Kim Richards founded The Athens Group in 1988. His real estate development career began in 1977 when he was named Vice President and General Counsel of The Estes Co., a Tucson, Arizona homebuilder and developer of commercial and residential communities.
After his 1983 appointment as President of Estes Properties, he was responsible for the successful acquisition, planning and development of several large-scale master planned communities including Tucson’s award-winning Ventana Canyon. Kim acquired Estes Properties from The Estes Co. in 1988 and the company was renamed The Athens Group. In 1992, Kim and The Athens Group executives formed Hualalai Development Company and led the development of the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. The project, which was completed in 1996, quickly gained a reputation as Hawaii’s most exclusive resort community. Since 1997, Kim has led The Athens Group through a period of significant growth including the development of five major resort properties for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Montage Hotels & Resorts in the western United States.
Kim received his undergraduate degree in political science from Western Michigan University in 1970 and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1973. He was involved in private practice until 1977 when he joined The Estes Co. He is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute. Kim and his family reside in Santa Barbara, California.