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 31-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.

Patrick McCarthy

Vice President

Mr. McCarthy sources and analyzes acquisition opportunities as well as managing the design, permitting, construction and post-occupancy management of Oyster’s high-density residential developments. During his 13‑year career, Mr. McCarthy has been with Oyster the past 5 years and prior worked 8 years 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.