The Merita Capital Team

You can define success in myriad ways, but for me, it is the feeling of comfort you get from helping people achieve their goals. I have been able to offer clients a path to their success by offering a passive income through owning real estate.

~ Richard Montaño, CEO

Richard Montaño


Richard Montaño is a real estate and investment professional and entrepreneur. Over the past decade, he has founded/co-founded multiple successful real estate companies. Richard has an extensive background in identifying prime real estate, structuring capital and executing business plans through all stages of the real estate investment cycle. Richard’s keen sense of asset positioning and investment capital structure has earned him the opportunity to facilitate nearly $200 million in successful real estate transactions. Richard currently manages multiple real estate investments as a General Partner, Manager, Principle, and/or Sponsor. He has created, funded and managed various types of real estate ventures that include: new development, trust deed acquisitions, apartment equity investments, and value-add projects.

Ethan Barkett


Ethan has been in the accounting profession since 2001, and has had the opportunity to work with all types of businesses, from small, one man, sole proprietors, to preparing returns for complex clients such as Sempra while being employed at PricewaterhouseCoopers. However, for the last 13 years his focus has been on small to medium sized businesses. The services he provides for Merita Capital Partners includes tax compliance, CFO services, and assistance with money management strategies.

Duy Tran

Project Manager

Duy has spent the better part of a decade developing his knowledge and skill in multiple facets of real estate. Armed with his entrepreneurial spirit and finance background he has had the opportunity to accelerate his development in real estate in a very compressed time frame. Duy most recently served as the Portfolio Director and Acquisitions Manager for San Diego’s largest private real estate firm. Duy was hand selected by this firm to lead the deployment over $400 million and the development of an in house organization to support it. Duy grew the property management and maintenance team to over 12 full time employees and dozens of vendors from the ground up. He acquired over 90 buildings and 900 units in multiple sub markets during this hyper-growth phase. His core competencies are multi-family acquisitions, property management, project management, and organizational development. He brings a unique and end user oriented perspective to all Merita Capital’s projects he is involved in to maximize value and return for both clients and customers.

Alicia Vasquez

Associate Director of Communications

Alicia Vasquez is a highly motivated graduate from San Diego State University. After receiving her degree, she joined Merita Capital Partners in 2016. Born and raised in San Diego she has always been passionate about making a difference in her community and being involved in multiple organizations. In her time in college, not only did she volunteer over 100 hours of community service through her sorority Alpha Chi Omega but achieved lifetime membership status through San Diego State’s chapter Gamma Nu. After receiving her degree, she hoped to jumpstart her career by joining a company that would provide her with mentorship and professional experience along with foster her interest in real estate. Her networking and customer service skills, along with her personable nature gave us confidence that she would be a great asset to our team. Alicia now focuses on business development, research and marketing for Merita Capital as our Associate Director of Communications. She is also currently working on receiving her real estate license to further her knowledge of the business and becoming a long-term asset to our company.