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 Al Futtaim Property and Country Head of MAF Shopping Malls Co (May 2007-May 2010).
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.
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.
Jeffrey A. Bayer
President & CEO
Since founding Bayer Properties, L.L.C. in 1983, Jeffrey Bayer has served as the President & CEO, overseeing the strategic and operational direction of the company. He fostered the organization’s growth from a local property management firm to a national commercial real estate leader, with a mixed-use asset portfolio of approximately 10 million square feet. Mr. Bayer also directed the development of one of the industry’s first outdoor mixed-use fashion centers with the 1997 opening of The Summit in Birmingham, AL and continues to expand The Summit brand with The Summit at Fritz Farm currently under development in Lexington, KY.
Prior to Bayer Properties, Jeffrey served as a Partner in Metropolitan Properties, Inc. for 10 years.
Mr. Bayer is a leader in the Birmingham civic and philanthropic communities and holds positions with a number of prominent organizations including The University of Alabama Health Services Foundation Board of Directors, Birmingham Education Foundation Board of Directors, Leadership Alabama Board of Directors, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Board of Directors, The University of Alabama’s Board of Visitors, Executive Committee of Leadership Birmingham, The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s President’s Campaign Executive Committee and The University of Alabama’s President’s Cabinet among others.
Mr. Bayer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and completed Urban Development and Planning course work at the University of Alabama Birmingham. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), a licensed Real Estate Broker, serves as a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers PAC Leadership Advisory Group and held the position State Director of the Alabama-Mississippi chapter of the International Council of Shopping Centers from 2011-2015.
Jeffrey, and his wife Gail, have two children and three grandchildren.
Kenneth F. Bernstein
Vice Chairman, ICSC 2016-2017
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.
Patricia M. Blasi, CRX, CSM
Trish Blasi is the President of Borghese Investments, LLC, a developer and advisor to commercial real estate owners and investors. Borghese is actively engaged in the construction and redevelopment of mixed use and retail assets, including value added projects and urban high streets.
With over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, Blasi is the former President of Terranova Corporation, where she oversaw a $1.5 billion portfolio of retail, office, and industrial properties. Previously, Blasi was with Coral Gables based Codina Group (now known as Flagler Development) serving in various capacities including President of Codina Development, where she was responsible for over $500 million in commercial development projects and 12 million square feet of operating assets.
Active in industry associations, Blasi is a member of ICSC’s Board of Trustees, Chair of its National Economic Policy Committee, a member of its Foundation Board, and its first National Lead Ambassador. Blasi has served ICSC for over 20 years in various positions including co-chair of its Open Air Centers Committee, Southern Division Government Relations Chair, and Florida State Director. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves NAIOP on its magazine's Editorial Advisory Board and as a member of the Center for Education’s Faculty. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Miami, where she is a frequent guest lecturer.
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.
D. Scott Carr, CRX, CSM and CLS
Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer
IRC Retail Centers
Oak Brook , IL
Scott Carr is executive vice president and chief investment officer for IRC Retail Centers. IRC Retail Centers, previously known as Inland Real Estate Corporation, was acquired by funds managed by DRA Advisors LLC, and currently operates as a privately-held real estate investment trust (REIT). In addition to his duties as CIO, Mr. Carr has lead the company’s portfolio management function since 1995, overseeing all aspects of asset management, property operations, leasing and development for the company’s portfolio of open-air shopping centers, totaling approximately 15 million square feet of leasable space. Prior to his responsibilities at IRC Retail Centers, Mr. Carr was an executive at The Inland Group from 1987 until 1995, focusing on leasing and property management.
As a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) since 1996, he has been active in the Illinois State Committee, Government Relations Committee, and serves as Committee Co-Chair of the Open Air Centers Committee. Mr. Carr is also a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois and Minnesota.
Mr. Carr is a 1987 graduate of Loyola University-Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
Michael A. Carroll
Chief Executive Officer & President
Devonshire REIT, Inc
New York, NY
Michael A. Carroll is Chief Executive Officer of Devonshire REIT. Prior to this he was CEO & 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.
