Forty Years of Leading by Example

The same vision that has led us to select unexpected properties for transformation has positioned The Ratkovich Company as an institution in Southern California real estate. Our people take the responsibility that comes with this status very seriously, partnering with investors who are committed to completing projects—whether mixed-use, creative office, commercial, residential, or entertainment—effectively and profitably.

THE TEAM

Leadership Is a Team Sport The leadership team is a lot like our company as a whole: visionary, disciplined, and transformational. As individuals, they’re formidable; as a group, they’re unrivaled. They’ve shown time and time again that they’re capable of leveraging the right opportunities to improve built environments and transform communities.

Natalie Migranova

Senior Property Manager

Natalie Migranova

Senior Property Manager

Milan Ratkovich

Executive Vice President

Milan Ratkovich

Executive Vice President

MILAN RATKOVICH is Executive Vice President at The Ratkovich Company (TRC), where he is active in finding new acquisitions as well as managing the development of West Harbor, a 42-acre world-class dining and entertainment destination on the main channel of the Port of L.A. He is also responsible for The Hercules Campus in Playa Vista.

Milan began his career at TRC in the early 1990s preparing financial models and overseeing the accounting functions of the company. In 1996, Milan left TRC to join the U.S. Marine Corps and in 1998 was designated a Naval Aviator, spending nine years serving as a Marine pilot in the CH-53D and CH-53E heavy helicopters.

In 2005, Milan rejoined TRC as a Development Manager and has since managed and overseen almost all of TRC’s projects, including The Alhambra, where from 2005 to 2008 he oversaw planning & entitlements of the (then) 45-acre historic mixed-use project, and 5900 Wilshire, where from 2008 to 2010 he managed the development and property management staff, leasing and marketing a 450,000 sq. ft. high rise with 31 stories located in the Miracle Mile. During Milan’s tenure, 5900 Wilshire won a TOBY award distinguishing the building as the “renovated office building of the year.” In October of 2010, Milan assumed the responsibilities of Development Manager at The Hercules Campus in Playa Vista, consisting of over 530,000 sq. ft. of production-support space. including an operating film studio known as Hercules Studios. Previously vacant since the late 1980s, The Hercules Campus is the former home of Hughes Aircraft Company and the Hughes H4 Hercules, commonly known as the “Spruce Goose.”

Additionally, Milan was responsible for setting the site’s development plan, executing leases for the production office space, restoring the buildings and repurposing them as “creative office” space. The property was awarded a preservation award from the Los Angeles Conservancy for the renovation of The Campus, which is now home to Google/YouTube and 72andSunny. Milan graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Jenny and sons Mason, Tyler, and Jake.

Wayne Ratkovich

Founder

Wayne Ratkovich

Founder

WAYNE RATKOVICH is the founder of The Ratkovich Company (TRC), whose mission is “to profitably produce developments that improve the quality of urban life.” Throughout his career, Wayne has had an uncanny ability to see opportunities others miss.

TRC has a reputation for reimagining existing structures, reinventing their use, and revitalizing neighborhoods and communities that they work in. The firm’s urban developments include landmark properties brought back to life such as The BLOC, a dramatic $250 million transformation of the former Macy’s Plaza in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, and the Hercules Campus, an 11-building complex of historic former Hughes Aircraft Company Buildings now leased by Google and YouTube.

In 1977, Wayne started TRC by purchasing the Oviatt Building, a 12th Story Art Deco gem in DTLA that became a landmark renovation success with the Rex il Ristorante in the former men’s haberdashery on the ground floor. Later, TRC would go on to reimagine seventeen landmark projects, including The Wiltern Center, The Fine Arts Building, Chapman Market, and 5900 Wilshire, a 30-story office tower across from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

23 years ago, Wayne purchased the 46-acre former CF Braun Engineering headquarters in his hometown and reinvented it into an education, health, and wellness campus called The Alhambra. This 1 million sq. ft., 40-acre office campus produces 75% of its own power using Bloom Energy Cells, a move that TRC pioneered, and operates on 85% reduced water consumption thanks to a drought-tolerant native landscape setting. TRC is currently completing its vision by entitling The Villages at the Alhambra, planned to provide over 750 units of housing.

