Following his completion of the Architecture program at Syracuse University (B. Arch.) and the Urban Planning Program at the Accademia di Belli Arti a Firenze, Italy (M. Arch.), Mr. Torriero first joined the family construction business in Pennsylvania. Subsequently, upon relocating to California in 1978, he was employed by Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company as its Director of Realty Development.
In 1981, Mr. Torriero formed Griffin Realty Corporation, which has developed a number of significant and successful commercial real estate projects throughout California and Nevada. He subsequently formed Griffin Advisors, Inc., and Griffin Structures, Inc., which along with Griffin Realty Corporation were integrated into the Griffin Holdings organization. To date, the companies have been directly responsible for the completion of over $1.5 Billion in projects on a regional, national, and international basis.
Mr. Torriero’s extensive, successful involvement in virtually all aspects of real estate development, finance and construction provides Griffin Holdings with a special expertise in both the conceptualization and the realization of complex and challenging projects. He is considered expert in forward planning, finance, entitlements, public/private ventures, project delivery methodologies, and community-based participatory planning: all critical to success in today’s complex political and economic environments. He also has a considerable expertise in the adaptive re-use of historical structures. Mr. Torriero is a registered architect and licensed contractor.
Mr. Torriero is a member of the Urban Land Institute and its Public/Private Sector Development Council and the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks. He is also a member of the Associated General Contractors of America, the Construction Management Association of America, the Design-Build Institute, the US Green Building Council, and the Society for Military History. Mr. Torriero’s public service has included serving on the Board of Governors of the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Orange County, California, as the Chair of its Facilities Committee during its $12 million expansion and renovation. Additionally, he is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Historic Fox Theatre in Fullerton, California.