THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Peter W. Mullin
Peter W. Mullin has had a lifelong romance with the automobile and particularly French automobiles from the prewar Art-Deco period. He is a staunch supporter of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and other concours around the globe.
As the proud owner of one of the finest collection of French cars in the world (the work of more than three decades), he has entered and driven his cars in vintage races and rallies for the last twenty-five years, both in the United States and abroad. Mr. Mullin established the Mullin Automotive Museum, in the City of Oxnard, as a tribute to French automotive styling and the decorative arts that influenced the genre. Mr. Mullin hopes that the museum will become an important platform for the study of automotive styling and design within the framework of twentieth-century European artistry.
Mr. Mullin has a passion for developing and creating restaurant and unique food and wine venues such as The Engine Company 28 in Los Angeles, Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma and Coast Restaurant in Big Sur to name a few. Mr. Mullin’s love and expertise of artisan food, wine and art are present in the design of these award wining restaurants.
Mr. Mullin serves on the Board of the Art Center College of Design; Guggenheim Foundation Advisory Board; Occidental College, Hospital of the Good Samaritan, St. John’s Hospital and The UCLA Foundation Boards of Trustees. He is Chairman of The Music Center Foundation of Los Angeles, as well as past Chairman and current member of the Board of Visitors of the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and Chairman of the Peter Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation. Mr. Mullin is also a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters for contributions to preserving French history and culture.
Mr. Mullin is also member of the Knights of Malta and the Knights of Saint Gregory, a Board member of Paulist Productions and National Chairman of the Maynooth Development Program for St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland and President of the American Bugatti Club. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Palmer graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. degree in Finance and Real Estate, and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in the state of California in 1975 and is a member in good standing of the California State Bar Association.
In 1978 Mr. Palmer established G.H. Palmer Associates, a diversified real estate development company. Since that time, the firm has been involved in a variety of projects in the development of residential and multifamily properties in Southern California. To date, he owns a portfolio of approximately 12,000 units in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. He continues his extraordinary real estate career by currently developing the much needed rental housing across the Southern California region.
Mr. Palmer is an avid sportsman who enjoys polo (playing the game all over the world), golf, and tennis. He is one of the founders of the annual "Beverly Hills Tennis Invitational" which attracts the biggest names in both amateur and professional tennis. In late 2004, he became an active board member of the Los Angeles Music Center, as well as a founder donor of their DzFund for the Performing Arts and serves on the Board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He’s also a very active contributor to the Pepperdine School of Law and has donated funds for the establishment of The Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law.
Thomas R. Tellefsen
Mr. Tellefsen maintains an active portfolio of investments in real estate, including properties he developed and is developing, stocks and several startup ventures involving new technologies.
In 1987, Mr. Tellefsen purchased The Huntington Sheraton Hotel, one of the "Grand Dames" of the West Coast hotel properties. The Huntington Sheraton Hotel was a community landmark in Pasadena, which had fallen on hard times. Mr. Tellefsen undertook its renovation and engaged Ritz Carlton to manage the new hotel. It has once again become a landmark of the community.
Mr. Tellefsen’s current and previous civic and charitable affiliations include:
- Founding Chairman and member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission.
- Member of the Board, Executive Committee and Tournament Committee of the Southern California Tennis Association.
- Chairman Emeritus and member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Fraternity of Friends support group of the Los Angeles County Music Center.
- Member of the Board of Directors of Governor Schwarzenegger’s After School All Stars.
- Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau where he also served as Chairman of the Board.
- Mayor Riordan’s appointment to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.
- Member of the Football L.A. Committee.
- Member of the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles County Music Center.
- Member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association where he also served as Chairman of the Board.
- Member of the Board of Trustees of the Brentwood School.
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Hathaway Home for Children.
- Member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).