Steve Erdman


Steve Erdman began his career in real estate in 1977 by joining the firm of Goldrich and Kest, a company specializing in the development and construction of thousands of housing units and retirement facilities throughout California.

In 1983, Steve became a Vice President in charge of Goldrich and Kest’s entire Construction Operations division including all phases of the development process. Steve managed multiple projects, including large developments of multi family subsidized apartment projects, high-end and high-rise apartments, condominiums and single-family homes, housing tracts, board and care facilities, convalescent hospitals, hotels, commercial, and large industrial projects.

He has a wealth of experience in dealing with many government and public agencies such as HUD, CRA, CHFA, OSHPUD, Los Angeles Housing Department, universities, non-profit organizations, and has extensive practice doing business with numerous city and county officials throughout the state.

In 1990, Steve began to develop projects on his own as the Owner and President of Westside Contractors, Inc. He develops apartments, condominiums and custom homes in the Los Angeles area.

Brian Gelt

EVP Construction & Development

Brian joined Westside Contractors in January of 2011 as Vice President responsible for the Company’s due diligence, entitlement, permitting, and construction activities. In addition, he assists the Executive Team in land acquisitions and feasibility underwriting.

Brian began his career estimating and managing commercial construction projects for Lusardi Construction Company. He worked for Jackson Pendo Development and Williams Homes managing the entitlement and construction processes of infill residential development projects. In his career, Brian built hundreds of single-family and multi-family units, repositioned hotels, entitled a retail center, and advanced the Specific Plan and EIR on a 5,000 acre master planned community.

Brian earned Masters of Real Estate Development (MRED) degree from USC and a bachelor’s degree in City Planning as a scholarship athlete from San Diego State University. Brian also holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license and a California B Contractor’s license.

Brian is active in USC’s Graduate of Real Estate Association, National Association of Home Builders, and Urban Land Institute.

David Nia

Senior Project Manager

With more than 700 units over 20 years of his construction career, David Nia has joined Westside Contractors as a Sr. Project Manager in 2022. David is well-known as a construction manager for his time and cost control skills in the construction industry.

David is a boots on a ground, bilingual Project manager with proven success who has been coordinating high-dollar and large-scale industrial, multifamily and commercial construction projects in Los Angeles, Tehran, and Dubai.

David received his bachelors in Civil Engineering in 2006 and later he got his master’s in structural design in 2022 from the University of Oklahoma. He has a California General Contractors B license, 10-30 hours of OSHA Training, 8-40 hours of HAZWOPER certification.