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Nick Segal

CEO, Founding Partner
Beverly Hills

Understanding both the dynamics and nuance it takes to become an expert in the real estate field has taken me 26 years to fully comprehend. Perhaps I'm slow or maybe it truly takes an extended period of time to fully grasp the complexities of a job requiring a deft touch in the categories of negotiation, strategy and as an ambassador for any client I have the pleasure to serve. To date, I've negotiated 100's of millions of dollars of transactions as well as supervised 10's of Billions of dollars of transactions as a Broker, owner and manager of hundreds of fine and talented individuals. I am a founding partner and President of Partners Trust and my clear intention is to create a company that defies "commonplace" and strives to raise the bar of professionalism at every touch point of a real estate transaction. I proudly serve as Chair of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee for the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Board of Realtors. I have been honored to receive two prestigious awards during my real estate tenure: Realtor of the Year in 2012 and The William May Garland award in 2013 as acknowledgement to years of service in our industry. I am on the Board of LA Family Housing and the proud father of 2 children, Annie and Ted. Santa Monica is home where I can rejuvenate to the sound of crashing waves and exquisite natural beauty. Or you can put a golf club in my hand and transport me to the glory of a game that will beguile me to my dying day.

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F. Ron Smith

Founding Partner
Beverly Hills

I'm passionate about real estate. I have lived and worked in Los Angeles for my entire real estate career and consider myself fortunate that many of my clients have become close friends. After 25 years of service and over $1 billion in real estate sales, I collaborated with four talented associates and founded Partners Trust Real Estate Brokerage and Acquisitions in 2009. In just five years, Partners Trust has sold over US $5 billion in real estate with 200 associates in seven offices. One of the key elements to the immediate success of Partners Trust is the company's ability to network directly with the best realtors in their markets. I am a proud co-founder and President of Leverage Global Partners, which aligns the most prestigious independent real estate brokerage firms from around the world. I credit my long-term success to my local expertise and strong community connections. I introduce my clients to both a home that fits their needs, and a neighborhood and community lifestyle that matches their interests. As an expert in new construction and advisor to my clients in everything from home staging to color palettes and landscaping, I have successfully represented over US $1 billion in transactions. I live in Brentwood on LA's Westside with Tracy, my wife of 26 years. I am enormously proud of our sons, Evan and Brandon. I enjoy travel, fitness, good wine and live music. I am an active supporter of numerous charitable organizations, including LA Family Housing and Concern Foundation for cancer research. I am proud to be a member of the Executive Committee of USC's Lusk Center for Real Estate.

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Richard Stearns

Founding Partner, Broker Associate
Brentwood

Imagine growing up in Binghamton, NY. After graduating from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, I moved to NYC and lived there until 1984 when my wife Elizabeth and I moved to Los Angeles. The point is simple: I spent 25 years either freezing, wet or sweating! I have an acute appreciation for living in Los Angeles, especially in Santa Monica, so close to the ocean. My clients share in my deep knowledge of the subtleties of the west side communities. The neighborhoods, architecture, schools, beaches, trails and commerce. And, of course, the real estate market. I maintain an up-to-the-minute accurate handle of the inventory, values and trends of the various micro-markets of the west side. Finally, I take great pride in my communication skills and habits, and my technology and systems. My clients receive the very highest and most effective level of service available anywhere in Los Angeles real estate. Each and every one of my clients is critically important to me and benefits from my 24/7 tenacity and attention to detail. I continue to sweat every day but now it's from running, swimming, hiking, biking or something fun you can do every day in LA!

