About Us

From South Africa to Southern California, the ColRich story is a decades-long journey of growth, continuous reinvention and a culture of caring.

Through generations of family ownership, the ColRich brand has evolved, but the company’s foundation remains the same today as in the beginning – build lasting communities through a culture centered around innovation, humility, perseverance, and a commitment to helping others.

In 1977, business colleagues and friends Richard Gabriel, Barry Galgut and Colin Seid moved from Johannesburg to San Diego, leaving the unrest of apartheid-era South Africa for a more stable environment to raise their families. The trio quickly formed a San Diego-based partnership to pursue development and investment opportunities in Southern California. The business achieved notable success over more than two decades – largely due to continual reinvention and the team’s ability to leverage the peaks and troughs of the cyclical real estate industry.

Gabriel’s sons, Graeme and Danny, took the helm in 2003 to build the next iteration of ColRich, creating a diverse residential platform that leverages a unique homebuilding background, renovation expertise, sophisticated in-house construction and design teams brought together in private capital partnerships. Today, with Danny Gabriel as CEO, ColRich is recognized as an industry leader for integrating design and value into both for-sale and multifamily rental properties.

Silo clubhouse Interior
Summertime clubhouse livingroom with tables, sofa, chairs, bar and high ceilings



We care about the well-being of our colleagues, partners and residents. We celebrate community, acknowledge individuals, cultivate shared experiences and help each other through peaks and valleys.


With the world around us constantly changing, now more than ever, we seek out ways we can evolve along with it. We are nimble, creative and we embrace change.


We are prepared, take initiative, respect deadlines. We do it for the person standing next to us. We go above and beyond as a collective to achieve our goals.


Much like an indie record label, we approach our craft as wholly independent, listening to our own internal compass. We believe unique value is created from the willingness to consider things from a fresh perspective.


Being competitive means wanting to be our best and at ColRich, we refuse to stop trying to be better. We’re all in. Full stop.


We approach each other and situations with respect and thoughtfulness. We listen to different points of view, learning and growing as people and as a company.


We are individuals forged from adversity and proudly defined by it. We celebrate courage, strong character, diligent spirit, passion and perseverance.

colrich executive team
From left to right, the ColRich executive team consists of Robert Mitchell, Steve Butler, Kelly Hiltscher, Danny Gabriel and Tom Halsey.

Management Team

The ColRich management team embodies the Company’s service-first operating philosophy, innovative spirit and strong work ethic. A collaborative approach to problem solving and a desire to go above and beyond support the team’s ability to achieve shared goals.


The ColRich team is passionate about building lasting communities, supporting residents across our portfolio, cultivating connections with co-workers and enhancing investor returns. Working diligently to accomplish our mission is the cornerstone of the Company’s success. 

Colrich reception area with two females working

Building Lasting Communities