Richard C. Coppola
New York, NY
Richard Coppola was the managing director and head of transactions for the TIAA-CREF organization. Mr. Coppola is responsible for the acquisition of commercial mortgage investments, real estate equity investments, dispositions of assets, joint venture co-investments and the financings of TIAA-CREF owned and managed real estate. Previously, he has held various roles within the commercial mortgage investments team including portfolio management, acquisitions, and the national account team. Most recently, he was the head of real estate finance. He joined the TIAA-CREF organization in 1984.
Mr. Coppola is a member of the senior leadership team of the Global Real Estate Team and is a member of the credit committee responsible for reviewing and approving all mortgage and equity investments for TIAA-CREF. He has been leading various loan origination teams since 1998 and has been responsible for more than $25 billion in new commercial mortgage loan originations. He has been responsible for helping to shape a portfolio that would range from $13-23 billion in size over the last ten years. He has been overseeing all real estate equity transactions since 2012 and has been responsible for more than $20 billion in acquisition, disposition and financing activity.
Mr. Coppola holds a B.B.A. in accounting from Hofstra University, an MBA in finance from New York University and a CPA designation. He is a member of the Portfolio Lender’s Senior Executive Roundtable of the MBA, is a Board of Governor of the Commercial Real Estate Finance (CREFC) and is Past-Chairman of the Life Mortgage and Real Estate Council.
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
Executive Vice President of Leasing & Development
Vince Corno is currently Executive Vice President of Leasing & Development of DDR Corp. Prior to this Vincent Corno was 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.
Piada Italian Street Food
Kim Ellis works for Piada Italian Street Food. Prior to this she was 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.
Head of Development
Fort Myers, FL
Jeff Gaul is Head of Development Officer at Sephora. Prior to this he was the Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate and Store Development for Chico’s FAS, Inc. Prior to joining Chico's, Jeff served in real estate leadership roles with L Brands, Gap Inc., and Books-A-Million. He is a past State Retail Chairman for the International Council of Shopping Centers and is an active speaker for this trade organization.
Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. Jeff resides in Naples, Florida with his wife and two young daughters.
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.
Mark D. Gibson
Executive Managing Director
Mr. Gibson became a director and Vice Chairman of HFF, Inc. in November 2006 and effective April 1, 2014, he became the Chief Executive Officer of HFF, Inc. Mr. Gibson is one of our founding partners having joined our predecessor firm, Holliday Fenoglio & Company, in 1984. Mr. Gibson has held the position of executive managing director of HFF LP since 2003, served as a member of either HFF LP's executive and/or operating committee, when each was the governing committee, from 2003 to 2010 and also served as co-head of the Company’s Dallas office during that time period. Mr. Gibson has served as a member of HFF LP's executive committee since 2010 and he has also been a member of the operating committee of HFF Holdings since 2003. Mr. Gibson is a trustee for the Urban Land Institute and a member of ULI’s IOPC Council; a member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE); chairman of the University of Texas Real Estate Finance and Investment Center; a member of the board of visitors at UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Clinics; member of the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at The University of Texas at Austin; board member of Baylor Health Care System Foundation; and a member of World Presidents’ Organization and World Affairs Council. Mr. Gibson graduated in 1981 from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Finance. Mr. Gibson's history with the Company allows him to bring to the board of directors a deep knowledge of the Company's and the Operating Partnerships' development and operations. In addition, Mr. Gibson's experience with various real estate industry professional associations and role within the Operating Partnerships provides the board with valuable insight into the issues and market developments facing the real estate industry as a whole.
Peter R. Gold
Managing Director - Retail Cross Border EMEA
London, United Kingdom
Peter has accumulated more than 25 years’ experience within the property profession, always ensuring our retail clients’ property strategies are successfully aligned with their business bjectives. Peter has an acute knowledge of not just the business of retail property but the business of retail itself. Peter has led the cross border retail team for eight years, across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) – in collaboration with more than 1,000 retail consultants in over 43 countries.
With a diverse range of clients Peter has a keen insight into the many different retail environments across EMEA and understands the many nuances which define each market. On behalf of internationally renowned brands Peter has developed strategic entry and expansion plans, encompassing both single and multiple markets. Brands including GAP, Victoria’s Secret, NIKE, North Face, Vans, Michael Kors and TopShop have drawn on Peter’s pan European perspective. With an in-depth understanding of retailer activity across Europe, Peter is invaluable in our prestigious international leasing instructions; working to promote our client’s centres to the broadest international audience and helping them realize the full potential of their assets.
