Gregory S. Bielli joined Tejon Ranch Co. in September 2013 as President and Chief Operating Officer and assumed the office of President and Chief Executive Officer on December 18, 2013. Mr. Bielli also sits on the Tejon Ranch Co. corporate board as a director.
Mr. Bielli has more than 30 years’ experience in real estate, land acquisition, development, and financing. He comes to Tejon Ranch most recently from Newland Communities, one of the largest and most successful master-planned community developers in the country. As president of Newland’s western region, Mr. Bielli was responsible for overseeing management of all operational aspects of Newland’s portfolio of master-planned residential, commercial, and retail real estate projects in Arizona, California, and Colorado. He was also responsible for growth and acquisitions in the region.
Before joining Newland, Mr. Bielli was executive vice president for development for the Jupiter, Florida-based Medalist Developments, where he oversaw three master planned communities, and before that, he served as president of MCO Properties in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Mr. Bielli is the 2023 Chair of the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber), a former co-chair of the Southern California Leadership Council, and product council member in the Urban Land Institute (ULI.) He served on the Scottsdale city council from 1990 to 1998 and was past district council chair for ULI Arizona.
Mr. Bielli earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona.
Allen E. Lyda is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Tejon Ranch Co. Lyda, who joined the Company in 1990, also serves as Corporate Treasurer. Prior to joining Tejon Ranch, he was employed by American National Bank in Bakersfield, serving as Senior Vice President and Controller. Lyda graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business with a major in accounting from the University of Tulsa and received his MBA from California State University, Bakersfield. He is also a graduate of Stanford University’s Financial Management Program. Lyda is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oklahoma State Board of Public Accountancy.
Brett A. Brown is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Tejon Ranch Co. Brown joined the Company in 2023. He has more than 30 years experience in the real estate industry and, prior to joining Tejon Ranch, he was executive vice president and chief financial offer at Alexander & Baldwin, Honolulu, HI. Brown graduated with a bachelor of science degree in accountancy with a major in accounting from Northern Illinois University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.
Hugh F. McMahon IV, is Executive Vice President of Real Estate and is responsible for the entitlement and development of the Grapevine and Mountain Village master planned communities. McMahon began his career with the Company in 2001, having formerly served as Director of Finance for Castle & Cooke’s mainland operations headquartered in Bakersfield, California. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from California State University, Fresno, and received a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Bakersfield. He is also a graduate of Stanford University’s Financial Management Program and Harvard University’s Real Estate Management Program.
Michael Houston is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Tejon Ranch Co. He previously held those positions at the Company for almost five years beginning in 2016. He left Tejon Ranch in 2021 to join the Southern California Association of Governments, where he served as Chief Counsel and Director of Legal Services for the nation’s largest metropolitan planning agency. Prior to his initial tenure with Tejon Ranch, Houston served as City Attorney for the City of Anaheim. He has extensive experience in corporate governance, municipal/public agency law, real estate and economic development, land use and environmental issues. Houston graduated magna cum laude from Chapman University with a BA in Political Science and earned his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Houston is licensed to practice law in California and Colorado.
Robert D. Velasquez is Senior Vice President, Finance, and Chief Accounting Officer for Tejon Ranch Co. Mr. Velasquez joined the Company in 2014. Prior to joining Tejon Ranch, he was employed by Ernst & Young LLP, serving as an Executive Director. Mr. Velasquez has over 15 years of experience in the real estate, hospitality and construction industries. In addition, he has extensive experience in designing of internal controls over financial reporting in order to comply with section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Mr. Velasquez graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business with an option in accounting from the California State University, Los Angeles. Mr. Velasquez is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Barry Zoeller is Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, for Tejon Ranch Co. He is responsible for all corporate level and marketing communications for the company, including to the financial and investment community. In addition, he is the chief spokesperson for the company.
Zoeller has been with Tejon Ranch Co. since 2004, coming from the position of Executive Director of the Kern County Board of Trade. Prior to that, he served as News Anchor/News Director for KERO-TV, the ABC television affiliate in Bakersfield. Zoeller also anchored the news at stations in Des Moines, IA and Joplin, MO.
He is a trustee of the Kern County Museum Foundation and served two terms as president of the board of directors of CASA of Kern County.