“I grew up surrounded by architecture and construction. I am the son of an old-school contractor who happened to love modern design. I spent my teenage summers working as a laborer at the construction company. Despite being so young, I earned union wages and enjoyed making money on my own. My parents also exposed me to the joy of travel and experiencing other cultures. I was lucky enough to visit many foreign countries and even had an opportunity to live in France for a summer.
From 1978 to 1982 I attended Jesuit High School and made many lasting friendships. My undergraduate college education took me to USC where I studied engineering and business from 1982-1986. I loved everything about my college experience and managed to successfully combine social life and freedom with responsibility and grades. After graduating, I was determined to start my career and my focus was to be a developer.
After a 4-year stint in acquisitions and development for a national developer, I decided to get my MBA and went back to USC in 1990. With two degrees and 4 years of practical field experience, I was ready for the next challenge. In 1991 I moved back home to work with my father buying and developing office buildings throughout Sacramento. This led to starting my own business in 1997 called Heller Pacific Inc, a real estate development company specializing in office, retail and mixed-use development.
In addition to my business pursuits, I made a conscious decision to give back by volunteering my time and resources to the following causes:
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Shriners Hospital
- Crocker Art Museum
- B Street Theater
- Midtown Business Association
- Downtown Partnership
- R Street PBID
I have a lovely wife Evelyn and amazing twin daughters Maya and Marley who I adore. This is my greatest accomplishment!”