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Sobrato’s $100M Gift Funds Santa Clara STEM Campus

Silicon Valley real estate developer John A. Sobrato, along with wife Susan, donated $100 million toward the creation of the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation at Santa Clara University. The 300,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art STEM education “campus within a campus” is slated to start construction in fall 2018 and be completed in 2020.

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The 166-year-old university notes it is the largest gift ever, and qualifies as the second-largest ever to a Catholic university.

“The complex will allow for the integration of the various engineering departments with the natural science disciplines of the College of Arts and Sciences to address—with Jesuit values—some of the world’s most pressing problems,” indicated John Sobrato, founder of the Sobrato Organization.

Cupertino, CA-based Sobrato developed the iconic Cupertino HQ of Apple, as well as campuses for Siebel, Nvidia, Netflix, EMC, VeriSign, and Yahoo! The firm currently owns 92 CRE buildings, totaling nearly eight-million square feet.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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