IRVINE, Calif., April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE) and its 1600 members enthusiastically announce the 2015 Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame inductees Fred Allen of Allen Matkins and Peter Bedford of Bedford Investments. The Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame, now in its 5th year, recognizes pioneers in the real estate industry whose impact and legacy have brought acclaim to them and Stanford University.
SPIRE will honor these esteemed alumni at the Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Banquets, October 21, 2015 at the California Club in Los Angeles and November 12, 2014 at the Arrillaga Alumni Center - McCaw Hall on the Stanford Campus. The gala dinners are an opportunity to honor these distinguished men.
Fred Allen (BA '61) is one of the premier real estate and finance attorneys in America. He is a Founder and the Senior Partner of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, a full-service business and litigation law firm with 225 attorneys in five offices in California. Allen Matkins has been named the number one real estate law firm in California by Chambers USA since 2002. For more than 45 years, he has been counsel to many of the nation's most prominent development and investment companies in connection with hundreds of successful major projects in California, Hawaii, and throughout the country, Asia, the Pacific Rim and Mexico. Fred is probably best known for his ability to creatively analyze legal and business issues and to quarterback ongoing projects to effectively manage the delivery of specialized legal services.
Fred is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Real Estate Roundtable, Washington, D.C., Hoover Institution Board of Overseers, Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE) Board, Stanford Real Estate Council (SREC), and numerous other professional, civic and charitable organizations.
After graduating from Stanford University in 1961 (B.A. History), Fred served as a naval officer aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Ranger (CVA-61) in the Pacific. He received his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law.
Peter Bedford (BA '60), owner of Bedford Investments, has been in the commercial real estate business for over 50 years. He was responsible for the acquisition, ownership, development and management of approximately 40 million square feet of industrial, office, and retail properties, as well as land in 22 states. Peter was the principal manager of the partnership that acquired all of Kaiser Aluminum Chemical Company's real estate operations in 1986, which included Rancho California, a 28,000 acre planned community in Temecula, California.
From 1992 to 2006 he served as Chairman and CEO of Bedford Property Investors, a NYSE REIT. Peter is active in the Stanford community, particularly within the Hoover Institution where he has served as an Overseer since 1981 and as Chairman of the Board of Overseers from 2005 to 2008. He and his wife, Kirsten (BA '60), endowed a Chair (Private Property Rights) for the Hoover Institution. Peter and Kirsten have contributed numerous pieces of art to the Cantor Center of Art at Stanford.
Peter's involvement in educational real estate activities includes: Trustee for ULI, Chairman of the Real Estate Center Advisory Board of Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and member of the Executive Committee of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California.
The prior Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame inductees have created a great legacy in real estate and they are: Don Koll and William Wilson (2011), Henry Segerstrom and Malin Burnham (2012), Buzz McCoy and Bill Tooley (2013) and Bob Lowe and Tad Taube (2014).
Persons interested in sponsorships or attending should contact Jennifer Heafey, [email protected] or call SPIRE at (949) 207-7244 ext. 103.
SOURCE Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE)