SAN BERNARDINO, CA-Texas-based Hillwood has hired Brian Wilson, who most recently manager of commercial development for LNR Property Corp., as marketing and development director for its projects in Southern California. John Magness, senior vice president of Hillwood Investment Properties, says that the firm has hired Wilson for his experience with large-scale industrial projects, as well as a variety of product types, as Hillwood continues its ambitious development program in the region.

Hillwood is in the midst of its most aggressive building program in the Inland Empire with plans to develop 12 industrial buildings totaling 5.7 million sf by the end of this year. The projects is is developing in the Inland Empire include AllianceCalifornia, Interchange Business Park and North San Bernardino Business Park in San Bernardino, West Valley Logistics Center in Fontana and Hofer Ranch in Ontario. The company also is involved in the development of Vintners Grove Office Park in Ontario and Renaissance Rialto, which are both joint ventures with the Upland, CA-based Lewis Group.

With LNR Property Corp., Wilson worked on the redevelopment of more than 1,000 acres at the former March Air Force Base in Riverside, CA. Before joining LNR, he served as a project manager for Opus West Construction Corp. His development and construction experience includes a wide variety of projects, including offices, a downtown shopping mall, a luxury hotel and a residential high-rise.

Hillwood began developing in the Inland Empire in 2000, when it was named master developer of the former Norton Air Force Base. Since that time, 6.4 million sf has been built or is under construction and close to 3,000 new jobs have been created at what is now called AllianceCalifornia. Hillwood, a Perot company, is best known for its development of the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas project, located 15 miles northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, and the $420-million American Airlines Center and Victory district near downtown Dallas.

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