Mohammad Iqbal B.H. Alawi
Chief Executive Officer
Red Sea Markets Co Lt
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mohammad Alawi was the vice President of Asset Management – KSA in (MAFP) Majid AlFuttaim Property and Country Head of MAF Shopping Malls Co (May2007-May2010).
He also was the Vice President Leasing & Retail Property(Commercial Division) United Properties Group(the Savola Group/KSA), and Ex- President for the Middle East Council of Shopping Centre (MECSC)-Dubai March 2007.
With more than 20 years of experience in Building & Facility Operation & Retail Property Asset Management , facilities management and the mall industry, Mohammed Iqbal Alawi, was elected to the Vice Presidency for the Middle East Council of Shopping Centre in 2004. As the MECSC representative for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf region’s largest consumer market, Alawi has been instrumental in outline the MECSC mission to other retail operators and mall developers in the Kingdom.
Alawi is the Vice President of the Leasing & Retail Property / Commercial Division of United Properties Company, part of (The Savola Group). Alawi is responsible for the Group’s four operating malls, as well as the 14 that are under development or construction. By mid-2008, United Properties will operate more than 900,000 square metres of gross leasable area in KSA alone.
Alawi earlier held the position of Executive Manager at the Heraa International Mall in Jeddah, one of the Kingdom’s first ‘super’ malls, with 47,000 square metres of leasable area and 523 outlets.
He now work as CEO of Red Sea Markets Co the owner of Red Sea Mall the largest shopping Mall in Jeddah/KSA with GLA (105,000 sqm).
An early start in facilities management saw Alawi as the Executive Manager responsible for the King Abdul Aziz International Airport Building & Facility Operation , including responsibility for the airport buildings, passenger lounges, as well as the management of the 1200-strong manpower team in place at the airport.
Alawi is a strong proponent of Saudization, and has been instrumental in pushing for greater representation in the Saudi workforce. A Masters graduate from the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain, Alawi is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centres, a member of the Gulf Studies Centre for the Development of Human Resources and a member of the Retail Committee or the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce.member of ICSC & MECSC.
Awarded Lifetime Achievement for his service with ICSC/MECSC.
Andrew M. Alexander
President and Chief Executive Officer
Weingarten Realty Investors
Mr. Alexander graduated from the University of Texas (Austin) with highest honors majoring in real estate. Drew joined WRI in 1978 as a Leasing Executive in the Retail Division. He held various positions and was named President of WRI in 1997 and was appointed the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in 2001. Mr. Alexander is active in a number of civic and charitable organizations. He serves as a Director of Weingarten Realty Investors. The Texas Medical Center, The Gladney Fund and The Greater Houston Partnership. Civic interests include serving on the Boards of United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, and the Houston Food Bank. Further, he is a member of several committees at Congregation Emanu El and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. He has previously served on a number of Boards including Houston Achievement Place, The Gladney Center and Rebuilding Together Houston. He also serves on the Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust, our trade association and past Chairman of The International Council of Shopping Centers. Weingarten Realty Investors is a Houston Texas based REIT with over 390 properties in 22 states.
Ronald A. Altoon
FAIA, CRX, CDP, LEED AP BD+C
Partner, Altoon Partners, LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Ronald A. Altoon, FAIA, LEED AP, SCDP is Founding Design Partner of Altoon Partners, LLP, a master planning, urban design, and architectural design firm specializing in retail and mixed-use projects world wide. A former President of The American Institute of Architects, Altoon has been active in ICSC serving as speaker and moderator at ICSC University and numerous global events, on the CDP Certification Examination Advisory Committee, the Education Foundation Board of Trustees, and the International Design & Development Awards Committee.
He has authored two books for ICSC, International Shopping Center Architecture and 21st Century Retail Centers: Context, Culture & Community, and has been a leader for ICSC in embracing Sustainable Design retail and mixed-use projects.
Having been the Architect for over 125,000,000 square feet of retail and mixed-use projects worldwide, including 17 projects to receive ICSC Design Awards, Altoon’s international commissions provide a wealth of global experience and a unique perspective of the retail real estate industry.
Altoon holds Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees, and received an ICSC Trustees Distinguished Service Award in 2003.
Vice President & Head of Real Estate Investments – Americas
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)
Peter is responsible for CPPIB’s real estate in the Americas which currently encompasses investments in Canada, the US, Mexico and Brazil valued in excess of $12 billion of equity. Peter is a member of CPPIB’s Real Estate Investment Committee which has oversight for CPPIB’s global real estate investments and is also a member of the Investment Committee for CPPIB’s real estate debt program.
Peter has over 20 years of commercial real estate experience. Prior to joining CPPIB in 2007, Peter worked with several leading real estate companies including Brookfield and TrizecHahn. Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is a Toronto-based professional investment management organization with assets under management of approximately $200 billion, of which in excess of $22 billion of equity is invested in Real Estate. CPPIB has approximately $10 billion of equity invested in retail properties located in 11 countries with 25 operating partners.
Kenneth F. Bernstein
President & CEO
Acadia Realty Trust
White Plains, NY
Kenneth F. Bernstein is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Acadia Realty Trust, which he co-founded in 1998. Acadia Realty Trust is a real estate investment trust specializing in the acquisition, redevelopment and management of open air retail properties. Acadia owns, or has ownership interest in, and operates over 100 properties totaling approximately 10 million square feet.
Under Mr. Bernstein's leadership for the 10 year period ending December 31, 2009 Acadia achieved annual shareholder returns of 18%. Additionally Acadia has successfully executed its growth initiatives through a series of strategic acquisition funds, AKR Funds I, II, and III, enabling the organization to acquire over $3 billion of real estate across the United States.
Prior to his appointment as CEO in January of 2001, Mr. Bernstein served as President of Acadia with responsibility for all investments and day-to-day operations of the Company. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of RD Capital until its merger with Mark Centers Trust in 1998, creating Acadia Realty Trust. From 1986 until 1990, Mr. Bernstein was an associate with the New York law firm of Battle Fowler, LLP.
Mr. Bernstein received his BA from the University of Vermont and his JD from Boston University School of Law. Mr. Bernstein is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), where he is co-chair of the Open Air Center Committee. He also is an active member of National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the Real Estate Roundtable, where he is currently Chairman of the Tax Policy Committee. Mr. Bernstein is also a member of the Young President's Organization (YPO), where he was the founding chairman of the Real Estate Network and currently sits on the Board of Advisors. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of BRT Realty (NYSE:BRT).
Palm Beach, FL
Retired. Mr. Biernbaum is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
J. Lorne Braithwaite
President & CEO
Build Toronto Inc.
J. Lorne Braithwaite is the President and CEO of Build Toronto Inc. Prior to this he was President of Park Avenue Holdings, a private investor holding company. Mr. Braithwaite was President and CEO of Cambridge Shopping Centers (now Ivanhoe Cambridge) developer and manager of large enclosed regional shopping malls in Canada from 1978 to 2002. Mr. Braithwaite is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and a past President of the Canadian Institute of Public Real Estate Companies (CIPREC).
Andrew is Chief Executive Officer of Suria KLCC and a member of the Management Committee of the Malaysian listed company KLCC Property Holdings Berhad. KLCC has over USD$5 billion of office, hotel and retail assets under management, including over USD$2.0 billion of retail assets.
Prior to joining Suria KLCC Andrew held various state and national management positions with Coles Myer, Colgate Palmolive, Lend Lease and Westfield Holdings.
Commencing his career in retail property with Lend Lease in 1992 Andrew held positions encompassing the management, leasing and marketing of shopping centres including the role of National Marketing Manager.
In 2000 Andrew joined Westfield Holdings in Sydney Australia. Whilst with Westfield in Sydney Andrew managed Westfield Liverpool and worked on the development planning for the asset.
In 2003 Andrew was seconded from Westfield Australia to Suria KLCC Malaysia, as General Manager, as part of Westfield’s joint venture. In 2007 he resigned from Westfield and was appointed CEO Suria KLCC and has since lead the team in all disciplines of retail asset management.
Andrew has been a member of ICSC for ten years; he has actively pursued the growth of shopping centre education in South East Asia. Andrew is Chairman of the ICSC Asia Pacific Advisory Board, having served on this board for over five years whilst also undertaking the role of Malaysian Director of ICSC.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Wollongong Australia and is a Graduate and Alumnus of Stanford University.
John L. Bucksbaum, CRX, CSM
Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC
John Bucksbaum is Owner of Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC, a privately owned shopping center owner and developer. He previously served as chairman and CEO of General Growth Properties, Inc., a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with over 200 regional shopping malls and 200 million square feet of retail space including 24,000 retail stores nationwide.
Bucksbaum received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado in 1978. Professional affiliations include the following: past Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); past Chairman of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School; Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI); Trustee of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT); a member of the National Realty Roundtable and the University of California Berkeley’s Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics Policy Advisory Board. In addition Bucksbaum serves on the boards of the University of Chicago Hospitals, The Field Museum, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team, USA Cycling Team, World T.E.A.M. Sports and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and the Advisory Board of the Chicago Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.
John and his wife, Jackie, are the parents of Max and Eli Bucksbaum.
James R. Bullock, CSM
Glengate Investments Inc.
