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Meet the Smith & Berg Partners Team

Smith & Berg is the representative for Leverage in Brentwood and North Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA.

F. Ron Smith and David Berg spearhead Smith & Berg Partners at Compass, the top leading luxury real estate team in Los Angeles’s Westside, with sales exceeding $5.5 billion in their career. Meet Smith & Berg Partners team of real estate experts who love what they do and have enormous fun while doing it.

F. Ron Smith

Founding Partner | DRE# 00961954 | 310.569.4889 mobile

With entrepreneurial spirit, F. Ron Smith co-founded the LA boutique real estate powerhouse Partners Trust. Through his leadership style and visionary marketing tactics, the company, sold in 2018 to Pacific Union (now Compass), grossed more than $10 Billion in sales. Consistently a top producer since beginning his career in real estate over thirty years ago, F. Ron has been involved in more than $5.5 Billion in residential real estate transactions, crediting his long-term success as a local real estate expert with strong community connections and the satisfaction that comes from introducing clients to a home that fits their needs and a neighborhood and community lifestyle that matches their interests. As a trusted advisor in all-things-real estate, from construction to home staging, color palettes and landscaping, Ron has an innate sense of how to get a property ready for sale, maximizing a home’s ability to achieve the highest sales price possible.

Ron joined forces with David Berg to form Smith & Berg Partners. With a shared command over the local market and wicked sense of humor, David and F. Ron, with their group of extraordinary team players, represent business leaders, celebrities and residential developers, as well as individual buyers and sellers. Smith & Berg have brokered some of the most notable real estate deals on the Westside. Their properties are consistently featured in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Curbed and The Hollywood Reporter, among many others, and they are a sought-out resource for all media outlets.

Ron’s expertise in new construction aligns with his passion and affinity for architecture and design. A long-time Westside resident, F. Ron lives in Brentwood with Tracy, his wife of 31 years, and is enormously proud of their two sons, Evan and Brandon. F. Ron is a world travel enthusiast, enjoys fitness, good wine, great coffee, concerts and USC football at the LA Coliseum. David and F. Ron are active and generous supporters of numerous charitable organizations, including Children’s Burn Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Jewish Federation, Phase One, Concern Foundation for cancer research and scholarship programs at USC. When it’s not a client interaction or the closing of a deal, you can bet that adding fuel to F. Ron’s fire is either the discovery of vintage sipping tequila or a top-notch espresso drink. His dedicated “research” has concluded that the Mandorla, an almond milk capp from local shop Caffe Luxxe is one of the best brews around.

David Berg

Founding Partner | DRE# 01481236 | 310.699.6151 mobile

David Berg is one of California’s leading real estate professionals whose success over the past eighteen years has earned him a position at the forefront of LA’s real estate scene. Consistently a top producer throughout his entire career, David (known to most as “Berg”) puts forth an ideal blend of industry knowledge, negotiating skills and authentic personality, resulting in a seamless and enjoyable transaction for all parties. As one of the original Associate Partners at Partners Trust, David was instrumental in the company’s rapid growth. He joined forces with F. Ron Smith to form Smith & Berg Partners, a top-producing Westside team, especially in new construction, architectural homes, and as the go-to agents for developers.

Acknowledging a shared command over the local market, David and F. Ron, with the addition of a stellar team of associates, represent the interests of business leaders, celebrities and residential developers, as well as individual buyers and sellers throughout Los Angeles. With well over $5.5 billion in career sales, Smith & Berg have brokered some of the most notable transactions on the Westside. Their properties are consistently featured in such media outlets as the Los Angeles Times, Curbed and The Hollywood Reporter, among many others.

With a lifetime of exposure to some of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Los Angeles, David brings invaluable intel, insight and relationships to the helm of the Smith & Berg team. Known for his arsenal of marketing tools, relaxed energy and proven strategies, David is a smart recruit to your side of the negotiation table. With the utmost confidence, he excels in orchestrating seamless transactions, while managing expectations and maintaining the highest level of integrity among clients and industry peers. David’s astute knowledge of the financial industry leads to continuous transactions for the likes of banking institutions, receivership estates, bankruptcy sales, trust sales, short sales, and bank-owned properties.

