The team

Meet our team of experts

Our mission is to help our clients create and preserve wealth providing the best real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory services available
TYLER C. LEESON

TYLER C. LEESON

Senior Managing Director

Tyler Leeson, Senior Managing Director, founded The Leeson Group and is a Senior Director of the National Multi Housing Group of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services. As the president and founder of The Leeson Group, Tyler has brought together a team of highly qualified professionals that focus exclusively on multifamily investment sales in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties.

During his tenure at Marcus & Millichap, Tyler has been consistently recognized as a top agent in the Newport Beach office, finishing as the office's top agent six times and in the office’s top 10 agents ten years running. Over the course of his Marcus & Millichap career he has completed over $1.8 Billion in investment transactions, earning six consecutive National Achievement Awards, four Chairman’s Club Awards, and three Chairman’s Circle of Excellence Award along the way. Since 2015, Tyler has been ranked amongst the firm’s top 40 agents nationwide for all product types and in the firm’s top 20 multifamily agents nationwide.
LIC: CA 01451551
MATTHEW J. KIPP

MATTHEW J. KIPP

First Vice President Investments

Matt joined Marcus & Millichap as an agent in April 2003. His tenure with the firm spans well over a decade as a broker and regional manager. As an agent, Matt was awarded the company’s sales achievement award in 2005, 2008, 2017, and 2018 and was recognized as a Top Ten agent within his office on multiple occasions. As a manager, he led over 30 sales agents deployed throughout Southern California focused on a broad range of commercial real estate property types. In these roles, Matt has brokered and overseen over $1 billion and approximately 600 commercial real estate transactions.
LIC: CA 01364032
KURT M. HEDIGER

KURT M. HEDIGER

First Vice President Investments

Kurt Hediger started his career at Marcus & Millichap in February of 2013. He graduated from Virginia Tech University with a degree in Finance and began his career in commercial real estate in 2008 with NAI Capital. Kurt earned his first Sales Achievement Award in 2017. Some notable transactions include the sale of the 45 unit Newberry Lofts for 9.1MM and the sale of the note secured by 55 units in Angeleno Heights for 8.5MM. Kurt currently specializes in multifamily investment assets in the Orange County coastal market. Kurt specializes in helping his clients optimize return on investment, as well as creating wealth.
LIC: CA 01846649
DREW F. HOLDEN

DREW F. HOLDEN

Senior Associate

Drew Holden joined the Marcus & Millichap team in early 2014. Drew specializes in multifamily investment assets in Orange County. Prior to joining Tyler Leeson's team, he spent two years working in the industry for Sperry Van Ness, where he lead a team to create and improve Commercial Real Estate technology systems. Drew earned his first Sales Achievement Award in 2017. Drew uses his extensive market knowledge and analytical background to foster a unique approach that creates long-term wealth for his clients.
LIC: CA 01962800
ANTHONY M. BROWN

ANTHONY M. BROWN

Senior Associate

Anthony Brown joined the Marcus & Millichap team in early 2015. After graduating from Washington State with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Marketing he spent several years with J.P. Morgan Chase-Private Client. Anthony's background is in Wealth Management, tasked with managing assets of the banks most profitable client. Anthony joins the Leeson Group, specializing in multifamily with territory focus in Orange County.
LIC: CA 01974830
JOHNNY Y. CHANG

JOHNNY Y. CHANG

Senior Associate

Johnny’s brokerage career started in 2007 with two local multifamily boutique firms in Seattle, Washington. From there Johnny moved on to working at CBRE (2014-2017) where he specialized in multifamily investment properties and development opportunities in both Orange and LA Counties. In 2017, Johnny moved to Kidder Mathews where he continued to develop his multifamily brokerage business.

Johnny is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese, which allows him to instantly create value for both local and foreign investors by providing local expertise and access to the inflow of Chinese capital streaming into the Southern California market. Johnny graduated from Harvard University with a master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies and focuses in Management and Finance. His rigorous interdisciplinary educational backyard, along with his current dedication to earn and maintain trust throughout the entire process of business development, not only reflects Johnny’s capability to build local promise, but his ability to deliver local solutions.
LIC: CA 01961748
NICHOLAS A. KAZEMI

NICHOLAS A. KAZEMI

Associate

Nick Kazemi is an Associate with Marcus & Millichap at the Newport Beach office. A high achieving individual with the drive to excel, Nick specializes in Multifamily transactions with the Leeson Group. Nick has been energetic in launching his commercial real estate career. He joined Marcus & Millichap in 2016 as a multifamily investments specialist in the Orange County and Los Angeles County areas. With a background in sociology, and professional experience in the commercial real estate industry, Nick has the tools to exceed client expectations. He works tirelessly to develop strong client relationships, always being attentive to client goals. Nick offers aggressive marketing approaches to create a competitive pool of buyers, consistently delivering the highest value for a property.