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Hugh Evans III

Founding Partner
Brentwood

Since 1990 I have successfully negotiated the purchase, sale, financing and development of real estate transactions totaling over $2.5 billion. My 25 years in the real estate industry encompass a broader range of experience than virtually any other broker in the area. I have attracted clients with my holistic approach to buying and selling homes, and my work consistently reflects my belief that a home influences every aspect of your life – who you meet, what you do on the weekends, where you work, where your kids go to school; every relationship you develop throughout your lifetime is influenced tremendously by where you live. For this reason, I’m satisfied when I find the best home to fit my clients’ personalities, values, and lifestyles. In addition to being an agent, I develop homes in some of the most prominent neighborhoods in Southern California. My custom built homes continue to set the high water mark for sales in Brentwood Park and the Pacific Palisades. Currently, my wife of 5 years, Lauren, and I live in Pacific Palisades with our two labs, Maggie and Jack, and our two-year-old daughter, McKay. We really take pleasure in mingling with our friends and neighbors at the local farmers market on Sunday’s, followed by brunch at Mayberry’s and let’s not forget the ever so essential pit-stop by Baskin Robbins 31 flavors for a healthy dose of Classic Chocolate, Coffee Delight or whatever else the heart desires! Recently we purchased a home in Pacific Palisades, which for me epitomizes a sense of family and community. I consider it to be one of the best kept secrets in Los Angeles and I am fortunate to be starting our family in a beautiful home there. When I am not working, I enjoy golfing, skiing, and family walks with Lauren, McKay, Maggie, and Jack; although like many dog owners, it’s not clear to me who actually walks who! Lauren and I really enjoy traveling as well. One of our many favorite places in California to visit is Ojai Valley Inn where we held our wedding ceremony. It’s such a serene, relaxing place in an intimate setting with a breathtaking backdrop of the Topa Topa Mountains. A perfect location to unwind and rejuvenate; and as we all know, “Location, Location, Location” is everything. It is my life experience as a family man and my work as an agent and developer that has given me a first-hand perspective of the tremendous pressure and emotions involved in buying or selling a home. These attributes have driven me to develop long-term partnerships and friendships with my home-owner clients.


Our Management

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Chatty Arrieta

COO
Brentwood

One aspect of my job that I deeply enjoy is collaborating. We have so much talent here! Another part of the job that I love is planning for our company’s outreach, so that we can help even more people. I oversee the daily operations of our company. I felt honored to be named Chief Operating Officer of Partners Trust Real Estate Brokerage and Acquisitions in 2009. Now, I am responsible for evaluating, reviewing, recommending and implementing systems, software, and equipment. I began my career in the export/import industry managing multiple worldwide companies, and then the banking industry, along with a Fortune 500 consumer product company. In 1991, I transitioned into real estate services, and I’ve never looked back. When I’m not at the office, I’m usually enjoying time with my husband and four children. Also, I’m a big believer in the valuable work of community organizations, such as Lions Club. That’s why I’m a charter member of the El Segundo Lions Club International.

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Ben Kelly

Associate Assistant Manager, Founding Partner
La Cañada Flintridge

Experience! Expertise! Enthusiasm! These are three words that describe what Ben Kelly offers his clients. After a successful career in the professional sports & art publishing industries, Ben decided to become a Realtor in 2003 to combine his entrepreneurial spirit, passion for working with people, and love for historic and architecturally significant properties. As a licensed Realtor, Ben continues to draw upon his education and vast professional experience to offer his clients unparalleled professionalism and client-focused service. When working with clients, Ben's main objective is to help his clients assess their real estate goals and to develop a strategic plan to help them to reach those goals in the most efficient and stress-free manner. In the process, Ben strives to develop long-term relationships with his clients and is completely dedicated to always working with his clients' best interests in mind. Ben was raised in La Cañada Flintridge and attended La Cañada High School (class of 1987) before attending UCLA where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology & Business in 1992. He has been married to his wife Cristina since 2008 and has two wonderful daughters, Victoria and Alexandra. His family resides in La Cañada Flintridge.

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Carol Kurachi

Associate Assistant Manager
Pasadena

I hold a brokers license and a BS degree in Businesss Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate. I have been in the top percentile of agents through the US and Canada for several years. I was awarded the 10 year legend award for my consistent performance. My client base is about 90 percent referrals. I believe in clients for "life" and strive to see that each and every one of my clients get 110 percent top notch service. It is important that my clients are treated as I would my own family in every transaction. My "no quit" attitude has resulted in a very successful real estate career. I am also a notary public and a member of the Pasadena/Altadena Kiwanis club and volunteer for meals and wheels.

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Jan Rhees

Manager, Partner
Manhattan Beach

For Jan Rhees, real estate started out as a passion and ended up a way of life. Becoming a Top Producer your first (and every) year in any business takes determination, organization, high energy – all qualities Jan strongly embodies. After many years of experience in marketing/publishing/producing music and film for large conglomerates like Warner Brothers, Grammy Awards, CBS/SONY, MCA Universal, EMI and many others, acquiring real estate slowly became an interest for Jan. Inspired by a well known actor/director she worked for and who built an empire acquiring property, her entry into real estate began in 1985. From that strong beginning, Jan has gone on to represent executives, families, investors, and individuals in a myriad of real estate transactions. With decades in real estate behind her, she remains committed to providing exceptional service, going above and beyond the norm in the care and representation of her clients. She is proud to make real estate services are available to those moving to Manhattan Beach and taking advantage of the superior public schools, beach-casual lifestyle and friendly, family oriented community. She also serves as an ambassador for entertainment professionals interested in the beautiful South Bay area including Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Palos Verdes.

