Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductees
Chip Conley ('82, MBA '84)
Rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New Your Times bestselling author, Chip Conley is a leader at the forefront of the sharing economy. At age 26 he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming one inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. After running his company as CEO for 24 years, he sold it and soon the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Chip served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years and today acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. His five books include PEAK and EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS and are inspired by the theories of transformation and meaning by famed psychologists Abraham Maslow and Viktor Frankl. In his new book, [email protected]: The Making of a Modern Elder (September 2018), Chip shares his experiences – as both mentor and unexpected intern – at Airbnb. He is the founder of Fest300 (part of Everfest), San Francisco’s annual “Celebrity Pool Toss” that has raised millions for families in the neighborhood where he opened his first hotel, and the Hotel Hero Awards that shine a light on outstanding line level employees. Chip is a recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, and holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University, and an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. He serves on the boards of the Burning Man Project and the Esalen Institute, where the Conley Library bears his name.
Susan Meaney ('82)
Susan Meaney is a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management and a member of the firm’s management committee.
She has been with the firm since its founding in 2006; she has been responsible for managing the firm’s real estate investments totaling over $3 billion as well as contributing to the real assets portfolio. Makena is a global, multi-asset class investment manager with $20 billion of capital under management. The firm offers a range of pooled investment vehicles designed to achieve long-term capital appreciation.
Prior to joining Makena Capital, Susan was the Director of Real Estate and Real Assets Investments for the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation where she was responsible for the investment and oversight of the foundation’s real assets portfolio.
She served as a managing director at the Stanford Management Company from 1993-2001 where she was responsible for the development and management of 700 acres of Stanford University’s commercial real estate holdings and the development of 1 million square feet of office space.
She currently serves as an overseer of the Tuck School at Dartmouth and as a member of the Stanford Bing Overseas Study Program Advisory Council. She has recently served on the Dartmouth Investment Committee as well as the Investment Committee of the Hewlett Foundation.
Susan earned her bachelor's degree with honors from Stanford University in 1982 and earned an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth in 1986.
Fred Allen ('61)
Fred Allen is one of the premier real estate and finance attorneys in America. He is a Founder and the Senior Partner of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, a full-service business and litigation law firm with 225 attorneys in five offices in California. Allen Matkins has been named the number one real estate law firm in California by Chambers USA since 2002.
For more than 45 years, he has been counsel to many of the nation's most prominent development and investment companies in connection with hundreds of successful major projects in California, Hawaii, and throughout the country, Asia, the Pacific Rim and Mexico.
Fred is probably best known for his ability to creatively analyze legal and business issues and to quarterback ongoing projects to effectively manage the delivery of specialized legal services.
Fred is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Real Estate Roundtable, Washington, D.C., Hoover Institution Board of Overseers, Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE) Board, Stanford Real Estate Council (SREC), and numerous other professional civic and charitable organizations.
After graduating from Stanford University in 1961 (B.A. History), Fred served as a naval officer aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Ranger (CVA-61) in the Pacific. He received his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law.
Fred and Kathleen were married in 1964 and have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have two sons: John Allen and Paul Allen. Fred and Kathleen have four beautiful little granddaughters under the age of 5.
Peter Bedford ('60)
Peter Bedford, owner of Bedford Investments, has been in the commercial real estate business for over 50 years. He was responsible for the acquisition, ownership, development and management of approximately 40 million square feet of industrial, office, and retail properties, as well as land in 22 states. Peter was the principal manager of the partnership that acquired all of Kaiser Aluminum Chemical Company's real estate operations in 1986, which included Rancho California, a 28,000 acre planned community in Temecula, California.
From 1992 to 2006 he served as Chairman and CEO of Bedford Property Investors, a NYSE REIT. Peter is active in the Stanford community, particularly within the Hoover Institution where he has served as an Overseer since 1981 and as Chairman of the Board of Overseers from 2005 to 2008. He and his wife, Kirsten (BA '60), endowed a Chair (Private Property Rights) for the Hoover Institution. Peter and Kirsten have contributed numerous pieces of art to the Cantor Center of Art at Stanford.
Peter’s involvement in educational real estate activities includes: Trustee for ULI, Chairman of the Real Estate Center Advisory Board of Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and member of the Executive Committee of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California.
Jim Buie (MBA '80)
Senior Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer - West & Asia Pacific Regions
Jim Buie (MBA '80)
Jim Buie is the CEO of the West & Asia Pacific Regions for Hines. He is a member of the Hines Executive Committee.
