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.
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.
Outside of work Rod enjoys time with his wife and 6 children, backpacking, and motocross.
Allyson Haim hails from upstate New York, now a transplant in California for almost 20 years. She worked in Human Resources, Accounting, System Administration, Freight Payment Solutions, Auditing and Systems Implementation before pursuing her passion in Real Estate. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker and earned her MBA from Pepperdine University.
After managing a small boutique brokerage and getting her feet wet in the REO sector, she joined Agoura Hills Financial in 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys poker and traveling. She also holds a black belt in Tang Soo Do.