Peter plays a lead role in the Global Steering Committee for Retail at CBRE. With colleagues in North America and Asia, he ensures that our retail knowledge and capability is truly co-ordinated and shared. His extensive travel ensures that Peter is aware of the issues faced by our clients when entering new markets. Peter’s broad knowledge means that he is often asked to speak at conferences and client events. These have included Dubai’s Cityscape, Milan’ EIRE and the CEE Shopping Centre Forum. CBRE has always invested in broadening the knowledge and understanding of retail and retail real estate. Working closely with research colleagues he has contributed to globally successful output including “How Global is the Business of Retail?”, “How Active are Retailers in EMEA?” and “The Role of Real Estate in a Multichannel World”.
Peter has been a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 1991. As a strong advocate of ICSC, Peter has led CBRE’s sponsorship across Europe and sits on the European Advisory Board.
John N. Haugh
Chief Executive Officer & President
Iconix Brand Group, Inc.
New York, NY
Mr. John N. Haugh is the CEO and President of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. Prior to this he was the President of Sun, Luxury and Retail Services for Luxottica Retail North America. In this role, John leads Sunglass Hut, Ilori and Optical Shops of Aspen, Apex by Sunglass Hut, as well as real estate, design and construction activities for the Luxottica Retail North America retail brands. Prior to this, Mr. Haugh served as President of Build-A-Bear Workshop, where he led product, planning and distribution, marketing, real estate and strategy for the global leader of interactive, make-your- own stuffed animals. Preceding this, he was President of Mars Retail Group, where he led all retail business operations for Mars, Inc., and was responsible for the retail expansion of M&M’s World, Ethel M Chocolates, ethel’s chocolate lounges and the company’s licensing business. Before Mars, Inc., Mr. Haugh was Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Business Development for Payless ShoeSource, Inc. Mr. Haugh held roles in other organizations including Universal Studios, Inc., Carlson Companies, Inc., and General Mills, Inc.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Aeropostale, Inc., where he is chair of the compensation committee. He also has served in other advisory and non-profit board roles. Mr. Haugh earned his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MBA at the International Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
David B. Henry
Kimco Realty Corporation
New Hyde Park, NY
David B. Henry is the Senior Advisor of Kimco Realty Corporation. Prior to this he was the 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).
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.
Chairman, ICSC 2016-2017
Chief Executive Officer
Abbell Associates, LLC
Elizabeth I. Holland is the Chief Executive Officer of Abbell Associates, a seventy-year old private real estate investment, development and management company with an approximately 3.5 million/sf portfolio, comprised of shopping center, office, and enclosed mall properties. She is responsible for overseeing all business and legal matters, including development, financing, leasing, capital and construction projects, and investor and tenant relations. Ms. Holland is active in the International Council of Shopping Centers, serving as the Vice Chairman (2015-2016) and a member of the Executive Board and Board of Trustees. Ms. Holland is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a member of the Commercial & Retail Council - Blue. Prior to joining Abbell, Ms. Holland was a Senior Staff Attorney with the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, a Congressional commission charged with making recommendations to the Bankruptcy Code. Previously, Ms. Holland was a restructuring and business reorganization attorney with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Holland was a fixed income portfolio manager at Brown, Brothers Harriman & Co, in New York.
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
DLC Management Corporation
Adam Ifshin is 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.
SVP Global Real Estate - Ralph Lauren
Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation
New York, NY
Karen Janes began her career at Canada’s premiere landlord Cadillac Fairview and held several positions in accounting and leasing. After a tenure of nine years at Cadillac Fairview, Karen left to join Gap Inc., in 2000 and launched the first Old Navy stores in Canada. Karen was the VP of Leasing and oversaw the Eastern Portfolio for all Gap Brands. She spent fourteen years at the Gap in various positions leading several initiatives to improve the real estate portfolio.
In 2012, Karen was named the Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate & Construction for American Eagle. Karen led the launch of the AEO openings in the UK and rebalanced the store portfolio.
Today, Karen is the Corporate Senior Vice President of Global Real Estate for Ralph Lauren Corporation. Karen is a leader in the Real Estate industry and has built great relationships throughout her career. As she leads the team at Ralph Lauren she plans to leverage her existing relationships while forging new ones to grow and improve the existing RL brand store network.
