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 currently serves as the 2nd vice chair of the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber), a vice 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.
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.
Marc W. Hardy is Senior Vice President and General Counsel, having joined the company in May 2021.
From 2001 to 2020, Hardy served as Assistant General Counsel and then General Counsel/Assistant Secretary for the A.G. Spanos Companies. He has extensive experience in corporate law, real estate, land use and environmental issues.
With the A.G. Spanos Companies, Hardy provided executive leadership and management to the Board of Directors, executive members and its operating managers concerning the legal affairs for a fully diversified group of companies, including, the Spanos Corporation, a national multi-family residential homebuilder, mixed-use master plan developer, and owner/operator of Class A office complexes, vineyards, orchards, golf course and marina, and the Los Angeles Chargers National Football League team.
Hardy’s areas of legal practice have included: Real Estate/Land Use, Commercial Construction, Leasing, Corporate Law/Entity Formation, Lending/Finance, Litigation and Risk Management, Labor and Employment, and Compliance. Prior to joining the A.G. Spanos Companies, he served as an Associate Attorney with O’Brien Watters & Davis LLP in Santa Rosa, California, and Ogden Murphy Wallace P.L.L.C. in Wenatchee, Washington.
Hardy earned a BA from the University of California, Davis, a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, and a Masters of Law degree in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law.
Robert D. Velasquez is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial 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.