The Board of Trustees consists of 52-57 members elected by the ICSC membership. The trustees provide critical input in helping ICSC achieve its goal of serving our members with excellence and proactively advocating and communicating the critical social, civic and economic role played by the retail real estate industry across the globe.
Chairman of the Board & Partner, Saudi Sand Souvenir Co, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mohammad Alawi has more than 20 years of experience in building-and-facilities operations and retail property management, and in the mall industry. He is an active member of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres. Alawi is CEO of Red Sea Markets Co., owner of the largest shopping mall in Jeddah. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his service with ICSC–MECSC.
President & CEO, Bayer Properties, Birmingham, AL, United States
Since founding Bayer Properties in 1983, Jeffrey Bayer has been president and CEO, overseeing the strategic and operational direction of the company. He also directed the development of one of the industry’s first outdoor, mixed-use fashion centers in Birmingham, Ala. Bayer is a leader in Birmingham’s civic and philanthropic communities and holds board positions with numerous organizations, including the Birmingham Education Foundation, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the University of Alabama President’s Cabinet, among others. He is a CCIM, a licensed real estate broker and a member of ICSC’s PAC Leadership Advisory Group, as well as having been state director of the Alabama-Mississippi chapter of ICSC.
Chairman, President & CEO, Acadia Realty Trust, White Plains, NY, United States
Kenneth F. Bernstein is the president and CEO of Acadia Realty Trust, which he co-founded in 1998. Acadia is a REIT that specializes in the acquisition, redevelopment and management of open-air retail properties. Along with his responsibilities at Acadia, Bernstein is an ICSC trustee and the association’s 2017–2018 chairman. He was COO of RD Capital until its merger with Mark Centers Trust in 1998, which created Acadia Realty Trust. In addition to being a member of the World Presidents Organization, where he was founding chairman of the Real Estate Network, he currently serves on the board of advisers. He is also a member of the trustee board at Golub Capital.
President, Borghese Investments, Aventura, FL, United States
Trish Blasi is president of Borghese Investments, a developer and adviser 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. Formerly president of Terranova Corp., Blasi is an active ICSC member, serving as chairman of the association’s National Economic Policy Committee, as a member of its Foundation Board, and as its first National Lead Ambassador. Additionally, she has been co-chairman of its Open Air Centers Committee, chairman of the Southern Division Government Relations Committee and the Florida state director. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute, serves on the editorial advisory board of NAIOP’s magazine and is a faculty member of the Center for Education.
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Suria KLCC SDN BHD, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Brien is CEO of Suria KLCC and a management committee member at Malaysia’s KLCC Property Holdings Berhad. Before joining Suria KLCC, Brien held state and national management positions at Colgate-Palmolive, Lendlease Corp., Westfield Holdings and others. He is an active ICSC member and has pursued the growth of shopping center education in Southeast Asia. He is chairman of the ICSC Asia-Pacific Advisory Board, having served on this board while being ICSC’s Malaysia director.
Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer, IRC Retail Centers, Oak Brook , IL, United States
Scott Carr is executive vice president and chief investment officer of IRC Retail Centers. This firm, previously called Inland Real Estate Corp., was acquired by funds managed by DRA Advisors and currently operates as a privately held REIT. An ICSC member since 1996, Carr has been active on the Illinois State and the Government Relations committees and currently serves as co-chairman of the Open Air Centers Committee. Carr is also a member of NAREIT and is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois and Minnesota.
CEO, ShopOne Centers REIT, Inc., New York, NY, United States
Michael A. Carroll is Chief Executive Officer of ShopOne Centers REIT, Inc. ShopOne is focused on acquiring, operating and managing market-dominant, grocery-anchored shopping centers in fundamentally strong markets. Mr. Carroll has more than 25 years of retail real estate experience and has overseen more than $1 billion in repositioning and redevelopment projects. Prior to joining ShopOne, Mr. Carroll served as Chief Executive Officer of Brixmor Property Group (Brixmor), one of the country’s largest owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. During his tenure at Brixmor, Mr. Carroll spearheaded the company’s IPO and rebranding from Centro Properties Group U.S. (Centro) in 2011, where he helped grow its enterprise value to over $14 billion. Prior to this, Mr. Carroll held several prominent positions at New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Inc. (New Plan) including Executive Vice President, Real Estate Operations. New Plan was acquired by Centro where Mr. Carroll was Chief Executive Officer of the US platform. Mr. Carroll holds his Master of Business Administration from the University of Toledo and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University (BGSU). He is a past Director of the BGSU Foundation Board and has endowed a scholarship for business majors.
