Kevin Daniels (’79) grew up in the small town of Nampa, Idaho, with dreams of doing something big. While at GU, Kevin lettered all four years in tennis and his team still retains the record for the winningest record.
After earning an accounting degree from Gonzaga, Kevin moved to Seattle and spent the next eight years working for a CPA firm. He eventually joined Nitze-Stagen & Co., Inc., a real estate investment firm of which he now is the president and established Daniels Real Estate in 2007. Both companies strive to find, restore and preserve commercial buildings of historical significance that have a significant impact on the community and generate healthy returns.
Kevin was involved in preserving the largest building in Seattle, today known as Starbucks Center, which comprises more than two million square feet and is the oldest and one of the largest LEED-EB Gold certified buildings in the country. He is currently working on a mixed-use project near Seattle’s Pioneer Square District that is key to the area’s revitalization. The North Lot Development will boast 738 residential units, a 250 room hotel and 250,000 square feet of office space on its four-acre site, serving as the largest transit-oriented development on the West Coast, with light rail, commuter rail, buses, Amtrak and ferries nearby.
Kevin was recently named the first recipient of the Urban Hero award from the International Sustainability Institute, has received two National Preservation Awards and received the Washington State Special Achievement Award and the Judge’s Choice Award from the National Association of Office & Industrial Properties for his work to save the historic First United Methodist Church in Seattle. Kevin is also one of Gonzaga’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Merit Award winners.