Since joining Hines in 1980, Mr. Buie has been responsible for the development, acquisition, and/or management of more than 100 million square feet of commercial real estate in 50 cities representing over $23 billion in value. Highlights of his career with Hines include the development of 101 California and Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, Figueroa at Wilshire in Los Angeles, Embassy House in Beijing and One Museum Place in Shanghai.
Mr. Buie earned his bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Virginia in 1974 and his master of business administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1980.
Bob Burke ('64, JD '67)
AMB Property Corporation
Bob Burke is a co-founder of AMB Property Corporation (predecessor to Prologis), IHP Capital Partners, and Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management. Prior to co-founding AMB, he was a senior real estate partner with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster and, for two years, served as that firm’s Managing Partner of Operations.
At Stanford, Bob has served on the Board of Trustees the Board of Overseers of the Law School, the Board of the Stanford Management Company, and the Board of Governors of the Stanford Associates, the Chair of the Advisory Council to the Bing Overseas Studies Program, and the Chair of the Advisory Council to the K-12 Education Initiative. In 2012, Stanford presented him with the Gold Spike Award for exceptional volunteer leadership.
At UCSF Medical School, Bob was the lead negotiator for the acquisition of the Mission Bay campus, and has served on the Boards of the UCSF Foundation and the UCSF Foundation Real Estate Investment Company. He is also the co-chair of the Leadership Council for Global Health Sciences. In 2003, UCSF awarded him the UCSF medal, the highest honor UCSF bestows. Bob has also served on the Board of the Fine Arts Museums where he was on the Building Committee for the new De Young Museum, the Presidio Trust Board, and the Building Committee for the new Exploratorium. He has served on the Investment Committees of the Hewlett Foundation and the U.N. Foundation.
Bob is the former Chairman of the Board of the Pension Real Estate Association and a former member of the Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from StanfordLaw School. Bob and his wife, Kathy, live in San Francisco and have three sons.
Malin Burnham ('49)
Burnham Real Estate
San Diego’s own Malin Burnham built Southern California’s largest independent real estate brokerage firm, Burnham Real Estate, which was acquired by Cushman & Wakefield in 2008. Mr. Burnham established a billion dollar NYSE retail REIT and was a partner in over 100 commercial developments with an aggregate investment of $1.1 billion. An avid sailor, Mr. Burnham partnered with Dennis Conner to bring America’s Cup to San Diego. A long time community leader and philanthropist, Mr. Burnham has chaired nine major nonprofits. Mr.Burnham co-founded the Burnham Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego. Mr. Burnham served on the Stanford University Board of Trustees and received the prestigious Golden Spike award in recognition of his service to the University.
Sam Freshman ('54, JD '56)
Standard Management Company
Sam Freshman is the founder of the real estate investment and management firm Standard Management Company. Standard has acquired, managed, and financed over a billion dollars of real estate. Sam is an expert in real estate syndication and a general partner in over 100 real estate projects. He has secured, negotiated, and documented more than $500 million dollars of real estate loans as a lender, borrower, attorney, banker, and property manager.
Sam is a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners and has qualified as an expert witness in real estate matters in both state and federal courts. He has appeared in more than 90 cases related to legal and real estate malpractice, custom and practice, fiduciary duties of attorneys and brokers.
Sam graduated from Stanford University in 1954 and Stanford Law School in 1956. He has been the Chairman of SPIRE since its founding and is retiring at the end of 2016. He has presented lectures to state and community colleges, the Graduate Realtor Institute of California Association of Realtors, real estate boards, C.P.A. societies, appraisal societies, Rotary Clubs, and numerous other service organizations. He has been adjunct professor of real estate law at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Southern California (1977-1979 and has also lectured on real estate finance, law, and syndication at Pepperdine University, Stanford University, Loyola Marymount, and University of California at Los Angeles Law School.
Donald M. Koll ('55)
The Koll Company
Visionary real estate icon Donald M. Koll founded The Koll Company in Newport Beach in 1962 as a regional general construction firm. Under his leadership, the company grew into a commercial real estate giant responsible for the development of more than 90 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space throughout the Western United States, Mexico and the Pacific Rim. In addition to its development activities, The Koll Company expanded to include separate entities focused on commercial property management, golf resort community development and large-scale general construction.
With a concentration on major western U.S. markets, The Koll Company currently owns and manages over 6 million square feet of existing multi-tenant, light industrial and suburban/garden office space in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado and Utah as well as in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
An example of Mr. Koll’s ability to successfully shift strategic gears during his illustrious career is Koll Management Services (KMS), The Koll Company’s former property management and real estate services arm. Beginning as an extension of Koll’s development operations, KMS grew to become one of the nation’s largest commercial property managers with over 185 million square feet under management and some 3,000 employees in 300 offices across the U.S. and in Asia. In a highly successful strategic move, KMS was taken public in 1991, fueling an expansion which resulted in 30 acquisitions nationwide before its sale to what is now CBRE in 1997.
Mr. Koll served as chairman for several affiliated companies before he passed away in 2011. The companies included Koll Construction and Koll Resorts International, and he was a partner in Koll Center Travel and Koll Bren Schreiber Realty Advisors, a real estate investment advisory firm, which manages approximately $2.5 billion in assets. He was also on the Board of Directors of The Irvine Company and Fidelity National Title. He served on the Board of Directors of CB Richard Ellis, Grubb & Ellis and Wells Fargo Bank. In 1990, Koll was selected as one of the top 25 CEOs for the Decade by California Business Magazine, and in 2007 was presented with the real estate industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. Koll is a past presidential appointee to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the American Red Cross. He also served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Koll earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University.
Bob Lowe (MBA '64)
Bob Lowe is Founder and Chairman of Lowe, a privately owned diversified national real estate company active in commercial, hospitality and residential property investment, development and management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the firm maintains regional offices in Denver, Irvine, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Over the past 44 years, Lowe Enterprises has developed, acquired or managed more than $24 billion of real estate assets. Through its hospitality management affiliate, the firm oversees the management of more than 20,000 hotel rooms/units nationwide. Bob is a Trustee and past Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Metropolitan YMCA; Chairman Emeritus of the Real Estate Roundtable; Life Trustee and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Claremont McKenna College; Chairman and Co-Founder of the Lowe Institute of Political Economy of Claremont McKenna College; and Director of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Bob is past Chairman of the New Los Angeles Marketing Partnership; past member of the California Economy Strategy Panel; and past Director and member of the Executive Committee of the Economic Development Corporation of Los Angeles County. Bob’s honors include City of Hope “Spirit of Life” Award; National Entrepreneur of the Year for Real Estate and Construction; Los Angeles Mayor’s “City of Angels” Award; “Distinguished Citizen Award” presented by the Boy Scouts of America and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Business Leader Award and was recently inducted into the Stanford University Real Estate Hall of Fame.
Education: Claremont McKenna College, BA, Cum Laude. Stanford University, MBA.
Bowen H. “Buzz” McCoy ('58)
Bowen H. "Buzz" McCoy (AB ’58) was a General Partner of Morgan Stanley where he developed and ran the commercial real estate finance unit for many years. In 2000 National Real Estate Investor named him a "20th Century Icon” in commercial real estate for his work integrating commercial real estate finance into the capital market system. He currently spends his time as a real estate counselor, teacher and philanthropist. He has served as Executive-in-Residence at both the Stanford and Notre Dame Graduate Schools of Business; and as Adjunct Professor, Pacific School of Religion, UCLA Anderson School of Management and the Graduate Real Estate Program at USC. He has published ninety magazine articles and two books on the subjects of business ethics or real estate finance. Buzz trekked over a thousand miles in the Himalayas and completed the New York Marathon. Buzz served as the President of the Stanford Alumni Association and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Hoover Institution. In 1989, Buzz was honored with the Golden Spike award from Stanford and has participated actively in each of Stanford’s capital campaigns. Buzz received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford, and an MBA from Harvard.
Daniel Neidich (MBA '74)
Dune Real Estate Partners
Mr. Neidich is founder and chief executive officer of Dune Real Estate Partners LP.
Dune manages real estate private equity funds with over $4.3 billion of equity capital under management. The funds target opportunistic investments in the United States and Europe. Prior to founding Dune, Mr. Neidich was at Goldman Sachs where he was a member of the Management Committee, co-head of the Merchant Banking Division, and Chairman of the Whitehall Investment Committee. Mr. Neidich joined Goldman Sachs in 1978, became a partner in 1984 and became head of Goldman’s Real Estate Department in 1990. In 1992, he formed the Real Estate Principal Investment Area, in 1998 he became co-head of the Merchant Banking Division, and in 1999 he joined the firm’s Management Committee.
He received an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BA from Yale University.
Henry Segerstrom (’46, MBA ’48)
Southern California icon Henry Segerstrom (’46, MBA ’48) built C.J. Segerstrom and Sons into a real estate development and management firm anchored by the world renowned 2.8 million sf shopping center South Coast Plaza, and over 2 million square feet of office and commercial space. Mr. Segerstrom’s commitment to philanthropy and the community is evidenced by the 14 acre Segerstrom Center for the Arts that includes Segerstrom Hall, world class environmental sculpture, the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art, and the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Mr. Segerstrom played a vital role in establishing the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. In 2008 the Stanford Graduate School of Business presented Mr. Segerstrom with the Ernest C. Arbuckle award for lifetime achievement.
