Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE) hosted its inaugural Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Banquet on campus last Friday evening, Sept 30th. A veritable 'who's who' of real estate powerhouses filled the room to celebrate the first Hall o' Fame inductees, William Wilson III and Don Koll. These Stanford grads (Koll '55) and Wilson ('58) won't need name tags at any class reunions. Southern California-based, Koll built his company into the nation's second largest real estate manager with 150 million square feet under management. Koll Management Services was taken public in 1991 before it was sold to what is now CB Richard Ellis. Koll proved instrumental in building Cabo San Lucas into the golf and resort destination it is today. 
    Six hundred miles to the north, Bill Wilson developed more than 10 million square feet of innovative office space, including Oracle and Gap campuses, and the San Francisco Ferry Building (historic renovation with development). His philanthropic work included the iconic California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Wilson incorporated fitness centers, concierges and conference centers into developments long before they became commonplace. Wilson's focus on building strong, long-term relationshops stands as his hallmark. Disclosure: I worked for Bill's firm, William Wilson & Associates (no relation), for many years. He's the real deal--a visionary with integrity.


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