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Feeny appointed executive vice president for real estate
STANFORD -- Curtis F. Feeny, partner in the commercial real estate firm of Trammell Crow since 1984 and currently managing director of that company's Seattle and Portland operations, has been appointed executive vice president of the Real Estate Division of the Stanford Management Company.
Laurie Hoagland, president of Stanford Management Company, said the appointment is effective Dec. 1, although Feeny would be spending part of November in the new position.
Stanford Management Company manages the financial and real estate investment assets of Stanford University and its affiliates. The Real Estate Division is responsible for the development and management of properties and investments with a market value of about $1.8 million. The division also handles the leasing and management of Stanford's agricultural lands, the negotiation and administration of leases held by Stanford departments, and the development of faculty-staff housing on university land.
In describing the search for a person to lead the division, Hoagland said the executive vice president is responsible for "articulating a vision for Stanford's real estate that not only preserves and actively enhances the university's land value and revenues, but also delivers projects of social, environmental and economic benefit to the community and the region."
When announcing the appointment to the management company's board of directors, Hoagland said Feeny "has already displayed a critical understanding of our objectives for real estate development, and has presented us with a personal vision and plan that is both independently creative and compatible with our values and goals."
Having worked in a "highly sensitive" market like Seattle, Feeny said, has prepared him for the challenges of Northern California.
"In Seattle, they are very sensitive to the impacts commercial developments have, particularly on the environment," He said. "We've managed to develop high- quality commercial projects that are responsive to environmental needs.
"This is a unique opportunity for me," Feeny said in a telephone interview from his Seattle office. "The quality of the institution and the quality of the people who work there were very high on my list.
"It seems like all the stars were in line, all the planets lined up for me," he said. "It's an incredibly rich intellectual environment, and for my children, I can't imagine a richer family environment than Stanford."
Feeny has been with Trammell Crow since 1981. For the past year, as managing director of the huge company's Seattle and Portland operations, he has overseen a staff of 85 that manages 15 million square feet of office space and has managed the development of four new projects totaling 1.2 million square feet. Before moving to Seattle in 1987, Feeny worked for the company at its Oklahoma City offices.
Feeny earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M in 1979 and an MBA from Harvard in 1981. A native of Dumas, Ark., he will move to Stanford with his wife of 10 years, Christina, a Stanford alumna, and their four children: Eric, 9, Jessie, 7, Jennifer, 6, and Dana, 2.
A fitness enthusiast, Feeny enjoys half-marathons and mini-triathlons, as well as biking.
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