Learn more about Henry at www.henrysegerstrom.com.
Tad Taube ('53, MS '57)
Tad Taube (’53, MS ’57) is the Founder and Chairman of Woodmont Companies, a diversified real estate investment and management organization, and prominent Bay Area philanthropist. Since its founding in 1963, the Company has been involved in the acquisition, development, and management of income properties exceeding $5 billion in valuation. In the 1990’s Taube expanded his interests to include some 5,700 acres of land development projects in Placer and San Benito Counties. Until its merger in 2013 into Cassidy/Turley, a national commercial real estate brokerage company, Woodmont’s holdings also included BT Commercial, a regional brokerage firm with 350 agents and 10 offices spanning the San Francisco Bay Area.
Tad is equally identified with his philanthropic efforts in the Bay Area, becoming one of Bay Area’s preeminent philanthropists through his presidency of the Koret Foundation and his creation of Taube Philanthropies. He has been recognized twice by The Forward newspaper as one of the 50 most influential Jewish Americans. His philanthropy touches the Stanford community as a founder and advisory board chair of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, established in 1986.
He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution and serves on its Executive Committee, and was founder and past chairman of the advisory board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). In addition, Mr. Taube is past chair of the Stanford Athletic Board. His involvement in Stanford Athletics includes his family's principal gift to Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium and his significant support of Stanford's new football stadium, built in 2006. A native of Krakow and Poland’s honorary counsel in the Bay Area, Taube will receive his native land’s Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony this fall.
Bill Tooley (’56)
Tooley & Company Investment Builders
Bill Tooley (’56) was Co-Founder and Chairman of Tooley & Company Investment Builders, developing and managing high quality office buildings in California. The firm developed over 5,000,000 sq. ft. of office and industrial properties and acquired an additional 2,000,000 sq. ft. for investment purposes. Developed properties include the Wilshire Palisades Building in Santa Monica, winner of 1988 Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence, Jamboree Center in Irvine, and Wang Tower at the Howard Hughes Center. In 1998, the Trammell Crow Company purchased Tooley & Company and its property management company with over 10,000,000 sq. ft. of managed properties. Bill’s current firm, Tooley Investment Company, owns and manages office and retail properties in the West. Bill served on the Board of Directors of the National Realty Committee, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and in 1992, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Construction Industries Committee. Bill's personal interests include skiing, deep sea fishing, and jazz music. Bill has been a great friend of Stanford University and has supported initiatives at the Freeman Spogli Institute, Haas Center for Public Service, the Graduate School of Business, and the Stanford Libraries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford, and an MBA from Harvard.
William "Bill" Wilson III ('58)
Wilson Meany Sullivan
William “Bill” Wilson III ('58) was one of the most successful and preeminent commercial developers over the last four decades in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Wilson cut a legendary and singular path through Bay Area commercial real estate. Not only was he a prolific developer of some of the region’s signature buildings, but he also founded some of its noteworthy commercial real estate companies. Among his most well-known projects are the Oracle Inc. world headquarters in Redwood Shores; Foundry Square, The Gap Inc. headquarters; the Ferry Building renovation in San Francisco; 10 Almaden Blvd. in San Jose; the Pruneyard in Campbell; 48 Stockton Street in San Francisco; and the Franklin/Templeton Group campus in San Mateo. Mr. Wilson also founded San Francisco development company Wilson Meany Sullivan, San Mateo’s Webcor Builders and, in 1978, William Wilson & Associates. In the ensuing 20 years, the firm developed 33 properties with more than seven million square feet of offices, most of it on the San Francisco peninsula. In addition to Oracle and Franklin Templeton, company clients included IBM, Wells Fargo, Visa and Bank of America. The company merged with real estate investment trust Cornerstone Properties Inc. in 1998 in a $1.81 billion transaction. Cornerstone later merged with Equity Office Properties Trust Inc., the largest publicly traded office company in the country. Mr. Wilson served on the EOP board of directors alongside Sam Zell, its idiosyncratic leader, until 2004. EOP was sold to The Blackstone Group in 2007 for $39 billion.
Mr. Wilson was a private investor and functioned in an advisory capacity to Wilson Meany Sullivan before he passed away in 2013. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Presidio Trust, a Trustee of both the California Academy of Sciences and The Lawrenceville School, and an Emeritus Director of the Stanford University Department of Athletics Investment Fund. Mr. Wilson received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Stanford University.