Our Team

RobertSkinner

Robert Skinner

CEO and General Counsel

Michelle Konoske

Michelle Konoske

COO and CFO

Derek Hansen

Derek Hansen

Executive Vice President

BethSparkes

Beth Sparkes

Vice President – Human Resources

Jim Carrillo

Jim Carrillo

Vice President – Residential Properties

Traci Taitt

Traci Taitt

Vice President – Commercial Properties

Craig Minus

Craig Minus

Vice President – Development

KarenMims

Karen Mims

Portfolio Director

Jay Bardessono

Jay Bardessono

Director – Information Technology

Jessica Doss

Jessica Doss

Marketing Manager

Jenn Carmon

Jennifer Carmona

Commercial Property Manager

Patti Mallen

Patti Mallen

Commercial Property Manager

Core Values

Our team consists of motivated and talented team members in every department: Construction, Development, Project Management, Residential Property Management, Commercial Property Management, Investments, Accounting, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Corporate Services. With a strong management team, we strive to provide quality commercial and residential real estate developments and create positive environments for people to live, work and shop. We help team members, customers and communities realize their potential.

SHARE

SHARE is an internal mentoring initiative designed to teach, apply and live the core values and leadership principles of the Towbes Group.
Drawing from the research of leadership expert Jim Collins, the Towbes Group’s SHARE program pairs participants and mentors with the purpose of fostering “Level 5 leaders” – those who combine deep personal humility with intense professional will.
Mentors convey how they apply the core values in the workplace and model the seven characteristics of Level 5 leadership: Humble, Quiet, Professional Will, Personal Humility, Gives Credit, Steward, Common Vision.
SHARE participants better understand the role and decision-making practices of the Leadership Team. In the process, they become stronger leaders and future mentors.

EMPLOYEE ADVISORY BOARD

The Employee Advisory Board [EAB] is a key component to fostering an open exchange of ideas between senior management and staff.
The EAB is comprised of employees nominated from any department within the company. Representing their co-workers, the group synthesizes employee suggestions for consideration by senior management. Their primary focus is flagging operational concerns that have the potential for a long-range effect on employees.
Engaging employees and providing a forum for constructive dialogue aligns powerfully with the Towbes Group’s core values and mission.
Contact us to learn more about the Towbes Group and to join our team.

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It always makes us happy to see our residents enjoying their community amenities! At Ralston Courtyards, the outdoor clubhouse patio and fire pit are popular destinations. What’s your favorite to wind down after a long day of work? #WeBuildCommunity #RalstonCourtyards
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It always makes us happy to see our residents enjoying their community amenities! At Ralston Courtyards, the outdoor clubhouse patio and fire pit are popular destinations. What’s your favorite to wind down after a long day of work? #WeBuildCommunity #RalstonCourtyards
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If you have an adventurous spirit yet want the proximity to city life, Willow Springs is the community for you. Live only minutes away from the beautiful downtown Santa Barbara and opportunities for outdoor activities like running, surfing, and hiking! #WeBuildCommunity #WillowSprings
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Michael Towbes

Michael Towbes

Michael Towbes was a very experienced developer, property manager and general contractor. He was a long term owner of an extensive real estate portfolio located from Westlake Village to Santa Maria.  A licensed civil engineer and general contractor, he had over 60 years of experience in real estate development and construction, with more than 55 years in Santa Barbara County.  His focus was almost entirely within a 60 mile radius of Santa Barbara, with a significant portion of that work within the City of Santa Barbara.  Through The Towbes Group (“TGI”), he developed constructed and managed an extensive portfolio of office buildings, shopping centers, business parks, apartments, and medical complexes.  His projects have won a number of Santa Barbara Beautiful and Goleta Beautiful awards.

While a large part of his construction was for his own account, he had also been selected as the general contractor for the Montecito Sea Meadows housing project, the Ridley-Tree addition to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Foothill Centre medical offices for the Sansum Medical Foundation Clinic, and the $65 million residence hall for the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics at UCSB.  For both the Montecito Sea Meadows project and the Kavli Institute project, Mr. Towbes was personally chosen by Charles Munger to be the general contractor.

Michael Towbes was Chairman of the Board and owner of Montecito Bancorp, a Santa Barbara based bank holding company which owns Montecito Bank & Trust, with assets of $1.2 billion.  He was also named Santa Barbara’s Man of the Year, an honor bestowed upon those who have had a unique and significant impact on the local community, and the recipient of the UCSB Chancellor’s Medal, the Westmont College Medal of Honor, and innumerable other local honors.  He was a Senior Life Director of the National Association of Homebuilders and a member of the California Building Industry Hall of Fame.  Among the many local boards on which he had served was Cottage Hospital, where he was a board member for 27 years, including 5 years as president.  He was a resident of Santa Barbara for over 54 years.

 

 

 

Michael Towbes was Chairman of the Board and owner of Montecito Bancorp, a Santa Barbara based bank holding company which owns Montecito Bank & Trust, with assets of $1.2 billion. He was also named Santa Barbara’s Man of the Year, an honor bestowed upon those who have had a unique and significant impact on the local community, and the recipient of the UCSB Chancellor’s Medal, the Westmont College Medal of Honor, and innumerable other local honors. He was a Senior Life Director of the National Association of Homebuilders and a member of the California Building Industry Hall of Fame. Among the many local boards on which he had served was Cottage Hospital, where he was a board member for 27 years, including 5 years as president. He was a resident of Santa Barbara for over 54 years.

Craig Zimmerman

Craig Zimmerman, President of The Towbes Group, is responsible for oversight and all operating divisions, including development, construction, commercial and residential property management and maintenance services.  Under his leadership, the company has seen consistent annual growth.  In addition, Craig is one of the founders and managing principals of Towbes Capital Partners, a real estate investment division of The Towbes Group.  He also sits on the board of directors at Montecito Bank & Trust, the oldest and largest locally owned community bank in the tri-counties.  Craig was also named “Executive of the Year” at the June 2014 South Coast Business & Technology Awards Ceremony.  He has been a resident of Santa Barbara for 16 years.

 

Craig Zimmerman has twenty six years of experience in real estate.  As President of The Towbes Group, he will oversee the project, including the construction budgeting and financing and ultimately the construction and completion of the facility.  Craig Zimmerman has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Entrepreneurial Services from the University of Southern California and holds the company’s broker California real estate license.  He is the former Chair of the Board of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project and a Board Member of the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation, Santa Barbara Middle School, Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Barbara Hillel, Royal Pride Foundation (San Marcos High School) and the Santa Barbara High School Foundation.

Robert Skinner

RobertSkinner

Since joining the Towbes Group in 1997, Robert Skinner has served in a number of key leadership roles. He currently oversees all aspects of the company’s business as CEO. During his tenure, the Towbes Group successfully closed one of the largest leasing transactions in Santa Barbara county history. He also is Chief Operating Office and General Counsel of the Towbes Group-affiliate Montecito Bank & Trust.

In addition to his real estate and banking responsibilities, he is one of the founders and managing principals of Towbes Capital Partners, the real estate investment division of the Towbes Group. He is the chief executive officer of Agility Capital, a venture-debt fund he co-founded in 1999. Along with Michael Towbes, he formed and is managing partner of Twenty One East Victoria Investments, a firm focused on opportunities created by California’s central coast technology industry.

Prior to joining the Towbes Group, Mr. Skinner was an attorney with the international law firm of White & Case specializing in real estate transaction and bankruptcy work in the Los Angeles and New York offices. His legal expertise encompasses complex business litigation and construction and real estate law.

As a community leader, Mr. Skinner has served on the Boards of Directors of Montecito Bank & Trust, the Towbes Foundation, Barrister Executive Suites, the Santa Barbara Foundation, Camerata Pacifica and the development committee for the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Mr. Skinner is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate.

