Who's Who of Top Executives

Donald Grant Stratford

Title: Principal and Financial Services Executive
Company: DGS Consulting
Location: Carlsbad, California, United States

Donald Grant Stratford, Principal and Financial Services Executive at DGS Consulting, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in real estate and finance.

With decades of experience to his credit, Mr. Stratford has excelled as principal and financial services executive with DGS Consulting since 2021. In this position, he utilizes his extensive expertise in various projects for apartment owners. Prior to this role, Mr. Stratford was active as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Gaines Investment Trust from 2010 to 2021, during which time he proudly played an instrumental role in the conversion of the company’s approach from relying on property managers to having 100 percent control over the property management process.

Mr. Stratford previously served as the chief financial officer of The Lomas Santa Fe Group, a residential real estate services company, from 2001 to 2005 and Foursquare Properties, Inc., a privately-owned real estate development company in Carlsbad, California,  from 2005 to 2009. Between 1988 and 2001, he found success as the corporate controller for the real estate investment firm Sterling Pacific Assets, a post in which he exhibited his stellar skills in auditing and financial management. Mr. Stratford began his career as an audit supervisor with Touche Ross & Co. from 1980 to 1984 before briefly working as an audit manager for Lonie & Kashiwagi, Certified Public Accountants from 1986 to 1987.

To support his professional ambitions, Mr. Stratford initially pursued an education in the San Francisco Community College District, where he completed undergraduate coursework. He subsequently concluded his studies at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in accounting in 1979. Furthermore, Mr. Stratford was enabled to achieve his academic goals through a grant, which was awarded to him by the aforementioned university.

Born and raised in the San Franciso Bay Area, California, Mr. Stratford remains dedicated to making a positive impact on his community, having contributed as a donor to a number of charitable organizations. He is also proud of his efforts as a father to his daughter, who is carving out her own career in the field of law.

Distinguished among his peers for his loyalty and significant leadership skills, Mr. Stratford has attributed his success to an unwavering determination to thrive and create value for every company for which he has worked. He strongly believes that loyalty and dedication have been critical cornerstones of his professional philosophy. He became involved in the financial industry after gaining valuable insights during his collegiate studies, which guided his decision to pursue this path. To the next generation of financial professionals, Mr. Stratford advises to cultivate a unique skill set and versatile wealth of experience, especially as it relates to multifamily property management.

In the coming years, Mr. Stratford hopes to relocate to a less chaotic environment that will allow him to enter semi-retirement, with Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington being among his foremost choices. Likewise, he aims to sell his real estate holdings in California, which enables him to travel and explore different opportunities. Moreover, Mr. Stratford hopes to cement his legacy as a remarkable figure in his respective fields who found personal and professional fulfillment from his relentless pursuit of excellence.

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