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Curtis R. Olson


Curt Olson is the principal investor, Chairman and CEO of Nexus, and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Nexus’ business affairs.  In 1981, Curt joined Nexus Development Corporation/Central Division. The company utilized Curt’s management skills and broad knowledge base of the commercial real estate business, tasking him with responsibility for the company’s growth in Orange County. He was instrumental in the development and disposition of commercial properties in excess of 3 million sq. ft. and, eventually, Curt acquired 100% of the company


Curt began his career in commercial real estate in 1977 at Grubb & Ellis in Newport Beach after graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business. While at Grubb & Ellis, Curt handled a myriad of real estate transactions, including the sales and leasing of shopping centers, office complexes, industrial buildings and raw land for development.




Cory W. Alder


Cory Alder joined Nexus in January 2003 as Vice President of Business Development, and was named President of Nexus Companies in January 2004. As President, Cory is responsible for overseeing and managing all day-to-day activities of Nexus, including the development, construction, sales and marketing efforts.


Mr. Alder began his career in commercial real estate in 1983 after graduating from the University of Southern California.  Initially working for 6 years with the Seeley Company handling industrial and office transactions, Mr. Alder joined SDC Development in 1989 and was involved in the development of approximately 1,500,000 sq. ft. of industrial and commercial space. Mr. Alder managed the company’s industrial portfolio and led the disposition of over $100 million of assets with major savings and loans, thrifts, major banks and the RTC during the 1990-1994 real estate downturn.


In 1994, Mr. Alder joined Koll International as the Director of Business Development in Koll’s Mexico City office. From 1997-2003, Cory was President of 3 start-up technology companies in Southern California and was responsible for all operations, including raising over $20 million dollars of investment capital.



Matthew B. Kaufman

Senior Vice President Operations & CFO

Matt Kaufman serves as Senior Vice President of Operations and CFO for Nexus, having joined Nexus in May 1999. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s corporate and financial affairs, and is also a key player in overseeing the development and construction aspects of Nexus’ projects. Throughout his career, his responsibilities have encompassed acquisitions, entitlements, planning and design, asset management, financing procurement, financial analysis and risk management in a variety of real estate projects, such as mixed-use, commercial, retail, hospitality, self-storage, and single- and multi-family residential projects 


Matt received his Master of Professional Studies degree from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tufts University.  He began his real estate career as an appraiser and management consultant for the international accounting firm of Pannell Kerr Forster, where his significant engagements included appraisals and feasibility studies of hotels, motels, resorts, country clubs, retail complexes, residential developments and restaurants. Thereafter, from 1986-1999, Matt served as Director of Development Services for Coastal Rim Properties, Inc.


He has been involved in joint government/private developments, as well as tax credit and municipal bond-financed projects. Matt has also served on the board of several non-profit corporations and is currently a Board Member of Affordable Housing Access, Inc., a non-profit housing corporation whose mission is to provide and preserve affordable housing for low-income individuals and families.

Ryan Vogt-Lowell. ESQ

Vice President, General Counsel

Ryan Vogt-Lowell joined Nexus as General Counsel in April 2007. As chief legal counsel of the company, he provides oversight, guidance, and direction regarding all aspects of the company’s legal affairs.


Ryan began his legal career at the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP, in Costa Mesa, California, after graduating from Boston College in 1999 with a B.A. degree and Duke University School of Law in 2002 with a J.D. degree.


As an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP, Mr. Vogt-Lowell specialized in real estate-related transactions, representing a variety of clients, including lenders, developers, landlords, tenants, buyers, sellers, and owners of commercial, industrial, residential and other real estate projects, with experience in multi-site, multi-state, improved and unimproved property portfolios. Mr. Vogt-Lowell also has civil litigation experience in a variety of legal areas, including business litigation, securities, unfair competition, intellectual property and labor and employment law.


Mr. Vogt-Lowell is a member of the California State Bar and is an active member of the Business Law and Real Property Law sections.

Robert W. Eres

Vice President of Development

Rob Eres joined Nexus in February 2003 as a Sales and Marketing Associate and was instrumental in the sale of over $100 million in commercial real estate in Irvine, California in just over 1 year. While at Nexus, Rob received a Masters Degree in Planning and Real Estate Development at USC.


