SAN DIEGO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Douglas Wilson Companies (DWC) today announced that Michele Vives has been promoted to President of the Company, succeeding Douglas Wilson, who remains CEO and Chairman of the Board. DWC is a real estate development, receivership and advisory firm that has completed more than 1,200 projects in 35 states valued at over $ 15 billion. The company provides a wide range of specialist commercial, training and real estate services to financial institutions, law firms, state and federal courts, landowners and REITs.
Vives will lead the leadership team, which also includes Nich Wilson, COO; Lynn Goodridge, Chief Financial Officer; and Ryan Baker, Head of Fiduciary Practice.
Vives joined the company in 2014 and, most recently, in his role as Vice President, led DWC’s real estate practice, including extensive work with families, family offices, government agencies and large corporations at through the company’s commercial channels, from consulting services to development set-up. She has overseen the development of office, research, residential and commercial projects valued at over $ 750 million, and has worked in recent years on dozens of new developments, rights and master plan projects across the country.
As president, Vives will maintain its development practice and increase its involvement in a growing number of turnaround and real estate advisory mandates nationwide.
âMichele presents a compelling combination of strategic vision, organizational skills and a natural capacity for leadership that will advance our strategic goals,â Wilson said. âWe are a family business and proud of our heritage. To keep our heritage and tradition flourishing, we must be vigilant in injecting new vitality and leadership into the company. The promotion of Michele is an indicator of the evolution of DWC and a keystone of our future diversification and success, âhe added.
Prior to joining DWC, Vives was associated with two large design and development firms in San Diego. She was Director of Marketing and Development for Tucker Sadler Architects and Director of Business Development for Lankford & Associates, Inc. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University in Industrial Psychology and from the University of Phoenix in Accounting. and finance.
Vives, who is of Cuban American descent and was born and raised in Chicago, has long made her home in San Diego and is active in the community and within the real estate industry. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Downtown San Diego Partnership and Chair of the Placemaking Committee. She is the past president of the San Diego chapter of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary global real estate society. She is a frequent speaker and mentor for many aspiring real estate professionals.
âI was first drawn to DWC because of Doug’s reputation nationally and in San Diego, as well as his counter-cyclical approach to real estate, which allows us to be successful through all stages of the cycle. economic, âsaid Vives. âHe gave me the tools to imagine myself in this leadership role and has demonstrated time and time again how our goals can be articulated with the well-being of the community, for the benefit of all.
The announcement follows a series of new hires over the past 18 months that strategically position DWC for new business opportunities, as well as an expanded fiduciary presence in Southern California and nationwide.
About the Douglas Wilson Companies
Rooted in the development sector, Douglas Wilson Companies was founded in 1989 after the completion of the iconic mixed-use city block Symphony Towers in downtown San Diego. DWC is currently engaged in reorganization and receivership services, land rights and brokerage, senior housing development and a thriving practice in real estate advisory and wealth transfer services for inherited families and large private, public and non-profit institutions. Based in San Diego, DWC has offices in Washington DC, San Francisco, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Orange County. To learn more, visit www.douglaswilson.com.