Frank T. Suryan, Jr. is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lyon Communities, recognized as one of the largest and most respected privately held multi-family real estate companies in Southern California.
Established in 1988, Lyon Communities has acquired more than 21,000 units in California, Colorado, Florida and Georgia with assets approaching $2 billion. Initially a successful asset management company, Lyon Communities has also developed and renovated approximately 12,500 units ranging from Type 1 construction to high density podium and wrap buildings and on-grade walk up units. The company offers residents a wide variety of amenities, unparalleled customer service and some of the finest and most innovative rental living experiences in the country. More >
Mr. Suryan is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the California Housing Council, and was actively involved in the formation of the South Coast Apartment Association, where he also served on the Board of Directors. A former Board and Executive Committee member of National Water & Power, Mr. Suryan is a current member of both the National Multi-Housing Council and the California Apartment Association.
His community involvement includes a commitment to education and working with underprivileged children. Mr. Suryan is a Board and Executive Committee member with Orangewood Children's Foundation, and is a Board member with the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor, where he is actively involved with their capital/endowment campaign.
Mr. Suryan is a Board member at Mater Dei High School with a major role in the school's long-range planning and capital campaign. Additionally, he is a member of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange Finance Board.
Mr. Suryan is a graduate of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he serves on the Board of Leaders. In 2009, Mr. Suryan received the prestigious USC Leventhal School of Accounting Distinguished Alumnus Award and was inducted into the Mater Dei Ring of Honor.
Michael A. Barmettler is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Lyon Communities. Mr. Barmettler is responsible for all of the legal, regulatory and risk management affairs of Lyon Communities and its respective real estate assets. Mr. Barmettler’s responsibilities include structuring Lyon Communities’ real estate transactions, managing all litigation, and serving as a primary liaison to Lyon Communities’ institutional partners, stockholders, and lenders.
Before he joined Lyon Communities, Mr. Barmettler served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of NWP Services Corporation, a leader in multifamily utility and rent billing, electronic payment services and sub-metering systems. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and General Counsel of Aqueduct, Inc., the leading provider of outsourced sell-side e-commerce services to brand name product manufacturers. More >
Mr. Barmettler has practiced law at two highly respected and prestigious firms, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. He began his legal career as a judicial clerk to the Honorable C. Thomas White, Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court.
Mr. Barmettler earned his Juris Doctorate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Peter D. Zak is Senior Vice President of Community Development and Capital Ventures for Lyon Communities, where he utilizes his extensive expertise in project management and entitlement amassed during his fifteen-year career in California real estate acquisition, development and capital market investment strategies.
Mr. Zak joined Lyon Communities from the Irvine Company, where he served as Director of Development with the company's community development division, Irvine Community Development Company. During his tenure, he was involved in all aspects of the development of some of The Irvine Ranch's most prestigious communities, including Orange County's premier golf community, Shady Canyon, Quail Hill, Pacific Ridge and the multiple-award-winning community of Woodbury. More >
During his tenure with Lyon Communities, Mr. Zak has been involved with the re-entitlement, redevelopment, acquisition and capitalization of more than 5,000 units. In addition, he negotiated a lease extension and secured entitlement approvals in Los Angeles County for a major Class A waterfront property located in Marina del Rey.
Mr. Zak has experience as an auditor for Ernst & Young Kenneth Levanthal, where he provided a breadth of financial services to a number of real estate companies, including Irvine Apartment Communities, William Lyon Homes, Sunstone Hotels and Institutional Housing Partners.
His community involvement includes serving as a member at the Central Orange Coast YMCA, which provides programs for families in the Orange County area. Mr. Zak is a longtime supporter of the Norbertine Fathers of Orange County, and volunteers with the Juvenile Detention Ministry mentoring and counseling at-risk youths at the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
Mr. Zak is a graduate of Villanova University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Minor in Finance.
John E. Townsend is Senior Vice President of Construction for Lyon Communities. In this role, he oversees all construction activity in the Lyon Communities multi-family portfolio in California, Colorado, Atlanta and Florida.
