Bentley Richards has been involved in Real estate acquisition and management for the past 19 years. In 2001 Bentley started buying apartment buildings in Los Angeles County. The first was a 42 unit in Alhambra where he began self-managing units. The next acquisition was in Pasadena, CA. From there he spread to Westwood, Ca., Koreatown, and Hollywood. He then grew the business from 42 units in 1 state to 1800 units in 4 states by 2008. These included 7 multifamily apartment buildings along with a mobile home park. He and his office staff oversaw the daily management and financials for the units.
Currently he has pared back the real estate holdings to under 800 units and has moved his capital into the private money-lending world through Agoura Hills Financial. Over the past 10 years he and his partner Rod Hecker have written/brokered over $75 million in loans and currently have a servicing portfolio of $33 million. Bentley leveraged his real estate background and connections to the mortgage industry into a successful boutique lending company. Agoura Hills Financial writes loans on commercial, industrial, multi-family, office and retail spaces. They also finance non-owner occupied fix n flips. Mr. Hecker and Mr. Richards now spend their time managing the existing real estate along with the private money lending.
Garret Hecker is a CSUN Alumni with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. While serving his 6 year commitment to the army reserves, he began working for Northrop Grumman in Supply Chain as a Material Analyst. Garret managed the company’s ordering, delivery, inventory, and coordination of over 30 million dollars’ worth of chemical materials for the F-35 fighter jet and other security clearance programs. After working at Northrop Grumman for 4 years, he started mentoring under his father, Rod Hecker who has been training me to do private money lending. From there Garret obtained his real estate license in 2019 and his broker’s license in 2022 and immediately began working in investor relations and lead generation of loans. As of October 2021, Garret became a partner of the business.
In his off time, Garret enjoys playing in his online/pub dart league, off-roading, backpacking, gaming and board games, and travelling.
Rod Hecker graduated with honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Finance. Over the next 20 years he worked for two Fortune 100 companies in the pharmaceutical and electronics industries. He managed global organizations with a primary focus in Operations, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing. In 2007 he left the Corporate world and began work in real estate with Bentley Richards. Together they started Agoura Hills Financial.
In addition to operating Agoura Hills Financial, Rod and Bentley also do small development projects in the greater Los Angeles Area and entertain a variety of joint venture opportunities.
After successfully running the company for over a decade, Rod has semi-retired from Agoura Hills Financial and has handed over his position as CFO to his son Garret.
Outside of work Rod enjoys time with his wife and 6 children, backpacking, and motocross.
Joumana Nasser moved to Los Angeles from Lebanon in 2009, and shortly started her career in the real estate industry in 2010, working in the foreclosure department at Bank of America. Since then, she has worked for multiple private lenders in Los Angeles handling the Finance and Accounting Departments.
Joumana Graduated from California State University of Northridge in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in business management with focus on accounting. She aspires to be a successful strong leader in the real estate and finance world, and she is currently working on getting her real estate license.
Joumana enjoys listening to music, dancing, and experiencing new foods and cultures. In her free time, she loves to travel and go on getaways with her family.