Glengate Investments is a family holding company with interests in real estate. Mr. Bullock is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Michael A. Carroll
Chief Executive Officer & President
Brixmor Property Group
New York, NY
Michael A. Carroll is Chief Executive Officer & President of Brixmor Property Group. As such, he is responsible for the overall strategic direction and execution of the Company’s value-creation based objectives and oversees its entire real estate operations encompassing approximately 96 million square feet of community and neighborhood shopping centers. Under his leadership, Brixmor Property Group (formerly Centro Properties Group US) was acquired by The Blackstone Group in June 2011. Mr. Carroll served as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company from February 2009 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from April 2007 through February 2009. With over 20 years of experience in the shopping center industry, he is an established real estate veteran with expansive retailer relationships. He has been involved in more than 200 redevelopment and development projects, as well as more than $1.0 billion of property and portfolio transactions, in addition to the $9.0 billion sale of Brixmor Property Group to The Blackstone Group.
Until its acquisition in April 2007 by Brixmor’s former parent company, Mr. Carroll served as Executive Vice President, Real Estate Operations of New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Inc. He had been employed by New Plan since 1992 and held numerous positions of increasing seniority in leasing, asset management and redevelopment, including Senior Vice President, Director of Redevelopment where he spearheaded New Plan’s highly regarded redevelopment program.
Mr. Carroll is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. He is a Director of the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Foundation Board and has endowed a scholarship at BGSU in the area of Business Administration.
Karen B. Case
President- Commercial Real Estate
Karen Case joined The PrivateBank as Executive Managing Director and President-Commercial Real Estate in October 2007. Reporting to the CEO, she is responsible for the business unit that develops and manages banking relationships with dynamic and growing commercial real estate developers, owners and operators. Previously, Ms. Case served as executive vice president in LaSalle Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Department where she managed the bank’s Illinois middle market commercial real estate business. Prior to joining LaSalle in 1992, Ms. Case established and managed the Midwest real estate lending operations for New York-based Marine Midland Bank. At The First National Bank of Chicago, she was responsible for managing banking relationships with Midwest-based real estate development and syndication firms.
Ms. Case is an active member of numerous real estate and business organizations, and in addition to serving as a Trustee of ICSC, currently serves on the board of directors of JDRF International, The Chicago Network, Community Investment Corporation (CIC), and TimeLine Theatre. For more than 10 years, Ms. Case was a board member of Girl Scouts of Chicago , and served as its president for two terms. In 2011, Chicago Real Estate Executive Women presented Ms. Case with its Impact Award. Crain’s Chicago Business profiled Ms. Case in its 2008 report of “Women to Watch” and in 2003, Illinois State Treasurer Judy Barr Topinka awarded Ms. Case with the Woman Making a Difference distinction. In 2001, Ms. Case was a recipient of the Thanks Badge, the highest honor bestowed by Girl Scouts of the USA . In 1999, she was recognized on WTTW-TV 11’s SCGK Honors for her civic contributions on behalf of Girl Scouts of Chicago. In 1995, Ms. Case was selected as an Honoree of the Midwest Women’s Center Tribute to Chicago Women, and was awarded the Honor Pin by Girl Scouts of the USA .
Ms. Case earned her MBA from The University of Chicago and a BS in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, where she has served on the Alumni Board of Governors, and for nearly a decade, served as chairperson of the 4,000-member Chicago alumni club. She also attended The University of London and The American College in Paris. A native of New York, Ms. Case lives in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood with her husband, Jay. They have three children.
Alfredo J. Cohen
Alfredo Cohen is Director of the Sambil Group, a family-owned company founded in 1958. The Sambil Group carries out the construction, management and operation of shopping centers, hotels, residential and office buildings. The company is now expanding its operations into the Caribbean and Latin America region, with initial projects to be developed in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The Sambil Caracas shopping center is one of the largest malls in Latin America, and it has the largest traffic count in the entire region with approximately 30 million visitors per year. The company has shopping centers in Valencia, Maracaibo, San Cristobal, Margarita, Barquisimeto and Paraguana, making Sambil the largest construction group in Venezuela.
Alfredo Cohen is a pioneer in the shopping center industry in Venezuela since he has created a Corporate Marketing Manager position in every Sambil center nationwide. As a result, profound value-added programs have been created for the general public and the surrounding communities. Alfredo Cohen also promoted the introduction of Sambil Banesco, the first corporate credit card in the history of shopping centers in Venezuela, which was supplemented by the roll out of the Prepaid Visa Sambil credit card in 2009. In addition, Alfredo Cohen serves as editor for the Sambil magazine. This publication was launched in 1998, with a circulation of 25,000 copies distributed nationwide and over 90 editions to date. This magazine is regarded as unique in style among all corporate publications in Venezuela, and it has attained a considerable prestige through its continuous circulation for thirteen years.
He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Founding President of CAVECECO (Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce). Alfredo Cohen was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He graduated as a Civil Engineer from UNIMET (Metropolitan University) of Caracas.
VP of Global Real Estate and Store Construction
Holly is the VP of Global Real Estate and Store Construction for Nike and heads global real estate and construction for Nike and its subsidiaries Converse and Hurley. Prior to joining Nike, Holly served as the SVP of Global Real Estate and Construction for Claire’s, Inc. and led the global rollout of the company’s new store designs for both the Claire's and Icing concepts as well as the upgrading and expansion of the company’s fleet of 3,500 stores domestically and internationally.
Holly also served for over 8 years as J. Crew's SVP of Real Estate, Planning & Construction wherein she was part of the initial turnaround team that revitalized the iconic brand, doubled the portfolio and launched new retail concepts such as Madewell and J. Crew Mens. She also spearheaded their international expansion into Canada and overseas.
Before joining J. Crew, Holly headed up the New York real estate office for Gap, Inc., and during her 10 year tenure, significantly expanded the Gap, GapKids, Gap Body, Banana Republic, Outlet and Old Navy brands. Before moving into real estate, Holly was in operations as District Manager for the Gap division in Manhattan.
Holly, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, began her career in the wholesale apparel industry where she worked in a variety of capacities including sales, operations and marketing. She transitioned into Retail Operations at Omega Fashions, an accessory manufacturer, where she launched and oversaw a national division of wholesale/retail stores called Accessorie Club. Holly currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for ICSC and is the first ever program chairperson for RECon 2014.
Thomas J. Connolly, CRX, CLS, CDP
Divisional Vice President
Thomas J. Connolly is Vice President, Facilities Development of Walgreen Co. He joined Walgreens in 1985 as Real Estate Representative and held the positions of Senior Real Estate Manager, Director of Real Estate, and Divisional Vice President of Real Estate prior to his promotion to his current position earlier this year. In his current capacity at Walgreens, he is responsible for Real Estate, Asset Management, Design and Engineering, Construction, and Facilities Management.
Mr. Connolly serves as a member of the ICSC Government Relations Environmental Subcommittee, is a past member of the CLS Committee, and has served as the Tennessee State Retail Chairman. He has also been involved on an ongoing basis with the Gulf States Alliance program.
Mr. Connolly is a member of the Metropolitan Planning Commission and The Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Connolly received a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1982. He currently resides with his family in Chicago, IL
Joseph F. Coradino
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT)
In 2012, Joseph F. Coradino was named Chief Executive Officer of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) (NYSE: PEI), a real estate company that owns and manages 43 retail shopping malls and properties primarily in the Mid-Atlantic with a concentration in Greater Philadelphia. Mr. Coradino is a leading executive in the commercial real estate industry with an impressive track record of accomplishment. In his former role as President of PREIT Services, which he assumed in 2004, he was responsible for the management of 33 million square feet of enclosed regional malls and open-air shopping centers in 14 states. Mr. Coradino has been with PREIT since 1998 and has been a member of PREIT’s Board of Trustees since 2006.
From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Coradino was a member of the arts & crafts retailer A.C. Moore's Board of Directors, chaired its Nominating and Governance Committee, and served on its Compensation Committee.
Mr. Coradino serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Drexel University Center for Corporate Governance Advisory Board. He also serves on Temple University’s Board of Trustees and is a Trustee of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Mr. Coradino has been featured as a business leader in the book, “Wisdom at the Top,” by Scott D. Rosen and has been profiled in numerous business publications.
Mr. Coradino graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Arizona.
Vincent A. Corno, CRX
Senior Vice President - Real Estate
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Vincent Corno is Senior Vice President – Real Estate for DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc., an authentic, full-line sports and fitness specialty omni-channel retailer. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S Sporting Goods offers an authentic and broad assortment of high quality, competitively-priced brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel, footwear and services. The Company owns and operates more than 550 DICK'S Sporting Goods stores in 46 states, 82 Golf Galaxy stores in 30 states, Field & Stream and True Runner specialty retail stores, and eCommerce websites.
Mr. Corno is a twenty-two year veteran of the retail real estate industry and previously served as Senior Vice President of Real Estate with Saks Incorporated, the former $3 billion, 116-store, New York-based retail luxury department store and outlet chain that is now part of Hudson’s Bay Company. Prior to Saks, Vince had various roles of increasing responsibility with Forest City Enterprises, a $9.5 billion, Cleveland-based real estate development company, and with The May Department Stores Company, the former $15 billion, 487-store, St. Louis-based retail department store chain that is now part of Macy's, Inc. Vince is an ICSC Trustee and Central Division Vice President.
Mr. Corno earned his undergraduate and juris doctor degrees at St. Louis University, is a licensed attorney and holds a certified public accountant certificate.
John C. Dolson
Vice President - Real Estate
John Dolson is Vice President of Real Estate for Nordstrom. He supports the team that is responsible for the company’s real estate program which includes full-line and Nordstrom Rack retail stores, office, and industrial space. John began his career at Nordstrom in 1999 as an intern in the real estate department and has held the positions of Regional Real Estate Manager, Real Estate Director and Divisional Vice President of Real Estate prior to becoming Vice President of Real Estate in 2008. Prior to working for Nordstrom, John worked in the former Rich’s/Lazarus/Goldsmiths division of Federated Department Stores, which is now collectively called Macy’s.
