The Team

brett malkin

Brett Malkin

Founding Partner

Brett Malkin is one of the founding partners at White Sands Coastal Development. Brett brings a broad range of finance, business administration, and project management experience to White Sands. Currently, Brett oversees the business and operations side of White Sands. He previously served as a project manager at Brooks-Street, a highly successful Newport Beach Development Company that manages over $1.5 billion in assets. It was here that Brett worked extensively on over ten master planned communities in three states, totaling over 10,000 homes and close to $500 million in real estate assets. Brett’s expertise includes budget preparation, model programming, client/investor presentations, contract administration, and client/investor management. Brett received his BA in both Psychology and Business Management from the University of Arizona and prior to his career in real estate Brett was a college basketball coach in New Mexico. He has been a resident of the South Bay since 2007 and currently lives in Hermosa Beach with his wife Brittanie and their daughter Sivan.

michael capobianco

Michael Capobianco

Founding Partner

Michael Capobianco is a founding partner at White Sands Coastal Development where he serves as the lead General Contractor and head of White Sands Construction. Previously, Michael worked at Kassis-Egan Property Management, a Sacramento based property management company, where he oversaw a diversified real-estate portfolio consisting of 15 properties with annual rents exceeding 3.5 million dollars. Michael does not have your typical General Contractor resume which truly makes him one of the South Bay’s premier General Contractors. His experience in finance, property management, brokerage, and tenant relations blends seamlessly with his extensive knowledge of construction and design. Michael attended San Diego State University where he received his BS in Finance. He also graduated Beta Gamma Sigma from Drexel University where he received his Master’s in Business Administration. Along with being a General Contractor, Michael is also a licensed Real Estate Broker in California (License #01837864) and has passed two levels of the CFA Exam. Michael and his wife Ellyse have lived in the South Bay since 2009 and can often be seen walking the strand with their three dogs Wheezy, Delilah, and Noodle.

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Hawlie Benedict

Design Partner

Hawlie Benedict is the Principal Interior Designer and head of White Sands Interiors. Specializing in residential design, Hawlie has created interiors ranging in style from contemporary to traditional, but most importantly rooms that are comfortable, sophisticated, and timeless.  Her design mantra, “buy it once, buy it right,” speaks to her ability to create classic spaces that withstand the test of time.  As the principal designer, Hawlie is obsessive over the details and takes a hands-on approach in every project that she is a part of. The proof is truly in her product.  Over the years, she has cultivated a collaborative design process that helps her move quickly from inspiration to installation.  Not only is the system efficient, but it helps to ensure that the result is a home her clients love.  Hawlie completed her undergraduate degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Prior to starting her interior design career, Hawlie worked as a television news reporter, entertainment host, and lifestyle blogger, the latter of which fueled her passion for design and interiors. Hawlie earned her post graduate degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles and trained under some of the most influential designers of the day, including Kelly Wearstler and Lori Dennis.  She now lives in the South Bay along with her husband and two young boys, embracing the coastal lifestyle.

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Weston Begg

Construction Project Manager

Weston Begg is a Project Manager for White Sands Construction and is responsible for supervising all details of his projects, including: negotiating subcontracts, interfacing with utility companies, maintaining positive contact with city inspectors, while providing day to day communication with White Sands’ team to ensure that each project is on schedule and within budget. Weston’s defining characteristic is his outgoing personality which helps him to maintain an excellent rapport with clients, architects, engineers, city officials, and subcontractors. Weston has brought to White Sands extensive experience in both real estate development and real estate project construction. Early in his career he worked for Griswold Controls, a nationwide leader in commercial hi-tech HVAC and irrigation applications. Travelling across the United States, he was Griswold’s Project Manager and solo-problem solver. He then moved on to help Living Homes, a LEED certified architectural custom prefab design firm, implementing and designing their environmentally low impact, “green” homes. Before joining White Sands, Weston supervised the development of ten custom-built, high-end homes, all located close to the beach in Venice and Santa Monica.

Taryn Patton

Construction and Design Manager

Taryn Patton brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in high-end residential design, space planning, and construction development to the White Sands team. Prior to joining White Sands, Taryn was the sole Project Manager for Kim Gordon Designs, a design and build firm in Southern California’s famed Venice Beach. It was here that she managed the construction and marketing plan for five high end residential homes that were featured in Sunset Magazine, The LA Times, California Homes and Design, and Elle Décor. Taryn oversaw a team of architects, general contractor, interior designer, and sub-contractors. Prior to working in the Venice Beach area, Taryn represented the British luxury cabinet brand Clive Christian in Los Angeles, where she designed exclusively high-end kitchens, bathrooms, and closets for LA’s entertainment and business elite. If you have not already run into Taryn with her better half and their daughter touring open houses on Sundays, chances are you will bump into them down at the beach building sand castles.

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Edgar Elizondo

Construction Assistant Project Manager

Edgar Elizondo is a crucial component of the White Sands team. After high school, and unsure of what to do next, he decided to start working alongside his father in the drywall business. Edgar began his career taping and hanging drywall, learning the ins and outs of the trade over the next seven years. He quickly began running his own drywall projects which led him to working on some of the San Fernando Valley’s biggest commercial buildings, and later custom homes in the South Bay. It was here that White Sands caught sight of Edgar’s unbelievable work ethic and his world class attitude. Edgar is currently working towards his C-9 License while helping manage multiple projects in the South Bay. Edgar’s positive attitude can only be summed up by his personal mantra “If I can learn something new today, even if it is only one thing, then I can go to sleep tonight feeling accomplished.”

Brian Erbe

Finish Carpentry & Sub Contractor Management

Brian Erbe brings a wealth of knowledge to White Sands Construction. A second-generation contractor, Brian began to learn the business in 2002 when he began working for his uncle’s company in New Jersey. Some of his past accomplishments include working on Rutgers University, Driscoll Bridge (the widest bridge in the country), I90 Bridge (the longest platoon bridge in the world), and his personal favorite, working with 300-foot tower cranes. Brian, being the jack of all trades, is a licensed general contractor, OSHA certificate holder, licensed welder, master finish carpenter, and on weekends a custom furniture maker. Having decades of experience Brian is one of the few contractors in the South Bay that can literally build a home by himself. He lives in Torrance with his wife and two children.