Madison Park announces Simon Chen chief operating officer

Photo courtesy of Todd Johnson, San Francisco Business Times

Madison Park Financial Corporation (Madison Park), one of the most active Bay Area developers of innovative, urban mixed-use properties, announced Simon Chen has been made Chief Operating Officer.

Simon joined Madison Park in 2004 and assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2008. As Chief Operating Officer, Simon oversees Madison Park’s investment, development and management operations, in addition to continuing to direct the corporate finance functions.

“Over his 15 years with Madison Park, Simon has demonstrated disciplined and skillful leadership in executing our growth strategies, as well as structuring and executing new investments and development opportunities,” said John Protopappas, president and CEO of Madison Park. “Moving forward, Simon will continue a lead role in pursuing our new growth initiatives and partnerships as we further expand in the Bay Area, Pacific Northwest, and throughout the West Coast.”

Before joining MPF in 2004, Simon was a banking analyst, specializing in real estate investments. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business where he concentrated in Finance and Corporate Strategy. He is also a CFA charterholder and a member of the Urban Land Institute, SPUR, and the CFA Institute.

Madison Park is renowned for the residential transformation of Oakland, California, and helped to pioneer the trend of converting warehouses and industrial spaces into loft-style, mixed-use communities.