John earned his B.A. and M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Kimrick, and their four children.
Senior Vice President, Development
Kim Ellis is Senior Vice President Store Development at Regis Corporation (RGS). Regis is the leader in beauty salons and cosmetology education. As of September 30, 2013, the company owned, franchised or held ownership interests in 9,752 worldwide locations. Regis' corporate and franchised locations operate under concepts such as Supercuts, SmartStyle, MasterCuts, Regis Salons, Vidal Sassoon Salons, Cost Cutters and Cool Cuts 4 Kids. Her role at Regis includes responsibility for Real Estate, Asset Management, GIS, Construction, Design, and Facilities.
Mrs. Ellis is a twenty-four year veteran of the retail real estate industry and previously served as Senior Vice President of Development with Panda Restaurant Group, parent company of Panda Inn, Panda Express & Hibachi-San. Panda Express, the most popular, has 1,464 locations in 43 States and Puerto Rico.,] making it the largest Chinese fast food chain in the United States. Prior to Panda Restaurant Group, Kim worked at Blockbuster Inc. where she had various roles of increasing responsibility, starting as Real Estate Manager in the Southeast, Director of Business Development and ending her ten year career at Blockbuster serving as their Senior Vice President of Development. Blockbuster Inc. was an American-based provider of home movie and video game rental services, originally through video rental shops (both owned and franchised), later adding DVD-by-mail, streaming, video on demand. At its peak in 2004, Blockbuster had up to 60,000 employees and more than 9,000 stores.
Mrs. Ellis studied Business Administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA where she initiated her career in real estate. Her first position in real estate industry was as Property Manager and Leasing Agent with First Washington Realty Trust, located in Bethesda, MD. Kim has lived in several states during her real estate career, including Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX (Blockbuster), Los Angeles, CA (Panda Restaurant Group) and Minneapolis, MN (Regis Corp) where she currently resides with her husband and 2 children. Kim has been a member of ICSC since 2002.
Mary Lou Fiala
Ms. Fiala is the Co-Chairman of LOFT Unlimited, a personal financial and business consulting firm in Cordillera, CO. Ms. Fiala served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Regency Centers Corporation, a real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and operation of grocery anchored shopping centers from 1998 to February 2009, when she was named Vice Chairman and COO. In her role as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Fiala was responsible for the operational management of Regency’s retail centers nationwide. Prior to working with Regency, Ms. Fiala served as Managing Director of Security Capital Global Strategic Group Incorporated, where she was responsible for the development of operating systems for the firm’s retail-related initiatives. Previously, she also served as Senior Vice President and Director of Stores for Macy’s East/Federated Department Stores, where she was responsible for 19 Macy’s stores in five states, generating more than $1 billion in sales volume. Before her tenure at Macy’s, Ms. Fiala was Senior Vice President of Henri Bendel and Senior Vice President and Regional Director of stores for Federated’s Burdine’s Division. Ms. Fiala earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Miami University. She is a current member of the Board of Directors for Regency Centers Corporation, a member of the board for Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. and a board member of Stir Crazy, Inc. Ms. Fiala also served as the 2008 – 2009 Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Chief Executive Officer and Chocolate Connoisseur
Vancouver, British Columbia
Purdys Chocolatier, founded in 1907, is the largest retailer of premium chocolates in Canada. Purdy’s is a chain of 61 corporately owned chocolate shops in BC, Alberta and Ontario, with a 57,000 square foot chocolate factory, and a 70,000 square foot warehouse and offices located in Vancouver, BC. Three more chocolate shops are set to open in 2013. Karen came to Purdy’s in 1994, to take up the position of Executive Vice-President. After a smooth transition with her father, Karen became President, bought the business and has been sole owner and CEO since 1997. In 2012, she relinquished her role as President to her Chief Operating Officer, Peter Higgins.
Prior to Purdys Chocolatier, Karen completed a B.Comm at Queen’s University, lived in Japan and Asia for 2 years, and then started her career in packaged goods marketing with General Mills in Toronto. After 5 years there, Karen went to London, England to work in Marketing Consulting for a year. Returning back to Canada, Karen embarked on a restaurant marketing career with Swiss Chalet – a $250,000,000 chain of 140 family style restaurants, based in Toronto.
Karen’s present Board position is with the International Council of Shopping Centre’s Board of Governors. Karen’s past Board positions include: Retail Council of Canada, BC Business Council Board of Governors, BC Business Laureate Hall of Fame Board of Governors, Canadian Association of Family Enterprises (Personal Advisory Group Chair), Confectionary Manufacturing Association of Canada, International Council of Shopping Centres (Provincial Retail Chair), Retail Merchants Association of BC, Young Presidents’ Organization (BC Forum Chair, WIN Regional Chair, WIN GCC Chair). Karen and Purdy’s have won numerous business awards: Influential Women in Business Award, Centennial Recognition Award – International Council of Shopping Centres, Business Hall of Fame – Vancouver Board of Trade, #1 – Golden Plate Readers’ Choice Award, BC Hall of Fame for Excellence in Food Processing (Lifetime Achievement Award), One of the Biggest BC Businesses Owned by Women (#2/100), four-time winner of “One of Top 50 Companies to Work for in Canada”, awarded licensee status for boxed chocolates for 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She received the Henry Singer Award in 2012 and has been nominated for YWCA Women of Distinction in 2013. Karen is married with 3 young adult children.
Thomas M. Flexner
Global Head of Real Estate
New York, NY
Thomas M. Flexner is Citigroup Global Head of Real Estate. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Citi's Global Corporate and Investment Bank and a member of the Management Committee of Citi's Institutional Clients Group. Tom is responsible for directing Citi's worldwide real estate businesses across Corporate and Investment Banking, Commercial Real Estate Lending and Finance, and Real Estate Private Equity, with activities in over 30 countries. Prior to joining Citi, Tom was Vice Chairman of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., Chairman of its Global Industries Group, Head of the Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging Groups, Head of the Financial Sponsors Group and on the Board of the firm's broker/dealer subsidiary.
Tom is on the Board and is Treasurer of the Real Estate Roundtable, was a Founding Governor of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council and is actively involved in other industry organizations. He has also advised a number of university and private endowments on their real estate investing strategies. During the financial crisis Tom worked with various governmental bodies including the Fed, the US Treasury and the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board to provide insight and advice on addressing the state of the US commercial real estate economy. In early 2009 Tom authored the "Federal Loan Extension Plan", which was widely cited in the media and presaged several of the government's subsequent liquidity programs. He is a frequent commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg.
Tom is on the Board of Overseers of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, a Trustee of the Museum of the City of New York and of the Dutchess Land Conservancy, and a member of the Director's Council of Rockefeller University. He is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis and the Amos Tuck School, and lives with his family in New York City.
F. Kemper Freeman, Jr.
Chairman & CEO
Bellevue Square Managers, Inc.
As principal owner and hands-on leader of the development team, Mr. Freeman has earned a national reputation as a civic leader and businessman with integrity and a win-win philosophy. He has been engaged in real estate development in Bellevue since the 1960s. Mr. Freeman is also active in political affairs and issues on a local, regional, and national level.
He was elected to three terms in the state legislature and also served as chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) in 1994–95.
Seth D. Geldzahler
Vice President- Real Estate
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
Seth Geldzahler is the Vice President – Real Estate at Bed Bath & Beyond, based in Union, New Jersey and has been with Bed Bath & Beyond since 1996. In this capacity, he is responsible for all real estate related issues with respect to over 1,100 store locations and a national and international real estate growth program that is adding nearly 50 new stores a year, including stores for Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops, buybuy BABY and Harmon Face Values stores.
Prior to joining Bed Bath & Beyond, Mr. Geldzahler practiced real estate law in New Jersey and Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Tufts University and Rutgers Law School – Newark. He resides in Bridgewater, New Jersey with his family.
Carl L. Goertemoeller
Senior Vice President
Carl L. Goertemoeller is Senior Vice President of Real Estate for Macy's, Inc. a position he has held since February of 2009. He is responsible for development and implementation of Macy's corporate-wide real estate program.
Goertemoeller joined Macy's, Inc. (formerly Federated Department Stores) in January 2000, as Operating Vice President-Real Estate, responsible for all national real estate matters for the Bloomingdale's division. Additionally, from 2005 until early 2008, he assumed responsibility for the Macy's Northwest division in Seattle, Washington, wwhandling all real estate in the Pacific Northwest.
Goertemoeller began his career at General Electric Company before initially joining Federated in 1982, where he held a variety of financial and market analysis positions. Goertemoeller left Federated in 1986 to join Simon Property Group in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he held positions of increasing responsibility over a fifteen year career, most recently serving as Vice President of Development, responsible for overseeing and directing expansion and redevelopment projects at a variety of Simon regional shopping malls across the country.
Goertemoeller has served in a variety of service and community capacities, including a member of the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Center in Indianapolis, the Greater Cincinnati United Way Neighborhoods and Community Council and as Chairman of Macy's United Way Corporate Campaign in 2004.
Goertemoeller, who is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and received his MBA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
He has three children and resides in Cincinnati with his wife, Becky.
Michael J. Graziano
Goldman, Sachs & co.
New York, NY
Michael Graziano is co-head of the Real Estate Department and serves as a strategic advisor to a number of private and public traded real estate companies with regard to mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and general corporate finance matters. Mike joined Goldman Sachs in 1988 and has spent over 24 years focused on the Real Estate business. He was promoted to Managing Director in 2000 and Partner in 2006.
