Alfred J. Gobar, Senior Economist Emeritus, CRE®
Dr. Gobar was a founder of Darley-Gobar Associates, Inc., in 1966, which at one time was one of the two largest real estate economic consulting firms in the U.S. represented in four offices across the country. Dr. Gobar and Dr. Richard Darley pioneered development of mathematically-based models to simulate absorption and use of all types of developed real estate as a function of population, employment, and other economic and demographic time series data. This was essentially the application of quantitative business systems to real estate marketing decision-making—as distinct from financial analysis. Similar technical analytical skills were also applied to develop state-of-the-art analysis of fiscal and economic issues relative to public sector financial decisions including several applicable to public assembly and recreation facilities. In 1974, when the firm became Alfred Gobar Associates, its operations were consolidated in Orange County with a staff of about fifteen professionals. As an avocation, Dr. Gobar has taught in MBA programs at several universities in Southern California and has been a guest speaker in special programs at Universities in Canada, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, and Michigan.
Dr. Gobar has written more than 250 published articles related to his technical interests—real estate, economics, etc.—and has given over 4,000 speeches to industry groups in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, etc. His contribution to technical real estate analysis have been recognized by inclusion of his biography in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in Business and Finance, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in Engineering & Science. He served as a director of two major home building corporations, a medium-size real estate lender, and several charitable and non-profit organizations as well as serving as interim Assistant Secretary of a Federal Agency in Washington, D.C. For several years, he was an Associate Editor of Housing Magazine—McGraw Hill’s housing industry publication. Dr. Gobar is a member emeritus of The Counselors of Real Estate (a select group of high-profile real estate counselors) and Lambda Alpha International (the honorary society for the advancement of land economics). In addition to a Ph.D. (Economics) from USC, he holds two earned degrees and an Honorary Doctorate from Whittier College. Prior to entering consulting as a senior economist with Western Management Consultants in 1964, Dr. Gobar spent ten years as a marketing and financial executive with several technical companies in electronics, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, and the petroleum industry.
Alonzo Pedrin, Principal
Mr. Pedrin is a managing principal of the firm. He has served as project manager and senior research analyst for numerous private and public sector studies completed by Alfred Gobar Associates since 1986. Project management capabilities include research design, project scheduling and coordination, client interface, staff-level meetings, and public presentations. Mr. Pedrin’s technical capabilities have been applied extensively to fiscal impact studies and market feasibility studies directed to retail, housing, office, recreation, and specialized land use development. The diversity of specialized studies in which Mr. Pedrin has served as lead analyst includes highest and best use studies, financial optimization studies, resort housing studies in the US and Mexico, loft housing, performing arts theaters, museums, convention and exhibition centers, sports parks, R.V. campgrounds, equestrian centers, off-highway vehicle parks, auto centers, day care centers, private high schools, outlet centers, power retail centers, and marina facilities. Mr. Pedrin serves as the principal in-charge for most public sector studies requiring economic scrutiny of development and redevelopment strategies, general plan policies, recreation ventures, and the fiscal impact of real estate development. Mr. Pedrin received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning together with a minor in Economics from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, and a Master’s Degree from the University of California-Irvine (emphasis in real estate finance). Mr. Pedrin is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Cal Poly, Pomona-Urban and Regional Planning Alumni Association, and University of California, Irvine-Graduate School of Management Alumni Association.
James Wolf, Principal, CRE®
Mr. Wolf joined the firm in 1980 as a senior real estate analyst. From 1980 to present, Mr. Wolf has collected and analyzed detailed information which has been used in the development of various residential, office, industrial, retail, hotel, recreational, and mixed-use feasibility studies along with a number of specialty land use reports. Mr. Wolf was promoted to project manager in 1988. He became a managing principal in the firm in 1998. He is highly regarded for his knowledge of leading-edge development trends spanning numerous product segments. Mr. Wolf has conducted studies throughout much of the United States, supplemented by a limited number of assignments in Mexico and Canada. Mr. Wolf serves as the principal in-charge for most private sector clients. The broad spectrum of land uses that Mr. Wolf has evaluated has been key to the firm’s assessment of mixed-use development opportunities. Prior to his association with Alfred Gobar Associates, Mr. Wolf was a field analyst and principal writer for Residential Concepts, Inc., where he was involved in housing feasibility studies, site planning, product development, economic overviews, demand studies, and general residential research. Mr. Wolf received his Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate and Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the tutelage of Dr. James Graaskamp, a highly-acclaimed pioneer in real estate education. Mr. Wolf is a member of The Counselors of Real Estate (a select group of high-profile real estate counselors) and Lambda Alpha International (the honorary society for the advancement of land economics) and a participant in numerous professional groups and organizations including the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, Urban Land Institute, Building Industry Association, 50+ Housing Council, and the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association.