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Neil Dipaola

As founder and CEO of Mesa Lane Partners and Prospect Hotels Inc., Dipaola has led the successful development of a number of high profile public-private urban infill developments, hospitality developments, and college housing communities. He was recently awarded California's highest honor - The Governor's Economic and Environmental Leadership Award by Governor Jerry Brown and the California Environmental Protection Agency - for his pioneering work to develop net-zero energy buildings in California. Dipaola's latest venture, AutoCamp, is a joint venture with American travel trailer manufacturer, Airstream Inc. (NYSE: THOR), to revitalize the outdoor travel and camping industry by bringing a new brand of outdoor hotels to National Parks and State Parks across the country.

Dipaola is a nationally recognized thought leader in California coastal land use policy, affordable housing law, and sustainable development; and he is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara; the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science; and Santa Barbara City College. His real estate projects have received numerous industry awards for their attention to sustainability and use of contemporary design and architecture and have been featured in over 100 periodicals including such publications as Dwell, Forbes, Sunset Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal.

Dipaola is a trustee of the Dipaola Foundation, and his philanthropic spirit keeps him active with leadership roles in numerous non-profit organizations. He has served on the Partnership Council for the Community Environmental Council; KCRW Radio Advisory Board; Board of Directors at the Environmental Defense Center; and was a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Santa Barbara, a network of entrepreneurs who leverage charitable contributions and strategic partnerships to create a new model of 'venture philanthropy.' Dipaola graduated with High Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with dual degrees in Environmental Science and Public Policy & Ethics, is a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, and a real estate broker. In his spare time, he is an avid big wave surfer, helicopter pilot, long-distance trail runner, and freestyle downhill skier.

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