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)
Chief Operations Officer
David joined The Hignell Companies in 2017 and is currently serving as Chief Operations Officer. He began his transition into the COO role in 2020 after serving as the Senior Operations Manager for our construction division, Experts in Your Home. In that role he was responsible for complete oversight of all construction and maintenance operations, including oversight of all projects, staff marketing and grew the division into the construction market. Before joining the Experts team, David had experience with managing large scale commercial and industrial construction projects since 2007. David is known for his leadership, forward thinking, and commitment to ongoing learning and growth.
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)
Experts In Your Home/
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, 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.
Colleen joined The Hignell Companies in 2016 and is the Chief Financial Officer. Colleen provided consulting services for The Hignell Companies for the 3 years prior to joining the company and brings over 20 years of accounting experience. Her experience includes traditional CPA auditing in agriculture, hospital and college environments along with consulting for large organizations as an outsource CFO. Colleen is responsible for providing leadership, direction and management of the finance and accounting team across all of our divisions. In addition, she manages the processes for financial forecasting and budgets, and oversees the preparation of all financial reporting. She works with our corporate team as an advisor on long-term business and financial planning.
Office Manager & Executive Assistant
Tina joined The Hignell Companies in 2006 and is the Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the President/CEO. Tina has served in a number of different positions within the company, giving her a well- rounded understanding of every part of The Hignell Companies. She oversees the office operations and the administrative team assisting in the development and implementation of office policies and procedures. She uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations and inter-departmental coordination. Tina’s years of experience knowing how everything runs brings an invaluable perspective to the team.