Carmel Partners CEO Ron Zeff Set for Spirit of Life Award in $1MM Record-Effort

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Feb. 17, 2015 – City of Hope’s Northern California Real Estate & Construction Council will honor Ron Zeff of Carmel Partners with its 2015 Spirit of Life® Award.  The Spirit of Life® Award is City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor, presented annually to an industry leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and altruistic achievement. City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

Ron Zeff PhotoZeff will receive The Spirit of Life® Award on Thursday, May 7th at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco.  Over 800 real estate & construction professionals are expected to attend and help raise $1Million.  Cornerstone Sponsors include ATC Partners, Berkadia, CCRE/Berkeley Point Capital, Colliers International, Debevoise & Plimpton LLC, Fisher Development, Friedkin Realty Group, Kilroy Realty Corporation, Moran & Company, Prime Group, Spear Street Capital & Wells Fargo CRE. Premier Sponsors are Columbia Property Trust, Divco West, DTZ, Hudson Pacific Properties, Manatt Phelps, Pacific Structures, Plant & TMG Partners.  Gold Sponsors include Cox Castle Nicholson, Equity Office, Helix, JFF, PwC, Shorenstein Properties, Webcor Builders and Wilson Meany.  For a full list of attendees and information about purchasing sponsorships, visit

One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.  Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Its lifesaving research and treatment advances improve the lives of people around the nation, and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology pioneered at City of Hope. Further, its commitment to compassionate patient care and its approach to individualized treatment are considered models for supportive care in the United States.

“I am proud to support the City of Hope and am very honored to receive The Spirit of Life® Award,” said Zeff.

Zeff serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Carmel Partners, a real estate investment management firm based in San Francisco focused exclusively on US multifamily investment strategies including development, renovations and debt. Mr. Zeff founded Carmel Partners in 1996 and is Chairman of the Carmel Partners’ Investment Committee.  Operating throughout the United States, Carmel Partners has bought and renovated 20,979 apartment units with a total market value of $4.7 billion and has developed, or is in the process of developing, 12,343 apartment units with a total market value of $5.1 billion.  Prior to forming Carmel Partners, Mr. Zeff was a partner at Trammell Crow Residential.  He holds an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Zeff is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Multi Housing Council and a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Academy of Sciences.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce Ron Zeff will be receiving The Spirit of Life® Award, City of Hope’s highest honor”, said Drew Gordon, Senior Vice President of Hudson Pacific and the REC council president. “Not only is Ron a great visionary in our industry, but he is a close friend for whom I have tremendous admiration and respect.  It is fitting that he receives this award which recognizes an honoree’s outstanding leadership and contributions to the community and to the real estate industry.”

About City of Hope’s Real Estate & Construction Council
The Northern California Real Estate & Construction Council (REC) is comprised of developers, brokers, contractors, building owners, engineers, architects and consultants who advocate on behalf of a single philanthropic goal: supporting the lifesaving treatment and compassionate care of City of Hope.  To date, the REC has raised nearly $6 million for City of Hope, making this industry alliance one of the premier fundraising groups in the region.

The group’s history began in 1986, when a banquet was arranged by a group of real estate and construction industry leaders in honor of Dan Costello, Bank of America’s former Executive Vice President, Corporate Real Estate Division.  That event raised over $100,000 for City of Hope, and inspired a tradition of philanthropic excellence among members of the real estate and construction community. Previous honorees include Craig Allison, Andy Ball, Carol Bartz, Kofi Bonner, Michael Covarrubias, Oz Erickson, Rick Holliday, Sean Jeffries, Rik Kunnath, Chris Meany, Hamid Moghadam, Connie Moore and Larry Pace,

About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope’s research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is based in Southern California and is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.

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