First Industrial Realty Trust is a leading owner and operator of industrial real estate across major markets coast-to-coast. Since our founding in 1994, our buildings have been home to a range of companies from the Fortune 500 to small commercial firms.
First Industrial's portfolio offers access to the top industrial markets in the United States. We help implement multi-market strategies and provide our customers with economies of scale while working with a single national provider.
Our local market experts average more than 20 years of experience and have strong ties within their communities. They are authorities in the regions they serve and their proximity to customers enables them to respond quickly to customers' needs.
Through our platform, we focus only on industrial real estate, giving us a deep understanding of customers' needs so we can deliver superior customer service. We offer high-quality bulk and regional distribution centers and other facility types.
Mr. Rau has been a director of the Company since June 1994 and serves as Lead Independent Director. Since December 2002, Mr. Rau has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director of Miami Corporation, a private asset management firm. From January 1997 to March 2000, he was a director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Title Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed company, and its subsidiaries, Chicago Title and Trust Co., Chicago Title Insurance Co., Ticor Title Insurance Co. and Security Union Title Insurance Co. Mr. Rau was a director of Nicor Inc. from 1997 until it was sold to AGL Resources Inc. in December 2011 and continues as a director of AGL Resources Inc. Mr. Rau is chairman of the board of directors of BMO Financial Corp. From July 1993 until November 1996, Mr. Rau was Dean of the Indiana University School of Business. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Rau served as Chairman of the Illinois Economic Development Board and as special advisor to Illinois Governor Jim Edgar. From 1990 to 1993, he was Chairman of the Banking Research Center Board of Advisors and a Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. During that time, he also served as Special Consultant to McKinsey & Company, a worldwide strategic consulting firm. From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Rau served as President and Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle National Bank. From 1979 to 1989, he was associated with The Exchange National Bank, serving as President from 1983 to 1989, at which time The Exchange National Bank merged with LaSalle National Bank. Prior to 1979, he was associated with First National Bank of Chicago.