Founder and Chairman, Ben F. Tunnell III, has headed the firm
since 1974. Previously, he spent eight years with First Interstate
Bank of California as vice president at their corporate headquarters
in Los Angeles. Mr. Tunnell received a BA degree in Economics
from Claremont McKenna College and completed post-graduate courses
at UCLA and the American Institute of Banking, where he also
lectured. He served on the board of arbitrators for both the
American Arbitration Association and the Better Business Bureau.
is also Chairman of BTI Appraisal.
Tunnell O'Rourke, Vice Chairman and General Counsel, began
working at BTI in 1990. She earned a BA in English from the
University of Southern California, and graduated
cum laude from Loyola Law School where
she was a member of the Loyola Law Review and the Order of
the Coif. Mrs. O'Rourke began her legal career with Gibson,
Dunn & Crutcher LLP where she practiced in both the real
estate and corporate law departments, before returning to
BTI in 2003. Mrs. O'Rourke is a licensed California real estate
broker and a certified notary public.