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Joseph Montemarano

Associate Manager
Brentwood

Born in Santa Monica and growing up in Brentwood, I am able to offer my clients extensive local expertise and in-depth knowledge of the entire Westside of Los Angeles. Real estate became my passion during my formative years, while driving around LA analyzing investment properties with my father. Even as a child, I always loved the sound of new construction and the smell of fresh plaster. It wasn’t long before I decide to make selling homes my career. Selling real estate since 1999, I was one of five agents chosen to be on the foundation team when Partners Trust launched in 2009. And I am currently the active Associate Manager . . . providing council, training, and leadership for the agents in our Brentwood, Santa Monica and Ocean Park offices. I truly love what I do and the team I work alongside daily. For me, the most important part of my job has been the very thing that has set me apart: honesty. I believe the only way my clients can achieve their desired results is by arming them with the truth. I lead with honesty, even at times when it is difficult to deliver or it may not be what they want to hear. It may seem subtle or simple at first, but I believe the only way I succeed is by putting my client’s needs above my own and doing so with integrity. I am Joseph Montemarano, a Los Angeles based Realtor and I look forward to helping you exceed your goals.

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Karen Misraje

Manager, Partner
Beverly Hills

In a changing marketplace, experience counts. Since 1977, I have marketed and sold properties, through up markets and down, through buyers’ markets and sellers’, through expansion and recession. I’ve seen it all. My experience in local markets is extensive. Los Angeles has many suburban areas within the City of Los Angeles. Areas from Malibu to Hermosa Beach, locals west of the 405 Freeway, areas east of the 405 to Downtown Los Angeles, and the upscale locals of the San Fernando Valley. Each specific area has its own rhythm and culture and to know the nuances of these locals is critical to serving my clientele. I am here to serve my client. There is no perfect market. The important thing is to be able to work with each client to understand what they need and how they can get it given the current economic conditions. For me, that means following market trends, knowing financing options, negotiating strategically on my clients’ behalf, to know the market, both active properties for sale and quiet (pocket listings) properties on the market for sale in the area my clients wishes to market the sale of their property or to make their home. I continue to expand my knowledge and skills to assist my clients in whatever their needs require. As a Licensed Broker in the State of California since 1980, I also have 16 years of experience in mortgage brokerage. While serving as branch manager for major real estate companies, I have guided agents toward successful transactions and have consistently achieved award-winning top producer status for my dynamic sales. I am a member of the Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors, 2014 President-Elect of TheMLS.com the CLAW Multiple Listing Service for all properties activity on the market for sale, the Past-Treasurer for BHGLAAR for 2012, a Director at CARETS, the regional MLS, Presiding Officer on Arbitration and Ethics hearings for the Professional Standards Committee of the BHGLAAR, a past member on the Grievance committee for the Professional Standards of BHGLAAR, a past member on the BHGLAAR Budget and Finance Committee, and an appointed Director to the California Association of Realtors since 2010 to 2014. In addition to being a member of BHGLAAR, I was a past member in the Southern Regional Association of Realtors for 32 years and the Desert Area Association of Realtors. I love supporting my career communities by volunteering my time to support and work for these organizations. After having been in the business for over 30 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with hundreds of clients.

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Sarah Kosasky

Manager, Founding Partner
Malibu

Sarah Ribnick Kosasky is truly passionate about real estate and marketing. After graduating from The University of California Davis, Sarah entered the advertising industry where she worked to develop successful campaigns for numerous Fortune 500 companies. She now brings her vast strategic marketing background to her real estate career. The Los Angeles native possesses an extensive knowledge of the real estate markets from Malibu to Beverly Hills and the Westside. Sarah prides herself on her professionalism and is committed to offering her clients the highest quality representation and customer service. Sarah places a high priority on personal and professional growth and is always looking for new ways to excel and enhance the real estate experience for her clients. She is a member of numerous local real estate boards ,serves on multiple committees and is a Director for the Malibu Association of Realtors.

