The Bay Area Chapter

Meet the Chapter Leadership Team

Wen Shiau

BA, ’86

Mr. Shiau runs his multi-generational family office, Cypress Capital Group, which invests directly in real estate, venture capital and macro trading. Previously, Mr. Shiau worked 25 years on Wall St in fixed income sales and trading for firms such as WestLB, Credit Suisse, Lehman and Greenwich Capital. He holds a BA from Cornell and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.

Steve Benjamin

BS ’76, MS ’82, MBA ’82

Steve Benjamin is the Managing Partner of Stromiga Real Estate Development, a boutique commercial real estate development and investment firm he started in 2002. His firm is involved with more than 750,000 SF of commercial real estate, made up of office buildings, warehouses, and retails centers across Canada, Arizona, and California.

Barry DiRaimondo

MBA ’85

Barry, CEO of SteelWave, is widely recognized as a leading expert on office and industrial real estate and is frequently invited to speak at conferences and to participate on industry panels. He has been with SteelWave for 31 years and is a key partner in all of its real estate ventures. He began his career as a General Contractor for Custom Designs Construction, and has over 36 years of real estate experience.

Sylvia Melikian

MBA ’76

Sylvia Melikian is a Principal with MacFarlane Partners. During her 40+ year career in real estate, Ms. Melikian has acquired, developed and/or managed more than $10 billion in real estate assets, representing all major property types, in major markets throughout the United States. She has held management positions with Lincoln Property and the predecessor entities of UBS Global Real Estate and Prologis.

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