As one of three principals of Protea Waterfront Development and the CEO of Gafcon, Inc., Gaf provides the leadership and direction for strategy and execution of the Seaport San Diego Project. He immigrated to San Diego in 1979, where he worked in the real estate development, including eight years with Sunroad Enterprises where his last project was the completion of the Sunroad Marina on Harbor Island. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Construction Management from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
In 1987, Gaf formed Gafcon, Inc. to fulfill his vision of assisting owners in delivering complex projects supporting vibrant communities. Under his leadership, Gafcon has grown into one of Southern California’s most respected construction consulting firms. Gafcon has been responsible for the success of hundreds of projects, including high profile projects such as: the City of San Diego North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, the Port of Los Angeles Waterfront and Promenade, the Redevelopment of the Los Angeles Forum, San Diego Unified School District Propositions S and Z Bond Programs ($5 billion), San Diego Community College District Propositions S and N Bond Programs ($1.5 billion), Los Angeles Community College District Bond Program ($6.3 billion), County of San Diego Hall of Justice, Del Mar Fairgrounds, and the China Basin Landing Waterfront project in San Francisco. Gafcon’s reputation and project success has earned the firm multiple awards including consistent rankings in Engineering News Record as “A Top Program Management Firm.” Gaf’s decades of experience working as both a developer and an owners representative for large public/private owners gives him a unique perspective on technical details and partnering which is required for successful implementation of highest and best use smart development.