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Mr. Shields founded Griffin Capital in 1995, serves as the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is based in the firm’s headquarters in El Segundo, CA. Griffin Capital is the sponsor or co-sponsor of two ‘40 Act Interval Funds and several public, non-listed real estate investment trusts: Griffin Institutional Access® Credit Fund and Griffin Institutional Access® Real Estate Fund, for which Mr. Shields is the President and a Trustee, Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III, Inc. (GAHR III) and Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV (GAHR IV), for which Mr. Shields serves as a Board of Directors observer, and Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT III, Inc. Griffin Capital previously sponsored two other non-listed real estate investment trusts: Griffin Capital Essential Asset® REIT, Inc. (GCEAR) for which Mr. Shields was the Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Griffin Capital Essential Asset® REIT II, Inc. (GCEAR II), for which Mr. Shields was the Chief Executive Officer and currently serves as Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Shields is also Chairman of Griffin Capital Securities, LLC, a FINRA registered broker-dealer which serves as the dealer manager for the REITs and the exclusive wholesale marketing agent for Griffin Institutional Access Credit Fund and Griffin Institutional Access Real Estate Fund. Mr. Shields is the Chief Executive Officer of Griffin Capital Advisor, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor and advisor to Griffin Institutional Access Real Estate Fund. Mr. Shields is also the Chief Executive Officer of Griffin Capital Credit Advisor, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor and advisor to Griffin Institutional Access Credit Fund.
Before founding Griffin, Mr. Shields was a Senior Vice President and head of the Structured Real Estate Finance Group at Jefferies &Company, Inc. in Los Angeles and a Vice President in the Real Estate Finance Department of Salomon Brothers Inc. in both New York and Los Angeles. With over 30 years of experience in real estate and investment banking, Mr. Shields has structured and closed over 200 transactions totaling in excess of $8 billion of real estate acquisitions, financings and dispositions.
Married, father of four and resident of Manhattan Beach, California.