Black Creek Diversified Property Fund
Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc. (Form: DEF 14A, Received: 04/21/2016 12:08:18)

 

 

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(DIVIDEND CAPITAL LOGO)

April 21, 2016

Dear Fellow Stockholders:

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I cordially invite you to attend the annual meeting of stockholders of Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc., a Maryland corporation, to be held at the Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado 80202, on June 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (the “Annual Meeting”). The matters to be considered by the stockholders at the Annual Meeting are described in detail in the accompanying materials.

We have elected to provide access to our proxy materials to certain of our stockholders over the Internet under the Securities and Exchange Commission’s “notice and access” rules. On or about April 21, 2016, we will mail (i) to certain of our stockholders, our proxy statement, a proxy card, and our Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2015 and (ii) to other stockholders, a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, which will indicate how to access our proxy materials on the Internet. We believe that providing our proxy materials over the Internet will expedite stockholders’ receipt of proxy materials, lower the costs associated with our Annual Meeting, and conserve natural resources.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU BE REPRESENTED AT THE ANNUAL MEETING REGARDLESS OF THE NUMBER OF SHARES YOU OWN OR WHETHER YOU ARE ABLE TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING IN PERSON. Unlike most public companies, no large brokerage houses or affiliated groups of stockholders own substantial blocks of our shares. As a result, in order to achieve a quorum and to avoid delays and additional costs, we need substantial stockholder voting participation by proxy or in person at the Annual Meeting. Let me urge you to vote as soon as possible. You may vote by authorizing a proxy over the Internet, by telephone or, if you received printed proxy materials, by completing, signing, and returning your proxy card in the envelope provided. 

   
  Sincerely,
    -S-RICHARD D. KINCAID
  Richard D. Kincaid
Chairman of the Board of Directors
 
  For the Board of Directors of Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc.

 

 
 

 

DIVIDEND CAPITAL DIVERSIFIED PROPERTY FUND INC.

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

TO BE HELD ON JUNE 23, 2016

 

To the Stockholders of Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc.:

 

The annual meeting of stockholders of Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), will be held at the Grant Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado 80202, on June 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (the “Annual Meeting”). The matters to be considered by stockholders at the Annual Meeting, which are described in detail in the accompanying materials, are:

 

(i) a proposal to elect five directors to serve until the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified;

 

(ii) a proposal to ratify the appointment of KPMG LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016; and

 

(iii) any other business that may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any postponement or adjournment of the Annual Meeting.

 

Stockholders of record at the close of business on March 31, 2016 will be entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting. It is important that your shares be represented at the Annual Meeting regardless of the size of your holdings.

 

We have elected to provide access to our proxy materials to certain of our stockholders over the Internet under the Securities and Exchange Commission’s “notice and access” rules. On or about April 21, 2016, we will mail (i) to certain of our stockholders, our proxy statement, a proxy card, and our Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2015 and (ii) to other stockholders, a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, which will indicate how to access our proxy materials on the Internet. The Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials will also contain instructions on how each of those stockholders can receive a paper copy of our proxy materials, including the proxy statement, our Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2015, and a proxy card or voting instruction card. We believe that this process will expedite stockholders’ receipt of proxy materials, lower the costs associated with our Annual Meeting, and conserve natural resources.

 

You may vote by authorizing a proxy over the Internet, by telephone or, if you received printed proxy materials, by completing, signing, and returning your proxy card in the envelope provided. WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING IN PERSON, PLEASE AUTHORIZE YOUR PROXY BY ONE OF THESE THREE METHODS. If you are the record holder of your shares and you attend the meeting, you may withdraw your proxy and vote in person, if you so choose. If you have any questions regarding the proxy materials and the proposals to be considered by stockholders at the Annual Meeting, you can call 1-855-835-8315.

   
  By Order of the Board of Directors,
    -S-JOSHUA J. WIDOFF
 

Joshua J. Widoff

Executive Vice President,

General Counsel and Secretary

 

April 21, 2016

 

 
 

DIVIDEND CAPITAL DIVERSIFIED PROPERTY FUND INC.

518 Seventeenth Street, 17 th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80202

PROXY STATEMENT

FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

TO BE HELD ON JUNE 23, 2016

 

This proxy statement (the “Proxy Statement”) and the accompanying proxy card and notice of annual meeting are provided in connection with the solicitation of proxies by and on behalf of the Board of Directors of Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc., a Maryland corporation, for use at the annual meeting of stockholders to be held on June 23, 2016, and any postponements or adjournments thereof (the “Annual Meeting”). “We,” “our,” “us,” and “the Company” each refers to Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc. 

 

The mailing address of our executive offices is 518 Seventeenth Street, 17 th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80202. This Proxy Statement, the attached proxy card, our Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2015 (the “2015 Annual Report”), and a copy of the Notice of the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting Notice”), or the notice of internet availability of proxy materials (the “Internet Availability Notice”), as applicable, will be mailed to holders of our common stock, par value $0.01 per share, on or about April 21, 2016. When we refer to our common stock in this Proxy Statement, we are referring to our unclassified shares of common stock (which we often refer to as our “Class E” shares), as well as our Class A, Class W and Class I shares of common stock, unless the context otherwise requires.

 

A proxy may confer discretionary authority to vote with respect to any matter presented at the Annual Meeting. As of the date hereof, management has no knowledge of any business that will be presented for consideration at the Annual Meeting and which would be required to be set forth in this Proxy Statement or the related proxy card other than the matters set forth in the Annual Meeting Notice. If any other matter is properly presented at the Annual Meeting for consideration, it is intended that the persons named in the enclosed form of proxy and acting thereunder will vote in accordance with their discretion on any such matter.

 

Your vote is very important. For this reason, the Board of Directors is requesting that you permit your common stock to be represented and voted at the Annual Meeting by the persons named on the proxy card. To ensure that your shares are voted at the Annual Meeting, authorize your proxy by telephone, through the Internet, or by completing, signing, dating, and returning the proxy card provided with the printed proxy materials. If you are a stockholder of record as of March 31, 2016, you may still attend the Annual Meeting and vote despite having previously authorized your proxy by any of these methods. Any proxy may be revoked in the manner described below at any time prior to its exercise at the Annual Meeting. Stockholders must bring proof of current ownership of our common stock to be admitted to and attend the Annual Meeting.

 

For shares held through a broker or other nominee, the broker or nominee is not permitted to exercise voting discretion with respect to certain of the matters to be acted upon at the Annual Meeting. If specific instructions are not provided, the stockholder’s shares will not be voted on those matters. Shares represented by such broker “non-votes” will, however, be counted in determining whether there is a quorum.

 

Date, Time, and Place for the Annual Meeting

 

The Annual Meeting will be held on June 23, 2016 at the Grant Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado 80202 at 2:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Directions to the Annual Meeting can be obtained by calling Investor Relations at (303) 228-2200.

 

Matters to be Considered at the Annual Meeting

 

At the Annual Meeting, holders of record of the Company’s common stock as of the close of business on March 31, 2016 will be asked to consider and vote upon:

 

(i) a proposal to elect five directors to serve until the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified;

 

(ii) a proposal to ratify the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016; and

 

(iii) any other business that may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any postponement or adjournment of the Annual Meeting.

 

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting to be held on June 23, 2016. This Proxy Statement, the proxy card, and our 2015 Annual Report are available online at www.proxyvote.com .

 

 
 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

   
 

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE MEETING AND VOTING 1
   
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 4
   
PROPOSAL NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS 5
   
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE 8
   
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS 12
   
COMPENSATION OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS 14
   
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT 17
   
CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS 18
   
REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE 25
   
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES 26
   
PROPOSAL NO. 2: RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF KPMG LLP AS OUR INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM 27
   
ADVANCE NOTICE FOR STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS FOR THE 2017 ANNUAL MEETING 28
   
OTHER MATTERS 28
   
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 29

 

 
 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE MEETING AND VOTING

 

What is the date of the Annual Meeting and where will it be held?

 

The Annual Meeting will be held on June 23, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado 80202 at 2:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

 

Who is entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting?

 

Our Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on March 31, 2016 as the record date for the determination of stockholders entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting. Only stockholders of record at the close of business on March 31, 2016 are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.

 

How many shares of common stock are outstanding?

 

As of the close of business on March 31, 2016, there were approximately 160,795,151 shares of our common stock outstanding and entitled to vote.

 

How many votes do I have?

 

You are entitled to one vote for each share of our common stock that you held as of the record date.

 

What will I be voting on at the Annual Meeting?

 

At the Annual Meeting, you will be asked to:

 

· elect five directors to serve until the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified;

 

· ratify the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016; and

 

· act on any other business that may properly come before the Annual Meeting.

 

How does the Board of Directors recommend that I vote on each proposal?

 

The Board of Directors recommends a vote:

 

· FOR the election of the nominees to our Board of Directors; and

 

· FOR the ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016.

 

What is the quorum requirement for the Annual Meeting?

 

A quorum will be present if the holders of 50% of the outstanding shares of our common stock entitled to vote are present, in person or by proxy, at the Annual Meeting. If you have returned a valid proxy or, if you hold your shares in your own name as holder of record and you attend the Annual Meeting in person, your shares will be counted for the purpose of determining whether there is a quorum. Broker “non-votes” are also counted as present and entitled to vote for purposes of determining a quorum. A broker “non-vote” occurs when a broker holding shares of our common stock for a beneficial owner is present at the meeting, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote, but does not vote on a particular proposal because the broker does not have discretionary voting power with respect to that item and has not received voting instructions from the beneficial owner.

 

If a quorum is not present, the Annual Meeting may be adjourned by the chairman of the meeting until a quorum has been obtained.

 

What vote is required to approve each proposal?

 

Provided that a quorum is present, (i) the election of the nominees to our Board of Directors requires the affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the shares of our common stock represented in person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting, and (ii) the ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016 requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting. There is no cumulative voting in the election of directors.

 

Withheld votes and broker “non-votes”, if any, will have the effect of votes against the election of the nominees to our Board of Directors. Abstentions and broker “non-votes”, if any, will have no effect on the result of the ratification of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016 or any other matter for which the required vote is a majority of the votes cast.

 

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How can I vote?

 

You can vote in person at the Annual Meeting or by proxy. If you hold your shares of our common stock in your own name as a holder of record, you have the following four options for submitting your vote by proxy:

 

1. if you received printed proxy materials, by signing, dating, and mailing the proxy card in the postage-paid envelope provided;

 

2. via the Internet at www.proxyvote.com , as provided in the proxy card, the Internet Availability Notice, and in this Proxy Statement;

 

3. by (i) touch-tone telephone at the toll-free number provided in the proxy card and the Internet Availability Notice, or (ii) with a live agent by telephone at 1-855-835-8315 between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST, as provided in this Proxy Statement.

 

For those stockholders with Internet access, we encourage you to vote via the Internet, since this method of voting is quick, convenient, and cost-efficient. When you vote via the Internet or by telephone prior to the Annual Meeting date, your vote is recorded immediately and there is no risk that postal delays will cause your vote to arrive late and, therefore, not be counted.

 

If your shares of our common stock are held on your behalf by a broker, bank, or other nominee, you will receive instructions from them that you must follow to have your shares voted at the Annual Meeting.

 

How will proxies be voted?

 

Shares represented by valid proxies will be voted as specified on the proxy unless it is properly revoked prior thereto. If no specification is made on the proxy as to any one or more of the proposals, the shares of our common stock represented by the proxy will be voted as follows:

 

· FOR the election of the nominees to our Board of Directors;

 

· FOR the ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016; and

 

· in the discretion of the proxy holder on any other business that properly comes before the Annual Meeting. As of the date of this Proxy Statement, we are not aware of any other matter to be raised at the Annual Meeting.

How can I change my vote or revoke a proxy?

