John Lovewell

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John Lovewell founded The Lovewell Company in September 1987. The Lovewell Company develops and invests in speculative office, research and development, and retail projects in Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. In joint venture with Keenan Land Company (known as “Keenan Lovewell Ventures”), the Lovewell Company has developed ten projects totaling approximately 1,400,000 square feet. 

Tenants have included Lockheed Martin, Xerox, AOL/Netscape, Hewlett Packard, Affymax, Canon Research, Phillips, Shaklee-Yamaguchi, Echelon, Anderson Consulting, and Nokia, as well as a variety of others.  Keenan Lovewell Ventures has also developed two commercial condominium projects including a total of 88 units for warehouse, light industrial, and professional office uses. 

Two projects in Stanford Research Park, Foothill Research Center and the Xerox Campus, were selected Silicon Valley Project of the Year.

Prior to forming the Lovewell Company, Mr. Lovewell was a general partner in the Mozart Development Company in Palo Alto from 1982 to 1987. Mr. Lovewell was instrumental in expanding Mozart Development Company into one of the most successful independent development companies in the Bay Area. He acted as partner-in-charge and co-managing partner in development projects, and was responsible for land acquisition, design, construction management, financing, and leasing.

Before his involvement with Mozart Development, Mr. Lovewell served as Vice President and then President of Argus Financial Corporation.  He also worked for eight years at Union Bank, concluding as Vice President and Manager, Business Development.

As a Bay Area resident for over fifty years, Mr. Lovewell is particularly sensitive to the need for responsible development in this unique and beautiful area. While he was a Mozart Development, the company built a reputation for high-quality, environmentally sensitive design. Mr. Lovewell has continued this theme with The Lovewell Company.

John Lovewell was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but spent his childhood on the San Francisco peninsula.  He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and obtained an MBA in finance from San Francisco State University.  He served as a U.S. Navy Supply Officer aboard the USS Galveston(CLG-3) deployed in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict.  He currently resides in Atherton, California, and is active on several non-profit boards, including the Board of Trustees of the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school in Washington, DC. 



Joyce Yamagiwa has served as President of Hamilton Management for over twenty years.  Hamilton is responsible for property management, accounting services, payroll and asset management for all of The Lovewell Company properties, as well as other buildings and projects owned by Keenan Land Company and its various affiliates.  She also manages strategic planning and financial oversight, including acquisitions, dispositions, risk management, financing, and banking.  She manages the "critical phase" of successful development while overseeing and trouble-shooting escrow accounts, loan and property closings, leasing, tenant relations, and legal issues.

Joyce Yamagiwa has negotiated and managed over $350,000,000 in construction financing, and over $600,000,000 in permanent financing, during her time with Keenan Land Company.  Approximately half of the construction financing, and about 25% of the permanent financing, related to Keenan Lovewell Ventures (The Lovewell Company) projects.

Prior to joining Hamilton Management in 1987, Ms Yamagiwa held various positions in a 14-year career at Wells Fargo Bank.  She was Vice President and Manager in the retail lending division, and Vice President and Team Leader in the Middle Market Lending Group.  She was also one of the founders of the Wells Fargo Private Banking Division, a highly successful profit center which was subsequently copied by most major financial institutions.

Ms. Yamagiwa graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Fresno and is a Certified Financial Planner, holding a degree from the College of Financial Planning.  She is an avid supporter of the performing arts and has traveled extensively.  She currently resides in Palo Alto, California.


Perry F. Palmer is a partner in many of The Lovewell Company’s real estate projects.  Since 1988, he has been responsible for the development of 1,500,000 square feet of new research and development and industrial properties.  He is widely known for his attention to architectural balance and detail, as well as, extensive experience in the redevelopment of state and federal superfund sites.  From 1982-1987, Mr. Palmer served as a principal for entities controlled by Keenan Land Company, an affiliate of The Lovewell Company.  His duties there included the acquisition, renovation and disposition of 1,300,000 square feet of office, research & development, warehouse, retail and residential properties.

From 1979 to 1982, Mr. Palmer served as Vice President for Waggott Merrill, Inc., a private real estate company with extensive commercial and agricultural holdings in California, Oregon and Washington. He was responsible for overseeing the repositioning and sale of portfolio properties held by its 70 partnerships.

Mr. Palmer was a founding member of the Real Estate Industries Group for Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche) where he provided consulting services from 1973 to 1979.  His major clients included real estate development subsidiaries of the Southern Pacific Railroad (developer of the Oakmead Industrial Park in Sunnyvale), Foremost-Mckesson, New England Mutual Life Insurance and the Segerstrom Companies.

Mr. Palmer holds a degree in Industrial Administration from Iowa State University and an MBA from Arizona State University.  He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a licensed California real estate broker.  Mr. Palmer resides in Woodside, California  with his wife and daughter.  Outside the office, he is a dedicated tennis player and enjoys snow skiing, water skiing and scuba diving.