Richard S. Ziman serves as Rexford Industrial's Chairman and has been on Rexford's Board of Directors since July 2013. Mr. Ziman has served as the Co-Founder, Chairman and Director of Rexford's predecessor business since its inception in December 2001. Mr. Ziman's industrial real estate experience comprises over forty years of industrial real estate investment experience overseeing his personal, family and foundation-related investments in Southern California as well as having co-founded and served as Chairman of the management companies that we will acquire as part of the formation transactions.
Richard Ziman's overall commercial real estate experience also includes his role as the founding Chairman and CEO of Arden Realty, Inc., a real estate investment firm focused on the commercial office real estate markets in infill Southern California. Mr. Ziman served as Arden's Chairman of the Board and CEO from its inception in 1990 until its sale in mid-2006 to General Electric Co. in a $4.8 billion transaction involving Arden's portfolio of twenty million square feet in more than 200 office buildings. Arden was publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol "ARI."
In 2006, Mr. Ziman also co-founded AVP Advisors, LLC and AVP Capital, LLC, the exclusive advisor to American Value Partners, a real estate fund of funds deploying capital on behalf of pension funds throughout the United States. In 1979, Mr. Ziman formed Pacific Financial Group, a diversified real estate investment and development firm, of which he was Managing General Partner.
In 2001, Mr. Ziman established and endowed the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles. Mr. Ziman also serves on the boards of directors of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and The Gilbert Collection Trust. Mr. Ziman has held many significant leadership positions in the cultural, educational and social services life of Southern California.
Mr. Ziman received his Bachelor's Degree and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Southern California and practiced law as a partner of the law firm Loeb & Loeb from 1971 to 1980, specializing in transactional and financial aspects of real estate.
Richard has established and endowed the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA Inclusive of both its School of Business and School of Law), the Ziman Family Outpatient Oncology Center at the City of Hope National Medical Center, the Ziman Family wing at the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Alzheimer 96-bed facility at the LA Jewish Home for the Aging and, in memory of his father, the Charles Ziman examination facilities at the UCLA Arthur Ash Student Health Center.