Corporate Team 

doug hignell

Douglas Hignell


Doug and his father, Fred, formed Hignell & Hignell, Inc. in 1970, re-named The Hignell Companies in 2006. He received an M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering. He holds the title of Certified Property Manager (CPM) from the Institute of Real Estate Management and the title of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) from the National Realtors Institute. (BRE #304639)

philip larios

Philip Larios

President & CEO

Phil Larios oversees all of The Hignell Companies. Phil joined the firm in 2003. He came to Hignell with extensive business and construction experience, 5 years of general management and 20 years of executive management in professional/retail lumber sales, manufacturing, construction, fabrication, facility management, investment and the sales and purchasing of commodities. Phil has over 25 years of risk and insurance experience throughout the state of California and Nevada. Phil places a high priority on ethics, combining a strong marketing and sales focus with a commitment to quality customer care and improvement of the community in which we live. (BRE #1766783)

Greg Wietbrock, Vice President Property Management

Greg Wietbrock

Vice President Property Management

Greg joined The Hignell Companies as Vice President of Property Management in 2008. Prior to joining us, Greg had 31 years of corporate leadership experience in the produce industry, including years as the Director of Procurement. He has a commitment to excellence in everything that he touches. In his capacity as Vice President, Greg oversees the operational management of our Community Association, Residential and Commercial divisions of property management. (BRE #1954183)


matthew dietz

Matthew Dietz

Vice President
Experts In Your Home/
Construction Services

Matthew join the Hignell Companies in 2012 and is the Vice President of Experts In Your Home, our Construction Services Department. Matthew has 40 years of construction management experience in multi-family and commercial renovation projects as well as new construction. He learned the construction trades at the family business, Longfellow Lumber Company, which was founded by his grandfather, Carl Dietz in the 1950’s. As Vice President of Construction, Matthew is responsible for the general oversight of all projects and Project Managers as well as the construction process and quality control.

katharine dietz

Katharine Dietz, PHR-CA, SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources

Katharine joined the team in 2011 as Director of Human Resources and brought with her over 14 years of human resources and organizational development experience. Katharine's expertise includes talent management, organizational training and development, and leadership and management coaching. She is responsible for all human resource functions for The Hignell Companies as well as The Courtyard at Little Chico Creek. Her areas of responsibility include risk management, workers compensation, and health benefits administration, compensation, learning and development, employee relations and career services, recruitment and staffing, information management, and leadership development. Katharine also serves on the board of Creating Caring Communities Non-Profit Organization.