meet Comstock Homes
Creative design, meticulous construction and carefully planned communities lead the way to exceptional living, but it’s the laughter, the smiles and the conversation that make a house feel like home. It’s life as you see it. It’s life in a Comstock home.
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For more than 35 years, Comstock Homes has established a tradition of creative design, meticulous construction and careful community planning throughout California. Quality construction and superior supervision are maintained throughout the building process to ensure customer satisfaction. Talented architects, designers and craftsmen work together to create Comstock homes and communities that are nothing short of exceptional.
Robert W. Comstock, Owner
Robert “Bob” Comstock has devoted nearly his entire career to the identification and development of real estate assets with more than 35 years of success in commercial, retail and residential development.
Born to a career naval officer who relocated his family to the South Bay, Bob attended local schools where he received several athletic honors. While attending college, Bob began his real estate career by opening a small real estate brokerage firm specializing in residential sales and management. After the firm grew to 15 salespersons, Bob sold his interest in the firm to a partner in order to pursue a career in commercial real estate. He joined Security Pacific National Bank as a commercial real estate appraiser, reviewing projects throughout the nation. Within two years Bob was promoted to vice president and moved into a mortgage banking position within the bank. In that capacity, he was responsible for making commercial loans in excess of $100 million throughout the United States and reselling them in the secondary market.
Bob left Security Pacific National Bank to form his own commercial real estate company. The firm was initially involved in the acquisition and consultation of commercial real estate for offshore clients. During this period, the firm acquired and managed several retail projects in the southwestern United States.
In addition to Bob’s development activities, he has received a life teaching credential from the Los Angeles Community College District for teaching real estate appraisal and finance. Bob has served on several committees for the City of Manhattan Beach, including a long study of housing for the elderly. As a result of his successful effort to save the Ellwood Mesa, Bob acted as a consultant to the Trust for Public Land and Environmental Defense Center for a project along the Central Coast. Those efforts led to the highly successful development of The Bluffs along the Santa Barbara Coast.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and finance from California State University, Northridge.
David M. Lauletta, Chief Executive Officer
David has over 28 years of experience working in senior-level positions for national and regional-sized real estate investment and development companies. David has directed and managed multifaceted strategic real estate investments in feasibility, acquisition, disposition, entitlements, develop
Prior to joining Comstock Homes, David was the vice president and regional manager for Shea Homes of Southern California (one of the largest privately held homebuilders in the nation), where he was responsible for overseeing the homebuilding activity including acquisitions and entitlements in excess of $150 million and home sales with annual revenues of $200 million. Prior to joining Shea Homes, David worked at various real estate companies including Empire Land, Woodridge Capital, Langdon Wilson Architect and Calmark Properties, where he held executive management positions including chief financial officer, senior vice president of asset management, vice president of finance and area director.
David has been an active participant in many industry associations, held public agency roles and taken on volunteer positions, including board member of Building Industrial Association of Greater Los Angeles, vice chairman of planning commissioners for the City of Moorpark, AYSO, Special Olympics and various other volunteer associations. David holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Santa Barbara in economics, is a certified public accountant and is a licensed real estate broker in the state of California.
Nicholas M. Long, Chief Financial Officer
Nicholas brings over 15 years of professional operations, finance and accounting experience to Comstock Homes. Nicholas has developed a solid track record of managing through various stages of the real estate cycle and has developed a high level of expertise in accounting, finance, loss mitigation, acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, portfolio optimization, financial restructuring, strategic and business plan development, capital sourcing and operational improvement.
Prior to joining Comstock Homes, Nicholas was the Southern California regional manager of finance and acquisitions for JF Shea Co. Inc., the parent company for the largest privately held residential homebuilder in the nation and a leading commercial, retail and multi-family developer and property manager. At Shea, he was responsible for closing over $400 million in residential for sale, multi-family, retail, commercial and public facilities transactions. In addition, Nicholas managed over a dozen joint ventures with various institutional and non-institutional partners, with total capital of approximately $2 billion. He began his career as a certified public accountant with Deloitte and Touche, LLP, where he managed financial statement audits, M&A, IPOs and debt issuances on behalf of his clients from a broad range of industries. Over the past few years he has also been involved in several large real estate restructurings and turnarounds as a financial advisor and real estate expert as a consulting manager with Kibel Green, Inc.
Nicholas is an active participant in many professional real estate associations, including the BIA, ULI and OREO. He has also resided as a member of the BIA’s Government Affairs Advisory Board and has been a guest speaker and panelist on public/private infrastructure financing at University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California. In addition, he is a licensed certified public accountant and real estate broker in the state of California. Nicholas holds a master’s degree in business administration from University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from Chapman University, Argyros School of Business and Economics.
Pete Perea, Director of Construction
Pete joined the Comstock team in January 2003 and is a key reason for the company’s success in the residential development business. His strong foundation in construction began during his childhood, a time when he built homes in the family business. He refined his skills through his time at D.R. Horton, one of the largest builders in the nation. Pete is a master builder and there is no other way to put it.