In his time at Nexus, he has been involved in the planning and entitling of major retail, office, hotel, multi-family residential, and mixed-use projects in both southern California and Arizona. Currently, Rob serves as the Vice President of Development for Nexus and assists in the day-to-day planning, development, entitlements and sales and marketing activities for all Nexus projects


Rob graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science from the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. As an undergraduate, Mr. Eres was a member of the USC Men's Basketball Team, and successfully lead the re-chartering efforts of the USC Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.  Prior to joining Nexus, Rob worked as an Assistant Property Manager for Taylor Properties in Sacramento, California and Majestic Realty Company in the City of Industry, California, where he was involved in sales, marketing and planning of both hotel and retail project expansions. 

Stephen Scanlon

Senior Vice President, Development and Construction

Mr. Scanlon joined Turner Construction Company in 1988 where he began his career with various engineering positions that ultimately led him to the international office in 1993.  While working as a Project Construction Engineer at Turner International he managed the $105 Million design build of the Twin 40 story World Trade Center in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  In 1996, he became Senior Project Engineer on the $60 million design assist of the Aquarium of the Pacific located in Los Angeles, California.  From 1999-2000 Mr. Scanlon became Project Manager on the $200 Million Doha Ritz Carlton in Doha, Qatar and the $40 Million Hilton Hotel in Cairo, Egypt.

Mr. Scanlon joined Swinerton Builders in 2000 as the Senior Project Manager on the $160 Million OMNI Hotel and Condominium in San Diego, California.  His responsibilities included management of all planning, estimating, purchasing, engineering, superintending and administrative activities.  In 2003 he worked as an international consultant in China, Netherlands as the Construction Engineer on a $1 Billion Corporate Headquarters complex for the Chinese National Television Company.  Stephen Scanlon joined Nexus in 2004 as Vice President of Design and Construction, where he led the construction company, including construction of the 248 million, 25-story Skyline condo towers in Santa Ana, CA. 

In 2009, Mr. Scanlon joined Stearns International as President, where he led real estate acquisitions and organized and built platforms in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Gulf Cooperation Councils countries, totaling over $200 million in their development pipeline of hospitality, commercial and retail properties.  Mr. Scanlon rejoined Nexus in 2017 as Senior Vice President of Development and Construction to lead the company’s development and construction efforts.


Douglas A. Burroughs

Vice President of Construction

Since joining Nexus in 1999, Doug Burroughs has supervised field operations for Enfrastructure (Tech Space), a 200,000 sq. ft. sophisticated tenant improvement in Orange County which included a computer center with 24-hour air and new emergency generator, a health club, cafeteria and multi-use office space. Doug was the Project Manager of the Hyundai Design & Technical Center in Irvine, a state-of-the art, turnkey, 90,000 sq. ft. tilt-up. Doug also served as Project Manager on the Brenexus Limited Edition project in the Irvine Spectrum area. The project covers over 500,000 sq. ft. of office space and 84 units in total.  In addition, he was involved in the pre-construction and permitting of projects such as the Skyline at MacArthur Place, a twin 25 story high-rise condo project. 


In January of 2014 Doug was promoted to Vice President of Construction and is currently involved with consultant selection, design and planning through pre-construction, permitting, contractor selection and construction through final and building occupancy.  In recent years, Doug has overseen all pre-construction, budgeting and negotiations with general contractors for Marriot Courtyard in Santa Ana, Vivante on the Coast, and Marriott Courtyard in Long Beach.  He is currently involved with and working on a Homewood Suites in Anaheim as well as projects in Pismo Beach and Palm Springs.


A graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology, Doug has been actively involved in the construction industry for more than 37 years.


In his early career, he worked on large project such as freeway construction and runway construction.  He then moved into and specialized in high-end corporate tenant improvements and pre-construction services. In 1982, he joined Turelk as a Project Superintendent, supervising more than 1 million sq. ft. of tenant improvements in the Los Angeles area. In 1989, Doug joined Johnston and Associates as a Principal to manage all field operations and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of all field personnel, with the objective to complete all jobs on time and within budget.



Ben P. Brennan

Project Manager

Mr. Brennan has been working in commercial real estate construction since 1988 since his gradiation from San Diego State University. Mr. Brennan began his career at Investment Concepts where he spent two years managing nearly 600,000 square feet of retail tenant improvements in Orange County. From 1990 through 1995, Mr. Brennan served as the Assistant to the Vice President of Construction at Crossroads Development, a retail developer with numerous projects throughout Southern California in excess of 2,000,000 sq. ft. In 1996, Mr. Brennan joined Champion Development where he managed the tenant improvement division of the company.


