|Scher Investment Group was founded in 1990
by Mark Scher and Joseph S. Scher
to search out unique acquisition
opportunities in real estate development and low-tech manufacturing
companies. To date, we have acquired
or developed approximately 3 million
square feet of industrial and
office space in the Western
United States, including Salt Lake
City, Utah; Austin, Texas; and Californias San Francisco
Bay Area. We manage our own assets
with a value exceeding $200 million and we continue to create value
through new acquisitions.
Our mission is to create economic value by acquiring, developing, adapting, and managing commercial property assets. Our capabilities include:
Assessing market need and developing reuse strategies for blighted, vacant, or devalued commercial properties.
Land acquisition, ground-up development, master planning and entitlements.
Acquiring existing projects and creating value through intensive management enhancements.
Structuring project financing.
Providing ongoing asset management.
Our founding partners bring a wealth of both experience and success to Scher Investment Group. Please read their professional biographies below.
About Mark Scher
Mark Schers expertise in the real estate industry spans more
than 35 years, beginning with his background as a successful commercial real
estate broker in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1983, he formed
the first of ten Bay Area commercial development partnerships. Mr.
Scher was instrumental in capturing the burgeoning high-technology
growth emerging out of the University of California at Berkeley.
Over the next six years, Marks
projects included nearly 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, research and
development, industrial, and retail space in what is now known as
the Biotech Corridor between North Oakland and Richmond, California.
In 1990, Scher Investment Group was formed and began developing and acquiring what would become more than 2,000,000 square feet of commercial space over the next 10 years. The bulk of this work was completed in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas.
Additionally, in 1994, under
the auspices of the Scher Investment Group, Mark and Joseph Scher
acquired Gamma Photo Labs, L.L.C., the largest and oldest commercial
photo lab in the Midwest. Gamma specialized in electronic digital
imaging, as well as the finest black & white and color photo
processing in the country. In 1999, Scher Investment Group sold Gamma
to a British Conglomerate for a substantial return on investment.
In 1998, Mr. Scher acquired four
CBD block in downtown Austin, Texas. Schers team designed a 750,000 square foot Class A office
project, received entitlements and sold the project to Intel Corporation
within 18 months of the land acquisition.
Mark Scher received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. In 1985, he co-founded the Scleroderma Research Foundation with his late wife Sharon Monsky. The Foundation was established to build centers for basic research into this devastating disease and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Mark resides in Santa Barbara with his three children.
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About Joseph Scher (1924-2014)
Mr. Scher had a very successful, varied and long business career staying involved well into his 80’s. After a few tries striking out on his own, and in need of a job he began work as a paint salesman with the Enterprise Paint Company. He singlehandedly created paint departments in large chain department stores that had never conceived of selling paint. He convinced Macy’s, JC Penny, Lazarus Dept. Stores (became Federated) among many other’s that they could add a whole new revenue source by selling paint in their stores. For over thirty years he grew The Enterprise Companies from a small fledgling paint manufacturing company on the South Side of Chicago to a major industry competitor with multiple lines under multiple labels both private and proprietary. He served as President of the company for ten years until the company was sold to the International Silver Company. Mr. Scher then struck out on his own and bought a string of manufacturing companies in the Advertising Specialty Industry as well as a chain of discount eyeglass stores. He also became a partner with his son Mark in the commercial real estate business, developing and acquiring over 3 million square feet across the Western United States.
Mr. Scher was a Philanthropic force in the Chicago and Santa Barbara Communities, as well as other major charitable endeavors. In Chicago he served as President of the Chicago Chapter of the American Jewish Committee and as a Director of the Birchwood Club. In Santa Barbara, he served as President of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation, served on the Board of the Santa Barbara Jewish Federation for eighteen years, and during that time served as President setting new fundraising records for the organization. He also took on the Presidency of the Board of Camerata the Santa Barbara Chamber music foundation, and served as a Director of Speaking of Stories while donating generously to The Music Academy of the West, the Hillel Foundation and many other worthy organizations.
He was a founding member of The Scleroderma Research Foundation along with his late daughter in law, Sharon Monsky, who suffered from this progressive, debilitating disease. He served on the Board of Directors and was a major financial supporter of the Foundation for over fifteen years.
Mr. Scher was a long time member of The Birchwood Club and Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, IL as well as a long time member of La Cumbre Country Club in Santa Barbara, and the Birnam Wood Country Club in Montecito, CA..
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