About Leo the Founder
Launched in 2016 by Leo Grifka, with the intention of building a portfolio of well located and highly curated real estate over several different asset classes, Grifka Group prides itself on developing underutilized and underappreciated properties and transforming them into desired destinations.
Prior to this, Leo was brought on as Executive Vice President at HQ Development (aka HQ Creative Office) to facilitate their rapid expansion of high-end creative office developments. Among the many hats that Leo wore for HQ were sourcing new acquisitions, performing due diligence, and overseeing the entitlement and construction process. Expanding the portfolio from three buildings to more than 13 buildings owned today, Leo was instrumental in transforming HQ Development into one of the most recognizable single tenant, high-end creative office developers in Los Angeles.
In 2011, Leo founded Grifka Realty, an independent real estate brokerage firm specializing in single family residential properties. In 2009, Leo began his career in the tech start-up world, but shortly thereafter was hired by GK Development to oversee the construction of multiple medical office buildings in Beverly Hills.
Leo holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona, double majoring in business management and entrepreneurship. With his unique background and skill-sets, Leo is able to lead a development from due diligence through funding, planning, entitlements, construction, and finally to successful lease-up or operation, as he has proven throughout his career.
Leo is a devoted husband and loving father to two young boys, which he would say are his greatest achievements.