Edward P. Roski, Jr. (Ed) is the Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles-based Commerce Construction Co., L.P. In addition, he is Owner, President and Chairman of the Board of Majestic Realty Co. and co-owner of the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Crypto.com Arena (formerly Staples Center).
Since establishing Commerce Construction Co. in 1968 on a foundation of best-in-class industrial buildings, Ed’s direction and tireless efforts have helped the company grow to become an industry leader that has developed more than 110-million-square-feet in markets across the country, including turnkey design-build services for Majestic Realty Co. developments, as well as outside clients.
Over the past several decades, Ed has led Commerce’s expanding portfolio to include office and retail, as well as sports, entertainment, hospitality and multi-family projects including the award-winning transformation of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and the Silverton Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, among others.
A generous and well-respected philanthropist, Ed personally commits his time and resources to countless organizations, including serving on the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California, as well as on the boards of the Bowers Museum and the National Geographic Society. In 2002, Ed established the Majestic Realty Foundation with a charitable giving and community outreach mission focused on youth, family, education, health, and violence prevention.
Having served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1962 to 1966, he is the recipient of a Bronze Star and was decorated for bravery with two Purple Hearts. A member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, Ed takes tremendous pride in supporting our country’s military veterans. In 2007, he cofounded the Land of the Free Foundation, which has contributed more than $15 million to some 75 charitable organizations serving veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
Outside of his professional and civic endeavors, Ed’s great love is adventure travel, which led him to become a member of the The Explorers Club, the internationally recognized group known for promoting exploration and field study worldwide. In addition, Ed has climbed to Base Camp at Mt. Everest; K2; and Mt. Kilimanjaro. He has ridden his bike across Mongolia, Russia, and Burma, made several deep-water dives throughout New Guinea, and descended in a Russian submersible to the wreckage of the Titanic, 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface.
Born in Oklahoma and raised in Southern California, Ed graduated from the University of Southern California in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Real Estate. He resides in Los Angeles and is blessed with three children and eight grandchildren.