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Scott Brown

Manager, Founding Partner
Pasadena

Working with my wife, Giusy, together we bring years of marketing experience in selling real estate in the San Gabriel Valley since 1989. More than 95% of our business is repeat or referral business because we believe it's so important in developing honest, trustworthy relationships with our clients. We understand that when people buy or sell their home, people are entrusting the handling of their biggest investment and we treat it that way! I've been consistently ranked among the top producing real estate associates in Pasadena, and I've served as director for the Pasadena-Foothill Association of Realtors, as well as being a member of the Board of Realtors Political Action Committee and the Pasadena-Foothill Association of Realtors Strategic Planning Committee. Before I got involved in real estate, I played ice hockey at Brockport State University, I lived in Italy, France, Greece and Japan, and I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Psychology from the University of Santa Barbara. When I'm not working, I'm very involved and interested in health and exercise. Along with my wife, I have been featured in a number of workout videos over the years -- most recently in a set of 10 DVDs selling as an infomercial product called Peak Fit Challenge. I am an avid dog lover and am currently the proud owner of brother and sister Jack Russell Terriers, Piccolo and Dolce.

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Scott Carmody

Manager, Partner
Brentwood, Ocean Park, Santa Monica

I started my full-time real estate career in 1995 and I love it. I believe that a good real estate agent is more of an educator than a sales person. Once every aspect of a transaction is discussed and understood, the client will decide whether or not the deal is right for them or not. I love negotiating for my clients and I have a deep understanding of real estate contracts, which always benefits my clients regardless of which side of the transaction we are on. I try to put myself inside the head of the people on the other side of the deal so I can anticipate what may come next. I am fortunate to work primarily by referral, so I have experience selling homes from Los Feliz to Malibu, as well as all of the San Fernando Valley. This gives me a broad understanding of the entire Los Angeles real estate market, not merely a select neighborhood.


Office Staff

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Abbey Diokno

Marketing Manager
Brentwood

Los Angeles has been my haven for over 25 years. This metropolis has paved way to good eats, great art, and beautiful weather, which is why I embrace it. While my creative spark started at a young age, LA was the ideal environment to fuel my curiosity for hues/shades - my ideas were translated on paper starting with Crayola in elementary school & eventually Pantone swatches in college. I've been blessed with over 9 amazing years in the graphic design field through various industries ranging from international kitchenware, architecture/interior design, to fortune 500 companies. It's a privilege to work with one of the top real estate companies in Southern California, as a member of its phenomenal Marketing Team. When I'm not on my laptop brainstorming, I'm either discovering old treasures at an estate sale or helping my mom breeze through new paint swatches for her latest home-décor project. As our annual ritual, I'll hop on the next plane to Maui with my husband so we can sink our toes in the warm shores of Keawakapu, and go hiking in the tropical splendor of Hana.

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Anamaria Ramos

Marketing Coordinator
Pasadena

I grew up in Highland Park in Northeast Los Angeles, but swiftly moved away for four years at 18 years of age to Providence, Rhode Island for college. Thinking the change in scenery would prove a healthy challenge and an opportunity for growth (which it was), I ultimately realized I could not permanently part with the Los Angeles weather and its approach to life. Since then, I have been back in Highland Park pursuing my instinctual aspirations within design and photography, balancing my parallel inclinations towards the digital and analog.

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Andres Sandoval

Concierge
Malibu

Starting at the tender age of 18 jumping into the world of real estate has definitely opened Andres' eyes to the fast paced business of selling luxury homes. Coming in with prior knowledge in computer skills, it has given Andres an advantage to thrive and integrate those abilities in assisting associates. Andres currently lives in Port Hueneme, 30 miles north of Malibu and commutes everyday. For him, living and working in two beautiful beach communities was an easy choice. It also helps to take such a gorgeous and cinematic drive down the famous Pacific Coast Highway. Outside of work Andres enjoys traveling and experiencing the cultures and foods each city California has to offer. From the foggy city of San Fransico to the beautiful sunny beaches of San Diego Andres enjoys it all. His partner Steve loves to be his sidekick on whatever last minute road trip he has up his sleeve. When Andres is not traveling, he enjoys exciting world famous music festivals. All the heart racing music that every singer or DJ gives off has him running to the next show. If Andres is not traveling you would find him helping others. Specifically raising money to find a cure to lymphoma with Team In Training. 2013 he competed in his first triathlon with TNT and finished 4th in his age group! The whole experience left him so honored to be apart of such a great organization with a strong will to find a cure. Not only is he going to be doing another season soon but he hopes to podium again.

