Talented, hardworking, and flexible, our team of tested professionals has made it possible for SKS to consistently outperform the competition. We're big enough to make a significant impact on the Bay Area landscape, yet small enough to remain nimble, seize opportunities when they arise, and adjust quickly to complex and ever-changing circumstances.
Dan is a co-founder of SKS Partners and has over 35 years of experience in commercial real estate, primarily in real estate development. Over the course of his career, Dan has played a major role in the planning, entitlement, design and construction of over 11 million square feet of Class A office, hotel and mixed-use building development. He has a 100% career success rate in the approval of entitlements for development projects. From 1985 until founding SKS, Dan was a Vice President with Maguire Thomas Partners, one of the nation’s five largest investment builders during the 1980’s, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, where he participated in the development of over 3 million square feet of office space. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon, a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Regional Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dan’s civic volunteer work includes serving as: Board Member of Schwab Charitable; Board of Trustees of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy; Board Member of Battery Powered, the philanthropic arm of The Battery social club; Board Member of the Greenbelt Alliance, Northern California’s premier advocate for smart growth and open space preservation; Board Member of the Committee on Jobs, a San Francisco business advocacy organization; and Board Member of Arriba Juntos, an economic empowerment non-profit agency in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Paul is a co-founder of SKS Partners and has over 35 years of real estate experience in leasing, acquisition, asset management and disposition of commercial properties. Over the course of his career, Paul has managed the negotiation and execution of over 5 million square feet of lease transactions. From 1989 until founding SKS, Paul was V.P. and Director of Marketing for The Shorenstein Company, one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate development and asset management firms specializing in Class A office buildings. From 1980 until 1989, Paul was a Limited Partner and Director of Office Leasing for Damon Raike and Co., a full service commercial real estate brokerage firm whose activities were primarily on the west coast. Paul holds a BA degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Chief Operating Officer
Pamela joined SKS in 1998 and has over two decades of experience in finance, acquisition, asset management and disposition of commercial properties. In her career, Pamela has negotiated over 3 million square feet of lease transactions. From 1993 – 1998 Pamela was Investment Manager for Aetna Life Insurance Company, where she was responsible for all aspects of investment management. From 1985 until 1993, Pamela was a V.P. with First Interstate Bank where she was involved in finance, REO/workouts and corporate assets. From 1982 – 1985, Pamela was a public relations executive with Dorr Public Relations. Pamela holds a BA degree in Public Relations from the University of Southern California School of Journalism and an MSBA degree in Finance from California State University, Los Angeles.
Director of Design & Construction
Dave has 27 years of design, project management and construction experience in the commercial building sector. Over the course of his career, Dave has played a prominent role in the design, project management and construction of over 15 million square feet of commercial and institutional real estate. From 1998 until joining SKS in 2005, Dave was the Director of Construction & Facilities for Orchard Supply Hardware/Sears Hardware where he was responsible for all phases of planning and construction for 60 stores. During his career, Dave has served in the role of project manager, construction manager and project engineer for a variety of significant projects. Dave holds a BS degree in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University.
Vice President - Director of Entitlements & Development, P.E.
Steve has over fifteen years of development, entitlement, design and/or construction management experience in the commercial building sector. He is responsible for managing the design and entitlement process for many of SKS’ projects. Prior to joining SKS, Steve was a project director at Thornton Tomasetti, a structural engineering and architecture firm, where he was responsible for the design, construction administration, and structural investigation of many notable projects, including the ABN AMRO Plaza tower and the historic Wrigley Building renovation. Steve holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Steve is a licensed Professional Engineer and has served on the board of several local non-profit entities.
Joe has over 20 years of experience in real estate, specializing in complex mixed-income and mixed-use developments throughout the Bay Area. He is well-versed in all aspects of the development process, including everything from initial feasibility and acquisitions to design, construction, and marketing. Joe comes to SKS from Bridge Housing Corporation and BUILD, Inc. Over the course of his career he has been responsible for over 1,500 residential units in the Bay Area has managed over $70 million in urban infill projects. He has a master’s degree in urban planning from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from UC Berkeley.
Director of Asset Management
Yvonne has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate with a wide breadth of focus including property management, leasing, and project management for owners and developers. In her career, Yvonne has worked in many segments of real estate including office, industrial, biotech, historical, and PDR uses. Before joining SKS Partners, Yvonne served as Associate Director for CBRE working with multiple clients including Clarion Partners, and Zurich with a portfolio consisting of fourteen buildings totaling 2 million square feet. Yvonne received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles and holds the Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation and CA Real Estate License.