 

Beth Sparkes

BethSparkes

Beth Sparkes has served on the Senior Management Team at The Towbes Group since 2004. With over 30 years in the human resources industry, Beth plays an integral role in guiding all HR functions involving talent management, including workforce planning, recruiting, training, performance management, employee development, and employee engagement. During her career, Beth has gained substantial experience in managing employee relations, benefits, compensation, and compliance issues.

In addition to her integral role as Vice President of Human Resources at The Towbes Group, Beth is an involved member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association (SBHRA).

 

Michelle Konoske

Michelle Konoske

Michelle Konoske serves as The Towbes Group’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, and is a vital component of the Senior Management Team. Since 1999, Michelle has been a key player in the organization. As COO, Michelle is responsible for operational controls, leading the administrative and reporting procedures, and managing the organization’s leadership to continue the efficiency of the company. As CFO, Michelle oversees the entire accounting department, which includes the preparation of monthly financial statements for more than 40 projects managed by The Towbes Group.

Michelle is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accounts. She also serves on the Finance Committee for the Granada, a premier performing arts center in Santa Barbara.

 

Derek Hansen

Derek Hansen

Derek Hansen serves as the Executive Vice President at The Towbes Group and part of the Senior Management Team. He is responsible for the oversight of all construction staff, budgets, department activities, and direction on the building and systems implemented for the development of all new projects. Through his oversight of the Property Services Group, he guides the management of capital improvement projects across the residential and commercial portfolios, including tenant improvements for both private parties, and tenants of The Towbes Group managed properties.

Derek serves as the Responsible Managing Employee for the A and B Contractor’s Licenses of The Towbes Group. His professional portfolio includes a wide variety of commercial buildings, single-family projects, multi-family communities, historical remodels, and custom estate homes.

 

Jim Carrillo

Jim Carrillo

As Vice President – Residential Properties, Jim Carrillo brings extensive expertise in multi-family property management to The Towbes Group. Jim oversees the residential portfolio of 15 apartment communities, including conventional and affordable housing. Before joining the company in 2005, Mr. Carrillo worked at Lincoln Property Company/Legacy Partners for whom he managed residential properties throughout California, with an ownership range from private investors to large institutional entities.

Mr. Carrillo is a Certified Property Manager (CPM ) as designated by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). He serves on the Board of the Santa Barbara Rental Property Association, is active with the California Rental Housing Association (CalRHA) and is on the Board of Transition House in Santa Barbara.

 

​Traci Taitt

Traci Taitt

Traci Taitt joined the Towbes Group in 2007 as Vice President – Commercial Properties. She provides strategic counsel and management oversight of the work performed by the commercial properties department, including the leasing and management of more than 20 retail and commercial properties totaling more than one million square feet. With nearly 30 years of real estate experience, Traci’s career encompasses many accomplishments, most notably with several national shopping center developers. In 1990, she was a key member of the development team overseeing the construction and opening of Paseo Nuevo shopping center.

Traci has served as a board member for the Downtown Organization and the Conference and Visitor’s Bureau, and she is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

 

Craig Minus

Craig Minus

Craig Minus has a deep background in real estate and urban planning. He has been with The Towbes Group since 2007 and currently serves as Vice President – Development, and a member of the Senior Management Team. Craig is well versed in real estate entitlement throughout the South Coast of California. He has been an integral player in the entitlement of projects such as Willow Springs Apartments, Sumida Gardens Apartments, Sansum Clinic at Foothill Center, and ATK Aerospace Systems, among others. Craig has also worked as a land planner for B3 Architects and Berkus Design Studio and as a transit planner for the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District.
Pacific Coast Business Times named Craig Minus to the “40 Under 40” list in 2009. Additionally, Craig is strongly involved in the community, leading the Coastal Housing Coalition, as President of the Board from 2016-2018, and recently joining the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce as Board Member.