Mike is also a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the Real Estate Roundtable, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
He earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.
President Wittington Properties
A senior executive with broad-based expertise in retail and office property operations, asset management, leasing and corporate financial management, Tony Grossi was responsible for the chief operating functions for Macerich and Cadillac Fairview; two of North America’s largest real estate companies.
With over 25 years of industry leadership, Tony has performed every role within the retail and office sectors including, finance, development, leasing, property management and retail shop owner. As well, he has applied his experience in other geographies outside of Canada and the U.S. including Brazil, Great Britain and South Africa. As the principal of Grossi Northbound Real Estate Advisory, Tony provides consultancy services and direction to landlords and retailers in strategic applications.
Tony holds a bachelor of arts in mathematics and economics as well as earning an MBA with a focus in finance both from York University in Toronto, Canada.
David B. Henry
President, Vice Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer
Kimco Realty Corporation
New Hyde Park, NY
David B. Henry is President, Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Kimco Realty Corporation, a NYSE REIT which is the nation’s largest owner of neighborhood and community shopping centers. As of December 31, 2012, the company owned interests in 896 shopping centers comprising 131 million square feet of leasable space across 44 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and South America. Before joining Kimco Realty, Mr. Henry was Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer at GE Capital Real Estate. Mr. Henry spent 23 years with the company and was responsible for pension advisory activities and investment policies and strategies in the U. S. and international markets. Mr. Henry was also chairman of the Investment Committee and a member of the Credit Committee.
Prior to joining GE Capital, Mr. Henry was Vice President for six years with Republic Mortgage Investors, a REIT based in Coral Gables, Florida.
Mr. Henry graduated from Bucknell University in 1971 with a B.S. in Business Administration, and received an M.B.A. in 1973 from the University of Miami. He currently serves on the boards of HCP (NYSE), Fairfield County Bank, and is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Henry served as 2011-2012 Chairman of ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) and is a member of the Board of Governors of NAREIT (National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts).
M. G. (Buddy) Herring, Jr.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
The MGHerring Group
M. G. "Buddy" Herring, Jr., a past chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers is chairman and chief executive officer of The MGHerring Group, a privately held real estate development, leasing and management company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. He has been developing and managing shopping centers for almost four decades, having developed more than 30 major shopping centers comprising more than 25 million square feet of retail space in the United States and Mexico.
Herring devoted most of his professional life volunteering for the International Council of Shopping Centers. He joined the ICSC board in 1979; served his three-year term, during which he was appointed to serve as vice president of ICSC’s Southern Division from 1980 to 1982. Upon completion of his term, the general membership elected Herring as worldwide chairman of the organization for one year and then he served on ICSC’s executive committee for an additional five years. In 1990, he became a lifetime ex-officio trustee of the organization.
Gar Herring, CRX, CDP
President & Chief Executive Officer
The MG Herring Group Inc.
Dallas , TX
Gar Herring serves as President and CEO of The MGHerring Group, a developer of regional shopping centers and mixed-use projects, based in Dallas, Texas. Gar is responsible for all aspects of development and operations of MGHerring properties and projects. His real estate background includes development, acquisition, leasing and financing. Prior to joining The MGHerring Group in 2004, he worked for Donahue Schriber in Newport Beach, California, developing and acquiring neighborhood shopping centers in Southern California and Nevada. His previous real estate experience also includes working for Guaranty Bank, The DeBartolo Corporation and The Staubach Company.
Gar is actively involved in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), serving on the ICSC Board of Trustees, the ICSC Executive Committee as Southern Division Vice President, the Next Generation Advisory Board and is a founding member of the Certified Development, Design & Construction Professional (CDP) Designation.
Gar earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Tulane University and received an M.B.A. with emphasis in real estate from the University of Texas.
Ken C. Hicks
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Foot Locker, Inc.
New York, NY
Ken C. Hicks was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, Inc. effective August 17, 2009. He was subsequently appointed as the Company’s Chairman of the Board, effective January 31, 2010. Prior to joining Foot Locker, Inc. Mr. Hicks served as President and Chief Merchandising Officer of J.C. Penney Company, Inc. since 2005 and was a member of its Board of Directors since 2008. From 2002 to 2005 he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Penney’s stores and merchandise operations.
Before joining JCPenney, Mr. Hicks was president of Payless ShoeSource from 1999 to 2002, where he had responsibility for all elements of merchandising, marketing, product distribution, and direct product development and sourcing for 4,900 stores in 7 countries. Prior to joining Payless ShoeSource, Mr. Hicks was executive vice president and general merchandise manager of all merchandising and programming for the Home Shopping Network. From 1987 to 1998, he held senior management and merchandising positions for May Department Stores, including senior vice president of strategic planning and general merchandise manager for several divisions. From 1982 to 1987, he was a senior engagement manager for McKinsey and Company Consultants.
Mr. Hicks graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and served in the U. S. Army, attaining the rank of captain. After leaving the Army, he earned an MBA with highest honors from Harvard University. Mr. Hicks serves on the board of Avery Dennison Corporation.
David E. Hocker, CRX, CSM
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
David Hocker and Associates
David Hocker, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of David Hocker & Associates, Inc. (DHA), Owensboro, KY, has been associated with commercial real estate development since 1962. He opened his first shopping center, Wesleyan Park Plaza, in Owensboro, in 1964. Since that time, Hocker has developed more than 40 shopping centers containing over 14 million square feet of retail space located in 13 states.
Mr. Hocker was chosen the winner of the Liberty Bell Award in 1986 - an award given for the past 20 years by the Daviess County Bar Association to recognize community leadership. In 1988, he received the "Helping Hand Award" from the National March of Dimes Foundation in recognition of his remarkable contributions to the community in the area of higher education. Mr. Hocker received the Arthur Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Real Estate Industry by INC Magazine in 1989. He served as ICSC Chairman for a one-year term in 1989.
Mr. Hocker has three children and is a long-time resident of Owensboro, KY.
William B. Horner
Senior Vice President/Chief Real Estate Officer
Fitness International, LLC
William B. Horner is the Senior Vice President /Chief Real Estate Officer of Fitness International, LLC. William Horner possesses over thirty years of retail real estate experience, the last fourteen directing the real estate component for the expansion of L A Fitness Sports Clubs (now Fitness International) which today operates 580 Clubs in the United States and Canada. Mr. Horner’s background encompasses tenant roll out, development and portfolio responsibility. As General Manager of Hobie Sports and Latitudes, two lifestyle retailers, he directed their expansions in freestanding facilities and shopping center types ranging from tourist specialty centers to regional malls. Portfolio based responsibilities have included Leasing Manager for Hollis and Associates, on contract to the Irvine Company, Director of Leasing for the diverse portfolio of the Fritz Duda Company and category as well as overall project oversight as a Vice President with DDR/Oliver McMillan specializing in redevelopment and entertainment projects. William began his career in Beverly Hills in the retail division of Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Company (now CBRE).
He is active an active member of International Council of Shopping Centers and is the current Southern California Retail Chair. William received his B.A. degree in Communications from the University of Southern California.
President and Principal
Hutensky Capital Partners
Brad Hutensky is the President and Principal of Hutensky Capital Partners a family of investment funds that invests in underperforming retail real estate by providing joint venture equity to strong operating partners and via loan and property purchases. He is also President of The Hutensky Group, a full-service shopping center company based in Hartford, CT.
Mr. Hutensky has served in many roles for the International Council of Shopping Centers and he served as Chairman for 2012-2013. He has previously served on the Board of Trustees where he was Eastern Division Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee. He is also past council chair of the Urban Land Institute and serves on a number of community boards. Mr. Hutensky holds an MBA from Harvard University and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.
Adam W. Ifshin
President & CEO
DLC Management Corporation
Adam Ifshin is President and CEO of DLC Management Corp., which he co-founded in 1991. Through his leadership, DLC has become one of the nation's largest owners and operators of retail shopping centers and one of the most active acquirers of centers with value added potential. Mr. Ifshin is also the founder and President of Delphi Commercial Properties, Inc., a specialty real estate brokerage firm; the co-founder and President of DLC Investment Securities Corp., the exclusive placement agent for all DLC Management Corp. real estate investments; and co-founder of DLC UrbanCore and DLC Development, new platforms to develop retail real estate in under-served, infill, and multi-ethnic markets nationwide.
Mr. Ifshin is Chairman of the ICSC Government Relations Economic Sub-Committee, and was the Chair of the ICSC 2008 National Deal Making Conference in New York. He is an active lobbyist for the shopping center industry, and has testified in front of both the United States Senate and House of Representatives on behalf of ICSC and The Real Estate Roundtable on the Taxation of Carried Interests. Mr. Ifshin is a full member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is Chair of the Commercial & Retail Development Council (Blue) of ULI.
Mr. Ifshin received a BA, cum laude, from Williams College, with honors in economics and history, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of the board of directors of the Byram Hills Educational Foundation and Hudson Valley Holding Company. He lives in Westchester with his family.
Stephen R. Karp
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer
New England Development
New England Development is a developer of shopping centers and commercial property. Mr. Karp is a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and the Urban Land Institute. He also serves as a trustee of Belmont Hill School, Children’s Hospital and Union College. He is Chairman of the Children's Hospital Trust. Mr. Karp is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
V.P. Real Estate/Construction
PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Jim Lampassi is Vice President of Real Estate and Construction for PETCO Animal Supplies Stores, Inc., a privately-held leader in pet-specialty retail. PETCO operates more than 1,300 retail stores (under the Petco, Unleashed by Petco, and Pet People brands) in all 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Jim’s team handles all aspects of the chain’s aggressive growth, construction, and the maintenance of stores and 10 large distribution facilities.
