Warren E. “Ned” Spieker, Jr.
Founder and Former Chairman and CEO of Spieker Properties
Ned Spieker is the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Spieker Properties (NYSE), one of the largest owner operators of commercial property in the U.S. The company focused on development, ownership and operations of office, industrial and shopping centers in the western United States. Spieker Properties was sold in 2001 to another public company, which became then the largest public real estate company in the U.S.
Today Ned is the founder and Chairman of Continuing Life communities, a seniors community company that operates large-scale seniors communities in California. Ned also owns and operates agriculture properties including, rice, almonds, cattle and wine grapes. He also invests and serves on the boards of several early and mid-stage tech companies.
Ned and his wife of 49 years, Carol, met at UC Berkeley where they both graduated. They have four married children (all Cal grads) and 13 grandchildren who all live in California. Both Carol and Ned serve on several civic and philanthropic boards, including U.C. Berkeley Foundation, Menlo School and Sacred Heart School.
Ned received the award for the Alumnus of the Year from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, REIT Person of the Year from Realty Stock Review and real estate Deal Maker of the Year from San Francisco Business Times. Ned has also served on the board of several public companies including Trammel Crow, Equity Office, Health Care Properties along with his company, Spieker Properties.