Dedicated to San Diego commercial real estate for more than 27 years, Craig Irving founded The Irving Group in 1989. As president of the firm, he built its reputation as one of the most respected tenant representation and project management companies in the region, and was one of the nation’s pioneers in dedicating his career to only representing tenants in lease negotiations. Irving also is well known in San Diego for his passion and commitment to community service.
The Irving Group represents a variety of tenants, from start-ups to publicly traded corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, medical and retail tenants. The firm successfully negotiated some of the largest and most complex corporate relocations and tenant improvement projects in San Diego County. Irving has been the broker of record for thousands of lease and purchase transactions valued in the billions.
Irving currently serves on the boards of NAIOP, Downtown Partnership, Economic Development Corporation, the San Diego Foundation, Francis Parker School Development Committee, and Point Loma Nazarene University President’s Community Council.
His leadership roles over the years include serving as a director, past president and chairman of the board of the San Diego League; former chairman of the San Diego Police Foundation and former president of the San Diego Chapter of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization). He served two years as chairman of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, and was also a former board member of the San Diego Commercial Association of Realtors, the San Diego Chapter of CCIM, LEAD San Diego, the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, Lambda Alpha International, and the San Diego International Sports Council. He was an advisory board member of The Senior Community Center, and member of the Rotary Club 33 and the City's Science and Technology Commission.
A native San Diegan, Irving is committed to a high level of community involvement. He founded and is chairman of the Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation, providing financial support and vital programs to the families of Navy SEALs. He has also chaired the San Diego Police Foundation and the San Diego League.
Irving also has been an active fundraiser for numerous local organizations including: Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, Camp Pendleton YMCA benefiting wounded Marines, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Girl Scouts, San Diego Hospice, the Children’s Museum, the San Diego Symphony, Senior Community Centers, Vista Hill Foundation, Neighborhood House, Pro Kids Golf, Voices for Children, Casey’s Place and others.
Irving earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California’s prestigious Entrepreneur Program.
He lives in Point Loma with his wife and their five children.
President of Real Estate Services
John Dempsey has joined The Irving Group as President of Real Estate Development Services and Construction Management. John, a construction industry veteran, who is LEED AP certified, will have direct responsibility for The Irving Group’s Construction Management Services operations, including day-to day management and supervision of staff and third-party construction partners. “John’s in-depth expertise and hands-on approach will enable our Construction Management Services division to guide our clients’ through a successful construction process ensuring cost savings and timely completion, said Irving. “We are thrilled and honored to have John join our growing team. He has an extensive, diverse background of successful construction projects in the San Diego region over the past 30 years. He possesses a well-deserved reputation of integrity, trust and professionalism, a perfect addition to our team.”
Dempsey has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction industry and has worked closely with Irving for 20 years on both professional and charitable endeavors. Previously, Dempsey was President of Lusardi Construction Company directing both offices and field personnel in all construction operations as well as the development of strategic and tactical plans in support of the company’s growth. He began his career with Lusardi as an Estimator and earned his way to Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, Vice President, and Executive Vice President and ultimately spent the last eight years as President of Lusardi Construction Company, an ENR Top 200 firm. During his tenure, Lusardi grew from $40 million to $340 million in annual revenue with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Phoenix and Austin, TX.
Dempsey graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1983 with a degree in Economics having achieved Dean’s List honors and induction into the Economic Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon.
He has been a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, a Board Member of Associated Builders and Contractors and is currently the Chairman of the San Diego Chapter of Young Presidents Organization. He lives in Encinitas, with his wife and son.
Chief Financial Officer
Engaged in the financial affairs of San Diego real estate for decades, Casey Kinslow, CPA, serves as chief financial officer of The Irving Group. As CFO, Kinslow is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the firm including but not limited to cash flow, liabilities, tracking performance, budgeting, financial analysis and banking relationships.
Before joining The Irving Group, Kinslow acted as a financial advisor for domestic and international clients with annual revenues up to $50 million. Concurrently, Kinslow and wife Jan founded and operated Kids R Stars Inc., dba Casey’s Place, a 16,000-square-foot youth center in the San Carlos area of San Diego. Complete with basketball courts, batting cages, a whiffle ball stadium, performance stage, a computer learning center and TV lounge, Casey’s Place was a popular after school center and was enjoyed by children and their families in the surrounding neighborhoods.
