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Chairman of the Board
LEED AP, President and CEO
Executive VP, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Senior VP and General Manager of Property Management
Senior VP of Retail
Senior VP of Architecture and Design
Senior VP and Director of Leasing
Senior VP of Development
Mr. Mehran (1920-2013) founded Sunset Development Company in 1951. Over the course of his 60 years as Chairman of the Board, he developed 1,260 acres of land in Livermore into a fully integrated residential community called Sunset Town, and 585 acres in San Ramon into a fully integrated business community called Bishop Ranch.
Prior to joining the company his father founded in 1951, Mr. Mehran spent three years at J.P. Morgan of New York, where he managed real estate companies and assets owned by the bank.
Part of the team since 2009, Mr. Mehran spent several years at Goldman Sachs & Co. in the Infrastructure Private Equity Fund group in New York before joining Sunset Development Group. In his prior role as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mr. Mehran was responsible for the management of Sunset Development’s Bishop Ranch.
Overseeing Sunset Development’s legal matters, Human Resources/Administration and focusing on organizing the company for future growth, Mr. Fields brings more than 20 years of combined experience as a lawyer, general counsel, and senior executive. Mr. Fields received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.
James Clancy is the Senior Advisor at Sunset Development Company. Prior to that, Mr. Clancy held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Sunset Development, a position he held since 2000. Mr. Clancy’s 30 years of experience include positions at Price Waterhouse, The Chronicle Publishing Company and CFO of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Mr. Hagopian was formerly the Vice President of Operations for Equity Office, San Francisco region, where he managed 5.5 million square feet of office property. He is responsible for the management of Sunset Development’s Bishop Ranch property, including managing customer relationships, the maintenance of building infrastructure and interior space, landscaping, site maintenance, and events.
Mr. Dodd joined the company in September of 2014 to lead the company’s retail development, including City Center at Bishop Ranch and the food and amenity program at BR 2600. Mr. Dodd previously ran his own retail consulting firm after his tenure of over twenty years at the Irvine Company. Mr. Dodd received his B.S. from California State University, Long Beach and his M.B.A. from UC Irvine. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Rob Elliott is responsible for managing the design process, ensuring that all projects continue to enhance the character, vibrancy, quality and sense of place at Bishop Ranch. Mr. Elliott was formerly Group Senior Vice President of Urban Planning and Design for the Irvine Company where he was responsible for guiding all planning and design activities. Mr. Elliott received a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Design (MLAUD) and a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture (MLA) from Harvard University.
Prior to joining Sunset Development in 2015, Mr. Hitchcock spent 12 years at Equity Office Properties where he managed all leasing and marketing in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco markets. Mr. Hitchcock was also responsible for the underwriting of dispositions, acquisitions and development in Northern California, most notably the Blackstone acquisition in 2007. Mr. Hitchcock is a longtime resident of the East Bay and a graduate of UC Berkeley.
Prior to joining Sunset, Mr. Engen was Senior Vice President of Development for Westfield LLC overseeing all development and redevelopment projects for the San Diego region. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Engen’s project experience has varied from super regional value mega malls, regional mall renovation and expansion, retail construction and renovation, neighborhood/community centers, golf course, and mixed-use properties.