Karen is a graduate of Sheridan College in Brampton, Ontario where she received a diploma in Business Administration.
Atrium Group Services BV
Mr. Josip Kardun has been the Group Chief Executive Officer of Atrium European Real Estate Limited since December 1, 2014. Mr. Kardun served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Atrium European Real Estate Limited from February 14, 2014 to November 30, 2014 and served as its the Group Chief Operating Officer from February 14, 2014 to October 1, 2014. Mr. Kardun joined Atrium from European retail property specialists ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co KG ("ECE"), where he has worked for seven years in a number of senior positions, served as its Chief Investment Officer and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Transaction Management Group. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Managing Director Development at ECE Group since 2009 and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Partner Relations and Managing Director of ECE International, having been promoted from his role as Managing Director Centermanagement of ECE International where he was responsible for property management in all 13 of ECEs markets outside Germany. In 2000, Mr. Kardun was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Croatia. In 2001, he joined Sonae Sierra Management Germany GmbH as General Manager, where he was responsible for the center management and leasing in Germany and the neighboring countries. He served as Head of Legal Coordination Sonae West Shopping AG in Duesseldorf. Mr. Kardun is Chairman of the Next Generation Advisory Group of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He studied at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. Mr. Kardun has a law degree from the Goethe University Frankfurt.
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.
Richard J. Kuhle
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Rick Kuhle is a founding principal, Chairman and CEO of Vestar. Through his leadership, Vestar has become a nationally recognized shopping center acquirer and developer in the western U.S. Under his stewardship, Vestar has acquired and developed over $8 billion dollars’ worth of high profile developments in the U.S. He has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University and an undergraduate degree in History from Utah State University. Kuhle serves on municipal boards in metropolitan Phoenix, is currently on the United Way Board of Directors, and the past Chairman of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Board. In 2009 he was inducted into the W.P. Carey School of Business Hall of Fame at Arizona State University.
Rick and his wife, Shelley, have been married over 24 years and reside in Paradise Valley, Arizona. They have four children. He enjoys hiking, biking and skiing.
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 Realty Trust, Inc.
Mr. LaRue became Director of Forest City Realty Trust, 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
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.
President & Chief Executive Officer
CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
Stephen Lebovitz is President and Chief Executive Officer of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., based in Chattanooga, TN (NYSE: CBL). CBL is one of the largest mall REITs in the country, with a coast-to-coast portfolio comprised of more than 80 million square feet. Mr. Lebovitz joined the Company in 1988, founding CBL’s New England office. He has served as a director of the Company since the completion of its initial public offering in November 1993 and has led numerous areas of the company since then including development and acquisitions. Before joining CBL, Mr. Lebovitz was affiliated with Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1984 to 1986.
Prior to his nomination as ICSC Chairman for the May 2015-16 term, Mr. Lebovitz has been an active volunteer and leader of ICSC. He is a past Trustee and Divisional Vice President of the ICSC (2002-08), a former State Director, State Operations Chair and Idea Exchange Chair. He has taught at ICSC University and participated in numerous other ICSC events. Beyond ICSC, Mr. Lebovitz is a Trustee of Milton Academy, Milton, Massachusetts, a former member of the Board of Trust of Children’s Hospital, Boston, and a past president of the Boston Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Mr. Lebovitz holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. He lives in Weston, MA with his wife, Lisa and has four children, Andrew, Matthew, Abby and Julia. He is an avid mountain and road cyclist.
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.
Greg Maloney, CRX, CSM
Chief Executive Officer, Retail, Americas
As President and CEO, Mr. Maloney oversees all aspects of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Americas Retail business, which delivers management, leasing, marketing, development, tenant representation and strategic consulting services to clients of the firm. He is responsible for implementing all retail strategies in the Americas and plays a key leadership role in the direction of international retail for Jones Lang LaSalle. An International Director of the firm, he is Chairman of the Jones Lang LaSalle Global Retail Board. He is also Chairman of the Americas Retail Board which sets strategy and direction for all aspects related to retail for the firm.
Mr. Maloney also heads up the firm’s receivership practice for all asset types, including office, industrial, retail, hotels, land, multifamily, healthcare and seniors housing. He is responsible for overseeing our client service teams as they fulfill receivership responsibilities for our clients. During his 15 years as a receiver, he has acted as receiver for more than 70 properties throughout the U.S. and, in several cases, he was charged with disposition of the assets and successfully directed the property sales.
