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Jim McMillan

Chairman, OliverMcMillan

Along with lifelong friend Dene Oliver, McMillan helped launch OliverMcMillan in 1978 and the company has grown exponentially – reaching widespread recognition for real estate development work in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Though it fancies itself a boutique firm, OliverMcMillan has grown and developed massive projects across the country and Hawaii. Among their major projects in 2017 was breaking ground in downtown Nashville on a 235,000 square-foot development that will include retain shopping and entertainment.

ALMA MATER: University of California, Berkeley, MBA from USC

GIVING BACK: Among his multiple, charitable endeavors, McMillan is active with The Monarch School. He’s also a longtime board member of the Schoenith Foundation.

OUT AND ABOUT: When he’s not working, expect to see McMillan on his bike competing in long-distance cycling events, out on the water sailing or doing stand-up paddling.