 

If you hold shares of our common stock in your own name as a holder of record, you may revoke your proxy at any time prior to the date and time of the Annual Meeting through any of the following methods:

 

· send written notice of revocation, prior to the Annual Meeting, to our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Mr. Joshua J. Widoff, at 518 Seventeenth Street, 17 th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80202;

 

· properly sign, date, and mail a new proxy card to our Secretary;

 

· dial the toll-free number provided in the proxy card, the Internet Availability Notice, and in this Proxy Statement and authorize your proxy again;

 

· log onto the Internet site provided in the proxy card, the Internet Availability Notice, and in this Proxy Statement and authorize your proxy again; or

 

· attend the Annual Meeting and vote your shares in person.

 

Please note that merely attending the Annual Meeting, without further action, will not revoke your proxy. If shares of our common stock are held on your behalf by a broker, bank, or other nominee, you must contact them to receive instructions as to how you may revoke your proxy.

 

Who is soliciting my proxy, and who pays the cost of this proxy solicitation?

 

The enclosed proxy is solicited by and on behalf of our Board of Directors. The expense of preparing, printing, and mailing this Proxy Statement and the proxies solicited hereby will be borne by the Company. In addition to the use of the mail, proxies may be solicited by officers and directors, without additional remuneration, by personal interview, telephone, or otherwise. The Company will also request brokerage firms, nominees, custodians, and fiduciaries to forward proxy materials to the beneficial owners of shares held of record as of the close of business on the record date and will provide reimbursement for the cost of forwarding the material.

 

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The Company has engaged Broadridge Investor Communications Solutions, Inc. (“Broadridge”) to solicit proxies for the Annual Meeting. The services to be performed by Broadridge will include consultation pertaining to the planning and organization of the solicitation, as well as assisting the Company in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. The anticipated cost for such services is expected to be between $32,000 and $40,000.

 

Where can I find the voting results after the Annual Meeting?

 

American Election Services LLC, our independent tabulating agent, will count the votes and act as the Inspector of Election. We will publish the voting results in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) within four business days after the Annual Meeting. We keep all proxies, ballots, and voting tabulations confidential as a matter of practice. We permit only our Inspector of Election, American Election Services LLC, to examine these documents.

 

Where can I find the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K?

 

A copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, as filed with the Commission on March 3, 2016, will be included in the 2015 Annual Report that will be delivered, or made available on the Internet as provided in the Internet Availability Notice, to stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting, and is available without charge to stockholders upon written request to: Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc., 518 Seventeenth Street, 17 th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80202, Attention: Investor Relations. You can also find an electronic version of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 on our website at www.dividendcapitaldiversified.com .

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Our Board of Directors consists of five directors, three of whom are independent directors, as determined by our Board of Directors. Our charter and bylaws provide that a majority of the entire Board of Directors may establish, increase, or decrease the number of directors, provided that the number of directors shall never be less than three nor more than 15. The foregoing is the exclusive means of fixing the number of directors.

 

Our Board of Directors has determined that Messrs. Charles B. Duke, Daniel J. Sullivan, and John P. Woodberry are independent within the meaning of the applicable (i) provisions set forth in our charter, (ii) requirements set forth in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) and the applicable Commission rules, and (iii) although our shares are not listed on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), independence rules set forth in the NYSE Listed Company Manual. To be considered independent under the NYSE rules, our Board of Directors must determine that a director does not have a material relationship with us and/or our consolidated subsidiaries (either directly or as a partner, stockholder, or officer of an organization that has a relationship with any of those entities).

 

Our charter defines an “independent director” as a person who has not been, directly or indirectly, associated with our Sponsor (as defined in our charter) or the Company’s advisor, Dividend Capital Total Advisors LLC (the “Advisor”), within the previous two years by virtue of:

 

· ownership interests in our Sponsor, our Advisor, or any of their affiliates;

 

· employment by our Sponsor, our Advisor, or any of their affiliates;

 

· service as an officer or director of our Sponsor, our Advisor, or any of their affiliates;

 

· performance of services, other than as a director for us;

 

· service as a director or trustee of more than three real estate investment trusts organized by our Sponsor or advised by our Advisor; or

 

· maintenance of a material business or professional relationship with our Sponsor, our Advisor, or any of their affiliates.

 

We refer to our directors who are not independent as our “interested directors.” Our charter sets forth the material business or professional relationships that cause a person to be associated with us and therefore not eligible to serve as an independent director. A business or professional relationship is per se material if the prospective independent director received more than five percent of his annual gross income in the last two years from our Sponsor, our Advisor, or any affiliate of our Sponsor or Advisor, or if more than five percent of his net worth, on a fair market value basis, has come from our Sponsor, our Advisor, or any affiliate of our Sponsor or Advisor. 

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

The Board of Directors has recommended that Messrs. Richard D. Kincaid, John A. Blumberg, Charles B. Duke, Daniel J. Sullivan, and John P. Woodberry be elected to serve on the Board of Directors, each until the annual meeting of stockholders for 2017 and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified.

 

Each nominee has consented to being named in this Proxy Statement and to serve if elected. If, prior to the Annual Meeting, any nominee should become unavailable to serve, the shares of voting securities represented by a properly executed and returned proxy will be voted for such additional person as shall be designated by the Board of Directors, unless the Board of Directors determines to reduce the number of directors in accordance with the Company’s charter and bylaws.

 

Set forth below is certain information about our directors, including their respective position, age, biographical information, directorships held in the previous five years, and the experience, qualifications, attributes, and/or skills that led the Board of Directors to determine that the person should serve as our director. All of our directors have terms expiring on the date of the Annual Meeting and are being nominated for re-election to serve until the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders or until his or her successor is elected and qualified. For information regarding each director’s beneficial ownership of shares of our common stock, see the “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management” section, and the notes thereto, included in this Proxy Statement. 

   

Richard D. Kincaid  

Chairman of the Board of Directors  

 

Age: 54 

 

Director since 2012 

 

Member of Audit Committee 

Member of Investment Committee

Richard D. Kincaid has served as our Chairman of the Board of Directors since September 2012. Prior to joining our Board of Directors, Mr. Kincaid was a Trustee and the President of Equity Office Properties Trust from November 2002, and the Chief Executive Officer from April 2003, until Equity Office Properties Trust was acquired by the Blackstone Group in February 2007. From March 1997 until November 2002, Mr. Kincaid was Executive Vice President of Equity Office Properties Trust and was Chief Operating Officer from September 2001 until November 2002. He also was Chief Financial Officer of Equity Office Properties Trust from March 1997 until August 2002, and Senior Vice President from October 1996 until March 1997. 

 

Prior to joining Equity Office Properties Trust in 1995, Mr. Kincaid was Senior Vice President of Finance for Equity Group Investments, Inc., where he oversaw debt financing activities for the public and private owners of real estate controlled by Mr. Samuel Zell. During his tenure at Equity Group Investments and Equity Office Properties Trust, Mr. Kincaid supervised more than $11 billion in financing transactions, including property level loans encumbering office buildings, apartments, and retail properties, as well as unsecured debt, convertible debt securities, and preferred stock. Prior to joining Equity Group Investments in 1990, Mr. Kincaid held positions with Barclays Bank PLC and The First National Bank of Chicago. Richard Kincaid is currently the President and Founder of the BeCause Foundation. The BeCause Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that heightens awareness about a number of complex social problems and promotes change through the power of film. Mr. Kincaid is also an active private investor in early stage companies. Mr. Kincaid is on the board of directors of Rayonier Inc. (NYSE: RYN), an international real estate investment trust (“REIT”) that specializes in timber and specialty fibers. He also serves on the board of directors of Strategic Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: BEE), an owner of upscale and luxury hotels in North America and Europe. He also serves on the board of directors of the Street Medicine Institute. Mr. Kincaid received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas, and his Bachelor’s Degree from Wichita State University.

   
 

We believe that Mr. Kincaid’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his significant leadership experience as a Trustee, the President and the Chief Executive Officer of Equity Office Properties Trust and his director positions with other public companies. He also has demonstrated strategic insight with respect to large, growing real estate companies, as he developed the financial, technology and integration strategies for Equity Office Properties Trust during its tremendous growth, which included nearly $17 billion in acquisitions. We believe that his leadership and experience are valuable additions to our Board in connection with our ongoing offering and our transition to a perpetual-life REIT.

 

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John A. Blumberg  

Director 

 

Age: 56  

 

Director since 2006 

 

Chairman of Investment Committee

John A. Blumberg  has served as a director of our Board of Directors since January 2006 and also as our Chairman of the Board of Directors from January 2006 to September 2012. Mr. Blumberg has also been a manager of our Advisor since April 2005. From October 2009 to March 2010, Mr. Blumberg served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Industrial Income Trust Inc. (“Industrial Income Trust”), a Denver, Colorado-based REIT focused on industrial real estate which was sold in November 2015. He is also currently a manager of Industrial Income Advisors LLC, the former advisor to Industrial Income Trust. Mr. Blumberg is also a manager of Industrial Property Advisors LLC, the advisor to Industrial Property Trust Inc. (“Industrial Property Trust”), a Denver, Colorado-based REIT. Mr. Blumberg is also a manager of Logistics Property Advisors LLC, the advisor to Logistics Property Trust Inc. (“Logistics Property Trust”), a Denver, Colorado-based REIT. 

 

 

Mr. Blumberg is a principal of both Dividend Capital Group LLC and Black Creek Group LLC, a Denver based real estate investment firm which he co-founded in 1993. In 2014, Mr. Blumberg joined the Board of Directors for Rayonier Inc. Since 2006, Mr. Blumberg has also been chairman of Mexico Retail Properties, a fully integrated retail real estate company that acquires, develops and manages retail properties throughout Mexico. Mr. Blumberg has been active in real estate acquisition, development and redevelopment activities since 1993 and, as of December 31, 2015, with affiliates, has overseen directly, or indirectly through affiliated entities, the acquisition, development, redevelopment, financing and sale of real properties having combined value of approximately $15.4 billion. Prior to co-founding Black Creek Group LLC, Mr. Blumberg was President of JJM Investments, which owned over 100 shopping center properties in Texas. During the 12 years prior to joining JJM Investments, Mr. Blumberg served in various positions with Manufacturer’s Hanover Real Estate, Inc., Chemical Bank and Chemical Real Estate, Inc., most recently as President of Chemical Real Estate, Inc. Mr. Blumberg holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

 

We believe that Mr. Blumberg’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors are demonstrated by his extensive experience in real estate investments, including his over 20 years of experience with Black Creek Group LLC as a co-founder of the company, his position as a principal of Dividend Capital Group LLC, his leadership experience as an executive officer of, and an advisor to, non-traded REITs and other real estate investment companies, and his experience in real estate investment banking.

   

Charles B. Duke  

Director 

 

Age: 58 

 

Director since 2006 

 

Chairman of Audit Committee

Member of Investment Committee

Charles B. Duke has served as an independent director of our Board of Directors since January 2006. He also served as an independent director on the Board of Directors of Industrial Income Trust from December 2009 to November 2015. Mr. Duke has also served as an Independent Director on the Board of Directors of Industrial Property Trust since March 2013 and as an Independent Director on the Board of Directors of Logistics Property Trust since February 2016. Mr. Duke is currently founder and Chief Executive Office of To-Table Inc. (“To-Table”), a retailer of specialty gourmet foods. Prior to founding To-Table in November 2014, Mr. Duke was involved in the management of two ink jet cartridge remanufacturers and aftermarket suppliers: Mr. Duke served as Executive Vice President of IJR, Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona, from October 2012 to July 2014, and as the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Imaging, Inc. from 1996 through 2012. Mr. Duke has been active in entrepreneurial and general business activities since 1980 and has held several executive and management roles throughout his career, including founder, president, and owner of Careyes Corporation, a private bank, registered investment advisor and a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) based in Denver, Colorado, Chief Financial Officer at Particle Measuring Systems, a global technology leader in the environmental monitoring industry based in Boulder, Colorado, and Vice President of Commercial Loans at Colorado National Bank. Mr. Duke also spent four years with Kirkpatrick Pettis, the investment-banking subsidiary of Mutual of Omaha, as Vice President of Corporate Finance, involved in primarily mergers and acquisitions, financing, and valuation activities. Mr. Duke graduated from Hamilton College in 1980 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and English. 

