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Palo Alto Weekly

- September 26, 2007


BUILDING FROM THE TOP DOWN ... Palo Alto-based home developers SummerHill Homes hired a new CEO last week: Robert Freed of KB Home. The developer of almost 100 housing units in the South of Forest Area on the former site of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, SummerHill is a major builder in the greater Bay Area. Freed was formerly a president and manager for Kaufman & Broad's Northern California region, as well as a senior vice president of national investment strategy. He will be overseeing external growth for SummerHill.

DYNAMIC DUO ... The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives (FEW&E) appointed Wendy Beecham as CEO and Chris Shipley as chairwoman. Beecham has been a senior vice president at LexisNexis, a managing director of the Sweet & Maxwell Group and the chair of CEO peer groups with Vistage International. Shipley, who has been named one of the "Top 10 Minds in Small Business" by Fortune Small Business Magazine, is a well known technology and product analyst in the Bay Area. Founded in 1993, FEW&E is a collaborative network of peers designed to empower executive level women in business.

NONPROFIT POWER ... The Nonprofit Times has published its 10th annual Power and Influence list. Sitting among the winners is none other than Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO Emmett Carson. Carson, who also made the list last year at his position as president and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation, recently oversaw the merger between the Peninsula Community Foundation and the Community Foundation Silicon Valley, creating one of the largest community foundations in the country.

ANOTHER HIGH POINT ... Summit Partners, a venture capital and equity firm with offices in Palo Alto, Boston and London, recently hired Robert C. Hall as a vice president at its Palo Alto office. Hall has been with Granite Ventures, Mahi Networks and Palo Alto Ventures where he held positions in business development and marketing. Summit has financed E-TEK Dynamics, FleetCor Technologies, McAfee and NightHawk Radiology, among others.

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Posted by Anna, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 26, 2007 at 7:27 pm

Is the feature on Robert Hall a typo? Why would give the background of someone who was let go, and why flame him or her so publicly? This makes little sense....

Posted by OK, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Sep 26, 2007 at 7:44 pm

And, don't forget that Summerhill is about to build 48 new town homes of the Elks Club Site on El Camino Real.

Posted by Peter, a resident of Southgate
on Sep 26, 2007 at 8:20 pm

Actually, Summit hired him, according to this source. Web Link