Team

Marissa SolisCEO and Managing Partner

Marissa Solis is CEO/ Managing Partner at NELA Group. She has more than 35 years of experience as a real estate investor in Southern California. Marissa is a true closer and master negotiator. With her leadership and expertise, she has successfully closed over 300 profitable property acquisition transactions. She has dedicated her career to providing a better quality of life through housing. Her overall vision encompasses growing communities by developing beautiful and enjoyable homes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a Small Business certificate from USC. Marissa oversees all construction projects and ensures that they are complete in a timely manner and within a specific monetary budget. She is very well known in the Northeast Los Angeles real estate community and various other surrounding areas. She has many long lasting and successful partnerships with real estate stakeholders. Marissa is a mother to 5 successful men. Hobbies include exercise, shopping, travel, lounging on the beach, and spending quality time with the family.

Edward SolisCo-Founder

Edward Solis is the Co-Founder of NELA Group. He was born and raised in beautiful Northeast Los Angeles. Edward believes, NELA is a representation of a collective efforts since it is humble beginnings, with several different company names along the way, yet still based on the ideals of us two founders. He considers having many big accomplishments with NELA Group. Starting from title searching for trustee sale acquisitions, subordinations, understanding lien priority, IRS liens and how they work, many other methods of purchases from: property tax auctions, BK Court, Probate Court, Bank REO auctions, directly from sellers, notice of defaults, MLS, subject to, owner carry back, Jr beneficiary & 1st trust deed buyouts, converting judgements to Abstract to have the power of a Sheriff’s sale… he’s done them all! He feels proud of having led the company on several hundreds of acquisitions, rehabs, restoration, and additions. Being well versed in all aspects of real estate is key. Edward is a sports car enthusiast. He also believes that keeping the conversation alive of what it is to be the best one can be!

“Live without pretending, Love without depending, Listen without defending, Speak without offending”

Justin NazarianDirector of Development

Born a native “Angelino” and acquiring his BS in Finance from California State University Northridge, Justin is well versed in the avenues of private equity real estate finance, acquisitions analysis, and development/entitlement processes. As director of development for NELA, Justin specializes in commercial acquisitions, land use analysis, financial underwriting, and overall investment strategy for the firm. Justin’s add-value lies in his 6 years of focused Los Angeles real estate development experience, and his expert understanding of land use, zoning code, and entitlement procedures. Justin’s expertise of the local planning processes is unmatched and has allowed him to efficiently target, secure, and entitle over 800 units in Los Angeles and counting.

“Life’s simple, you make choices, and you don’t look back.”

James SolisSr. Acquisitions Analyst

James examines every detail about each property before the company makes a purchase. James accomplishments at NELA are finding dozens of profitable deals. He is also a certified life coach with the goal to help others be at peace inside. He loves and admires his mother, Marissa and sees himself being a Master Coach with investments in the future.

“WAAAaao I feel good. duna duna duna”
– James Charles

Nataly QuinteroReal Estate Accountant and Property Management Liaison

Nataly is a Real Estate Accountant and Property Management Liaison. She holds A Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, from Cal State Northridge graduate. She has a detailed background in Human Resources and Finance. Her biggest achievements is consistently closing multiple escrows on time. She is a proud mother to a young boy, loves to keep up with the fashion world and is a sushi lover. She is working towards achieving her SHRM Certification.

“The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win.”
– Kobe Bryant

Mélida SalasSocial Media Community Manager

Her role is to promote brand awareness and creating a community over social media. Mélida believes that social media is a helpful tool to bring value to people. She is Mexican, fluent in Spanish and English. She is passionate about acting and everything that involves creating and being creative.

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve.”
– Napoleon Hill

Kirk HawkinsDirector of Sales and Investor Relations

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication, Political Science and a minor in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a proud uncle to 2 nieces, 1 nephew, and 1 furry nephew. Kirk has a Background in television news and frequent fill-in weather anchor on KTLA 5 Los Angeles. He is also an Active Alumni Member of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI). His biggest achievements are Serving as liaison between investors, realtors and NELA principals across Southern California. He enjoys helping investors and home buyers make their real estate dreams a reality.

“Carpe Diem” (Seize The Day)

Felipe CatanoProperty Designer/Staging manager

Felipe makes sure every house is beautifully staged and ensures every detail is up to NELA Group standards. Felipe believes one of his biggest accomplishments with NELA Group was being part of the company’s growth regarding its design and staging execution. Felipe has many interests such as cooking, learning different languages, world history and he enjoys going hiking.

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do”
– Walter Bagehot

Juan Carlos ValenciaStaging/Inventory Control Associate

He was born in El Salvador and has been working at NELA for the past 10 years. He believes the work done at NELA is transforming the City of Los Angeles by beautifying properties with the hand of a great Leader: Marissa Solis. He is a very dependable and hard worker.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Janet CanasSenior Acquisitions

Over Three Decades Of Proven Real Estate Development Success