P. Roski, Jr.
Edward P. Roski, Jr. is chairman and chief executive officer of one of the oldest and largest privately held real estate companies in the United States. Ranked as the No. 1 Real Estate Developer in Los Angeles for over fifteen years, Majestic Realty Co. owns, manages, and leases in excess of 73,000,000 sq. ft. of property for clients across the nation.
Mr. Roski is co-owner of the Los Angeles Kings and Lakers. Combining his love of sports with his passion for business, he played a critical role in developing the teams’ new arena. Majestic led the L.A. Arena Company’s efforts to create the STAPLES Center. Now a landmark in Downtown Los Angeles, STAPLES is considered the entertainment capital of the entertainment capital.
A generous philanthropist, Mr. Roski personally commits his time and resources to countless civic organizations throughout Los Angeles. The extensive list includes the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Cathedral of our Lady of Angels, March of Dimes, Friends of Child Advocates, Inner City Arts, Boys and Girls Clubs, Public Council, and The City of Hope.
In addition, in 2002, he initiated the Majestic Realty Foundation whose charitable giving and community outreach focuses on youth, family, education, health, and violence prevention. The foundation makes grants of over 2 million dollars annually.
Roski also takes an active role in the city’s cultural and educational development, serving on the boards of LACMA, the Bowers Museum, The California Science Center, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission. Mr. Roski also serves on the Board of Regents at Loyola High School, as well as the Board of Trustees at the University of Southern California; most recently he was appointed to the board of the National Geographic Society.
For his relentless efforts on behalf of the community, he has received numerous awards and civic honors, including: Project Restore’s Los Angeles Heritage Award, for his commitment to the restoration of downtown LA, and the Spirit of Los Angeles Award (Eddy Award) for his civic involvement and dedication. The City of Hope awarded him their prestigious “The Spirit of Life” Award, and he was honored with the Oxford cup by the General Fraternity of Beta Theta Pi. The University of Southern California awarded Mr. Roski the Asa V. Call Award, which recognizes alumni who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the University and to the community by giving generously of their time, energy and leadership. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars honored him with their 2006 Public Service award, and most recently the Los Angeles Business Journal named Mr. Roski the 2006 Businessperson of the Year.
Outside his civic and professional endeavors, Mr. Roski’s great love is travel. His passion for adventure has entitled him membership in the famed Explorers Club. He has climbed to Base Camp at Mt. Everest, K2, and Mt. Kilimanjaro, rode his bike across Mongolia, Russia, and Burma, and has made several deep water dives throughout New Guinea. He has traveled to some of most remote reaches of the Globe, and is an avid collector of African and Aboriginal Art.
Ed Roski was born in Oklahoma and raised in Southern California where he graduated from the University of Southern California in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and real estate. He served as an officer in the United States Marines from 1962 to 1966 where he was decorated for bravery with two purple hearts. He now resides in Los Angeles with his wife Gayle Garner Roski, with whom he has three children and five grandchildren.
Mr. Valley is Sr. Vice President and member of the board of Directors with over thirty five years of service to the Majestic Team. As a senior development partner Mr. Valley is responsible for the ownership representation and asset management of numerous significant Majestic Projects. Responsibilities include Site accusation development, leasing, and project supervision thru completion. Mr. Valley Graduated from the University of Idaho served in the United States Marine Corps, reaching the rank of Captain. He has served as President of the Bob Rope Cancer Foundation for over twenty five years. Mr. Valley is also a member of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (University Educational Trust).
H. Semcken, III
John Semcken joined Majestic Realty Co. in February 1996 as Vice President and was responsible for the development of the $400 million Staples Center for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kings, Clippers, Sparks and Avengers. He has recently completed a $30 million renovation of the Pacific Palms Conference Resort. In addition, John is the development partner for a 310 acre industrial development totaling greater than 6 million square feet in Riverside, California. He is also active in identifying new opportunities for Majestic's vast commercial real estate portfolio. He is currently developing projects in Los Angeles, Redlands, San Bernardino, Riverside, Houston, Texas and Tijuana, Mexico. Overall Semcken’s projects, which include industrial, office, hospitality and retail development total more than 10 million square feet.
Prior to Majestic, John's real estate experience centered on office development and leasing with the prominent Los Angeles and National real estate firms Smith & Hricik Urban Development, Inc., Gerald Hines Interest and the Charles Dunn Company.
Mr. Semcken is a 1978 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation from the Academy he attended Naval Flight training and was selected to fly fighters at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego, California. He was selected to attend and graduated from the prestigious Navy Fighter Weapons School "TOPGUN" in June, 1983.
His military career included eight years as a Navy Fighter Pilot, completing more than 250 carrier landings and 1,130 flight hours in the F-14 TOMCAT and other military aircraft. He was selected by the Navy to act as the technical advisor and Navy liaison for the motion picture "Top Gun".
Mr. Semcken is extremely active in community and charitable organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce where he also serves on its Executive Committee, the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, the Los Angeles Metropolitan YMCA, the Los Angeles Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Downtown Los Angeles Mobility Partners, the Civic Alliance, the Sports Business Institute Advisory Board, and the US Naval Academy Foundation Board of Trustees.
John, his wife Mee Hae, and his two sons, Reed and Jack, reside in San Marino, California.