Managing Director, Global Real Estate, Head of Transactions New York, NY, United States
Richard Coppola was the managing director and head of transactions for TIAA-CREF, responsible for the acquisition of commercial-mortgage and real estate equity investments, joint venture co-investments and the financings of TIAA-CREF’s owned and managed real estate. Coppola is a member of the firm’s global real estate team and its credit committee. He is also a member of the Portfolio Lender’s Senior Executive Roundtable of the MBA and of the Board of Governors of the CREFC, as well as a past chairman of the Life Mortgage and Real Estate Officers Council.
CEO, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), Philadelphia, PA, United States
Since 2012 Joseph Coradino has been CEO of PREIT, a real estate company that owns and manages more than 40 shopping malls and retail properties primarily in the mid-Atlantic, with a concentration in Greater Philadelphia. Coradino has been with the firm since 1998 and has served as a member of its board of trustees since 2006. Coradino also serves on numerous other boards, including those of the Central Philadelphia Development Corp., the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Drexel University Center for Corporate Governance, Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, and Temple University’s board of trustees. Coradino has been featured as a business leader in Scott D. Rosen’s book, Wisdom at the Top, and he has also been profiled in numerous business publications.
Executive Vice President, President, Midwest, Brixmor, United States
Vince Corno is executive vice president of Brixmor and president of the firm’s Midwest division. He has day-to-day, strategic responsibility for the leasing, value-enhancing reinvestment and ancillary income efforts of a portfolio of about 100 open-air retail properties. Before this, he was executive vice president of leasing and development at DDR Corp. Corno is a member of the bar associations of Illinois and Missouri, and he is a CPA. He is an ICSC trustee and executive board member.
Vice President - Real Estate, Nordstrom, Inc., Seattle, WA, United States
As vice president of real estate for Nordstrom, John Dolson supports the team responsible for the company’s real estate program, which includes full-line and Nordstrom Rack stores, offices and industrial space. John began his career at Nordstrom in 1999 as an intern in the real estate department, and he has been regional real estate manager, real estate director and a divisional vice president of real estate at the firm.
Executive Vice President Real Estate and Property Development, The TJX Companies, Inc.
George Drummey is senior vice president of real estate and director of property development at TJX Cos., Framingham, Mass. As head of real estate, he is responsible primarily for the growth of the U.S. brands. Besides being a member of ICSC, he serves on the board of Cardinal Cushing Center, in Hanover, Mass., and was chairman of the High School Building Committee of Framingham, Mass.
Piada Italian Street Food, Minneapolis, MN, United States
Kim Ellis is chief development officer of Piada Italian Street Food. Before this, she was senior vice president of store development at Regis Corp. A 24-year veteran of the retail real estate industry, Ellis was senior vice president of development at Panda Restaurant Group, parent company of Panda Inn, Panda Express and Hibachi-San. She is an ICSC board member.
Vice Chairman, Citi, New York, NY, United States
Besides being Citigroup’s global head of real estate, Thomas Flexner is a member of the executive committee of the company’s global corporate and investment bank. He is also a member of the management committee of the institutional clients group. Before this, Flexner was vice chairman of Bear, Stearns & Co. and chairman of that firm’s global industries group, besides serving on the board of the broker-dealer subsidiary. Flexner is also a board member and treasurer of The Real Estate Roundtable, in addition to having been a founding governor of the CRE Finance Council. Beyond all this, he is actively involved in other industry organizations. During the financial crisis he worked with various governmental bodies, including the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Flexner authored the Federal Loan Extension Plan, which was widely cited in the media, and he is a frequent commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg. Flexner serves on the board of overseers of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, he is a trustee of both the Museum of the City of New York and of the Dutchess Land Conservancy, in addition to being a member of the Director’s Council of The Rockefeller University.
President/Chief Executive Officer, Kimco Realty Corporation
Conor Flynn was named CEO of Kimco Realty and appointed to the board in January 2016. He joined Kimco in 2003 as an asset manager and has held a variety of senior leadership roles there, including president, COO, chief investment officer and president of the Western region. Besides being an ICSC trustee, he is a licensed real estate broker in California and a member of NAREIT, The Real Estate Roundtable, and the Urban Land Institute.
SVP, Property Development & Real Estate, Sephora USA, Inc., Fort Myers, FL, United States
Jeff Gaul is head of development at Sephora. Before this he was senior vice president of global real estate and store development at Chico’s FAS. Before joining Chico’s, he filled real estate leadership posts at L Brands, Gap Inc. and Books-A-Million. He was an ICSC state retail chairman and continues to be an active speaker for the association.
Executive Managing Director, HFF, L.P., Dallas, TX , United States
Mark Gibson is CEO and a founding partner of HFF, Inc., and he has been executive managing director of HFF LP since 2003. He has served on the HFF LP executive committee and was a member of the operating committee of HFF Holdings. Gibson is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a member of its IOPC Council. In addition, he is a member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, 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, a member of the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at The University of Texas at Austin, a board member of Baylor Health Care System Foundation and a member of World Presidents’ Organization and World Affairs Council.
Group Leasing & Commercialisation Director, Value Retail PLC, London, United Kingdom
Peter Gold has led CBRE’s cross-border retail team as managing director of the Europe, Middle East and Africa division, in collaboration with about 1,000 retail consultants across 43 countries. He has developed strategic entry and expansion plans, encompassing both single and multiple markets. Gold plays a lead role in CBRE’s global steering committee for retail. He has contributed to successful CBRE reports including How Global Is the Business of Retail?, How Active Are Retailers in EMEA? and The Role of Real Estate in a Multichannel World. Gold has been a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 1991 and is a strong advocate of ICSC. He has led CBRE’s sponsorship across Europe and sits on the European advisory board.
Chief Executive Officer & President, Iconix Brand Group, Inc., New York, NY, United States
John Haugh is CEO and president of Iconix Brand Group. Before this, he was president of sun, luxury and retail services at Luxottica Retail North America. In this role, John leads Sunglass Hut, Ilori Optical, Optical Shop of Aspen and Apex by Sunglass Hut, as well as the real estate, design and construction activities of the North American retail brands of Luxottica Retail. He serves on the board of Aeropostale, where he is chairman of the compensation committee. He has served in other advisory and nonprofit board roles. Haugh earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the International Institute of Management Development, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Vice President, Corporate Real Estate, The Kroger Co
Chairman, ICSC 2016-2017, Chief Executive Officer, Abbell Associates, LLC, Chicago, IL, United States
Elizabeth I. Holland is CEO of Abbell Associates, a private real estate investment, development and management company. She is responsible for business and legal matters, including development, financing, leasing, capital and construction projects, as well as investor and tenant relations. Before joining Abbell, she was a senior staff attorney for the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, a congressional commission charged with making recommendations to the Bankruptcy Code. Holland was ICSC chairman for the 2016–2017 term and vice chairman for the 2015–2016 term, as well as being a member of the executive and trustee boards. Holland is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and of the Commercial & Retail Council.
Senior Vice President/Chief Real Estate Officer, Fitness International, LLC, Irvine, CA, United States
As chief real estate officer at Fitness International, William Horner directs the real estate component of the chain’s expansion. He previously was general manager of Hobie Sports and Latitudes, two lifestyle retailers whose expansions he oversaw at freestanding facilities and specialty centers, regional malls and other shopping center types.
