George M. Marcus
George M. Marcus

​George M. Marcus is the founder of Marcus & Millichap Company and its chairman since 1971. Marcus & Millichap Company is the parent company of a diversified group of real estate, service, investment and development firms. Mr. Marcus is also chairman of Essex Property Trust, a publicly held multi-family real estate investment trust. 

Mr. Marcus was one of the original founders and directors of Plaza Commerce Bank and Greater Bay Bancorp, both publicly held financial institutions. Mr. Marcus continues to serve on the board of directors of Greater Bay Bancorp. 

He is also co-owner of two Mediterranean restaurants: Kokkari Estiatoria in San Francisco and Evvia Estiatoria in Palo Alto.

Included among Mr. Marcus' professional memberships are the Apartment Industry Foundation, the Real Estate Roundtable and the Policy Advisory Board of the University of California at Berkeley - Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics. He is a trustee emeritus of the California State University serving from 1981-1989 and recently concluded twelve years as a regent of the University of California.

He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in economics from San Francisco State University in 1965 and was honored as Alumnus of the Year in 1989. Mr. Marcus and his wife Judy, who is an alumna of San Francisco State University, are major donors to the university supporting the Greek studies program, the International Center for Creative Arts, and endowing the President Robert Corrigan Chair in American Studies.