Pete was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he lived until his teenage years. His family relocated to Chino, California, where he graduated from Chino High School. He then began his formal education by studying architectural design at California State University, Fullerton. Pete officially began his real estate career by taking an entry-level position in the residential building industry, where he soon became a superintendent. Pete spent over 15 years in the field as a superintendent, including seven years as a general superintendent. During that period, Pete built over 20 communities with one of the largest public homebuilders in the nation.
After reaching the goals he set for himself to secure a position in construction management for a well-recognized homebuilder, Pete joined Comstock Homes as director of construction and has since proven to be a master in the field. Pete manages the construction and development teams for the company as well as purchasing and customer service. Since Pete joined the team, the company has had a spotless site safety record, warranty claims have been minimal and the company has never had a WRAP claim and continues to show a clean loss history.
Eric Winquist, Asset Manager
Upon graduation, Eric worked for two years with the accounting firm Deloitte and Touche, LLP. He then accepted a position with the internal audit department of Continental Airlines, where he reviewed all aspects of the company’s operations, from accounts payable to maintenance operations and operational reviews of international stations. During this time, Eric became a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Texas.
Eric joined Comstock, Crosser & Associates in June 1996 as assistant controller and assisted in the residential and commercial areas of the company, including accounting and tax work, acquisition analysis, financing and property management. Since 2001, he has served as the asset manager for company-owned and third-party managed commercial retail, industrial and office properties located in Southern California, with responsibilities that include managing the development, leasing and operations of the properties.
Ray Ferrarini, NorCal Principal
With over twenty-five years of experience, Ray has built an outstanding reputation in the home building industry. As a results-oriented and motivated construction professional, he is highly effective at finding the best methods possible to complete exceptional construction projects and is proactive in identifying cost-effective solutions to company-wide problems.
At Comstock Homes, Ray is responsible for leading and growing the Northern California division. In addition to executive leadership, he is also responsible for both on-site and off-site horizontal and vertical construction.
Prior to joining Comstock Homes, Ray was the Northern California senior vice president for The New Home Company, where he was responsible for leading all construction-related activities in the Northern California market. Before his time at The New Home Company, Ray spent eight years at J.F. Shea Co., Inc. running the Northern California operations.
Ray is an active participant in many professional real estate associations, including the BIA and the NSBIA. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from California State University, Chico.
Stephen Tindle, NorCal Principal
Stephen’s 20+ year tenure in the real estate and banking industries provides Comstock Homes with deep insights and industry experience across a broad spectrum of areas, including executive leadership; land acquisition and project management; sales and marketing strategy; and operations management.
At Comstock Homes, Stephen is responsible for leading and growing the Northern California division. In addition to executive leadership, Stephen is responsible for land acquisition and identifying opportunities for Comstock Homes in the Northern California market. Prior to joining Comstock Homes, Stephen was a Northern California general manager for JF Shea Co., Inc. At JF Shea, he was responsible for leading all aspects of the business, including taking a 1,100-unit master-planned community from raw land through land planning, land development and product segmentation and design. Stephen began his career as a commercial lender with Wells Fargo, where he gained a strong financial acumen and played a significant role in making Wells Fargo one of the largest commercial lenders in Southern California.
Stephen is an active participant in many professional real estate associations, including the BIA and the Fisher Center for Real Estate at University of California, Berkeley. Stephen holds a master’s degree in business administration from University of California, Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business, and Columbia University in New York City as well as a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Redlands, The School of Business.
Debra Geiler, Director of Entitlements
Over the last decade and a half, Debra has negotiated the acquisition and disposition of over 35,000 acres of important resource lands valued in excess of $250 million. Debra achieved these successes working closely with landowners and interested stakeholders – negotiating and managing complex real estate transactions from acquisition to the entitlement process to disposition.
Prior to joining Comstock Homes, Debra served as the Southern California director of The Trust for Public Land in addition to serving in the real estate investment and development industry. Her law practice focuses on providing strategic advice to buyers and sellers of complex real estate assets, including plan processing, regulatory compliance and environmental issues and tax matters.
Debra’s success is grounded in her ability to assess and strategize for multi-benefit outcomes; develop and implement community outreach and coalition and consensus building; and create and maintain strong relationships with key local and state policy makers.
Debra earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her Bachelor of Science degree in finance, real estate and land use from California State University, Sacramento. She is an attorney and member of the State Bar of California and is a licensed real estate broker in the state of California.
Troy Busse, Director of Purchasing
Troy has made a career in homebuilding since 1999. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a master’s degree in business administration and Bachelor of Science in finance and marketing, he headed east to start working toward a profession in the construction industry. Troy began his journey as a superintendent constructing homes for John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia. Through hard work and dedication, Troy became a key team member delivering quality-built homes to satisfied customers and dramatically reducing warranty claims. A project management position with a smaller builder offered Troy a chance to expand his knowledge base before opening up his own construction management company in 2005.