 

We believe that Mr. Duke’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his considerable experience in financial matters, including specifically his experience as founder and president of a private bank and as Chief Financial Officer of a significant organization, and we believe his business management experience is valuable in terms of providing director leadership. 

 

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Daniel J. Sullivan

Director 

 

Age: 50 

 

Director since 2006 

 

Member of Audit Committee

Member of Investment Committee

Member of Conflicts Resolution Committee

Daniel J. Sullivan  has served as an independent director of our Board of Directors since January 2006. Since 2003, he has been a private consultant and author. From 2003 to 2013, Mr. Sullivan was also the assistant editor of Humanitas , an academic journal published by the National Humanities Institute. Prior to that, from 1998 to 2002, he was Director of Business Development at Jordan Industries Inc. Mr. Sullivan has eighteen years of international business, consulting, and private equity investment experience, including over four years, from 1987 through 1991, in the real estate industry as an appraiser, property analyst, and investment banker with Manufacturers Hanover Real Estate Investment Banking Group in New York. During that time, Mr. Sullivan participated in the structuring and private placement of over $1 billion in long term, fixed-rate, and multi-property mortgage financings for the bank’s corporate clients. Mr. Sullivan holds a Master of Arts Degree in Political Theory from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

 

We believe that Mr. Sullivan’s diverse background in education, journalism, international business, consulting, and private equity investment adds a unique perspective to our Board of Directors in fulfilling its duties. His qualifications to serve on our Board are also demonstrated by his experience in international business, finance, and real estate investments.

   

John P. Woodberry  

Director 

 

Age: 53 

 

Director since 2006 

 

Member of Conflicts Resolution Committee

Member of Investment Committee

John P. Woodberry has served as an independent director of our Board of Directors since January 2006. Mr. Woodberry has been active in finance and investing activities since 1991. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Woodberry served as the Portfolio Manager for the India and Capital Markets Group of Passport Capital, LLC, a San Francisco-based hedge fund. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Woodberry was the President and Portfolio Manager of Independence Capital Asset Partners, LLC. Previously, from 2001 to 2004, Mr. Woodberry was a Senior Research Analyst at Cobalt Capital, LLC, a New York City-based hedge fund. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Woodberry worked for Minute Man Capital Management, LLC and Trident Investment Management, LLC, each a New York City-based hedge fund. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Woodberry worked at Templeton Investment Council Ltd. Mr. Woodberry has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stanford University.

 

We believe that Mr. Woodberry’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his depth of experience in finance, capital markets, and investment management. His managerial roles at various hedge funds, including his experience as President and Portfolio Manager of Independence Capital Asset Partners, LLC, provide him with leadership experience that we believe is valuable to our Board of Directors in fulfilling its duties.

 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE  

ELECTION OF THE NOMINEES FOR DIRECTORS IDENTIFIED ABOVE.

 

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

Board Leadership Structure

 

We separate the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our Board of Directors because we currently believe that the different roles can best be filled by different people who have different experiences and perspectives. Mr. Jeffrey L. Johnson, as our Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the execution of our business strategy and day-to-day operations. One of our interested directors, Mr. Kincaid, serves as Chairman of our Board of Directors, and, in such capacity, is responsible for presiding over our Board of Directors in its identification and execution of our operational and investment objectives, and oversight of our management team. We believe that Mr. Kincaid’s experience and background make him highly qualified to lead our Board of Directors in the fulfillment of its duties.

 

As an interested director, Mr. Kincaid may not participate as a director in determining the compensation of our Advisor, the renewal of the advisory agreement, or any other transactions or arrangements that we may enter into with regard to our Advisor or its affiliates. Our independent directors maintain authority with regard to any and all transactions and arrangements made with our Advisor. For additional discussion regarding the role that our independent directors play with regard to transactions and arrangements made with our Advisor see “Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions” in this Proxy Statement.

 

Oversight of Risk Management

 

Our Board of Directors, either directly or through designated committees, including the Audit Committee, discussed further below, oversees our risk management through its involvement in our investment, financing, financial reporting, and compliance activities.

 

We, through our Advisor, maintain internal audit and legal departments that serve our Board of Directors and our Audit Committee in their risk management oversight. Further, our management team provides our Board of Directors and our Audit Committee with periodic updates that comprehensively address areas of our business that may pose significant risks to us.

 

We emphasize the importance of professional business conduct and ethics through our corporate governance initiatives. Our Board of Directors consists of a majority of independent directors. Our Conflicts Resolution Committee consists entirely of independent directors, and our Audit Committee consists of a majority of independent directors.

 

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

 

Our Board of Directors has adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, which applies to all employees of our Advisor, and our officers and directors, including our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer. Additionally, our Board of Directors has adopted a Code of Ethics specifically for the unique and critical roles of our Chief Executive Officer and our Senior Financial Officers, including our Chief Financial Officer. Copies of the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and the Code of Ethics for our Chief Executive Officer and our Senior Financial Officers may be found on our website at www.dividendcapitaldiversified.com . Our Board of Directors must approve any amendment to or waiver of the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics as well as the Code of Ethics for our Chief Executive Officer and our Senior Financial Officers. We presently intend to disclose amendments and waivers, if any, of the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and Code of Ethics for our Chief Executive Officer and our Senior Financial Officers on our website.

 

Our Internet address is www.dividendcapitaldiversified.com . We make available, free of charge through a link on our website, our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to such reports, if any, as filed with the Commission as soon as reasonably practicable after such filing. You may also obtain these documents in print by writing us at 518 Seventeenth Street, 17 th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80202, Attention: Investor Relations.

 

Board and Committee Meetings

 

During the year ended December 31, 2015, our Board of Directors held 14 meetings. No director attended fewer than 75 percent of the aggregate of all meetings held by our Board of Directors and the committees on which such director served. The Board of Directors has three standing committees: the Audit Committee, the Investment Committee, and the Conflicts Resolution Committee. During 2015, the Audit Committee met four times, and the Investment Committee did not meet since all investment decisions were made by the Board of Directors in 2015. The Conflicts Resolution Committee has not yet held a meeting. Although director attendance at our Annual Meeting each year is encouraged, we do not have an attendance policy. In 2015, none of our directors attended the Annual Meeting in person.

 

Our Board of Directors also adopted a delegation of authority policy on December 5, 2013, as amended and restated as of September 30, 2015; and, pursuant to such policy, has established a Management Committee and delegated the authority for certain actions to the Management Committee. The Management Committee is not a committee of our Board of Directors.

 

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Audit Committee.  The members of our Audit Committee are Messrs. Duke, Kincaid and Sullivan. Messrs. Duke and Sullivan are each an independent director and Mr. Kincaid is an interested director. Our Audit Committee operates under a written charter, a copy of which is available under the “Corporate Governance” section of our website at www.dividendcapitaldiversified.com . The Board of Directors has determined that each member of our Audit Committee is financially literate as such qualification is interpreted by our Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Duke qualifies as an “Audit Committee Financial Expert” as defined by the rules of the Commission.

 

Our Audit Committee meets on a regular basis, at least quarterly and more frequently as necessary. Our Audit Committee’s primary function is to assist our Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by reviewing the financial information to be provided to stockholders and others, reviewing our system of internal controls, which management has established, overseeing the audit and financial reporting process, including the preapproval of services performed by our independent registered public accounting firm, and overseeing certain areas of risk management.

 

Investment Committee. The members of our Investment Committee are Messrs. Blumberg, Kincaid, Duke, Sullivan, and Woodberry. Messrs. Duke, Sullivan, and Woodberry are each an independent director, and Messrs. Kincaid and Blumberg are each an interested director. Our Board of Directors has delegated to the Investment Committee (a) certain responsibilities with respect to specific real property and real estate-related debt and securities investments proposed by the Advisor and its product specialists and (b) the authority to review our investment policies and procedures on an ongoing basis and recommend any changes to our Board.

 

Our Board of Directors has delegated to our Investment Committee the authority to approve any real property acquisitions and developments (including real property portfolio acquisitions and developments), for a purchase price or total project cost of up to $25,000,000. Our Board of Directors, including a majority of our independent directors, must approve all real property acquisitions and developments, including real property portfolio acquisitions and developments, for a purchase price or total project cost greater than $25,000,000, including the financing of such acquisitions and developments. During the year ended December 31, 2015, all real property acquisitions were approved by our Board of Directors.

 

With respect to real estate-related debt and securities, our Board of Directors has delegated to the Investment Committee the authority to approve real estate-related debt and securities investment thresholds as well as certain responsibilities for approving ongoing monitoring and rebalancing measures within the context of our Board of Directors’ approved real estate-related debt and securities investment strategy and asset allocation framework.

 

Conflicts Resolution Committee. The members of our Conflicts Resolution Committee are Messrs. Sullivan and Woodberry, each of whom is an independent director. Our Board of Directors has delegated to our Conflicts Resolution Committee the responsibility to consider and resolve all conflicts that may arise between us, Industrial Property Trust, and Logistics Property Trust, including conflicts that may arise as a result of the investment allocation methodology that our Advisor utilizes for allocating investment opportunities that are suitable for us and are also suitable for Industrial Property Trust and/or Logistics Property Trust.

 

Compensation Committee. We do not have a standing Compensation Committee. Our Board of Directors may establish a Compensation Committee in the future to administer our equity incentive plans. The primary function of a Compensation Committee would be to administer the granting of awards to our independent directors and selected employees of our Advisor, based upon recommendations from our Advisor, and to set the terms and conditions of such awards in accordance with the equity incentive plans. A Compensation Committee, if formed, will consist entirely of our independent directors. We do not have a charter that governs the process of setting compensation. For information regarding the determination of compensation to our Advisor and its affiliates, see the “Compensation to our Advisor and its Affiliates” section included in this Proxy Statement.

 

Nominating Committee. We do not have a standing Nominating Committee. Our Board of Directors has determined that it is appropriate for us not to have a Nominating Committee because all of the matters for which a Nominating Committee would be responsible are presently considered by our entire Board of Directors. We do not have a charter that governs the director nomination process.

 

Each member of our Board of Directors participates in the consideration of director nominees although our independent directors nominate replacements for vacancies among the independent directors’ positions. The process followed by our Board of Directors to identify and evaluate director candidates includes requests to members of our Board of Directors and others for recommendations, meetings from time to time to evaluate biographical information and background material relating to potential candidates, and interviews of selected candidates by members of our Board of Directors. In considering whether to recommend any particular candidate for inclusion in its slate of recommended director nominees, our Board of Directors considers various criteria including the candidate’s integrity, business acumen, knowledge of our business and industry, age, experience, diligence, conflicts of interest, and ability to act in the interests of all stockholders. Our Board of Directors does not assign specific weights to particular criteria and no particular criterion is a prerequisite for each prospective nominee. Our Board of Directors does not have a policy with regard to the consideration of diversity in identifying director candidates, but our Board of Directors believes that the backgrounds and qualifications of its directors, considered as a whole, should provide a composite mix of experience, knowledge, and abilities that will allow our Board of Directors to fulfill its responsibilities.

 

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Stockholders may recommend individuals to our Board of Directors for consideration as potential director candidates by submitting their names, together with appropriate biographical information and background materials. Assuming that appropriate biographical and background material has been provided on a timely basis, our Board of Directors will evaluate stockholder-recommended candidates by following substantially the same process, and applying substantially the same criteria, as it follows for candidates submitted by others.

 

Management Committee. The members of our Management Committee are Jeffrey L. Johnson, M. Kirk Scott, J. Michael Lynch, Richard D. Kincaid, Joshua J. Widoff, Gregory M. Moran, Eileen Hallquist, Gary M. Reiff (the general counsel of the Advisor), John A. Blumberg, James R. Mulvihill, Evan H. Zucker (Messrs. Blumberg, Mulvihill and Zucker are the managers of the Advisor), and, if deciding upon a disposition, Andrea L. Karp (our Senior Vice President of Real Estate).

