Kemper is a third-generation resident of Bellevue. He is principal owner and hands-on leader of Kemper Development Company, which has played an important role in Bellevue’s growth from the early days of the strawberry fields lining downtown to the economic force the city is today.
In all, Kemper has developed a total of four million square feet of Washington State real estate and manages the Bellevue Collection, comprised of the well-known Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place, and Lincoln Square. The Puget Sound Business Journal says “it would be hard to overstate Freeman’s impact on the Eastside.”
Best known as a businessman, Kemper is also a community builder and strong supporter of transportation policies he believes will benefit the City of Bellevue and the Seattle region. His involvement comes from a long family line of community advocacy. His grandfather, Miller Freeman, pushed for improved Seattle area transportation as early as 1910 through the creation of the Fishermen’s Terminal. He also advocated strongly for the first bridge constructed to connect Seattle to Bellevue. Kemper Freeman, Sr., Kemper’s father, was the leader in creating the first school district and hospital in Bellevue. In 1972, Kemper went to work for those in Bellevue by serving two terms in the Washington State House of Representatives.
Kemper Freeman Development Company
Position: Chairman and CEO
- Founder and CEO: The Bellevue Collection (Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square)
- Longtime supporter: Bellevue Life Spring
- Board of Trustees: Overlake Medical Center
- Chair: Bellevue Arts Museum Capital Campaign
Awards, Honors and Mentions:
- Icon of Retail
University of Washington- Bothell 2013
- Place Making Award for Cultural Catalyst
Bellevue Downtown Association 2013
- Lifetime Achievement Award
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation 2007