Mr. Maloney was previously the Executive Vice President for the firm, directing the leasing, specialty leasing, management, development services, tenant coordination and consumer marketing departments. In addition, he was responsible for developing new business strategies for retail corporate clients, including transportation facilities. He also spearheaded the tenant representation strategies on behalf of McDonald’s Corporation when the client purchased the assets of Boston Market.
Prior to that, Mr. Maloney was Senior Vice President and Director of Property Management, overseeing the firm’s shopping center portfolio, as well as managing and developing existing and new client relationships. As such, he oversaw the regional property management teams in the implementation of management, operational and fiscal strategies to maximize property value and achieve ownership objectives. He also worked on several award-winning projects, including the renovation and expansion of Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia, and the re-merchandising of Tallahassee Mall in Tallahassee, Florida. In his expansive 35-year career in the shopping center industry, Mr. Maloney has also served as Regional Vice President for Equity Properties and Development Company, along with management positions with Homart Development Company and Sears Roebuck & Company.
Mr. Maloney earned his bachelor of science degree from Milton College in Milton, Wisconsin and holds a Senior Certified Shopping Center Manager designation (SCSM) from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He has served on ICSC’s CSM Committee for six years and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars. In addition, he is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves on its Retail Green Committee.
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.
Michael E. McCarty, CRX, CLS
Executive Vice President of Development Operations
Michael E. McCarty is executive Vice President of Development Operations of Simon. Upon joining Simon in 1979 he served in both management and leasing positions within the Company. In January 1995, he was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of the Community/Lifestyle Center Division and became its President in 2000. He assumed his current position in 2007.
McCarty is responsible for the successful execution of all development programs within the regional mall platform. Reporting to him are various departments essential to this function including: mall development, market research, public finance, design, engineering, construction, big box development, and peripheral development. He also serves as the principal corporate liaison for several national retailers.
He is a former Trustee for the ICSC, a former member of the ICSC Executive Committee as well as a former Indiana ICSC State Director. McCarty also holds the ICSC designation of Certified Retail Property Executive, CRX. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Simon Youth Foundation and Board Member of the ICSC Foundation.
Jodie W. McLean
Chief Executive Officer
Jodie W. McLean is Chief Executive Officer of EDENS, one of the nation’s leading private owners, operators and developers of retail real estate. With a more than 20-year tenure at EDENS, she has established herself as a key player in the company’s growth and expansion to its current marketplace leadership, capitalized by blue chip investors and assets valued at $6 billion.
McLean is responsible for EDENS’ strategy to move the portfolio to major urban centers, creating a portfolio of assets that are the center of community life. She was named Chief Investment Officer in 1997, President in 2002 and CEO in 2015. Overall, she has been responsible for the development, redevelopment, acquisition and disposition of more than $10 billion in retail assets.
McLean passionately believes that retail should evolve beyond a shopping experience, and advocates for connectivity to the communities surrounding the company’s retail centers. To ensure this, each EDENS development is crafted to serve as an authentic gathering place, including a unique merchandising mix and welcoming design elements, fostering a sense of engagement with its neighbors.
A native of Chicago, IL, McLean holds a B.S. in Finance and Management from the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina and a degree from South Carolina Honors College. McLean is a trustee of both the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. She serves on the Pension Real Estate Association board, as well as boards of several other institutions and charities. McLean is a member of the Liberty Fellowship (Aspen Institute) Class of 2009.
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.