Nick graduated from UCLA in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. He was a member of the UCLA Men’s Basketball team from 2011-2015.
LIC: CA 02008945
MIKE A. BANWELL

MIKE A. BANWELL

Associate

Mike joined the Leeson Group and Marcus & Millichap in Fall of 2017 at the Newport Beach office.

Mike received a B.A in Finance from the University of Maine, where he was also recognized by the NCAA as a scholar athlete. He has always been an extremely driven and focused individual and has leveraged that into Commercial Real Estate investments and specifically the multifamily space.

His knowledge of the Commercial Real Estate market as well as his strong commitment to deliver successful transactions to his clients demonstrates why he’s a great asset to any investor. Mike specializes in multifamily investments in North Orange County.

Prior to joining the team at Marcus & Millichap, Mike was a Professional Hockey Player for six years, competing throughout the United States and Europe.
LIC: CA 02045460
JUSTIN T. BUTLER

JUSTIN T. BUTLER

Associate

Justin joined the Leeson Group and Marcus & Millichap in 2019 as an associate specializing in multifamily investments for the Newport Beach office.

His knowledge of Commercial Real Estate and the Orange County market, combined with his strong professional experience in sales and extraordinary devotion, allows Justin to create generational wealth for his clients and makes him a valuable adviser to any investor.

Justin is fluent in both English and Spanish, which empowers him to successfully create value for both local and foreign investors. His passion and dedication to earn and maintain trust throughout the entire process of business development, not only reflects Justin’s capability to do what is best for the client, but his ability to deliver solutions.
LIC: CA 02092220
DANIEL E. RABIN

DANIEL E. RABIN

Senior Financial Analyst

Daniel started his career at Marcus & Millichap in June of 2011 in the Los Angeles office as an office intern. After graduating in May of 2013 from the University of Arizona with a degree in Management, Daniel rejoined Marcus & Millichap as a member of The Leeson Group. Daniel is responsible for the development of the team's proposals, offering memorandums, and many other facets of the brokerage process.
ASHLEY A. BAILEY

ASHLEY A. BAILEY

Senior Transaction Manager

Ashley entered the team in July of 2013 with nearly ten years of real estate experience which include working at CBRE and Marcus & Millichap in Phoenix, Arizona. Ashley is responsible for facilitating the escrow process. She prepares purchase and sale agreements, counter offers and amendments, organizes offer submissions, coordinates due diligence and ensures closing of transactions.
TANIA R. GHAFFARI

TANIA R. GHAFFARI

Marketing Coordinator

Tania started her career at Marcus & Millichap in August of 2017 as a Marketing Assistant. In October 2017 she was promoted to Marketing Coordinator of The Leeson Group. Tania is responsible for developing marketing strategies and creating content for online digital campaigns, with an emphasis on social media. She also assists in the creation of marketing proposals, offering memorandums, and resumes. Tania studied Business Administration and Psychology at Chapman University.
ANDREW M. PISES

ANDREW M. PISES

Marketing Coordinator

Andrew started his career at Marcus & Millichap in February of 2016 as a Transaction and Marketing Coordinator. In August of 2017 he was promoted to Marketing Coordinator of the Marcus & Millichap – Newport Beach office. Andrew then joined The Leeson Group in November of 2018 as a Marketing Coordinator. He is responsible for producing marketing materials, such as proposals, offering memorandums, and resumes as well as creating digital content for eblasts and social media outlets. Andrew studied Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
JONATHAN P. GIANNOLA

JONATHAN P. GIANNOLA

Regional Manager, Newport Beach

Jonathan Giannola serves as Regional Manager of the Newport Beach office at Marcus & Millichap.

Mr. Giannola joined Marcus & Millichap in 2001 as an associate specializing in multifamily investments in Orange County. He was promoted to senior associate in 2003 and consistently ranked among the Top 10 agents in the Newport Beach office. Mr. Giannola joined the management team as sales manager in 2015 and was promoted to regional manager in 2017.

Mr. Giannola attended St. Mary’s College of California, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. He is a member of NAIOP and the AAOC, and has served as a member of the Orange County chapter of the Building Industry Association.
LIC: CA 01315359
MICHAEL G. DERK

MICHAEL G. DERK

Senior Managing Director

Michael Derk joined the Long Beach office of Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation (MMCC) in December 2002 and relocated to the Newport Beach office in 2015. As a vice president capital markets with MMCC, Michael is responsible for securing commercial debt and equity financing for an array of property types including multifamily, office and industrial, retail, seniors housing and hospitality. He is well connected with national, regional and local funding sources including, but not limited to, agency lenders (e.g. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac), commercial banks, CMBS lenders, life insurance companies, private and public funds and bridge lenders. Michael has 18 years of commercial real estate finance experience and has closed more than $1.5 billion in transactions. He specializes in structuring multifamily, retail and industrial products as well as other special purpose properties.
LIC: CA 01404618