Michael J. Schall – President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Schall, Director, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He previously served as the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Company from 2005 to 2010, during which years he was responsible for the strategic planning and management of the Company’s property operations, redevelopment and co-investment programs. From 1993 to 2005, Mr. Schall was the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the organization’s financial and administrative matters. He joined The Marcus & Millichap Company in 1986. He was also the Chief Financial Officer of the Company’s predecessor, Essex Property Corporation. From 1982 to 1986, Mr. Schall was the Director of Finance for Churchill International, a technology-oriented venture capital company. From 1979 to 1982, Mr. Schall was employed in the audit department of Ernst & Young (then known as Ernst & Whinney), where he specialized in the real estate and financial services industries. Mr. Schall received a B.S. from the University of San Francisco. Mr. Schall currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, Inc. Mr. Schall is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and is a member of NAREIT, the National Multi Housing Council, the AICPA, and the Board of Governors of NAREIT.
Michael T. Dance – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Dance is responsible for the overall management and control of all accounting and finance related functions for the Company. He joined Essex on February 15, 2005. Prior to joining the Company and from September 2002, Mr. Dance owned and operated a private consultancy practice that provided audits and SOX compliance consultation and litigation support. From 2002 to 2005 Mr. Dance was an adjunct Professor for the University of California at Berkeley, HAAS School of Business and in 2004 he served as their Executive Director at the Center for Financial Reporting and Management. Michael Dance began his career at KPMG LLP in 1978 and, from 1990 to 2002, was a partner with KPMG LLP, where he worked with clients in the real estate, construction, health care and technology industries. He graduated from California State University, Hayward with a B.A. in Economics and has been a California CPA (inactive) since 1980.
John D. Eudy – Executive Vice President, Development
Mr. Eudy is responsible for development activities, from the point of acquisition through construction and stabilization. He joined Essex's predecessor, Essex Property Corporation, in 1985. While at Essex, he has been responsible for numerous activities including arranging of financing, due diligence, asset management and asset disposition. Prior to joining Essex, Mr. Eudy was a Vice President in the Commercial Real Estate Investment Group of Crocker National Bank from 1980 to 1985 and Home Federal Savings from 1977 to 1980. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University in 1977 and is a graduate of the University of Southern California's Management Leadership School. Mr. Eudy is a member of the Urban Land Institute, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and is a Board Member of the California Apartment Association.
Craig K. Zimmerman – Executive Vice President, Acquisitions
Mr. Zimmerman is responsible for acquisition activities. He joined Essex's predecessor, Essex Property Corporation, in 1984 and was responsible for all West Coast multi-family acquisitions. Prior to joining Essex, Mr. Zimmerman was the Vice President of Acquisitions with Prometheus Development Company, a national real estate developer and a principal in Zimmerman Properties. From 1975 through 1978, Mr. Zimmerman worked as a real estate acquisitions specialist for American Equities Corporation. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley in 1974.
John F. Burkart – Executive Vice President, Asset Management
Mr. Burkart is responsible for the Company’s asset management activities, including evaluation of existing investments, renovation, disposition, capital improvements, due diligence, economic research, and the Company’s institutional co-investment program. Mr. Burkart was responsible for supervising property management activity in the Northern Division as well as the creation and management of the institutional co-investments. Mr. Burkart joined Essex in 1996 and was responsible for various finance duties including identifying potential sources of financing and negotiating joint venture and debt financing transactions. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Burkart was a real estate finance consultant for various companies. From 1987 to 1993 Mr. Burkart was a Vice President at Pacific States Management Company, responsible for the property management and accounting departments, along with other corporate duties. Mr. Burkart received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Jose State University in 1987 and a MBA degree in Real Estate from Golden Gate University in 1993.
