John Fukuda is a 25‐year veteran of executive positions in the real estate and technology fields and currently the CEO of Savvia Group, Inc., a conglomerate of five national companies. Prior to assuming leadership roles within the real estate community, Mr. Fukuda founded, launched, consulted, and directed numerous Internet companies from 1996 to 2005, which afforded him the unique experience of witnessing the cross‐industry technology transition firsthand. His two decades of senior management and principal experience include both regional and national entities, which range from Fortune 300 companies such as IBM and ADP to rapid start‐up and turnaround situations. In the residential housing industry, Mr. Fukuda lead a Nevada‐based residential mortgage bank from start-up to a consistent Top 5 producer in loan volume in the midst of the housing crisis (2006‐2009).
Mr. Fukuda served as national chairman of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). Founded in 2003, AREAA is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit professional trade organization dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market. The paramount mission during his tenure was mobilizing the organization’s 12,000‐strong membership of Asian‐American real estate practitioners nationwide to provide high-quality information on responsible homeownership throughout the Asian community. Under his leadership, AREAA doubled in membership and chapter size and launched several notable legislative initiatives. In his capacity as Chairman, Mr. Fukuda successfully lobbied in Washington, D.C. and Carson City, NV and went on to work closely with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid D-NV.
As a third-generation Japanese‐American (Sansei), Mr. Fukuda attributes his professional success to strong family values that are rooted in principles of higher education and property ownership. After attending high school internationally in Rome, Italy, Mr. Fukuda studied Biology and Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Fukuda enjoys time with his wife, Hadley and their two young sons, Jett and Jayce whom Mr. Fukuda is fortunate enough to coach in basketball, baseball, football, and life.
Max Kim, a self-made millionaire by age 20, is a successful finance-related entrepreneur with a background in both commercial and residential real estate, overseas investment, hospitality, technology, governmental commerce, and M&A.
Mr. Kim served on the executive team for the largest direct provider of individual life insurance in the US, a Fortune 500 Co. Later, co-founded Silverstone Holdings, LLC, a specialty RE investment firm targeting emerging markets. Mr. Kim supervised multi-fund budgets from $15M-$300M and the raising of $80M+ in venture capital, which financed start-ups and JVs.
In 2014, Mr. Kim co-founded Omnia, a co. aimed at valuing assets and moving distressed props into performing assets, he has headed Omnia’s partnership with a leading tech co. that streamlines transactions and produces efficiencies never seen before. The Valuations Division does business in 50 states and provides true third-party opinions making the valuation of comm/resi RE more time-efficient and cost appropriate. Mr. Kim oversees an intricate network of financial institutions, investment/holding cos, gov’t agencies, hedge funds, REITs, high-net-worth individuals, and CRE brokers.
A UCI grad, Mr. Kim lives with his wife and two sons in SoCal. His family owns several well-known ethnic-centric restaurants in SoCal and is a proud sponsor of local homeless shelters operated by local governments. He enjoys non-profit activities such as working with cities and their constituents to keep businesses and commerce within city limits.