Richard S. Ziman is the Founding Chairman of Rexford Industrial. Mr. Ziman also serves as Chairman of AVP Advisors, LLC , the exclusive advisor to American Value Partners, a $500 million real estate fund covering all sectors of real estate investment throughout the United States. Richard was the founding Chairman and CEO of Arden Realty, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange real estate investment company and the largest owner of commercial office real estate in Southern California. In 2006, Arden was acquired by an affiliate of General Electric Co. in a $5 billion transaction involving Arden’s entire portfolio of almost 20 million square feet in more than 200 office buildings, the largest real estate transaction in the history of Southern California.
Richard received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Southern California in 1964 and 1967 and joined the law firm of Loeb & Loeb where, as a partner from 1971 to 1980, he specialized in all aspects of real estate. His extensive background in real estate led to the formation of Pacific Financial Group of which he was the Managing General Partner and which, during the 1980's, was one of the largest private real estate investment firms in Los Angeles. Founded in 1990, Arden Realty, Inc. completed its initial public offering and NYSE listing in October of 1996.
Over the years, Richard has held many leadership positions in the cultural, educational and social service life of Southern California. He served for six years as volunteer Chairman of the Board of Directors of the City of Hope National Medical Center and also its Beckman Research Institute (COH), a world renowned, multi-faceted clinical hospital and basic research center for cancer, Aids, diabetes, immunology and other catastrophic diseases. As Chairman Emeritus of COH, Richard continues as member of the Board of Directors. He is also the founding Chairman of its Los Angeles Real Estate and Construction Industries Alliance and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from COH.
Richard is a member of the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a member of the Board of Overseers of its Rothberg International School and a recipient of an honorary doctorate.
He was a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committees of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the Real Estate Roundtable and a Commissioner on the California Commission for the 21st Century (charged with developing a blueprint for California for the 21st Century). He is a member of the Board of Visitors of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, was a founding member of its Council of Entrepreneurs, and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School, the Fisher Center for Real Estate at UC Berkeley and the Real Estate Institute of New York University. He was Chairman of the Los Angeles Arts Council, AIPAC for Greater Los Angeles, Israel Bonds Organization, Leadership L.A. and the CEO Advisory Panel of Habitat - Los Angeles.
Richard is a Founder of the Los Angeles Music Center, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a trustee of the Washington Institute, a member of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Trustee of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.
He has received numerous honors including the Spirit of Life, Gallery of Achievement and the Abraham S. Bolsky Awards of the City of Hope, the Real Estate Visionary Award of the CoreNet global corporate real estate network, the “Citizenship Award” of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the “City of Los Angels” award from the Getty House Foundation of the City of Los Angeles, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Los Angeles Business Council, the Humanitarian Award from the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council and, Business Environmentalist of the Year by the Coalition of the Environment of Southern California. He has also been recognized as "Man of the Year" by the Los Angeles Property Council, the “Real Estate Investor of the Year” by the Los Angeles Business Journal, “Business Person of the Year” by the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and as the greater Los Angeles “Entrepreneur of the Year.”
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.