While not at the office, you may find David at one of L.A.’s many sports arenas. Having played ice hockey for most of his life, the LA Kings play a major role in Berg family fun. David lives with his wife and three sons in Westwood. He loves to paint and study new trends in architecture and design.

Nathan Stadler

Associate Partner | DRE# 01994107 | 310.413.5205 mobile

A lifetime Angeleno and accomplished film executive, Nathan Stadler worked alongside some of the world’s most notable artists and celebrities before segueing into selling the best of Los Angeles residential real estate. This professional pedigree has honed a keen ability to network, relate and negotiate — a combination that makes his clients' experience a positive one, no matter the scenario.

Being opposite a transaction with Founding Partner F. Ron Smith and Partner/Estate Director David Berg was all it took for Nathan to sign on with Smith & Berg Partners. A member of the top-producing Smith & Berg Partners team since October 2016, Nathan has witnessed a high volume of sales on the Westside, specifically involving modern architecturals and new construction. He treasures the ability to work with clients from different backgrounds and motivations, from developers to savvy real estate investors to first-time homebuyers.

Few have had the all-encompassing view of Los Angeles that Nathan has. After growing up in the South Bay, where his family was active in real estate, he moved to Downtown Los Angeles to attend USC, graduating from the esteemed Marshall School of Business. He was able to juxtapose his city amongst new cultures throughout his career, with stints in Vancouver, Albuquerque and Tokyo, to name a few.

An all-around sports enthusiast, Nathan played collegiate tennis at USC and continues to enjoy a good tennis match or round of golf. He currently resides in Brentwood with his wife and two children.

Sewit Eshetu

Associate Partner | DRE# 01259497 | 310.500.3292 mobile

Success is an art form.

Sewit brings an uncommonly creative approach to finding optimal solutions to her clients’ real estate needs and challenges. For Sewit, in real estate, success is an art form. Framed by her experience, her canvas is her modus operandi; the medium, her tenacity and perseverance; and the brushstrokes, a beguiling nuance and subtlety. Together, they capture the vision inspired by her creativity and talent in finding solutions for her client’s needs.

Sewit delivers a bespoke real estate service, tailor made to the unique characteristics of each and every client, one that reflects the individualized boutique nature of her consummately professional style of representation. For her, each client is special and all receive top level service, respect, and discrete representation. Sewit is known to provide her high net worth and celebrity clientele with service recognized as the next level above what would be expected from other upper echelon realtors.

Beguiling nuance and subtlety.

Sewit’s solid foundation of 16 years of experience dealing with the complexities, strategic negotiations and financing options faced by her clients’ real estate transactions has enabled her to develop an unparalleled level of professionalism, one that is imbued with the talent to recognize, accommodate and embrace the beguiling subtleties and nuances of personalities and deals. Such elements escape many, but are profoundly understood and captured by Sewit.

Vincit perseverantia.

Inspired by Winston Churchill’s famous “Never give in” speech, Sewit learned that “She who perseveres, succeeds.” With a deft touch, she is gentle but firm; flexible but implacable; assertive but not aggressive; persuasive but not argumentative; and most importantly, always and unyieldingly a tenacious advocate for the relentless pursuit of her clients’ real estate objectives. These are the characteristics that have earned Sewit the respect and admiration of her clients, as well as her fellow top-level realtor peer group.

Creativity.

Sewit brings her prodigious talents and meticulous attention to detail to her career as a real estate professional. “One of the reasons I am so passionate about what I do is I understand the value I can bring to, and for, my clients. At 22, I came to California with dreams and hopes, starting with nothing. I worked hard and within 8 years I was able to buy my first home. With hard work, everyone can achieve their own American dream." This thought is a driving principle that still motivates her to strive to perform at the highest level of her profession. "I thrive in helping others make their dreams come true, too," she says. "Over the years, my experience has taught me how to work creatively with my clients to represent their real estate needs in the best possible way, and that for each specific client, curating and tailoring a highly specialized approach for their unique needs is the most effective and rewarding strategy for achieving the optimal outcome on their behalf."

