Steve started his career in the mortgage banking business, spending 15 years in Connecticut, New York and Philadelphia. He moved to California in 1985 and established the finance division for Schneider Commercial Real Estate and then Knight Frank Faulkner, for a combined seven years. He then moved to the LA office of Grubb & Ellis and The Koll Company to oversee their respective mortgage finance divisions. In 1996 he moved to the LA office of Landauer Associates where he headed up the Western Regional capital markets group. He joined The Johnston Group in 1999, responsible for the company's acquisition and finance activities, in addition to providing mortgage and investment brokerage services to outside firms through Johnston Realty Funding.