 

Karen Mims

KarenMims

Karen Mims currently serves as the Portfolio Director/Organization Development, Residential Properties for The Towbes Group where she oversees the management of the multi-family housing communities in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Goleta, California. Before joining Towbes, Karen worked first in the hospitality industry before moving into property management where she worked for various companies, including Oakwood Worldwide where she spent several years providing operational and training support throughout their international market.

While working full time, Karen earned a BS in Human Resource Management and a MS in Organizational Performance along with the designation of Certified Training Manager/Director, and certifications in Myers-Briggs, Prosci Change Management, and DiSC. Karen currently serves as an officer on the board of Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara and volunteers with other organizations in her spare time.

Jay Bardessono

Jay Bardessono

Jay Bardessono serves as the Information Technology Director at The Towbes Group, with over 23 years of hands-on experience related to information systems and information technologies. Jay provides essential insight and leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment. His extensive experience in operations, enterprise computing, and telecommunications influence the projected technology strategy for the TG residential portfolio, commercial properties, and corporate office. Additionally, at The Towbes Group, Jay has been an integral player in implementing new systems such as virtual models, smart apartments, and full-stack Yardi integration, among other things.

 

Marlana Murdock

Marlana Murdock

Marlana Murdock serves as Training Manager, Residential Properties at The Towbes Group. Marlana develops and manages the learning and development programs for our team members. Before joining The Towbes Group in 2015, Marlana served in operations, marketing and training roles at Mission Rock Residential, Legacy Partners and Lincoln Property Company. Marlana is currently completing her Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Management and Operations degree from Western Governors University. She is a designated Master Trainer from the Association for Talent Development and an insightful Predictive Index Practitioner. Since 2015, she has served as an Advanced Instructor for the National Apartment Association Education Institute.

 

Jessica Doss

Jessica Doss

Jessica Doss serves as the Marketing Manager for The Towbes Group. She manages the overall marketing strategy on behalf of the company, overseeing websites, social media, public relations, external events, and new brand initiatives. Jessica spearheads innovative programs for the properties, including virtual tours, online tour scheduling, and portfolio-wide events. In 2018, Jessica created an unprecedented marketing plan for Calle Real Shopping Center, a highlight for the city of Goleta. This push for marketing entails consistent implementation of new advertising, events, and social media.
Under her management, the Marketing Department also executes all public-facing events on behalf of The Towbes Group, such as Give-A-Palooza, #OutHelping, Calle Real’s Spring Egg Hunt, Villa del Sol Ribbon Cutting, and more.

 

Jennifer Carmona

 Jenn Carmon

Jennifer (Jenn) joined the Commercial Department at The Towbes Group in 2008 and has been in the real estate industry since 2003. Jenn serves as the Commercial Property Manager within the office, industrial and retail businesses. Her property management portfolio includes buildings located in Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria, totaling nearly 200,000sf. As a property manager, Jenn oversees the operations needed to keep properties in premium condition, including leasing, capital projects, and tenant improvement projects.
Jenn’s experience reaches to many facets of the real estate industry, including escrow, real estate transactions, and loan processes. In addition to earning her Real Estate License, she is a certified IREM Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM).

 

Patti Mallen

Patti Mallen

Patti Mallen joined The Towbes Group in 2017 as the Commercial Property Manager. She currently oversees approximately 600,000 SF of office, industrial, and retail space, which includes 13 buildings. Her experience spans over 30 years in a diverse set of locations, such as San Francisco, Palo Alto, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Tucson, and Los Angeles. During Patti’s career, she has worked in many capacities such as Property Manager, Project Manager, Director of Operations, Director of Acquisitions, Asset Management, Construction Management, and Residential Sales Associate, among others.

Patti holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license and LEED GA Certification. She is currently the President of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) for Chapter 102 for the Central Coast of California and holds a CPM designation from IREM. Additionally, Patti is involved with several nonprofit community events such as Empty Bowls, Unity Telethon, and Habitat for Humanity.