Leadership

Leadership

Clearwater Management Team

Dan Kassel

Dan Kassel

With over 20 years experience in real estate development and the home building industry, Dan Kassel is the Founder and CEO of Clearwater Communities. Dan has entitled and built more than 2,000 homes in viable communities throughout Southern California and developed a strong network of industry relationships along the way.
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Prior to establishing Clearwater Communities in 2009, Kassel served as President and Co-founder of Granite Homes. There, he led the land acquisition, capital raise efforts, and development efforts for dozens of different communities. Kassel holds an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business (where he earned an Academic Fellowship), a Master of Real Estate Development from the USC Price School of Policy, Planning and Development, and a Bachelor of Arts from USC. He is a member of the California Building Industry Association, NAHB, the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, and is on the board of YPO. Kassel is a licensed General Contractor in the state of California (License #946678) for more than 20 years. [/expand]

Mark Ellett

Mark Ellett

Mark Ellett leads the Acquisitions team at Clearwater. Prior to joining Clearwater Communities, Mark spent time heading up land acquisition for other infill developers as well as spending a decade working for Real Estate investment groups in the debt and equity markets. In total, Mark has 25 years of experience in various areas of the Real Estate industry. [expand]
Mark earned his MBA from USC and his Undergraduate degree from Cal State Long Beach both with a focus in Investment finance. He holds a graduate certificate in financial analysis and valuation from the USC center for investment studies. Mark has also completed levels 1 and 2 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker. [/expand]

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Tom Lee

Tom is responsible to manage the process of entitlement for the projects purchased by Clearwater Communities. He earned a Bachelor degree in Architecture from U. C. Berkeley and an MBA from U.C. Irvine. Prior to joining Clearwater, Tom managed land development for large land owners in Orange County and has several years of experience with public home building companies.

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Lindie Sayman

Lindie is responsible to manage the accounting operations and financial statements reporting for Clear Water Communities. Lindie took Real Estate Investment certification program at UCLA Extension for two years. She earned a bachelor degree in accounting from Cal-State University Fullerton and brought over 15 years of combined experience working for private companies and public accounting firms.
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Currently Lindie is in process of obtaining the Certified Public Accountant. In her spare time, Lindie maintains hobbies in designing and sewing her fashion dresses. [/expand]