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Bill Halford, 58, Reshaped Bixby Land Co.

CEO Remembered as Motivating, Inspiring
February 28, 2018
The chief executive of Bixby Land Co., a commercial real estate company based in Newport Beach, died on Monday. William R. "Bill" Halford was 58.

Halford, a descendent of the Bixby family that founded the company about 110 years ago, became chief executive of the firm in 2006, about 12 years after joining it as a member of the board of directors.

Bixby Land owns about $1 billion in industrial and office real estate and recently announced a partnership with European asset manager AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets to acquire approximately $400 million in industrial properties.

Aaron Hill, who was named president of Bixby in January after serving for several years as the firm's executive vice president and chief operating officer, said Halford’s leadership was critical in reshaping the company and has left it poised for continued growth.

"Bill’s vision and ability to motivate people to perform at a level higher than they may have thought possible was instrumental in establishing the investment performance and integrated services platform that today defines Bixby Land Company," he said in a statement.

Halford is credited for setting in motion the company’s value-add investment strategy focused on creative office projects. Bixby has since completed more than 30 creative office buildings throughout California and in the Pacific Northwest.

"We have lost an inspiring leader, mentor and friend, and will continue to honor him by carrying his legacy of achievement throughout the organization as we move forward," added Hill. "Bill was an extraordinary person who brought his creativity, passion and energy to the company, and it will be forever better for his contributions."

Halford was previously president of The Irvine Co.’s office and industrial properties division. He had served as chairman of the Real Estate Advisory Board and the Dean’s Advisory Board at University of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Fisher Center for Real Estate.

A Southern California native and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Halford had completed advanced studies in real estate at Harvard and MIT. He had received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Real Estate at UCI, and the Good Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America.

Outside the office, his passions included golf, travel, art, architecture, and his three pugs Margeaux, Wallace and Wilson.

He is survived by his wife Cindy Halford, daughter Ali Halford, son Bixby Halford, mother Suzy Halford and sister Heidi Halford.
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