David L. Knowles ('77, MBA '79)

David L. Knowles ('77, MBA '79)

SREC Co-Founder
Managing Director
Stanfield Partners, a division of Chessiecap Securities

SREC Co-Founder & SPIRE Founding Board Member David Knowles is responsible for the dedicated team at Stanfield Partners and its capital formation, strategic partnership, and investing activities in real estate technology companies. His career has been focused on capital raising and strategy for the world’s largest real estate companies including serving as the Co-Manager of the Global Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Salomon Brothers and as the Head of Western U.S. Real Estate Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch. David was a leader in the creation of the CMBS market together with being central to the creation of the global REIT market including responsibility for the IPO’s of CB Commercial and Essex Property Trust. Previously, David was with The Marcus & Millichap Company as director of financial strategy where he was responsible for capital markets and strategic development activities.  Prior to that, he served as a managing director of Chadwick, Saylor emphasizing institutional private equity.