Prior to PETCO, Jim was Director of Real Estate for Bed Bath & Beyond in the Northeast, and parts of the Western United States. During Jim’s 32-year career, he has served as Vice President of Real Estate and Construction for Zoots Corporation, a start-up retail dry-cleaning chain (started by the founders of Staples) based in Massachusetts. Additionally, Jim has also held various positions in Real Estate for dynamic growth companies such as Marshalls, Office Depot and Extended Stay America. Jim was also ICSC’s first State Retail Chairperson in California from 1991-1992.
Jim received his Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Economic Geography from Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts in 1981. He earned an Executive MBA from St. Mary’s College of Moraga, California in 1992. He resides in Poway, California with his wife Lucy, daughter Laura, son James and a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Bailey.
David J. LaRue
President & Chief Executive Officer of Forest City Enterprises, Inc.
Mr. LaRue became a Director of Forest City Enterprises, Inc. in June 2011 as well as becoming the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. An employee of the Company since 1986 LaRue brings vast experience in virtually every aspect of the business, along with broad strategic, operational and financial acumen to the Board.
Prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer, LaRue served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Earlier in his career with the company LaRue served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Forest City Commercial Group, Inc., the Company’s largest strategic business unit.
He is also an officer and/or director of various subsidiaries of the Company.
Prior to joining Forest City in 1986, LaRue was an Internal Auditor and Financial Analyst with the Sherwin-Williams Company. LaRue is a member of the 2013 NAREIT Board of Governors; a Trustee, member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Capital Committee and Board of Directors of the Friends of the Cleveland School of the Arts; a Trustee and member of the Finance Committee of the Lawrence School and a former member of the Board of Directors of CubeSmart, a public storage company, from 2004-2013. LaRue was selected by the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Board of Trustees Nominating Committee to serve as the assocation’s Chairman for the 2013-2014 term. LaRue was elected at ICSC’s annual meeting of members in May, and was the association’s 54th Chairman.
Charles B. Lebovitz
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
CBL & Associates Properties Inc.
CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) listed on the New York Stock Exchange are owners, managers of a portfolio consisting of 159 shopping center properties, including 55 regional enclosed malls, containing 58.6 million square feet located in 25 states. Mr. Lebovitz is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Rebecca L. Maccardini, SCMD
Rebecca Maccardini Resources
Ann Arbor, MI
RMResources was formed for the purpose of providing focused consulting for real estate, specializing in such diverse areas as center redevelopment and repositioning strategies, marketing and operation evaluation, communication effectiveness and corporate imaging. Ms. Maccardini, with a background in regional and super regional malls plus strip centers, provides clients with a broad-based understanding of consumer trends and customer motivation. She shares her expertise in new development, expansions, and re-developments, as well as on-going management and marketing for both corporations and individual properties. Ms. Maccardini is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Lauralee E. Martin
President and Chief Executive Officer
Long Beach, CA
Ms. Martin is President and Chief Executive Officer of HCP, Inc. Prior to joining HCP in October 2013, Ms. Martin served as the Chief Executive Officer, Americas of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (NYSE:JLL), one of the world’s leading real estate services and money management firms. Ms. Martin joined Jones Lang LaSalle as Chief Financial Officer in January 2002 and was given expanded responsibilities in 2005 to become Chief Financial Officer and Operating Officer. Additionally, she served on its Board of Directors from 2005 to May 2013. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, she was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and President of the Real Estate Finance Division of Heller Financial, Inc. Ms. Martin also serves on the Board of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation (NYSE:KALU), a leading producer of aluminum products.
Sandeep L. Mathrani
Chief Executive Officer
General Growth Properties
Sandeep Mathrani is the Chief Executive Officer of General Growth Properties, the country’s second largest shopping mall owner/developer and real estate investment trust (REIT). Prior to GGP, Mr. Mathrani was president of retail for Vornado Realty Trust where he oversaw Vornado’s U.S. retail real estate and its India operations. Vornado Realty Trust is one of the largest REITs in the country, with a total capitalization of more than $31 billion. Mr. Mathrani is a real estate industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience. Prior to Vornado, he spent eight years with Forest City Ratner, where he was executive vice president, responsible for that company’s retail development and related leasing in the New York City metropolitan area.
Mr. Mathrani holds a Master of Engineering, Master of Management Science, and Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
James E. Maurin, CRX, CSM
Mr. Maurin is one of the founders of Stirling Properties and served as its Chairman from 1992 thru 2012. His professional and civic activities include:
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC): Member of its Board of Trustees and Professional Development, Audit, PAC, and Executive Compensation Committees. He served as Chairman of ICSC for the 2004-2005 term. He has also received ICSC’s professional designation of Senior Certified Shopping Center Manager (SCSM).
Ochsner Health System: Currently serves as its Board Chairman.
Blueprint Louisiana: Chairman, Member of the Executive Committee, and founding Trustee.
Louisiana State University: Past Chairman and Member of the Executive Committee of the Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF); Member of the LSU Foundation; Board Member, LSU College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and Chairman of the LSU Tiger Stadium Expansion Committee.
Northshore Community Foundation: Chairman and Member or the Executive Committee.
Urban Land Institute (ULI): Past Chairman, ULI Louisiana District Council. Member of the Small Scale Development Council.
World President’s Organization (WPO): Member, and Past Chairman of WPO’s Louisiana Chapter.
Tulane University: Member of the Tulane University Freeman Business School Council.
Mr. Maurin graduated in Aerospace Engineering from LSU in 1970. He received an MBA from Tulane University in 1972 and began his business career as a CPA with the international accounting firm of Ernst and Ernst. He has been active in the shopping center industry for over 37 years.
Martin A. Mayer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Marty Mayer serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Stirling Properties. He also serves on the board of Stirling Properties and is a Principal in the firm.
Mr. Mayer is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He has previously served as the ICSC Louisiana State Director and the Louisiana State Operations Director. He is currently a member of the ICSC Open Air Center Committee and served as Co-Chairman of that committee from 2008 to 2010.
Mr. Mayer recently completed a term as Chairman of Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.), an economic development alliance serving the 10 parishes of Greater New Orleans. He is currently on the Executive Committee of GNO and also serves on its Super Region Committee. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Louisiana Committee of 100, is also a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) and served as Chairman of its Small Scale Development - Silver Council from 2007 to 2009 and has also has served on the Executive Committee of the ULI Louisiana District Council. In addition, Mr. Mayer served as Chairman of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce in 2006. He is on the Executive Committee of the Northshore Business Council and serves on its Public Policy Committee. He is also a past Commissioner of the St. Tammany Economic Development District. Mr. Mayer was selected to be one of the 50 representatives statewide to join Governor Bobby Jindal’s Ethics Transition Advisory Council and was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Commerce and Industry for the State of Louisiana. He also serves as a member of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Rathbone Society.
Mr. Mayer received his BSME and an MBA in Finance from Tulane University.
Kenneth A. McIntyre Jr., CRX
PassPort Real Estate LLC
Ken McIntyre is currently with PassPort Real Estate LLC. Prior to this he was the Managing Director and head of Real Estate Capital Markets at MetLife. The Capital Markets Group originated over $2 billion of real estate investments in 2008, contributing to MetLife’s $35 billion commercial mortgage portfolio and $10 billion equity portfolio. Prior to forming the Real Estate Capital Markets Group in June 2004, he was responsible for pricing all commercial mortgage originations and served as a member of the investment committee for commercial mortgages.
Prior to joining MetLife, Mr. McIntyre was the head of Real Estate Syndications for KeyBank. Before KeyBank, he was a managing director in GE Capital Real Estate’s Capital Markets Group and was a Director at UBS where he was involved in underwriting real estate debt and equity for public and private markets. Mr. McIntyre has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Mr. McIntyre graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in Economics and a concentration in Banking and Finance.
He is a Board Member of the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC) and an active member of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Real Estate Lenders Association (RELA) and a founding member of the Real Estate Networking Trust (R*E*N*T).
Rio de Janeiro, BR
Carlos Medeiros is BRMalls' CEO since the Company was founded in 2006. BRMalls is Brazil’s largest shopping mall company, with total GLA of 1.5 million m². Prior to BRMalls, Mr. Medeiros was a Partner of GP Investments, Brazil’s leading private equity firm. Mr. Medeiros has been a Board Member of major Brazilian companies such as GP Investments, Gafisa, Tele Norte Leste (Oi), Contax, Internet Group (iG), among others. He began his career as an associate at Salomon Brothers, in New York, in 1994. Mr. Medeiros has a BS degree in Finance from New York University.
Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Real Estate
San Francisco, CA
Mark Myers is an executive vice president and heads the Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate Group. Operating in 40 offices in the United States and an office in Toronto and London, Commercial Real Estate provides a comprehensive platform of banking and financing solutions to regional/national owners, operators and developers, institutional real estate funds and REITs.
During Mark’s 30-year affiliation with Wells Fargo, he has held a number of senior leadership positions in the Real Estate, Corporate, Capital Markets and Special Situation Groups. Mr. Myers, based in San Francisco, is a member of Wells Fargo’s Management Committee.
