Since the 1956, the Behring family has been developing and investing in luxury real estate across the world. The family legacy includes the development, construction or management of over 16 master planned residential golf course communities, active adult senior living, commercial shopping malls and even an entire city charter. Colin Behring, the third generation of Behring developers, has continued the family tradition with developments in China and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Behring’s mission is to stand out as a premier development and investment company that utilizes the entrepreneurial spirit, unwavering persistence and iron clad ethics to remain a positive force in the global development community.
Colin Behring is the Founder and CEO of the Behring Companies. Mr. Behring is a third generation San Francisco Bay Area property developer and investor. Mr. Behring previously served as the Managing Director of the Behring families property development company Behring Group, Ltd. The Behring Group was led by his grandfather Kenneth E. Behring, a former 4-time Forbes enlister, world renowned investor and philanthropist. Since 1956, the Behring family has developed over 5,000 residential units, 16 golf course communities and sold over 2 billion dollars of valuable property.
While at the Behring Group, Mr. Behring was an instrumental contributor to the entitlement, design coordination, as well as onsite construction management for the company’s flagship project, the Sanctuary at Dongtan located on Chongming Island of Shanghai. The Sanctuary at Dongtan is a 330 acre (2000 亩) mixed use master planned golf course community complete with residential, hotel, commercial retail and resort styled amenities with a total estimated project cost in excess of $1.2 Billion.
Mr. Behring was the key initiator of multiple China based investment initiatives at the Behring Group including the development of “Behring Wellness Communities”, a senior living development program based on the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) concept in the United States. As one of the first American developers to actively pursue the development of senior living communities in China, Behring became a respected industry knowledge source and was invited to serve on various panels representing developers and investors at the Retirement Communities World Asia 2013 and various International Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (IAHSA) events.
The Behring family continues to give back to people all over the world through Kenneth E. Behring’s Global Health and Education Foundation and its many programs including the Wheelchair Foundation, Water Leaders, Operation Global Vision, U.S. National History Day Contest (in partnership with the Smithsonian and the History Channel), U.C. Berkeley Principal Training Program, China Natural History Day Contest and various other leadership development programs worldwide.
Behring has been developing his expertise in international property development and finance since 2006 where he got his professional start with Morgan Stanley Properties, Shanghai as an analyst intern in Shanghai. Mr. Behring graduated from California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business Administration concentrating in Finance. Mr. Behring is proficient in English, Mandarin Chinese and has obtained working proficiency in Portuguese (Brazilian).
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