 

With respect to real property investments, the Board of Directors has delegated to the Management Committee the authority to approve all real property dispositions, including real property portfolio dispositions, for a sales price of up to $25,000,000, provided that the total dispositions approved by the Management Committee in any quarter may not exceed $50,000,000. The Board of Directors, including a majority of the independent directors, must approve all real property dispositions, including real property portfolio dispositions, (i) for a sales price greater than $25,000,000, and (ii) once the total dispositions approved by the Management Committee in any quarter equals $50,000,000, for any sales price through the end of such quarter.

 

With respect to the lease of real property, the Board of Directors has delegated (i) to the Chief Executive Officer, President, or Executive Vice President – Retail of the Company the authority to approve any lease of real property, on such terms as the Chief Executive Officer, President, or Executive Vice President – Retail deems necessary, advisable, or appropriate, for total base rent not to exceed $10,000,000 over the base term of the lease, and (ii) to the Management Committee the authority to approve the lease of real property, on such terms as the Management Committee deems necessary, advisable, or appropriate, for total base rent not to exceed $50,000,000 over the base term of the lease.

 

With respect to capital expenditures (excluding capital expenditures approved by the Board of Directors in the ordinary course of budget approvals), (i) the President of the Company is authorized to approve any capital expenditure of up to $1,000,000 over the line item approved by the Board of Directors in the budget for the specified property, and (ii) the Management Committee is authorized to approve any capital expenditure of up to $5,000,000 over the line item approved by the Board of Directors in the budget for the specified property.

 

With respect to borrowing and refinancing decisions, the Board of Directors has authorized (i) the Chief Financial Officer to review and approve any proposed new borrowing or refinancing (secured or unsecured) for an amount of up to $25,000,000, (ii) the Management Committee to review and approve any proposed new borrowing (secured or unsecured) for an amount of up to $50,000,000, provided that the total new borrowings approved by the Management Committee in any quarter may not exceed $100,000,000, and (iii) the Management Committee to review and approve any proposed new refinancing (secured or unsecured) for an amount of up to $100,000,000, provided that the total new refinancings approved by the Management Committee in any quarter may not exceed $100,000,000.

 

Stockholder and Interested Party Communications with Directors

 

We provide the opportunity for our stockholders and other interested parties to communicate with any member, or all members, of our Board of Directors by mail. To communicate with our Board of Directors, correspondence should be addressed to our Board of Directors or any one or more individual directors or group or committee of directors by either name or title. All such correspondence should be sent to the following address:

 

The Board of Directors of Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc. 

c/o Mr. Joshua J. Widoff, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary 

518 Seventeenth Street, 17 th Floor  

Denver, Colorado 80202

 

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All communications received as described above will be opened by our Secretary for the sole purpose of determining whether the contents constitute a communication to our directors. Any contents that are not in the nature of advertising, promotions of a product or service, or patently offensive material will be forwarded promptly to the director or directors to whom it is addressed. In the case of communications to our Board of Directors or to any group of directors, our Secretary will make sufficient copies of the contents to send to each addressee.

 

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

The following table shows the names and ages of our current executive officers and the positions held by each individual. A description of the business experience of each individual for at least the past five years follows the table. All officers serve at the discretion of our Board of Directors. 

         

Name  

 

 

Age  

 

 

Position 

 

Jeffrey L. Johnson   56   Chief Executive Officer
J. Michael Lynch   63   President
M. Kirk Scott   37   Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Joshua J. Widoff   45   Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Gregory M. Moran   43   Executive Vice President

 

Jeffrey L. Johnson has served as our Chief Executive Officer since January 2013. Mr. Johnson served as Managing Principal of Lakeshore Holdings, LLC, a private equity real estate firm that he founded, from 2007 through December 2012. Mr. Johnson has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of our Advisor since January 2013. From December 2009 to June 2011, he also served as founder and Managing Principal of Reunion Office Holdings, LLC, a private equity real estate firm, and from January 2009 to November 2009, he served as Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Transwestern Investment Company, a private equity real estate firm now known as Pearlmark Real Estate Partners. From 2003 until Equity Office Properties Trust was acquired by the Blackstone Group in February 2007, Mr. Johnson served as Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Equity Office Properties Trust. Equity Office Properties Trust was a publicly traded REIT and at that time was the largest publicly traded owner and manager of office properties in the United States. While at Equity Office Properties Trust, Mr. Johnson restructured the investment group and implemented an investment strategy that resulted in over $12.5 billion in transaction volume, providing capital for a $2.6 billion stock repurchase. From 1990 to 1999, Mr. Johnson was a senior executive at Equity Office Properties Trust and its predecessor entities, most recently serving as Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Johnson was instrumental in completing Equity Office Property Trust’s initial public offering in July 1997, setting investment strategies and completing over $9 billion of real estate operating company transactions and property acquisitions. From 1990 to 1996, he was a senior acquisitions officer where he was responsible for acquiring over $1.2 billion of office properties. From 2000 through 2003, Mr. Johnson served as a Managing Director, founding Partner and Co-Head of U.S. Investments for Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.’s real estate private equity group, where he was one of six founding members that raised a $1.6 billion first-time fund, built an international investment group and executed a process that resulted in $580 million of equity investments, in over $6.9 billion of real estate, during the fund’s first 30 months.

 

During his career, Mr. Johnson has overseen acquisition and disposition activity in various real estate and real estate-related investments, including core office properties, development projects, joint ventures, international investments, mezzanine loans and multi-asset class portfolio transactions. He has also been instrumental in numerous significant public and private capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Mr. Johnson serves on the Northwestern University Kellogg Real Estate Advisory Board. Mr. Johnson is also a member of each of the Urban Land Institute and the Chicago Commonwealth Club. Mr. Johnson received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his Bachelor’s Degree from Denison University.

 

J. Michael Lynch has served as our President since July 2013. Mr. Lynch has over 30 years of real estate development and investment experience. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lynch served as Chief Investment Officer of Arden Realty, Inc., a GE Capital Real Estate Company, from May 2007 to June 2013. While with Arden Realty, Mr. Lynch oversaw capital market activities for a $4.5 billion office and industrial portfolio and led a team responsible for approximately $2 billion in acquisition and disposition activity. From May 2004 to March 2007, he served as Senior Vice President of Investments for Equity Office Properties Trust. While at Equity Office Properties Trust, Mr. Lynch managed office investment activity in major cities in the Western U.S. and development activity throughout the U.S. and completed transactions valued at over $1.5 billion of core and core-plus properties.

 

Mr. Lynch serves as an Advisory Board member for American Homes 4 Rent. Mr. Lynch received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, cum laude, from Mount Saint Mary’s College and his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

 

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M. Kirk Scott has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since April 2009 and served as our Vice President and Controller from April 2008 to September 2011. Since joining us in April 2008, Mr. Scott has overseen and developed investor and lender relations, finance, financial reporting, accounting, budgeting, forecasting, internal audit, securities and tax compliance, lender relations and other related areas of responsibilities. Prior to joining us in 2008, Mr. Scott was Controller of Denver-based NexCore Group, a fully-integrated real estate development and operating company primarily focused within the medical office sector that, at the time, had developed or acquired over 4.7 million square feet of facilities. Within his capacity as Controller, Mr. Scott directed and oversaw the accounting, financial reporting and compliance, budgeting, forecasting and investor relation functions for the NexCore Group. From 2002 until 2006, Mr. Scott was Assistant Controller at Dividend Capital Group LLC and DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (NYSE: DCT) during that company’s growth from inception to more than $2 billion in assets under management where he was responsible for establishing the organization’s accounting and financial reporting function including compliance with the rules and regulations of the Commission, FINRA, the Internal Revenue Service and various state blue sky laws. Prior thereto, Mr. Scott was an auditor with KPMG focused on various real estate assignments. Mr. Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, cum laude, from the University of Wyoming.

 

Joshua J. Widoff has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since October 2010, and served as Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel from September 2007 to October 2010. He also served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Industrial Income Trust from November 2013 until November 2015, and as its Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from May 2009 to December 2013. Mr. Widoff has served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Industrial Property Trust since September 2012 and as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Logistics Property Trust since November 2014. Mr. Widoff has also been the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of DC Industrial Liquidating Trust, a Maryland trust, since October 2015. He has also served as a Managing Director of Black Creek Group LLC, a Denver-based private equity real estate firm, since September 2007, and as Executive Vice President of Dividend Capital Group LLC since October 2010. Prior to joining us in September 2007, Mr. Widoff was a partner from October 2002 to July 2007 at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, P.C., where he was active in the management of the firm, serving as chairman of both the firm’s Associate and Recruiting Committees and overseeing an integrated team of attorneys and paralegals servicing clients primarily in the commercial real estate business. During more than a dozen years of private practice, he managed transactions involving the acquisition, development, leasing, financing and disposition of various real estate assets, including vacant land, apartment and office buildings, hotels, casinos, industrial/warehouse facilities and shopping centers. He also participated in asset and stock acquisition transactions, convertible debt financings, private offerings and complex joint venture negotiations. Mr. Widoff served as general business counsel on a variety of contract and operational issues to a wide range of clients in diverse businesses. Mr. Widoff currently serves as a Vice-Chair and Commissioner for the Denver Urban Renewal Authority. Mr. Widoff received his Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity University in Texas and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

 

Gregory M. Moran has served as Executive Vice President since July 2013. Mr. Moran also has served as a Vice President of Investments of Dividend Capital Group LLC and Dividend Capital Total Advisors Group LLC since August 2005. Mr. Moran has been an active participant in the institutional real estate community since 1998. From December 2001 through July 2005, Mr. Moran was a Portfolio Manager in the Real Estate Investment Group for the Public Employees’ Retirement Association of Colorado where he was directly involved in the ongoing management of a global real estate investment portfolio with over $2 billion of invested equity. Mr. Moran was responsible for sourcing and underwriting new investment opportunities, ongoing asset management of existing portfolio investments and relationship management for over a dozen joint venture partners and advisors of the fund. From September 1998 through December 2001, Mr. Moran worked in the Capital Markets Group at Sonnenblick Goldman Company, most recently as a Vice President. During this time, Mr. Moran was responsible for raising and structuring debt and equity investments in commercial real estate projects on behalf of public and private real estate investment companies. Mr. Moran received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin — McCombs School of Business. He is also a CFA Charterholder, and a member of the CFA Institute, Urban Land Institute and Pension Real Estate Association.

 

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COMPENSATION OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

Compensation of Directors

 

We pay each of our independent directors $8,750 per quarter plus $2,000 for each regular Board of Directors meeting attended in person, $1,000 for each regular Board of Directors meeting attended by telephone, and $2,000 for each committee meeting and each special Board of Directors meeting attended in person or by telephone. We also pay the chairman of the Audit Committee an annual retainer of $7,500 (prorated for a partial term). All directors receive reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with attending Board meetings. If a director is also one of our officers, we will not pay additional compensation for services rendered as a director. The amount and form of compensation payable to our independent directors for their service to us is determined by our independent directors, based upon recommendations from our Advisor. Certain of our executive officers may, in their capacities as officers and/or employees our Advisor, participate in recommending compensation for our directors.

 

RSU Awards

 

In addition, at each annual meeting of stockholders the independent directors will automatically, upon election, receive an award (“Annual Award”), pursuant to either the Equity Incentive Plan or the Secondary Plan (as defined below under “Equity Incentive Plans”), of $10,000 in restricted stock units (“RSUs”) with respect to Class I shares of our common stock, with the number of RSUs based on the NAV per Class I share as of the end of the day of the annual meeting. Independent directors appointed after an annual meeting will, upon appointment, receive a pro rata Annual Award, with the number of RSUs based on the Class I NAV as of the end of the day of appointment and reflecting the number of days remaining until the one-year anniversary of the prior annual meeting of stockholders (or, if earlier and if scheduled as of the day of appointment, the date of the next scheduled annual meeting of stockholders).

