Chief executive officer
Mr. McKellar began his real estate development career in 1972, and to the present day has managed the acquisition, entitlement, financing, design, construction and marketing of over 5,000 attached and detached homes, 1,300 apartment units, and 2.7 million square feet of commercial office, R&D and industrial space. Additionally he has entitled and developed 14 land subdivisions including Renaissance La Jolla, McKellar Corporate Center, and Britannia Industrial Park. In 1990 Mr. McKellar received the California Builder of the Year award and in the same year was named the Industry Professional of the Year by the San Diego Commercial and Industrial Council.
Mr. McKellar serves on the boards of Columbia Crest Gold Corp. (ECRTF.PK) and the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, and non-profit boards of The Bishop’s School, the Neurosciences Institute, Pastors to Prisoners, and Kairos of San Diego. He is also a member of the Coastal San Diego chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). McKellar has previously served on the boards of Scripps Financial Corporation, San Diego Opera, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, Medical Biology Institute, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (Director’s Cabinet),UCSD Board of Overseers, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, St. James by the Sea La Jolla (Vestry), the La Jolla YMCA, and the San Diego Literacy Council.
In his role at McKellar McGowan, Mr. McGowan places particular emphasis on locating new land purchase opportunities, land entitlement and establishing/maintaining capital relationships. He has over 40 years of experience in real estate management and marketing. Between 1971 and 1983, he held various positions in real estate sales, advertising, marketing, and was also a partner of a brokerage and management company. From 1983 to 1995, as Senior Vice President with Grubb & Ellis, he earned the reputation throughout the Southern California residential development community as a premier land broker. During these years, he assisted land owners and land developers in selling over 30,000 Southern California lots. At various times between 1987 and 1990, Mr. McGowan was the number one ranked, top-producing broker for Grubb & Ellis nationally.
Mr. McGowan founded Ashbrook Communities in 1995. Prior to forming McKellar McGowan, he served as CEO for Ashbrook Communities, which purchased land for over 5,000 residential lots and built over 1,000 homes, and they were involved in the entitlement process and land development operations of most of the units. Ashbrook sold many of its units to public homebuilders, including KB Homes, Ryland Homes, and Centex Homes and ventured many projects with institutional investors including Main Street Partners, Capstone/Lehman Brothers, TMC, and Lowe enterprises. Ashbrook generated over $100 million in profits during this period.
executive vice president
Jeff E. Johnson's real estate career began in 1988 when he joined McKellar Development of La Jolla, Inc. as general counsel. Since then, he has participated in scores of major real estate real estate transactions involving thousands of attached and detached homes and apartments, millions of square feet of office and industrial developments, and several major land subdivisions.
Mr. Johnson oversees all legal and transactional affairs of the company and serves in a project management role, involving him in all aspects of acquisition, finance, entitlement, design, development and sale.
He earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980 and in 1983 earned a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law. He clerked for the California Court of Appeal and worked at Gray Cary Ames & Frye from 1984 to 1988, primarily in real estate. He currently volunteers as a judge pro tem in the San Diego County Superior Court, as a board member and finance chair of La Jolla Community Church, and as a board member of Project Mercy, building homes for the working poor in Tijuana, Mexico. Mr. Johnson is a member of the California State Bar and is a licensed California real estate broker.
Mr. Myers has over 30 years of financial and residential real estate experience. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, including management of acquisitions, engineering, entitlement, site development, finance, and construction activities. He previously spent two years with SeaCountry Homes as COO/CFO.
Before that he was the COO/CFO for Ashbrook Communities for eight years. In those capacities he was responsible for overseeing the general operations of the company, including acquisition, engineering, entitlement, site development, finance and construction activities.
Before joining Ashbrook, he worked for Homestead Land Development Co. in California and The Selective Group in Michigan from 1986 to 1996. In both instances he started as CFO and moved into the Chief Operating Officer position. In addition, he spent three years as a custom homebuilder from 1997 to 2000.
Mr. Myers graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, 1982, with a dual major in Finance and Accounting. He spent seven years at Big Eight accounting firms, working for Peat Marwick and Price Waterhouse as a CPA and attained the position of audit manager. He is a licensed California Real Estate Broker and holds a California State Contractors License, as well as a Michigan State Contractors License.