Before joining Lyon Communities, Mr. Townsend served as the Vice President of Construction at Western National Contractors. During that time, his group helped develop, pre-plan and construct more than 4,800 four-story over concrete parking apartment units, and more than 800 three-story walk-up units. Additionally, he managed the renovation of more than 2,000 apartments as well. More >
As the Vice President of Construction for Avalon Bay Communities, Mr. Townsend managed the firm’s Southern California office and provided pre-construction services to their Northern California office. With Avalon Bay, he built more than 1,000 units of podium, wrap with four-story wood and renovations.
Prior to Avalon Bay Communities, Mr. Townsend served as the Vice President of Construction for BRE Properties, Inc. In that role, he was responsible for all construction activities including budgeting, coordinating consultants from predevelopment to building permits and monitoring of construction budgets and schedules. Project types included rehab of existing apartment buildings, and new construction of two- and three-story walk up and four-story over two levels of parking, in addition to the construction of more than 1,500 new units.
Mr. Townsend attended the University of California at Irvine, Orange Coast College and Santa Ana College.
Scott Lanni is Senior Vice President Investment Management of Lyon Communities. Mr. Lanni has over 15 years of commercial and multi-family real estate experience. Scott is responsible for Lyon’s strategic efforts including capital markets, acquisitions and dispositions and joined the company in January, 2013.
Prior to joining Lyon Communities, Mr. Lanni formed and was principal of Lanni Investment Services. LIS was formed in 2010 and offered financial advisory, acquisition and due diligence services focused on office, industrial, retail and multi-family product types. More >
From 2004 through 2010, Lanni led the acquisition and investment efforts for the Irvine Company. Under his leadership, the Company acquired over 10 million square feet of Class A office space and over 1,200 apartment units with a total acquisition value exceeding $5 billion. Acquisition markets included Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
Prior to 2004, Mr. Lanni was the Manager of Development and Acquisitions with The Gale Company in the Western Region office in Irvine, California. He managed the investment of over $100 million on behalf of several major financial institutions including the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund and developed over 450,000 square feet of commercial real estate throughout Southern California.
Lanni earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and also earned his MBA from the University of Southern California including international business courses taken at London Business School in the UK. He is a licensed real estate broker and a member of NAIOP’s Southern California chapter.
James D. Harrison is Senior Vice President of Resident Services and Renovation Operations for Lyon Communities. Mr. Harrison oversees interior and exterior renovation projects and monitors scope, budget and schedules for the portfolio.
He has overseen the renovation of more than 15,000 apartment homes across the portfolio, totaling more than $80 million. Mr. Harrison also monitors service provider performance including service and quality control, and oversees all resident services operations for the company. More >
Mr. Harrison's background includes educational and vocational training at California State University, Fullerton, and the Los Angeles Trade Technical College. His accreditations include a General Contractor Building License, Home Improvement Certification, Asbestos Certification, CPO and HVAC Certification and Electrical/Construction Maintenance.
Michael Rios is Head of Debt, Asset Management and Investor Relations for Lyon Communities and has over 13 years of commercial real estate finance and investment experience. Mr. Rios’ primary responsibilities include the financial structuring of Lyon’s real estate investments and management of Lyon’s retail portfolio.
Prior to joining Lyon Communities in August 2014, Mr Rios served as a Director for Alvarez & Marsal / Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., where he managed over $2.0B of commercial real estate investments, including Lehman’s multifamily assets totaling 50 properties worth $1.5B. More >
Prior to Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Mr. Rios was a member of Credit Suisse’s Real Estate Finance and Securitization Group, a division of Credit Suisse that generated $1B+ in annual revenue There, he served as the primary Asset Manager and Chief Credit Assessor for the Loan Workout / Disposition Team, managing over $1.5B of commercial real estate debt and equity investments across all property types, asset classes and loan structures. Mr. Rios began his career 2001, working in the Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities Division at Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Rios earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Pace University in New York.
Adam Lentz is Vice President of Community Development for Lyon Communities. He is responsible for managing all aspects of development for Lyon Communities' multi-family portfolio in Southern California and Atlanta.