 

RSUs will vest if and when the director completes the term for which he or she was elected/appointed. Unvested awards will also vest in the event of death or disability of the director or upon a change of control of our company. Unvested awards will be forfeited if the director’s term in office terminates prematurely for any other reason. The directors may elect to defer settlement of vested awards in shares pursuant to Section 409A of Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).

 

The following table sets forth information concerning the compensation of our independent directors for the year ended December 31, 2015:

 

Name  

 

 

Fees Earned or  

Paid in Cash (1)

   

Stock Awards  (2)  

 

   

Total  

 

 
Charles B. Duke   $ 78,500     $ 10,383     $ 88,883  
Daniel J. Sullivan     71,000       10,383       81,383  
John P. Woodberry     61,000       10,383       71,383  
Total   $ 210,500     $ 31,149     $ 241,649  

 

(1) This column reflects fees earned in 2015. In addition, the following amounts were earned in 2014 and paid in 2015: $20,625 for Mr. Duke, $18,750 for Mr. Sullivan and $14,750 for Mr. Woodberry.

(2) Includes (i) the amortized portion of an Annual Award which was made on June 25, 2014 to each independent director then in office and fully vested on June 24, 2015, with the number of RSUs based on the Class I NAV as of the end of the day on June 25, 2014 (“2014 Director RSU Grant”), (ii) the amortized portion of an Annual Award which was made on June 25, 2015 to each independent director then in office and will fully vest on June 23, 2016, with the number of RSUs based on the Class I NAV as of the end of the day on June 25, 2015, and (iii) the dividend equivalents related to the 2014 Director RSU Grant, which was accrued over the one-year period between June 25, 2014 and June 24, 2015 and fully vested on June 24, 2015, the date the 2014 Director RSU Grant fully vested.  

Executive Compensation

 

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

 

Because our advisory agreement provides that our Advisor assumes principal responsibility for managing our affairs, we have no employees, and our executive officers, in their capacities as such, do not receive compensation from us, nor do they work exclusively on our affairs. In their capacities as officers or employees of our Advisor or its affiliates, they devote such portion of their time to our affairs as is required for the performance of the duties of our Advisor under the advisory agreement. The compensation received by our executive officers is not paid or determined by us, but rather by an affiliate of the Advisor based on all of the services provided by these individuals. See “Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions” below for a summary of the fees and expenses payable to our Advisor and its affiliates. 

 

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Compensation Committee Report

 

We do not currently have a Compensation Committee, however, our Compensation Committee, if formed, would be comprised entirely of independent directors. In lieu of a formal Compensation Committee, our independent directors perform an equivalent function. Our independent directors have reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis above with management. Based on the independent directors’ review of the CD&A and their discussions of the CD&A with management, the independent directors recommended to the Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors has approved, that the CD&A be included in this Proxy Statement. 

   
  INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS:
   
 

Charles B. Duke 

Daniel J. Sullivan 

John P. Woodberry

 

The foregoing report shall not be deemed to be “soliciting material” or incorporated by reference by any general statement incorporating by reference this Proxy Statement into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or under the Exchange Act, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate this information by reference, and shall not otherwise be deemed filed under such Acts.

 

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

We do not currently have a Compensation Committee, however, we intend that our Compensation Committee, if formed, would be comprised entirely of independent directors. In lieu of a formal Compensation Committee, our independent directors perform an equivalent function. None of our independent directors served as one of our officers or employees or as an officer or employee of any of our subsidiaries during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, or formerly served as one of our officers or as an officer of any of our subsidiaries. In addition, during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, none of our executive officers served as a director or member of a compensation committee (or other board committee performing equivalent functions or, in the absence of any such committee, the entire Board of Directors) of any entity that has one or more executive officers or directors serving as a member of our Board of Directors.

 

We do not expect that any of our executive officers will serve as a director or member of the compensation committee of any entity whose executive officers include a member of our Compensation Committee, if formed.

 

Equity Incentive Plans

 

Second Amended and Restated Equity Incentive Plan

 

On March 12, 2015, our Board of Directors adopted the Second Amended and Restated Equity Incentive Plan (the “Equity Incentive Plan”). The Equity Incentive Plan was approved by our stockholders on June 23, 2015. The Equity Incentive Plan provides for the granting of cash-based awards and stock-based awards, including stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, and stock units to our employees (if we have any in the future), our independent directors, employees of the Advisor or its affiliates, other advisors and consultants of ours and of the Advisor selected by the plan administrator for participation in the Equity Incentive Plan, and any prospective director, officer, employee, consultant, or advisor of the Company and the Advisor. Any such stock-based awards, including stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, and stock units will provide for exercise prices, where applicable, that are not less than the fair market value of shares of our common stock on the date of the grant.

 

Our Board of Directors administers the Equity Incentive Plan as the plan administrator, with sole authority to select participants, determine the types of awards to be granted and determine all the terms and conditions of the awards, including whether the grant, vesting or settlement of awards may be subject to the attainment of one or more performance goals. No awards will be granted under the Equity Incentive Plan if the grant, vesting and/or exercise of the awards would jeopardize our status as a real estate investment trust for tax purposes or otherwise violate the ownership and transfer restrictions imposed under our charter. Unless determined by the plan administrator, no award granted under the Equity Incentive Plan will be transferable except through the laws of descent and distribution.

 

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An aggregate maximum of 5.0 million shares of our common stock may be issued upon grant, vesting or exercise of awards under the Equity Incentive Plan, although the Board of Directors, to date, has only authorized and reserved for issuance a total of 2.0 million shares of our common stock under the Equity Incentive Plan. In addition, to any individual in any single calendar year no more than 200,000 shares may be made subject to stock options or stock appreciation rights under the Equity Incentive Plan and no more than 200,000 shares may be made subject to other stock-based awards under the Equity Incentive Plan. Further, no more than $1.0 million may be paid under a cash-based award to any individual in a single calendar year. If any shares subject to an award under the Equity Incentive Plan are forfeited, or cancelled, or surrendered or an award is settled in cash, terminates unearned, or expires, in each case, without a distribution of shares, the shares with respect to such award shall, to the extent of any such forfeiture, cancellation, cash settlement, termination or expiration, again be available for awards under the Equity Incentive Plan. By contrast, if shares are surrendered or withheld as payment of the exercise price of an award or withholding taxes in respect of an award, the shares with respect to such award shall, to the extent of any such surrender or withholding, no longer be available for awards under the Equity Incentive Plan. In the event of certain corporate transactions affecting our common stock, such as, for example, a reorganization, recapitalization, merger, spin-off, split-off, stock dividend or extraordinary dividend, our Board of Directors will have the sole authority to determine whether and in what manner to equitably adjust the number and type of shares and the exercise prices applicable to outstanding awards under the plan, the number and type of shares reserved for future issuance under the plan, and, if applicable, performance goals applicable to outstanding awards under the plan. Fractional shares that result from any adjustment will be disregarded.

 

Under the Equity Incentive Plan, the plan administrator will determine the treatment of awards in the event of a change in our control. The Equity Incentive Plan will automatically expire on March 12, 2025, unless earlier terminated by our Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors may terminate the Equity Incentive Plan at any time. The expiration or other termination of the Equity Incentive Plan will have no adverse impact on any award that is outstanding at the time the Equity Incentive Plan expires or is terminated without the consent of the holder of the outstanding award. Our Board of Directors may amend the Equity Incentive Plan at any time, but no amendment will adversely affect any award on a retroactive basis without the consent of the holder of the outstanding award, and no amendment to Equity Incentive Plan will be effective without the approval of our stockholders if such approval is required by any law, regulation or rule applicable to the Equity Incentive Plan. The same is true for any amendment to remove the prohibition on repricing. No amendment will be made that could jeopardize the status of the Company as a REIT under the Code.

 

Secondary Equity Incentive Plan

 

On March 12, 2015, the Board of Directors also adopted the Amended and Restated Secondary Equity Incentive Plan (the “Secondary Plan”). The Secondary Plan was approved by our stockholders on June 23, 2015. The Secondary Plan is substantially similar to the Equity Incentive Plan, except that under the Secondary Plan, an eligible participant is any person, trust, association or entity to which the plan administrator desires to grant an award. An aggregate maximum of 5.0 million shares may be issued upon grant, vesting or exercise of awards under the Secondary Plan, although the Board of Directors, to date, has only authorized and reserved for issuance a total of 2.0 million shares of our common stock under the Secondary Plan.

 

The following table gives information regarding our equity incentive plans as of April 4, 2016. 

                         
      Equity Compensation Plans Information  
Plan Category     Number of Securities To Be Issued Upon Exercise of Outstanding Options, Warrants, and Rights       Weighted-Average Exercise Price of Outstanding Options, Warrants, and Rights       Number of Securities Remaining Available for Future
Issuance Under Equity
Compensation Plans (1)
 
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders     4,116 (2)   $       1,862,206  
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders                 1,983,710  
                         
Total / Weighted Average     4,116     $       3,845,916  

 

 

 

(1) We have two equity incentive plans. Under each plan, an aggregate maximum of 5.0 million shares may be issued upon grant, vesting or exercise of awards, although the Board of Directors, as of April 4, 2016, has only authorized and reserved for issuance a total of 2.0 million shares of our common stock under each plan.

(2) Amount represents the number of RSUs with respect to Class I shares of our common stock that were granted to our independent directors and had not yet vested as of April 4, 2016.

  

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

 

The following table shows, as of April 4, 2016, the amount of each class of our common stock beneficially owned (unless otherwise indicated) by (i) any person who is known by us to be the beneficial owner of more than five percent of the outstanding shares of such class, (ii) our directors, (iii) our executive officers, and (iv) all of our directors and executive officers as a group.

 

Unless otherwise indicated below, each person or entity has an address in care of our principal executive offices at 518 Seventeenth Street, 17th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80202. 

 

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner (1) Amount and Nature of Beneficial Ownership Percent of Common Stock of Applicable Class
Dividend Capital Total Advisors LLC (2) 20,000 Class E shares *
  11,687 Class I shares *
John A. Blumberg (Director) (2) 36,822 Class I shares *
Charles B. Duke (Independent Director) 2,200 Class I shares *
Richard D. Kincaid (Chairman and Director) 45,589 Class I shares *
Daniel J. Sullivan (Independent Director) 2,280 Class I shares *
John P. Woodberry (Independent Director) 7,200 Class I shares *
Jeffrey L. Johnson (Chief Executive Officer) 156,084 Class I shares *
J. Michael Lynch (President and Chief Operating Officer) 54,062 Class I shares *
M. Kirk Scott (Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer) 22,994 Class I shares *
Joshua J. Widoff (Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary) 12,656 Class I shares *
Gregory M. Moran (Executive Vice President) 3,707 Class I shares *
Beneficial ownership of Common Stock by all directors and executive officers as a group (10 persons) (2) 20,000 Class E shares *
  355,281 Class I shares 1.5%

 
* Less than 1%.

(1) Except as otherwise indicated below, each beneficial owner has the sole power to vote and dispose of all common stock held by that beneficial owner. Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act. Common stock issuable pursuant to options, to the extent such options are exercisable within 60 days, is treated as beneficially owned and outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of the person holding the option, but is not treated as outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person.

(2) The Advisor and the parent of the Advisor are presently each directly or indirectly controlled by one or more of the following and/or their affiliates: John A. Blumberg, James R. Mulvihill, and Evan H. Zucker.

 

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

 

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires our directors, our officers, and certain beneficial owners, or, collectively, reporting persons, to file reports of holdings and transactions in our shares of common stock with the Commission. To our knowledge, based solely on review of copies of such reports, during the year ended December 31, 2015, all of such reporting persons complied with all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to them.

 

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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

The Advisory Agreement

 

We rely on our Advisor to manage our day-to-day activities and to implement our investment strategy. We, Dividend Capital Total Operating Partnership LP (the “Operating Partnership”), and our Advisor are party to a Ninth Amended and Restated Advisory Agreement, dated as of March 2, 2016, effective through June 30, 2016, which we refer to herein as the “Advisory Agreement”. The Advisory Agreement expires on June 30 of each calendar year, subject to renewals by our Board of Directors for an unlimited number of successive one-year periods. Our officers and our interested directors are all employees or principals of our Advisor. Our Advisor is presently directly or indirectly majority owned, controlled, and/or managed by John A. Blumberg, James R. Mulvihill, Evan H. Zucker, and/or their affiliates.

