Some 30 plus years ago a newspaper ad for an administrative assistant put Maureen Corona on a career course that would eventually become McKenna & Company. Recently out of college and looking for full time employment, Maureen couldn’t wait to start her career. In Newport Beach, CA, as an assistant to the property manager for a large garden office park Maureen started with R&B and learned firsthand the ins and outs of property management.
While working at R&B, she had the opportunity to work for a dynamic woman who became her mentor. Michelle knew property management inside and out and expected nothing less than complete dedication from anyone she worked with. “If you weren’t willing to do the work, it wasn’t worth her time, but if you showed her dedication and hard work she would teach you everything she knew and introduce you to everyone she knew.” It was a phenomenal opportunity and Maureen is thankful for each and every day she spent under Michelle’s tutelage. Michelle was not only Maureen’s mentor; she also became a dear friend who some 10 years after they first met, introduced Maureen to her future husband Stephen Corona.
In the early 80’s Maureen moved to San Diego where she worked as the property manager of several prominent high rise buildings in the downtown area.
It was there she expanded her knowledge of the commercial real estate industry not only to include property management, but leasing as well. Managing everything from garden office to high rise, from industrial to flex space and retail, Maureen became well versed in all aspects of commercial real estate. By the late 80’s Maureen was approached by Wilma Pacific, Inc and offered the position to head up their property management division, but by the early 90’s and in the midst of the recession Wilma Pacific gave notice to its employees and closed its U.S. operations.
It is often said that when one door closes, it allows another to open… The end of Maureen’s career path with Wilma Pacific; became the beginning of McKenna & Company. With a team of former associates from Wilma Pacific (who she continues to still partner with today) they took over the management of the centers and never looked back…
Over the years McKenna & Company has experienced both with the ups and downs of the economy and real estate industry. The one constant however, has been the team of dynamic individuals that makes McKenna successful and sets it apart from the rest of the competition. “I didn’t set out to have McKenna be a women owned and run company, but when opportunity knocks, who am I not to answer the door? I have been able to assemble a team of incredibly smart and talented women, who I’m privileged to work with each and every day. They share my goals and vision for McKenna. We support one another and the needs of our clients, tenants and vendors with care, consideration, respect and commitment to be the best. Many of our clients and tenants have been with us some 25+ years and I truly feel it is due to these incredible women.”
Maureen and the entire McKenna team has been involved in many trade organizations over the years. From BOMA, where Maureen served many years on the board, and received the Principal of the Year Award in 2002, to IREM, ICN, CREW, NAIOP, and the BOARD of REALTORS.
Outside of running McKenna & Company, Maureen has been happily married to her wonderful husband of 23 years, Steven Corona. She is the quintessential soccer mom, cheering her son Christopher from the sidelines at his baseball, basketball and yes, soccer games too. Although she loves watching her son compete, Maureen prefers doing as opposed to watching. An avid sports enthusiast, she enjoys spending her winters skiing, her summers swimming and whenever possible sailing. Maureen also has a 1st degree black belt in taekwondo, “I have always competed in sports from an early age, which I feel has contributed to McKenna & Company’s success.”
When the weekend rolls around Maureen and her husband, Steven, are actively involved with their son’s baseball, basketball and soccer teams. Steven has served the past 5 years as president of the local little league along with coaching Christopher’s baseball and basketball teams from the time he was 7. Maureen volunteers as the teams’ photographer and teams’ mom/party coordinator. Every October you’ll find them at Corona Ranch, putting on their family’s annual corn maze in Temecula. Each year proceeds from this event are donated to local school programs where the kids have volunteered at the maze, along with support for one of our military foundations. In 2013, the Corona family partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors and supports our men and women that have served and protect our country.
If one was to walk into Maureen’s office, you couldn’t help but notice her favorite quote framed and hanging on the wall in prominence. They are words that seem to personify Maureen and the entire McKenna team, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” by Walt Disney. Maureen not only lives these words, she encourages her team to do the same. She has made all of them a stakeholder in McKenna and her vision. “It’s not just about the dream, but making the dream a reality. Without action, a dream is just that…a dream. McKenna is currently underway with starting up an affiliate company that will expand and diversify McKenna and provide another layer of added services to our clients and tenants. There are so many opportunities in McKenna & Company’s future. I can’t wait to make our next dream, idea or opportunity a reality.”
