An alumnus who climbed from an entry-level accounting job to become the chairman of a real estate investment trust that owns nearly 50,000 single-family homes will headline the return of the influential Dean’s Leadership Forum hosted by the College of Business Administration.
The CEO and trustee of American Homes 4 Rent, David Singelyn (’83, accounting; ’84, information systems) will speak on Thursday, Feb. 2, about how he parlayed his degrees from Cal Poly Pomona to secure spots at the head of multiple North American boardrooms.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to speak at the Dean’s Leadership Forum,” Singelyn says. “I hope that by sharing my story with the students, they realize that their education and relationships at Cal Poly Pomona will be the backbone of their future successes.”
Singelyn has held senior positions in private and publicly traded real-estate companies for more than 25 years. After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona, Singelyn started at Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst and Young LLP) and then moved on to serve as controller of Winchell’s Donut Houses. As president of Public Storage in Canada, a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange, he facilitated a complicated transaction to take it private in 2010 to gain value and control.
In addition to leading American Homes 4 Rent, Singelyn remains a director of Public Storage Canada and American Commercial Equities, a private real-estate company owning retail and office properties in California and Hawaii.
The Dean’s Leadership Forum is a special series that aims to inspire and motivate future leaders to transform business and society. Past keynote speakers included FUBU founder and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John and hostage-survivor Captain Richard Phillips. Singelyn’s story and accomplishments figure to resonate with Cal Poly Pomona students.
“Reviving the Dean’s Leadership Forum was one of my top priorities because it showcases what is possible for our students,” says Erik Rolland, new dean of the College of Business Administration. “David Singelyn has not only achieved the greatest success, he is also a homegrown product. He exemplifies what is possible for a Cal Poly Pomona graduate, which adds an element of obtainability.”
The Dean’s Leadership Forum begins at 6 p.m. at the Cal Poly Pomona University Theatre. Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Complimentary tickets can be reserved at https://leadershipforum-singelyn.eventbrite.com.