CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Kristina joined Westlake in 2014. After serving as a Principal at Westlake International for two years, Kristina assumed the role of President of Westlake International, Westlake Realty, and Westlake Urban. In 2022, Kristina became the Chief Executive Officer responsible for overseeing the strategic direction, operations and investment performance of all three Westlake companies. She brings to Westlake a depth of experience in all aspects of the real estate business, including portfolio management, acquisitions, and property management.
Prior to Westlake, Kristina held various operational positions with several consumer companies including Frends, RAEN Optics, and VNDA. Kristina also served as a senior analyst at Equity One (since acquired by Regency Centers Corp., NYSE: REG) where she worked on acquisitions, dispositions, and portfolio management.
As the President of Westlake International, Kristina leads the Company's efforts in early stage investing. She led the firm's investments in Pressed Juicery, Buck Mason, Hardworking Gentlemen, Sufferfest Beer Company (acquired by Sierra Nevada), Hard Fizz, Sproutling (acquired by Mattel), Kopari Beauty, Numilk, Chatmeter (acquired by Providence Equity), Soloshot, Bare Bones Broth, Hylete, Carbitex, Westlake Wave Co., and St. Frank.
Kristina holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and received her bachelor’s degree in History from Harvard College. Kristina is a member of YPO San Diego. In her spare time, Kristina enjoys personally investing in and supporting early stage companies. She currently serves as a Manager for the Little Joe Fund and on the board of Hardworking Gentlemen.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Lino joined the team in early 2018 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Westlake companies, including Westlake Realty, Westlake Urban, Westlake Wave Co., and Westlake International. He oversees all financial operations, including accounting, tax planning, forecasting, and cash-flow monitoring.
Lino brings with him twenty years of experience in the real estate industry, with knowledge of multi-family residential, single-family residential, office, retail and mixed use. Most recently before joining Westlake, Lino served as the Chief Financial Officer for Dwell Finance, which was sold to B2R, a unit of Blackstone in 2015. Prior to Dwell Finance, Lino was the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis at Carmel Partners, a premier full-service real estate company that specializes in acquisition, development, renovation, and management of multi-family assets. His responsibilities included oversight and management of the long and short-term cash flow planning for four active funds in various stages.
Before his time at Carmel Partners, Lino was an integral member of the Lennar Corporation’s Bay Area Urban Division. While at Lennar (NYSE:LEN), he managed the financial performance of a diverse Bay Area portfolio, including some of the region’s largest master planned and mixed-use communities. Prior to Lennar, Lino began his career at Arthur Andersen, where he served several clients in the real estate industry.
Lino graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from San Francisco State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive).
ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE
Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Oriol brings with him over 17 years of experience developing artificial waves and surfing-related attractions, with a passion for innovation and to develop world-class attractions. As part of the founding team at Westlake Wave Co. he serves as Vice President leading all business development efforts to bring the Westlake vision to market.
Prior to Joining Westlake International as an Entrepreneur in Residence, Ori was part of the Kelly Slater Wave Co. team where he helped design and build the Surf Ranch wave and then transitioned into more strategic roles as product manager and leading several business development opportunities and projects in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.
Earlier in his career, he spent 12 years as an integral part of the Wave Loch’s team. Joined the company in 2003 during the installation of the first Flowrider and left the company in 2015 with over 170 Flowrider installations operating worldwide. As a mechanical engineer, he oversaw the design, fabrication and construction of multiple international projects. He is the inventor of two granted patents that led to the creation of several new attractions.
Ori holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and an M.B.A. in international business from University of San Diego.
John Dascomb Ph.D.
ENGINEER IN RESIDENCE
Dr. Dascomb is a mechanical engineer with over 15 years of experience designing complex energy systems. As Westlake's Engineer in Residence, John manages the design and fabrication process for all physical products. He is a co-founder of Westlake Wave Co. where he currently serves as the Chief Technical Officer.
Prior to joining Westlake, John served in senior engineering roles at Southern California Design Company, Interra Energy, and XR Sciences.
John received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida State University where he specialized in renewable energy. John's work included reducing the cost of solar thermal energy and studying hydrogen generation via thermo-chemical conversion of biomass.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
As Chief Operating Officer, Jessica oversees operations across Westlake’s asset management, real estate services, leasing functions, investment and joint venture opportunities, and development projects. Jessica joined Westlake as the Senior Vice President of Portfolio and Asset Management and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in July of 2018.
Prior to joining Westlake, Ms. Smith served as Vice President, Property Management for Westcore Properties, a commercial real estate investment company, where she was responsible for acquisitions, dispositions, and portfolio operations. Before that, she spent 14 years at the RMR Group, (Nasdaq: RMR), an alternative asset management company primarily focused on real estate related businesses. Ms. Smith held a variety of positions at RMR, starting out as a property manager and eventually serving as Area Director with responsibility for oversight of real estate leasing and day-to-day portfolio operations for RMR’s Western Region.
She serves as an Advisor to RedCrow, a web based direct investment portal focused on crowdsourced investment opportunities for early stage healthcare companies which are making a social impact by shaping the future of healthcare advancements.
Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Franklin Pierce University.
As Chairman, Mr. Chang is responsible for the direction of the company. He started his real estate career in property management, starting as a janitor, then maintenance man and then onto management.
He then went on to start Government Community Advocates (“GCA”) specializing in real estate development entitlement work, representing many of the largest real estate developers in California, such as Shorenstein Companies and TMG Partners.
After learning the real estate development business at GCA, Mr. Chang re-joined Westlake to help grow the family’s real estate development business. A sampling of his projects include the following: 909 Montgomery Office Building (office building in San Francisco, California), Wine Country House (retirement center in Sonoma, California), Gold Country House (retirement center in Vallejo, California), and Leisure Gardens (retirement center in Vacaville, California).
Mr. Chang has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a member of YPO Gold, Northern California and is the former Chairman of U. S. Rugby Football Union. He also served on the Board of the Asia Foundation and San Francisco Port and Social Services Commissions.