From 1980 to 1996, Kinslow was CFO and controller of Burnham Real Estate and John Burnham & Co., the insurance unit and was instrumental in developing the employees’ leveraged buyout of owner Malin Burnham in 1986. Prior to his time at Burnham, Kinslow served as controller for a residential real estate developer, and from 1976 to 1978 he worked for Haskins & Sells, a “Big Eight” accounting firm.
Kinslow graduated magna cum laude in economics from UCLA in 1975. He received his CPA license in 1978.
As a San Diego native Kinslow, his wife and one of his two sons live in San Carlos. He volunteers accounting services to the Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation.
Senior Vice President
With two decades of office and R&D real estate transactions under his belt, Ron Magnaghi is the senior vice president of The Irving Group, exceptionally well qualified to navigate the complexities of strategic planning, leasing, purchasing and tenant improvements for his clients.
Those clients typically are among the most sophisticated and growth-oriented in their own fields of professional and business services, high technologies and education. In all, he’s negotiated more than 9 million square feet of transactions valued at more than $730 million. Magnaghi specializes in Central San Diego and North County.
While most clients are leasing their space, some are purchasing. Either way, these are major decisions with financial and operational nuances that Magnaghi expertly addresses in his lease vs. buy analyses and strategic planning for clients. Magnaghi is a tenant advocate, representing only tenants in negotiations for more than 15 years in San Diego, always driving the lowest price at the best terms for his client.
Before being named senior vice president of The Irving Group in 2011, Magnaghi had secured his reputation as a top producer, contributing to The Irving Group founder Craig Irving’s growth from 1998 to 2003 as senior vice president of The Irving Hughes Group. Earlier he had attained the national rank of senior commercial real estate marketing consultant faster than anyone at Grubb & Ellis, and later was named the No. 2 Office Properties Producer out of 250 Cushman & Wakefield professionals in San Diego. Most recently he led Studley’s San Diego tenant representation practice.
Magnaghi is committed to his community outside the office, serving the Knights of Columbus charitable fraternity, as a parent leader for the YMCA’s Adventure Clubs in Encinitas, and as an innovative products judge for CONNECT, the nonprofit that grows entrepreneurism from UC San Diego.
With a bachelor’s degree in history and minor in business administration, Magnaghi graduated from the University of San Diego.
Magnaghi, his wife, two teenagers and 3-year-old daughter live in Solana Beach. An avid surfer, he’s off Cherry Hill usually twice a week.
Steve Wells is vice president with The Irving Group, where he specializes in both tenant representation and acquisitions for corporate clients as well as high net worth individuals. Wells' strong negotiation skills, ability to match companies with space that supports their operating strategy, and high ethical standards were all key attributes in his selection to be part of The Irving Group.
Before joining The Irving Group, Wells represented commercial tenants for CB Richard Ellis, where he specialized exclusively in representing the space needs of local private and public companies. During his tenure with the company, he received numerous recognitions for his real estate knowledge and performance. These included Rookie of The Year, which acknowledged his outstanding transaction volume, a direct reflection of his ability to effectively serve the needs of his clients. He also was honored with the CB Richard Ellis’ "Most Valuable Participant Award," a national recognition.
Wells' prior experience also includes being a former elected official for the Centre City Advisory Committee (CCAC) in downtown San Diego, where he oversaw and participated in decision¬-making votes for many high-profile developments.
Currently, Wells is a member of the Board of Directors of the downtown San Diego Rotary Club, and a member of the NAIOP (National Association of Industrial & Office Properties) San Diego Chapter. He also is a member of the local chapter of TechAmerica San Diego, an organization that serves as the leading voice for the U.S. technology industry and is the driving force behind productivity growth and jobs creation.
A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Wells also holds his California Real Estate Broker's License.
Wells is a native of San Diego and currently resides downtown. He enjoys surfing and running marathons.
With a background in real estate analysis and finance, Christopher J. Musgjerd serves as the broker associate responsible for market research, transaction management and business development to support The Irving Group’s senior brokers. Musgjerd focuses on tenants in lease transactions, never landlords, avoiding conflicts of interest.