With the housing market entering a transition, Troy decided to relocate back to the West Coast, closer to family and friends. In 2007 Troy joined the purchasing team of Shapell Homes. It was there that he was able to bridge his years of experience in the field and business background. Troy began working for Shapell as a purchasing agent and, throughout the course of his time there, developed many key process improvements, earning a position as their lead purchasing manager overseeing multiple projects in diverse geographic areas of Southern California.
In 2013 Troy joined Comstock Homes as director of purchasing and leads the efforts for developing trade partner relationships, enhancing procurement processes and discovering efficient design solutions.
Jeff Malone, Director of Project Management
During his 25-year career in the homebuilding industry, Jeff has held positions as a customer service representative, project superintendent, purchasing manager, sales associate and senior project manager. Jeff was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California. He currently holds a California real estate broker license.
Jeff’s early career experience was gained working in California for Citation Builders, the Donald Bren Company Malone Homes (a family-operated homebuilder) and The William Lyon Company. A six-year period was spent with Richmond American Homes in Tucson, Arizona, where he gained varied experience selling homes, managing purchasing operations and working in land acquisition, land development and project management disciplines. Jeff’s most recent experience was with Standard Pacific Homes in Ventura County and included management of over 30 single- and multi-family home communities, including management of two large master-planned communities, Dos Vientos Ranch in Newbury Park and RiverPark in Oxnard.
Jeff manages several projects for Comstock Homes throughout Southern California. His expertise in entitlements, scheduling, development management and problem solving has proven to be extremely valuable to the company.
Harriet Rapista, Project Manager
Harriet Rapista was born and raised in Southern California. After graduating from Whitney High School in Cerritos, California, she attended University of California, Los Angeles to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. Shortly after graduation, Harriet was offered her first job in the industry at ESI/FME Structural Engineers, where she spent five years doing the structural engineering for several projects serving many of the top homebuilders in Southern California until deciding to become more involved with the development side.
Following her decision, she joined EPAC Homes, where she was a project manager for high-end semi-custom home projects in San Diego and Los Angeles counties. After her time at EPAC, Harriet joined Western Pacific Housing in Irvine, which later was acquired by D.R. Horton, one of America’s largest public homebuilders. At D.R. Horton, she worked with the project managers to develop many subdivision home projects throughout Riverside County as the director of forward planning.
Harriet first joined Comstock Homes in late 2007 and was primarily responsible for project management and project analysis. She managed all aspects of the Villages at Heritage Springs project in Santa Fe Springs. After leaving Comstock in late 2010, she joined City Ventures and worked on several communities in Orange and Los Angeles counties, with most of her time spent on the Monrovia Nursery site in Glendora.
Harriet rejoined the Comstock team in February 2014 and is excited to be back. She assisted in the closeout of the Villages at Heritage Springs project and will work on Villa Portofino in Palm Desert, other desert communities and feasibility for future acquisitions.
Ron Mazziotti, Construction Manager
With over 30 years of diverse experience in the construction industry, Ron joined Comstock Homes in April 2012 as site supervisor. With a work history spanning the entire homebuilding range of responsibilities, Ron brings to the team valuable insight and knowledge of on-site and off-site construction management.
Over the years Ron worked in the capacity of customer service/supervisor, project manager, and vice president of construction. In 1990 Ron went to work for a Ventura-based land development company, where he remained for over 18 years. He started as a project manager and advanced to vice president of construction/division manager for its northern, central and southern divisions. Ron’s work experience includes developing small-lot subdivisions, building single-family homes, condominiums and 12,000- to 20,000-square-foot custom estates, and the development of a golf course, strip malls, apartment complexes and a hotel.
Ron worked as a consultant providing expertise in land design, map/permit processing and bids and more. He has established a reputation for completing projects on time and below budget with a higher-end product exceeding client expectations.
Ron has a degree in construction management and certificates in construction technologies.
Joseph Perri, Director of Finance and Acquisitions
Throughout his career, Joseph has been an integral part of the acquisition, financing, development, management and disposition of over $4 billion of real estate. He has consulted and transacted on numerous developments and product types, including single-family homes, residential condominiums, high-rise office towers, retail space, multi-family assets, self-storage facilities and infill mixed-use projects. Joseph is experienced working directly with large investment and commercial banks, pension funds, equity institutions and high-networth individuals throughout the capital stack. At Comstock Homes Joseph oversees the analysis of acquisition targets, assists with the management of existing assets and is heavily involved with overall business planning efforts.
Prior to joining Comstock Homes, Joseph was responsible for new project underwriting and oversaw the creation of acquisition, development and construction joint ventures as Vice President for ETCO Homes, a private developer. He also spent several years at Thomas Properties Group, where he worked as an associate on the acquisition and management of Class A operating assets in Southern California, Texas and Northern Virginia. Prior to that, Joseph was a senior analyst at TriMont Real East Advisors and managed numerous asset types with various workout strategies. Joseph began his career in real estate with KB Home.
Joseph prides himself on his commitment to success through his detailed analysis and understanding of projects, cultivating long-term relationships within the industry and his fundamental love of real estate. Joseph is a Southern California native and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in real estate finance from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.