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“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

Ben Nehmadi

In 1983, led by founder and managing principal Ben Nehmadi, Republic Investment Company began acquiring rent-stabilized multifamily properties in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Nehmadi became adept at buying under-managed rental buildings and adding value by making substantial capital improvements to the units and common areas, bringing construction, management and leasing activities in-house, and improving the overall financials.
Following years of success in New York City, Mr. Nehmadi began expanding the firms reach by acquiring properties in major gateway cities across the United States and Central America.

In response to demand for short-term, quickly accessible commercial real estate financing, Mr. Nehmadi founded Republic Funding LLC in 1993. Since inception, the entity has provided borrowers over 200 competitively-priced bridge loans for the purpose of acquiring, repositioning and renovating existing commercial real estate.
Mr. Nehmadi has overseen the growth of the firm to include over 40 active investment properties throughout the United States.

Sheida Jafari

Over the past decade, Sheida Jafari has embodied the digital nomad. Her curiosity coupled with the principles of Design Thinking and Strategy has facilitated insights for several Fortune 100 Companies and Silicon Valley start-ups. As a serial entrepreneur herself, she has co-founded Vice Motherboard’s LadyBits, the roving hotel experience The Lost Hotel, and, most recently, the celebrated production company Caravan.

At Republic, Ms. Jafari cultivates assets by driving value through incredible experiences and communities.

Ms. Jafari credits her organizational capacity, quick thinking and ability to gather community due to early work as a human and civil rights activist. Driven by a deep sense of justice, she strategizes and builds for projects that value joy, human dignity and growth in balance with the gifts of our natural environment.

Mark Forman

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

Clinnie Conley

Clinnie Conley is a Los Angeles California native and she’s been a Republic Investment team member since 2014. She assists our executives in the position of Office Administrator and her 19 years of management experience allows her to maintain the office flow with a welcoming and efficient presence.

Prior to joining the Republic Investment team she was the office manager of a prominent Beverly Hills Sports Chiropractic office which went along with her Personal Fitness Training and Nutritional Planning for clients.

Clinnie attended the Art Institute of Los Angeles with a major in computer animation and a minor in graphic design.

Justin Kunkle

Justin Kunkle is a Southern California native and fourth generation builder here in Los Angeles. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder and his master’s degree at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

His career includes construction supervision, management and contracting work in California for twenty five years. He was also a key person in the startup of two construction companies that enjoyed tremendous growth and success during his time with them.

Prior to joining Republic Investment Company, Mr. Kunkle has been building high-end custom homes throughout California as an Owner's Rep. and General Contractor for owners and investors.

Currently, Mr. Kunkle oversees, manages and consults on construction and pre-construction activities for Republic Investment Company.

Most of Mr. Kunkle's work is done alongside designers, architects, engineers, contractors and tradesmen; as well as, with building officials and stake holders to efficiently plan, entitle and perform property improvements.

Interesting facts:
Justin practically grew up on construction sites working for his father and other builders and has journeyman level experience with most major trades.
He has built houses from the ground up with his own two hands.

Interests:
Justin has a keen affection for good design and thoroughly enjoys building great things.
He is also an avid outdoorsman who has summited some of California’s highest peaks, including Mt. Whitney.
Justin can often be found at the beach body surfing and relaxing with his family.

Josh Kelfer

Joshua Kelfer serves as Controller at Republic Investment Company. He is responsible for overseeing the accounting department as well as advising management on financial and tax related matters. Previously Mr. Kelfer worked at a regional CPA firm where he focused on entity taxation, specifically those involved in the Real Estate industry. Mr. Kelfer attended California State University Northridge where he graduated with a B.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Taxation. Mr. Kelfer is currently licensed as a CPA in California and is a AICPA and CalCPA member. In his free time Mr. Kelfer enjoys to spend his time outdoors hiking, and participating in other high adventure activities.

Darren Smith

Darren Smith serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Republic Investment Company. His role at Republic is to oversee the company’s real estate portfolio to ensure and to align corporate real estate strategies, and to design and implement all real estate policies, processes, and procedures. He is responsible for ensuring the financial success of owned and prospective projects by identifying potential areas of cost reductions and optimizing the effectiveness of capital expenditures. Mr. Smith has held various executive roles in construction management, real estate development, and asset management positions and graduated from St. Peters University with a B.S. in Marketing and Finance. In his free time Mr. Smith enjoys spending time with his family.