As Chief Financial Officer of the Rancon Group, Steven Van Houten oversees the Financial, IT and Human Resources disciplines for all company divisions, real estate investments and partnerships. Under the Financial discipline, Mr. Van Houten manages the project financing, investor & lender relationships, accounting, financial modeling, cash planning, forecasts, tax & audit. He works closely with the Development and Investment Divisions in property acquisition and disposition, coordinating pro forma modeling, residual analysis and business plans with project managers. In addition, Mr. Van Houten is a member of the Rancon Group Executive Board and plays a key role in strategic planning. Mr. Van Houten has more than 20 years of experience in finance, accounting and real estate. Before coming to the Rancon Group, he served as Director of Finance and Controller for Shea Homes, Southern California Division, where he was responsible for accounting, financial reporting, pro forma modeling, budgeting, forecasting, joint venture accounting, cash management, financing and investor relationships. Prior to working for Shea, Mr. Van Houten served as the Real Estate Controller for Fluor Corporation where he was responsible for accounting, planning, capital expenditures, portfolio optimization and the analysis of real estate transactions. His expertise includes financial modeling and analysis, portfolio management, project management, systems implementation and six sigma initiatives. Mr. Van Houten received his MBA from the University of Southern California and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from California State University, San Bernardino. He is a Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) and is active in the local chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).