownership, Ramin brings a uniquely diverse point of view. Having directly worked on over $400M of real estate transactions, $250M of which was as a principal, his breadth and depth adds operational value to multiple real estate product types.
Formed in early 2009, in the heart of the worst recession in a generation, Lighthouse Investments, LLC is the culmination of Ramin’s many years to bring those lessons and skills learned early and developed over time to any real estate opportunity. Using time tested values of traditional real estate investment coupled with innovative methods of management, Ramin helps investors, owners, lenders and real estate stakeholders ideas that provide both short term value and long term record.
Most recently, Ramin was Senior Vice President of a privately held, national real estate investment and development company. Ramin helped grow the company from one office with two projects to four offices and over fifteen projects at any one time. Ranging from multifamily residential to marinas to mixed use and hospitality, Ramin was responsible for all aspects of development and management of all senior executives. Prior to that, Ramin was Vice President of Development for a privately held investment company and was charged to develop its excess land holdings. Additionally, Ramin was asked to work on various hospitality acquisitions shortly after the recessions of early 2000. Previously serving as Assistant Vice President of Construction Loans at a two branch community bank that continues as top five most profitable, LA County based banks (on return on assets and equity) learned prudent lending matters with the challenges of lenders in both origination, servicing and management of performing and non-performing assets. Starting in environmental consulting, Ramin quickly developed partners and formed a brownfields development company to take advantage of value added stigma for infill projects years before infill was easily accessed by lenders and major developers.
A licensed civil engineer and contractor, Ramin has worked in the ditches and behind the desk providing practical and innovative solutions to every real estate deal. Ramin is active in ULI, serving as co-chair of ULI-LA’s inaugural TOD Committee and on ULI-LA’s Program Committee, he also sits as Board member of Bel Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council and was previously a member of the National Brownfields Association.
Timothy Lefevre is a third generation General Contractor in Los Angeles. His family’s contribution to the built environment of the city includes classic churches and other institutional buildings. Many, such as Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and the Serra Retreat House in Malibu, are prime examples of the southern California regional style with its roots in Mission architecture and Hollywood film imagery. In the last fifteen years Lefevre has revisited this recent past with award winning courtyard housing projects like 7 Fountains in West Hollywood and the Vista Del Arroyo Bungalows in Pasadena.
Ali joins Lighthouse as an Analyst Intern while completing his coursework in Economics at UCLA. Ali previously did financial analysis for a Turkish plastic manufacturing company. Ali also ranked 2nd among 1.5 million college entrance exam applicants.