“I was fortunate to be a little restless and highly curious early on as an adult. I think I became an entrepreneur instinctively because I possessed a willingness to take intelligent risk. Seeking out niches that potential competitors do not see gives true enjoyment. Great satisfaction has come from creating an atmosphere of trust that allows those around me to fully engage their minds for the common good. Self-reliance has forged me into someone hopefully who has humility, accountability, and generosity. Living in America has allowed me to live the words that Thomas Jefferson wrote — "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness".”


Bill Richard Poland was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but grew up in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree in 1967. During his years there, he played an active role in the student body; serving as the President of the senior class of 1967, President of Sigma Nu, and active in Rambling Wreck Club.

Bill received his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and prior to forming Bay West Group he worked at the following companies:

  • Humble Oil (now Exxon)
  • Rouse Company
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Cabot, Cabot and Forbes

In 1979, Mr. Poland started his own company Bay West Group initially with an intended focus on the adaptive reuse of older brick buildings with character. Over the years the company has been involved in a broad mix of projects ranging from brick and timber rehabs to developing speculative industrial parks to institutional grade ground up multifamily development.

Bay West Group has grown over the years to be the parent company of three subsidiaries:

Bay West Development Services headed by Tim Treadway.
Bay West Development Company headed by Sean Murphy and Matt Gingery


Bill has also taken an active role with a real estate driven start-up car wash business called Blue Wave Express, which he intends to build into a national retail chain with hundreds of stores in numerous regions of the United States.

Bill enjoys an active lifestyle including squash, golf, mountain biking and working out. He and his wife Mary are seasoned travelers. Bill spends significant time in the support of his wife Mary's numerous nonprofit boards including San Francisco Opera Guild, Nature Bridge, Buck Advisory Council, and the Georgetown University Board of Regents. Bill and Mary are very proud and supportive of their son Stratton who graduated from Georgetown University in May 2013 with a degree in Finance and Management and a minor in Mandarin Chinese.

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