Myers earned his B.S. degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
He is on the Policy Advisory Board Executive Committee of the Fisher Center for Real Estate at the University of California, Berkeley, a council member of the Urban Land Institute, a member of the Real Estate Roundtable and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Kathleen M. Nelson
Bay Hollow Associates LLC
Kathleen Nelson is Managing Principal of Bay Hollow Associates LLC. Nelson served as Senior Managing Director/Group Leader for TIAA-CREF’s Mortgage & Real Estate Division, responsible for managing TIAA’s $50-billion mortgage portfolio. Nelson was involved in the financing of TIAA’s most prominent real estate investments, including most of the major shopping centers and mixed-use projects in the U.S. She chaired TIAA’s Mortgage & Real Estate Special Review as well as its Mortgage & Real Estate Operational Review Committees. Nelson worked closely with all of the major shopping center developers/owners, including Simon, GGP, Taubman, Forest City, CBL, Westfield, Mace-Rich, Bellevue Square, Segerstrom and many of the predecessor developers/owners. Nelson was also responsible for developing and maintaining TIAA’s unique relationship with the Department Store community. She also has strong relationships with major real estate investors, with whom she has co-invested, sold and/or acquired properties. Nelson continues to serve ICSC in many capacities, including the Executive board, Nominating board, Audit board, Investment & Employee Retirement board, Architectural & Design Award Committees and ICSC Foundation Board. Nelson was also part of the successful ICSC lobbying group whose efforts resulted in the passage of TRIA in 2002.
Scott Nelson, CRX
SVP Real Estate
Scott Nelson is Senior Vice President of Real Estate for Target. He leads the real estate team which is responsible to deliver new and remodel stores and non-store facilities to support Target's growth.
In 1994 Scott joined Target as Regional Real Estate Manager. He was promoted to Director Real Estate in 1996 and to Vice President Real Estate in 2000. He was promoted to his current position in 2007.
He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers. He also serves on the Board of the Heart of America, a Washington DC based non-profit.
Scott graduated with B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota.
Gary D. Rappaport,CRX, CMD, CSM, CLS, CDP
Chief Executive Officer
Gary D. Rappaport, CRX, CMD, CSM, CLS, CDP is Chief Executive Officer of Rappaport, a retail real estate company he founded in 1984. Rappaport provides leasing, tenant representation, management and development services for shopping centers and ground-floor retail in mixed-use properties throughout the mid-Atlantic region. A former Chairman and Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Mr. Rappaport is the only Chairman to date to hold all five ICSC designations, CRX, CMD, CSM, CLS and CDP. He serves on ICSC’s Executive, Nominating, Government Relations, Long Range Planning and PAC committees and continues to lobby at the state and federal government levels on many issues important to the shopping center industry. Mr. Rappaport also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Rappaport is committed to sharing his knowledge and experience as an entrepreneur and has authored "Investing in Retail Properties," which explains how to structure real estate partnerships for sharing capital appreciation and cash flow. The information contained in the book is the basis for classes he teaches for ICSC’s University of Shopping Centers and Interactive Learning Series and as an annual guest instructor at Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, American University, George Washington University, the University of Maryland and George Mason University.
John H. Reininga Jr., CRX, CSM
San Francisco, CA
Mr. Reininga is responsible for the performance of the company and its projects. Projects include development and redevelopment of neighborhood, power and regional centers, as well as mixed-use projects. Duties include identifying and planning new projects, and selecting architects, engineers, contractors, tenants, equity partners and lenders. Mr. Reininga is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Malcolm R. Riley
Malcolm Riley & Associates
Los Angeles, CA
Developer, Management, acquisitions of shopping Centers. Active in California and Western States. Mr. Riley is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers
John T. Riordan
Past Vice Chairman
Past President and Chief Executive Officer
International Council of Shopping Centers
New York, NY
In 2001, John stepped down from a 15 year term as President and CEO of ICSC. At the same time he was chosen as the Thomas G. Eastman Chairman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Real Estate. In 2003, ICSC announced the renaming of its professional development school as the John T. Riordan ICSC School for Professional Development. Riordan has served on the advisory boards of the MIT/Center for Real Estate, the Center for Real Estate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Business School of Baruch College of the City University of New York. He has served as director of General Growth Properties and Ivanhoe Cambridge. In 2003, John was elected an ICSC Trustee for life.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Karen Roberts is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) Legal Division. In this role, she oversees the legal department, which is responsible for handling all legal matters affecting the company in its domestic and international markets.
As the leader of Walmart Legal, Karen ensures the company’s compliance with the laws and regulations in the regions it operates, forecasts possible issues and works ahead of them to ensure the company’s readiness and heads department initiatives such as its Medical-Legal Partnership Program and its diversity and inclusion efforts.
Karen was previously Executive Vice President and President of Walmart Realty where she was responsible for Walmart’s real estate operations and a portfolio of close to 1 billion square feet. In this role she ensured the company fulfilled its commitment to be a good neighbor by working with communities to generate jobs, spur economic growth and continue its mission to save people money so they can live better.
Prior to her move to Realty, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for Walmart. She managed operations and pharmacy compliance, environmental compliance, immigration and financial services compliance, product safety compliance, food safety and quality assurance and the privacy office. Since joining Walmart in 1995 as a Real Estate Manager, Karen has held various positions within the company, including Vice President and General Counsel for real estate and construction. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in public administration from Harding University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas.
Michael Rodel, CRX
emerging market Real Estate (pty) ltd.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Mike has over 20 years experience in the property industry in South Africa and India, focussing primarily on the development, property and asset management of regional shopping centres. His hands-on approach has significantly impacted upon the success of several of South Africa’s premier shopping centres, including Sandton City, Eastgate, Gateway Theatre of Shopping and Canal Walk. International exposure was achieved through the establishment of Old Mutual’s property management JV in India, including the opening of R City, Mumbai. Significant corporate experience in a listed environment was gained through his most recent appointment as CEO of Hyprop Investments Ltd, South Africa’s premier retail focussed listed property fund.
Mike is currently with emerging market Real Estate (pty) ltd. Prior to this he held the position of COO of The Billion Group, with the objective of implementing the listing of the Rebosis property fund of R 3.6bn ($ 500m), including 3 shopping centres, with flagship regional shopping centre Hemingways in East London. He also managed the development of new projects for the group including Bay West in Port Elizabeth and Forest Hill in Pretoria, both planned mixed use precincts anchored by new super-regional shopping centres.
Mike commenced employment as a systems analyst working for Gold Fields South Africa, before joining his father at Rodel Associates Incorporated where he developed his passion for shopping centres with his first full assignment as Project Manager for the development of Cleary Park in Port Elizabeth, which opened in 1989.
Mark A. Schurgin
The Festival Companies
Los Angeles, CA
Mark Schurgin is the Chairman and co-founder of The Festival Companies, a leading developer and operator of retail and mixed-use properties and a full-service real estate advisory firm. Under his leadership, the firm has developed and operated over 28 million square feet of retail properties in 23 states during its 30 year operating history. The Festival Companies real estate advisory division provides real estate advisory, management, leasing and development services to institutional clients and private investors. Based in Los Angeles, with offices in Honolulu, Festival’s broad based expertise includes regional malls, luxury and high street retail, neighborhood centers, adaptive re-use and retail-driven mixed use projects.
Mark has been proactively involved in the shopping center industry throughout his career. Mark is a Trustee of International Council of Shopping Centers and is the ICSC Western Region Vice President. Mark is an active member of ULI, and he is also a director of the ICSC Foundation. In 2008, the Schurgin Family Foundation endowed its first educational Undergraduate Scholarship with the ICSC and in 2011, the Schurgin Family foundation annually endow a second scholarship with ICSC for the purpose of providing a scholarship for undergraduate college students with entrepreneurial talents. Mark is a graduate of the University of Colorado.
Senior Executive Vice President General Counsel
Los Angeles, CA
Peter Schwartz is Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Westfield, LLC, an affiliate of The Westfield Group. The Westfield Group is the largest listed retail property company in the world by market capitalization and owns interests in 119 regional and super-regional malls in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition to overseeing all legal affairs in the U.S., Mr. Schwartz is responsible for managing our commercial relationships with the anchor tenants at our U.S. properties.
The Honorable Mel Sembler
The Sembler Company
St. Petersburg, FL
Mel Sembler is Chairman Emeritus of The Sembler Company, a second-generation, family-run, private company celebrating 50 years of shopping center development. He is the former U.S. Ambassador to Italy and also former Ambassador to Australia and Nauru. He currently serves on the boards of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, Moffitt Cancer Center, Republican Jewish Coalition, and is a member of the Florida Council of 100. Sembler and his wife Betty have three sons, eleven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Ambassador Sembler is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Peter Sharpe, a member of ICSC for 21 years, was the organization’s 50th chairman. Prior to retirement, Peter Sharpe was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, a company wholly owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. Peter was responsible for Cadillac Fairview’s growth strategy in support of the Teachers’ long-term investment focus. Peter has held various positions of ever increasing responsibility within Cadillac Fairview since 1984. Besides Canada, Cadillac Fairview and its affiliates own and manage properties in the U.S., Brazil, the U.K., and China. It has a stake in a dozen U.S. shopping centers - seven in Washington State, three in California, and one each in Georgia and Oregon. The company is a major partner with The Macerich Co. in most of its U.S. retail properties. The firm’s overseas partnerships include a 46 percent interest in Multiplan Empreendimentos Imobiliários, Brazil’s largest owner, manager and developer of retail real estate, and a stake in Canary Wharf Group which owns the bustling, 97-acre office, residential, and retail area east of London’s financial district.
Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer
Suk Singh is the Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Bloomin’ Brands. As Chief Development Officer, he is responsible for leading the worldwide development efforts for Bloomin’ Brands, including real estate, design and construction, and facilities maintenance. Mr. Singh is widely recognized as the pre-eminent development executive in the restaurant industry. Prior to joining Bloomin’ Brands in 2014, he served as Chief Development Officer for Darden Restaurants. He also served in development, real estate and construction leadership roles for the Burger King Corporation and Pearl Vision.
