Donald M. Eaton (President and CEO) joined Argus Financial in June of 1992, bringing with him more than 20 years of institutional-quality income property experience and knowhow. Before joining Argus Financial, Don held the position of Senior Vice President at Mc Morgan & Company (1986-1992), a large Taft-Hartley pension fund investment advisor (now owned by New York Life), where he was in charge of all income property financing-related issues and transactions. Prior to that, Don was Vice President and Director of Property Sales at Landsing Corporation in Menlo Park (1983-1986), and Vice President of Real Estate Investment Banking at The Lomas & Nettleton Company, with responsibility for their northern California operation (1978-1983). Don also established a broad base of institutional real estate dealings during his six years working with real estate investments at Metropolitan Life and the Travelers Insurance Company in their respective San Francisco area offices (1973-1978).
Don has participated in all facets of income property dealings: lending, troubled property workouts, bankruptcies, foreclosures (inherited from other lenders’ mistakes), acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, leasing, asset management, mortgage banking and brokerage. Over the years, he has been integrally involved in quality real estate projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Don brings a track record of over 40 years of innovation, experience and credibility to each transaction.
A native of California, Don is a graduate of Brigham Young University (BA 1969; MBA 1973) and a Vietnam combat veteran. He has been a continuously licensed California Real Estate Broker (CA License #00658172) for over 40 years, and a past President of the Northern California Mortgage Bankers Association. He and his wife, Glenna, reside in San Carlos where they raised four (now adult) children, and where he has served as a Planning Commissioner, and four-term elected member of the City Council and Mayor, serving San Carlos for nearly 40 years. Don is an Eagle Scout.
In the greater Bay Area community he also has served as the President of the Pacific Skyline Council of the Boy Scouts of America (still on the Executive Board), the Board of Directors of the Hiller Aviation Museum, and several other local and community committees, boards and commissions. He proudly founded the San Carlos Week of the Family, going on its 18th year. He was also an elected representative of San Mateo County’s cities at the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.
Gregory H. Hill (Vice President) recently joined Argus Financial in August of 2017, bringing with him more than 36 years of institutional-quality income property experience while working for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s Real Estate Investments Department. During his tenure at MetLife, Greg dealt with all of the major forms of commercial income properties, including office buildings, apartments, retail centers, industrial projects and hospitality properties in major metropolitan areas throughout the western United States.
Greg started at MetLife in 1981 in the joint venture and mortgage loan servicing department before moving into the joint venture development and leasing unit in the late 1980’s. When the recession occurred in the early 1990’s, Greg was actively involved with the commercial loan portfolio dealing with mortgage restructures, foreclosures and borrower bankruptcies. As the real estate markets recovered, Greg became involved with the production and underwriting of new commercial mortgage loans for the company. In 2002, he rotated back into the Equity Asset Management group where he became the team leader and Director for the regional real estate office overseeing new equity acquisitions and the asset management of an equity real estate portfolio valued at over $2.3 billion and involving over twenty – five properties located in Northern California, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest.
Greg’s most recent assignment rotated him back into to commercial mortgage loan underwriting in 2012, where he has closed over 20 new mortgage loans with a total principal balance of over $2.3 billion over the last five years. His most recent transactions in 2017 include the Loft House Apartments in Sunnyvale, the Bayfair Shopping Center in San Leandro and the 45 Fremont office building in downtown San Francisco.
Greg is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area having grown up in the East Bay cities of Lafayette and Orinda, before settling down with his wife Joan in San Carlos in 1987 to raise their son and daughter. Greg received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley followed by his MBA degree with a specialization in Finance and Real Estate also from UC Berkeley. Greg is an avid fisherman and sports fan and enjoys hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities at Lake Tahoe with his family. He also continued the family scouting tradition being in the middle of three generations of Eagle Scouts.