Bob McLeod


"Every community is different as to the area and the residents who will live there. A hallmark of what we do is identifying the customer we’re going to serve. We may have two communities in the same city, but we are inspired to envision the communities differently for the way we think people will live, work, relax, play, and learn." — Bob McLeod 

Bob McLeod is the founder and true visionary behind the growth and evolution of Newland in becoming one of the largest privately-held real estate developers in the US. Under his leadership, Newland and its affiliates have developed, acquired, completed for its own account, and managed for third parties a combined total of more than 140 projects, including master-planned residential communities, urban mixed-use centers, corporate headquarters, and industrial parks geographically diversified in 13 states.

In his early career, Bob worked in management in one of the top three largest automotive companies, one of the largest private international mechanical engineering and contracting firms, and one of the largest real estate developers in the Eastern United States.

Bob has developed residential and urban mixed-use real estate for over 45 years. Prior to Newland, he was President and CEO of Genstar Land - USA (Newland's predecessor company) where he had responsibility for all residential and commercial development activities, including 20 master-planned communities in five states encompassing approximately 28,000 acres.

Bob is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He has served as an active member of Berkeley's Policy Advisory Board for the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics for the past 20 years. He has been a member of the Urban Land Institute since the early 1980s, is a life-Trustee and serves on the Board of Governors of the ULI Foundation. Bob was named Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year in the Ernst & Young 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year competition, in 2011 was honored with the Hearthstone BUILDER Lifetime Humanitarian Achievement Award, in June 2013 was inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame, and in 2018, was named a finalist for the Most Admired CEOs by the San Diego Business Journal. In 2019, Bob was awarded the Master Plan Hall of Fame Award for community development and placemaking at the inaugural FuturePlace Conference held by Hanley Wood.