Senior Vice President, Portfolio Finance and Accounting
Mr. Merz is a senior vice president and asset manager for KBS. Mr. Merz serves as the market leader responsible for carrying out investment objectives throughout Texas and adjacent markets on behalf of KBS REIT, pension fund and sovereign wealth fund clients. Within these markets, Mr. Merz is responsible for execution of strategic business plans for each owned property with a focus on achieving cash flow yields, occupancy and leasing, the overall performance of the assets, as well as identifying new acquisitions and dispositions. His portfolio consists of 19 assets in excess of 5.0 million square feet including a new 309-unit multi-family Class A high-rise development. Prior to being assigned the Texas market, Mr. Merz had similar responsibilities in other markets throughout the central region including Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City among others.
Prior to KBS, Mr. Merz worked with CBRE, The Staubach Company and Cresa Partners. There he consulted for both local and national clients on a wide variety of strategic real estate objectives. Mr. Merz completed his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and finance with an emphasis in real property management and development from the University of Southern California.