Williams & Dame Development is grounded in the unique philosophy that neighborhoods matter. All projects start with the same fundamental question, “How can we create a successful neighborhood here?” The answers that follow have led the team from WDD to create an inspired portfolio of home communities, destination resorts and hotels and landmark urban developments that allow people and families to live, work and play in tremendous style. Meet the creative, talented and visionary team at WDD who push the boundaries of conventional development to create neighborhoods, transform communities and create living space that truly matters.
Homer Williams has been engaged in real estate development for more than forty years. He has been instrumental in the success of the Pearl District and South Waterfront redevelopment projects in Portland, Oregon, as well as numerous development projects in downtown Los Angeles, California. Over the past decade, Homer and his affiliated companies have developed over $2.5 Billion worth of real estate. Homer’s unique skills sets include the ability to form instrumental public/private partnerships. This includes the South Waterfront Central District partnership between North Macadam Investors, Oregon Health & Science University and the City of Portland, which has led to the largest urban development in the State of Oregon’s history. He sits on the boards of the River District Steering Committee, as well as Special Olympics of Oregon and Construction Apprenticeship & Workforce Solutions (CAWS). Homer was born in Walla Walla, Washington and raised in La Grande and Portland, Oregon.
President of Williams & Dame Development, Dike has been at the forefront of real estate financing and development for more than forty years, having worked with business partner, Homer Williams, for over twenty of those years. At WDD, Dike plans, organizes, leads and controls the company’s activities. He has been responsible for negotiating complex development agreements with multiple public entities and formulating multifaceted financial structures. Dike is on the Advisory Board of Portland State University’s School of Urban Affairs and Planning, and Vice Chairman of a Project Apprentice Committee that promotes union apprenticeships for women and ethnic minorities. Dike also serves on the Board of Portland State University’s First Stop Portland program, which he and PSU founded.
James Atkins is a real-estate development executive with an unmatched track record of developing and delivering vibrant neighborhoods and communities while at the same time creating industry-leading value for his partners and investors. His proven leadership and management skills, together with his technical expertise, have helped create over 10,000 new housing units of all types. This portfolio of successful investments – many including high-rise construction and public/private financing – extends from South Waterfront, Portland to South Park, Los Angeles to to South Lake Union, Seattle.
Since 2004, Mr. Atkins has served in senior leadership positions for some of the most well-respected investors and developers on the West Coast. His responsibilities and duties have included assembling and leading teams in sourcing, entitling, designing and building institutional quality, urban, mixed-use developments. A full resume and project list is available upon request.
Gary has worked with WDD since 1992. As Secretary and Treasurer, he is responsible for overseeing the structure, formation and documentation for the numerous WDD projects, as well as all financial reporting. Gary graduated from San Jose State University with degrees in Accounting, Finance and Economics, and worked for Deloitte & Touche prior to joining Williams & Dame Development.
Peggy worked side by side with Williams & Dame for four years on our collaboration in the South Waterfront district development. Peggy joined our team as Controller in 2009, overseeing our accounting operations and human resource administration. Peggy holds two degrees from Portland State University and brings over 20 years of accounting experience to WDD.
With over thirty years as part of the team, Susan helps define the character of WDD. Beginning as a data clerk in 1980, Susan has been on board through all of the company’s changes and growth. She is now Dike Dame’s Executive Assistant, working to support Dike on all aspects of project development as well as managing the WDD office
Steve brings skills acquired over more than 25 years, from assorted experience in a broad array of businesses and industries, from well-known national retail chains to small mom & pop startups. Before joining Williams/Dame & Associates, Steve called Park City, UT home with responsibilities as Accountant, Operations Manager, Project Coordinator, and Office Manager, for several luxury custom home builders. Steve’s main role with Williams/Dame & Associates is to ensure accurate and timely flow of all operational and project accounting.
One of the unique specialties of Williams & Dame Development is to take underdeveloped or underutilized land and create buildings and communities of high quality, that are livable, memorable and enhance the public good. This takes a host of strategic partners and specialists who share our vision and can excel through the complexities of any WDD project. It is with much admiration and respect that we thank our committed strategic partners for their talent and support.