Schnitzer West Expands Ownership Team

Westray, Schnitzer West's 519,092 SF office project in Centennial is in the predevelopment stage. Credit: Fentress Architects

Schnitzer West, one of the Seattle and Denver area’s leading real estate investment, development, and property management companies, has added five executives to its ownership group as part of a strategic succession plan.

Co-Founder of Schnitzer West Dan Ivanoff has sold minority interest ownership to five key members of the company’s senior leadership team, including:

Pam Hirsch, president, COO and Managing Partner;

Doug Zabel, regional investment partner, Denver;

Greg MacDiarmid, CFO and partner;

Zeb Keck, senior director of construction and development, partner;

Tyna Fisher, director of accounting and administration, partner.

Dan Ivanoff will continue as majority owner; however, these five key ownership members are now primarily responsible for Schnitzer West’s strategic and tactical investment execution and expansion plans.

This deliberate move is part of a succession plan developed when Ivanoff took on sole ownership of the company almost a decade ago. At that time, he shifted his focus to supporting these new ownership members in advancing Schnitzer West’s long-term strategic investment planning and capital sourcing and deployment decisions. The increased ownership group positions Schnitzer West for longevity, continuity and stability, with a seasoned leadership team boasting an average tenure of 23 years at the company.

“By expanding the ownership team to include Pam, Greg, Tyna, Zeb, and Doug, we have positioned Schnitzer West with the optimal potential to realize perpetual, sustainable success,” said Ivanoff. “The team is currently managing more than $2 billion of capital investment and executing approximately 3.2 million square feet of development and investment activity. These individuals are all proven and respected leaders in the industry and are committed and invested in the enterprise’s long-term success.”

Of the 3.2 million square feet of activity, there are 1.28 million square feet of office and residential (377 residential units) under construction in Denver and the Puget Sound region. The company has another 1.9 million square feet of office and residential (including 600 residential units) in predevelopment across both regions.

Schnitzer West is known for investing in developing and redeveloping best-in-class institutional-grade income-producing properties. Since 2005, Schnitzer West has developed eight buildings that have sold for the highest price per square foot of any sale in their respective calendar years in the Seattle and Denver metropolitan areas. The company’s record-breaking sales include Madison Centre in Seattle, which sold for $730 million, the largest office building sale on the West Coast, and the second-largest sale in the nation in 2022.

“Over the past 26 years, Schnitzer West has established a reputation for innovative and best-in-class tenant experiences,” said Hirsch, president, COO and managing partner at Schnitzer West. “We start by asking the end user what they want and then obsess over the details from design through delivery. This thoughtful approach has resulted in the Schnitzer West team creating exceptional value for our tenants and investors.”

Adding to the list of significant record-setting historic sales, Schnitzer West’s Civica Cherry Creek, a Class-A+ multi-tenant office building in Denver, sold in 2021 for $930 per square foot, 205% above Denver’s average sales price per square foot that year.

“The Schnitzer West approach to investment and development has taken hold in Denver since we entered the market in 2008,” shared Zabel. “This has translated to Schnitzer West becoming one of the most active investors in the Denver metro area. It is a testament to the strength of our team and our consistent commitment to superior quality in physical building improvements and, most importantly, an optimized tenant occupancy or resident living experience that goes far beyond just delivering a new building.”


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