Our Team

Meet the Team

OVER $1.8Billion of Commercial Real Estate SOLD and counting!

We are a team of dedicated professionals.

Han Widjaja Chen

Han Widjaja Chen, CCIM

Han Widjaja Chen is the founder and president of Growth Investment Group, a commercial real estate investment brokerage company that specializes in multifamily investments in Los Angeles with a focus in the San Gabriel Valley area. He led a successful team of specalized commercial real estate agents that have helped many GIG clients multiply their wealth through apartment sales. As of Q4-2022, GIG's team has sold over $1.803billion of closed transactions. Many active real estate agents/brokers have hired Han’s team to help them sell their apartment properties.

Han’s humble commercial real estate career begins in 2007 with Colliers International. He quickly became the top multifamily agents at Colliers International Los Angeles. After 4-years tenure with Colliers International, Han became one of the principals/ shareholders in 2012 at Lee Associates ISG where he also became #1 multifamily agent at the company. After seeing his clients’ needs for a more responsive and personalized approach to multifamily investments, Han decided to found Growth Investment Group in 2014 in a strategic alliance with KW Commercial in Pasadena. During his partnership with KW Commercial Pasadena, Han once again became #1 multifamily broker in the company.

In order to provide his clients a more entrepreneurial engagement, Han decided to operate GIG as its own company independent from any national franchises affiliation. Since its full inception, GIG has multiplied its client’s net worth through multifamily investments and quickly becoming the top multifamily boutique firm in San Gabriel Valley.

Even though he started his commercial real estate career only about 15 years ago, Han was able to build his own multifamily/commercial real estate portfolio in San Gabriel Valley and now offers his clients unique and professional insights of the apartment market, operations, and management as a fellow commercial real estate investor. His approach of partnering with his clients to maximize their property value to achieve their goals has earned him trusts and continued businesses from his many clients.

Growth Investment Group has ONE core mission: To help our clients grow their capital through multifamily investments

Broker License#: 01749321
Direct: 626.594.4900 | Fax: 626.499.5788

Justin McCardle

Justin McCardle

Justin McCardle specializes in the sale of multifamily properties throughout Los Angeles County, with a focus in the North and Northeast LA areas. His in depth market knowledge and hard work have enabled him to successfully close many transactions in the area. Through consistent effort and dedication, Mr. McCardle has established long term relationships with his clients, many who are large players in the Commercial Real Estate world.

His work ethic and drive stand out among other agents. He is always willing to go the extra mile in negotiating, problems solving, and doing what it takes to look out for the needs and best interests of his clients. He is able to advise his clients on all aspects of their commercial real estate buying, selling, and filling 1031 Exchanges in Real Estate.

DRE License#: 01895720
Direct: 909.486.2069 | Fax: 626.316.7552

Leo Shaw

Leo Shaw

Leo Shaw has 9 years experience as a real estate broker applying his expertise and market knowledge to find deals in commercial office, retail and multifamily properties that consistently exceed the investment goals of his clients.

Honesty and integrity, along with determination and dedication, are philosophies that Leo strives for in all aspects of his life. Applying these principles to his business, has allowed him to become a well rounded real estate professional. His background as a business owner for several business ventures has given his real estate business a high level of experience leadership and professionalism.

Leo Shaw as a proven record of directly impacting his client’s financial success and propelling smooth transactions by applying refined property valuation and buying/selling negotiation skill.

Fluent in Mandarin
Broker License#: 01879962
Direct: 626.716.6968 | Fax: 626.551.0761

Spencer Rands

Spencer Rands

Spencer Rands started selling multifamily properties in 2003 in Los Angeles and the surrounding cities. He has also represented his clients in acquisitions of various types of commercial properties in several US states.

Additionally, he has over 10 years of corporate real estate experience, and also is a principal group sponsor for a real estate investment syndication.

He has an MBA and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate, and is always ready and willing to put his experience and education to work for you.

DRE License#: 01388490
Direct: 909.303.0290

Marc Scwhartz

Marc Scwhartz

Marc Schwartz is a Proud United Stated Veteran, California Native and a Senior Associate at the Growth Investment Group; a commercial real estate investment sales group that specializes in the sale of multifamily properties and other commercial asset classes throughout Los Angeles.

Marc is well known in his community and to the brokerage world as a dedicated commercial real estate agent in Los Angeles County. Marc’s insight, negotiating skills and network of property owners, investors and other brokers have made a formula for happy clients with great results.

