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Our Executive Team

Robert Abbasi, President

RTI Properties, Inc. was founded in 1986 by Robert Abbasi. His professional experience began in 1983 as an Investment Consultant for a large real estate firm focusing on apartment buildings and commercial properties. Robert has an excellent reputation within the real estate investment and management industry for his integrity, knowledge, and following through. He has served on the Board of Directors for a Los Angeles business bank and other organizations. He has also served as a confidant and advisor to many in the industry including institutions, investors, brokers, property managers, and lenders. He is a well-known speaker and panelist in the investment community, sharing his investment techniques and management style with both novice and expert property investors alike.

Robert earned an MBA from the University of Southern California where he graduated with honors. He also holds a B.A. Degree in Economics from USC. He was chosen for the Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society and graduated Magna Cum Laude.


Steve Zahn, Director of Commercial Management & Leasing

Steve has been with RTI for over 20 years and is the Director of RTI’s Retail and Commercial Division. He also oversees special projects at the company. His expertise in real estate and property management extends over 30 years. Steve has a vast knowledge of property management, maintenance, and construction management, having worked on well over 130 major renovation/construction projects spanning his career.
Prior to working at RTI, Steve was a Senior Property Supervisor for a major property management firm in Los Angeles County. He also has owned several small businesses. Steve has a formal education in accounting, business administration, and has been certified in a number of industry related courses. Steve is a member of several real estate organizations including The California Bureau of Real Estate. He holds a California real estate license.


Jason Conroy, Vice President of Property Management

Jason has over 20 years of Real Estate Finance, Accounting and Development experience. His primary role is in the areas of budgeting and planning, financial controls, cash management and accounting. Jason joined the RTI team in 2013 where he oversees all accounting functions and associated owner and vendor relations. His professional experience includes over 10 years as the Director of Finance at Castle & Cooke, Inc. He has also held management roles at American Mall Properties, LLC and Weintraub Real Estate Group. After serving in the US Navy, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate Finance from California State University.


Desiree Hernandez,  Director of Business Development

Desiree has over 20 years in sales and customer service experience. Her primary role is to acquire new business while continuing to provide exceptional service to existing clients. Her professional experience includes working for Motorola Inc., for a number of years. She has also held management roles for prestigious hospitals such as St. Johns Health Center, Torrance Memorial Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and many others, locally and out of state.


Laurie Steele, Director of Human Resources

Laurie oversees the Human Resource, Payroll and Training functions for RTI. Prior to joining RTI, Laurie provided services to a publicly traded company on the NYSE with over 100,000 employees nationwide. She has more than 20 years of experience managing all aspects of Human Resources including workers’ compensation, claims management, wage/hour issues and benefits. Laurie’s services and knowledge provide an unprecedented layer of protection for all of our clients.