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Doug Jones

Doug Jones is an accomplished Real Estate Entrepreneur and a pioneer in the telecommunication industry. Jones is a graduate of The University of California San Diego where he got his Bachelor of Arts in Management Science. Following completing his undergraduate degree, he went on to The University of San Diego to obtain his JD in 1986. Jones then practiced law around the world, working at Clifford Capital in Singapore, Allende & Brea in Buenos Aires, and Cheng & Cheng in Taiwan. After a successful career in law...

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      Mario Gonzales

      With more than 40 years of Real Estate development and home building experience, Mario J. Gonzales is a veteran of the trade, possessing a special understanding of the unique desert environment where he lives and raised his family. As Chief Executive Officer and and President of GHA Companies, GHA is regarded as one of the premier privately-owned full-service development companies in the desert and looked to as a leader in the industry. Mario found his passion in the construction industry starting as a construction lab...

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          Michael Braun

          Michael Braun is president of GRIT Development. Michael joined GRIT Development in 2003 as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He assumed complete management of the company in February 2017. As president, Michael oversees all aspects of the Palm Springs downtown revitalization project plus a full portfolio of real estate assets. GRIT Development’s portfolio consists of over one million square feet of commercial real estate assets including shopping centers, hotels, and housing projects. Earlier in his ...

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              Robert Pippin

              Robert Pippen has over 50 years in the real estate business as an attorney, real estate broker, general contractor, developer, and manager of real estate developments. He is licensed as a California Real Estate Broker, California General Engineering Contractor, California General Building Contractor, and member of California State Bar (currently inactive). He has served as owner, chief executive, and chief operating officer for major real estate development and construction firms constructing over 2,000 homes and condo...

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