He Utilizes Growth Investments Group vast data base, huge deal flow, and excellent marketing to bring top dollar for the properties he sells and helps to exponentially increase his client’s wealth. The Team of GIG are competitive, driven, and successful and He feeds off an incredible team environment that shares deal flow. Marc followed Han when he Created GIG and has made a name for himself while maintaining the excellent reputation of the company. He was rookie of the year at GIG, top producer at Korus and has vast knowledge of Financing as well.

DRE License#: 01515007
Direct: 213.362.8500 | Fax: 626.316.7552

Abel Benitez

Abel Benitez

Abel Benitez was born and raised in San Gabriel, California and graduated from Temple City Hight School. Soon after, he worked up through the hospitality industry and achieved key management roles at a young age. By taking an entrepeneurial routee, Abel discovered a passion for Real Estate and joined Growth Investment Group as a Business Development Associate.

Within a year he learned about the key principles of Commercial Real Estate and now specializes in Multi-Family Sales across Southern Los Angeles in neighborhoods such as Vermont Square, University Park, Florence Graham & many more nearby markets.

With a Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish, Abel uses his strong communications skills and detailed market knowledge matched with a work ethic fueled by determination & consistency to guide his clients in the best possible direction regarding their Commercial Real Estate Portfolio. Whether to sell or 1031 Exchange, Abel’s strong negotiation skills help his clients obtain top market value for their properties & future investments

DRE License#: 02173463 | Direct: 626.898.9740 | Mobile: 213.595.8105

Evan Monroe

Evan Monroe

Evan T. Monroe was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, where he first developed an interest in the world of commercial real estate.

During his time at USC, Evan studied topics ranging from Macroeconomics and Consumer Behavior to Behavioral Genetics and Cognitive Neuroscience. As an Associate with Growth Investment Group (San Gabriel, CA), Evan utilizes his detailed market knowledge, strong interpersonal communication skills, and familiarity with the East Los Angeles, Highland Park, and Eagle Rock communities to provide excellent advisory services to multi-family investors in the area. Outside of commercial real estate, Evan is also passionate about music, travel, language learning, creative writing, and film.

DRE License#: 02135116 | Direct: 626.407.2388 | Mobile: 626.340.3826 | Fax: 626.291.1038

Carolyn Echter

Carolyn Echter

As a Multifamily Investment Specialist, Carolyn’s primary focus is on apartment buildings in Los Angeles, particularly the San Fernando Valley. With over a decade of sales management experience, she transitioned to investment real estate and has dedicated her career to providing clients with her extensive product and market knowledge to help them achieve their investment goals.

Carolyn started working young for her family’s SoCal commercial flower farm, which instilled a fierce work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating from UCSD, she promptly moved to Los Angeles to share her unique business development insights. Carolyn continues to maximize value for her clients through integrity, transparency and putting their needs first.

She and the team at GIG meticulously develop a comprehensive strategy for clients to achieve their investment goals. This includes underwriting and determining property value, preparing detailed marketing packages, qualifying buyers, coordinating inspections, and expertly guiding clients through a smooth and successful escrow.

In her free time, Carolyn enjoys cycling, horseback riding, gardening, cooking, and hiking with her husband and their dog, Boz.

DRE License#: 02168693 | Direct: 626.291.1120 | Mobile: 760.822.3309

Willy Avila

William Avila

William Avila was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate from Cal State Los Angeles. He quickly put his education to use as a successful business owner and top State Vendor in Property Preservation for over 10 years.

He has since demonstrated a history of working in the Real Estate Industry and sharpened his skills in acquisitions, investment and management. As an Associate with Growth Investment Group William prides himself on representing Sellers/Buyers in Commercial transaction in the El Monte, South El Monte, La Puente, Covina and West Covina communities.

When not in the office William follows the Lakers and new restaurants with his family and children.

DRE License#: 01827145 | Mobile: 323.573.2618

Valeria Garcia

Valeria "Val" Garcia

Valeria Garcia was raised in Los Angeles, CA. She recently earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she developed an interest in commercial real estate. During her time at UCLA, she studied topics ranging from Statistics and Labor and Employment Law to Social Networks and Collective Behavior.

As an associate with Growth Investment Group, Valeria is part of a successful multifamily property sales team who have a strong work ethic and get their clients the highest return on their investments. She utilizes her detailed market knowledge, fluency in Spanish and English, and her strong communication and interpersonal skills to best guide multi-family investors in Southeast LA, such as: Downey, Montebello, and Whittier.

DRE License#: 02205755 | Mobile: 323.336.3789

999 S. San Gabriel Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Phone: 626.594.4901
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