Trevor Edmond

Associate Partner | DRE# 01945030 | 310.500.3915 mobile

Trevor Edmond is a man of character and purpose—a truth that shines through his actions, whether parenting his two young daughters or serving clients as part of the Smith & Berg Partners. In fact, his favorite transaction wasn’t based upon a dividend but rather a relationship, aiding a couple in relocating from New York to Los Angeles and closing escrow the week their first child was due. The hand Trevor has in guiding people to an environment that will serve as the bedrock of their lives is, to him, a remarkable treasure.

As a member of top-producing COMPASS team Smith & Berg Partners, representing record high volumes of new construction on the Westside, Trevor has developed a command of modern homes and transitional interior/exterior spaces, a product that satisfies his innate eye for style. Under the leadership of Founding Partner F. Ron Smith and Partner/Estates Director David Berg, Trevor sits at the forefront of the Westside real estate scene, from Pacific Palisades to Culver City and beyond.

Having played many roles as a film and TV actor since the age of 12, Trevor thrives on variety, evolving quickly and growing purposefully with each life experience. And while he had surmounting success as an actor in his 20s, he has prepared for and looked forward to his role in real estate since grade school. It wasn’t until he accompanied his wife to a Pacific Union interview in 2013 that he was inspired to take this calling on full time.

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."

Begin it now - Goethe

A Southern California lifer, there are few restaurants he hasn’t visited or experiences that he has not had, but on a weekend, you’re sure to find Trevor delighting in his Westside favorites and finding peace within nature alongside his girls—his wife, Melissa and their beautiful children, Leighton and Makena.

Robert Morton

Associate Partner | DRE# 01975689

Passion, professionalism and perseverance are the three traits that led Morty to Smith & Berg Partners, COMPASS as an Associate Partner.

Those same three qualities put him at the top of the television industry, winning two Emmy Awards and ten nominations, most notably as Executive Producer of David Letterman’s shows on both NBC and CBS, for fourteen years. Morty cares about the quality of work and the people he works with…hence, success.

While producing, Morty was speculating in resort properties around the world and eventually segued into co-ops and condos and residential development. All of a sudden, homes and development replaced show business as his true passion.

With 35 years of deal making experience, talent relationships and development acumen (not to mention design, construction and sales expertise), Morty is now at your call to “Executive Produce” all your housing needs and desires.

Brandon Smith

Associate Partner | DRE# 02013050 | 310.433.6266

Born, raised, educated and passionate about Los Angeles, Brandon’s enthusiasm and interest in So Cal real estate can be traced to growing up with the real estate wisdom,  incredible business acumen and encouragement of his father, F. Ron Smith. A graduate of Crossroads School in Santa Monica and USC’s Marshall School of Business, Brandon’s  perspective and strong interest in Los Angeles’ creative, culinary and artistic sides give him a well-balanced, unique and youthful view of LA residential real estate. Since joining Smith and Berg Partners in 2017, Brandon has represented buyers and sellers in real estate markets from Hollywood to Santa Monica. Brandon has lived in Melbourne, Australia and New York City and has traveled to numerous countries, always returning to the beauty and brilliance of his hometown, LA. Constantly looking for personal challenges outside of his dedication to his career, Brandon recently trained for and ran the 2018 LA Marathon, renewing his love of the competitive sports he played before college.

Katy Yambao

DRE# 02095288 | 310.500.3931 mobile

Katy is the newest member of the Smith & Berg team. She is so excited to be embarking on her real estate career and is beyond thrilled to be a member of one of the best teams in the industry.

She grew up in Pittsburgh and then attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison where she studied Political Science and Mandarin. After college she moved to New York City where she spent the next several years supporting the CEO of a major telecom company. In this role she learned a lot and gained a tremendous amount of experience operating under high pressured environments while still always maintaining her composure. After several years in the corporate world she decided she was ready for a new challenge.

She was eager to make the switch to real estate which was always appealing to her because she was looking for a career that would allow her to connect with others and make a lasting, meaningful mark on people’s lives. She considers herself incredibly lucky to have found the Smith & Berg team, who has so skillfully mastered this. 

Outside of work Katy loves spending time with her family & friends, traveling, getting outdoors, comedy shows, live music, cooking with her husband, enjoying a great bottle of Italian red wine, and exploring LA and getting to know more of this amazing city.

