Matthew R. Zaist, President and Chief Executive Officer, joined the Company in 2000, and was promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer effective March 22, 2016. On August 10, 2016, Mr. Zaist was appointed by the Board of Directors of the Company to serve as a member of the Board, and has served as a member of the Board since such date.
Since joining the Company, Mr. Zaist has served in a number of corporate operational roles, including President and Co-Chief Executive Officer from July 2015 to March 2016, President and Chief Operating Officer from March 2013 to July 2015, Executive Vice President from January 2010 to March 2013 and previously, Corporate Vice President — Business Development & Operations from April 2009 to January 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Zaist served as Project Manager and Director of Land Acquisition for the Company’s Southern California Region. In his previous role as Executive Vice President, Mr. Zaist oversaw and managed the Company’s restructuring efforts and successful recapitalization, and as President and Chief Operating Officer managed and oversaw the Company’s initial public offering in 2013 in addition to being responsible for the overall management of the Company’s operations.
Since 2013, Mr. Zaist has overseen more than $2 Billion in capital market transactions and has led three successful M & A transactions which expanded the Company’s operations into Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Texas.
Mr. Zaist chairs the Company’s Land Committee and serves on the Company’s Executive Committee. In addition, Mr. Zaist is a member of the Executive Committee for the University of Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate. Prior to joining William Lyon Homes, Mr. Zaist was a principal with American Management Systems (now CGI) in their State & Local Government practice. Mr. Zaist holds a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.