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 leading the integration of the BRE and Essex merger. Additionally, Mr. Burkart oversees the IT and Business Intelligence departments as well as the Portfolio and Asset Management departments including the capital team, the renovation team, resource management, due diligence, facilities, the condominium portfolio, dispositions, and the commercial division with over 1m square feet of retail/commercial space. During his tenure at Essex, Mr. Burkart has had a variety of responsibilities including oversight over the Research Department, the Operations in the Northern Division, the Private Equity business, debt financing and obtaining the corporate credit rating. Prior to joining Essex in 1996, Mr. Burkart was a real estate consultant for various companies including Essex during the period of the IPO. Mr. Burkart began his real estate career in property management at Pacific States Management where became the Vice President responsible for the management of a portfolio including office, multi-family and security storage assets as well as oversight of the accounting department. 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.
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.
Deborah J. Jones – Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Jones is responsible for the human resource functions, benefits administration, HR information systems, payroll, performance evaluations, career planning and succession planning. She joined Essex in April of 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Jones was the Executive Vice President of Associate Relations & Development at BRE Properties, Inc. (“BRE”) and was responsible for all human resource and training functions in addition to working with the executive team and board of directors on management development. From 2000-2005, Ms. Jones served as vice president, human resources for The Irvine Company Apartment Communities. She began her career in the apartment industry in 1984 as director, human resources for Trammell Crow Residential-West (TCR-W), which was acquired by BRE in 1997, and continued in that role as vice president for BRE after the acquisition. Ms. Jones has more than 30 years of experience as an HR professional. Ms. Jones is a member of the National Multi Housing Council’s compensation committee and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She is a professionally certified executive coach and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hertford College in Hertford, England.
Angela L. Kleiman – Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management
Ms. Kleiman oversees the Private Equity, Economic Research, Managerial Accounting, Financial Planning and Investor Relations departments. Ms. Kleiman was responsible for the overall transaction management for the acquisition of BRE Properties which successfully completed in April 2014. She joined Essex in 2009 to manage the Private Equity platform and grew the business from $750 million to $3 billion in gross assets. Prior to joining Essex, 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 J.P. 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.
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.