Prior to joining The Irving Group, Musgjerd served as an associate of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network’s San Diego Group, where he managed high-net-worth client relations. Earlier he specialized in mid-sized business account sales for St. George Bank and Flexi fund management for Macquarie Bank, both in Sydney, Australia. As an associate analyst, he also worked directly for the principals of Wells Street Companies in Chicago, conducting investment opportunity research and due diligence of commercial and residential real estate.
Studying entrepreneurship and business management, Musgjerd earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University, which included a continuing education degree from Academics Programs International in Madrid, Spain. He later earned a graduate certificate from University of Sydney’s International Business Graduate School. Musgjerd holds a real estate license from the State of California.
A collegiate and professional golfer in years past, Musgjerd enjoys exercising, diving, saltwater fishing and traveling. He is a member of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association NAIOP, San Diego Chapter.
He resides in North Pacific Beach.
Courtney Murphy serves as vice president for The Irving Group. Her expertise is both detailed and comprehensive, ranging from the legal and financial minutia of real estate contracts to the comparative strengths and weaknesses of various submarkets and individual properties. Her ability to navigate and communicate complexity makes her valuable to clients and colleagues alike.
Prior to joining The Irving Group, Murphy was immersed in CoStar Group’s San Diego office for nearly four years as a research analyst and account executive. Responsible early on for a portfolio of 1,200 commercial properties in Southern California, she helped clients interpret market analytics, created quarterly market reports and maintained a database of all for-lease and for-sale commercial properties. She trained more than 2,000 brokers, investors, tenants, bankers and others to use CoStar’s research and presentation tools, and consistently exceeded monthly sales quotas.
Earlier for McKinley Inc. in Ann Arbor, Murphy coordinated acquisitions and construction, created management agreements for all commercial properties and wrote financial pro-forma. In nearby Bloomfield Hills, as a paralegal for the Michigan law firm of Monaghan LePrete, she assisted attorneys in eminent domain and other real estate issues, analyzed appraisals, conducted research and helped draft court documents. Similarly, for Ackerman & Ackerman, Murphy was steeped in real estate appraisals, business valuation, research and drafting.
Murphy is a valuable resource to several nonprofit professional and civic endeavors, including the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation, and was recently admitted to the 10-member Young Entrepreneurs Council of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego. She is a member of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, the exclusive Military Industrial Legal Media Education Complex (MILMEC), the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, San Diego Venture Group and Commercial Real Estate Women.
In 2001, Murphy completed her bachelor’s degree program with an emphasis in corporate finance from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Solana Beach resident, Murphy enjoys running, surfing and yoga.
As executive assistant to The Irving Group President Craig Irving, Sara Taylor has served as the organization’s logistical go-to coordinator since joining him in 2008.
Keeping the president highly efficient involves communications and scheduling. It also means Taylor understands the complexities of commercial real estate, from surveying clients to coordinating proposals, and manages priorities inside and outside the office.
Taylor is very involved with the Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation, which Craig Irving founded and chairs. She coordinates fundraising events and programs to assist Navy SEAL wives and children at home.
Prior to teaming with Irving, Taylor coordinated marketing, event planning and administration for Kids Korps USA, the nonprofit that encourages children to perform community service. She also handled merchandising, marketing and purchasing for European Bath Kitchen Tile & Stone, booked corporate and special events for the Belly Up Tavern, and launched her career in marketing and graphic design as a partner in Taylor Coburn Advertising.
Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona, and later a graphic design certification from Platt College. She currently resides downtown San Diego.
Serving as client relations for The Irving Group, Britt Fossey is the clients’ full-service utility player, touring properties, offering insight and preparing market analyses and transactional documentation. Fossey manages transactions and marketing, responds to requests for proposals, and assists The Irving Group’s senior brokers with representing tenants in leasing and buyers in acquisitions. Fossey is the direct point of contact for all new and existing clientele ensuring that each client’s needs are met.