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Anthony Aguilera

Marketing Coordinator
Brentwood

A native of Los Angeles, marketing campaigns have always caught my eye and inspired me to become a graphic designer. The idea of a creative vision that could turn into a finish project for others to view has always captivated my attention. I always knew I had a passion for design, which is why I have found myself being involved in this industry. I have previously worked for various areas of design, which include production at a print shop, the billboard industry, and now Real Estate. It seems that I have always been gravitated to jobs that stimulated my interest in design, film, and technology. When I’m not in front of my computer designing, in my down time I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I spend my leisure time going to record stores, watching movies, catching a soccer match or looking for my next DIY project.

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Brenda Cortez

Concierge
Brentwood

Born and raised in Los Angeles, where I find myself at the beach in December, and I've never had a white Christmas. I've traveled to various places in the world and Los Angeles is still at the top of my list with beautiful sceneries, mouth-watering eateries, and endless things to do. I enjoy spending time with my son and going to baseball, basketball and hockey games. As a competitive athlete myself, I have always been a die-hard LA sports fan. I've also endured a profound passion for real estate, and I am optimistic of what my creativity and persistence will bring to the table. I'm very fortunate for the opportunity to contribute at The Partners Trust - there's nothing better than to be drafted on to your home team!

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Brian Hill

Office Administrator
Pasadena

I was born in the city of Torrance and lived there for most of my life. I attended El Camino Community College for several years before transferring to California State University, Fullerton and earning my B.A. in Sociology. I’ve worked many different jobs before finally deciding that my life is in real estate and I know that my past work experiences helped me grow into the person I am today. I started working for Partners Trust at their Brentwood location for almost a year before transferring to their La Cañada Flintridge office. I am happy to be a part of such a great company as Partners Trust. I recently moved to Pasadena and am happy to call it my new home with my wife. The night life in Pasadena and the surrounding cities are more than what we could ask for. Whether it be fine dining or just a night at the movies, we always find ourselves in an adventure.

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Emily Desai

Creative Development
Brentwood

From an early age, I knew that I wanted to be an architect. I earned my BA degree in Architecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After graduating, I moved to Paris to work in a design firm and soak in as much of the city as possible. When I returned to the States, I settled in Los Angeles, where I have enjoyed working in a variety of creative companies. Early on, I worked for local design firms, then decided to start and run a letterpress design company for several years. Eventually, my love of innovation, design, architecture and technology pulled me back in and I was most recently the Director of Development at Proto Homes, a newly formed modern home company. On a day-to-day basis at Partners Trust, I provide creative direction during all phases of marketing development including conceptual development, branding and visual design while remaining aware of our content development, user experience and technical implementation goals. I enjoy working with our project teams to engage in strategic thinking that meets a projects specific needs and leads to business-shaping creative solutions. When I am not working, I love to spend time with my husband and our son, and fixing up our 100-yr old bungalow and attempting to garden (it's harder than it looks). I also continue to pursue new artistic endeavors and love spending time with family and friends.

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Erica Maniquis

Operations Manager
Brentwood

"Home is where the heart is." ~ Pliny the Elder I have nestled my heart in the beautiful beach city of Santa Monica where I live now. I have enjoyed living in the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Riverside County, and areas like Glendale, Burbank, Los Feliz and Silver Lake while working in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Brentwood. Moving from city to city throughout Southern California in the past 19 years, I have familiarized myself with all the best of each neighborhood I've lived in. My 10 years of experience working in Real Estate spans almost all positions including Listing Coordinator, Corporate Marketing Coordinator, Transaction Coordinator, Office Administrator, and now as an Operations Manager. It has given me the ability to explore many different aspects of the housing market while my education in Business Administration and Marketing Management allows me to make a real difference in the Real Estate Community through Partners Trust. I have a passion for creating effective systems and scalable dynamics of Real Estate Operations and this has led me to work with Partners Trust. As the Operations Manager for the company's Brentwood Office and two Santa Monica Offices, I collaborate with amazing people I can call my friends and family to always be on the cutting edge of providing Real Estate services and I'm thrilled to be a part of this organization which is founded on professionalism and integrity. When I am not working in the office, I enjoy hiking, cycling, running, swimming, snowboarding, and surfing - all of which allows me to enjoy all that Southern California has to offer!

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Freddy Gutierrez

Jr Marketing Coordinator
Pasadena

I was born and raised in Pasadena, I found my way into art at an early age and now have a degree in graphic design. I am grateful for the opportunities given to me. I have been lucky to meet and work with people who believe and trust me. My goal is to be successful at everything that comes my way, and with hard work and dedication I will accomplish it. My greatest passion is my family, along with art, soccer and music. During my free time I like to spend time with my family, go out with friends and play soccer, and learn to play the accordion.

