the people behind Empire West

Matt Skinner is the leader of Empire West and its affiliates, specializing in buying under-valued apartment assets and development opportunities. Empire West provides its investors a higher rate of return than they can typically find elsewhere because Empire West gets the very best deals. To expand the firm’s deal flow, Matt began teaching other real estate entrepreneurs across the country his techniques for powerful deal making and has created an army of sophisticated DealMakers that serve up the the very best deals on a consistent basis (http://www.dealmakersociety.com). 

As a builder, Matt has won several prestigious awards, specifically for one Bel Air spec home project that was completed in 2008 and sold for $2M over asking price. He has successfully developed luxury spec homes, a shopping center, and multifamily projects. Mr. Skinner is a recognized speaker on market cycles and investment strategies. He enjoys obstacle course racing, hiking, sailing, and competitive combat sports. He is an active member on the board of Triumph Foundation (www.Triumph-Foundation.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries triumph over their injury.


Lane is a master photographer, camera aficionado, and was born and raised with cameras in his hands. He has nearly 20 years of professional video and photography experience covering weddings, head shots, commercials, documentaries, and corporate videos, and now joins us in real estate and investing. He is a great addition to the Empire West team as the media manager.

Lane graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography with a B.A. in Film and Video. He is our resident drone pilot and “office therapy dog,” always spreading his humor, and uplifting spirits.


Cassia Watts is part of Empire West's marketing team and specializes in graphic design.

Having a passion for marketing and graphic design she attended, and subsequently graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a Bachelors in Advertising Art Direction and a minor in Journalism. During college she freelanced for various small businesses building websites and designing logos.  In September of 2016, she moved to Los Angeles and started working for Empire West. 

In her free time, she likes to draw, and is learning to surf.

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