The Oyster Approach

Cultivating Value

Oyster utilizes hands-on project management by its senior executives along with extensive local market experience and relationships to cultivate each project’s highest value for homeowners, residents and investors.

Oyster Development Corp. develops high-density mixed-use residential projects in the San Francisco Bay Area’s urban infill submarkets on behalf of institutional capital. Oyster prioritizes working with local authorities, politicians and community groups in a collaborative approach to create conscientiously designed projects that relate to the context of the neighborhoods. Ultimately, a number of key influences guide Oyster’s residential development strategy. First of all, there is an understanding and appreciation of modern urban living. Secondly, we have personal experience of the convenience and environmental benefits of high-density living. Thirdly, years of sales experience reinforce our awareness that ownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers in high cost of living areas are significantly underserved. Lastly, we embrace and prefer modern architectural design.

Oyster utilizes hands-on project management by its senior executives along with extensive local market experience and relationships to cultivate each project’s highest value.

Oyster's Executive Team

Dean D. Givas

President

Mr. Givas founded and runs Oyster Development Corp. During his 28-year career, Mr. Givas has developed both residential and commercial projects and his experience includes being the founder, President and CEO of Intracorp San Francisco from 2004 to 2009 and being a partner at Trammell Crow Company during a 14-year tenure. Mr. Givas is a licensed real estate broker and speaks fluent Spanish. He graduated from Harvard in 1987 with an AB in Government.

Mike McCone

Vice President

Mr. McCone oversees the completion of the design, permitting, construction and post-occupancy management of Oyster’s high-density residential developments. During his 30-year career, Mr. McCone was an architect for 12 years, mostly with Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and then a real estate developer for the past 18 years. Mr. McCone has worked for Trammel Crow Company, Catellus, The Rosenberg Company and Intracorp San Francisco, where he worked with Mr. Givas. Mr. McCone graduated from University of Oregon in 1985 with a Bachelor of Architecture.

Patrick McCarthy

Development Associate

Mr. McCarthy manages the construction and post-occupancy management of Oyster’s high-density residential developments. During his 10-year career, Mr. McCarthy has developed expertise in construction management, design management, financial modeling and permitting. Prior to joining Oyster, Mr. McCarthy worked for Cambridge Construction Management on a number of large projects ranging from school campuses to hospitals, including UCSF’s Mission Bay Hospital. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 2005 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and in 2013 with an M.B.A. in Finance.