Mr. Singh earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban Estate Management from the University of Glamorgan in Pontypridd, Wales. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), an Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the International Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives.
Brian Smith, CRX, CDP, CLS
President and COO
Brian Smith is president and chief operating officer, and a member of the board of directors of Regency Centers, a real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in owning, operating and developing grocery-anchored and community shopping centers.
Mr. Smith started with Regency as a managing director for the Pacific, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast divisions which led to his appointment as chief investment officer in 2005 where he oversaw the formulation, growth and management of the company’s development and investment business nationwide. He was appointed chief operating officer and president in January, 2009.
Mr. Smith joined Regency in 1999 through the merger with Pacific Retail Trust, where he created the development program and served as managing director of investments for the Pacific region. Mr. Smith began his real estate career at Trammell Crow Company as a leasing agent and ultimately as partner in the firm and a member of the company’s National Retail Executive Committee.
Prior to real estate, Mr. Smith was a cryptology officer in the United States Navy. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Arts degree from Pepperdine University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Arturo Sneider, CRX, CLS
Primestor Development, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Sneider is a founding partner and current CEO of Primestor Development, Inc.; one of the Nation’s leaders in urban development and re-development with a focus in dense low/moderate income communities. His primary responsibilities include the sourcing of key acquisitions and project inceptions, , project conceptual design, capital structuring and corporate management. With a strong focus in largely underserved communities, Primestor’s diverse portfolio has maintained an approximate 95% occupancy rate in approximately eighty projects. As the winner of the Latin Business Association’s “2002 Business of the Year Award” and the “2005 Los Angeles Minority Construction Firm of the Year”, Primestor has consistently been on the top 500 Hispanic Business list as well as on the “100 Fastest Growing Companies” list. In 2008 he was recognized as the “Person to Watch” by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and with the HUB Cities Business Leadership Award, in 2009 with the S.E.A. Business Pioneer Award, 2010-2011 Business Person of the Year by the Florence-Firestone Chamber of Commerce and in 2010 as the Latino Business of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Since 1990, Mr. Sneider has acquired dozens of properties and transacted in dozens of existing, remodeled and ground-up projects involving complex financing models, tax increment financing, New Markets Tax Credits, municipal bonding, structured finance and ground leases. Ground-up projects have been located in CA, IL, NV, FL and AZ and have ranged in size from less than an acre to over forty acres and individually from under $1MM to over $100MM with an aggregate cost basis of approximately $750MM.
Mr. Sneider is an active member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization), founding Chair of the Hispanic Initiative of ICSC, Board Member of the City of Los Angeles’ Development Industry Advisory Council, Board Member/Director of the Los Angeles County Capital Asset Leasing Corporation, serves on the Board of Alternative Living for the Aging and EXPO Center of Los Angeles and was a founding member of the Downtown Property Owner’s Association. He has served as an advisor to the City of Los Angeles’ Economic Development Department and is a sought after speaker and has recently been a panelist for Urban Land Institute (ULI), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (ACRE), Lusk Center for Real Estate at USC and the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED). Mr. Sneider was born in Mexico City, lives in Los Angeles and is married with two children, Samantha (16) and Nicolas (13).
Richard S. Sokolov
President and Chief Operating Officer
Simon Property Group
Richard Sokolov is President and Chief Operating Officer of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, Inc., an S&P 500 company and the largest U.S. publicly traded real estate company. Mr. Sokolov is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Partner, Head of Global Retail Services
Cushman & Wakefield
ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES
John is an equity partner and the head of Global Retail Services at Cushman & Wakefield with a team of over 900 retail specialists working in 60 country offices around the world. He has specialised in the retail sector for more than 35 years, with a particular focus on leasing, retailer tenant representation and shopping centre development consultancy.
John joined Healey & Baker in 1972 and became a Partner in 1981. From 1996 he was head of the firm’s UK and Continental European retail business. In 2005, he was appointed Global Head of Retail for Cushman & Wakefield. John is a member of the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) and the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC). He was President of BCSC in 2006 and chaired its conference in 2000. He is a member of the European Board of ICSC. He has also served on the Commercial Property Committee of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Awards Committee of the Chartered Surveyors Livery Company, MAPIC, Retail and Leisure International and Estates Gazette.
• Directly involved with more than 50 shopping centres and retail park developments throughout the UK and in recent years has also advised on several shopping centres in countries around the world including Italy, Spain, France, Russia, India and China.
• Headed the team which advised on developments such as Bull Ring in Birmingham, and Xanadu in Madrid and currently engaged on major projects such as Battersea Power Station in London.
• He has travelled extensively throughout North America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe to visit and study Shopping Centre developments.
• He has advised a number of European and US retailers on their national and international expansion and rationalisation programmes.
• Marks and Spencer
MEMBERSHIPS AND QUALIFICATIONS
• Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
• BSc (Hons) Land Management (Reading University)
Executive Vice President, Growth and Business Development
Whole Foods Market, Inc.
Jim Sud is the Executive Vice-President of Growth and Business Development of Whole Foods Market. His responsibilities include all areas related to the growth of the company including real estate, mergers & acquisitions, and business development opportunities.
Jim was a founding shareholder of Whole Foods Market and served on the company’s board of directors from its inception until April, 1997 when he joined the company’s senior management team. Jim is currently a member of the company’s Executive Team and Global Leadership Team.
Jim received his BBA from the University of Texas in 1975. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas and currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife, Lecia. They have twin sons, Robert and Adam, and a daughter, Jewel. Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Austin Theater Alliance, Texas Hillel, and The Whole Kids Foundation.
Steven B. Tanger
President & Chief Executive Officer
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.
New York, NY
Steven B. Tanger is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE: SKT). While carrying forth a 95-year tradition of family-owned businesses, Mr. Tanger is putting his own signature on Tanger’s future. Mr. Tanger and his father, Stanley K. Tanger (1923-2010), who originally founded the firm in 1981, successfully completed an initial public offering of the first factory outlet real estate investment trust (REIT) listed on the New York Stock Exchange on June 4, 1993. His involvement was pivotal in the realization of Tanger’s initial public offering.
Mr. Tanger’s grandfather, Moe Tanger, founded Tanger-Creighton, Inc. in 1918. Stanley Tanger took over the business in 1948 and guided it through another three decades of growth. Steven Tanger joined Tanger-Creighton in 1970 immediately after completing college. During the next ten years, he had the unique opportunity of working with both his father and grandfather. During his tenure at Tanger-Creighton, he rose to the position of Executive Vice-President and Director. Mr. Tanger also served on the Board of Directors for National Student Marketing, Inc. from 1972-1980. After the sale of the Tanger-Creighton in 1980, he founded S.B. Tanger & Company, an investment banking firm specializing in real estate syndication and venture capital. In 1985, Steven and Stanley Tanger joined forces once again, with Steven as the Company’s fourth employee. At that time, the Company had seven centers in six states totaling approximately 344,000 square feet.
In the past 28 years, Tanger expanded Tanger Outlet Centers to 39 centers in 25 states and Canada totaling approximately 12 million square feet. The Company now has over 400 employees. Mr. Tanger is a frequent guest on network & cable business segments such as CNBC and Fox Business Network, and he speaks extensively to REIT and real estate industry organizations across the country. Mr. Tanger currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Real Estate Roundtable and is also a Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). Mr. Tanger received the Excalibur Award from the American Cancer Society and in 1996, he was presented with the Lifetime Excalibur Award for his effort in the fight against breast cancer, which continues today. In April 2011, Mr. Tanger received the UJA-Federation of New York’s Annual Fashion Division Award of Excellence. The American Apparel & Footwear Association awarded Mr. Tanger the Excellence in Retail Award at the AAFA Image Awards benefiting the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in May, 2012.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (’70 BS, Business Administration), Mr. Tanger also completed courses as part of the Executive Program at the Stanford University School of Business in 1977.
Taubman Centers, Inc.
Bloomfield Hills, MI
William S. Taubman is chief operating officer of Taubman Centers, Inc. He is responsible for development, acquisitions, operations and leasing. Mr. Taubman also serves as a director of the company.
Mr. Taubman joined the company in 1986 from Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. in New York, where he was a financial analyst specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He is a graduate of Brown University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Russian Studies. He also holds a master’s degree in Philosophy from Corpus Christi College of Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
Mr. Taubman is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). He is Chairman of New Detroit, an organization dedicated to improving race relations in the Detroit metropolitan area, serves on the board of Governors for the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, and is past Chairman of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Taubman Centers (NYSE: TCO), a real estate investment trust, owns, develops and operates regional shopping centers nationally. Taubman Centers is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Executive Vice President of Real Estate
Doug Tilson is Executive Vice President of Real Estate for Express (EXPR), a publicly held, dual-gender fashion brand that has been a leader in specialty retail apparel for more than 30 years. In this role, he sets the strategic direction of store locations and real estate strategy across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Mr. Tilson also oversees store design and construction and real estate / legal.
Mr. Tilson joined Express in October of 2007 shortly after the company was sold from L Brands to Golden Gate Capital, and he immediately built a standalone real estate function and capabilities to support the brand’s long-term growth plan. Mr. Tilson also successfully transitioned store design and construction from an outsourced resource to an internal function for the company, creating greater control and enhanced speed to the store design and construction process.
