In 2002, John Hamilton co-founded Embarcadero Capital Partners LLC ("ECP"), a property investment and management firm based on the San Francisco Peninsula. Since its inception, ECP has sponsored three comingled, closed-end investment funds focused on U.S. West Coast office and R&D properties. These three funds have invested more than $600 million of equity capital.
Beginning in 2005, Mr. Hamilton was the development manager for VMware's Corporate Headquarters, consisting of five, two-story office buildings, one "commons" building (totaling 580,200 s.f.) one garage (1,450 parking spaces) in Stanford Research Park.
Mr. Hamilton served as Chief Development Officer of Cornerstone Properties, Inc., one of the largest office REITs in the U.S. prior to its mid-2000 merger into Equity Office Properties Trust. He has managed high-end office developments with Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, Equity Office Properties, Oracle Corporation and others.
At Cornerstone, and for 15 years as a partner with William Wilson & Associates (WW&A), Mr. Hamilton exercised broad executive authority over core activities in acquisitions, development, leasing and property operations. He was directly responsible for the development and leasing of over 4 million square feet of Class A office space, including the 2 million square foot world headquarters of Oracle Corporation in Redwood City, California. He also served on the firm's investment committee and was instrumental in managing the company's integration with Cornerstone upon the REIT's acquisition of WW&A. With Cornerstone, he continued his central role by pursuing acquisition and development opportunities in California, Boston and Washington D.C.
Prior to joining WW&A, Mr. Hamilton worked with Hines Industrial in Houston and as an auditor with Ernst & Ernst. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, and currently serves on the boards of the San Mateo County Community College Foundation and the San Mateo Economic Development Association.