Ryan Bergum

Associate Partner | DRE# 02046558 | 858.431.6290 mobile 

Ryan is a Southern California native, giving him a thorough understanding of local market trends, inventory, and the ultimate SoCal lifestyle. He is the next generation of realtor, combining old school work ethic with new school innovation, ensuring transactions are executed as seamless as possible. As the oldest of five children, Ryan has an inherent ability to connect with his clients and solve problems that may arise, setting him apart from the rest.

Buying or selling a home is an unparalleled commitment and Ryan is devoted to providing a tailor-made experience with the highest level of service. With listings throughout Los Angeles County, he is committed to going the extra mile for his clients. Ryan resides in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, boxing, and is an avid runner.

Bobby Neely

Associate Partner | DRE# 01830981 | 818.261.9205 mobile

Throughout all his life endeavors, Bobby Neely has consistently brought the same traits to achieve success: hard work, reliability, diligence, communication, commitment, and authenticity.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Bobby set his sights on becoming a professional athlete from a young age. An All American High School football player, Bobby went on to earn a full athletic scholarship from the University of Virginia and started for the Cavaliers football team as a true freshman during his rookie year. Bobby finished his time at UVA as one of the most prolific All Around tight ends in the school's history, contributing to becoming an integral part of the team.

While most football dreams end at college graduation, Bobby was talented and determined enough to beat the odds and was drafted by the Chicago Bears as a tight end in 1996. He spent two seasons in the NFL before an injury led him to take early retirement and move to Los Angeles to pursue his two other passions — fitness and acting. For over a decade Bobby excelled in both pursuits, building up a loyal roster of personal training clients and teaching at Equinox Fitness while also starring on hit TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS: Los Angeles, General Hospital and Seal Team. Once again, being part of a cast meant more to Bobby than simply individual achievements.

More recently, Bobby has turned his professional focus to the luxury real estate industry, delivering the same commitment to excellence that he had on the football field to each client meeting. Just as throughout his football and acting careers, Bobby pledges to give his all as a team player to ensure his clients’ real estate experiences are positive.

While he originally hails from the south, Bobby has called the Los Angeles area his home for more than 20 years. He has lived in neighborhoods across the city — from Pasadena to Santa Monica and Sherman Oaks to the South Bay — and is familiar with the residential marketplace both as a customer and a real estate expert.

 

Parisa Schnider

Associate Partner | DRE# 02120813 | 310.467.7153 mobile

A Los Angeles native with East Coast roots, Parisa grew up in a family of commercial and residential real estate investors.

Parisa attended Milken Community High School in Bel Air and the Cinema School at University of Southern California. After graduating, she worked in production on movies like “The Divergent” franchise and joined a top advertising agency, Lindeman & Associates, a leader in digital and print advertising for blockbuster movies such as “Avengers” and “Star Wars” to non-profit organizations including Stand Up To Cancer.

At Lindeman & Associates, Parisa serviced the complex needs of her marquee clients including Netflix, Disney, Amazon, Sony, and Universal Studios, and managed a team of creatives, strategists and executors. This experience not only provided an incredible platform to understand storytelling and project management from ideation to implementation, it also offered Parisa both unique and necessary skills to incorporate in her real estate career. Subsequently, Parisa worked as an Executive in the entertainment industry with a top writer/director and, on the side, she would identify homes for top filmmakers and producers.

After falling in love and finding early success, she was excited to join one of the top real estate teams at Compass, Smith & Berg Partners.

Parisa serves on the board of the USC Real Estate alumni group and Visionary Women, a nonprofit whose mission is to elevate all women with the world's greatest thinkers.

Andrés Vargas

Associate Partner | DRE# 02125882  | 323.440.8009 mobile

Andrés is a SoCal native from a family of established LA restaurateurs and food manufacturers. He received his education from Loyola High School of Los Angeles and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While living in New York City, he worked for publications such as Vogue Magazine and T: The New York Times Style Magazine before returning to Los Angeles to work for various film and television studios.

After working in the entertainment industry, he joined forces with his family as a sales executive and later as a project manager for their residential and commercial developments in Southern California. Real estate quickly became his passion as it marries his interests in art & design, style, luxury, and building meaningful personal relationships.

When he’s not working with the coolest team in the industry, you can find him sipping tequila at the latest restaurants, exploring out in the wild or on a flight out of the country.

