Elan Kermani, a licensed broker in California and President/Founder of CityStreet Commercial, is a Los Angeles native, having graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1997. Mr. Kermani was previously Vice President at Alfred Realty, specializing in selling and leasing restaurants, retail, development, income, and other hospitality and entertainment-related properties in the Greater Los Angeles area. Mr. Kermani served as Vice President for Alfred Realty until the 4th quarter of 2018, where he flourished in premiere restaurant and hospitality real estate, with an in-depth understanding of data, comprehensive property studies, market research, and knowledge.
Mr. Kermani created CityStreet Commercial in the first quarter of 2019 and continues to do the same. Since 2004, Mr. Kermani has brokered, consulted, and closed over $400M in transactions. Mr. Kermani’s tactical marketing strategies, personable qualities, and aggressive dedication to his craft have allowed him to stand out and excel in the industry.
Leslie Haro, a Los Angeles native and long-time resident of West Hollywood. As a broker and Managing Partner at CityStreet Commercial, Leslie’s expertise lies in connecting her clients with their perfect opportunities, leveraging her deep understanding of the city’s diverse culture and architectural integrity. Her keen eye for evaluating trendy and consumer trade areas across Southern California has earned her a reputation as a trusted advisor in the industry.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Leslie is deeply committed to giving back to her community. She actively volunteers with organizations like Mujeres De REAL, where she empowers and supports women in the real estate industry, fostering an environment of growth and success. Additionally, Leslie serves as a mentor and advocate for young women pursuing their dreams through her involvement with the Miss America Organization. Her passion for community involvement and her dedication to making a positive impact are evident in all aspects of her life.
Prior to joining CityStreet Commercial, Leslie held the esteemed position of Vice President at URBAN LIME real estate for over five years. Her extensive knowledge and experience has made her an invaluable asset to the CityStreet team, playing a pivotal role in their remarkable growth and success. In fact, CityStreet grossed over $85 million in sales in the year 2023 alone, a testament to Leslie’s exceptional contributions.
With a focus on concept development, operations, construction, design, and real estate in the hospitality sector over the past two decades, Shane Won Murphy has played an integral role in the expansion and growth of the Zinqué Hospitality Group since its inception in 2010, now with 9 locations and 4 more in permitting or under construction. Other notable projects include Vespertine, Josiah Citrin’s Charcoal, Cosa Buona, Bestia, Atrium, Little Joy, The Lonely Oyster, and new Venice restaurant coming soon by Travis Lett, founder of Gjelina & Gjusta. In April of this year, Shane opened Isla on Main Street in Santa Monica with chef Brian Bornemann of Crudo E Nudo.
Prior to focusing on hospitality real estate, Shane served as a principal at Urban Pacific West, Inc. developing luxury residential real estate throughout Southern California. Currently, he holds the title of Executive Vice President at CityStreet Commercial in Beverly Hills. In addition to his background in construction and business operations, Shane is recognized for his deep knowledge of global trends arising in lifestyle-driven consumer markets.
During his teenage years into his early 20’s, Shane was a competitive surfer living in Laguna Beach, Half Moon Bay, and Hawaii, eventually attending UCSB, then UCLA.
Senior Vice President
Kristin McCann joined CityStreet with over 19 years of experience representing tenants and landlords in New York City and Los Angeles. Kristin has most recently assisted James Beard finalist chef Rashida Holmes, of Bridgetown Roti, & Milk and Honey Spa in establishing locations in Los Angeles. Kristin has also been active on behalf of landlords from Beverly Hills to Hollywood. In New York, Kristin successfully revitalized a West Village/Hudson Square section by facilitating leases, including a 5,000-SF space for Houston Hall, and played a vital role in the 25k sf expansion of Amy’s Bread into Long Island City. Kristin brings with her a wealth of knowledge and the tenacity to work hard. With Kristin’s great leadership skills, won’t stop until it’s finished attitude, and her ability to turn visions into reality – we are honored to have her on our team.
Senior Vice President
Guru Thapar stands out in the commercial real estate industry as a professional with a unique blend of entrepreneurial success and specialized expertise. His journey in the sector is anchored by his experience as the owner and operator of three successful restaurants. This venture not only honed Guru’s business acumen but also endowed him with a deep understanding of the hospitality industry, an insight he now brings to benefit his clients in commercial real estate.
In his role as a commercial real estate agent, Guru focuses on assisting restaurant owners in maximizing the value of their properties. His approach is enriched by his firsthand experience in the industry, particularly in areas of permitting and optimal property usage. Guru’s unique perspective enables him to identify and unlock hidden values in properties, ensuring that his clients achieve the best possible returns on their investments.
Beyond his expertise in the restaurant sector, Guru is a certified specialist in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Section 42 program. This specialization underscores his commitment to community development and affordable housing. He provides invaluable guidance to developers and property owners, helping them navigate the complexities of underwriting and funding for low-income housing projects. Guru’s work in this area goes beyond mere business transactions; it reflects his dedication to creating sustainable communities and making a positive societal impact.
Guru’s philosophy in real estate is built on the foundations of trust, transparency, and a shared vision for success. Whether he is assisting restaurant owners in leveraging their property’s full potential or guiding clients through the nuances of LIHTC Section 42, his goal is to deliver exceptional service and results that exceed expectations.
Associate / Director of Marketing
Christian Montoya, a native of Long Beach now residing in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, has dedicated the past decade to a career in design and marketing. His professional journey includes collaborations with prominent corporations such as Colliers, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, among others. Currently holding the dual roles of Associate and Director of Marketing at CityStreet Commercial, Christian seamlessly applies his expertise in branding, design, and marketing to the realms of real estate leasing and investment sales. With a versatile skill set, he has gained a distinct advantage in working with creative talent and businesses on both domestic and international fronts.
Brandon Pluta began his career producing and promoting events for some of LA’s most renowned hospitality brands. Specializing in high net worth and celebrity relationships, Pluta developed a strong understanding of portfolio diversity and a vested interest in real estate investment.
Following a seamless transition to commercial real estate, Pluta specializes in selling and leasing restaurants, retail, development, income, and other entertainment and hospitality-related properties in the Greater Los Angeles and Orange County regions. Brandon’s exposure to the entertainment industry makes him a valuable asset for investors looking to enter and expand their portfolio in the space.
Hali is a driven, charismatic, and dedicated individual specializing in the hospitality industry, having previously managed a team for SBE. After graduating from Chapman University, she immersed herself in the entertainment, architectural, and abundantly diverse culture of Los Angeles. Hali has worked with a broad network of leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs and is significantly in tune with the desires of her clients. She consistently exceeds expectations in her client relations.