George M. Marcus is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Marcus & Millichap Company. Founded in 1971, Marcus & Millichap Company is the parent company of a diversified group of real estate service, investment, and development firms including SummerHill Homes, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest home builders. Also falling under the Marcus & Millichap family of companies are Pacific Urban Residential, SummerHill Apartment Communities, Meridian Property Company, Hanover Financial and Marcus & Millichap Venture Partners, which invests in real estate technology companies. Mr. Marcus is also the Founder and Chairman of Essex Property Trust (ESS) and Marcus & Millichap, Inc. (MMI), both publicly traded companies. In April of 2014, ESS acquired BRE, making it a $16 billion company, and is now traded on the S&P 500. MMI went public in October of 2013 and is the largest commercial investment real estate brokerage firm in the nation with nearly 1500 brokers in offices nationwide and in Canada.
Mr. Marcus’ professional memberships include the Real Estate Roundtable, Urban Land Institute and the University of California Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, as well as numerous other professional and community organizations, including International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), United Religions Initiative (URI), Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and Fuse Corps. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the UCSF Foundation, is an Emeritus Board Member of the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums (COFAM) where he served on the development committee that built the de Young Museum in San Francisco, he was one of the founders of Greater Bay Bancorp and sat on its Board of Directors until it was acquired by Wells Fargo, and is a Regent Emeritus of the University of California.
Mr. Marcus graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from San Francisco State University in 1965, was honored as Alumnus of the Millennium in 1999 and received his honorary doctorate in 2011. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School President’s Management Program and the Georgetown University Leadership Program.