Ambition. Honesty. Reliability. They are all traits of our founder, Henry Fenton. And they are also common to the company’s 200 employees today. The success of H.G. Fenton Company is directly attributed to the excellence of its people. Please take a moment to meet the leaders and staff members that keep our tradition of integrity and service going strong every day.
Michael P. Neal
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mike has many passions, including building things and fast cars. Growing up he and his buddies were quite the builders. Their specialty was tree forts, some as high as 20 feet up in a tree and three levels tall. To gather the materials needed, he and his friends would bring lemonade to construction sites where homes were being built and barter for surplus nails and scrap lumber. He and the same group of friends also built go-karts and minibikes in metal shop class so they could get their speed fix, and some of them even ran.
In high school, Mike’s pursuit of building continued. He and his dad rebuilt a 1956 Ford F-100 truck from the ground up and turned it into a 140 mph racing machine. At the same time Mike was working every summer and vacation break as a construction laborer digging ditches, pouring concrete, and any really dirty job assigned to him. After all, the truck’s parts had to be paid for somehow. While in college at SDSU, Mike’s work as a laborer continued until his junior year when he was asked to transition to concrete quality inspection at the Naval Outpatient Clinics in Balboa Park. The 400,000sf complex was Mike’s first management job in the building industry and he was instantly hooked. From there his enthusiasm for construction became more than a passion – he knew he could turn it into his career.
Mike now shares his love of fast cars with both of his children, each having raced junior dragsters as one of the many family activities. Today he continues to enjoy cars and the building of Companies, Communities, and Careers. Mike’s passion for building can be seen in the energy he invests in each of those areas. He’s proud to be a part of the growth and development of Fenton and of the careers so many have enjoyed building as part of the Company.
Chief Administrative Officer
Passionate about Fenton and those who experience our company, Kari leads organizational strategy, legal and overall employee experience in her role as Chief Administrative Officer. A mom of two young boys, devoted friend, champion of personal and professional growth and active participant in all aspects of the Company, Kari inspires others to achieve results.
Her breadth of experience with real estate transactions, entitlements, risk management, team building and the “human” side of things ensures that our organization is best aligned to achieve its short and long-term goals, instilling a strong and mindful approach from strategy through implementation. From east coast to west, Kari brings a variety of perspectives – including her learning’s while at Bucknell University and Georgetown and Board experience on a variety of non-profits, to help create a values-driven culture focused on our customers, employees and financial results.
Chief Financial Officer
Robert Gottlieb brings more than 30 years of financial experience to this his position as Chief Financial Officer of H.G. Fenton Company. Robert is responsible for all financing, treasury, accounting, and tax functions of the Company. Robert is a member of the Executive Leadership team and provides strategic leadership to the Company. Prior to joining Fenton, Robert lived a non-traditional life. He spent his 20s obtaining a significant amount of financial education at UCLA and San Diego State University, followed by working several years at a stuffy, but well respected, international accounting firm. Robert had enough of being responsible and decided it was time to see the world. He spent much of the 80s roaming around Asia and Europe. This was broken up by working at several real estate investment companies to earn enough money to support his traveling passion. After getting married and trying to be responsible again, Robert decided roaming was more fun. Robert, needing money to support his and his wife’s traveling, happened upon Fenton. The plan was to work a while and then resume roaming. Instead, Robert found a home. 24 years later Robert is still making a positive impact at Fenton. Robert is still passionate about roaming, but now it is bite size roaming, with numerous destinations still on his list of must see places. When Robert is not working nor roaming with his family, he is riding his Elliptigo, practicing several forms of Yoga, or at the gym. He also thinks it’s important to give back to the community. He is on the board of a local private high school, The Grauer School, and on the board of a not-for-profit affordable housing developer, Community Housing Works.
Executive Vice President, Residential Asset Management
Carroll has a passion to make a difference in people’s lives, and the opportunity to provide quality apartments for people to live gives her great satisfaction and purpose. For over 30 years, her teams have had the privilege to rent apartments to tens of thousands of individuals, roommates and families. The focus on providing an exceptional customer experience has resulted in over a decade of H.G. Fenton Company being recognized with national and local awards for the quality of its communities and the high level of service its residents receive. Carroll is also a wife, mother of five children, graduate of Chapman University and immediate past president of The San Diego County Apartment Association.
Employee Lifestyle and Recruitment
Employee Lifestyle Director
Kaitlin is an outstanding networking professional, with experience in multiple industries, who excels at supporting Talent Acquisition initiatives. She has been with H.G. Fenton since February of 2014 and is excited by the growth and development being achieved in all facets of the business. By providing a cultural and performance based recruiting strategy to source and sell passive and active candidates, as well as performing in depth interviews, Kaitlin is able to present the most qualified candidates for consideration as members of the Fenton family. She also serves as a reporting guru and likes integrating valuable data with results in order to analyze and improve upon current processes. Kaitlin’s favorite part of my job is being a key partner in the search for quality talent as well as having the ability to be an out of the box thinker, implementing new marketing and recruitment strategies!
Residential Property Management employees are empowered to be leaders and to know and understand their residents in order to provide great places to live.
Executive Vice President, Residential Asset Management
Director of Regional Maintenance
Commercial Leasing Managers
Commercial Maintenance Team
Commercial Portfolio Leaders