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Tony has worked with the Bolthouse family for over 35 years. He has been involved in the real estate development business his entire life as an attorney and as an active owner and investor.
Prior to becoming President of Bolthouse Properties, Tony was managing partner of the law firm of Clifford & Brown and served as outside general counsel for Wm. Bolthouse Farms, Inc. In July of 2001, Tony joined Wm. Bolthouse Farms full-time as Vice President and General Counsel while also assuming the responsibility of managing the Bolthouse Family Office. On January 1, 2006, following the sale of Wm. Bolthouse Farms, he became President of Bolthouse Properties. He has also been actively involved in financial and investment management. He serves as a board member and trustee for several private companies.
Tony graduated from University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts and from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific with a Juris Doctor. Tony and his wife, Dayna, have two adult sons.
Bruce returned to Bakersfield to join Bolthouse Properties as Vice President of Development. He relocated from Beijing, China, where he was the project director managing the turnkey development of the Nicklaus Club Beijing. He is responsible for the continued growth and development of Bolthouse Properties.
Bruce has 30 years of experience in the development and construction industry experience, which began with an emphasis in homebuilding within master-planned communities in California. For seven years, he was Senior Vice President at Castle & Cooke responsible for the company’s mainland development operations. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Development for the Nicklaus Companies, facilitating the development of high-end master-planned golf and real estate developments in strategic locations internationally.
Bruce is a California native and graduated from the University of La Verne with a degree in Business and Economics. Bruce and his wife, Nayree, have two adult sons.
Brian has over 20 years of experience in accounting and financial management. His responsibilities include managing and investing company financial resources, accounting and financial reporting, and human resources and benefits.
Prior to joining Bolthouse Properties, Brian served as CFO at Lightspeed Systems and Jim Burke Ford in addition to working in local and national nonprofits. In addition, he spent 12 years with Bolthouse Farms in the Accounting department where he started his career.
Brian has a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from California State University, Bakersfield. He and his wife, Cari, have two children. Brian is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Scott has over 20 years of experience in the investment management industry. Scott will lead Bolthouse’s manager due diligence efforts across asset classes and will partner with Jane Couperus in client relationship management responsibilities. Scott joins Bolthouse from the Cleary Gull Advisors, a division of Johnson Financial Group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was a Portfolio Manager and Director of Fixed Income Strategy. Prior to his tenure at Johnson Bank, Scott spent 13 years at Marshall & Ilsley Investment Management Corp. in Milwaukee (later BMO Private Bank) where he held positions of increasing responsibility in managing private client investment portfolios and relationships. He began his investments career at Strong Capital Management in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Scott is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics, and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.
Scott and his wife Tena enjoy outdoor activities and travel. Their daughter Haley has accepted a position with the Peace Corps, and their son Jared is headed to Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Jane joined Bolthouse Properties and its investment management subsidiary in 2012 with 15 years of experience in the investment management industry. She is responsible for investment manager due diligence, portfolio management, investment research, operations, and client relationship activities.
Prior to joining Bolthouse, Jane spent six years as a Managing Director at Knightsbridge Asset Management in Newport Beach, California, with institutional and individual client relationship management responsibilities. Prior to her tenure at Knightsbridge, she spent eight years at L. Roy Papp and Associates Investment Counsel in Phoenix, Arizona, first as an Associate and later a Partner, with responsibilities in equity research and analysis as well as portfolio management.
Jane graduated from Pacific Union College with a Bachelor of Business Administration and from Arizona State University with a Master of Business Administration. She is a CFA charterholder.
Marion brings over 30 years experience in bookkeeping, payroll and employee benefits to Bolthouse Properties. She is responsible for general accounting, bookkeeping, payroll and human resources.
Marion began her career as a Bookkeeper and Payroll Clerk in the construction industry. In 1996, she joined the administrative department of a large, local public accounting firm and advanced to the position of Controller.
Marion and her husband, Chris, are the parents of three daughters and one son, and they have four grandchildren.
Teri brings over 31 years of combined experience in accounting, management and residential and commercial development to Bolthouse Properties. She is responsible for contract and lease administration on our development projects.
Teri previously worked for Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 460 for 22 years, starting in 1978. She began in clerical support and advanced to the position of Head Bookkeeper and Office Manager. In 2000, she changed careers and moved to Castle & Cooke, starting as Purchasing Agent in the Land Development department and advancing to Senior Manager of Budget and Cost Control for Operations of Land and Commercial Development, before leaving in 2011.
Teri and her husband, Steve, are the parents of two children, one adult son and one adult daughter.
Steven joined Bolthouse Properties in 2016, bringing over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance. He is responsible for developing financial models for real estate properties, preparation of financial statements, preparation of income tax and corporate reports and the budgeting process.
Steven began his career working on accounting teams assigned to the production of films. After six years in the motion picture industry he worked as a Controller for 13 years and as an Accounting Manager for two years. His industry experience includes residential and commercial construction, real estate and land development.
