After immigrating to the United States from Calabria, Italy in 1973, Antonino “Tony” Moschella settled in Los Angeles and attended California Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate Finance and a minor in Economics.
During his early career Moschella, along with his brothers Filippo and Vicenzo, used his knowledge of finance and passion for entertainment to establish several popular Los Angeles establishments, including the Riviera Night Club in Eagle Rock, a premiere music venue which he co-owned for over 19 years; the Blu Monkey in Hollywood, the Montecristo, located in the Mid-Wilshire District, and later, the Blues Café in Rome, Italy.
In 1993 Moschella founded Axia Funding Corporation, which specializes in residential and commercial financing. Moschella implemented and managed the company’s $10 million dollar line of credit, which included funding, packaging and selling loans in the secondary market, and directed programs that taught buyers responsible homeownership practices. This venture led to the establishment of a partner company, Cal to Cal Investments, in 1999. Cal to Cal, (named after Moschella’s journey from Calabria to California) develops residential and mixed-use projects in medium to high density, urban and suburban locations proximate to employment, schools, retail amenities, and entertainment venues.
Moschella and his wife Silvana have two children, Giulia and Filippo. During his years at Cal Poly, Moschella played baseball with Hall of Fame coach John Scolinos. His love of baseball lead him to volunteer and sit on the board of legendary Dodger Manny Mota’s Manny Mota International Foundation, where he helped organize baseball clinics for underprivileged children in the greater Los Angeles area.
Moschella has served on the board of the IAMLA for four years and is currently its Vice President.