Our Team

Alexander Haagen, III – Chairman, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Haagen, III had been a member of the management of the Alexander Haagen Development Company since its founding, and served on the Board of Directors and as Vice-Chairman of Alexander Haagen Properties, a publicly held Real Estate Investment Trust with over $700 million in assets.

Mr. Haagen III has been responsible for development, architecture, construction and property management during his many years in the business and is involved in all aspects of the company. He has served on the Lake Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the San Jacinto Winter Park and Tram Commission and the Advisory Board of the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum.

Mr. Haagen III operates one of the premier entertainment venues in the world at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. His property hosts the Coachella Music Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival which, combined, attract more than 100,000 daily concertgoers over three weekends every spring.

In addition to the music festivals, Empire Polo Club operates world class polo leagues during the winter season, attracting players from around the world, and year-round hosts corporate meetings, private gatherings and national high school and collegiate sporting events.

Alexander Haagen IV – Executive Vice President

Mr. Haagen IV has worked with the Haagen organization since the late 1980’s. In that time, he has been responsible for a variety of company activities including leasing, construction, and property management and specializes in shopping center security.

Mr. Haagen IV is following the family line of entrepreneurs, being the third generation of Haagen family to oversee the company operations, and is actively involved in all aspects of the family business.

Christopher Fahey – President, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Fahey has worked in the Haagen organization since 1978. During his years with the company, he has served as Assistant Director of Property Management, Senior Project Developer and Vice President of Design and Construction. Mr. Fahey has been responsible for the oversight of over 2,300,000 square feet of retail development since 1986, including such projects as the El Monte Center (El Monte, California), Empire Center (Fontana, California) and the Medford Center (Medford, Oregon), The Village at Century in Inglewood, CA, and The Village at East Highlands Ranch in Highland, CA.

Mr. Fahey resigned his position as Vice President of Design and Construction for Alexander Haagen Properties and joined the Haagen Company in April of 1998 as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Andrew J. Natker – Executive Vice President

Mr. Natker was a partner at the Alexander Haagen Development Company where he served as Senior Project Developer from 1984 to 1996, and as Development Director from 1996 to 1998 at the Westfield Company. He rejoined the Haagen Company in October of 1998 as Executive Vice President.

Mr. Natker is responsible for the development and redevelopment of over 2.8 million square feet of retail development in Southern California. His projects include the development of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (Los Angeles, CA), Date Palm Center (Cathedral City, CA), Kenneth Hahn Plaza (Willowbrook, CA), Martin Luther King Jr. Shopping Center (Los Angeles, CA), Vermont/Slauson Shopping Center (Los Angeles, CA), and the Eastland Center (West Covina, CA). He recently developed The Village at Century in Inglewood, CA; Heritage Court in Indio, CA; The Village at East Highlands Ranch in Highland, CA.

Prior to Mr. Natker’s association with the Haagens, he was Assistant Director for the City of Los Angeles’ Economic Development Department where he was responsible for the Vermont /Slauson Shopping Center, Pacoima Shopping Center and Ralph’s Center in East Los Angeles.

Donald W. Kelley, Jr. – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Kelley has worked in the retail shopping center industry since 1987. Prior to joining Haagen Company in February of 2000, he was Chief Financial Officer of Watson & Associates, a retail developer headquartered in Seal Beach, California.

Mr. Kelley is a CPA and has an MBA from Pepperdine University where he also was a member of the adjunct faculty teaching accounting and finance courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels for seventeen years.

Mr. Kelley is responsible for Haagen Company’s finance, administration and property management functions.

Neil Baron –  Vice President/Leasing and Development

Mr. Baron joined the Haagen Company in June of 2019. Prior to joining Haagen Company, Mr. Baron was the Vice President of Real Estate, for Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas.  Prior to that he has held various Real Estate Management roles at H&M, Gap, Macys, Rainbow Apparel and Ann Inc. He started his Real Estate career in New York City working in Retail Brokerage at Cushman and Wakefield and Garrick Aug.

John Hirsch – Director of Security

Mr. Hirsch has worked in the security industry since 1985. Prior to joining Haagen Company in March 2018, he had managed security at many notable companies such as Bank of America, Harley – Davidson, Andeavor, Boeing and Raytheon.

Mr. Hirsch is a former commissioned officer in the United States Army and a retired law enforcement officer from Wisconsin.  He attended the University of Wisconsin Madison receiving a BS in Correctional Administration and certification as a Public Manager through the MPA Master’s program.

Mr. Hirsch is responsible for security, safety and parking enforcement at all Haagen Company properties throughout California.

Thomas Rivera – General Manager, Indio Grand Marketplace

Prior to joining Haagen Company in Feb. 2018, Mr. Rivera was a General Manager for a luxury high-rise building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for over 10 years. 

He has over a decade of experience in the retail/housing management field. 

He has also remodeled and sold more than 32 homes in Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta & Palm Springs.

 

Richard Hunter – Property Manager

Mr. Hunter began his career in residential and commercial property rehabilitation, construction and management after he was honorably discharged from the U. S. ARMY in 1977.

In 1978, Mr. Hunter went to work for W.L.C.A.C. (Watts Labor Community Action Committee) and was responsible for 500 plus residential and commercial properties. He worked at this nonprofit company from 1978 thru 1999.

Mr. Hunter went to work for Haagen Company in March 1999. He started as the property manager of the Martin Luther King Jr. shopping center and now oversees the Haagen portfolio in the Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas.

Brian Lee –  Property Manager

Mr. Lee joined the Haagen Company in September, 2017. Prior to joining Haagen Company, Mr. Lee was the Director for the City of Los Angeles Handiworker program and the Southern California Gas Company’s Weatherization program at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), a non-profit human social services organization in the city of Los Angeles. Mr. Lee’s previous work experience includes starting a business from scratch and achieving multiple years of sales exceeding $1 Million. Mr. Lee is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.