October 26, 2001
UCLA Anderson Names Three New Members to Board of Visitors
Los Angeles — Richard R. Crowell ('80) is president and founding partner of Aurora Capital Group, L.P. Founded in 1990, the Los Angeles-based investment firm focuses on building industrial companies in partnership with management.
Bernardo Quintana (M.A. '68) serves as chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA), Mexico's largest infrastructure development company and one of the most important companies in Latin America.
Richard S. Ziman is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Arden Realty, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange real estate investment and development company. Arden Realty, Inc. is the largest owner of commercial office space in Southern California, with a portfolio of more than 140 properties containing almost 20 million square feet in over 250 buildings.
"I am very pleased to welcome Mr. Crowell, Mr. Quintana and Mr. Ziman to UCLA Anderson's Board of Visitors. We continually look to our board members — all highly esteemed and successful leaders in their areas of management — to guide the school on policy, strategic planning and outreach activities to help our graduates get the most out of their UCLA Anderson experience," said Bruce G. Willison, dean of UCLA Anderson.
Prior to founding Aurora Capital Group, L.P., Crowell was a managing partner of Acadia Partners, L.P., a New York-based investment partnership formed with the Robert M. Bass group. Previously, he worked as a managing director in corporate finance at Drexel Burnham & Lambert. Crowell currently serves on the board of directors for each of Aurora's investments.
Among his community leadership positions, Crowell is a trustee of the Los Angeles Metropolitan YMCA, Marymount High School and The New Roads Foundation. He previously served as a trustee of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, the Crossroads School and the P.S. Arts Foundation. Crowell has a BA in English Literature from UC Santa Cruz. He receive his MBA in Finance from UCLA Anderson in 1980.
Under Quintana's leadership, ICA has successfully established operations throughout the world and has joined forces with other well respected international companies on various infrastructure projects. Quintana began his career at ICA in 1963 as chief of construction for an ICA subsidiary. After a stint as administrative manager of Ingenieros y Arquitectos, he returned to ICA and climbed up the ranks. In 1994 he was elected CEO and chairman of the board.
Quintana, who received his MA in management from UCLA Anderson, has been at the forefront of his country's participation in international financial markets, sitting on the boards of several of Mexico's largest companies. He also is active in various altruistic organizations, such as the ICA Foundation, the Mexican Health Foundation and the Musical Academy of Palacio de Mineria.
Ziman joined the law firm of Loeb & Loeb where, as a partner from 1971 to 1980, he specialized in many 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 1980s, was one of the largest private real estate investment firms in Southern California.
Over the years, Ziman has held many leadership positions in the cultural, educational and social life of Southern California. He is a member of the board of governors of National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of its executive committee. He is also chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the City of Hope National Medical Center, and recently concluded six years as its voluntary leader. Ziman received his BA and JD degrees from the University of Southern California. He also has an honorary doctorate from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
UCLA Anderson recently inaugurated the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate, a new resource for real estate research and education. Ziman contributed the lead gift of $5 million to establish the center.