HG Cornerstone, LLC is the nation’s most innovative, effective construction expert witness, forensic engineering and advisory firm. Its two founding managing partners, Joel Breuer and Joann Gannaway-Breuer, formed HG Cornerstone out of a true entrepreneurial spirit based upon their long construction and real estate history together.
Joel brought his engineering and construction background together with Joann’s real estate background and in 1997, being the entrepreneurs they are, they started their first firm together, Cornerstone Real Estate in Costa Mesa, California. Cornerstone Real Estate was truly something special in that it focused on income-producing properties and Joel and Joann actually taught their clients how to evaluate the physical condition of the properties they were investing in as well as cash flow and adding value. Joel focused on the physical condition of each property based on his engineering and construction background. Joann, who purchased her first property at the age of 18, focused on market value plus identifying the unseen or hidden upside income potential of each property.
Together they operated Cornerstone Real Estate as a boutique real estate brokerage firm specializing in multifamily and commercial investment properties and property management. They delivered hands-on approaches and services to help clients analyze investment properties, and perform income-and-expense evaluations, pro-forma modeling, and transactional due diligence. They included property condition evaluations and identified unseen income potential. Working directly with clients on investment property identification, screening, and detailed analysis, Joel and Joann were able to deliver exceptional results for their clients.
Then, in 1999, Joel and Joann founded their own general contracting firm named Breuer Construction. Breuer Construction operated as a full-service general building contracting firm offering general contracting services and engineering design and development consulting to commercial and multifamily property investors, REITs, owners, and managers. In their true entrepreneurial spirit, Joel and Joann operated Breuer Construction from 1999 through 2012 in a way that helped institutional real estate owners, developers, investors, REITs, and property managers utilize capital improvement construction projects to maximize asset value and increase cash flow.
Later, in 2012, Joel and Joann launched HG Cornerstone, their third successful firm together that leveraged their cumulative experience in the engineering, construction and real estate fields. In doing so they chose to keep the name “Cornerstone” from their first successful endeavor. Today, they operate HG Cornerstone in such a way as to deliver exceptional services, based on their entrepreneurial spirit, that truly involve cutting-edge and “outside-of-the-box” thinking, yet that are rooted in diligence and sound principals. This is the HG Cornerstone advantage.
You may be asking yourself, “but who exactly is H.G.?”
H.G. stands for Harrell Gannaway, the grandfather of Joann Gannaway-Breuer who was responsible for instilling that entrepreneurial spirit into Joann at a young age and who was, in all aspects, a true industry pioneer and entrepreneur. Harrell had a big influence on his granddaughter, so much so that when HG Cornerstone was formed, Joann chose to include a small reminder of the man who influenced her to think big so long ago. So that’s the “HG.”
Harrell Gannaway was born in 1908 with big entrepreneurial dreams. His hardworking can-do attitude inspired Joann from a very young age to work hard and enjoy the fruits of her success. As a young man living on the family farm, Harrell purchased his first calf. After raising it, he sold the cow and used the earnings to purchase two more calves. This was exemplary of his hard work and appreciation for the value of a dollar. One of his favorite sayings was, “Everyone wants to spend a million dollars, but only few want to earn it.”