Mr. Lentz joined Lyon Communities from Archstone, where he served as Assistant Vice President with the responsibility for implementing their Arizona development pipeline and pursuing new opportunities in Southern California. While at Archstone, he managed all aspects of development for over 1,200 apartment units in the Phoenix metropolitan area with project budgets in excess of $190 Million. More >
Prior to Archstone, Mr. Lentz co-founded Amphora Energy Systems, a green technology firm that develops, builds, markets and sells advanced energy storage technologies to achieve reduced peak energy usage across a number of sectors, including multi-family development. He began his career as an Analyst with CommonWealth Partners in Los Angeles, and ultimately transitioned to John Laing Homes’ Urban infill and LA/Ventura divisions, where he managed the development of over 650 for-sale units throughout Southern California with project budgets in excess of $360 Million.
A graduate of UCLA, Mr. Lentz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Cynthia H. Eppeldauer is Vice President of Community Development for Lyon Communities. She is responsible for managing all aspects of development for Lyon Communities' multi-family portfolio in Southern California.
Ms. Eppeldauer joined Lyon Communities from Archstone, where she served as a Vice President of Development and managed multi-family projects through the development process in Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles Counties. The project portfolio included 4,700 apartment units, 35,000 square feet of retail for a total investment of $1.3 billion. Her responsibilities included managing a project from land acquisition, due diligence, entitlement, design development, construction and lease-up to project completion. More >
Prior to Archstone, she served as a Project Manager at CLIR Enterprises, Inc., in Irvine, California, where she managed the capital improvements process for a multi-family and limited services hotel property management company. Previously, she was a Business Analyst at American Express TBS Hospitality Consulting Group in Alexandria, Virginia and Manager of Development Administration/Franchise Development for Choice Hotels International in Silver Springs, Maryland.
A graduate of Cornell University, she earned a dual degree Master of Business Administration and Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Heather K. Heartt is Vice President, Risk Management for Lyon Communities. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Economics and Spanish, and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.
Mrs. Heartt gained her initial experience in Risk Management as a Claims Adjuster with Farmers Insurance. In that role she evaluated litigated liability claims, where she regularly interacted with claimant attorneys and negotiated settlements. More >
Since joining Lyon Communities in 2002, Mrs. Heartt has continuously expanded her roles and responsibilities by collaborating with employees and service providers to improve our risk prevention measures. She now oversees the processes and systems that help identify potential liabilities that may impact our business ventures. While doing so she is also responsible for procuring insurance coverage and managing our in-house claims handling programs. She and her team work to ensure timely, cost effective resolution to claims and consistent implementation of our loss prevention programs.
Candace D. Rice is Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer for Lyon Communities, overseeing the accounting and IT departments. Her primary responsibilities include financial accounting and reporting for corporate and property entities, audit, treasury, budgeting and internal controls.
Ms. Rice joined Lyon Communities from ServiceLink (formerly known as LPS, Inc.), where she served as the Business Unit Controller and was responsible for all financial operations for three divisions of the company. More >
Previously, Ms. Rice served as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer for Thompson National Properties, LLC, where she was responsible for the accounting and reporting of more than 170 entities with assets valued at more than $2.4 billion, including 19.2 million square feet of commercial space.
Her community involvement includes serving as a Board Member and past Chief Financial Officer for the Costa Mesa High School Foundation, which provides funding for enhanced educational opportunities at Costa Mesa High and Middle schools.
Ms. Rice earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Chapman University, and she is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of California.
Arash Kashani is Vice President of Acquisitions at Lyon Communities. Mr. Kashani has been in real estate investments for 12 years and has over 9 years of multi-family acquisition experience. He is responsible for Lyon's investment acquisitions nationwide and joined the company in May, 2014.
Prior to joining Lyon Communities, Mr. Kashani was with Equity Residential and RK Properties where he acquired over 4,000 units with a total acquisition value exceeding $800 million. Acquisition markets included CA, NV, AZ, CO, UT and FL. Mr. Kashani earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administrations from the University of Southern California with a concentration in Real Estate Finance.