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Adam Gower

Adam Gower

Office 92-C101
Phone 805-756-1764
gower@calpoly.edu

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Adam Gower

Adam Gower is a bilingual, 30-year veteran in real estate, banking, and finance who earned his Ph.D. in banking history at the University College London. He has held senior management positions at some of the largest companies and institutions in the world and is recognized as an industry thought leader on the impact of crowd funding on real estate. During the 1990’s he lived in Japan, working as the President and CEO of a major Hollywood studio developing their real estate portfolio throughout the Asia Pacific Region.  After the financial crisis of 2008 had taken hold, Dr. Gower was recruited to advise the largest regional bank in California on their asset disposition strategy, assisting them to divest of a large portfolio of real estate collateralized loans, and subsequently in doubling the institution’s size.

Dr. Gower lives and works in California and teaches the only fully accredited course in the country that focuses on Crowd Fund Real Estate investment, a transformational Fintech solution to real estate finance.  His first book Jacob Schiff and the Art of Risk, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) examines how investment banks mitigated risk in the early 20th Century and his work linking regulatory changes of today with practices described in this book are considered by many as being groundbreaking.  His second book, Leaders of the Crowd, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) is based on his internationally syndicated podcast series at the National Real Estate Forum.  Dr. Gower is known as the creator of Principles of Crowd Fund Real Estate Investing, a series of online courses focused on educating a new generation of High Net Worth individuals and families in how to prudently invest in real estate for yield, while prioritizing principal preservation.

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