Financial Services >> CEO Interviews >> May 29, 2013

Interview with the EVP and CFO: American Assets Trust, Inc. (AAT)

Barton, Robert
Robert Barton has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of American Assets Trust, Inc., since its formation. He brings to his role more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, accounting, tax, mergers and acquisitions, and structured finance. From 1998 until the formation of the company, Mr. Barton served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of American Assets, Inc. Additionally, from 2002 until the formation of AAT, Mr. Barton served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of American Assets Investment Management, LLC, an investment adviser affiliated with American Assets, Inc., that is registered with the SEC. From 1996 until 1998, Mr. Barton served as Executive Director of real estate and finance for Flour Daniel, a Fortune 500 engineering and construction company. From 1986 until 1996, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RCI Asset Management Group, a privately held real estate developer whose capital partners included Melvin Simon & Associates, the predecessor entity to Simon Property Group. Prior to joining RCI, Mr. Barton was a Senior Audit Manager at Kenneth Leventhal & Company, where he served private and publicly traded companies, including commercial and residential real estate developers. He began his professional career in 1980 with Arthur Young & Co. as an Auditor. Mr. Barton received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a major in accounting from California State University, Pomona. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in California. Profile
TWST: Let’s start with a bit of a history of American Assets Trust and an overview of the company today.

Mr. Barton: American Assets was started in 1967. Our Executive Chairman,