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Tenant Improvement Panel Discussion - Nov. 2nd, 2012

The LBCREC is pleased to present a panel discussion regarding tenant improvements.  We are excited to have a diverse and experienced panel representing, Contractors, Architects, Landlords and Interior Designers.  The panel will be aimed to help brokers understand the issues, costs, and requirements and trends related to tenant improvements.  

Panel Members  

Chuckie Lyons - Lyons and Lyons Properties

Bruce Patterson - Patterson Construction

Mike Soutar - MSP Architects

Rayne Sherman - Sherman Design Group

Moderator - Chris Barbieri

We encourage you to attendend this great event and hope to see you on Friday Nov. 2nd  for Breakfast.

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Biographies of Panelists:

Chuckie Lyons

Lyons and Lyons Properties


Chuckie Lyons graduated from USC in 1977 with a Degree in Business, emphasis on Real Estate.  Lyons has been a licensed real estate broker in the State of California since 1978.  He has served as a director of the American Industrial Real Estate Association from 1986-89 and 1992, and held the elective positions of Public Relations chair, Treasurer, Special Events chair, Senior Advisory Committee, and Arbitration Committee. 

Lyons has leased, managed and owned industrial properties in Los Angeles and Orange County since 1979, and currently manages properties totaling over 600,000 square feet including those owned by Chuckie Lyons, David Fu, and other close friends and partners.  

Lyons’ first land acquisition for development was purchased in 1984, and in 1986 he partnered with David Fu for the purpose of developing and managing industrial property primarily located in south Los Angeles County.  Fu has since moved to Singapore to devote full time to his family’s interests in Singapore, but Lyons still teams with Fu on new developments, the most recent of which were the 70,000 square foot Fu Lyons Signal Hill industrial park on Temple Avenue north of Willow, and the recently completed 110,000 square foot LEED Platinum LD Products building located in the Long Beach Douglas Park. 

During the past 33 years, Lyons has developed or redeveloped more than 2.2 million square feet of finished industrial buildings for his various partnerships.  Lyons projects have been built for long term ownership and have consistently produced rents and sales prices in the “A” product comparable category of the rental markets, with emphasis on utility, aesthetics, and quality of construction.  All common area and exterior maintenance items are contracted directly. The properties reflect a well maintained and uncluttered image which has been very positive for the community and has tended to raise city planner’s expectations and demands on other property developers as well.  The end result is a steady increase in the entire area’s demand and property values, with industrial parks controlled by Lyons having received various community awards and certifications, setting the newest standards in the marketing area which city planners reference when directing new applicants.


Bruce Patterson    -    President

Patterson Construction


After obtaining a BS in Construction Management from CSULB in 1981, Bruce started working in the Commercial Construction Industry and obtained his California Contractors License. In 1994 Patterson Construction Co. was established in Long Beach and began focusing on Retail and Medical construction.  The tagline "Building Quality, Building Trust" has served the Company well in building the business through referrals. 

Patterson Construction Co. is involved in all levels of New Construction, Tenant Improvement and complete interior/exterior renovations.  Many of the projects have been by referral and with repeat Clients. Patterson Construction has completed projects from San Francisco to San Diego, and from $50,000 - $6.5 M. 

Another key ingredient to the success of the Company is the many long term employees who's singular focus is to have satisfied Clients and a quality project.We look forward to working with you towards the successful completion of your next project.


Rayne Sherman     -     Principal

Sherman Design Group




Certified Interior Designer,
Fellow: International Interior Design Association
Member:  Construction Specifications Institute

Rayne Sherman is a nationally recognized authority in design, space planning and construction for commercial, industrial, financial and healthcare projects.  With 40 years of experience, Rayne has provided facilities planning, interior and graphic design services to a wide variety of clients throughout the Western United States.

Significant Projects:


St. Joseph Health System – Orange, CA
St. Mary Medical Center – Long Beach, CA
White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA


International City Bank – Throughout Southern California
Reliance Steel and Aluminum Co. – Throughout the United States
SunCal Companies, Throughout Western United States

Featured Publications:

Contract Magazine                           Interior Design Magazine
Designers West Magazine                Long Beach Press Telegram
Interior & Sources Magazine             Los Angeles Times

Presentations and Courses:

Instructor at California State University Long Beach, CA     Commercial Interior Design

Guest Speaker

NeoCon, Chicago, IL             NeoCon West, Los Angeles, CA
Design Fest, Dallas, TX         Interplan, New York, NY
Design Fest, Orlando, FL      International Facilities Managers Association, Los Angeles, CA
American Medical Group Association, Riverside, CA

Professional Affiliations:

California Council for Interior Design Certification (CID)
International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
Construction Specification Institute (CSI)
National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)


Woodbury University – B.S. Interior Design


Mike Soutar     -     President

Architects McDonald, Soutar & Paz


Michael Soutar is the President of Architects McDonald, Soutar & Paz with responsibility for management, marketing and design supervision. With over 35 years of experience in projects ranging from $10,000 to $170 million construction cost he has a wide range of capabilities and expertise. 

A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Mike has a practical approach to design with a strong desire to meet the client’s expectations and budget.  After several years working for architects in Palos Verdes designing single and multi-family housing as well as commercial and industrial buildings, Mike joined Bolling Gill Allen McDonald Architects in Los Angeles where he completed large institutional projects for the Navy and County of Los Angeles and rose to Principal and Vice President of the firm. 

In 1994 he and partners Reed McDonald and Edgar Paz formed Architects McDonald, Soutar & Paz in Long Beach with an emphasis on commercial, industrial and institutional work.  Clients include Long Beach BMW Motorcycles, Termo Oil Company, Paramount Farms, Cal State Long Beach and numerous local school districts and non-profits. 

Mike’s father and grandfather were general contractors in Long Beach, building houses here in the 30’s and 40’s and later in the San Bernardino area. Mike currently lives in Rancho Palos Verdes with wife Eva and 3 dogs.



Chris Barbieri

ANR Asset Management Brokerage


Professionally for the last 10 years I have been gainfully self employed as commercial real estate agent that specializes in industrial, office, retail properties. Representing clients on the brokerage and property management side of the business.  My clients range from small mom and pop operations up to Fortune 500 companies.

I spend much of my time driving around looking at large cement boxes packed with metal shipping boxes that produce a never ending supply of yet smaller cardboard boxes stacked in endless rows; or strolling around corporate office suites with brokers whose crisp white shirts baffle me. It’s not the brokers that baffle me, it’s the shirts! The moment I put on a dress shirt it instantly wrinkles; providing me with the “I’ve been traveling all day in a hot car without A/C” look. For the life of me I can’t figure out how the heck the Coldwell Sealy and Associate brokers keep such fine white shirts so crisp!

While not watching boxes pup smaller boxes or mentally analyzing starch levels in shirts. I try to enjoy myself. This takes the form of quality time with my wife of 5 years, our son and our 2 fur production units, which she loving refers to as our dogs.  I build furniture in the garage, as well as practice Brazilian Ju Jitsu.   I also must add I love to ski, so if anyone needs me to speak about commercial real estate at a ski resort in the winter, I’m waiting by the phone… really….your paying all expenses right?

If you ever had a question about what is CAP rate; should I buy or lease a property; why do they let laymen buy table saws without a license; should I hire a property manager or what does if feel like to be choked unconscious, please give me a call.

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