Valiants with Real Estate Developer, Rick Caruso

Rick J. Caruso founded Caruso Affiliated Holdings in 1980 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since 1994. Mr. Caruso serves as the President of Caruso Affiliated Holdings. Mr. Caruso served as the President of CAH Restaurants of California LLC which is a franchisee and operates two California Pizza Kitchen restaurants. Mr. Caruso was "Of Counsel" to one of the country's largest law firms as a member of the corporate finance department until 1988. He serves as a Director of Century Investments, Inc., CRM Properties, Inc., Midvale Corporation and additional privately-held companies. He serves as a Director of National Italian American Foundation. He serves as a Director of California Medical Center Foundation, Pepperdine School of Law Board of Visitors. He served as a Director of California Pizza Kitchen Inc. from January 2002 to May 26, 2005. He serves on Board of Councilors of University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development. He serves on Board of Governors of L.A. Children's Museum.

Mr. Caruso's commitment to developing high-quality retail centers that push the bounds of the industry has earned him numerous awards including: Humanitarian of The Year in 2001, House Ear Institute; Icsc's 24th International Design & Development Awarding in 2000, Innovative Design & Construction of a New Project for the Commons at Calabasas; Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence in 1999, The Commons at Calabasas; Humanitarian of The Year in 1999, National Conference for Community and Justice; Sheldon W. Andelson Award in 1999, "Building Beautiful Places that Enhance Communities"; Icsc's 22nd International Design & Development Award, Innovative Design & Construction of A New Project in 1998, The Promenade at Westlake; Man of The Year in 1997, Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce; Gold Nugget Grand Award in 1997, Best Commercial Project for Retail; Promenade at Westlake and Developer of The Year in 1996, L. A. Business Journal.

Mr. Caruso has lectured on real estate issues at the Kennedy School of Public Administration at Harvard University, the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development and the Pacific Resources 1997 Conference. He has guest-lectured at the Lusk Center for Real Estate Development at the University of Southern California and the Urban Land Institute. He participates annually as a guest panelist for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He is also a Member of the Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers. L.A.

During his law school career, Mr. Caruso was designated a Brock Scholar. In 1995, he was recognized as the Alumnus of the Year from Pepperdine School of Law. Mr. Caruso holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California in 1980 and a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1983.