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Janet Sieffert

Accountant
Brentwood

Since 2011 it has been my privilege and a pleasure to work with the fine people of Partners Trust. The PT accounting department in our head office fulfills and challenges my days. Company growth has been so phenomenal and exciting! The love of community theater, which I share with my husband Chuck, fills many evenings and weekends. Laughter and joy abounds with great family, friends and our many canines.

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Jessica Griffiths

Contributing Blogger
Beverly Hills

I graduated in 2009 from NYU with a degree in individualized studies meaning only that I created my own major. This proved to be an extremely indulgent and rewarding experience that left me feeling academically fulfilled, but a bit lost in terms of finding a place in the “real world.” How many people are looking for a girl with a degree in ‘Literature through the Lens of “the Other”‘? As it turns out, my literary background and passion for Journalism, have fueled much of my post-graduate success. I began working as a weekend assistant at the Partners Trust early in 2010 and I reveled in the solitude – I thrived in the quiet empty office. I now find myself as the Social Media Editor working Monday thru Friday with such a talented, dedicated and energetic team of individuals. Though sometimes I miss those incredibly hot Sundays hidden away at the back of the office hearing only the sound of my fingers as I typed away, I’m so grateful and happy to be a full-time member of this incredible group of people. Outside of work I love music, books and travel. I also have an on-going love affair with fashion (of the lace variety), cereal and anything french. Whenever I need a pick-me-up, I just go to my parents’ home and visit with our dog Bronte….and my family, of course.

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Joby Arambulo

Associates Services Representative
Brentwood

I was born in the Los Angeles area but grew up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. In 2000 I moved to the San Gabriel Valley after graduating high school. Houston is a great place to live but I've always considered Los Angeles as my home. I studied Television, Film and Media with a concentration on 2-D Animation at California State University, Los Angeles. I have a passion for art, particularly drawing, graphic design, and traditional black and white film photography. I'd really like to go photo shooting more often, but do regularly make time to draw and sketch. A blank sheet of paper won't stay blank for long if there's a pencil nearby. I'm a *huge* fan of all things Batman, Star Wars, Doctor Who, anime, and I enjoy reading modern superhero comics. My desk and shelves at home are covered with toys and comic books and I regularly nerd-out at comic book conventions. I'm thrilled to be with Partners Trust and am eager to contribute my unique skills and expertise. I have extensive experience with design, printing, computers, and technology. I look forward to meeting everyone and working with such an energetic and amazing team.

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Karl Arrieta

Office Administrator
Beverly Hills

Since the late 80's, I have lived in Southern California for most of my life and I am loving the weather, diversity and food this area has to offer. I graduated from the University of California Irvine with a degree in English and I got my start in real estate in 2004 assisting a top producing agent from Santa Monica. From there, starting in 2008, I went on to work for the legendary Billie Davis and learned from one of the best escrow officers in the history of Beverly Hills. I am very proud to bring that experience here to Partners Trust, which is filled with some of the most upbeat, talented, kindest and charismatic individuals I have ever met. Aside from real estate, one of my biggest passions in life is music and teaching young adults how to play percussion. I started learning how to play marching percussion during my freshman year in high school and I've been playing and teaching drums ever since. I have taught in such places like Huntington Beach, Bellflower, Hawaii and Wyoming. Throughout these teachings gigs, I was the Percussion Caption Head at my High School Alma Mater for 16 years. In my spare time when I am not working, I love providing private drum lessons, following the LA Lakers religiously, refining my basketball shooting touch, being interested in all things Japanese, identifying new places to eat, living a positive & healthy lifestyle, self development, reading, going to vegas, playing cards and hanging out with all of my friends and family. I lead a pretty busy and eclectic life, but I am in love with every single moment that it brings!

