President, Branov Custom Homes

Over the past 34 years Bryan Nickel as been involved in putting in place over $2 Billion of Commercial, Industrial, Retail and Residential product in the Southern California area. Bryan’s past employment with real estate and construction companies includes C. L. Peck Contractor, EQUIDON, Brock Homes, and Snyder Langston. His experience includes some of the largest and most prestigious projects of their kind in Southern California. Most recently as president of Bravo November, Inc., doing business as Branov Custom Homes , Bryan has been building custom homes for sale. Prior to forming Branov, as a senior manager, Chief Financial Officer, of Snyder Langston (11 years) and throughout his career Bryan’s responsibilities have included the following for, on average, $100 million per year of real estate product put in place, managed, litigated, leased or sold;

  • Construction Management
  • Real Estate and Home Pricing
  • Business Planning
  • Development of systems for project cost control, subcontractor tracking, and capturing the combined knowledge of the company
  • Real Estate & Construction Financial Reporting to Partners
  • Audit management
  • Forensic Auditing and Cost Analysis
  • Financing Equity & Debt
  • Architect Selection
  • Preconstruction Planning
  • Value Engineering
  • Subcontractor Selection
  • Field Supervision
  • Cost Control
  • Lien Law Issues
  • Bonding & Banking Credit Relationships
  • Feasibility and Due Diligence
  • Environmental Issues
  • Construction Defect Litigation Support
  • Subcontractor and Contractor Failure to Perform Issues

A graduate, with honors, from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in Economics, his post graduate training also includes study in tax, business law, accounting and real estate appraisal.

Additionally, Bryan currently represents the Orange County 5 th District on the County’s Regional Recreational Trails Advisory Committee, supervising the implementation of over 500 miles of non-vehicle trails, is a member of the Board of Directors of Trails4All, a non-profit dedicated to coordinating volunteer efforts in maintaining Trails and has served as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 37 in Newport Beach.

A sampling of the real estate and construction projects Bryan has been involved with;

Residential Projects

  • Seven Custom Homes, Capistrano Beach
  • Duplex Condominium, Capistrano Beach
  • Three Custom Estate Lots, Live Oak Canyon, Trabuco, CA
  • 31 Model Homes – Sale Leaseback to Kaufman & Broad
  • Lang Ranch, 225 Homes, Thousand Oaks
  • 320 Homes, Canoga Park
  • 78 Homes, 54 Attached Homes, Canoga Park
  • 85 Homes, Ventura
  • 425 Homes, Saugus
  • Hillcrest Condominiums Reconstruction (post lawsuit settlement)
  • Custom Home Remodels, Newport Beach

Retail Projects

  • Irvine Entertainment Center
  • Westlake Promenade
  • Encino Marketplace
  • Tustin Marketplace
  • Park Place, Irvine
  • Sherman Oaks Galleria
  • Neman Marcus, Beverly Hills
  • I Magnin, Beverly Hills
  • Corona Del Mar Plaza, Newport Beach
  • Hazard Center, San Diego
  • Pacific Beach Promenade, San Diego
  • Del Norte Plaza, Ventura
  • Hollywood Mercedes Benz Dealership

Public Projects

  • Southern California College of Optometry
  • City of Culver City – Sewage Pumping Station
  • City of Mission Viejo Animal Shelter
  • City of Mission Viejo Library
  • Orange County Zoo “Sampson the Bear” facility
  • Orange County Airport Parking Structures Litigation Support

Office Projects

  • Northrop Corporate Headquarters, Century City
  • Farmers Insurance Six Story Office, Simi Valley
  • Wilshire Bixel Building
  • Hazard Center, San Diego
  • Newport Place 9 story office, Parking Structure
  • Bayview, Newport Beach
  • 12400 Wilshire Blvd
  • Jamboree Center
  • The Atrium, Newport Beach
  • State Fund Insurance, Oxnard
  • Stare Fund Insurance, Riverside
  • Over $100 million of Tenant Improvement projects

Hotel Projects

  • Century Plaza Hotel, 30 story addition
  • Disneyland Hotel Remodel
  • Marriott Courtyard, Torrance
  • Candlewood Hotel, Lake Forest


  • Hughes EDSG, El Segundo
  • Toyota Parts Distribution, Ontario
  • St John Knits, Irvine
  • Watson Laboratories, Corona
  • Oakely Corporate Headquarters & Manufacturing, Foothill Ranch
  • Sony, Otay Mesa

Specialty Projects

  • Manhattan Beach Studios
  • Pelican Hills Clubhouse
  • Del Mar Country Club
  • CBS Studio Center
  • Susanville Casino
  • Trucking Cross Dock Facility - Anaheim

Medical Projects

  • Newport Beach Surgery Center
  • Eisenhower Medical Center Remodel
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