James P. Knell

James P. Knell, founder of the SIMA Corporation, has background in venture real estate investments that spans more than 30 years. Initially focusing on residential properties throughout Santa Barbara, Mr. Knell later pursued long-term investments in commercial and retail properties and established the SIMA Corporation as a full-service real estate acquisition and management firm. In addition to managing an extensive portfolio of residential, retail, and hospitality properties spanning more than 3.8 million square feet, James P. Knell also oversees several third-party projects with an aggregate value of more than $600 million. Building on his experience in risk assessment and property ownership, he has also been instrumental in the recapitalization of more than 30 companies.

James P. Knell obtained his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1974. As the current chairman of the SIMA Corporation, he continues to develop the organization’s portfolio of properties and cultivate partnerships with institutional investors.