Deborah began with McKenna and Company in 1992 and has never looked back. Under the direction of company owner Maureen Corona, Deborah progressed from assistant property manager to an expert in the commercial real estate market, leasing & managing property in her portfolio as large as 1 million square feet to as small as 1,000 square feet. Deborah brings her own style of professionalism to each transaction, melding her 20 plus years of experience with an unshakable commitment to her core value: integrity. Deborah prides herself on working through rent issues with sensitivity. In her words, “No situation or need is too small.”
Early in her career Deborah served on the board of directors for BOMA and continues to stay up on current trends through membership in BOMA, IREM, CREW, and ULI.
Being part of this incredible McKenna team for 20+ years has allowed Deborah to raise her family and build her real estate career. Deborah enjoys the adventures with her 4 children ranging in age from 27 – 18.
Lynn recently celebrated 15 years with McKenna & Company. Beginning her career in property management over 20 years ago, Lynn hit the ground running and learned all she could about the field. Her current portfolio includes over 2 million square feet of commercial property. She has also added Association Management to her talents and is currently managing over 800 thousand square feet of Commercial Association Property.
Whether the tenants she serves occupy a large or small portion of her portfolio, Lynn is committed to the success of each and every one. She works in partnership with her tenants, getting to know them and their business on a level that makes the difference between just filling empty space and creating successful long term tenants.
Lynn recognizes the importance of staying current with industry developments and works to attain the highest standards in property management. Currently a member of AIR, Lynn participates in conferences and webinars.
Lynn’s diligence in anticipating a client’s every need, explaining each step of their transaction, and responding quickly to calls and emails has gained her a reputation for making each client feel as if they were her only concern.
The stars aligned 20 years ago to bring Lynn from Green Bay, Wisconsin, to Irvine, California where she lives with her family. Making the most of an active Southern California lifestyle, Lynn enjoys running watching her favorite football team the Green Bay Packers.
Dana brings over 25 years of experience in property management to her tenure at McKenna & Co. Adept at overseeing multiple projects, Dana currently manages a portfolio of over 2 million square feet. These properties include business parks in Irvine, Los Alamitos, Chino, as well as Ontario & Fontana, California.
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, Dana began her career in real estate, advancing from corporate sales assistant to office manager in just three years. Fast-forward twenty years and it’s apparent that Dana’s ability to look at situations realistically and address problems head on continues to make her an indispensable member of her management team.
Her values of hard work and integrity dovetail seamlessly with those of McKenna & Company where Dana says she enjoys the freedom she has to do what is right for her clients and tenants. . Ever cognizant of the challenges facing clients today, Dana says that one of her goals is to refer McKenna & Company clients and tenants to each other and provide additional business services through networking.
A 25-year resident of Irvine, Dana enjoys spending time with her children and family, traveling, or just relaxing with a good book or movie.
Laura came to McKenna & Co. in August of 2011. Hired initially as an administrative assistant, she immediately adapted McKenna’s company philosophy into both her professional and every-day life.
Laura quickly proved herself a valuable asset to the McKenna team and was promoted to the position of Assistant Property Manager. Laura assists with managing a portfolio of over 2 million square feet.
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton, Laura began her career as a staff accountant for a fortune 500 company and became a senior accountant within two years. Laura also volunteered for the Irvine Unified School District and was instrumental in assisting with fund-raising activities. She also tutored students in reading and math.
Her time-management and multi-tasking skills are essential attributes for McKenna. Laura’s commitment to ensuring tenants’ requests are handled in a timely, friendly and patient manner is inspired by the many years of working with children.
Originally from the East Coast, Laura made her home in the Orange County area. A 19 year resident of Irvine, Laura enjoys spending time with her two children, creating new cooking recipes, gardening and hiking.
Judi joined McKenna in 2006. Since then she has dedicated herself to providing optimal insurance service for the 400+ tenants and vendors in the company’s portfolio.
Judi’s goals include streamlining the insurance process and believes communication is key. Judi’s genuine concern for the well being of her clients manifests in the form of complete and accurate insurance documentation. Under Judi’s care, no one is left out in the cold.
In her words, “I love my job and the people I work with.”
Born and raised in California, Judi enjoys a quiet escape at her desert home of the past 25 years where her hobbies include gardening, golfing, and reading. Of course, she doesn’t complain when that peace and quiet is disturbed on occasion by the company of her eight grandchildren.