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Melissa Giaconia

Transaction Coordinator
La Cañada Flintridge

Melissa is a highly organized and motivated Real Estate Transaction Coordinator. Her career started at Creative Property Services, in Northern California, where she first developed a love for the industry and a true understanding of the real estate world. Melissa’s successful professional path includes some of the largest Real Estate firms in the local and national markets. Her personality and detailed knowledge of this field have given her an opportunity to excel in different areas within the real estate industry. As a Transaction Coordinator, she has closed numerous transactions representing millions of dollars in business, as a Licensed Assistant, she has coordinated inspections, showings, and held many open houses, as a California Notary Public, she has notarized loan paperwork and various other documents for clients, and as Office Manager, she has balanced books, calculated commissions, and kept entire Real Estate offices running smoothly. Her all-encompassing expertise of the real estate world has contributed to the rapid organization and growth of all firms of which she has been a part. Melissa’s exceptional customer service skills and commitment to perfection have made her stand out and have taken her to a new level in her career; creating guidelines for a multitude of persons; such as real estate assistants, new transaction coordinators, and licensed agents to keep the files legal and in compliance to the California Bureau of Real Estate. In addition to her full-time career, Melissa plays in the handbell group at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. She has been playing in handbell choirs for over twenty years and attends a yearly handbell conference to continuously hone her skills. She considers herself incredibly lucky to have found this group in 2013 when she and her husband relocated from Northern California. They love their home in Glendale and have been homeowners here since 2015.

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Mike Wehbe

Office Administrator
La Cañada Flintridge

Growing up in Pasadena, it has always been a passion of mine to share the many amazing aspects of the city. Having friends and family members in real estate has opened my eyes to the industry and all it has to offer. I am very proud and honored to be a part of the Partners Trust family, which is filled with some of the most energetic and welcoming group of professionals I have ever met. Outside of real estate I am the 87th President of the Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce. I enjoy volunteering and giving back to my community. When I am not volunteering, I love to lose myself in music by owning and running my own DJ service. For the past five years I've enjoyed sharing my passion for music with others at some of their most memorable events. If I'm not volunteering or exploring music, I love to be active playing basketball or lifting weights but most importantly enjoying life and all it has to offer.

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Oliver Maniquis

Operations Manager
Brentwood

Manila, Philippines--my birthplace and homeland--was where I acquired my degree in Philosophy with emphasis on Humanities. I immigrated to California soon after college and immediately landed a position in a real estate firm. My expertise comes from a history of experience I have attained working with top producers and in boutique real estate companies in Los Angeles in the past eighteen years. I was head of the marketing department for a start-up real estate office based in Seattle, had a stint as Creative Director for a top producing team in Los Angeles, and was part of a dynamic marketing team in an LA-based real estate company. I joined the Administrative team of Partners Trust in 2009 and helped open our Beverly Hills office the year after. Now as part of the Operations Management team, I am involved in the many aspects of our day-to-day operations, including our expansion to Pasadena, Malibu, and La Canada Flintridge. I find it both challenging and fun, as the people I collaborate with are truly the best of the best in LA real estate. Outside of work, I love cycling, driving, cooking, and exploring our beautiful country with my wife and our two children. I have become a sort of social media reporter in my own right--posting reviews of places I have traveled, food I have enjoyed, and services I have come to appreciate. I also love anything and everything about cars. I am a sucker for summer movies, spy novels, and am a self-professed Apple fan boy.

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Patrick Barakat

Associates Services Representative
Beverly Hills

I was born and raised in Pasadena and still live there today. I attended La Salle College Preparatory High School and graduated in 2010 to move on to California State University, Fullerton. While attending CSUF and working to get my degree, I was working as the weekend concierge for Partners Trust in the Pasadena Office. I received my B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing after 4 years and I am currently planning to go back to school to pursue my Master’s Degree. Following my undergraduate studies, I moved on from PT to work for the world’s largest technology distributor, Ingram Micro. After 10 months of working in the technology industry, I got lucky enough to receive the opportunity to pursue my true passion: Marketing. Ironically enough, this opportunity was with Partners Trust. I currently work out of PT Headquarters in Brentwood and I am truly lucky to be back with such an amazing company.

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Patrick McGee

Transaction Coordinator
Beverly Hills

A native of the beautiful state of Alabama, I relocated to Los Angeles from Atlanta in 2006 to embark upon a career in the entertainment industry. However, I quickly learned that my true talent was conducting and managing business affairs from behind the scenes. A consummate professional with deep internal and external Client Services knowledge in Public, Private, Legal, Corporate, and Hospitality industries, I am fortunate to be a part of an innovative, unique, and cutting edge real estate brokerage and acquisition firm such as Partners Trust. Throughout my career, I have maintained a reputation for developing trust, incubating new ideas, and developing solid relationships while embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, and growth. I hold a bachelors degree from the University of Alabama and a Corporate Paralegal Certificate from the University of California Los Angeles. In my spare time I enjoy an eclectic mix of the good life: live music, reading, traveling, sports, great food, great drink, great friends, learning about new and different things, and my awesome family.

