BARRISTER’S MANAGEMENT TEAM

Vince H. Otte
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Vince acquired AOMI in 1990 and changed its name to Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. In recognition of his turnaround of the company, Otte received the “Entrepreneur of the Year” from Inc. magazine in 1993. Under his tenure, Barrister has grown from 11 locations to its current 25 locations.

In the late 1980’s, Vince was a founder and partner of the Pacific Equity Development Corporation, a merchant banking firm specializing in arranging financing, leveraged buyouts, acquisitions and divestitures for companies with revenues ranging from $10 to $200 million. Otte was treasurer for Ducommun Inc., a $500 million company from 1978 to 1982. He was a vice president for Wells Fargo and Union Bank from 1972 to 1978.

Vince received his MBA from University of California, Berkeley. He also earned an advanced degree in credit & finance management from Stanford Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

 

Derek Otte
Chief Administrative Officer

Derek Otte is Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Barrister Executive Suites, Inc., a premier commercial real estate company with over 300,000 sq. Ft. of office space under management. As CAO, he prospects new locations for expansion, sets the strategy for lease renewals, aids locations in meeting future market trends, and oversees project management and technology departments.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Otte was a sales and marketing manager. While serving in this capacity, he built on the rich legacy of Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. to refresh the image of the company through the rebranding of marketing collateral; facilitating and enhancing proper communication between and amongst the team directly correlating to increased sales revenue.  Mr. Otte served as the Vice President of Portfolio Management from 2017 to 2019.  He oversaw the development of a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) that puts the company at a distinct competitive advantage. In 2019, he assumed the additional role of CAO. Mr. Otte began his career in 2007 as a sales associate at Newmark Knight Frank, a commercial real estate advisory firm.

Outside the boardroom, Mr. Otte, a four-time All-American athlete may be found engaged in a variety of fitness activities from beach volleyball to basketball to cycling races.  He is passionate about world travel and personalizing the concept of being a global citizen.  Be it in Pacific Palisades where he grew up, Santa Monica where he resides, or the countries to which he travels, Mr. Otte has a heart for service and seeks to improve the lives of those whose paths he crosses.

Mr. Otte holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

 

Alain Wittman
Chief Financial Officer

Alain has over 20 years of combined experience in Property Management and Real Estate Finance. Prior to joining Barrister, he worked as an accounting manager for Trammell Crow Company, overseeing large portfolios of mixed used projects.

Alain is a native of France. He attended Aix-Marseille University, earning a master of science in accounting.

 

Carrie Gates
Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Carrie oversees all aspects of the sales, marketing, and leasing efforts for the Barrister’s 25 Southern California locations. She has over 30 years of industry experience, holding positions as director of sales, area leasing manager, and suite manager. Since joining the company in 1990, Carrie has assisted with the acquisitions and dispositions of numerous centers, and with the company’s growth from 11 to 25 locations.

She is a member of GWA (Global Workspace Association) and LACRA (Los Angeles Commercial Real Estate Association). Carrie served as president of OBCAI (Office Business Center Association International) in 2009, was awarded its Industry Leadership award in 2007, and received the Life Member Award in 2010.

Carrie earned an AA degree from Marymount Palos Verdes College and attended University of San Diego with a major in Liberal Studies.

 

Karen Kwiatt McNamar
Project Manager

Karen manages all construction, remodels and tenant improvement projects. She also coordinates location openings, closings, and interior design. She supervises company-wide inventory documentation and corporate records storage.

Prior to rejoining Barrister, Karen served as Assistant to the Governor for Management and Administration under Governor Pete Wilson in Sacramento. She also served as Assistant to the Counsel to the President under President Ronald Reagan in Washington, DC. She has over 40 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors.

 

Jerome Chau
Chief Technology Officer

Jerome provides a unique skill set which includes Contract Negotiation, Budgeting and Project Management. He has over 18 years’ experience in the Commercial Real Estate industry, holding former positions in Sales, Finance and Information Technology. He is currently responsible for overseeing all Voice and Data Networks for all Barrister locations and leading the overall direction of Technology for the company. Prior to joining Barrister, Jerome was a Broker with CB Richard Ellis in the Central Los Angeles Region.

Jerome earned a bachelor of arts in Economics from UCLA.

 

Ashley Hutchins
Human Resources Manager

Ashley oversees the company’s human resources department. Prior to becoming the Human Resources Manager, she held the positions of Area Manager and Suite Manager with the company, overseeing the leasing and operations of the locations in her area.

Ashley earned a bachelor of arts in Economics with a minor in Accounting from Pepperdine University.