LOS ANGELES (July 28, 2015) LA5 proudly presents an outstanding panel on real estate and development called “What’s Developiong in LA?” this Friday, July 31 at the California Club in beautiful (and soon to be more so) Downtown Los Angeles. Register and more info at www.rotaryla5.org
I-Fei Chang is the CEO of Greenland USA, the developer of the billion dollar Metropolis project in downtown Los Angeles. According to a recent article in Bloomberg Business, Greenland isn’t interested in well-developed areas such as Manhattan. Rather, it focuses on neighborhoods undergoing transformation. Downtown Los Angeles and Brooklyn fit the bill because a “developer can be a big player on the chessboard,” says I-Fei. I-Fei impressed her professors at Yale, where she earned two masters degrees, one in architecture and one in environmental design. Michael Sorkin, founder of Michael Sorkin Studio in New York City and a former Yale architecture professor, said Chang is the most prolific student he had in his 30 years of teaching. “She’s fiercely intelligent and has more energy than any average 40 people on the planet,” Sorkin said. “When you look at her resume, you’d think she’s 70 years old with all the work she’s done.” I-Fei is the third of five daughters and was raised in Taiwan. Welcome I-Fei!
Wayne Ratkovich founded The Ratkovich Company in 1977 and is its President/CEO. The Ratkovich Company specializes in developing urban infill and rehabilitation projects including 17 historic buildings. His most recent project — The Bloc (formerly Macy’s Plaza) is home to his company. Wayne is an Emeritus Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2011 he was named a Life Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, one of 13 in the organization’s 75 year history. He is a graduate of UCLA. Welcome Wayne!
Matt Middlebrook is the Executive Vice President of Development at Caruso Affiliated. His team is responsible for acquiring, entitling and moving all new company projects to the construction phase. Based in the company’s San Francisco office, Matt has been with Caruso Affiliated since 2004, first serving as the company’s vice president of government relations. Matt was the project manager for the Caruso’s successful efforts to secure the Miramar property in Santa Barbara for a 5-star luxury beachfront resort hotel. Matt is originally from Santa Rosa, Calif., and attended college at the University of California, Berkeley. He resides with his wife, Lisa, and his two children, Julia and Brady, in San Francisco. Welcome Matt! !
Our distinguished Moderator is Roger Vincent, Real Estate Reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Roger covers commercial real estate for the Business section of the Los Angeles Times. He is a longtime observer of the industry who served as the first real estate columnist at the Los Angeles Business Journal in the mid-1980s. He was also founding editor of the California Real Estate Journal. He has been with The Times since 1996. Welcome Roger!