Edward Hutchinson

Associate Partner | DRE# 01994895 | 310.968.3752 mobile

Edward hails from London, England and began his career at one of its top real estate agency's Foxtons Group PLC in 2011. After landing stateside in 2015, he quickly rose in the ranks at Partners Trust Real Estate and later Compass, maintaining the highest standards of communication, transparency, and work ethic. Ed's exceptional sales record is proof of his charming service and strong negotiating skills. Having been involved in more than a hundred transactions and owning rental portfolios in both Los Angeles and London, he has an investor’s mindset and an expertise in servicing clients from a variety of different backgrounds. A true convert to the LA lifestyle, Edward now calls Brentwood home. When he’s not working, you can find him surfing in the Pacific, traveling, or spending time with his beautiful family and dog, George.

Courtney Welsh

Director of Operations | DRE# 01764903 | 415.971.1223 mobile

Courtney Welsh possesses over 13 years of experience in luxury residential real estate managing the operations for top producing teams and agents in some of California's most sought-after markets, including Beverly Hills and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her experience working as a real estate agent early on, combined with the exposure to an inestimable number of real estate transactions, provides her with a unique skillset and perspective on the business. Outside of her work at Smith and Berg Partners, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter exploring the arts, culture, and natural beauty that the greater L.A. area has to offer.

OLIVER  MANIQUIS

Operations Manager | 310.850.6549 mobile

Oliver is a transplant from Manila, Philippines and has made Los Angeles home for over half of his life. Educated in the Philippines with a degree in Philosophy, he moved to the US shortly after college and was immediately introduced to the world of Los Angeles luxury real estate by chance while touring the beautiful campus of the Pacific Design Center. The rest, as they say, is history.


Real estate has become a lifelong passion for Oliver. He started his career in real estate putting together MLS tours and listing packages for agents when computers and the internet were just finding their way in the industry. He elevated his skills in real estate office management and found real estate marketing and graphic design through a series of fortunate events which landed him a position as Creative Director for one of the top agents of the time, running the print and PR team for a new luxury highrise in Hollywood. Most recently, he led a team of talented staff at a start up boutique real estate company as Director of Operations before joining the tour-de-force that is Smith and Berg.


Oliver is an avid cyclist, car enthusiast, coffee aficionado, and tequila connoisseur. He also loves spending a lot of time in the kitchen cooking at home.

Krista Masella 

Marketing Manager | DRE# 01969303 | 310.625.6905 mobile

Krista was born and raised in Southern California. She attended college at California State University Fullerton graduating with a degree in Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations. Shortly before graduating she moved to Los Angeles where she remains today. Early experience with large-scale music events servicing VIP clientele taught her the importance of concierge-level service and working with a team. In 2013, she began working in the real estate industry as a Loan Processor. She quickly realized she wanted to transition to the sales side of the industry and took a position that evolved into the Operations Director for an agent duo, with one focused on residential sales and the other on multifamily commercial sales. This position gave her a wide-reaching grasp of the industry as a whole, as she handled transactions from the first meeting, to the marketing of the property, escrow, and post-closing, creating and maintaining systems along the way. During this time she obtained a real estate license in 2015 and is still licensed today. In 2019, she began working with Smith & Berg Partners as the Office Manager and Listings Coordinator bringing her creative approach and systems-oriented mindset. At SBP, her position evolved into the Marketing Manager as her creative nature backed by years of industry experience was a valuable asset in both managing the marketing of individual listings and the SBP brand as a whole. Outside of real estate you can find her hiking beautiful trails in the California sunshine, anywhere where there are great tacos, or lounging with her dog Mickey.

GARRETT  SANDERS

Concierge | 310.625.3452 mobile

Garrett moved to Los Angeles in 2018 and has worked as a Concierge for the InterContinental Hotel in Downtown LA and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, offering the highest level of guest services for the luxury brand resorts. He is excited to venture into the real estate world with such a stellar team of driven professionals at SBP.


Prior to his West Coast move he attended Florida State University where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Theatre and Communications. He also served as the Artistic Director for Osceola Arts, a live theatre venue in Kissimmee, FL for five years and still enjoys the theatre whenever he gets the chance. Outside of the office Garrett likes driving up the PCH, Dodgers baseball and live music of any kind!

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