 

Under the terms of the Advisory Agreement, our Advisor uses its best efforts, subject to the oversight, review, and approval of the Board of Directors, to perform the following:

 

· Participate in formulating an investment strategy and asset allocation framework consistent with achieving our investment objectives;

 

· Assist our Board of Directors in developing, overseeing, implementing, and coordinating our daily net asset value (“NAV”) procedures;

 

· Provide information about our properties and other assets and liabilities to the independent valuation firm and other parties involved in determining our daily NAV;

 

· Research, identify, review, and recommend to our Board of Directors for approval real property and real estate-related acquisitions and dispositions consistent with our investment policies and objectives;

 

· Structure the terms and conditions of transactions pursuant to which acquisitions and dispositions of real properties and real estate-related investments will be made;

 

· Actively oversee and manage our real property and real estate-related investment portfolios for purposes of meeting our investment objectives;

 

· Manage our day-to-day affairs, including financial accounting and reporting, investor relations, marketing, informational systems, and other administrative services on our behalf;

 

· Select joint venture partners and product specialists, structure corresponding agreements, and oversee and monitor these relationships; and

 

· Arrange for financing and refinancing of our assets.

 

The independent directors will evaluate the performance of our Advisor before renewing the Advisory Agreement. The Advisory Agreement may be terminated:

 

· Immediately by us for “cause” (as defined in the Advisory Agreement) or upon the bankruptcy of our Advisor;

 

· Without cause or penalty by a majority of our independent directors upon 60 days’ written notice; or

 

· With “good reason” (as defined in the Advisory Agreement) by our Advisor upon 60 days’ written notice.

 

In the event of the termination of the Advisory Agreement, our Advisor will cooperate with us and take all reasonable steps requested to assist our Board of Directors in making an orderly transition of the advisory function. Before selecting a successor advisor, our Board of Directors must determine that any successor advisor possesses sufficient qualifications to perform the advisory function and to justify the compensation it would receive from us.

 

Compensation to our Advisor

 

Our Advisor and its affiliates are paid fees and reimbursed certain expenses in connection with services they provide to us. In connection with our current public offering, we entered into the Advisory Agreement, which modified the fees and expense reimbursements payable to our Advisor. In the event the Advisory Agreement is terminated, our Advisor will be paid all accrued and unpaid fees and expense reimbursements earned prior to the date of termination. We will not reimburse our Advisor or its affiliates for services for which our Advisor or its affiliates are entitled to compensation in the form of a separate fee. Our Advisor may also, directly or indirectly (including, without limitation, through us or our subsidiaries), receive fees from our joint venture partners or co-owners of our properties for services provided to them with respect to their proportionate interests. Fees received from joint venture partners or co-owners of our properties and paid, directly or indirectly (including without limitation, through us or our subsidiaries), to our Advisor may be more or less than similar fees that we pay to our Advisor pursuant to the Advisory Agreement.

 

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The following table summarizes all of the compensation and fees, including reimbursement of expenses, that are payable by us to our Advisor. 

   
·      Advisory Fees — Advisor

In consideration for the asset management services it provides on our behalf, we pay our Advisor an advisory fee equal to: (1) a fixed component, payable monthly in arrears, that accrues daily in an amount equal to 1/365th of 1.15% of (a) the “Aggregate Fund NAV” (i.e., the aggregate net asset value or “NAV” of our Class E shares, Class A shares, Class W shares and Class I shares, along with the OP Units in our Operating Partnership held by third parties) for such day and (b) the consideration received by us or our affiliate for selling beneficial interests in specific Delaware statutory trusts to third party investors (“DST Properties”), net of up-front fees and expense reimbursements payable out of gross sale proceeds from the sale of such interests, and (2) a performance component calculated on the basis of the overall non-compounded investment return provided to holders of “Fund Interests” (defined as our Class E shares, Class A shares, Class W shares, and Class I shares, along with the OP Units in our Operating Partnership held by third parties) such that our Advisor receives 25% of the overall return in excess of 6%; provided that in no event may the performance component exceed 10% of the overall return for such year, and subject to certain other limitations. 

 

We also pay our Advisor a development management fee equal to 4.0% of the cost to develop, construct, or improve any real property assets, including DST Properties. 

 

In addition, we pay our Advisor a fee of 1.0% of the total consideration we receive upon the sale of real property assets, excluding DST Properties. 

 

Further, for providing a substantial amount of services in connection with the sale of a property (excluding DST Properties), as determined by a majority of our independent directors, we pay our Advisor up to 50.0% of the reasonable, customary, and competitive commission paid for the sale of a comparable real property, provided that such amount shall not exceed 1.0% of the contract price of the property sold and, when added to all other real estate commissions paid to unaffiliated parties in connection with the sale, may not exceed the lesser of a competitive real estate commission or 6.0% of the sales price of the property.

   
·      Expense Reimbursement — Advisor Subject to certain limitations, we reimburse our Advisor for all of the costs it incurs in connection with the services it provides to us, including, without limitation, our allocable share of our Advisor’s overhead, which includes but is not limited to our Advisor’s rent, utilities, and personnel costs, as well as a portion of the compensation payable to our principal executive officer and our principal financial officer. We do not reimburse our Advisor or its affiliates for services for which our Advisor or its affiliates are entitled to compensation in the form of a separate fee.
   

·      Issuer Organization and Offering Expense Reimbursement — Advisor or its affiliates, including our Dealer Manager

 

 

 

·      Additional Underwriting Compensation – our Dealer Manager or our Advisor

We pay directly, or reimburse our Advisor and our Dealer Manager (as defined herein) if they pay on our behalf, any organization and offering expenses (other than selling commissions, the dealer manager fee, distribution fees, the primary dealer fee, supplemental fees and commissions, and certain other amounts) as and when incurred. After the termination of the current primary offering and again after termination of the offering under our distribution reinvestment plan, our Advisor has agreed to reimburse us to the extent that total cumulative organization and offering expenses (including selling commissions, the primary dealer fee, the dealer manager fee, and distribution fees) that we incur exceed 15% of our gross proceeds from the applicable offering. 

 

We pay directly, or reimburse our Advisor and our Dealer Manager if they pay on our behalf, certain additional items of underwriting compensation including legal fees of our Dealer Manager, reimbursements for customary travel, lodging, meals and reasonable entertainment expenses of registered persons associated with our Dealer Manager, the cost of educational conferences held by us, including costs reimbursement for registered persons associated with our Dealer Manager and registered representatives of participating broker-dealers to attend educational conferences sponsored by us, attendance fees and costs reimbursement for registered persons associated with our Dealer Manager to attend seminars conducted by participating broker-dealers, and promotional items. In addition to this additional underwriting compensation, our Advisor may also pay our Dealer Manager additional amounts to fund certain of our Dealer Manager’s costs and expenses related to the distribution of this offering, which will not be reimbursed by us. Also, our Dealer Manager may pay supplemental fees or commissions to participating broker-dealers and servicing broker-dealers with respect to Class I shares sold in the primary offering, which will not be reimbursed by us. 

 

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Property Management Agreement

 

We are a party to a property management agreement dated January 9, 2006, or the “Property Management Agreement”, with Dividend Capital Property Management LLC, or the “Property Manager”. Under the Property Management Agreement, the Property Manager may perform certain property management services for us and our Operating Partnership. The Property Manager is an affiliate of our Advisor and was organized in April 2002 to lease and manage real properties acquired by Dividend Capital-affiliated entities or other third parties. Pursuant to the Property Management Agreement, we will pay the Property Manager a property management fee equal to a market-based percentage of the annual gross revenues of each of our real properties managed by the Property Manager. The actual percentage will be variable and is dependent upon geographic location and product type (such as office, industrial, retail, multifamily, hospitality, and other property types). In addition, we may pay the Property Manager a separate fee for the one-time initial lease-up of newly constructed real properties it manages for us in an amount not to exceed the fee customarily charged in arm’s-length transactions by others rendering similar services in the same geographic area for similar real properties as determined by a survey of brokers and agents in such area. Historically, we have primarily relied on third-party property managers, and we have not paid any significant amount of a property management fee to the Property Manager. The Property Manager is presently directly or indirectly majority owned, controlled, and/or managed by John A. Blumberg, James R. Mulvihill, Evan H. Zucker, and/or their affiliates.

 

Dealer Manager Agreement

 

We entered into a dealer manager agreement dated July 12, 2012, or the “Prior Dealer Manager Agreement,” with Dividend Capital Securities LLC, or the “Dealer Manager,” in connection with our “best efforts” offering of Class A, Class W and Class I shares of our common stock pursuant to a Registration Statement on Form S-11 (Reg. No. 333-175989) (the “Prior Offering”). Pursuant to the Prior Dealer Manager Agreement, our Dealer Manager served as the dealer manager for the Prior Offering. Our Dealer Manager is an entity related to our Advisor and a member firm of FINRA.

 

Under the Prior Dealer Manager Agreement, our Dealer Manager provided certain sales, promotional, and marketing services to us in connection with the distribution of the shares of common stock offered pursuant to our Prior Offering prospectus. Pursuant to the Dealer Manager Agreement, we paid our Dealer Manager a sales commission of up to 3.0% of the NAV per Class A share sold in the primary offering, subject to the reduction of the sales commission in certain circumstances, and a distribution fee which accrued daily in an amount equal to 1/365th of 0.50% of the amount of our NAV per share for our Class A shares for such day. We also paid our Dealer Manager a dealer manager fee which accrued daily in an amount equal to 1/365th of 0.60% of our NAV per share for each of our Class A and Class W shares and in an amount equal to 1/365th of 0.10% of our NAV per share for our Class I shares for such day. We will continue paying such dealer manager fees and distribution fee with respect to shares sold in the Prior Offering until the earlier to occur of the following: (i) a listing of the class of such shares on a national securities exchange, (ii) following the completion of the Prior Offering, total underwriting compensation in the Prior Offering equaling 10% of the gross proceeds from the primary portion of the Prior Offering, or (iii) such shares no longer being outstanding. The sales commissions, distribution fees, and dealer manager fees may all be reallowed to participating broker dealers who are members of FINRA. Our Dealer Manager may also receive a portion of the organization and offering expense reimbursement amounts described above under “— Compensation to our Advisor”. Our Dealer Manager is presently directly or indirectly majority owned by John A. Blumberg, James R. Mulvihill, Evan H. Zucker, and/or their affiliates.

 

Pursuant to an amendment to our Prior Dealer Manager Agreement entered into on May 31, 2013, from time to time we could agree to pay our Dealer Manager a primary dealer fee in the amount of up to 5.0% of the gross proceeds raised from the sale of Class I shares in the primary portion of the Prior Offering, provided that the total gross proceeds raised with respect to which the primary dealer fee will apply would not exceed $300,000,000. Pursuant to this amendment, our Dealer Manager retained 0.5% of such gross proceeds and reallowed the remainder of the primary dealer fee to the participating broker-dealers involved in selling such Class I shares based on the portion of the gross proceeds raised from their customers. The primary dealer fee is considered underwriting compensation (as defined in accordance with, and subject to the underwriting compensation limits of, applicable FINRA rules).

 

On September 16, 2015, the Company entered into a Second Amended and Restated Dealer Manager Agreement (the “Second Amended Dealer Manager Agreement”) with our Dealer Manager in connection with our “best efforts” offering of up to $1,000,000,000 of the Company’s Class A, Class W and Class I shares of our common stock pursuant to a Registration Statement on Form S-11 (Reg. No. 333-197767) (the “Follow-On Offering”). Pursuant to the Second Amended Dealer Manager Agreement, our Dealer Manager serves as the dealer manager for the Follow-On Offering.

