Charles Garner is a Principal, Investments of CIM Group and Chief Executive Officer of CIM Commercial Trust Corporation. As a Principal, Investments, he is involved in the investment and asset management process across CIM’s platforms, and serves on the Firm’s Investment and Asset Management Committees. Prior to joining CIM Group, Mr. Garner worked closely with CIM in various capacities since 1996, including originating Federal Realty Investment Trust’s partnership with CIM and managing that relationship for Federal Realty Investment Trust. Mr. Garner has been involved in billions of dollars of real estate transactions including the acquisition, joint venture investment, disposition and equity and debt financing of more than 100 properties. He began his career as a C.P.A. in the Washington, D.C. office of PricewaterhouseCoopers and has held various transactional positions with Federal Realty, Walker & Dunlop and The Stout & Teague Companies. Mr. Garner holds a B.S. in Management from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business.