Gregory M. Cazel

Gregory M. Cazel

Independent Director

Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc.

Gregory M. Cazel is one of our independent directors and is a member of our nominating and corporate governance committee, compensation committee and audit committee. He has been one of our independent directors since April 2019. From February 2009 to April 2019, he served as an independent director of GCEAR. Since December 2015, Mr. Cazel has been a Regional Loan Originator for HUNT Real Estate Capital in Chicago. His responsibilities include originating CMBS, balance sheet equity and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans for the company. Mr. Cazel previously served as one of our independent directors from April 2014 to June 2016. From May 2013 to November 2015, Mr. Cazel was a Managing Director in the Real Estate Capital Markets division of Wells Fargo Bank, NA, in Chicago, where he originated both CMBS and balance sheet loans for the bank, working with mortgage bankers and direct borrowers throughout the Midwest. Prior to that, Mr. Cazel was an Executive Vice President with A10 Capital beginning in June 2010, and became a Principal in the firm in October 2010. A10 Capital specializes in financing commercial real estate and providing advisory and management services for the workout of all types of troubled loans and real estate assets. From October 2009 to April 2010, Mr. Cazel was the Midwest Regional Director for Real Estate Disposition Corp., LLC, a real estate auction marketing firm, specializing in selling residential, commercial, multi-family and hospitality properties and land, as well as performing and non-performing notes and loan pools. Mr. Cazel is also President of Midwest Residential Partners, LLC, a private real estate investment firm, which he formed in July 2008. Mr. Cazel has more than 34 years of commercial real estate finance, acquisition, loan origination and securitization, mortgage banking, underwriting, analysis, and investment experience. Throughout his career, Mr. Cazel has been responsible for closing in excess of $5.0 billion of commercial real estate loans including fixed-rate, floating-rate, and mezzanine financings throughout the United States. From January 2009 to October 2009, Mr. Cazel was a Partner with Prairie Realty Advisors, Inc., a mortgage banking firm. From April 2007 to June 2008, Mr. Cazel was an Executive Director with Dexia Real Estate Capital Markets Company, a Division of Dexia Bank, a Belgium-based financial institution, where he was responsible for establishing the Chicago office and managing the Midwest presence for the CMBS loan program. From 1999 to April 2007, Mr. Cazel was a Vice President at JP Morgan Mortgage Capital where he ran a commercial loan production team that closed over $3.6 billion in permanent, floating, and mezzanine loans, representing the highest loan production volume in the country for JP Morgan during his tenure.

Education

Mr. Cazel earned a B.A. in the Liberal Arts and Sciences College, with a concentration in Real Estate and Finance, from the University of Illinois.

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THIS IS NEITHER AN OFFER TO SELL NOR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY THE SECURITIES DESCRIBED HEREIN. AN OFFERING IS MADE ONLY BY THE PROSPECTUS. THIS SALES AND ADVERTISING LITERATURE MUST BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PROSPECTUS IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND FULLY ALL OF THE IMPLICATIONS AND RISKS OF THE OFFERING OF SECURITIES TO WHICH IT RELATES. A COPY OF THE PROSPECTUS MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU IN CONNECTION WITH THIS OFFERING. NO OFFERING IS MADE TO NEW YORK RESIDENTS EXCEPT BY A PROSPECTUS FILED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LAW OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. NEITHER THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK NOR ANY OTHER STATE SECURITIES REGULATOR HAS APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED OF THESE SECURITIES OR DETERMINED IF THE PROSPECTUS IS TRUTHFUL OR COMPLETE. ANY REPRESENTATION TO THE CONTRARY IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. AN INVESTMENT IN GRIFFIN CAPITAL ESSENTIAL ASSET REIT, INC. INVOLVES A HIGH DEGREE OF RISK AND THERE CAN BE NO ASSURANCE THAT THE INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES OF THIS PROGRAM WILL BE ATTAINED. 

Risk Factors: An investment in Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc. involves a high degree of risk and there can be no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. Some of the risks associated with this offering include the following: this is a “best efforts” offering and some or all of our shares may not be sold; no public market currently exists for our shares; it may be difficult to sell your shares, and if you do, it will likely be at a substantial discount; the purchase and redemption price for shares of our common stock will be based on the NAV of each class of common stock; we may use substantial debt to acquire our properties; we may fail to continue to qualify as a REIT; our share redemption program is subject to available liquidity and other significant restrictions and we may amend, suspend or terminate the share redemption program at any time; a portion of the offering proceeds may be used to redeem or repurchase our shares; and future distribution declarations are at the sole discretion of the board of directors and are not guaranteed. We may fund a portion of our distributions from offering proceeds or from borrowings in anticipation of future cash flows, some or all of which may be a return of capital.

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THIS IS NEITHER AN OFFER TO SELL NOR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY THE SECURITIES DESCRIBED HEREIN. AN OFFERING IS MADE ONLY BY THE PROSPECTUS. THIS SALES AND ADVERTISING LITERATURE MUST BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PROSPECTUS IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND FULLY ALL OF THE IMPLICATIONS AND RISKS OF THE OFFERING OF SECURITIES TO WHICH IT RELATES. A COPY OF THE PROSPECTUS MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU IN CONNECTION WITH THIS OFFERING. NO OFFERING IS MADE TO NEW YORK RESIDENTS EXCEPT BY A PROSPECTUS FILED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LAW OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. NEITHER THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK NOR ANY OTHER STATE SECURITIES REGULATOR HAS APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED OF THESE SECURITIES OR DETERMINED IF THE PROSPECTUS IS TRUTHFUL OR COMPLETE. ANY REPRESENTATION TO THE CONTRARY IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. AN INVESTMENT IN GRIFFIN CAPITAL ESSENTIAL ASSET REIT, INC. INVOLVES A HIGH DEGREE OF RISK AND THERE CAN BE NO ASSURANCE THAT THE INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES OF THIS PROGRAM WILL BE ATTAINED. 

Risk Factors: An investment in Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc. involves a high degree of risk and there can be no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. Some of the risks associated with this offering include the following: this is a “best efforts” offering and some or all of our shares may not be sold; no public market currently exists for our shares; it may be difficult to sell your shares, and if you do, it will likely be at a substantial discount; the purchase and redemption price for shares of our common stock will be based on the NAV of each class of common stock; we may use substantial debt to acquire our properties; we may fail to continue to qualify as a REIT; our share redemption program is subject to available liquidity and other significant restrictions and we may amend, suspend or terminate the share redemption program at any time; a portion of the offering proceeds may be used to redeem or repurchase our shares; and future distribution declarations are at the sole discretion of the board of directors and are not guaranteed. We may fund a portion of our distributions from offering proceeds or from borrowings in anticipation of future cash flows, some or all of which may be a return of capital.