Yacoel Properties LLC is owned and managed by Claude L. Yacoel. Claude is a graduate of Stanford University and USC. Since 1994, Claude has focused on retail development. Claude has worked with most of the nation's top retailers and has had the privilege of building in many southern California communities. To learn more about Claude, please see his Biography below.

In 2006, Brian Garrigan joined Yacoel Properties as Director of Development. Brian has an extensive real estate background focused on shopping centers. Like Claude, Brian also earned a masters degree from USC in real estate development. For 5 years Brian worked for Westar Associates leasing new shopping center projects. Most recently, Brian was a Senior Associate with Reza Investment Group, where he specialized in the the sale of shopping centers. Brian now heads up new development for Yacoel Properties. To learn more about Brian, please see his Biography below.

Claude Yacoel
Managing Partner
Yacoel Properties LLC

Yacoel Properties is owned and managed by Claude L. Yacoel. Mr. Yacoel is a graduate of Stanford University where he received degrees in History and Economics. In 1990, Claude earned a Masters Degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. Prior to forming his own real estate company, Claude managed mixed use properties for the Lincoln Property Company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 1994, Claude formed Yacoel Properties LLC, a real estate investment company specializing in the acquisition, renovation, development, and management of shopping centers. Yacoel Properties is a small entrepreneurial company based in Newport Beach, California. Yacoel Properties is proud to have owned and developed projects throughout southern California including in Chula Vista, Brea, Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Ontario, Oceanside, San Clemente, and Westminster.

Claude Yacoel is a dedicated real estate professional who knows that quality development is a partnership with tenants and communities. Claude has created a company that is built on hard work and vision. Claude enjoys the creativity of real estate development and the rewards of transforming underutilized property into vibrant places.

Mr. Yacoel resides in Newport Beach with his wife, Michelle, and their two young daughters. When Claude is not working on real estate deals or playing with his family, he is enjoying the outdoors. Claude’s favorite pastimes are golf, boating, swimming, and skiing.

Brian Garrigan
Director of Development
Yacoel Properties LLC

Brian Garrigan serves as the Director of Development for Yacoel Properties LLC and is responsible for locating new development and re-development opportunities throughout California. Brian has more than seven years of real estate experience and has finalized more than 200 retail leasing/sales transactions, valued in excess of $300 Million. Prior to joining Yacoel Properties, Brian was an investment sales broker at REZA Investment Group specializing in marketing grocery and big box anchored shopping centers. Before joining Reza Investment Group, Brian was responsible for leasing Westar Associates’ shopping center portfolio consisting of more than 10 properties.

Brian received his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University with an emphasis in English and his Master's Degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.

Brian resides in Aliso Viejo with his wife and two children and enjoys surfing, golfing and mountain biking in his spare time.

Jai Lakshman
Project Manager
Yacoel Properties LLC

Jai Lakshman served as Project Manager (2004-2005) for Chula Vista Crossings, a 185,000 s.f. shopping center developed by Yacoel Properties LLC in Chula Vista, California. Jai successfully managed all aspects of entitlement, permitting, construction, and tenant coordination for the multiple national tenants that anchor this project.

Jai’s brings over 25 years of extensive international project management and executive leadership experience in community development, business and philanthropic organizations focusing on economic development, public health, Native arts and culture, and youth education. Jai formerly served as Director for organizations including the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Seva Foundation.

Jai currently owns and operates Wildhorse Properties, LLC, a real Estate Development & Management firm based in Santa Fe, NM, which is dedicated to developing community based mixed –use projects in New Mexico and the Southwest. Jai is also assisting Yacoel Properties to locate and evaluate new development and re-development opportunities in the Southwestern U.S.



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