Our Team

Combining a Wide Range of Knowledge and Experience

Robert Guthrie

Robert W. Guthrie
CEO

As CEO and founder of Guthrie Development Company, Rob Guthrie is responsible for the firm’s vision, values and company strategy. He works closely with debt and equity partners and the real estate brokerage community, and he is actively involved in all strategic decisions affecting the company. With more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, Rob has held an ownership interest in the acquisition and development of more than six million square feet of property. During his leadership, Guthrie Development has consistently been ranked as one of the top commercial developers in Orange County. Prior to founding GDC, Rob was a general partner with Burke Real Estate Group for 16 years, where he was instrumental in the firm’s growth and success. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance (Real Estate Emphasis) from the University of Southern California, as well as a Certificate in Real Property Development & Management. Rob currently resides in Newport Beach with his wife and three children.

Gary Guzman

Gary D. Guzman
Executive Vice President

Gary Guzman joined Guthrie Development Company in 2002 as a project manager. As EVP, he now oversees all aspects of the company’s operations including project management, asset/property management, due diligence/closing, financing/investing, and dispositions. He is also responsible for the company’s property acquisitions. He has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience including the acquisition, entitlement, development and/or repositioning of over 400 small industrial buildings totaling over 2.5 million square feet. Prior to joining the company, he worked at Heller Financial, GE Capital, and Toyo Trust where he originated and underwrote over $550 million in commercial real estate debt and equity financings and managed over $600 million in loans. Mr. Guzman earned his BS degree in Mathematics – Applied Science Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and is also a licensed California real estate broker.

Daria Rose

Daria Rose, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Since 2000, Daria has been responsible for all of Guthrie’s corporate, partnership, and property management accounting and financial and tax reporting for over 40 entities at the owner, investor and lender levels. She collaborates with all associated parties on property acquisitions and dispositions, including assisting in due diligence and financial analysis. She has over 25 years of accounting experience with over 15 in real estate and is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Cortland Armour

Cortland Armour
Project Manager

Cortland joined the Guthrie Development team in 2014 as an Associate Project Manager for our asset acquisitions and development projects. He assists in the financial analysis and due diligence of all acquisitions, supports all project management, as well as collaborates on various marketing materials. Prior to joining the company, he worked in the online marketing industry for 5 years; providing analytics and key performance indicators on leads for home service companies such as Dish Network. Cortland received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of San Diego in 2007, and minored in Business Administration as well as English.

Peter Schafer

Peter Schafer
Project Manager

Peter is a Project Manager for Guthrie Development Company. He is responsible for executing the
business plan on projects, overseeing management contracts, and sourcing new opportunities and
equity partners. Peter joined the firm in 2014 after working in asset management for a Southern
California based owner/operator of multi-tenant properties; and industrial brokerage since 2005. He
earned a BA from UCLA in Economics and holds several other real estate certificates and designations,
including membership in the 2016-17 class of NAIOP-SoCal’s YPG program.

Connor Bannan

Connor Bannan
Analyst

Connor Bannan joined Guthrie Development in 2016 as an Analyst and works directly alongside the
acquisitions and asset management team. He is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the State of
California, and has a background in the commercial brokerage industry. Prior to joining the company,
Connor worked with one of the top industrial teams in the region at JLL. While earning his B.A. in
History from UCLA, he held various internships within the commercial real estate industry and also
competed on the Men’s Volleyball Team.