The following is extracted from the 1983 USFL Media
Guide. Supplemental information follows.
Tad Taube knows what it takes to build a venture from
the ground up. That is how he got his start in the
real estate field and the manner in which he plans to
oversee the construction of the Oakland Invaders.
The 52-year old Taube was born in Krakow, Poland, but
grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received his
education at Stanford University. After getting
his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1954,
he earned his master's degree in industrial management
in 1957. Taube served in the U.S. Air Force and
worked in engineering capacities with Ampex Corporation
and Wesix Electric Company.
From 1959 to 1964, Taube was Vice President and director
of E-H International, an Oakland-based electronics
It was in 1964 that Taube formed the firm that would
shape the greatest part of his business career. He
currently serves as chairman of Taube Associates, Inc.,
a diversified real estate investment, development and
Once Taube Associates was on its way, Taube in 1969
co-founded Siltec Corporation, the second-largest
domestic silicon wafer manufacturer, then founded the
United Pacific Development Corporation.
From 1973 to 1979, Taube served as chairman and chief
executive officer of Koracorp Industries, an apparel
manufacturing company which operated in the United
States, Canada, Europe and the Orient. In 1979,
Koracorp merged with Levi Strauss and Co.
Taube's business successes have made him a popular
figure in several business classrooms, notably the
University of California, Berkeley, and the College of
San Mateo. A director of the California Housing
Council since 1979, Taube served that organization as
its president in 1981 and chairman in 1982.
Active in both civic and community affairs, Taube
recently became a founder of the Stanford University
Center for Economic Policy Research. He is also a
director of the National Conference of Christians and
Jews, the Koret Foundation and San Franciscans for Good
Taube and his wife Michele reside in Woodside, CA.
The family includes three boys and a girl.
Taube operated the Invaders for the team's first two
years, then merged the club with the Michigan Panthers
in 1985, taking a less prominent role in the franchise's
operations. In 1986 he founded the Taube Center
for Jewish Studies at Stanford, where he continues to
serve as chairman of its advisory board. In
recognition for his charitable and social works, in 2004
Taube was presented the Commander's Cross, the highest
civilian medal presented by the Republic of
Poland. Since his USFL days he has remarried, and
today Taube remains very active in both business and
philanthropic endeavors, including service as President
of the Koret Foundation.