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Skip Whitney

Executive Vice President, Partner

LIC # 00454750


Career Summary

A native of San Francisco, Skip Whitney founded Whitney Cressman Limited in 1974, a real estate advisory service focusing on both commercial leasing and domestic and international commercial investment sales. In addition to his work with U.S. clients, Skip has consistently been successful in advising clients from China, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia on commercial and investment properties on the West Coast of America.

In 2006, Whitney Cressman merged with Kidder Mathews where Skip is an Executive Vice President, Partner with the firm. Kidder Mathews is one of the largest independent commercial real estate firms on the West Coast with experts in 12 offices, performing $3.2 billion in transactions over the last year, executing 1,300 appraisals annually, and managing a portfolio of over 36 million square feet of space.

Skip is a member of Kidder Mathews China Services, one of the only China-focused cross-Pacific real estate groups in the U.S. The group offers advisory, brokerage and property management services to Chinese companies looking to invest in the United States and vice versa. Kidder Mathews has teamed up with Binswanger, a global real estate firm headquartered in Philadelphia.

On behalf of the former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Skip handled the real estate negotiations for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). He is also one of the driving forces for San Francisco’s Mission Bay Science and Technology Park, a 12 million square foot mixed-use development project, consisting of commercial, residential, life science, cleantech, IT, and UCSF research center. Over his career, Skip has been involved in over one billion USD investment transactions and hundreds of lease and sale transactions.

Skip was the founding Co-partner of the Bryant Street Pier International Cruise Terminal, a 750,000 square feet mixed use project, which was to be built at Pier 30-32 of San Francisco in 2001. Other partners included PSA / Maple Leaf of Singapore, China Maritime Transport of Hong Kong-Taiwan and Lend Lease of Australia.

As a key influencer and advisor in Bay Area and China relations, he is the Co-founder of Bay Area Council’s China Initiative and Signatory to the Council’s Memorandum of Understanding with China Yangtze Council. He also co-founded San Francisco City’s economic initiative ChinaSF, with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Passionate about wine, film and giving back to the community, Skip is an Ambassador-at-Large for the California Film Institute, and co-founded the Singapore International Film Festival. He is the representative of several wineries in Napa Valley to promote California wines into Chinese market, including Opus One Winery.

Current Appointments

  • Executive Vice President/Partner, Kidder Mathews
  • Leader of China Services, Kidder Mathews
  • Executive Board Member, San Francisco Mayor's ChinaSF
  • Board of Directors, Bay Area Council
  • Guest Lecturer, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • Board Member, Operation USA
  • Ambassador-at-Large of Pacific Rim, the California Film Institute

Past Appointments

  • Advisor and Signatory, the Yangtze Council/Bay Area Council MOU
  • Advisor to the President, China Fudan University
  • Advisor, San Jose Sharks/China strategy
  • Co-Founder, Singapore International Film Festival
  • Guest Lecturer, USC Lusk Center for International Real Estate
  • Advisor, Stephen Chow (Zhou Xingchi)/ Bingo Group Holdings Limited Hong Kong
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101 Mission Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94105