Steven graduated cum laude from Regent University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and from Grand Canyon University with a Master of Business Administration, where he was inducted into the Delta Mu Delta business honor society. Steven and his wife, Alicia, are the parents of two young daughters, two adult sons and two adult daughters.
Michelle joined Bolthouse Properties in 2006 and has over 20 years of administrative and operational experience. Her responsibility is to support the Vice President of Investments and the Accounting Manager with the operations of the investment management subsidiary.
Michelle began her career working for a CPA firm in Visalia while attending school. Upon moving to Bakersfield in 1990, she began working for Lightspeed Systems and Lightspeed Net, assisting in the accounting department. She moved to the accounting department of Clifford & Brown and advanced to the position of Office Manager. She also provided accounting support for a local dairy.
Michelle and her husband, Brett, have two sons.
Brad joined Bolthouse Properties in 2014, bringing experience in regional and urban planning to the company. As Project Planner, he is responsible for the planning and entitlement of development projects.
Prior to joining Bolthouse Properties, Brad worked for several public agencies within Kern and San Luis Obispo counties. Upon his return home to Bakersfield in early 2013, he became a regional planner with the Kern Council of Governments, where he was involved with the completion of the 2014 Regional Transportation Plan as well as the environmental review process. His experience includes land-use planning, environmental review and working with geographic information systems (GIS).
Brad graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in City and Regional Planning.
Joe joined the investment management subsidiary of Bolthouse Properties in 2014, bringing expertise in fund manager selection and in fixed income investing. He assists the investment team in investment analysis, manager due diligence, performance monitoring, client reporting and compliance.
Prior to joining Bolthouse, Joe interned for the fixed income division of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) in Sacramento and at the Charles Schwab Center for Financial Research in San Francisco. He also has experience teaching coursework in mathematics and chemistry at the undergraduate level.
Joe graduated from California Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, from University of California, Berkeley with a Master of Science in Chemistry and University of California, Davis with a Master of Business Administration. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. Joe and his wife, Danielle, have one daughter and one son.
Yvonne joined Bolthouse Properties in September 2017, with 15 years of management experience. Her responsibility is to assist our Contract and Lease Administrator with commercial and land development projects.
Yvonne began her career as a Front Office Medical Assistant for Patrick Leung M.D in 2005. She later managed an Extra Space Storage where she oversaw cap ex projects, property repair, maintenance and leases.
Yvonne has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from University of Phoenix. She is mother to two young daughters and a high school age son.
Fred has worked for Bolthouse Properties and its investment management subsidiary since April 2004. His responsibilities include oversight of compliance. He also serves on the Investment Committee.
Fred has more than 11 years of experience in the investment management industry. Prior joining Bolthouse Properties, he worked for nine years with Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor. He also held positions in finance and general management. In addition to his position as Vice President of Investments, Fred is active in the Bolthouse family's philanthropic activities.
Fred graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts and from University of California, Los Angeles with a Masters of Business Administration. His wife, Nancy, worked in Bakersfield for over thirty years as a paralegal.
Julie has over 30 years of experience as a legal assistant. She is responsible for providing administrative support to the senior officers.
Julie began her law career in 1972 at a law firm in her hometown of Delano, California. Upon moving to Bakersfield in 1974, she worked for the law firm of Rudnick & Arrache. In 1982, she started a 21-year working relationship with Kenneth W. Kind, Attorney at Law, specializing in contract and real estate law.
Julie and her husband, Bill, have five adult children.
Chris joined Bolthouse Properties in 2013, bringing nine years of experience in the institutional and commercial building industries to the company. As Senior Project Manager, he is responsible for design team coordination and construction management of development projects.
Before joining Bolthouse Properties, Chris worked for Douglas E. Barnhart, Inc., in San Diego, managing the construction of new high schools. He moved back home to Bakersfield and served as Project Manager for Klassen Corporation on many institutional projects, including projects for Kern High School District and the Antelope Valley Community College. He also served as Operations Manager at Robert Heely Construction, providing construction services for oilfield and energy projects. His experience includes design coordination, pre-construction services and construction management.
Chris graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Construction Management. Chris and his wife, Jennie, have two young children, Camryn and Conner.
Kath joined Bolthouse Properties in 2009, bringing over 20 years of experience in the Bakersfield land development industry to the company. She is responsible for civil site design, construction management and inspection of development projects.
Kath previously worked for over four years as Director of Engineering at Castle & Cooke, where she coordinated with civil, surveying and planning consultants for the design, development and construction of both residential and commercial projects. She began her career in Bakersfield in 1989 with DeWalt Corporation, working on residential and commercial development projects. During her 15 years at DeWalt, she continued to advance and took on increasing responsibilities as Project Manager, Project Engineer, Director of Engineering and Vice President.
