RED O Taste of Mexico, 4340 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA, USA

Date and Time

Thursday, September 12 2019 - 6:30 PM

Event Details

SPIRE members and guests came from the Bay Area, Los Angeles and beyond to enjoy an evening with Stanford Alumni Real Estate Council (SREC) members Brad Geier (’79), Founder, Co-Owner and Co-Managing Partner of Merlone Geier, and Don Ankeny (MBA '83), President and Chief Executive Officer of Westcore Properties.

These two powerhouse alumni, who lead two of the top commercial real estate companies on the West Coast, gave us their thoughts on the state of Retail and Industrial real estate in their regions, which led to a rousing discussion over a wonderful dinner at Red O Restaurant in San Diego. It was determined that the topic was bigger than the venue and we're hoping to get Don and Brad together again to potentially do a deeper dive on their respective industry segments.

Stay tuned!


Bradley A. Geier ('79), Founder, Co-Owner and Co-Managing Partner, Merlone Geier

Brad Geier is a founder, co-owner and co-managing partner of the general partner entities of Merlone Geier and MGM and has also been a managing director of the general partner entities of M&H from its founding in 1993. From 1983 to 1993, prior to the formation of the first M&H fund, Mr. Geier held senior positions with Trammell Crow Company and The Taubman Company.

Mr. Geier’s primary responsibilities are to formulate and execute Merlone Geier’s investment strategy, including the acquisition and disposition of properties and the oversight and direction of land development and joint venture investment activities. From 1994 to 2006, Mr. Geier was the lead partner handling the purchase and subsequent sale of nearly 50 properties aggregating in excess of ten million square feet. During this period, Mr. Geier also had primary responsibility for development entitlements across the portfolio. Since that time, Mr. Geier has completed the acquisition of an additional 109 properties aggregating 16.6 million square feet and has continued to oversee dispositions.

Mr. Geier graduated from Stanford University in 1979, earning an undergraduate degree in history with departmental honors. In 1983 he earned an MBA degree from Harvard University. Mr. Geier is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. He is a Director of H.G. Fenton Company and serves on the Policy Advisory Board Executive Committee of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego. In addition, Mr. Geier is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University, a lifetime trustee of The Bishop’s School, and a trustee of Coaching Corps, a non-profit focused on improving the health, educational and social outcomes of kids living in struggling communities through the power of coaching and sports. He is resident in the firm’s San Diego office.

Donald H. Ankeny (MBA '83), President & Chief Executive Officer, Westcore Properties

Don Ankeny is President and Chief Executive Officer of Westcore Properties. He leads the company’s portfolio of Industrial properties, which currently totals more than 9 million square feet. Additionally, Don plays a key role in the company’s business strategy, utilizing his strong real estate and capital markets’ expertise to grow the company’s investment and operating platform.

Don’s real estate background includes starting and overseeing the real estate group of Robertson Stephens, a global investment banking firm that was acquired by Bank of America and later by Bank Boston. Under his leadership, the firm was engaged in many of the country’s significant public and private real estate transactions. Prior to Robertson Stephens, Don was a partner with Trammell Crow Company.

Don graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a distinction in economics. He also holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Don is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) and a Gold council member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a former trustee of the Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA where he chaired the Finance and Investment Committee as well as the School’s Endowment Campaign. Don is a member of the Parents Advisory Board at Stanford University. He is also a past recipient of the San Diego Business Journal’s CEO of the Year award and EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.