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Roanne Santillan

Accounting Clerk
Brentwood

I was born and raised in the Philippines and received my Bachelors Degree in 2000. I was in banking industry for 7 years before I migrated to United States. Prior to joining Partners Trust, I've worked in a property management company for 5 years. If I'm not working, I love spending time with my husband and daughter, visiting different places and dining out. I am very grateful to be part of this team.

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Robert Welper

Office Administrator
Brentwood

I was born and raised in northeast Wyoming until I moved to the Los Angeles area in 2004. For the first 17 years of my life, I lived in a town with a whopping population of 25 people (and about half of those people were my immediate family). Los Angeles is now my home, more specifically, Redondo Beach. What an amazing, crazy, life-altering change it’s been to move from a town of 25 people to a city of around 4 million people. I can now indulge in almost every interest in the world. In the Spring of 2010, I joined an inspiring and impressive group of people known as Team In Training (TNT), who raise money for cancer research for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I had no idea how much TNT would change my life. I am extremely proud to say that I have completed eight fun, wonderful seasons with the team, and in the past five years, have raised over $25,000 (and counting). TNT has kindled my passion for running, and now my greatest joy is having the ability to mentally and physically challenge myself by running full and half marathons. I ran my first marathon (the LA Marathon) in 2010, and since then, I have completed over 50 full and half marathons. My desire is to continue running and hopefully one day, run the Boston Marathon.

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Scott Cain

Transaction Coordinator
Pasadena

I have been in residential real estate for the last nine years as a full time agent, listing assistant and transaction coordinator. I come to Partners Trust Pasadena as a full time transaction coordinator after working at Remax Los Feliz for the last two years, and before that, as an agent at Sotheby's Realty in Los Feliz for the previous seven years. I am very excited to be part of the Partners Trust team and am looking forward to many enjoyable years here in Pasadena. My passions include tennis, theatre and, most importantly, my nine-year-old son, Carter.

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Shyrea Cobb

Accounting Clerk
Brentwood

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I graduated from Pacific Palisades High School and am pursuing my Business Degree with a focus on Finance/Accounting. I started my journey in the finance world at a small savings and loan in the Palisades at the age of 15. I moved on to Real Estate Banking and became a Loan Officer, Loan Processor and finally a Mortgage Underwriter. After the industry took a fall in 2009, I transitioned to Accounting and began assisting a very-well established CPA. By taking that leap of faith, from Mortgage Banking to Accounting, I have found my niche and I’m very motivated and eager to reach higher heights. I am a mother of 3 beautiful children, 2 girls and a boy. The core of my motivation is driven by providing everything they need mentally, physically and financially. I am so grateful to be part of Partners Trust because this company has the same desires for their employees as I have for my family. So coming each day I don’t feel like I’m going to work, but rather going to my “home away from home”. In my spare time I enjoy going to my children’s’ plays, games and school programs. I love to sing, cook and spend valuable time with my friends and family.

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Suzy Pilipossian

Transaction Coordinator
Beverly Hills

I grew up in Pasadena for most of my life, however, while I attended California State University Northridge and received a B.A in Psychology, my family and I moved to La Crescenta. There began my interest in Real Estate as I was fascinated with the process of purchasing a home. I still consider Pasadena my home and being able to work in this beautiful city has been a blessing. I have worked in Real Estate for over two years and recently began my journey with Partners Trust in the second half of 2014. I have been captivated by what Partners Trust stands for and all of the values in place. I am delighted to work for such a company that continuously gives back to, not only the community, but the world.

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Vivian De La Torre

Office Administrator
Malibu

As a graduate from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in International and Intercultural Communication and Political Science, my real estate career began as a part-time intern in Malibu in 2012. Upon earning my degree in 2013, I followed my heart and accepted a full time Listing and Marketing Coordinator position, which was what initially brought me to the Partners Trust family. Today, I am proud and honored to be the Office Administrator in the Malibu branch of the Partners Trust family. Born and raised in the Bay Area, I immediately fell in love with Malibu and embraced its small town charm - life here is truly an attitude that is not only calming and laid back, but motivating and inspiring. I am now fortunate enough to call Los Angeles/Malibu my home and look forward to calling it that for many years to come. In my free time, you can usually find me baking, traveling, enjoying the year-round Los Angeles sunshine, or embarking on my most dangerous hobby: Retail Therapy.

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