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R. Donahue Peebles

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Dessert
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Aspen, Colorado
Favorite Quote:
Anything Worth Having Is Worth Fighting For.

Birthplace

Born:
3/2/1960
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Dessert
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Aspen, Colorado
Favorite Quote:
Anything Worth Having Is Worth Fighting For.

Birthplace

Born:
3/2/1960
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Born on March 2, 1960, the only son of a civil servant and a real estate broker, Roy Donahue Peebles grew up in Washington, D.C. After his parents’ divorce in 1967, Peebles moved with his mother to Detroit, spending only six months there before returning to Washington, D.C., to live with his father.

As a teenager, Peebles worked as a congressional page and attended the United States Capitol Page High School, where he graduated in 1978. Following high school, he enrolled in Rutgers University, planning to go into medicine. However, in 1979, Peebles started his real estate career as an appraiser. In three years, he opened his own firm and had clients such as the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development and major financial and banking institutions. In 1983, at the age of twenty-three, Peebles’ career took a meteoric rise after Mayor Marion Barry appointed him to the District of Columbia’s Board of Equalization & Review (now known as the Board of Real Property Assessment & Appeal). In 1984, he became chairman of the board, the youngest chairman of any board in Washington, D.C.’s history. He served as chairman until 1988.

In 1987, Peebles’ real estate development career was started when he constructed his first commercial building that year, a 100-thousand square foot office building in one of Washington, D.C.’s economically challenged neighborhoods. In 1989, Peebles established a highly successful commercial tax assessment appeal firm in Washington, D.C. Within two years, he was appealing over 400 tax assessment appeal cases annually and had the highest success rate of any tax assessment appeals firms in Washington, D.C.

In 1995, while on vacation in Miami with his wife and young son, Peebles read an article about Miami’s search for a black developer to develop two old beach hotels, the Shorecrest and the Royal Palm. In early 1997, he decided to take his company, which had developed and/or owned over one million square feet of commercial properties in Washington, D.C., and moved its headquarters to Miami, Florida. Peebles expanded his company, The Peebles Corporation, by creating hospitality and luxury residential divisions dedicated to the development and ownership of premiere hotel properties and high-end condominium properties. Peebles is recognized as the first African American to truly diversify South Florida’s all-white ranks of developers. After a lengthy process, Peebles’ company, Peebles Atlantic Development Corporation, was chosen to build the $60 million project. In 1998, Peebles purchased the historic Miami Beach Bath Club that he developed into a luxury condominium complex.

Peebles is the vice chairman of the Greater Miami Conventions & Visitors Bureau, a former board member of Florida International University, and a member of the Visitors Industry Council Board. In March of 2004, he was named as an honorary chair of the Florida Builder’s Association.

Peebles resides in Coral Gables, Florida with his wife, Katrina, their son, Donahue Peebles, III and daughter, Chloe Peebles.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of R. Donahue Peebles interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - R. Donahue Peebles lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - R. Donahue Peebles describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - R. Donahue Peebles describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - R. Donahue Peebles shares his earliest memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - R. Donahue Peebles describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about his early family memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - R. Donahue Peebles discusses his parent's divorce
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about his mother's influence on his life expectations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - R. Donahue Peebles recalls his move to Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - R. Donahue Peebles describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - R. Donahue Peebles describes his childhood personality, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - R. Donahue Peebles describes his childhood personality, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - R. Donahue Peebles lists the schools he attended as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - R. Donahue Peebles remembers meeting influential African-Americans as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - R. Donahue Peebles recalls moving to Silver Spring, Maryland in 1973
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about attending the United States Capitol Page High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - R. Donahue Peebles describes how his mother's financial insecurity shaped him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - R. Donahue Peebles describes his work ethic
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - R. Donahue Peebles describes his typical day at the Page School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - R. Donahue Peebles recalls the politics of his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - R. Donahue Peebles remembers Marion Barry's mayoral campaign in 1978
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - R. Donahue Peebles describes Marion Barry's personality and political strategies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - R. Donahue Peebles shares his views on economic vs. political power
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - R. Donahue Peebles recounts his decision to leave Rutgers University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about working on Marion Barry's re-election campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - R. Donahue Peebles recalls being appointed to Washington, D.C.'s Property Tax Appeal Board
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about becoming chairman of Washington D.C.'s Property Tax Appeal Board
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - R. Donahue Peebles recalls his accomplishments as chairman of Washington D.C.'s Property Tax Appeal Board
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - R. Donahue Peebles discusses his political fundraising for Marion Barry in 1986
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - R. Donahue Peebles describes Marion Barry's role in his real estate career in the 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - R. Donahue Peebles reflects on the role of race in his real estate dealings
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - R. Donahue Peebles describes how Marion Barry limited development deals for African Americans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - R. Donahue Peebles shares his view on Marion Barry's failure as mayor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - R. Donahue Peebles describes Marion Barry's rejection of his development deal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about Washington D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - R. Donahue Peebles describes Marion Barry's strengths as a politician
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about starting to do business in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - R. Donahue Peebles describes the opportunities that Miami, Florida offered for African American businessmen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about being forced to find new opportunities after leaving Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about Mayor Marion Barry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - R. Donahue Peebles describes campaigning to win his Miami hotel bid in 1996
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - R. Donahue Peebles describes winning his hotel bid in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - R. Donahue Peebles describes how his race played a positive role in his Miami, Florida development deal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - R. Donahue Peebles describes the tourism boycott by African Americans in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - R. Donahue Peebles describes the five years it took to build the hotel in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about the process of learning about the hospitality industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about African Americans in the hotel industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about improving hospitality job opportunities for minorities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - R. Donahue Peebles describes why Fort Lauderdale, Florida failed to replicate Miami Florida's minority development program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about becoming the first African American member of the Bath Club in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - R. Donahue Peebles describes his decision to buy the Bath Club in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - R. Donahue Peebles describes the political opposition to his development plan for the Bath Club in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about not backing down from a political fight
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - R. Donahue Peebles describes the Democratic Party's limitations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about George W. Bush appointments of African Americans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about the lack of African Americans in politics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - R. Donahue Peebles comments on when white Democrats do not vote for black Democrats
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - R. Donahue Peebles shares his vision for black political leadership
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - R. Donahue Peebles discusses affirmative action
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about reparations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - R. Donahue Peebles talks about the importance of the real estate industry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - R. Donahue Peebles describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - R. Donahue Peebles reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - R. Donahue Peebles narrates his photographs.