Michael J. Escalante

Michael J. Escalante

CEO - GRECO

Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT

Michael J. Escalante is our Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since December 2018, and our President, a position he has held since June 2015. He was formerly our Chief Investment Officer, a position he held from August 2008 until December 2018. Mr. Escalante has also served as President of our advisor since its initial formation and as GCC’s Chief Investment Officer since June 2006, where he is responsible for overseeing all acquisition and disposition activities. Mr. Escalante also currently serves as President of GCEAR II, a position he has held since its formation. He also serves as a member of the investment committee of the respective advisors of GAHR III, GAHR IV, and GIA Real Estate Fund. With more than 30 years of real estate related investment experience, he has been responsible for completing in excess of $8.2 billion of commercial real estate transactions throughout the United States. Prior to joining GCC in June 2006, Mr. Escalante founded Escalante Property Ventures in March 2005, a real estate investment management company, to invest in value-added and development-oriented infill properties within California and other western states. From 1997 to March 2005, Mr. Escalante served eight years at Trizec Properties, Inc., one of the largest publicly-traded U.S. office REITs, with his final position being Executive Vice President - Capital Transactions and Portfolio Management. While at Trizec, Mr. Escalante was directly responsible for all capital transaction activity for the Western U.S., which included the acquisition of several prominent office projects. Mr. Escalante’s work experience at Trizec also included significant hands-on operations experience as the firm’s Western U.S. Regional Director with bottom-line responsibility for asset and portfolio management of a 4.6 million square foot office/retail portfolio (11 projects/23 buildings) and associated administrative support personnel (110 total/65 company employees). Prior to joining Trizec, from 1987 to 1997, Mr. Escalante held various acquisitions, asset management and portfolio management positions with The Yarmouth Group, an international investment advisor. Mr. Escalante holds an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.S. in Commerce from Santa Clara University. Mr. Escalante is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and active in many civic organizations.