The History of Sabin Holdings
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In 1977, Gary Sabin established his first real estate investment company and began acquiring commercial real estate investment properties. And while the name and the times have changed over the past 40 years, one thing has not — our passion for investing in real estate. It’s allowed us to complete projects both in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific, navigating complex and challenging market conditions, and partnering with countless amazing people.
Today, the Sabin Holdings team has over 80 years of combined experience and is building a diversified Asia-Pacific portfolio. As we continue to look for opportunities around the APAC region, we remain committed to putting our relationships with our investors first and foremost.
We’re also committed to giving back to our communities, as well as making a difference in developing countries around the world through the Sabin Children’s Foundation. Since 1993, we have helped transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of children by helping to provide medical care, education and more.
Gary B. Sabin is Chairman of Sabin Holdings and Excel Realty Holdings, two platforms focused on commercial real estate investment. His involvement in the real estate industry started with the founding of his real estate company in 1977. Since then, he has been actively involved in billions of dollars of real estate projects worldwide having operated other private and public entities including: Excel Trust – acquired by Blackstone in July 2015 for approximately $2 billion, Price Legacy Corporation, Excel Legacy Corporation, New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Excel Realty Trust and Excel Interfinancial Corporation. Mr. Sabin has also served on the boards of CareTrust (NASDAQ), Extra Space Storage (NYSE), Charity Vision, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Vice Chair). Mr. Sabin is currently serving as General Authority Seventy for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is based in Germany to help oversee the Church’s activities throughout Western Europe. Mr. Sabin also serves as Chairman of the Sabin Children’s Foundation (www.sabinchildrensfoundation.org), whose mission is to relieve the distress of children around the world. Mr. Sabin received a Master’s Degree in Management from Stanford University as a Sloan Fellow and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Brigham Young University.
President & CEO
Spencer G. Plumb serves as President & CEO of Sabin Holdings, a global real estate platform launched in 2016. In 2009, Mr. Plumb co-founded Excel Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), which in April 2010 was successfully listed on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: EXL). In July 2015, the company was acquired by Blackstone in a $2 billion transaction. Mr. Plumb served as President and Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of Excel Trust until June 2016. Over his career, Mr. Plumb has held various positions with other public and private entities including: Excel Realty Holdings, Price Legacy Corporation, Excel Legacy Corporation, New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Excel Realty Trust, and Excel Interfinancial Corporation. Mr. Plumb also serves on the Board of Directors of CareTrust REIT, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRE) and on the Board of Directors of the Sabin Children’s Foundation (www.sabinchildrensfoundation.org), whose mission is to relieve the distress of children around the world. Mr. Plumb received a B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University. Mr. Plumb and his wife Kimberly are the proud parents of five children.
Chief Investment Officer
Daniel Haslam serves as Chief Investment Officer for Sabin Holdings. Until July 2016, Mr. Haslam served as a Vice President for Excel Trust, which was publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:EXL) until it was acquired by Blackstone for $2 billion in 2015. As Vice President of Asset Management, Daniel was responsible for all aspects of asset management for Excel’s commercial real estate portfolio, including capital expenditure projects, redevelopment, lease renewals, tenant coordination, budgeting and collections. During his time at Excel Trust, Mr. Haslam also worked in leasing and acquisitions. Prior to joining Excel Trust, Mr. Haslam spent six years as the General Manager for the Excel Centre, Beijing where he was responsible for the acquisition, leasing and management of this prime office tower. Mr. Haslam started his career in the finance department at Ford Motor Company. Mr. Haslam also serves on the Board of Directors of The Sabin Children’s Foundation,(www.sabinchildrensfoundation.org), whose mission is to relieve the distress of children around the world. Mr. Haslam received a Master of Business Administration, high honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University. Daniel is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Legal Counsel APAC
Luke Filei has practiced in the field of real estate and construction law for over 20 years. Prior to joining Sabin Holdings, he was the Vice-President and General Counsel of Walmart Asia Realty. At Walmart, he was responsible for the legal and business affairs relating to site acquisition, compliance, design, construction, procurement, leasing, opening, operation, and management of Sam’s Club-anchored shopping malls developed by Walmart Asia Realty. He was also responsible for negotiating the Sam’s Clubs and Hypermarket store lease transactions in the China market as well as the development and leasing of major distribution facilities. He was the co-leader of the Walmart Real Estate Lawyers Global Forum. Prior to Walmart, Mr. Filei served as General Counsel for the NBA in China. Mr. Filei has previously practiced law in major international law firms in Asia and represented clients on numerous large-scale real estate and construction projects such as Excel’s acquisition of the Excel Center in Beijing Finance Street, the acquisition of a major mixed use complex in Beijing’s Xidan District, BMW’s acquisition of JinBei vehicle production facilities in Shenyang, China and as well the construction of numerous production facilities for companies such as Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Black & Decker and others. He was admitted to practice law in Queensland, Australia in 1993 and is fluent in spoken and written Chinese.
Director of Technology
Steven R. Henry serves as the Director of Technology for Sabin Holdings. Until 2016, Mr. Henry served as the Directory of Technology for Excel Trust, which was publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: EXL) until it was acquired by Blackstone for $2 billion in 2015. Mr. Henry was responsible for the systems and data of the company as it grew from an organization of 12 people and 2 offices to a public company with hundreds of employees and consultants with 14 offices around the U.S. Prior to Excel, Mr. Henry worked for Richmond America Homes, a publicly traded national home builder (NYSE symbol: MDC). Mr. Henry was responsible for redesigning their data processes in real estate acquisition. Mr. Henry’s prior experience also includes working as a programmer at Qualcomm. Mr. Henry serves on the Board of Directors for the Sabin Children’s Foundation (www.sabinchildrensfoundation.org), whose mission is to relieve the distress of children around the world. Mr. Henry received a Bachelor’s of Finance from Brigham Young University and is fluent in Spanish and Basque.
Rachel Miller serves as Operations Manager of Sabin Holdings and Executive Assistant to its Chairman and President & CEO. Until 2016, Mrs. Miller served as Executive Assistant for Mr. Sabin and Mr. Plumb at Excel Trust, which was publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:EXL) until it was acquired by Blackstone for $2 billion in 2015. Mrs. Miller has over 20 years-experience in the real estate development and investment industry holding various high-level administrative related positions. As Operations Manager, Mrs. Miller is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the business operations including human resources, she is the liaison for corporate compliance and tax related matters as well as the day to day administrative operations of the business. Mrs. Miller also serves as Secretary of the Sabin Children’s Foundation, (www.sabinchildrensfoundation.org), whose mission is to relieve the distress of children around the world.
Director of Engineering
Fernando Ferreras has more than 25 years providing technical support, engineering, and management for various real estate and medical companies. Mr. Ferreras serves as the Director of Engineering for Sabin Holdings and Excel Centre. In 2014, Mr. Ferreras joined the Sabin Holdings team serving as the Chief Facilities Engineer for the Excel Centre while living in Beijing, China. Prior to Sabin Holdings, Mr. Ferreras served as Director of Engineering for St. John’s University in New York. Mr. Ferreras received a Master of Science in Energy Management from New York Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Technology in Facilities Management from New York City College of Technology.