Prior to Express, Mr. Tilson was Senior Vice President of Leasing from 2005 to 2007 with Steiner & Associates, a commercial real estate developer that specializes in new town center concepts. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Tilson was Senior Vice President of Real Estate for Tween Brands, and he also served in a number of senior real estate positions with Limited Brands from 1987 to1999. He started his career as a labor attorney with Columbus, Ohio-based firm, Porter, Wright, Morris and Arthur.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Tilson received his bachelor’s degree in history from The Ohio State University and earned his law degree from Capital University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, served as Editor in Chief of the Law Review and received the President’s Award for leadership and academic excellence. He resides in Blacklick, Ohio with his wife, Kathy, and their children, Kelly and Jack.
René Tremblay leads Taubman Asia, the Asian arm of Taubman Centers, a leader in the shopping center industry. As President, Tremblay is responsible for driving Taubman’s shopping center expansion in the Asia-Pacific region. Appointed to his current role in October 2010, Tremblay has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, having been involved in international investment for almost 20 years.
Formerly, he served as executive vice president, real estate and president of the real estate group of Caisse de dépot et de placement du Québec, one of the ten largest real estate portfolios in the world. Prior to that, as president and CEO of Ivanhoe Cambridge from 1995 to 2009, he oversaw the acquisition and integration of Cambridge Shopping Centres, and developed and executed a successful strategy of major international expansion in markets such as Brazil, Poland, France, Scotland, Spain and China.
Previous work experience also includes Simpson-Sears, Campeau Corp., Westcliff Group, SITQ Immobilier and Cadim International. Tremblay served as worldwide chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers from 2007 to 2008.
René Tremblay has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Université Laval in Québec City. In 2008, he received a Hermès career achievement award from Université Laval. Following the adoption of his daughter Eugénie, in China, in 1999 he worked jointly with his wife Micheline, to create "Fondation Formons Une Famille" a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote general education and assuage poverty and disease, especially for the orphans of the world.
Kenneth L. Tucker
Tucker Development Corporation
Highland Park, IL
Semi-retired. Mr. Tucker serves as a consultant to Tucker Development Corporation which is a leader in the development and redevelopment of shopping centers. Mr. Tucker is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Steven G. Vittorio
Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager
Prudential Real Estate Investors
Steve Vittorio is a U.S. Managing Director of Prudential and is the Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for PREI’s Single Client Account platform which currently totals almost $3.0 billion of gross assets. Steve is also Prudential’s retail specialist involved with shopping center and mixed-use investment strategies throughout the U.S. He is a member of PREI’s U.S. Investment Committee and the Global Risk Management Committee.
In his previous capacity, Steve was a transactions professional in the Capital Markets Group where he sourced nearly $10 billion of real estate investments for multiple Prudential funds. He was responsible for sourcing retail developer relationships for structured programmatic co-investments and managed Prudential’s existing retail developer relationships. He worked closely with Prudential’s acquisition and portfolio management professionals to invest in retail real estate opportunities and in enhancing the value of Prudential’s investment portfolio.
Before joining PREI in 1998, Mr. Vittorio was the portfolio manager responsible for Prudential’s General Account retail portfolio. Prior to that he was an asset manager responsible for various office, industrial, residential, hotel and retail property investments throughout the U.S.
Mr. Vittorio has thirty years of experience with commercial real estate investments and is an active member of the ICSC Board of Trustees. Mr. Vittorio is also a member of Urban Land Institute, PREA and the Retail Network as well as serving on several not for profit boards. He has lectured at the business schools of New York University, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, and The College of William and Mary. Mr. Vittorio is a graduate of the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce and has a MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.
Robert L. Ward
Westcor Development Partners (WDP)
Mr. Ward is the former President & CEO of Westcor Partners which merged with the Macerich REIT July, 2002. WDP is a development company and will partner with Macerich in retail development. Mr. Ward is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Robert Welanetz, CRX, CSM
International Council of Shopping Centers
The Blackstone Group
Global Retail Advisor
Robert Welanetz, CRX, CSM, is Blackstone Real Estate Partner’s Global Retail Real Estate Advisor. In this capacity as a retail sector expert he assists in sourcing and creating investment strategies, underwriting acquisition targets and determining strategic asset management guidance for retail real estate within Blackstone’s global real estate portfolio which includes equity and debt investments in mixed use, retail, office and hotel properties. After eight years in Shanghai, China, Mr. Welanetz is now based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Prior to his existing assignment with Blackstone, Mr. Welanetz, was President and CEO of Shanghai Kinghill Limited and Co-Chairman of Chia Tai Real Estate, real estate subsidiaries of The CP Group, a well-respected Thailand based international conglomerate. While with CP he was responsible for all real estate investment and asset management for the group’s owned retail real estate and department store initiatives in China. Mr. Welanetz was also on the board of Lotus Supercenters, CP’s 100 store hypermarket business in China.
Previously, Mr. Welanetz held executive positions as President and CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle Retail, Senior VP and Head of Lend Lease Retail Americas, Managing Director Retail for The Yarmouth Group and Senior VP Operations and Leasing for Pan Pacific Development. His 35 year career in retail real estate began via his tenure with The Hahn Company where he held executive positions in Development, Management and Investor Relations.
Mr. Welanetz is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the 55,000+ member International Council of Shopping Centers (“ICSC”) and has served on numerous committees including the Executive Committee of the Board. An advocate of ICSC’s role in support of the global retail real estate industry and active as a real estate professional for many years in both the domestic U.S. and international real estate markets, he is a frequent speaker on cross border trends in retail, retail property and retail investment.
Mr. Welanetz is a graduate of Colorado State University and Executive Management courses at INSEAD. He was formerly on the Board of Galileo Americas Trust, an Australian listed property trust, the Advisory Board of the U.S. National Association of Realtors (“NAR”) and the Board of Brixmor, a United States based community shopping center company. Mr. Welanetz is currently on the Advisory Boards of Mokard, a China based Retail Technology Sales/Marketing Company and Sino-US-Holdings, a United States based investor in China market consumer product companies. Mr. Welanetz also serves on the Supervisory Board of Multi Development, a Netherlands based Pan-European shopping center company.
Chief Executive Officer
SES Spar European Shopping Centers
Marcus Wild is CEO of SES Spar European Shopping Centers, the strategic Real Estate and Shopping Centre business of the SPAR Austria group. Wild has broad retail experience with Metro (head of the leasing department, MHB Germany) and Spar (for ten years CEO of the most popular Austrian hypermarket chain “Interspar”), a strong background in real estate and shopping centre development for almost 15 years. He has been responsible for the development of outstanding retail environments and shopping centers in Austria, Italy and CEE. Wild has a feeling for architecture and brings enthusiasm to every project. Marcus Wild, CEO of SES Spar European Shopping Centers, possess both the owner, developer and investor’s view, as well as the side of the retailer.
Marcus Wild has always been involved with the National Council of Shopping Centers in Austria and took the post of Vice-President during several years. Currently, he is still member of the Advisory Board. In January 2009 the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) London announced Marcus Wild to be new Chair of the ICSC European Advisory Board, starting his tenure in April 2009 ongoing till today. In this position he is the official representative of the European shopping center industry. Wild’s compromise with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the most reputable organization of the shopping centres industry, is not recent. Marcus Wild has been member of the advisory board for years and has been actively participating in ICSC initiatives in the past such as: conference speaker, assisting in the organization of conferences and in the launching of new programs (e.g. Next Generation), writing articles for ICSC publications (magazines, books…), presenting his group projects to the Awards Programs.
President & CEO
Federal Realty Investment Trust
Don Wood is President and Chief Executive Officer of Federal Realty Investment Trust and serves as a member of the Trust's Board of Trustees. Mr. Wood joined Federal Realty in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer. In 1999, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and in 2000 was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Wood also serves as chair of the Trust's Investment Committee.
Prior to his affiliation with the Trust, Mr. Wood served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Caesars World, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Corporation. In this position, he was responsible for all aspects of finance throughout the company including strategic planning and forecasting, process reengineering, capital allocation and financial analysis. Mr. Wood joined ITT in 1990 serving in a number of financial positions including Vice President and Deputy Controller. During his tenure at ITT, Mr. Wood was directly involved in the split up of that company in 1995 and in numerous acquisitions and divestitures over the years, including Caesars World. Prior to ITT, Mr. Wood was employed as Vice President of Finance for Trump Taj Mahal Associates. Mr. Wood began his career at Arthur Andersen LLP, where he served numerous real estate clients, including the Trump Organization, and was instrumental in developing and expanding the firm's profit improvement practice.
Mr. Wood received a Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State College where he graduated with honors. He received his CPA from the state of New Jersey and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). Mr. Wood also serves as the Chair of the Corporate Leadership Council and the chair of the Metro D.C. Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is a member of the U.S. Capital Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization. Also, in June 2005, Mr. Wood was named a winner by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2005 Awards in Greater Washington in the Real Estate category.
Neil R. Wood
Ontario, Canada Retired.
Mr. Wood is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate and Store Development
San Francisco, CA
David Zoba is the Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate and Store Development for Gap Inc., the $15 billion retailer operating as Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Outlet divisions. In this role, Zoba works closely with Gap Inc.'s brand presidents in developing and delivering on the company's strategies to optimize its global real estate fleet.
Zoba joined The Limited in the mid-1990s to lead real estate law, and then expanded his responsibility significantly to other areas during his seven years with the company. He subsequently worked for Galyan's Trading Company, Inc., where as EVP he helped create and launch a specialty sporting goods retailer that later became part of Dick's Sporting Goods. Most recently, Zoba was principal and chief operating officer for Steiner + Associates, one of the country's most respected mixed-use retail developers.
Zoba earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and attended the London School of Economics for graduate studies. Zoba has a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School.