Kath graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Civil Engineering and is licensed as both a Civil Engineer and a Professional Land Surveyor in the California.
Erin joined Bolthouse Properties in 2015, with 8 years of experience in accounting for residential and land development projects. She is responsible for assisting our Contract and Lease Administrator with commercial and land development projects.
Erin began her career with Castle & Cooke in 2005 as a Purchasing Agent in the Land Development Department, before leaving in 2009 to move with her family to Sacramento. In Sacramento, she worked for Hybrid Homes, a residential renovation contractor, as a bookkeeper and office administrator for four years before returning to Bakersfield.
Erin graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University. She and her husband, Jason, are parents to two young daughters, Morgann and Madeline.
Cristina joined Bolthouse Properties in 2018. Her responsibility is to support the Vice President of Investments and the Chief Compliance Officer with the operations of the investment management subsidiary.
Cristina brings over 5 years of banking experience and 2 years of international finance experience. Prior to joining Bolthouse Properties, Cristina worked for Valley Republic Bank and US Bank.
Cristina graduated from La Universidad del Zulia (LUZ) with a Bachelor in Economics. She has a Master in Finance from La Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and a Master in Business Administration from California State University.
Nancy joined Bolthouse Properties in 2013, bringing thirteen years of experience as a legal assistant. She is responsible for assisting the President and Vice President of Development with land development projects, contracts, sales, coordinating with attorneys, brokers and other professionals on their behalf, scheduling and calendaring key transaction dates and providing other administrative support as needed.
Nancy previously worked for Frank J. Cicone Law Corporation, specializing in the areas of business and estate planning.
Nancy graduated from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with a degree in Crop Science. Nancy and her husband, Keith, are parents of two adult sons and a son who is a senior in high school
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Southern California and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Economics with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Edinburgh. Jennifer started her career with Ernst & Young in Edinburgh, where she specialized in restructuring financial services companies and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. She moved back to the United States in 2011 and has worked for several companies in the finance and agriculture industry, including Rabobank, Materra Farming Company and Grant Thornton.
Jennifer is married to Steven, who works as an agricultural lender in Bakersfield.
Derek joined Bolthouse Properties with more than 20 years of experience in agricultural economics and business management. As Director of Agriculture and Natural Resources, he is responsible for the management of agricultural holdings and natural resources as well as coordinating other real estate assets.
Prior to joining Bolthouse Properties, Derek served as the Head of Agriculture for BMGI Group in Kirkland, Washington, where he was responsible for a portfolio of agricultural assets that included 150,000 acres of land and vertically integrated farming and food processing businesses. He was previously the Vice President of Agricultural Operations at Wm. Bolthouse Farms, a position he held for 14 years.
Derek graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration in Agricultural Business and Economics. He and his wife, Kellie, have five children.
At Bolthouse Properties, we’re a family. We’re united by our common goals – honoring the legacy of our founders and shaping our communities for the better – and we know everyone here brings unique perspectives, talents and experiences to the table. Our culture of respect, harmony and appreciation brings out the best in each other and our team.
In November, 2015, Steve DeBranch, Bolthouse Properties, LLC’s Senior Vice-President of Development, returned home to his Heavenly Father after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. A visionary land developer, Steve was one of the original three employees of Bolthouse Properties, LLC, and an inherent part of the fabric of Bolthouse Properties, LLC. Through his intellect, leadership and foresight he was instrumental in shaping who we are today and who we will be well into the future.
From the time of his diagnosis to his final days, Steve continued to work, plan, and train those around him while providing constant inspiration to all of us at Bolthouse Properties, LLC. He never complained, never lost hope, never stopped smiling and never lost his positive attitude. Steve often declared that “I am not going to worry until they (his doctors) give me something to worry about.” His strength fighting this disease was astounding to those of us who watched as he continued to work in the midst of treatments, exhaustion, sickness and countless trips to Los Angeles.
A trained civil engineer and proud Cal Poly alumni, Steve worked for over 35 years in land development in Bakersfield. He was instrumental in developing the beautiful master planned community of Seven Oaks, first during his tenure at Castle & Cooke and later at Bolthouse Properties, LLC. His other accomplishments included his planning and development work on the Riverlakes Ranch project in Northwest Bakersfield and significant contributions to the creation of the West Ming Specific Plan. Steve’s attention to detail, critical eye, intellect, passion, and enthusiasm were displayed in every aspect of his work. He was often the first to the office and the last to leave, embodying a strong work ethic. He will be deeply missed but not forgotten.
He accomplished much as a professional engineer/land developer all while being a devoted husband, father to his three children and new grandfather. He fought and survived much longer than most diagnosed with pancreatic cancer so that he could have as much time as possible with his loved ones. Finally, he remained faithful to his God even when the final outcome didn’t provide the complete healing for which we all hoped and prayed.
As 2nd Timothy declares, Steve can now say “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.”