Director of Finance
Victor has over ten years of experience in accounting, finance and disposition of commercial real estate. Prior to joining SKS, Victor was a Portfolio Reporting Manager at Broadreach Capital Partners, a real estate investment firm, where he was responsible for all aspects of financial reporting and involved in over $1 billion in loan closings and asset dispositions. Victor holds a BS in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Senior Project Manager - P.E., S.E., LEED AP BD+C
Lee has over 14 years of structural design and construction administration experience in the commercial, private, and public building sector. Prior to joining SKS in 2014, Lee was an Associate at Thornton Tomasetti, a structural engineering firm, where she was responsible for all aspects of structural design and construction administration of many notable projects, including the Adaptive Re-use of Soldier Field, Chicago Spire, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport – North Terminal Redevelopment, and the Transbay Transit Center. Lee holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and a MS degree in Structural Engineering from Stanford University.
Senior Project Manager
A strong technical background gives Tim a well-informed perspective on his project management role. It helps him finesse details while keeping sight of schedules and budgets, contractors and consultants, and ultimately contributes to our ability to provide high-quality buildings that enhance the urban environment.
Tim believes the urban environment is fundamentally a human environment, a framework for gathering, working, and living, and that good urban environments should facilitate and enhance these activities rather than hinder them. He is happiest on the construction site, watching these frameworks take shape.
Tim comes to us with over 20 years of experience in real estate design and construction. He is a registered professional civil engineer in Washington and California, as well as a registered California traffic engineer. Before joining SKS, Tim worked as a consultant in high-tech corporate real estate offices, where learned the importance of embracing new concepts before they become trends.
John has seven years of urban planning and real estate development experience. John spent two years working as an urban planner in New Orleans, where he learned to appreciate the complexity of urban development and its impact on local communities. Since starting at SKS Partners in 2013, John has worked as a project manager for the design and entitlement phases of new development while also managing the construction on several projects. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, is a San Francisco native, and an avid fly fisherman. John is a board member of the Community Housing Partnership, a San Francisco-based supportive housing non-profit, where he serves as the organization’s Secretary.
Justin A. Smith
Justin A. Smith
Justin has 10 years of real estate experience in design and construction management focusing on Land development, multi-family/senior housing and retail. Prior to joining SKS Partners, Justin was responsible for managing the design and entitlement process for projects including ground up construction and interior fit outs for Bank of America banking centers in greater Bay Area. He holds a B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering degree from University of Michigan and an M.B.A., Business Administration from Babson College.
Ziyi has over two years of real estate experience in residential acquisitions in both southern California and the bay area. Prior to joining SKS Partners, Ziyi oversaw the day-to-day progress of the IPO for an office development firm in Shanghai, China.
Ziyi is trilingual in Chinese mandarin, Japanese and English. Ziyi holds a BS degree in Managerial Economics from University of California, Davis, and a MS degree in Real Estate Development and Design from University of California, Berkeley.
Robert has nearly a decade of experience working in Bay Area real estate. Before joining SKS, he was a consultant at Keyser Marston Associates, advising public-sector clients on potential new development through analyzing project feasibility, land use strategies, and developer negotiations. He has a broad range of experience, including the Mission Bay and Transbay districts in San Francisco, Oakland Coliseum, and Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium and adjacent developments.
Robert received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bucknell University, and is an MBA candidate at UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. While at Haas, he has been a leader in Berkeley real estate, providing student mentorship, and winning the Cal-Stanford Golden Shovel and UT Austin National Real Estate Challenge. Robert is a member of ULI and an alumnus of NAIOP’s YPG program.
Vianca has over 5 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining SKS Partners, Vianca was a property manager at the Shorenstein Company. Vianca’s previous roles included supervising day-to-day building operations and the oversight of construction projects in several Class A office buildings in San Francisco. Vianca holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Davis.
Abby has over 15 years’ experience in commercial construction accounting and administration. Prior to joining SKS, Abby worked as office administrator for a multi trade specialty subcontractor in the Bay Area where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of project administration from bidding phase to project closeout for new construction as well as tenant improvement. Abby completed her BS in Business Administration at San Francisco State University and her Master’s in Public Administration at California State University, East Bay.
Tamara has over eleven years of administrative experience. Prior to joining SKS, Tamara worked for seven years at La Familia Counseling service as a receptionist and then Personnel & Finance Assistant. Over the course of her career Tamara has held a variety of clerical positions in the Bay Area working with many different cultures. Tamara is bilingual in Spanish and English. Tamara attended Chabot College in Hayward, California.