Category Archives: Icons

Chop Keenan: The Art of the Deal

It is truly uncommon to find real estate moguls to the pedigree of Chop Keenan, founder of Keenan Land Company. Chop’s historic career is best described by his “best of breed” portfolio including Class A office projects, R&D buildings, shopping centers, residential lot developments and hotels. Chop sat down with John McNellis of McNellis Partners at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto to look back on his long list of successful accomplishments, short list of pitfalls, and provide would-be developers in the audience of ULI members and guests with … Read More

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Icon George Marcus Talks Process and Strategy

The new Icon series continues to be a popular ULI draw with a second sold out event.  On March 28, members were treated to a rare interview with George Marcus, Co-Founder and Chairman of Marcus & Millichap Company, parent company of a diversified group of real estate service, investment and development firms.  The evening was led by his friend Mike Covarrubias, Chairman and CEO of TMG.  Not only did ULI members hear the start of the largest commercial investment real estate brokerage firm in the nation, and were entertained by … Read More

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Icons: What’s the Word from William Wilson?

In the debut event of ULIsf’s new Icon Series, real estate investment-authority William Wilson III addressed a crowd of ULI members only in a fascinating and frank exchange, fully living up to the program’s goal of providing an insider-exclusive.  “While ULI has great property tours, panels and other programs, the Icons takes a different approach in which the speaker really is the topic–people who’ve made significant contributions to the real estate community, or founded notable companies or have taken a distinctive vision and made it a reality,” said Adam Engelskirchen, … Read More

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