Our Leadership Team

Irvine Company Office Properties is comprised of experienced and proven executives. Each brings vast expertise and tireless dedication to the continual pursuit of excellence across the company’s wide-reaching best-in-class portfolio.

Steve Case
Executive Vice President

Steve Case is Executive Vice President of Irvine Company Office Properties. Mr. Case is responsible for the leasing and marketing strategies and results for the Company’s 46million square feet of office properties in Orange County, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

During his tenure, Irvine Company Office Properties he has worked in partnership with forward thinking business leaders from companies such as Apple, 20th Century Fox, PIMCO, Goldman Sachs, and KPMG. This has resulted in over 110 million square feet of leasing during the last 12 years.

Prior to joining Irvine Company, Steve Case was the Senior Managing Director of CBRE, responsible for the Orange County region. As an active participant in the community,Steve is an Advisory Board Member for the UCI Center for Real Estate, on the Executive Council of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and is on the Advisory Committee for the Orange County United Way.

Steve received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and marketing from the University of Southern California. He also completed executive education programs at Stanford University and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Mike Bennett
Senior Vice President

Michael Bennett has over twenty four years of commercial real estate experience in Office, Industrial and Retail product encompassing disciplines of development, acquisition and leasing with a broad emphasis on operations.  He currently oversees  operations for both Office and Campus Office portfolios totaling approximately 44 million square feet.  In addition, he is responsible for oversight of portfolio retail amenities, asset management of parking operations and leading portfolio acquisition due diligence.

Prior to joining the Irvine Company, Mr. Bennett was Managing Director for Insignia/ESG.  He was responsible for all operations for the Orange County and San Diego Regions totaling 28 million square feet.  In addition, he served as Vice President for Insignia’s Property Consulting entity, which serviced over 50 million square feet of horticulture, roofing and mechanical engineering.  Before becoming Managing Director he served as Director of Property Management for Irvine Company’s industrial portfolio comprising 14 million square feet throughout California.  His contributions included performing as Account Executive for The Irvine Company while expanding this portfolio from 5 million square feet in 1996 to 14 million square feet within five years.  Mr. Bennett developed strong expertise in new development  review and transition, acquisition due diligence, customer programs and employee training/leadership development.

Before joining Insignia/ESG, Mr. Bennett worked for Prentiss Properties and Parco Development where he performed roles in acquisition, disposition, leasing, property management and development.  This diverse experience provides a unique foundation to anticipate customer needs, resolve issues and maximize asset value.

Mr. Bennett is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with emphasis in Business, Finance and holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License. He has held several important industry leadership positions, including, President, Irvine Spectrumotion Board of Directors, BOMA Orange County Board of Directors and BOMA San Diego Advisory Board.

Roger DeWames
Senior Vice President of Development

Roger DeWames is Irvine Company Office Properties’ Senior Vice President of Development.

He is responsible for all development and reinvestment activities in Southern California, including planning and development of over 7M SF ground-up office projects and a wide array of reinvestment projects, designed to enhance Irvine Company’s vibrant workplace communities for their business customers.

Before joining Irvine Company in 2011, he led development, acquisitions and investment in the Orange County office of Hines. During his career, he has led over 10M SF of ground-up development and acquisitions of multiple product types.

Roger holds an Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California San Diego. He previously served as a board member of NAIOP.

Steve Case is Executive Vice President of Irvine Company Office Properties. Mr. Case is responsible for the leasing and marketing strategies and results for the Company’s 46million square feet of office properties in Orange County, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

During his tenure, Irvine Company Office Properties he has worked in partnership with forward thinking business leaders from companies such as Apple, 20th Century Fox, PIMCO, Goldman Sachs, and KPMG. This has resulted in over 110 million square feet of leasing during the last 12 years.

Prior to joining Irvine Company, Steve Case was the Senior Managing Director of CBRE, responsible for the Orange County region. As an active participant in the community,Steve is an Advisory Board Member for the UCI Center for Real Estate, on the Executive Council of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and is on the Advisory Committee for the Orange County United Way.

Steve received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and marketing from the University of Southern California. He also completed executive education programs at Stanford University and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Michael Bennett has over twenty four years of commercial real estate experience in Office, Industrial and Retail product encompassing disciplines of development, acquisition and leasing with a broad emphasis on operations.  He currently oversees  operations for both Office and Campus Office portfolios totaling approximately 44 million square feet.  In addition, he is responsible for oversight of portfolio retail amenities, asset management of parking operations and leading portfolio acquisition due diligence.

