In this interview series, our CEO Donald Davidoff sits down with key industry leaders and disruptors to tell the stories of the people behind the performance. Today, we’re joined by Michael Schall, President and Chief Executive Officer at Essex Property Trust, Inc., a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) that acquires, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily residential properties in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Northern California, and the Pacific Northwest. Join us for a transparent look at Michael's insights on the current and future economic impacts on the multifamily industry, the different challenges inflation poses to private versus publicly traded REITs, the best decision he's made in his career, when and how he knew it was time to announce his retirement after an incredible career, and tips on championing a data-driven culture.
About Michael J. Schall
Michael J. Schall is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Essex Property Trust, Inc. He previously served as the Senior Executive Vice President and COO of the company from 2005 to 2010, during which years he was responsible for the strategic planning and management of the Company’s property operations, redevelopment and co-investment programs.
From 1993 to 2005, Michael was the Company’s CFO, responsible for the organization’s financial and administrative matters. He joined The Marcus & Millichap Company in 1986. He was also the CFO of the Company’s predecessor, Essex Property Corporation. From 1982 to 1986, Michael was the Director of Finance for Churchill International, a technology-oriented venture capital company. From 1979 to 1982, Michael was employed in the audit department of Ernst & Young (then known as Ernst & Whinney), where he specialized in the real estate and financial services industries.