Interim President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer
John Petersen was named Interim President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer on April 20, 2020. Mr. Petersen joined PS Business Parks in 2004, bringing a breadth of industry knowledge and experience to the company. Before joining PS Business Parks, John served as a Senior Vice President for Equity Office Properties in Silicon Valley where he was responsible for 11.3 million square feet of multi-tenant office, industrial, research and development space. Prior to this tenure, he was a Senior Vice President with Spieker Properties, overseeing the growth of that company's San Jose portfolio, through acquisition and development of nearly three million square feet. Mr. Petersen served as President of National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, Silicon Valley Chapter; he was President of San Jose Silicon Valley Leadership Council. John is a graduate of The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Jeff joined PS Business Parks in 2018 as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining PS Business Parks, Jeff was a Senior Vice President at Invitation Homes (formerly Starwood Waypoint Homes and prior to that Colony Starwood Homes), a publicly traded REIT that owns and operates single-family rental homes in several markets throughout the United States. Previously, Jeff served was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, LLP. Jeff is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science from the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer
Trenton Groves has served as corporate controller for PS Business Parks since 2004. Mr. Groves is responsible for the Company's accounting records and financial reporting. Prior to joining PS Business Parks, Mr. Groves was with Ernst & Young LLP. A certified public accountant, Mr. Groves was in public accounting for over 6 years and has worked in accounting and finance since 1993. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from California State University, Northridge.
Vice President, Real Estate
Coby Holley joined PS Business Parks in 2003. From 2003 to 2014, Mr. Holley was responsible for property operations in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Northern California. Since 2014, Mr. Holley has been responsible for real estate investments including acquisitions, dispositions and development. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Holley was First Vice President at CB Richard Ellis and Managing Director at Insignia/ESG. Mr. Holley is licensed real estate broker in Oregon and Washington and a BOMA certified Real Property Administrator. He served on the board of directors for the Commercial Association of Realtors and National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. Mr. Holley earned his degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Divisional Vice President, Northern Virginia & Maryland
Christopher Auth joined PS Business Parks in 2006 as a Senior Leasing Director in charge of leasing for the Maryland Region portfolio. He was promoted to Portfolio Manager, Maryland Region in 2010 where he helped oversee all leasing and property management operations. In 2013, his role expanded as he assumed the Regional Manager, Leasing role for the entire 6.5M square foot Washington Metro Division. In 2014, Mr. Auth was appointed to his current role as Vice President - Washington Metro Division where he oversees all leasing, management and strategic decisions for the Washington Metro portfolio. A Washington DC native, Mr. Auth earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA where he studied Economics and was a four year member of the Division I-AA football team. After college, he worked for six years in the financial services industry, including John Hancock Financial Services. Mr. Auth spent eight years with a regional real estate owner/developer, Cummings Properties in Woburn, MA as a property manager and leasing director.
Divisional Vice President, Southern California & Pacific Northwest
Stuart Hutchison joined PS Business Parks in 2000 as a Portfolio Manager in charge of operations for the LA Portfolio. He was promoted to Regional Manager for the Southern California Division in 2004 and in 2014 the Seattle Portfolio was added to his oversight. In 2016, Mr. Hutchison was appointed to his current role as Divisional Vice President – Southern California and Seattle where he is responsible for overseeing the operations and leasing of 5.3 million square feet. Prior to Joining PSB, Mr. Hutchison was a Portfolio Manager with Transwestern and Fujita USA. Mr. Hutchison was born and raised in Southern California and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is currently a member of the Southern California Chapter of NAIOP.
Divisional Vice President, Northern California
Dick Scott, a veteran real estate professional with over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate in the Bay Area, joined PS Business Parks in 2012 and is responsible for all property operations in Northern California. Prior to joining PS Business Parks, Mr. Scott was Managing Director of the Grubb & Ellis Silicon Valley office. Prior to that, Mr. Scott partnered with a private local developer, and also served as Vice President of Leasing at Equity Office Properties where he worked with Mr. John Petersen. Dick started his commercial career in brokerage with CPS based in San Jose, California. Mr. Scott is a graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, a U.S. Army Ranger School Graduate and he earned his Juris Doctorate from Monterey College of Law in Monterey, California. Mr. Scott has been on the Board of the Association of Silicon Valley Brokers and he currently serves on the Board of the West Point Society of Silicon Valley, and the Silicon Valley chapter of NAIOP.
Vice President, Construction Management
Gene Uhlman joined PS Business Parks in 2002. He was responsible for operations and leasing in the Maryland Region until 2013 when he was promoted to Vice President, Construction Management. He is responsible for all building capital, repositioning and tenant improvement activities within PS Business Parks. Prior to joining the company, he was a Senior Manager for Murdock Management in Baltimore, MD, for 13 years where he was responsible for leasing and operations of Murdock Development’s portfolio in Baltimore and other locations on the east coast. Gene earned a BA in Criminal Justice and a minor in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Divisional Vice President, Texas & Florida
David Vicars is responsible for the property operations of more than 3.2 million square feet of office, flex, industrial and retail space in the Dallas and Austin markets. Prior to joining PS Business Parks, Mr. Vicars was with the Horne Company and the Houston office for COMPASS Management and Leasing. A licensed Texas real estate broker, Mr. Vicars is actively engaged in the community. He served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Building Owner and Manager's Association (BOMA), is involved with the North Texas Commercial Real Estate (NTCAR) organization, the Dallas and Austin Real Estate Councils, and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). He received his degree in finance from the University of Houston.
Vice President, Director of Facilities
Eddie Ruiz has assisted the regional operating groups of PS Business Parks with all facilities-related projects and issues since 2002. Capital and expense budgets, due diligence for acquisitions, and oversight of construction projects fall under Mr. Ruiz' jurisdiction. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Ruiz was senior project manager for Toyota Motor Sales USA, where he was responsible for over $125 million in facilities construction. Mr. Ruiz is a member of International Facility Managers Association (IFMA).
Vice President, Property Operations Controller
Dan Ashworth joined PS Business Parks in 2000. Mr. Ashworth is responsible for the Company’s operational data including revenues, expenses, occupancy and production. He also leads the lease administration team and is responsible for system development. Prior to joining PS Business Parks Dan was with Kinko’s at their national headquarters in Venture California and before that at a regional certified public accounting firm in San Bernardino California. Dan earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting from California State University, San Bernardino and later his Master of Business Administration from the same university.