About Us

Our corporation was initially formed in 1958 as a car seat covering business by college student David Ruegg. He and longtime friend Robert Ellsworth became partners in 1960 and delved into several different investment interests before settling on commercial real estate. For over 50 years, these two Berkeley natives have operated their businesses on a handshake.

CLI’s employees lease properties held by other entities owned by the principals of the company. Clients of CLI include Rue-Ell Enterprises, Inc. and Ruegg and Ellsworth with retail properties in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Campus Plaza Associates, which has a portfolio of retail, office and flex space in Sacramento and Davis.

Available space for lease in Davis can be found at www.DavisFlex.com

BAY AREA - Rue-Ell Enterprises, Inc.

David Ruegg

David Ruegg – Founder, Principal
Dave is a Berkeley native. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1961 with a BS in Land Economics and has been working as a real estate professional ever since. Dave is an active member of the Berkeley business community and has served as President of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and the Berkeley Association of Realtors. He is the broker of record for Commercial Lessors, Inc. and also holds a B Contractor’s license.
CalBRE Broker License 00218637

Robert Ellsworth

Robert Ellsworth – Founder, Principal
Bob graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1958 and continued his education at Hastings University where he received a JD in 1962. He continued his law practice until 1980, after which time he devoted himself entirely to commercial real estate interests. He is active in property financing.

Dana Ellsworth

Dana Ellsworth - Director of Acquisitions
Dana manages the commercial real estate portfolio owned by the principals. She received a BA in Business Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara and began her real estate career in 1988 with Grubb and Ellis. Since joining the staff of Rue-Ell Enterprises in 1990 she has served the company in leasing, purchase negotiation, human resources and operations. In 2006 she became the Director of Acquisitions and seeks new business opportunities for the company. In the past she has served as President of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Telegraph Business Improvement District, and the North Shattuck Association.

CalBRE Broker License 00993519

Carlo Battino

Carlo Battino – Vice President
Carlo graduated from U.C. Davis in 1998 and obtained his real estate salesperson’s license the following year. He worked in residential loan production before he joined the staffs of both Rue-Ell Enterprises, Inc. and Commercial Lessors, Inc., in 2001. His current responsibilities include lease administration, legal matters, building maintenance supervision, and day to day operations.

CalBRE Sales Associate License 01275695
carlo.battino@clire.com

Sally Nunes

Sally Nunes – Controller
Sally graduated from MacMurray College in Jacksonville with a degree in Economics-Business. She joined CLI in 2010 after many years in residential property management accounting. She has consolidated all the accounting work for both the Berkeley and Sacramento properties. She enjoys the variety of challenges that property management affords.

Todd Simi

Todd Simi – Marketing and Technology Specialist
Todd joined Rue-Ell Enterprises in 2013. He brings to the company extensive experience in advertising, sales training, and contract negotiations, from his background as a General Manager for a large car dealership. He is accustomed to working with family owned businesses and community involvement.

CalBRE Sales Associate License 01944768
todd.simi@clire.com

Kevin McNally

Kevin McNally – Building Maintenance Supervisor

Kevin is a certified mechanic and HVAC repair technician. He has been with Rue-Ell Enterprises since 2001. He works with Carlo Battino to oversee maintenance of the entire Bay Area portfolio.

kevin.mcnally@clire.com

Brendan Heafey – Development Consultant
Brendan has been associated with Commercial Lessors since 2001 and is currently the project manager for Ruegg and Ellsworth's in-fill development projects. He owns and operates Heafey Commercial, providing general real estate and brokerage services out of Jack London Square, Oakland.

SACRAMENTO - Campus Plaza Associates

David Carlson

David Carlson - Property Manager, Sacramento Portfolio
Dave graduated from U.C. Berkeley and went on to receive a JD from Golden Gate University. He is licensed in California as an attorney, real estate broker and building contractor. Dave has been with Rue-Ell Enterprises, Inc. and CLI since 2010. He worked in the Berkeley office leasing the Bay Area portfolio before moving to Sacramento to oversee the Campus Plaza Associates portfolio. He oversees all aspects of the Sacramento properties from building maintenance to leasing.

CalBRE Broker License 01865967
david.carlson@clire.com

Mike Oliver

Mike Oliver – Building Maintenance Supervisor
Mike joined Campus Plaza in 2013. Mike has an extensive background in property management and HVAC repair. He works directly with David Carlson to assure that the properties are well maintained. He directs in house maintenance staff and negotiates bids for larger projects. He is often available meet with tenants on-site to handle questions and concerns.

mike.oliver@clire.com

Commercial-Lessors, Inc. – Staff

The following employees of Rue-Ell Enterprises are also employed by CLI as Real Estate Sales Persons or Brokers:
Carlo Battino
David Carlson