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.
Prior to launching The Compass Project, Dina was Vice President of Acquisitions at Chartres Lodging Group where she was responsible for sourcing, underwriting, due diligence and financing efforts for off-market and adaptive-reuse acquisition opportunities across the US. While there, she focused on developing specific business plans for each acquisition opportunity to unlock value and streamline operations through capital improvements, branding decisions and the implementation of institutional property and asset management.
Dina was also with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for over seven years, most recently as Senior Director of Acquisitions & Development. She executed on the boutique lifestyle brand strategy by sourcing and evaluating acquisition opportunities on behalf of captive, fully discretionary private equity funds and third-party management opportunities in coordination with institutional and private owners. While at Kimpton, Dina was directly responsible for over $520 million of acquisition and joint venture transactions.
Dina began her career as an investment banker at Bear Stearns in the Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure Group. She has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
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.
Jenny joins Lighthouse as an Analyst Intern while completing coursework in Economics at UCLA. Jenny previously worked in guest relations at Intercontinental Hotel in Hangzhou, China and as an intern at Butterfly Integrated Public Relations. Involved in clubs in UCLA and studying a minor in French as well, Jenny brings her world experience to Lighthouse.