Introducing the Behring Companies Executive Team

Colin Behring
Colin BehringCEO
Colin Behring is the CEO of the Behring Companies.

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).

Elizabeth Premazzi
Elizabeth PremazziDirector of Design & Construction
Elizabeth Premazzi is the Director of Design & Construction for the Behring Companies.

Elizabeth Premazzi is the head of Architecture Design and Construction for the Behring Companies and has been a part of the team since 2012. Premazzi, a Brazilian native, also manages the Behring’s capital markets group for South America. Prior to her time at the Behring Companies, Ms. Premazzi was the Founder and Managing Director of Elizabeth Premazzi Design & Architecture Consultancy Shanghai Ltd. Ms. Premazzi built her company into one of the premier international design firms in China where she designed and oversaw construction of high end luxury show flats for some of China’s most prestigious residential projects.

Premazzi was highly sought after in the development community for her rare combination of chic international design talent, multi-lingual and cross-cultural capability and strong local operation that was able to navigate challenging business environments on behalf of clients.  Over 8 years of success, Premazzi designed over 15,000,000 square feet of residential property throughout 210 different projects and managed over 35 full time architects/designers and employees. Most notably, Premazzi designed the show flats for Casa Lakeville, the iconic residential project located at Shanghai’s XinTianDi restaurant and entertainment district.  Premazzi’s accomplishments are further demonstrated through her 2008 IAIC (Asia Pacific Interior Design Biennial Awards) nominations, television appearances in TV shows such as Make Up My Room (sponsored by Markor Furniture), and even a Personal Interview with major Chinese cultural icon, Cao Ke Fan. Her work has been featured in a number of editorials and magazines such as, HOMEIDEA Edition, Vogue Magazine, HolaChina, and more.

Clients included Vanke, Shui-On, Shimao, Tishman Speyer, Hines, Beijing Hua Mao, Green Land, Forte Group, Join-In Group, Kai Di, Excellence Group, CIFI Group, Warf and more.  Along with architectural design, her firm custom designed and manufactured home decor items to accent her designs and eventually the collection became her personal home decor line, Premazzi Couture.

Premazzi is actively involved in the community participating and/or contributing to numerous philanthropic projects including the Fuzhou Orphanage Foundation and the Rotary Club Shanghai and the Global Health & Education Foundation. Premazzi’s creative talents were also utilized as a member of the organizational team behind the GRAPHIC DESIGN Expo in China (2009).

Premazzi graduated from Faculdade de Belas Artes De Sāo Paulo, Brazil, with a Masters Degree in Architecture and Urbanism. Ms. Premazzi also completed postgraduate studies at Aarhus Architecture School in Denmark with a focus in Urban Planning. Ms. Premazzi is fluent in English, Portuguese, Danish and Spanish and is business proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

Neal Sun
Neal SunDirector of Operations (China)
Neal Sun is the Director of Operations in China and is based in Shanghai.

Neal Sun is the General Manager of the Greater China region. Mr. Sun is based out of Shanghai and has extensive experience in international finance and economics exemplified by his establishment of Behring Capital Asset Management in Shanghai’s Pilot Economic Free Trade Zone. Sun previously served as the General Manager and Financial Controller of multiple international organizations including Elizabeth Premazzi Design & Architecture Company Limited which during his tenure was the involved in construction management, design & architecture and international trade.

Mr. Sun was instrumental in making Behring one of the premier China Outbound Investment Management players as he was the boots-on-the-ground in establishing the vertically integrated Development/ Private Equity/EB-5 Platform for mainland Chinese investors. To date, the Behring Companies has successfully launched over 6 EB-5 investment projects across 3 private placement offerings beneath the Behring Outbound Investment Platform.

Having been active in EB-5 investment since 2o14,  Mr. Sun has developed expertise in USCIS “Source of Funds Reporting”, EB-5 immigration policy, EB-5 Project Due Diligence and EB-5 Marketing.

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