Don G. Pescara

Don G. Pescara

Vice President - Acquisitions

Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc.

Don G. Pescara is our Vice President - Acquisitions and has held that position since our formation. Mr. Pescara is also the Managing Director - Acquisitions for our advisor. Mr. Pescara has also served as Vice President - Acquisitions for GCEAR II since November 2013. Mr. Pescara is responsible for our activities in the midwestern U.S. and is based in the firm’s Chicago office. Prior to joining GCC in January 1997, Mr. Pescara was a Director at Cohen Financial in the Capital Markets Unit, responsible for all types of real estate financing including private placements of both debt and equity, asset dispositions, and acquisitions on behalf of Cohen’s merchant banking group. Prior to joining Cohen, Mr. Pescara was a Director at CB Commercial Mortgage Banking Group. During his more than 25-year career, Mr. Pescara has been responsible for many innovative financing programs, including structuring corporate sale/leaseback transactions utilizing synthetic and structured lease bond financing. Formerly Co-Chairman of the Asian Real Estate Association, Mr. Pescara was responsible for creating a forum for idea exchange between Pacific Rim realty investors and their United States counterparts. An active member of the Urban Land Institute, Mortgage Bankers Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers, Mr. Pescara is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Finance and is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker.