Developer Hall of Fame

David J. Brown, Sr., Orchard Properties

David J. Brown is a private investor and serves as advisor to the Company. In 1973 Brown founded Orchard Properties, the predecessor of Orchard Investors, LLC and Orchard Commercial Inc. During his career, Brown has acquired and developed over 8.5 million square feet for Orchard Properties, valued in excess of $2.5 billion.

Prior to forming Orchard Properties, Brown was Regional Vice President for Boise Cascade Building Company, where he completed the acquisition, development, and management of four major Bay Area Industrial Parks. Brown also developed commercial and industrial income properties for Holvick deRegt Koering, Newhall Land & Farming Company, and White Investment Company.

Brown received his Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and was a founding member of the Wharton Real Estate Center. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College and served on its school's Board of Trustees. Brown's professional affiliations include the UC Berkeley Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, the Urban Land Institute, and the National Association of Industrial Office Parks (NAIOP). In 2009, Brown was inducted into the Silicon Valley NAIOP Developer Hall of Fame.

Watch videos of the David Brown story.

  • Part 1 - David Brown's background and education, early career and story up to the decision to form Orchard and the initial business situation. Play Video >
  • Part 2 - The Orchard Story up through the New England deal and early 80's. Play Video >
  • Part 3 - The rest of the Orchard Story, the importance of people, the role of religion, overall business philosophy, and conclusion. Play Video >