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Ken McCarren to succeed Craig Jones as president of MBK Rental Living

IRVINE, Calif. — (March 29, 2022) – MBK Rental Living, one of California’s most successful and innovative private developers, has announced that Ken McCarren, Vice President of Asset Management, will succeed Craig Jones as President. Jones will retire from the company on March 31. During his time at the helm, Jones used his more than 20 years of real estate experience in acquisitions, asset management, strategic planning, and market research to take the company to new heights. MBK Rental Living has steadily grown with consistent success since its inception in 2012.

Jones joined MBK in 2012 with MBK Homes and then was instrumental in helping establish MBK Rental Living, a division of MBK Real Estate LLC. Before becoming President in 2017, he served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Asset Management. During that time, Jones developed MBK’s apartment investment strategy, sourcing and acquiring land for the company and coordinating the design of upcoming communities. He also oversaw operations and asset management of MBK’s apartment portfolio.


“MBK Rental Living’s focus is on creating communities that enrich the lives of our residents and exceed the financial expectations of our investors. It takes an integrated team of real estate professionals to implement sustainable design and quality construction to meet the needs and lifestyles of today’s residents. Ken McCarren is a talented and quality leader, and above all, a highly experienced professional who will take MBK Rental Living to the next level,” said Jones. “Ken and I worked closely together for 11 years at the Irvine Company. I’m especially thankful for the very talented and hardworking team that I’ve had the privilege to work alongside at MBK Rental Living and our parent company, Mitsui & Co. Ltd. As a team we have been able to uphold our vision and values and stand by our mission to be the preeminent lifestyle developer focused on creating communities that deliver value for our residents, partners and investors.”

Katsuo Yamanaka, Chairman and President of MBK Real Estate LLC, said of Jones, “From his role in helping form MBK Rental Living to his investment strategy and so much more, he has had a tremendous impact on the success of the company and paving the way toward a very bright future.”


As President, McCarren will be responsible for leading MBK Rental Living’s acquisition, disposition, construction, asset management, strategic planning, and market research. He joined the company in 2020 with over 30 years of experience in the multifamily business. Under McCarren’s leadership, MBK Rental Living has made significant enhancements to the quality of its market-related due diligence and property management oversight. Leveraging his extensive industry experience, he will continue to steward the company’s relationships with Mitsui and its partners throughout the industry.

McCarren holds a degree in business from California State University at Long Beach as well as the designation of Certified Property Manager from the Institute of Real Estate Management. His multifamily experience spans more than 75,000 units and six states over the last 30 years in asset management. “I salute Craig and what he has done as MBK’s chief, knowing that because of his vision and leadership we have an even greater opportunity to create places of tremendous value for residents as well as for our partners and investors,” said McCarren. “Together with our team, I look forward to leading MBK Rental Living to continued success.”

For more information, visit www.MBKRentalLiving.com.

About MBK Rental Living

MBK Rental Living is active in the acquisition and development of apartment communities. The company’s mission is to be the preeminent lifestyle developer focusing on creating communities that deliver value for their residents, partners, and investors. Throughout its 30-year history, MBK has earned a reputation for delivering award-winning customer satisfaction in housing that is innovative in design, comfort, sustainability, and craftsmanship, all at an excellent value.

MBK Rental Living is a division of MBK Real Estate Ltd., the U.S. real estate development arm of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., one of the world’s largest conglomerates. MBK Real Estate’s companies span a wide spectrum of real estate development including apartments, industrial, and their senior housing divisions. MBK Rental Living is headquartered in Irvine, California. Corporate offices are located at 4 Park Plaza Suite 1700, Irvine, CA 92614.

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