Richard Ziman

Chairman, Rexford Industrial

Richard Ziman’s industrial real estate career includes more than 40 years of industrial real estate investment experience overseeing his personal, family, and foundation-related investments in Southern California. His overall commercial real estate experience also includes his role as founding chairman and chief executive of Arden Realty Inc., a real estate investment firm focused on commercial office markets. Ziman served as Arden’s chairman and chief executive from its inception in 1990 until its sale in mid-2006 to General Electric Co. in a $4.8 billion deal. In 2006, Ziman also co-founded AVP Advisors and AVP Capital, the exclusive adviser to American Value Partners.

Enjoy most: All of the aspects of commercial real estate, acquisitions, management, leasing and financing.

Toughest challenge: Not taking on too much.

Proudest moment: My family, my three honorary doctorates, and receiving the UCLA Gold Medal, UCLA’s highest award.

Most excited: My ability to make a difference.

Best advice: Be honest, and preserve your reputation as impeccable.

Beverage: Sparkling water.

Car you drive: Mercedes S550 Cabriolet AMG Convertible.

Alma Maters: BA, USC; JD, USC

Fun fact: I attended USC dental school at age 19 and quit the second day.

Bucket list: Bhutan.