About Us

Focal Point Development Services is dedicated to the highest level of integrity and professionalism as demonstrated through our strong track record.  We build long-term relationships by successfully delivering projects which include MultifamilySenior HousingStudent Housing and Mixed Use. No matter what the challenge, our open and honest communication style is an integral part of our commitment to promoting trust and respect among our partners and our investors. Focal Point’s collective expertise and vision allows us to identify, analyze and develop unique opportunities that will yield solid returns.


Focal Point’s vision is keenly focused on a unique niche consisting of boutique student and senior housing as well as repositioning commercial properties. The key to our success is identifying strategic locations and matching those properties to the right use. Focal Point’s seasoned team of real estate professionals has the experience required to take a project from land acquisitions and entitlement through construction and final delivery.

Consulting & Project Management

With Focal Point’s vast construction experience, we deliver increased value to our clients and investors during the entire process. Our senior-led team of seasoned professionals is invested in protecting our client’s interests. We are cost conscious and maintain a knowledge-based approach to our management style. Focal Point strives to ensure all projects are on-time, on-budget and exceed expectations.


Michael Smith - Focal Point Development Services

Michael Smith

Managing Director

O: 949.205.4547 C: 714.336.3200

Michael has over 33 years of commercial real estate development, investment, construction, and brokerage experience. In addition, he has also been a real estate salesman as well as a licensed general contractor. Mike’s diverse professional background provides Focal Point’s experience, vision, and leadership required to develop and obtain unique investment opportunities.

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Robert Farrell

Director of Municipal & Entitlement Process

O: 714.697.2128

Robert Farrell has extensive experience in a wide range of real estate development phases including planning & development, project costing, construction, engineering, administration, contracts, entitlement, and asset management. He is a member of the State Bar of California and has many years of experience practicing real estate litigation and transactional law.

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Dalton Little

Dalton Little

Vice President of Acquisitions

C: 832.576.2571

Dalton Little started his real estate career in Dallas, TX working with Transwestern. There, he worked under the firm’s top producers while garnering his real estate knowledge and furthering his exposure throughout the state. Dalton joined Focal Point’s Austin office in 2021 and oversees all site selection and acquisitions, market/ site feasibility and financial analysis, equity raise and investor management . Dalton holds a Texas real estate license and is a member of the Austin Rodeo, ULI, and the Hill Country Quail Coalition. Mr. Little is a proud graduate of the University of Mississippi.

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Olivia Smith

Olivia Smith

Vice President of Business Development/Leasing

O: 949.205.1615 C: 949.698.2777


With a stellar reputation built on honesty, integrity, and tireless work ethic, Olivia Smith brings strong negotiation skills and exceptional perspective to every transaction.

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Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy

Director of Development and Construction

O: 949.874.1419

 Patrick Murphy in his previous role as Managing Principal oversaw all operations at the Savills Orange County office which was formerly Cresa Orange County with a focus on increasing revenue, managing expenses, recruitment, mentoring and training. 

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William Shekarian

Financial Advisor

O: 703.447.8939

William is an American University graduate with an MSF and is a CFA charterholder who has successfully delivered numerous debt and equity financings and advised on multiple acquisitions and divestitures. He has broad experience in conducting financial analysis with an emphasis on operational enhancement, commercial real estate deal evaluation, and budgetary processes.

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Development Projects

The Point North

Type: Student Housing – Multi Family
Location: Austin, TX
Size: 18 Units, 76 Beds
Sapphire Tower Logo - Focal Point Development Services
Type: High-Rise Condo Tower
Location: Downtown San Diego, CA
Height: 32 Floors, 97 Condos
Financial Partner: Goldman Sachs / Eurohypo Bank

Residences at Little Nell - Focal Point Development Services
Type: 26 Fractional Condos
Location: Aspen, CO – Mountain Base
Financial Partners: Goldman Sachs / Deutsche Bank
Size: 108,000 sf

1000 Newport Center Drive

Type: Development, Corporate HQ
Location: Newport Beach, CA
Size 8,000 sf
Financial Partners: LA Jolla Bank

Inyo County Building

Type: Construction Management
Location: Bishop, CA
Size: 42,000 sf administration building

Acquisitions & Redevelopment

Icon Hotel

Type: Hotel Redevelopment
Location: Houston, TX
Financial Partners: Canyon Johnson Fund
Size: 12 Story, 135 Rooms including 18 suites

Contact Us

Focal Point Development Service
9111 Jollyville Road Suite 212
Austin, Texas 78759
23 Corporate Plaza Suite 150
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Office: 832.576.2571
Email: dlittle@focalpointds.com