Mark J. Mikl – Senior Vice President - Capital Markets, Treasurer
Mr. Mikl is responsible for the Company’s capital planning, negotiation and execution of debt and equity raising activities, treasury and risk management; and oversees our structured finance and non-residential operating assets. He is the Company's primary interface with corporate fixed income investors, secured lenders and commercial and investment banks. From 1994 to 2006, Mr. Mikl served as the Company's Principal Accounting Officer and Controller, and was responsible for the Company’s accounting, tax, financial analysis and external reporting functions. From 1987 to 1994, he was a manager with Shilling & Kenyon, Inc., a large public accounting firm, located in San Jose, CA, where he focused primarily on consulting, accounting and taxation matters for real estate clients. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Charities Housing, and non-profit affordable multifamily housing developer and operator within Santa Clara County. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, from San Jose State University in 1985, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the same institution in 1988. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Jordan E. Ritter – Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Mr. Ritter is responsible for various legal matters and manages Essex's relations with outside counsel. Prior to joining Essex in 1993, Mr. Ritter was a partner at the San Francisco law firm of Landels, Ripley & Diamond, where he specialized in real estate law including the impact of environmental matters related thereto. Prior to joining Landels, Ripley & Diamond in 1987, he was associated with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. Mr. Ritter has been involved in numerous acquisitions and dispositions of various types of property, the financing of various types of real estate, and real estate tax syndications. He also has had extensive experience with leasing, property management and environmental issues arising in real estate transactions. Mr. Ritter received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from St. John's University School of Law in 1983. Mr. Ritter is a member of the California State Bar and the New York State Bar.
Erik J. Alexander – Senior Vice President, Operations
Mr. Alexander is responsible for all of property operations including, property management, revenue management, marketing, training and ancillary income activities. Mr. Alexander joined Essex in 1997 as a Regional Portfolio Manager and later served as its Director of Redevelopment. Prior to joining Essex Mr. Alexander served as the Director of Operations for Century West Properties, a Santa Monica based apartment developer and operator, and was a real estate consultant with The Meyers Group. Mr. Alexander received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Certificate of Real Property Development and Management from the University of Southern California in 1990.
Adam Berry – Senior Vice President, Asset Management
Mr. Berry is responsible for the Asset Management Group to oversee redevelopment, capital maintenance, dispositions and overall asset management activities. Mr. Berry joined Essex in 2003 and was responsible for acquisitions in Los Angeles, Ventura and the Bay Area, leading over $1.4 billion of acquisitions, joint ventures and developments. Prior to joining Essex, Mr. Berry was a corporate and securities transactional attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Adam received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California at San Diego and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law School.
Angela L. Kleiman – Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management
Ms. Kleiman is responsible for Portfolio Management which includes review of portfolio performance, recommendations for portfolio allocations, and oversight of the Economics Department. Additionally, Ms. Kleiman is responsible for managing the institutional co-investment program. Prior to joining Essex in 2009, Ms. Kleiman's real estate career focused primarily on institutional investment management and investment banking. As a Senior Equity Analyst and Vice President of Investor Relations at Security Capital, she was responsible for over $2 billion of the firm's REIT investments and all client communications. As a Vice President with JP Morgan Real Estate & Lodging Investment Banking Group, she advised senior management and boards in strategic business platforms and capital markets transactions. Ms. Kleiman began her career in real estate development management in 1991. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management. She is a member of NAREIT and NMHC.
Jeff Lambert – Senior Vice President, Construction
Mr. Lambert joined Essex Property Trust in January 2006 and is responsible for construction oversight for new development projects from Seattle to San Diego. Construction oversight consists of front-end ROM’s, design review and V.E., contract negotiations, construction QA/QC, scheduling and close out. Jeff is a LEED Accredited Professional and has over 18 years experience as a construction manager. His experience includes residential, commercial, and semi-conductor construction. Prior to Essex, he was a Sr. Project Manager at SEG Corporation, A.D. Seeno Development and Legacy Partners Commercial. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Design from the University of California Los Angeles in 1995.
Bruce Knoblock – First Vice President, Development
Mr. Knoblock is responsible for managing the development of several new multi-family communities in both Washington and California. He joined Essex in 1984. His role includes budget development and compliance, entitlements, negotiation and management of construction and consultant contracts, and coordinating initial leasing activities with the property management department. Prior positions held at Essex include Project Manager for Joint Ventures and Project Finance. Mr. Knoblock received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Colorado and a Master's degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management.
Bryan W. Meyer – First Vice President, Acquisitions
Mr. Meyer is responsible for negotiating and acquiring new multi-family properties for Essex in the Pacific Northwest, as well as identifying potential development, joint venture and pre-sale opportunities. Prior to joining Essex in 1994, Mr. Meyer was an investment property specialist for the Pacific Northwest office of The Marcus & Millichap Company, where from 1990 to 1994 he specialized in the marketing and sale of apartment properties. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1990, with a concentration in Marketing and Finance.
Jeff Rowerdink – First Vice President, Acquisitions
Mr. Rowerdink is responsible for negotiating and acquiring new multifamily properties for Essex in the greater Southern California metropolitan area, as well as identifying potential disposition opportunities. Mr. Rowerdink has 23 years of experience in the multifamily industry. Prior to joining Essex in 1999, he was an independent owner and operator of multifamily assets in San Diego, California as well as multifamily real estate broker. He attended San Diego State University.