 

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The Second Amended Dealer Manager Agreement is an amendment and restatement of the Prior Dealer Manager Agreement. The purpose of the Second Amended Dealer Manager Agreement is to engage our Dealer Manager with respect to the Follow-On Offering. As amended, the Second Amended Dealer Manager Agreement may be made to apply to future offerings by naming them in a schedule to the agreement, with the consent of the Company and our Dealer Manager. Pursuant to the Second Amended Dealer Manager Agreement, we pay (i) selling commissions on Class A shares sold in the primary offering of up to 3.0% of the public offering price per share, (ii) a dealer manager fee which accrues daily in an amount equal to 1/365th of 0.6% of our NAV per share of Class A and Class W shares outstanding and an amount equal to 1/365th of 0.1% of our NAV per share of Class I shares outstanding on such day on a continuous basis, and (iii) a distribution fee which accrues daily in an amount equal to 1/365th of 0.5% of our NAV per Class A share outstanding on such day on a continuous basis. Subject to FINRA limitations on underwriting compensation, we will continue to pay the dealer manager fee and distribution fee until the earlier to occur of the following: (i) a listing of the class of such shares on a national securities exchange or (ii) such shares no longer being outstanding.

 

Pursuant to the Second Amended Dealer Manager Agreement, from time to time we may agree to pay our Dealer Manager a primary dealer fee in the amount of up to 5.0% of the gross proceeds raised from the sale of Class I shares in the primary portion of the Follow-On Offering, provided that the total gross proceeds raised with respect to which the primary dealer fee will apply may not exceed $100,000,000. Pursuant to this agreement, our Dealer Manager retains 0.5% of such gross proceeds and reallows the remainder of the primary dealer fee to the participating broker-dealers involved in selling such Class I shares based on the portion of the gross proceeds raised from their customers. The primary dealer fee is considered underwriting compensation (as defined in accordance with, and subject to the underwriting compensation limits of, applicable FINRA rules).

 

As of December 31, 2015, we have paid a primary dealer fee of $2.5 million with respect to $50.8 million of the total gross proceeds raised in the Follow-on Offering. The maximum primary dealer fee we will pay our Dealer Manager pursuant to the Second Amended Dealer Manager Agreement is $5 million, although in the future we may enter into subsequent amendments to the Second Amended Dealer Manager Agreement to provide for additional primary dealer fee payments.

 

Compensation to our Advisor and its Affiliates

 

The table below provides information regarding fees and expenses paid or payable to our Advisor, our Dealer Manager, and their affiliates in connection with their services provided to us. The table includes amounts incurred and payable for the year ended December 31, 2015 (amounts in thousands). 

             
    For the Year Ended December 31,  
    2015     2014  
Advisory fees (1)   $ 17,083     $ 15,919  
Other reimbursements paid to our Advisor (2)     9,008       8,287  
Other reimbursements paid to our Dealer Manager     441       591  
Advisory fees related to the disposition of real properties     4,962       2,064  
Development management fee     88       181  
Dealer manager, distribution and primary dealer fees (3)     2,962       2,533  
Total   $ 34,544     $ 29,575  

 

(1) Amounts reported for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 include approximately $1.1 million and approximately $653,000, respectively, that we were not obligated to pay in consideration of the issuance of Company RSUs to our Advisor.

(2) Amount reported for the year ended December 31, 2015 includes $319,500 to reimburse a portion of the salary and benefits for our principal executive officer, Jeffrey L. Johnson, and $555,000 to reimburse a portion of the salary and benefits for our principal financial officer, M. Kirk Scott, for services provided to us, for which we do not pay our Advisor a fee. Amount reported for the year ended December 31, 2014 includes $333,000 to reimburse a portion of the salary and benefits for our principal executive officer, Jeffrey L. Johnson, and $499,184 to reimburse a portion of the salary and benefits for our principal financial officer, M. Kirk Scott, for services provided to us, for which we do not pay our Advisor a fee. Our principal executive officer and principal financial officer receive significant additional compensation from our Advisor or its affiliates that we do not reimburse.

(3) Amounts reported include primary dealer fees we paid to our Dealer Manager based on the gross proceeds raised by participating broker-dealers pursuant to certain selected dealer agreements. Of the primary dealer fee earned during the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, our Dealer Manager reallowed approximately $2.3 million and $2.0 million, respectively, to participating third-party broker-dealers and retained approximately $254,000 and $220,000, respectively.

 

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Our independent directors evaluate at least annually whether the compensation that we contract to pay to our Advisor and its affiliates is reasonable in relation to the nature and quality of services performed and that such compensation is within the limits prescribed by our charter. Our independent directors also supervise the performance of our Advisor and its affiliates and the compensation we pay to them to determine that the provisions of our compensation arrangements are carried out. Our Board of Directors also reviews all of our general and administrative expenses on at least an annual basis, which includes certain amounts reimbursed by us to our Advisor.

 

Product Specialists

 

During the year ended December 31, 2012, our Advisor entered into a product specialist agreement with BCG TRT Advisors LLC (“BCG”), in connection with advisory services related to our investments in real estate securities assets. Pursuant to this agreement, a portion of the asset management fee that our Advisor receives from us related to real estate securities investments is reallowed to BCG in exchange for services provided. Our Advisor incurred approximately $24,000 related to services provided by BCG during the year ended December 31, 2015.  

 

DST Program

 

In March 2016, we, through the Operating Partnership, initiated a program to raise capital in private placements exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, through the sale of beneficial interests in specific Delaware statutory trusts holding real properties, including properties currently indirectly owned by the Operating Partnership (the “DST Program”). From 2006 through 2009, we, through our subsidiaries conducted similar private placement offerings of fractional interests in which we raised a total of $183.1 million in gross proceeds. These fractional interests were all subsequently acquired by the Operating Partnership in exchange for an aggregate of 17.7 million OP Units.

 

Under the DST Program, each private placement will offer interests in one or more real properties placed into one or more Delaware statutory trust(s) by the Operating Partnership or its affiliates (“DST Properties”). We anticipate that these interests may serve as replacement properties for investors seeking to complete like-kind exchange transactions under Section 1031 of the Code. Additionally, any interests sold to investors pursuant to such private placements will be leased-back by an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of the Operating Partnership on a long term basis of up to 29 years. The lease agreements are expected to be fully guaranteed by the Operating Partnership. Additionally, the Operating Partnership will retain a fair market value purchase option giving it the right, but not the obligation, to acquire the Interests from the investors at a later time in exchange for OP Units.

 

In connection with the DST Program, in March 2016, Dividend Capital Exchange LLC (“DCX”), a wholly owned subsidiary of our taxable REIT subsidiary that is wholly owned by the Operating Partnership, entered into a dealer manager agreement with our Dealer Manager, pursuant to which the Dealer Manager agreed to conduct the private placements for interests reflecting an indirect ownership of up to $500 million of interests. DCX will pay certain up-front fees and reimburse certain related expenses to the Dealer Manager with respect to capital raised through any such private placements. DCX is obligated to pay the Dealer Manager a dealer manager fee of up to 1.5% of gross equity proceeds raised and a commission of up to 5% of gross equity proceeds raised through the private placements. The Dealer Manager may re-allow such commissions and a portion of such dealer manager fee to participating broker dealers.

 

In addition, we, or our subsidiaries, are obligated to pay directly or reimburse the Advisor and the Dealer Manager if they pay on our behalf, any organization and offering expenses (other than selling commissions and the dealer manager fee) as and when incurred. These expenses may include reimbursements for the bona fide due diligence expenses of participating broker-dealers, supported by detailed and itemized invoices, and similar diligence expenses of investment advisers, legal fees of the Dealer Manager, reimbursements for customary travel, lodging, meals and reasonable entertainment expenses of registered persons associated with the Dealer Manager, the cost of educational conferences held by us, including costs reimbursement for registered persons associated with the Dealer Manager and registered representatives of participating broker-dealers to attend educational conferences sponsored by us, and attendance fees and costs reimbursement for registered persons associated with the Dealer Manager to attend seminars conducted by participating broker-dealers and promotional items.

 

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We intend to recoup the costs of the selling commissions and dealer manager fees described above through a purchase price “mark-up” of the initial estimated fair value of the DST Properties to be sold to investors, thereby placing the economic burden of these up-front fees on the investors purchasing such interests. In addition, to offset some or all of our organization and offering expenses associated with the private placements, we will add a purchase price mark-up of the estimated fair value of the DST Properties to be sold to investors in the amount of 1.5% of the gross equity proceeds. Collectively, these purchase price mark-ups total up to 8% of the gross equity proceeds raised in the private placements. Additionally, we will be paid, by investors purchasing interests, a non-accountable reimbursement equal to 1.0% of gross equity proceeds for real estate transaction costs that we expect to incur in selling or buying these Interests. Also, investors purchasing interests will be required to pay their own respective closing costs upon the initial sale of the interests.

 

DCX Manager LLC (the “DST Manager”), an affiliate of the Advisor, will be engaged to act as the manager of each Delaware statutory trust holding a DST Property. While the intention is to sell 100% of the interests to third parties, DCX may hold an interest for a period of time and therefore could be subject to the following description of fees and reimbursements paid to the DST Manager. The trust manager will have primary responsibility for performing administrative actions in connection with the trust and any DST Property and has the sole power to determine when it is appropriate for a trust to sell a DST Property. The trust manager will be entitled to the following payments from the trust: (i) a management fee equal to a stated percentage (e.g., 1.0%) of the gross rents payable to the trust, with such amount to be set on a deal-by-deal basis, (ii) a disposition fee of 1.0% of the gross sales price of any DST Property sold to a third party, and (iii) reimbursement of certain expenses associated with the establishment, maintenance and operation of the trust and DST Properties.

 

Additionally, the DST Manager or its affiliate may earn a 1.0% loan fee for any financing arrangement sourced, negotiated and executed in connection with the DST Program. This loan fee only is payable to the DST Manager by new investors that purchase interests and therefore is not paid by us or our affiliates.

 

Policies and Procedures for Conflict Resolution and Review of Related Party Transactions

 

We are subject to potential conflicts of interest arising out of our relationship with our Advisor and its affiliates. These conflicts may relate to compensation arrangements, the allocation of investment and leasing opportunities, the terms and conditions on which various transactions might be entered into by us and our Advisor or its affiliates, and other situations in which our interests may differ from those of our Advisor or its affiliates. On December 15, 2015, our Board of Directors adopted amended and restated conflicts of interest resolutions procedures. Our charter also contains certain requirements relating to Board and independent director approval of transactions between us, on the one hand, and our Advisor or any of its affiliates, on the other hand.

 

Independent Directors

 

Our independent directors evaluate at least annually whether the compensation that we contract to pay to our Advisor and its affiliates is reasonable in relation to the nature and quality of services performed and to our investment performance and that such compensation is within the limits prescribed by our charter. In addition, our independent directors, acting as a group, will resolve potential conflicts of interest whenever they determine that the exercise of independent judgment by the Board of Directors or our Advisor or its affiliates could reasonably be compromised. However, the independent directors may not take any action which, under Maryland law, must be taken by the entire Board of Directors or which is otherwise not within their authority. The independent directors, as a group, are authorized to retain their own legal and financial advisors. Those conflict of interest matters that cannot be delegated to our independent directors, as a group, under Maryland law must be acted upon by both the Board of Directors and the independent directors.

 

Acquisitions Involving Affiliates and Other Related Entities

 

We will not purchase or lease real properties in which our Sponsor, our Advisor, any of our directors, or any of their affiliates has an interest without a determination by a majority of our directors (including a majority of our independent directors) not otherwise interested in the transaction that such transaction is fair and reasonable to us and at a price to us no greater than the cost of the property to our Sponsor, our Advisor, such director or such affiliate unless there is substantial justification for any amount that exceeds such cost and such excess amount is determined to be reasonable. In no event will we acquire any such property at an amount in excess of its appraised value. We will not sell or lease real properties to our Sponsor, our Advisor, our directors or any of their affiliates unless a majority of the directors not otherwise interested in the transaction (including a majority of the independent directors not otherwise interested in the transaction) determine that the transaction is fair and reasonable to us.