Prior to joining The Irving Group, Fossey served as project coordinator for Studley, Inc. where she was involved in all aspects of the lease transaction, including preparation of market surveys, RFP’s, proposals and comparative/qualitative analysis. From 2006 to 2010, Fossey served as investor relations manager for Equastone, a San Diego private real estate investment firm, where she managed the firm’s relationships with high net worth investors, financial advisors and other intermediaries. With more than $300 million of invested capital, Fossey was responsible for preparing quarterly and annual reports and fund updates, designing and maintaining the investor relations database and assuring that all communications and private placement documentation met trust, tax, securities and fiduciary responsibilities.
As relocation manager for Access Nurses Inc. from 2002 to 2006, Fossey managed the relocation affairs of more than 1,000 nurses, negotiating agreements and discounts with corporate vendors for housing, travel and transportation.
A 2003 business administration graduate of the University of San Diego with an emphasis in marketing, Fossey also holds a real estate license from the State of California.
Fossey is an enthusiastic volunteer for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. A native of Chicago, Fossey lives in Downtown San Diego.
Project Coordinator of Real Estate Services
With millions of square feet of construction coordination and decades of experience to her credit, Darla Kooiman serves as The Irving Group’s project coordinator and executive assistant to Real Estate Services and Construction Management President John Dempsey. She provides logistical support for tenant improvements and construction projects.
Kooiman is responsible for estimating, project management, client relations, selection and coordination of subcontractors, scheduling and plan reading. She has worked on a variety of construction projects including but not limited to office buildings, light and heavy industrial, research and development, retail, hotel and motel, theaters, manufacturing facilities, public schools, medical facilities, warehouse/distribution facilities and residential development.
Before joining The Irving Group, Kooiman spent 12 years at Lusardi Construction Co., initially as assistant to the senior project manager, and ultimately as assistant to the president. Earlier she spent nine years as office manager for Escondido Sales Yard handling billing, payables, customer service, insurance and payroll.
Active with her daughters’ softball, Kooiman enjoys getaways to the Colorado River and Glamis, a popular destination in Imperial County for off-roading. She, her husband and four daughters live in Temecula.
With a background in financial analysis, Chris Sanders serves as broker associate responsible for market research and analysis in support of The Irving Group’s senior brokers and clients.
Prior to joining The Irving Group, Sanders worked as a financial analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York, producing management control reports analyzing trading performance in each of its fixed-income business areas. He also helped prepare quarterly financial statements and was instrumental in speeding up the reporting process.
With a Corporate Fellowship, Sanders earned a master’s degree in management from Wake Forest University Schools of Business in Winston-Salem, N.C., while serving as director of telecounseling in the Graduate Business Ambassador Program. In 2009 he completed his bachelor’s degree in sociology with a citation in Spanish from Harvard University in Cambridge. While at Harvard, Sanders was elected a board member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, served as vice president of the Harvard Aspiring Minority Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs, and played wide receiver for four years, including the 2007 and ’08 Ivy League Football Championship teams.
Sanders currently resides in Oceanside, his hometown.
Senior Project Manager
Raleigh has eight years of experience in the construction industry. Previously, he worked at Lusardi Construction Company managing projects throughout Southern California. In 2008 Raleigh moved to Alaska and began working for F-E Contracting, Inc. While in Alaska, Raleigh gained arctic and cold weather construction experience and completed several commercial construction projects for Federal, State & Private Entities. His primary responsibilities included project management, analyzing and maintaining project financials and managing field and office personnel. Specific project management responsibilities included estimating, coordinating with owners, occupants, subcontractors and governing agencies, LEED and sustainable construction consulting, design build coordination, municipality permit submission and coordination, tracking job cost to maintain financial project success.
Raleigh earned his degree in business administration with a entrepreneurial/finance concentration from Point Loma Nazarene University.
Raleigh serves as a leadership member for the Boy Scouts of America, an organization that promotes the positive growth of future leaders. He lives in San Marcos, with his wife, son and daughter.
With a background in business strategy and organizational behavior, Ben Artiano serves as broker associate responsible for market research, analysis, as well as assisting in all aspects of the transaction process in support of The Irving Group’s senior brokers and clients.
Artiano earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. While attending Chapman University, he helped manage investment properties for Gershman Real Estate. Artiano holds a real estate license from the State of California.
Artiano is a native of San Diego and currently resides in Mission Valley. He enjoys basketball, fitness and the New York Yankees.