The City of Los Angeles selected TRC to develop a 42-acre waterfront site on the LA waterfront in San Pedro called West Harbor. TRC is actively developing the site into world-class mixed-use dining, recreation, and entertainment destination. Wayne helped bring the iconic Hollywood restaurant Yamashiro to West Harbor.

Wayne has developed over 18 million square feet of office, retail, industrial, and residential properties, with a value of over $2.7 billion since 1999.

In 2011, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) named Wayne a Life Trustee, an honor given to 15 members in the 80+-year history of the 35,000-member organization. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Locally, Wayne is co-chairing California Hospital Medical Center’s capital campaign and is a board member of Homeboy Industries. Recently, Wayne received the Distinguished Businessperson Award from the USC Architectural Guild and the Design Advocate Developer Award from the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Brian Saenger

President & CEO

Brian Saenger

President & CEO

BRIAN SAENGER is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Ratkovich Company (TRC), a Los Angeles-based real estate development company specializing in urban infill and historic rehabilitation of landmark properties. He previously served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel and was responsible for overseeing the Company’s operations, including development management, property management, and legal and administrative functions. The Los Angeles Business Journal continues to list Brian as one of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles.

Brian is a respected business and civic leader in Los Angeles, having been asked to serve as a founding member of the UCLA Anderson Forecast Board of Advisors. The Forecast is one of the most widely watched and often-cited economic outlooks for California and the nation. It was the first major U.S. economic forecasting group to declare that the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic had already begun.  Founded in 1952, the Forecast has distinguished itself as the leading independent economic forecast for greater Los Angeles, the state of California, and the United States.

Brian is a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (LA BizFed). He serves as a Co-Chair of the LA BizFed Land Use, Housing, Development, Real Estate & CEQA Committee. Representing more than 180 business organizations and 400,000 employers with 3.5 million employees throughout L.A. County, LA BizFed advances policies and projects that strengthen the regional economy. Brian is a member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s “The CEO Council,” an advisory group of top business leaders focused on ensuring affordable housing for middle-income families and building a workforce that is prepared for the good-paying jobs of the future.

Brian is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves on the Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council. ULI is the oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts in the world. He is also a member of the LAUSD Superintendent’s Business Advisory Council. Brian previously served on the Board of Directors for the California YMCA Youth & Government program and was a past Chair of the Board.

Brian joined The Ratkovich Company as the Vice President of Acquisitions and played a leading role in the Company’s acquisition of The Bloc, a 1.8 million square foot, mixed-use property in downtown Los Angeles consisting of retail, office, and hospitality uses. He represented the Company in the successful negotiation of a 66-year ground lease for the development of West Harbor (formerly known as the San Pedro Public Market), a $150-million transformation of a 42-acre site along the Los Angeles waterfront in San Pedro. In November 2022, West Harbor’s construction groundbreaking was featured in the Los Angeles Times. In addition, Brian and the TRC team closed three loans totaling $131.3 million of proceeds at the end of 2022 in connection with their West Harbor and Bowcroft Collection projects.

Prior to joining the Company, Brian served as the Company’s outside counsel when he practiced with the international law firms of DLA Piper and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Brian received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, with honors, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Brian is a member of the State Bar of California and a licensed California real estate broker.

LEADERS IN SUSTAINABILITY

We’re committed to urban infill and historic rehabilitation projects with low environmental impact. Our efforts to reinvent, reimagine, and revitalize existing outdated or otherwise retired locations give us unique opportunity to model sustainability.

Ratkovich has introduced many firsts to connect people with their natural environment, such as outdoor living rooms, a tenant rooftop, pet-friendly offices, and an on-site Metro portal to make transit very convenient. TRC has also done important work in natural resource sustainability , like our pioneered use of Bloom Energy fuel cells that self-generate power as well as smart irrigation systems combined with drought-tolerant landscaping. We continue to strive for significant water and energy savings while creating and reinvigorating much-desired spaces that improve the quality of urban life across Southern California.

The Ratkovich Team does all this with passion — and a great sense of fun.