Mr. Brennan joined Nexus in January 2000 as a Project Manager. While at Nexus, Mr. Brennan has worked closely in the build out of over 500,000 sq. ft. of tenant improvement projects at the Twin Towers at MacArthur Place and Brenexus projects. In addition to Nexus projects, Mr. Brennan has completed numerous third party projects throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, including SeeBeyond, Caruso Affiliated Holdings, and the International Cinematographers Guild.  Recently, Ben has overseen the interior construction of hotel, residential, and senior living projects.


Michelle Fay

Development Manager

Michelle joined the team at Nexus Development in 2014. In her role as Development Manager, she works closely with principals, lenders, consultants, attorneys and government agencies to coordinate communication on projects from beginning to end.


Michelle moved to Southern California from her home state of Ohio in 2002. She began a career in residential real estate. Starting as a receptionist in a West Coast Escrow office, she quickly became an escrow officer and manager of a processing division. As the market began to shift in 2007, she went on to lead special projects dealing with foreclosure property and auction transactions.


In 2008 she made a move to First American title where she helped to expand their REO auction business model nationwide by cultivating and managing a vendor management platform. After processing thousands of transactions and working with teams in 38 states, she helped to expand a new national title company in Florida through 2014.



Stephanie E. Zachan

Marketing Manager

Stephanie joined the Nexus team in January, 2002, where she worked on their tenant improvements team. From there, Stephanie shifted roles to Marketing Coordinator, managing all marketing and advertising efforts for the Brenexus Limited and Office Edition projects, which consisted of 57 small office and R & D buildings and 27 office condos.


In 2005, Stephanie joined Bacchus Development in Irvine as Director of Marketing. During her four years with Bacchus, Stephanie developed and implemented a multi-media marketing strategy for the sale of over $300 million in commercial real estate in Irvine. In addition, she managed two escrow and title teams to oversee the timely and efficient closing of nearly 200 transactions.


Stephanie rejoined Nexus in 2010 as Marketing Manager, and currently oversees the day-to-day marketing efforts for all Nexus projects.


Stephanie graduated from California State University, Chico in 1998 with a BA in English Literature and a Minor in American Studies, where she was a member of Golden Key National Honor Society. 


Analia Cuevas


Analia became Nexus’ Controller in 2010, having joined the Nexus Team in 2006.  Analia is responsible for all financial reporting, financial management systems and internal controls for the Nexus Companies. Analia also oversees all day to day activities in the accounting department, including the property management accounting of several commercial and hospitality projects as well as project accounting for hotels, retail, commercial, and residential projects.  Prior to becoming Controller, served as a senior project accountant, handling a variety of real estate projects, including several large residential projects in the Palm Springs area.  

Analia began her career in 1999 working at Specialized Environmental, Inc. as their accounts payable manager, later moving on to accounts receivable supervisor at Key Air Conditioning Contractors in 2002 and to Office Manager and Accountant at Rick Hamm Construction in 2004.

Analia obtained a minor in law from the University of Buenos Aires and graduated from the University of Phoenix with a BS in Accounting. She’s been working in accounting in the construction industry since 1999, gaining ample experience in the Development, Construction, and Property Management fields.

Thuy Tran

Accounting Manager

Phuong Thuy Tran joined Nexus Development in 2012 as the Accounting Manager, and is responsible for preparing and reconciling loan draws, allocating costs, reviewing billings and coordinating with lenders for hotel, retail and senior living projects, among other tasks.  


Thuy graduated with a BA in Finance Management from Cal State University, Fullerton, in 1991.  She has been working in the accounting field in real estate since 2001 and has worked for several real estate companies in accounting including K. Hovnanian Homes, Pacific Century Homes, Rim Rock Construction and TNR Development Corporation.


In her spare time,Thuy enjoys hiking, cooking, and has been a treasurer for a DMI Charity Foundation, a non-profit organization, since 2012.

Verania Martinez

Project Accountant

Verania is a Project Accountant for Nexus, having joined the Nexus team in 2007. Verania is responsible for residential projects in the Palm Springs area. She is also responsible for the bank and loan reconciliations as well as general accounting duties. 


Verania received her Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Cal State University of Long Beach.  She began her career in 1999 working at Jo-Net Inc. as the Assistant to the Office Manager, then being promoted to Executive Administrative Assistant.  After graduating from Cal State Long Beach she began working at Union Bank Insurance Services as an Accounting Associate.