Since joining the Towbes Group 1997, Robert Skinner has served in a number of
key leadership roles. He currently oversees all aspects of the company's
business as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. During his tenure, the
Towbes Group successfully closed one of the largest leasing transactions in
Santa Barbara county history. He also is Chief Operating Office and General
Counsel of the Towbes Group-affiliate Montecito Bank & Trust.
In addition to his real estate and banking responsibilities, he is one of the
founders and managing principals of Towbes Capital Partners, the real estate
investment division of the Towbes Group. He is the chief executive officer of
Agility Capital, a venture-debt fund he co-founded in 1999. Along with Michael
Towbes, he formed and is managing partner of Twenty One East Victoria
Investments, a firm focused on opportunities created by California’s central
coast technology industry.
Prior to joining the Towbes Group, Mr. Skinner was an attorney with the
international law firm of White & Case specializing in real estate
transaction and bankruptcy work in the Los Angeles and New York offices. His
legal expertise encompasses complex business litigation and construction and
real estate law.
As a community leader, Mr. Skinner has served on the Boards of Directors of
Montecito Bank & Trust, the Towbes Foundation, Barrister Executive Suites,
the Santa Barbara Foundation, Camerata Pacifica and the development committee
for the Santa Barbara Zoo.
Mr. Skinner is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate.