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Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics

Industry Leader's Participation Enriches Center Activities.

Donald Fisher Donald Fisher, BS 50, founder and chairman of the Gap, worked in real estate before starting the Gap, and he believes the success of the Gap is partly based on his real estate knowledge and the use of information technology.
"I am proud to have my name associated with the Fisher Center for Real Estate. It's the best department in the world."
Warren "Ned" Spieker, BS 66, is managing partner at Spieker Partners and former chairman of Spieker Properties, Inc., one of the first firms to realize the potential of converting to real estate investment trust in the early 90s.
“The Fisher Center has always been one of the most respected regional as well as national real estate authorities in the country. I have always had a high regard for their information and their membership.”
Warren Spieker
Gerson Bakar Gerson Bakar, BS 48, is chairman of Gerson Bakar & Associates, a major real estate building firm in San Francisco that developed San Francisco’s Levi Plaza, the 101 Lombard Apartments, Northpoint Shopping Center, Carmel Plaza, and Ghirardelli Square.
“I am pleased to be a part of the Fisher Center. I personally find it a treasure trove of information.”
Douglas Abbey, MCP 79 (City & Regional Planning), is chairman of AMB Capital Partners, a national real estate investment firm specializing in industrial properties.
“The Fisher Center has a real impact on the world around us. For example, the Fisher Center provided the entrepreneurial boost enabling a group of volunteers at the Urban Land Institute to create a curriculum for teaching real estate and land use decision-making to high schools students, which is now being rolled out nationally.”
Douglas Abbey
Lynn Sedway Lynn Sedway, MBA 76, is president of Sedway Group, a CB Richard Ellis Company, that offers consulting services in the area of urban and real estate economics to public and private sector, corporate, institutional, and nonprofit clients.
“My MBA certainly launched my career, but my ongoing association with Haas and the Fisher Center helps me stay current with, and even contribute to, today’s thought leadership in my field.”
Tom Sullivan, MBA 89, is managing partner of Wilson Meany Sullivan, a mixed-use investment and development firm based in San Francisco. The company’s developments include the San Francisco headquarters of the Gap, the Foundry Square project in San Francisco, San Rafael Corporate Center in Marin County, Seaport Plaza in Redwood City, Parkside Towers in Foster City, and the San Francisco Ferry Building renovation.
“Attending the annual Fisher Center Board meetings in Pebble Beach gives me a chance to meet with top professionals in my field in a relaxed setting. The caliber of speakers is consistently outstanding, and the opportunity to spend time with this group of people is valuable.”
     

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