LOS ANGELES, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UCLA Anderson School of Management announced that Peter Bren, chairman and president of KBS Realty Advisors and its affiliate KBS Capital Advisors, will deliver the commencement address to this year's EMBA graduates. The ceremony will take place on July 27, 2013, at 3:00 pm in Royce Hall.
Mr. Bren has been involved exclusively in real estate development, management, acquisition, disposition and financing for more than 40 years. In his current position, he oversees all KBS operations, including the acquisition and management of individual investments and portfolios of income-producing real estate assets. He directs all facets of the company's business activities, maintains responsibility for investor relationships, and serves as a member of the KBS Investment Committee, which evaluates and authorizes new investment opportunities for the firm. KBS was recently ranked the largest office investor in the nation by Commercial Property Executive, and the fifth largest office owner globally by National Real Estate Investor. KBS, with transactional volume of approximately $30 billion, operates numerous institutional and sovereign wealth funds as well as five non-traded REITs.
Mr. Bren is president of KBS REIT, KBS REIT II and KBS REIT III - all public, non-listed real estate investment trusts. Additionally, he is involved with the management of two additional REITs - KBS Strategic Opportunity REIT, targeting opportunistic investments, and KBS Legacy Partners Apartment REIT, which focuses on the multifamily sector.
Mr. Bren previously served as the president of The Bren Company, was a former regional partner of Lincoln Property Company and was president of Lincoln Property Company, Europe. He is a member of the UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors and a founding member of The Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he has also created and funded The Peter Bren Real Estate Entrepreneurship Studies Initiative. Additionally, Mr. Bren is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, Washington, DC, which addresses key national policy issues affecting real estate and the overall economy.
"As one of the icons of the real estate industry, Peter demonstrates his entrepreneurial flair and accomplishments every day," said Judy Olian, Dean and John E. Anderson Chair of UCLA Anderson School of Management. "He has also been a creative force in driving real estate curricula here at Anderson, as a member of our Board of Visitors, a benefactor, and a mentor to many of our students."
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