Prior to joining the Irvine Company, Mr. Bennett was Managing Director for Insignia/ESG.  He was responsible for all operations for the Orange County and San Diego Regions totaling 28 million square feet.  In addition, he served as Vice President for Insignia’s Property Consulting entity, which serviced over 50 million square feet of horticulture, roofing and mechanical engineering.  Before becoming Managing Director he served as Director of Property Management for Irvine Company’s industrial portfolio comprising 14 million square feet throughout California.  His contributions included performing as Account Executive for The Irvine Company while expanding this portfolio from 5 million square feet in 1996 to 14 million square feet within five years.  Mr. Bennett developed strong expertise in new development  review and transition, acquisition due diligence, customer programs and employee training/leadership development.

Before joining Insignia/ESG, Mr. Bennett worked for Prentiss Properties and Parco Development where he performed roles in acquisition, disposition, leasing, property management and development.  This diverse experience provides a unique foundation to anticipate customer needs, resolve issues and maximize asset value.

Mr. Bennett is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with emphasis in Business, Finance and holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License. He has held several important industry leadership positions, including, President, Irvine Spectrumotion Board of Directors, BOMA Orange County Board of Directors and BOMA San Diego Advisory Board.

Roger DeWames is Irvine Company Office Properties’ Senior Vice President of Development.

He is responsible for all development and reinvestment activities in Southern California, including planning and development of over 7M SF ground-up office projects and a wide array of reinvestment projects, designed to enhance Irvine Company’s vibrant workplace communities for their business customers.

Before joining Irvine Company in 2011, he led development, acquisitions and investment in the Orange County office of Hines. During his career, he has led over 10M SF of ground-up development and acquisitions of multiple product types.

Roger holds an Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California San Diego. He previously served as a board member of NAIOP.

John Koga
Vice President of Planning & Design

John Koga is currently Vice President - Planning & Design in the Office Properties division of the Irvine Company. In this role, John is responsible to lead the design and re-positioning efforts for 46 million SF of office portfolio located mostly within the coastal communities of California - Orange County, San Diego County, and Silicon Valley. John also looks after the design and repositioning of Irvine Company’s high rise portfolio in Chicago and New York City.

Prior to joining the Irvine Company, John lead the Orange County office of M Moser Associates, an international corporate interior and architecture design practice headquartered in Hong Kong. Prior to M Moser, John was involved in the design and planning of premier hospitality and gaming projects located in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Asia.

Before moving to California in 2004, John and his family lived in New York City for 20 years. While in New York City, John worked 18 years at the internationally renowned architectural firm of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), as a Senior Associate Principal. John was involved in many of the world's tallest skyscrapers, most notably the Shanghai World Financial Center in Shanghai. His expertise in skyscrapers lead to his interview for ‘Superstructures Around the World’, a special feature on the Learning Channel featuring the mega-project - Nagoya Station Building. His tenure at KPF took him to over 25 countries around the world. John received a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Masters of Architecture degree from Harvard University.

John Koga is currently Vice President - Planning & Design in the Office Properties division of the Irvine Company. In this role, John is responsible to lead the design and re-positioning efforts for 46 million SF of office portfolio located mostly within the coastal communities of California - Orange County, San Diego County, and Silicon Valley. John also looks after the design and repositioning of Irvine Company’s high rise portfolio in Chicago and New York City.

Prior to joining the Irvine Company, John lead the Orange County office of M Moser Associates, an international corporate interior and architecture design practice headquartered in Hong Kong. Prior to M Moser, John was involved in the design and planning of premier hospitality and gaming projects located in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Asia.

Before moving to California in 2004, John and his family lived in New York City for 20 years. While in New York City, John worked 18 years at the internationally renowned architectural firm of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), as a Senior Associate Principal. John was involved in many of the world's tallest skyscrapers, most notably the Shanghai World Financial Center in Shanghai. His expertise in skyscrapers lead to his interview for ‘Superstructures Around the World’, a special feature on the Learning Channel featuring the mega-project - Nagoya Station Building. His tenure at KPF took him to over 25 countries around the world. John received a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Masters of Architecture degree from Harvard University.

Evening views from 520 Newport Center Drive office building in Newport Center. Lamb 2015.

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