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Adam Gilbert is a third-generation resident of Palm Springs and an entrepreneur involved in various fields related to real estate. Adam began his career as a civil litigation attorney and quickly found his passion for real estate focusing his skills on Sales and Development. As a principal and President of The Firm Commercial, Adam leads a team of dedicated agents with offices in Palm Springs & Palm Desert, CA, specializing in: commercial real estate sales, leasing, land acquisition, development, government relations and value-added entitlement deals. As a principal of Gilbert Avriette Vacation Rentals, Inc., Adam managed 35+ vacation rentals throughout the Coachella...

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Brian Rix brings a wealth of experience as a highly successful business entrepreneur to his new position as Executive Vice President of The Firm Commercial. For the last 10 years, Brian has owned and operated Burke Rix Communications, a marketing and advertising company, working on national, state and local campaigns. He has been very involved in land use issues, including entitlements, licensing and community outreach for large commercial and government projects. Brian was a commercial real estate owner in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, and supervised the management and leasing of a large commercial office building in Valencia. Additionally, he owned a commercial ta...

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Rod is an experienced real estate and corporate management professional, with over 25 years’ experience as a real estate attorney, executive and investor in Washington DC and California. He is excited to join Adam Gilbert and The Firm Commercial team as Vice-President of Operations and a Realtor. In his last corporate job, Rod was part of the legal and management team of a group of companies in Malibu, California, where he served as Vice-President/Counsel. The companies own nearly 60 commercial properties with 500 tenants, and include an $8 billion Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) publicly-traded on the New York Stock Exchange, operating in 42 cities and 22 stat...

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Fritz Boudreaux brings to the team a strong background in business development from the oil and gas industry. He developed markets for directional drilling services and formation evaluation systems for both Halliburton and Schlumberger in the Rocky Mountain Region. As a private real estate investor, Fritz built a diverse portfolio, to include single family rentals, sober living property and income producing land under the USDA Conservation Reserve Program. Fritz received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston, and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, with a concentration in finance and competitive strategy.

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Joel Handshuh is a 2nd generation Palm Springs Native who graduated from Palm Springs High School in 2003. After attending college at the University of Arizona, Joel fell in love with the Culinary Arts and pursued this passion, working tirelessly to develop his necessary work-ethic, organizational mind-set and problem-solving mentality through fine-dining and Michelin starred restaurants before becoming a private & personal chef for Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. Afterwards, he went on to be the executive chef of the critically acclaimed Lakehouse in Bellevue, Washington and win Rising Star Seattle from Star Chefs. Post Covid and the collapse of the restaurant ...

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A long-time resident of Palm Springs and more recently the high desert, Mat understands current market trends and has extensive knowledge of commercial and residential property in the area. He has reentered the real estate industry after successfully owning and operating an international organic textile company. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mat rose to prominence in the auto industry managing the luxury brands of Jaguar, Land Rover, and Aston Martin, where he learned about exceptional customer service, building long term relationships, excellent communication, and ALWAYS following through on your commitments. Mat was appointed to the Planning Commission in the ...

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Mundo is a strategic advisor to his clients and development partners. Mundo has a passion for helping his clients as well as providing the best communication and service to all parties. Mundo focuses his efforts in Southern California, utilizing his market knowledge and experience to help his clients achieve their goals. Before joining The Firm Commercial, Mundo additionally works for RCH Construction as VP/Director of Business Development. Mundo worked for NAI Capital doing land development, industrial sales, and retail leasing. Before getting into Commercial Real Estate Mundo worked as a consultant and sales executive for UPS and Shipware. While working at UPS, Mun...

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To Shauna Facciponti, being a Realtor is much more than job – it’s her passion and life’s work. Licensed in 2007, Shauna became a second-generation Real Estate Professional, raised to live by the same principles that embody what being a Realtor means: community and integrity. With over 20 years of experience in Marketing, Sales, and expertise in Social Media Marketing, Shauna’s dedication to her clients, and doing her part to keep the American Dream of homeownership, entrepreneurship within grasp for those seeking it, fuels her passion and commitment to deliver. Shauna is proud and excited to join an elite team of top producers of real estate in the Coachella...

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