Bob Connell graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate and Finance. Bob began his career at Marcus & Millichap working for one of the firm’s top Senior Investment Associates specializing in the sale of commercial and multi-family real estate. It was here that Bob learned the critical principles needed for successful real estate investing. In the early 1990’s California was in a recession and Bob decided to leave M&M and start a new career in the mortgage lending business. Bob quickly became a top producer and after a short time, he and two other friends decided to start their own mortgage company. In 1991, Bob was a founding partner of Great American Financial in Santa Clarita, CA. After several years the company was relocated to Glendale, CA and Bob became President and Owner/Broker of Great American Financial. Over the past couple of decades, Bob has formed close relationships with major lending sources that have benefited his loyal clientele. In addition to the mortgage brokerage, Bob has been an active real estate investor since 1993 with the acquisition and management of multifamily and hospitality properties. Bob has also been involved in many construction rehab projects and value-added investments. Bob is married to his beautiful wife Tina and has three children Tiana (TCU) Go Frogs! Anthony (Alabama) Roll Tide! and Gabriella (La Canada) Go Spartans! When not at work Bob coaches high school football for La Canada and enjoys being a mentor to young men. When there is time, Bob loves to go fishing, dirt bike riding and hunting. He is also a member of La Canada Presbyterian Church. When asked how he has been able to stay in business through all the ups and downs of the mortgage industry, Bob always gives the same response; God is good!