Andrew Baker – Vice President, Development
Mr. Baker joined Essex in February 2007. He is responsible for land acquisition, entitlements, development, construction and asset stabilization of new multi-family and mixed-use projects in core California markets. Prior to joining Essex, Mr. Baker managed the equity trading department at Wedbush Morgan Securities in Los Angeles. He previously held senior investment positions in San Francisco at Bank of America Securities, Barclays Global Investors and Opus Trading Fund LLC; trading equities, derivatives and fixed income securities. He received an MBA from Haas School of Business at Berkeley and a B.A. in Economics/Accounting from UCLA. He also has a California Real Estate Brokers License.
Les Filler – Vice President, Development and Redevelopment and Capital/Maintenance Services Accounting
Mr. Filler is responsible for accounting and financial matters related to the Company's development, and redevelopment and capital/maintenance services activities. Prior to joining Essex in 2002, he worked as an independent financial consultant to a variety of enterprises. From 1988 to 1999, Mr. Filler was the chief financial officer of a group of real estate and other companies involved in acquisition, development, management and syndication of real property and business enterprises. From 1978 to 1988 he was an auditor with national and local accounting firms and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Mr. Filler received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Pacific in 1978.
Suzanne M. Golden – Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Golden joined Essex in 1993. She is responsible for all human resources functions including the recommendation and implementation of personnel policies and programs, employee relations, recruitment and selection of corporate staff, performance management, health care and benefits administration, new hire orientations and oversees the Payroll department. Ms. Golden also works with the Director of Training and Marketing to develop human resources-related training programs. Prior to joining Essex, Ms. Golden was involved in benefits administration and recruitment for a non-profit organization. She has a B.A. degree in Psychology and a certificate in Human Resources Administration.
Gale Hansrajh – Vice President, Internal Audit
Ms. Hansrajh joined Essex in 1989 and worked in the accounting department for the next 13 years where her last position held was Corporate Controller. In 2002, Ms. Hansrajh became the Director of Asset Management and in March 2004 was appointed to Director of Internal Audit. Currently, she holds the position of Vice President of Internal Audit. Gale obtained a Certified Internal Auditor certification (CIA) in 2005. Ms. Hansrajh possesses a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of South Africa. She also holds a diploma in Cost Accounting from ML Sultan College in South Africa.
Michael D. Hubly – Director, Due Diligence
Mr. Hubly is responsible for overseeing the Company's evaluation and due diligence of all proposed acquisition and development opportunities. In this role he manages and coordinates the financial reviews, property inspections, and environmental and legal analyses which are conducted to better define the firm’s investment opportunities. He also performs the asset management function for the existing multifamily portfolio and previously oversaw the company’s office and retail portfolio. Prior to joining Essex in 2008, he was a Director with Regis Capital Partners, a private equity real estate firm, where he managed the firm's research and due diligence processes and its investments in multifamily, senior housing, and for sale residential properties. He previously served as President of Lifestyle Properties Inc, a developer of active adult communities, and as Director of Commonwealth Capital Corporation, a multifamily and office developer. Mr. Hubly graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science.
Karen C. Seemann – Director, Ancillary Income
Ms. Seemann is responsible for developing and creating value through ancillary income programs. Her responsibilities include the in-house collections department, negotiation and selection of telecommunications, internet and other service providers for the portfolio. Ms. Seemann is also responsible for the utility recovery program, renter's insurance program and investigating new services and products for possible implementation company wide. Ms. Seemann joined Essex in 1998 as the General Manager of Bunker Hill Towers in Downtown Los Angeles and has headed up the ancillary income department since 2000. Prior to joining Essex, Ms. Seemann was a commercial Property Manager with PM Realty Group for 15 years managing various office, retail, industrial and medical buildings throughout the Southern California area.
Barb M. Pak – Director, Investor Relations
Ms. Pak is responsible for managing Essex’s investor relations program. Prior to joining Essex in 2012, Ms. Pak’s real estate career focused on investment management and research within the real estate investment trust (REIT) space. As a Portfolio Manager at Oak Hill REIT Management, she was responsible for making investment decisions in REIT stocks. As a Senior Associate at Green Street Advisors, she was responsible for analyzing and writing research reports on REITs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Finance from The University of South Dakota. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).