LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 21, 2007 - Urban Pacific Group, Inc today announced that real estate industry veteran Kerry Choppin has been named Executive Vice President, Business Development, a new position, effective immediately.Choppin will be responsible for overseeing Urban Pacific's efforts to expand its development activity in California and the Western U.S., including identifying and acquiring potential new development opportunities. "It's incredibly exciting to be able to work with my dad, who has been involved with real estate development in California for more than 30 years, and from whom I'm sure I still have a lot to learn, " Scott Choppin, CEO, said. "He will be a great resource for every member of our team." Prior to joining UPG, Kerry Choppin had been with Olson Company since 1991, serving most recently as Director of Acquisitions and Business Development. In this capacity he was responsible for the creation of a variety of high-quality residential communities, with expertise in public/private partnerships and urban infill housing. From 1984 to 1991 he owned his own firm, Kerry Choppin Developments, where he directed the development and management of multifamily apartment communities throughout Southern California on a joint venture basis with local financial institutions. Choppin launched his real estate career in 1976 at IDM Corporation, a Long Beach-based commercial and residential developer. At IDM he was involved in acquisitions of existing commercial and residential properties and vacant land, as well as business development. Headquartered in Long Beach, Urban Pacific Group is a multifaceted real estate investment and development company, with core operations in urban infill and mixed-use communities, including the development of for-sale communities and the development and acquisition of multifamily communities throughout the Western U.S. The company currently is developing urban loft housing in downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach, San Pedro and Astoria, Oregon, as well as new town centers in Garden Grove and Westminster, Texas.