Lani Baker

Holualoa Companies, a prominent Tucson-based real estate and investment firm, has promoted Lani Baker to the position of Chief Financial Officer.  

Baker’s promotion follows other leadership enhancements, including I. Michael Kasser’s transition to Founder and Chairman of the company and Richard Kauffman’s promotion to Chief Executive Officer late last year. 

Baker has more than 15 years of experience in commercial real estate. Her skills and resources are targeted toward exceeding quality objectives and attaining revenue. Her areas of expertise and responsibility include commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions, financing and sales, treasury, and investor relations.

Baker is a native Tucsonan currently residing in Tucson with her husband and two children. She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.  In addition, she became a licensed CPA in 2012.

Baker’s community service includes working as a past Vice President and board member of the Lupus Foundation of Southern Arizona and a member of Angel Charity for Children. She was a recipient of Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 40 under 40 and a Tu Nidito Remarkable Mom in 2018.

Most recently, Baker was recognized as a “Real Estate Champion” in the “Women of Influence” awards by Inside Tucson Business. She is also the Board President of CREW Tucson, part of the nation’s premier women’s commercial real estate network.

 “It is gratifying to be able to take on this exciting role in a company that I love with a team that I greatly respect,” Baker said. “Holualoa Companies has had an extremely positive impact on Arizona’s business and economic environment, and I am proud to be able to serve the company as its new Chief Financial Officer.”

Holualoa was founded by Kasser in Hawaii 35 years ago. The company expanded to the Southwest in the Resolution Trust Corporation days, moving the headquarters office to Tucson, Arizona.  The company continued to grow by opening offices in Phoenix, Arizona and Santa Monica, California. Further expansion led Holualoa to partnerships in Washington, DC and Paris, France.

“We are pleased to promote Lani to Chief Financial Officer and are grateful for the contributions she has made to the company’s success,” Kauffman said. “We look forward to her continued leadership.”

About Holualoa Companies

Holualoa Companies is a real estate investment firm focused on the successful acquisition, repositioning and disposition of real estate assets. Holualoa also acquires core assets in superior locations and participates in select development opportunities. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, with offices in Phoenix, Santa Monica, Hawaii and Paris, France its investments span the United States and Europe and include office, retail, industrial, multifamily, self storage and hotel properties. For more information visit

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