Terry R. Montesi
Chief Executive Officer
Trademark Property Company
Fort Worth, TX
In 1992 Terry founded Fort Worth based Trademark Property Company, which has since developed or invested in over $2 billion and 11.4 million s.f. of lifestyle retail, enclosed malls and mixed-use properties across the U.S. Trademark’s portfolio includes projects such as Market Street – The Woodlands, La Palmera Mall, Watters Creek, Alliance Town Center and many others. Terry was formerly a principal and co-founder of Huff, Brous, McDowell & Montesi, Inc., Fort Worth’s largest commercial brokerage and management firm. Prior to that, Terry worked for Lincoln Property Company. In addition, he and his brother became Blockbuster Video’s fourth franchisee in 1986. He is an active participant in the Fort Worth philanthropic community, serving as a board member for the Union Gospel Mission of Fort Worth and a member of the building committee at Christ Chapel Bible Church. He formerly served as the director of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Junior Achievement. He is currently a member of World Presidents’ Organization Maverick and West Texas chapters, Urban Land Institute (ULI), where he served on the ULI Awards for Excellence 2009 jury and was chairman of the 2006 ULI Place Making Conference, and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), where he also serves as a judge for the ICSC VIVA Design Awards in 2014 and 2015. Terry also formerly served on the Texas Exes Investment Committee. Terry is involved with Conscious Capitalism, with Trademark being a corporate sponsor. Terry holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BBA from the University of Mississippi. He and his family reside in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jason S. Mozingo, CFA
Senior Managing Director
Centerbridge Partners L.P.
New York, NY
Jason joined Centerbridge in 2006 and leads the firm’s retail and consumer investment efforts. Prior to joining Centerbridge, Jason was a Principal with Avista Capital Partners (spun-out of DLJ Merchant Banking in 2005) and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, a leverage buyout group managing in excess of $9 billion. Jason joined DLJ in 1998. He was graduated from UCLA in 1991 Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude with a degree in economics and received an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School in 1998, where he was a Baker Scholar. Jason is a CFA charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute. He currently serves as a Director of Capmark, Billabong International, P.F. Chang’s, CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries and GT Holdings, LLC.
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.
Partner & Head of US
GreenOak Real Estate
New York, NY
Chris Niehaus is a Partner of GreenOak and member of the Global Investment Committee. Chris has responsibility for the US investment and advisory business. GreenOak US has invested in $5.0 billion of assets in its six gateway cities over the past five years. GreenOak is an independent, partner owned, real estate principal investing and advisory firm that seeks to create long-term value for its investors and clients. GreenOak currently has 70 professionals with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Madrid. The firm has regional investment funds in the US, Europe and Asia as well as provides strategic and capital raising advice to a select group of industry leading clients.
Prior to joining GreenOak in 2010, Chris spent 28 years at Morgan Stanley and during his tenure helped build and run one of the leading global real estate banking, lending and investing businesses. He was named Co-Head of Global Real Estate Investment Banking in 1994 and Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley Real Estate from 2006-2010. Chris was also an Investment Committee Member for the Morgan Stanley Real Estate and Special Situation Funds from 1994 to 2010.
Chris is on the Executive Board of the International Council of Shopping Centers, where has been a Trustee for over 20 years, and a is full member of the Urban Land Institute.
He is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, where he chaired the Real Estate Advisory Council and serves on the President’s Leadership Council. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Chris serves as chairman of the board of Student Sponsor Partners, a charitable organization that provides scholarships and mentoring to 1,200 at risk, inner city New York City high school students, as well as being active in several other community organizations.
David J. Oakes
Mr. Oakes previously served as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Cohen & Steers Capital Management. In his role, he oversaw the firm's global and international real estate securities portfolios for the oldest and largest dedicated real estate securities fund manager. Previously he worked as a Research Analyst in global investment research at Goldman Sachs, where he covered U.S. REITs.
Mr. Oakes earned his bachelor's degree at Washington University in St. Louis and is a CFA charterholder. He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Mr. Oakes is also a board member of The Gathering Place, a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by cancer.
President of Real Estate
Hudson’s Bay Company
New York, NY
Brian Pall has been the President of Real Estate at Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC”) since February 2012. Mr. Pall is responsible for HBC’s growing North American real estate portfolio, consisting of more than 38 million square feet of retail stores, distribution centers and office facilities. HBC’s real estate holdings include more than 460 stores ranging from luxury department stores and off-price venues, to online shopping destinations. In North America, HBC’s banners include Saks Fifth Avenue, Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Home Outfitters and Gilt. In Europe, its banners include Galeria Kaufhof, Galeria Inno, and Sportarena. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America and employs more than 66,000 people.
From 2004-2012, Mr. Pall was President of Real Estate for NRDC Real Estate Advisors, NRDC Equity Partners and the Hudson’s Bay Trading Company, as well as Managing Director of NRDC Real Estate Advisors. From 1987 to 2004, Mr. Pall was employed by the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., Inc. (“A&P”), most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, responsible for all of A&P’s US and Canadian store development and real estate operations, including its portfolio of shopping centers, stores, distribution centers, processing plants and office buildings.
