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Meet Our Team

Norman Lizt

Norman Lizt

President

With more than 30 years of investment experience, Norman Lizt is the founder and President of La Jolla Cove Investors, Inc.

After graduating at the top of his class from Wharton and Berkeley (MBA in finance), he went on to hold numerous positions on Wall Street, as an analyst for Value Line, Wertheim, and Lehman Brothers. He also was a Portfolio Manager for the #1 ranked Oppenheimer Fund. Norman has been the President of a commercial real estate brokerage firm and the Senior Partner of a private investment partnership.

Email: norman@ljcinvestors.com

Travis Huff

Travis Huff

Portfolio Manager

Travis has overseen the day-to-day operations of La Jolla Cove since January of 2000 and has over 20 years of financial experience.

Travis is focused on building successful relationships and helping our portfolio companies achieve their goals. He provides sound advice and strategy, helping businesses make tough choices. Travis has a degree in Economics from Michigan State University.

Outside of work, Travis actively cycles and runs with his wife. He is also involved in environmental conservation, particularly the preservation of Sonoma County’s watershed.

Telephone: 415-409-8703
Email: travis@ljcinvestors.com

Brad Barnard

Brad Barnard

Director of Investments

Brad reviews investment opportunities and oversees the due diligence process for La Jolla Cove Investors. He’s involved in the structuring of joint ventures with land owners and is the liaison with our outside consultants.

Brad works closely with our partners, including development of exit strategies. He has over 15 years of financial experience and a degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida. Brad was a Principal of an institutional brokerage firm for 10 years.

Telephone: 415-409-8022
Email: brad@ljcinvestors.com

Guido Chiappa

Guido Chiappa

Acquisition and Development Manager

Guido graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a LEED consultant (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) for large development projects. After graduation, he worked for real estate consultants, property managers, and developers. He also designed, entitled, and built a zero-carbon home in San Diego.

Guido’s role is dedicated to building strategic partnerships for real estate related ventures.

He enjoys spending time outdoors swimming, surfing, hiking, motorcycling, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Telephone: 858-222-8731
Email: Guido@ljcinvestors.com


Steve Romanoff

Steve Romanoff

General Counsel

Steven M. Romanoff is a licensed attorney and real estate broker in California.

He obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1987, he received his law degree from the University of San Diego Law School and graduated in the top 2% of his class. Mr. Romanoff started his legal career at Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye (now DLA Piper) in their Real Estate department in 1987. In 1992, he established a sole practice in La Jolla, California specializing in business and real estate transactions. From 1992 to 2003, he represented numerous developers, investors, lenders and business owners with business and real estate transactions totaling over $150,000,000. From 2003 through mid-2009, Mr. Romanoff was General Counsel to a private commercial lender, handling all legal aspects of the loan business, and assisted in placing over $1,000,000,000 in real estate loans, and handled loan workouts and management of distressed REO.

In July, 2009, Mr. Romanoff joined La Jolla Cove Investors, Inc. as General Counsel, and manages its corporate compliance issues and other legal matters.

Telephone: 858-551-8789
Email: steven@ljcinvestors.com


Paul Harris

Paul Harris

General Counsel

Paul is the Portfolio Accountant for La Jolla Cove Investors and has been with the firm since 2011. His responsibilities include accounts payable and receivable, financial analysis and reporting.

He has a broad range of experience in both private and public sector Finance and is a Chartered Management Accountant from the UK. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Coventry University.

Paul is also a FAA certified helicopter flight instructor and commercial pilot in his spare time and enjoys skiing, mountain biking and following English Premier League soccer.

Telephone: (415) 409-8703
Email: paul@ljcinvestors.com


Alberto Chiappa

General Counsel

Over 30 years experience in real estate development and business ventures in the US, Europe and Asia.

Alberto Chiappa holds a Master of Engineering degree from the Politecnico of Milan, Italy and an MBA from Stanford University. After graduation, he joined a material science silicon valley company holding positions in sales and marketing in Europe and in the US. He then developed several multi-family projects including the first”Artist in Residence” building in Los Angeles and several environmental projects in China. In the last 20 years he was a partner in a company, which became the largest worldwide brand of classical guitars.

Telephone: (415) 409-8703
Email: alberto@ljcinvestors.com