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Founder and Benefactor

A Legacy of Robust Business Building and Generous Spirit of Philanthropy

Fred Sands served as chairman of the second largest real estate and financial services company in California for thirty years until it was sold to Coldwell Banker in 2000. He established Fred Sands Realtors, headquartered in Brentwood (Los Angeles), in 1969 and over the years, the company opened 65 offices throughout California and Nevada employing over 4,000 people (including franchised offices) and generated $9.4 billion in sales volume per year. Always forward thinking, Sands vertically integrated Fred Sands Realtors to own and operate Progressive Title; First Advantage Mortgage, Westland Escrow, the largest escrow company in Southern California; Fred Sands School of Real Estate, a real estate licensing school, and Security Home Warranty. In addition to developing dozens of homes in the Los Angeles area, Sands also developed and operated hotels and owned and operated several radio stations including KNAC.

Following the sale of Fred Sands Realtors, Sands founded two private investment firms, Vintage Capital Group and Vintage Real Estate, both headquartered in Los Angeles. His philanthropic work included co-founding the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as well as serving as Board President and Co-Chair of the Investment Committee. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts and a liaison to the Kennedy Center, and was also appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Arts Council.

It is this spirit of philanthropy, coupled with a passion for business building that makes Fred Sands an ideal partner and inspiration for the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management. In 2015, this partnership created the Fred Sands Institute of Real Estate. Thanks to Sands' generosity, our Institute furthers real estate education and research, and connects success and knowledge with our greater community in his name.