Brian graduated from Brooklyn Law School and is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Robert D. Perlmutter
COO and Senior Executive Vice President
Santa Monica, CA
Robert D. Perlmutter became one of our Senior Executive Vice Presidents and was appointed our Chief Operating Officer in February 2016. Mr. Perlmutter served as our Executive Vice President of Leasing from April 2012 through February 2016, directing retail leasing. Before joining our Company, Mr. Perlmutter was the managing member of Davis Street Land Company, a privately held real estate company focused on the management, development and ownership of upscale shopping centers from 1998 until March 2012. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Heitman Retail Properties, where he supervised overall operations and growth of its retail holdings from 1990 to 1998. Mr. Perlmutter is a member of the board of trustees of Chatham Lodging Trust, a publicly traded REIT which invests in upscale extended stay hotels and premium branded select service hotels. In addition, he is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
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.
Val Richardson, CRX, CLS
Vice President - Real Estate
The Container Store
Valerie Richardson is the VP of Real Estate for The Container Store, Inc. She is responsible for site evaluation and lease negotiation, as well as store design coordination and construction for The Container Store's nationwide store expansion program.
Prior to joining The Container Store in the fall of 2000, she was Senior VP – R/E and Development for Ann Taylor, Inc., where she administered the company's store expansion strategy for Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft. Before her years at Ann Taylor, she was VP of R/E and Development for the Superstore Division of Barnes & Noble, Inc. She began her R/E career at Dallas-based developer, Trammell Crow Company.
Ms. Richardson earned an M.B.A. in R/E from the University of North Texas and a B.S. in Education from Southwest Texas State University. In 2004, she became a member of the Board of Trustees of ICSC. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of Baylor-Plano Medical Center in Plano, Texas.
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.
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.
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
Brian Smith was 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.
Cushman & Wakefield
John was formerly Global Head of retail services at Cushman & Wakefield. He is a member of the European Advisory Board and European Leadership Committee of ICSC. He is a non Executive Director of Intu Plc, the London based FTSE 100 REIT with a portfolio of leading shopping centres in the UK and Spain. He is also on the Board of private equity vehicle, Truecap, which specializes in the retail sector.
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.
John M. Sullivan
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
John Sullivan is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Cadillac Fairview, one of North America's largest real estate companies with over $20 billion in assets. Prior to receiving his promotion to CEO in January of 2011, he was the company’s Executive Vice President, Development. John has also worked with Brookfield Properties Corporation and Marathon Realty Company Limited.
Throughout John's career, he has been involved in all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, finance, asset management and development.
John has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, an MBA in Finance from McGill University in Montreal and has completed Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.
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.
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
CEO Majid Al Futtaim Properties
Majid Al Futtaim
Robert Welanetz, CRX, CSM, is the CEO Majid Al Futtaim Properties at Majid Al Futtaim. Previously he was 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 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.
Neil R. Wood
Ontario, Canada Retired.
Mr. Wood is a Past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
JLL Global Retail Leasing Board
San Francisco, CA
C. David Zoba is currently the Chairman for JLL Global Retail Leasing Board. Prior to this he was the Senior Real Estate Strategy Advisor for Gap Inc., after having served from 2009-2015 as Senior Vice President of Global Real Estate and Store Development for Gap Inc., the $16 billion retailer operating as Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix and Outlet Brands.
Zoba is also Chairman of JLL’s Global Retail Leasing Board. In that capacity Zoba advises the retail clients of JLL (formerly Jones Lang LaSalle) in their expansion efforts, particularly cross-border expansions in the United States and China. As Chairman, Zoba also supports the strategic development of JLL’s services for its retail clients.
Zoba is also on the Board of Trustees of Acadia Realty Trust, a public Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:AKR) focused on retail properties located in metropolitan areas in the United States.
Zoba also serves on the Executive Board of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and is Chairman of the Executive Compensation Committee of that Board. ICSC has 60,000+ members globally and is the largest real estate trade association in the world. Zoba also serves on the Board of Directors of Larkin Street Youth Services, an organization dedicated to serving the needs of San Francisco’s homeless youth.
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.