 

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Mortgage Loans Involving Affiliates

 

Our charter prohibits us from investing in or making mortgage loans in which the transaction is with our Sponsor, our Advisor, our directors, or any of their affiliates unless an independent expert appraises the underlying property. We must keep the appraisal for at least five years and make it available for inspection and duplication by any of our stockholders. In addition, we must obtain a mortgagee’s or owner’s title insurance policy or commitment as to the priority of the mortgage or the condition of the title. Our charter prohibits us from making or investing in any mortgage loans that are subordinate to any lien or other indebtedness of our Sponsor, our Advisor, our directors, or any of their affiliates.

 

Issuance of Options and Warrants to Certain Affiliates

 

Our charter prohibits the issuance of options or warrants to purchase our common stock to our Sponsor, our Advisor, our directors, or any of their affiliates (i) on terms more favorable than we would offer such options or warrants to unaffiliated third parties or (ii) in excess of an amount equal to 10% of our outstanding common stock on the date of grant.

 

Repurchase of Shares of Common Stock

 

Our charter prohibits us from paying a fee to our Sponsor, our Advisor, our directors, or any of their affiliates in connection with our repurchase of our common stock.

 

Loans and Expense Reimbursements Involving Affiliates

 

Except with respect to certain mortgage loans as described above or loans to wholly owned subsidiaries, we will not make any loans to our Sponsor, our Advisor, our directors, or any of their affiliates. In addition, we will not borrow from these parties unless a majority of the directors not otherwise interested in the transaction (including a majority of the independent directors not otherwise interested in the transaction) approve the transaction as being fair, competitive, and commercially reasonable, and no less favorable to us than comparable loans between unaffiliated parties. These restrictions on loans will only apply to advances of cash that are commonly viewed as loans, as determined by our Board of Directors. By way of example only, the prohibition on loans would not restrict advances of cash for legal expenses or other costs incurred as a result of any legal action for which indemnification is being sought, nor would the prohibition limit our ability to advance reimbursable expenses incurred by directors or our Advisor or its affiliates.

 

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Report of the Audit Committee

 

In accordance with, and to the extent permitted by the rules of the Commission, the information contained in the following Report of the Audit Committee shall not be incorporated by reference into any of Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc.’s future filings made under the Exchange Act, and shall not be deemed to be “soliciting material” or to be “filed” under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act.

 

Roles and Responsibilities. The Audit Committee is comprised of two independent directors and one interested director and operates under a written charter adopted by the Board of Directors. The purpose of the Audit Committee is to be an informed and effective overseer of our financial accounting and reporting processes, as well as to hire, compensate, and evaluate the independent registered public accounting firm. Management has the primary responsibility for establishing and maintaining adequate internal financial controls, for preparing the financial statements, and for the public reporting process. KPMG LLC, the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2015, is responsible for expressing an opinion on the conformity of the Company’s audited financial statements with generally accepted accounting principles.

 

Required Disclosures and Discussions. The Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2015 with management. The Audit Committee has discussed with KPMG LLP the matters required to be discussed by Auditing Standard No. 16, Communication with Audit Committees , issued by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. The Audit Committee has received the written disclosures and the letter from KPMG LLP required by applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independent registered public accounting firm’s communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and has discussed with KPMG LLP its independence.

 

Audit Committee Recommendation. Based on the reviews and discussions referred to above, the Audit Committee recommends to the Board of Directors that the audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015 be included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2015 for filing with the Commission. 

   
  THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
   
  Charles B. Duke, Chairman
 

Richard D. Kincaid 

Daniel J. Sullivan

 

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PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

 

During the year ended December 31, 2015, we engaged KPMG LLP to provide us with audit services. Services provided included the audit of annual financial statements, review of unaudited quarterly financial information, review and consultation regarding filings with the Commission, and consultation on financial accounting and reporting matters.

 

Total fees billed to us by KPMG LLP for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 were $844,415 and $894,915, respectively, and consisted of the following:

                 
   

Fiscal Year 2015  

 

   

Fiscal Year 2014  

 

 
Audit Fees:   $ 844,415     $ 894,915  
Audit-Related Fees:            
Tax Fees:            
All Other Fees:            
Total:   $ 844,415     $ 894,915  

 

All fees were determined to be “Audit Fees.” Audit Fees are fees incurred for the audits of the consolidated financial statements, consultation on audit-related matters, and required review of Commission filings. This category also includes review of, and consents for, filings with the Commission related to our public offerings.

 

The Audit Committee of our Board of Directors has considered all services provided by KPMG LLP to us and concluded that this involvement is compatible with maintaining the independent registered public accounting firm’s independence.

 

The Audit Committee of our Board of Directors is responsible for appointing our independent registered public accounting firm and approving the terms of the independent registered public accounting firm’s services. The Audit Committee charter imposes a duty on the Audit Committee to pre-approve all auditing services performed for us by our independent registered public accounting firm, as well as all permitted non-audit services. The Audit Committee may, in its discretion, delegate to one or more of its members the authority to pre-approve any audit or non-audit services to be performed by the independent registered public accounting firm, provided any such approval is presented to and approved by the full Audit Committee at its next scheduled meeting. All fees for services provided by KPMG LLP in 2015 and 2014 were pre-approved by the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors.

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 2: RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF KPMG LLP AS OUR INDEPENDENT  

REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

KPMG LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, served as the independent registered public accounting firm for us and our subsidiaries for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. The Audit Committee has appointed KPMG LLP to be our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016 and has further directed that the selection of the independent registered public accounting firm be submitted for ratification by the stockholders at the Annual Meeting.

 

Representatives of KPMG LLP will be present at the Annual Meeting, will be given the opportunity to make a statement, if they so desire, and will be available to respond to appropriate questions from stockholders.

 

The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting is required to ratify the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016. Abstentions and broker non-votes, if any, will have no effect on the result of the ratification of KPMG LLP.

 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE RATIFICATION OF THE APPOINTMENT OF KPMG LLP AS THE COMPANY’S INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2016.

 

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ADVANCE NOTICE FOR STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS  

FOR THE 2017 ANNUAL MEETING

 

Proposals received from stockholders are given careful consideration by us in accordance with Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act. Stockholder proposals are eligible for consideration for inclusion in the proxy statement for the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders if they are received by us on or before December 22, 2016. However, if we hold our 2017 annual meeting before May 24, 2017 or after July 23, 2017, stockholders must submit proposals for inclusion in our proxy statement within a reasonable time before we begin to print our proxy materials. Any proposal should be directed to the attention of our Secretary at 518 Seventeenth Street, 17th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80202.

 

Our current bylaws require that, in order for proposals of stockholders to be considered timely and eligible for consideration at the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders, such proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements of the bylaws, not later than 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time, on December 22, 2016 and not earlier than November 22, 2016.

 

For additional requirements, a stockholder may refer to our bylaws, a copy of which may be obtained from our Secretary. If we do not receive timely notice pursuant to our bylaws, the proposal or nomination may be excluded from consideration at the meeting.

 

OTHER MATTERS

 

The Board of Directors knows of no other business to be brought before the Annual Meeting or any postponement or adjournment thereof. If any other matters properly come before the Annual Meeting, the proxies will be voted on such matters in accordance with the discretion of the persons named as proxies therein, or their substitutes, present and acting at the meeting.

 

No person is authorized to give any information or to make any representation not contained in this Proxy Statement, and, if given or made, such information or representation should not be relied upon as having been authorized. The delivery of this Proxy Statement shall not, under any circumstances, imply that there has not been any change in the information set forth herein since the date of the Proxy Statement.

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

We file annual, quarterly, and special reports, proxy statements, and other information with the Commission at 100 F Street N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. You may read and copy any reports, statements, or other information we file at the Commission’s public reference rooms in Washington, D.C. and New York, New York. Please call the Commission at (800) SEC-0330 for further information on the public reference rooms. Our Commission filings are also available to the public from commercial document retrieval services and on the website maintained by the Commission at www.sec.gov . Such information will also be furnished upon written request to Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc., 518 Seventeenth Street, 17 th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80202, Attention: Investor Relations and can also be accessed through our website at www.dividendcapitaldiversified.com .

 

The Commission has adopted rules that permit companies and intermediaries such as brokers to satisfy delivery requirements for proxy statements with respect to two or more stockholders sharing the same address by delivering a single proxy statement addressed to those stockholders. This process, which is commonly referred to as “householding,” potentially provides extra convenience for stockholders and cost savings for companies. We and some brokers household proxy materials, delivering a single proxy statement to multiple stockholders sharing an address unless contrary instructions have been received from the affected stockholders. Once you have received notice from your broker or us that they or we will be householding materials to your address, householding will continue until you are notified otherwise or until you revoke your consent. If, at any time, you no longer wish to participate in householding and would prefer to receive a separate proxy statement, or if you are receiving multiple copies and would prefer to receive a single copy, please notify your broker if your shares are held in a brokerage account or us if you hold registered shares, and we will promptly provide a separate copy. You can notify us by delivering an oral or written request to Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc., 518 Seventeenth Street, 17 th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80202, Attention: Investor Relations, or by telephone at (303) 228-2200.

 

YOU SHOULD RELY ONLY ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS PROXY STATEMENT TO VOTE ON THE ELECTION OF DIRECTORS, THE RATIFICATION OF KPMG LLP AS OUR INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016. WE HAVE NOT AUTHORIZED ANYONE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT IS CONTAINED IN THIS PROXY STATEMENT. THIS PROXY STATEMENT IS DATED APRIL 21, 2016. YOU SHOULD NOT ASSUME THAT THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS PROXY STATEMENT IS ACCURATE AS OF ANY DATE OTHER THAN SUCH DATE, AND NEITHER THE MAILING OF THIS PROXY STATEMENT TO STOCKHOLDERS NOR THE ELECTION OF THE NOMINEES DESCRIBED HEREIN WILL CREATE ANY IMPLICATION TO THE CONTRARY. 

   
  By Order of the Board of Directors,
    -S-JOSHUA J. WIDOFF
  Joshua J. Widoff
 

Executive Vice President,  

General Counsel and Secretary

 

Denver, Colorado 

April 21, 2016

 

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DIVIDEND CAPITAL DIVERSIFIED PROPERTY FUND INC.
518 17TH STREET
17TH FLOOR
DENVER, CO 80202

 

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Mark, sign and date your proxy card and return it in the postage-paid envelope we have provided or return it to Vote Processing, c/o Broadridge, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, NY 11717.

 

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    The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the following:        

 

 
                   
    1. Election of Directors                          
                           
      Nominees:                      
                             
      01)    Richard D. Kincaid 04)    Daniel J. Sullivan                  
      02)    John A. Blumberg 05)    John P. Woodberry                  
      03)    Charles B. Duke                    
                             
    The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the following proposal:   For Against  Abstain  
                 
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E06935-P77811

     
  Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc.
Annual Meeting of Stockholders
June 23, 2016 2:00 PM
This proxy is solicited by the Board of Directors
 
     
  The stockholder(s), on the reverse side of this ballot, hereby appoint(s) Joshua J. Widoff and M. Kirk Scott, or either of them, as proxies, each with the power to appoint his substitute, and hereby authorize(s) them to represent and to vote, as designated on the reverse side of this ballot, all of the shares of stock of Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund Inc. that the stockholder(s) is/are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held at 2:00 PM, MDT, on June 23, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado 80202, and any adjournment or postponement thereof (i) as designated by the Stockholder(s) on the reverse side of this ballot, and (ii) in the discretion of the proxies on any other matter that may properly come before the Annual Meeting of Stockholders or any postponement or adjournment thereof.  
     
  This proxy, when properly executed, will be voted in the manner directed herein. If no such direction is made, this proxy will be voted in accordance with the Board of Directors’ recommendations. This proxy will be voted in the discretion of the proxies on any matter other than the proposals set forth on the reverse side of this ballot that is properly brought before the Annual Meeting of Stockholders or any postponement or adjournment thereof.  
     
  Continued and to be signed on reverse side