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Smith & Berg is the leading real estate team on the Westside of Los Angeles. Based out of Partners Trust's (now Pacific Union LA)
 flagship Beverly Hills office and serving high-end buyers and sellers across Los Angeles, the team is known for being one of the most active on the Westside and, with a focus on new construction and architectural homes, is the go-to team for Westside developers.


F. Ron Smith

Founding Partner

CalBRE# 00961954
310.569.4889 mobile

With his entrepreneurial spirit and penchant for shaking up the status quo, F. Ron Smith, along with four of his friends, launched Partners Trust (now Pacific Union LA)
 in 2009 with the idea of creating a discerning and conscientious real estate brokerage. Through his leadership style and visionary marketing tactics, the company has since grossed more than $8.5 Billion in sales. In addition to recently being named as one of Variety Magazine’s Los Angeles Real Estate Elite, F. Ron was ranked by the Wall Street Journal as the #24 producing agent in California by sales volume in 2015 as well as 14th in Los Angeles. In his own right, F. Ron has been involved in more than $2 Billion in residential real estate transactions

David Berg


CalBRE# 01481236
310.699.6151 mobile

David Berg is one of California’s leading real estate professionals whose success over the past 12 years has earned him a position at the forefront of the Los Angeles real estate scene. Named among REAL Trends’ top 200 agents in the state and top 100 in Los Angeles, David, known to most as “Berg,” puts forth an ideal blend of industry knowledge, negotiation skills and authentic personality, resulting in a seamless and enjoyable transaction for all parties. As one of the original associates at Partners Trust (now Pacific Union LA)
, David has been instrumental in the company’s growth.

Yvette Lopez

Marketing Director

CalBRE# 01928921
310.927.4067 mobile

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Yvette was drawn to the creative aspect of building homes at an early age. Her journey and love for architecture led her to Partners Trust (now Pacific Union LA)
. Yvette’s psychology degree and Master's in HR & Organizational Behavior make her an extremely organized and detail-oriented member of the Smith & Berg team. An accomplished artist, she also enjoys creating art pieces for new home owners and corporate businesses. 


Nathan Stadler

Associate Partner

CalBRE# 01994107
310.413.5205 mobile

A lifetime Angeleno and accomplished film executive, Nathan Stadler worked alongside some of the world’s most notable artists and celebrities before segueing into selling the best of Los Angeles residential real estate. This professional pedigree has honed a keen ability to network, relate and negotiate. Being opposite a transaction with Founding Partner F. Ron Smith and Partner/Estate Director David Berg was all it took for Nathan to sign on with Partners Trust (now Pacific Union LA)
. A member of the top-producing Smith & Berg team since October 2016, Nathan has witnessed a high volume of sales on the Westside, specifically involving modern architecturals and new construction. He treasures the ability to work with clients from different backgrounds and motivations, from developers to savvy real estate investors to first time homebuyers.

Trevor Edmond

Associate Partner

310.709.0279 mobile

Trevor Edmond is a man of character and purpose—a truth that shines through his actions, whether parenting his two young daughters or serving clients as part of the Smith & Berg team at Partners Trust (now Pacific Union LA)
.  Trevor has developed a command of modern homes and transitional interior/exterior spaces, a product that satisfies his innate eye for style. Under the leadership of Founding Partner F. Ron Smith and Partner/Estates Director David Berg, Trevor sits at the forefront of the Westside real estate scene, from Pacific Palisades to Culver City and beyond.

Having played many roles as a film and TV actor since the age of 12, Trevor thrives on variety, evolving quickly and growing purposefully with each life experience. 


Robert Morton

Associate Partner

310.500.3319  mobile

Passion, professionalism and perseverance are the three traits that have led me to Partners Trust (now Pacific Union LA)
 as an Associate Partner.

Those same three qualities put me at the top of the television industry, winning two Emmy Awards and ten nominations, most notably as Executive Producer of David Letterman’s shows on both NBC and CBS, for fourteen years. I care about the quality of my work and the people I work with…hence, success.

While producing, I was speculating in resort properties around th world and eventually segued into co-ops and condos and residential development. All of a sudden, homes and development replaced show business as my true passion.

With 35 years of deal making experience, talent relationships and development acumen (not to mention design, construction and sales expertise), I am now at your call to “Executive Produce” all your housing needs and desires.



Rick Torres

Associate Partner

310.849.7998 mobile

Born in Los Angeles, and raised in Beverly Hills and the Westside, I have an intimate knowledge of the local landscape and enjoy showing clients the ins and outs of the area.   Whether it's the best place to have french toast for breakfast, meet for power lunches, or simply to see the beautiful sunsets, I can show you.

After graduating from USC, I got my professional start in the mailroom at CAA and William Morris where I learned the various aspects of the entertainment business. I then started my real estate career when I joined my father in New York City to start building our family business in commercial real estate. I learned how to operate and manage an office building on Park Avenue along with the intricacies of negotiating leases. After conquering the fast-paced New York real estate market, I moved to South Florida where I owned and managed 12 commercial office buildings. Over the course of twenty years, I negotiated leases that totaled over hundreds of thousands of square feet and negotiated the purchase and sale of office buildings upwards of over a few hundred million dollars.

After sixteen years on the east coast, it finally felt like it was time for me to return to my hometown of Los Angeles where I successfully translated my experience in commercial real estate into working with both buyers and sellers in the residential marketplace. 


Courtney Welsh

Director of Operations

415.971.1223 mobile

Courtney Welsh possesses over 13 years of experience in luxury residential real estate managing the operations for top producing teams and agents in some of California's most sought-after markets including Beverly Hills and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her experience working as a real estate agent early on combined with the exposure to an inestimable number of real estate transactions providers her with a unique skill set and perspective on the business. Outside of her work at Smith and Berg, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter exploring the arts, culture, and natural beauty that the greater L.A area offers.


Sewit Eshetu

Associate Partner

310.962.3069  mobile

Sewit brings an uncommonly creative approach to finding optimal solutions to her clients’ real estate needs and challenges.  For Sewit, in real estate, success is an artform:  framed by her experience, her canvas is her modus operandi; the medium, her tenacity and perseverance; and the brushstrokes, a beguiling nuance and subtlety.  Together, they capture the vision inspired by her creativity and talent in finding solutions for her client’s needs.  

Sewit’s solid foundation of 16 years of experience dealing with the complexities, strategic negotiations and financing options faced by her clients’ real estate transactions has enabled her to develop an unparalleled level of professionalism, one that is imbued with the talent to recognize, accommodate and embrace the beguiling subtleties and nuances of personalities and deals.  Such elements escape many, but are profoundly understood and captured by Sewit. 

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