Marquis Top Business Owners

Olivier Severin

Title: Principal Owner
Company: Severin Group LLC
Location: Burlingame, California, United States

Olivier Severin, principal owner at Severin Group LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in architectural design.

Mr. Severin embarked on his educational journey with a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in 2002, marking the foundation of his illustrious career. He ventured into the professional realm, initially serving as the president and chief executive officer of Bent Severin & Associates from 2002 to 2012, where he honed his architectural prowess. Subsequently, he directed his talents towards Hospitality Intervention, LLC, assuming the role of director of design from 2009 to 2012. Transitioning to senior leadership, Mr. Severin then took the senior director of design position at Prometheus Real Estate Group from 2013 to 2017. As the principal owner of Severin Group LLC, he continues to steer architectural initiatives, leveraging his extensive expertise in the field.

Mr. Severin’s firm stands out in the design industry by offering unique services rooted in its extensive multi-family development background. His expertise extends to asset management and creating precise capital budgets, providing clients with accurate cost estimations and invaluable financial insights for loan applications and future earnings projections. Mr. Severin’s commitment to accountability is a cornerstone, consistently surpassing client expectations and delivering on promises, cementing the firm’s reputation for excellence. In addition, his career has been marked by significant achievements, notably his involvement in the inception of grand hotels like the Westin St. Francis, the Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel, a $2-billion project, and multiple prestigious hotels for the Beijing Olympics, including the renowned Raffles Hotel. 

Mr. Severin is also deeply involved in civic initiatives, serving as a board member for the Housing Industry Foundation, an organization dedicated to renovating and enhancing facilities for unhoused individuals and the unhoused across the Bay Area. His company actively engages in pro bono design work and fundraising efforts, demonstrating a commitment to improving living conditions and supporting those in need. Beyond housing, he and his wife extend their philanthropic efforts to animal welfare organizations, contributing generously to causes focused on the protection and preservation of animals.

Mr. Severin envisions transforming Severin Group LLC into an all-encompassing real estate development company, merging design, construction, and operations. This expansion includes venturing into constructing new apartment buildings and enhancing existing properties. Simultaneously, he seeks to impart rich experiences to his family, exposing them to diverse cultures to foster a deeper global understanding. Reflecting on his time in Sierra Leone, where he witnessed daily struggles, Mr. Severin gained invaluable insights that shaped his resilience and business perspective, underscoring the importance of composure in adversity. His advice to aspiring industry members centers on early networking, emphasizing meaningful connections and strong communication skills. Mr. Severin stresses authenticity, transparency, and accountability, encouraging ownership of responsibilities and mistakes while actively seeking solutions as pivotal aspects of professional growth.

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