Don Schmitz - Owner

Don Schmitz, AICP, is President and Principal Planner of Schmitz & Associates, Inc., a land use consulting firm specializing in land development entitlements, strategic planning, project management, and government affairs and advocacy. With over 28 years of planning experience, Mr. Schmitz is recognized as one of the State’s preeminent experts in coastal land use planning.

Long committed to public service, Mr. Schmitz is the founder and president of the Coalition for Fire Safe Communities (CFSC) and the Fifth Amendment Rights Alliance (FARA), was an appointed member and chairman of the City of Malibu Trails Committee, and was the chairman of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce. He is also a founding member of the Recreation and Equestrian Coalition (REC), and a long-term member of the American Planning Association and the California Farm Bureau.

Mr. Schmitz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of California Santa Barbara, a Master’s degree in Geography with an emphasis in land use planning from the California State University Long Beach, and has taught college courses in these fields as an adjunct professor. He is an accomplished public speaker, and is often invited to make presentations on planning and land use issues in various public forums.

In addition, Mr. Schmitz owns Malibu Solstice Vineyard which produces award winning private reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Wine. The vineyard was planted in 1990’s and is located in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking Malibu and the Pacific Ocean.


Barry Cohen - Special Events Coordinator

While earning his degree in event management and marketing from University of Nevada Las Vegas, Barry performed and coordinated events at several major Casino properties and VIP parties for celebrities such as Doyle Brunson, the cast of Tony and Tina's Wedding and Lance Burton and many more.

He has been coordinating events for over 20 years both social and corporate for such clients including Nissan, Adidas, Wells Fargo, The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, Best Buy, The American Cancer Society and more. If you have any questions about making your event happen, just let Barry know.


Marlon Arteaga - Onsite Manager

Bio coming soon.