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Michael Escalante is Chief Executive Officer and President of GCEAR, while also serving as a member of the Board of Directors. Michael was part of the executive team responsible for founding GCEAR and initially served as its Chief Investment Officer beginning in 2008. After being named CEO in 2018, he has been responsible for managing the overall operations of the Company, including all capital allocation decisions and providing key guidance on major asset management matters. With more than 33 years of experience, Michael has been a prominent industry figure within institutional property sectors across North America, completing over $9.6 billion in commercial real estate transactions across the U.S.
Prior to joining Griffin Capital in 2006, Michael founded Escalante Property Ventures, a real estate investment management firm. He was employed from 1997-2005 at Trizec Properties, Inc., previously one of the largest publicly traded office REITs, with his final position being Executive Vice President – Capital Transactions and Portfolio Management. Michael also held various acquisitions, asset management and portfolio management positions at the Yarmouth Group, an international investment advisor from 1987-1997.
Michael earned an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles, Anderson Graduate School of Management, where he specialized in finance and marketing. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree, with an emphasis in finance and accounting, from Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business. Michael is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and active in many civic organizations.