Schnitzer West, one of the West Coast’s leading real estate investment, development and property management companies, today announced it is expanding its executive management team to support its long-term growth strategy.
Real estate executive, Jeff Taylor is joining the firm as one of its managing partners, alongside Pam Hirsch, Greg MacDiarmid, and Doug Zabel. The company’s senior leadership team also includes directors Jeff Harmer and Steve Cook, responsible for property investment and development in the Puget Sound and Jo Ann Williams, who leads the company’s asset and property management business.
Taylor, who was one of the firm’s original employees along with Hirsch, is returning to Schnitzer West after 14 years. During his time away, he served on the executive teams of prominent real estate companies, including ScanlanKemperBard Companies (SKB) and Metzler North America. Prior to that, he held positions with VMS Realty Partners and Petrus.
The addition of Taylor will provide additional management firepower and valuable insight at a time of aggressive growth for the company, according to fellow Managing Partner Pam Hirsch. “We’re very pleased to be welcoming Jeff back into the Schnitzer West fold,” she said. “Jeff will be a great strategic asset for us. His expertise spans all aspects of the real estate business, from equity procurement to development to asset management. We are particularly excited about his extensive experience with joint ventures and strategic partnerships,” she added. “We see that as a terrific opportunity for additional growth.”
Taylor brings more than 30 years of investment, development and management experience to his new role at Schnitzer West. His acquisition and development experience totals more than $2 billion and includes a wide variety of projects throughout the U.S., including office, retail, multi-family, hotels and land. Most recently he was principal, executive vice president and COO for SKB where worked on numerous acquisitions and mixed use projects across the western U.S. and opened the company’s Seattle office.
“This is a wonderful homecoming for me,” Taylor said. “After 30 years in the real estate industry, I know that nobody does it as well as Schnitzer West. Their commitment to quality and customer service is truly unparalleled. I am thrilled to again be working with the best.”
Taylor cited the company’s growth trajectory as one of the reasons for his decision to return. “Schnitzer West has three sizable, high quality ground-up office properties under construction in the Puget Sound region, with more on the way in Denver, and the company is aggressively pursuing opportunities for additional development, value-add properties and joint ventures in both new and existing markets. It’s a very exciting time to rejoin the company.”
During his previous tenure with Schnitzer West, Taylor was responsible for the acquisition and development of numerous commercial property developments including Civica Office Commons, the office building that pioneered the company’s signature “Great Room” concept. The property sold at record-setting prices in 2005.