24 Years in Business
Founder and CEO
Dario De Luca
Founder, President, and COO
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Pino is responsible for financial reporting, investments analysis, income and estate tax planning, human resources and payroll, risk management and insurance, investor relations, strategic planning, and capital markets analysis; Pino is backed by 15 years of hands-on experience in management, business relations with financial institutions, attorneys, and CPAs. He received his degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and is married with five children.
Chief Investment Officer
Nicolas joined Pacifica in 2008 as Director of Acquisitions. He has transacted $1.2 billion in commercial real estate. Prior to his undertakings in real estate, Nicolas was a brand manager at Danone in Canada. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Montréal and an M.S. in Real Estate from USD. He’s an adjunct professor of finance at USD, and a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Lincoln Club of San Diego, and the Burnham-Moores Real Estate Club.
Executive Director of Asset Management
Paul is a seasoned asset manager, value-creating professional, and equity- and debt-placement consultant, with a sales career at Mexico’s top resort destinations and relationships with top development groups such as St Regis, Blackstone, and Cirque Du Soleil Amusement Park. Paul has also done sales and consulting for master-plan developer Cornerstone and for Brookfield Asset Management. Paul, a South-American native with ties to the Mexico-USA Real Estate Council, lives in Rancho Santa Fe with his wife.
Aron Hier, Esq.
In-House Legal Counsel
Chief of Staff, Executive Director of Operations
Teresa has been working with Pacifica Enterprises since 1997, serving as controller, treasurer, accounting department supervisor, and director of human resources. Teresa assists the CFO in working with CPAs, government auditors, subcontractors, and attorneys. Teresa has over 21 years of experience in property management and construction accounting. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
Director of Finance and Legal Affairs
A summa cum laude graduate from the University of San Diego, with a degree in Accounting and Finance with an emphasis in Real Estate, Wileen worked for Ernst & Young to gain her Big Four public accounting experience and to become a CPA. She joined Pacifica in 2010 and is responsible for investor relations, asset resources, litigation risk management, and all contractual obligations, whether transactional or operational. Wileen is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker.
Director of Architecture and Design
Rick is Pacifica’s project construction manager, designer, and planner. For the last 19 years, he’s mainly focused on high-end residential project design and development in Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, and Palm Desert. Before joining Pacifica, Rick ran his own design and construction company for 31 years, with over 70 employees, designing and building over 1,000 projects in all asset classes, including land development. Rick is a graduate of UC Irvine and a licensed general contractor since 1984.
Director of Engineering
Daniel Hayden, P.E. provides engineering and development expertise to evaluate, improve, and maintain Pacifica’s new and existing real estate acquisitions and assets. A California-licensed civil engineer, Daniel before joining Pacifica was a project engineer at Tait & Associates and later the principal and owner of a consulting firm. Hayden graduated Cum Laude from the University of California Irvine in Civil Engineering with a specialization in structural engineering and is a member of ASCE and SEAOC.
Director of Planning and Design
A graduate of Whittier College, Eric joined the ranks of Pacifica in early 1998. He oversees the development programs for acquired assets, and works with other company disciplines to create uses where asset values can be maximized. Eric is responsible for creating the team of consultants, engineers, and architects who comprise the design and development team for Pacifica’s projects; he also works with local municipalities and regulatory agencies to bring project ideas to fruition in a timely manner.
Director of Construction
A California-licensed general contractor, Brian has worked with Pacifica for over ten years, overseeing the renovation of over 3,000 condos. He has managed over 120 in-house employees and oversees dozens of subcontractors. Before joining Pacifica, Brian was a San Diego City fireman and independent builder of single-family residences. Brian is a licensed class-B general contractor, a certified water damage restoration technician, and a certified mold remediation technician.
Director of Sales and Marketing (PRES)
Karen has been working with Pacifica since 1997, beginning in the property management division, then moving to residential real estate transactions. A licensed real estate agent, Karen has the uncanny ability to find the most remunerative residential opportunities in the niche of apartment rentals, condominium units, and single-family residences, and has managed all of Pacifica’s residential sales in Southern California since 2006 for a total consideration in excess of $20 million.
Director of Information Technology
With an experience in multi-platform Information Technology that dates back to the mid-1990s, Frank has worked with Pacifica for over fifteen years, managing and overseeing all aspects of the IT infrastructure; he’s also a skilled web designer and digital media expert, overseeing the company’s creative projects. Frank also assists Pacifica in translating management strategies into tactical department objectives and leveraging their implementation through the latest technology.
Michelle has been with Pacifica since 1997, first in accounting, then in property management and administration. Her cheerful personality, multi-tasking ability, and attention to detail have gained her the position of executive assistant to the CEO and to the COO, a position she’s held for the past 10 years, coordinating their business schedules, organizing and maintaining their business records and managing their relations with high-profile investors.
Senior Construction Manager
A two-year veteran in the US Army and a 38-year veteran in the construction business, Brian established his own construction company in 1985 and incorporated it in 2004. in 2011 he joined Pacifica’ team as senior construction manager, reviewing plans and blueprints, project timetables, determining material and labor costs, gathering permits, and working with subcontractors and workers. He’s been married 32 years, and has five adult children and six grandchildren.
Director of Corporate Maintenance
A native of Michigan and a graduate of Kalamazoo College, James started a business in construction as a general contractor in 1980. He was a general contractor until 1992, when he joined CBC and then Pacifica in 1995 as a building maintenance technician. He is skilled in several disciplines related to maintaining commercial and residential buildings. Currently, his main focus is on residential properties with hands-on supervision of vendors and contractors.
We service the entire real estate spectrum, from acquisitions to design, engineering, development, asset management, and financial reporting.
Our intimate knowledge of the real estate market gives us an edge in predicting local trends and quickly adapting to the highest-yielding investment opportunities.
Our team has worked together in the southwestern US real estate market for many decades and has hands-on experience in all asset classes.
Our partners and investors love working and investing with us because they know we pride in giving them clear and timely financial reporting.