Dwayne Wyatt , MA, APA, ULI, ICSC / President & CEO
Dwayne is the chairman of UIG’s board of directors. Dwayne has work as a City Planner for the City of Los Angeles for 25 years. In his capacity as a City Planner, Dwayne has worked on complicated land use cases in the areas of land subdivision, entitlements and planning policy. In 2011, Dwayne completed the commercial real estate industry diversity initiative, Real Estate Associate Program (REAP) in Los Angeles. Dwayne is also active member of several professional Real Estate organizations, including the American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute, International Council Shopping Center and NAIOP. Dwayne earned a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA’s Graduate School of Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UCLA.
Wesley Smith, NASD / Senior Vice President
A member of UIG, Wesley is a licensed real estate broker and real estate mortgage and sales professional specializing in residential and commercial properties and has been in the industry over twenty years. He has built a number of residential and commercial units and has funded over $3.5 Billion in residential and commercial financing. Wesley’s experience includes drafting and negotiating contracts for financing residential and commercial properties. He has extensive experience in project management, consulting and community development. He has general securities trading experience and holds a Series 7 securities license from the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). Wesley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University-Long Beach.
Duane Weisenhaus, AIA, LEED, AP/ Chief Design Officer
A member of UIG, Duane is a California-licensed architect with over 30 years of professional experience. A graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, Mr. Weisenhaus has worked for top Southern California architecture firms responsible for a diverse range of sophisticated projects. Firms include Gensler, Perkowitz & Ruth and RBB Architects. Duane has worked on retail, office, medical, entertainment, residential and hospitality projects. Mr. Weisenhaus had taken a leading role in several notable projects, including Pacific Theatres at the Americana at Brand; The Dome Entertainment Center/ArcLight (cinema/retail/health club), Hollywood, CA; The Strand (retail/hotel/office), Huntington Beach, CA and Orange County Dialysis Center, Anaheim, CA. Professional activities include membership in Urban Land Institute where Duane is an active participant in the committees for the Los Angeles District Council’s Urban Marketplace, TOD Summit, and Urban Plan as well as the Orange County chapter’s Placemaking Council.
Michael Tusken, JD/ Chief Operating Officer
A member of UIG, Michael and has been an attorney for over 18 years. In his law practice, Michael represents financial institutions, each having $3-5 billion in assets, in litigation and commercial loan workouts. He also provides strategic advice to business entities and non-profits regarding, among other things, organizational structure, business transactions, financing and real estate transactions. Michael previously worked as an associate with multinational and national law firms in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., including Reed Smith, LLP, Buchalter Nemer APLC, and Bryan Cave LLP. He has represented financial institutions and organizing groups before federal and state regulatory agencies in all aspects of seeking regulatory approval to establish new banks, holding companies and operating subsidiaries and also in enforcement actions. Michael also has purchased, rehabilitated and sold numerous single family properties in Southern California. He has been a member of the Urban Land Institute and was a member of the organizing committee for the TOD Summit (Transit- Oriented Development) for three years. Michael earned a Bachelor of Art’s degree in economics from Whittier College and a jurist doctor from the George Washington University National Law Center, both with honors.
Todd Clayter, MS/Chief Development Officer
Mr. Clayter is a real estate development professional specializing in urban infill, commercial/residential mixed-use projects. He has been a consultant to UrbanCore LLC, a real estate development firm in San Francisco for the past 10 years. Prior to that, Mr. Clayter was Development Manager for The Jefferson Company (later Primus Infrastructure, LLC), responsible for the preparation, adoption and implementation of the Fillmore Jazz Preservation District in San Francisco’s historic Fillmore District. In the role of co-development manager for the rehabilitation of the Ferry Building in San Francisco, Mr. Clayter was responsible for entitlements, including multi-jurisdictional regulatory approvals, development agreement and lease negotiations, public policy compliance and reporting for the $100 million restoration of this national historic landmark. Mr. Clayter was a Project Manager for the development of AT&T Park (formerly Pacific Bell Park) in San Francisco, CA. As a member of the construction management team for the $350 million stadium project built for the San Francisco Giants, he implemented and oversaw a small business utilization and local employment program for the design and construction of the 42,000-seat baseball stadium and office/retail Pavilion Building. The project yielded $42 million in local consulting and contracting and a job training and placement program that yielded 200 new construction workers. Mr. Clayter holds an M.S. in Regional Science (Urban Economics and Public Policy) from Cornell University, and a B.A. in Political Science (Urban Studies) from UCLA. He also studied at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco where he was an Urban Land Institute Fellow.
Gerald Brown, MBA/President, UIG Retail Group
An associate in the Retail Division of UIG, Gerald Brown is a seasoned real estate entrepreneur, management, marketing and promotional consultant with 25 years of experience in residential property management, residential development, acquisitions and retail sales in the computer and telecommunications industry. He is also a veteran entertainment producer with an equal complement of event management and production experience along with a decade as a cable television marketing and programming executive. Gerald is an honors graduate of the prestigious Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and holds an MBA in Marketing, Finance and Entertainment Management from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. In 2011, Gerald completed the commercial real estate industry diversity initiative, Real Estate Associate Program (REAP) in Los Angeles, CA and in 2012 he completed advanced coursework in Commercial Real Estate Development with the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C.