President & Owner, Zelman Development Co.
With over 50 years of experience in real estate, Ben Reiling is a well-respected and established figure in the real estate community. As owner and president of Zelman Development Co., he is the visionary behind current and former projects and is responsible for business development.
After starting his real estate career as a broker with RA Rowan Company in Los Angeles in 1965, Ben joined Zelman Development Co. in 1973 as a development partner. Over the years, he took an increasingly active role in the management and direction of the company. In 1983, upon the retirement of the company’s founder, Ben bought the company and became its president.
As the owner of the company, Ben has been responsible for increasing its scope nationally, as well as broadening its project portfolio. Under his leadership, Zelman Development Co. has expanded into the development of super regional “power” shopping centers and suburban office properties, in addition to its original and continuing development of large distribution/warehouse properties.
Under Ben’s leadership, Zelman Development Co. has developed over 15 million leasable square feet of retail, industrial and office properties worth over 2 billion.
Ben is a licensed real estate broker, and an active member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He is the only developer to receive the Roy C. Seeley Award, given by the Los Angeles Chapter of SIOR for high integrity and ethics in the real estate community.
Ben is a former chairman and currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Hillsides Home for Children, in Pasadena LAEDC, and L.A. Area Council – Boy Scouts of America, and CEO of Youth Moving On, a housing and training facility for the emancipating youth. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Cal State Los Angeles.
Ben and his wife, Judy, have two grown children – Carolee and Michael, and three grandchildren – Jeffrey, Matthew, and Ella.