Founder and CEO, Hutensky Capital Partners, Hartford, CT, United States
Brad Hutensky is 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. He is also president of the Hartford, Conn.–based Hutensky Group, a full-service shopping center company. Hutensky has served in many roles at ICSC, including chairman for the 2012–2013 term. He was vice president of the Eastern Division and a member of the executive committee. He is also a past council chairman of the Urban Land Institute, in addition to serving on several community boards.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DLC Management Corporation, Tarrytown, NY, United States
Adam Ifshin is CEO of DLC Management Corp., which he co-founded in 1991. Through his leadership, DLC has become one of the country’s largest owner-operators of retail shopping centers and among the most active acquirers of centers with value-added potential. Ifshin is also founder and president of Delphi Commercial Properties, co-founder and president of DLC Investment Securities Corp., and co-founder of DLC UrbanCore and DLC Development. Ifshin is chairman of the ICSC Government Relations Economic Sub-Committee and was chairman of the ICSC National Deal Making. He is also an active lobbyist for the shopping center industry and has testified in Congress on behalf of ICSC and The Real Estate Roundtable on the taxation of carried interests. Ifshin is a member of the Urban Land Institute and chairman of its Commercial and Retail Development Council.
SVP Global Real Estate Development & New Business Development, Artizia, New York, NY, United States
I began my career working at a law firm that represented hockey players and invested in mortgages. From there I was recruited to work at Canada’s premiere landlord Cadillac Fairview and held several positions in accounting and leasing. I started at CF as a retail accountant taking care of 10 Franchise stores and then moved on to leasing several different shopping Centre’s in Ontario.
After a tenure of nine years at Cadillac Fairview, I left to join Gap Inc. in 2000 and launched the first Old Navy stores in Canada. I spent fourteen years at the Gap in various positions leading several initiatives to improve the real estate portfolio for all their brands and in North America and Europe.
In 2012, I was named the Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate & Construction for American Eagle. I led the launch of the AEO openings in the UK and rebalanced the store portfolio creating greater process and efficiency.
Prior to joining Aritzia as SVP Store Development and New Business Development, I was the Corporate Senior Vice President of Global Real Estate for Ralph Lauren Corporation.
I live in Oakville Ontario, with my husband Nic, and my three children, Matthew, Kylie and Noah.
Chief Executive Officer, Multi Corporation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Josip Kardun has been group CEO of Atrium European Real Estate since 2014. He joined Atrium from ECE Projektmanagement, where he held senior positions, including chief investment officer. Kardun is chairman of ICSC’s Next Generation Advisory Group.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vestar, Phoenix, AZ, United States
As a founding principal and chairman and CEO of Vestar, Rick Kuhle helped make the company a nationally recognized shopping center acquirer and developer in the Western U.S. He serves on municipal boards in Phoenix and is on the board of United Way. He is also a past chairman of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital board. In 2009 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the W.P. Carey School of Business, at Arizona State University.
Vice President, Real Estate Development, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc., San Diego, CA, United States
Jim Lampassi is vice president of real estate and construction for Petco Animal Supplies Stores. He was director of real estate for Bed Bath & Beyond in the Northeast and in parts of the Western U.S.
Vice President, Real Estate, Target Corporation
As vice president of real estate for Target Corp., Laurie Mahowald oversees new-store growth strategy and roughly 1,800 existing stores across the country. Before this, she was director of property development for Target Canada, where she led property management, construction and store design. She is an ICSC Foundation board member and a member of the ICSC OAC Summit Program Planning Committee, as well as a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Chief Executive Officer, Retail, Americas, JLL, Alpharetta, GA, United States
Greg Maloney oversees JLL’s retail business for the Americas. He is also chairman of both the JLL global and Americas retail boards. Maloney heads the firm’s receivership practice for all asset types: office, industrial, retail, hotels, land, multifamily, health care and senior housing. He has served on ICSC’s CSM Committee and is also a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars. In addition, he serves on the ICSC Retail Green Committee and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Chief Executive Officer, GGP, New York, NY, United States
As a leader in the real estate industry with more than 20 years of experience, Sandeep Mathrani is CEO and director of GGP, the second-largest retail real estate owner in the U.S. Before he joined GGP in 2010, Mathrani was president of retail at Vornado Realty Trust. He serves on the trustee board of ICSC, the executive board of NAREIT and the board of Host Hotels & Resorts.
Chief Operating Officer - Malls, Simon, Indianapolis, IN, United States
When Michael McCarty joined Simon in 1979, he served in management and leasing positions. As executive vice president of development, McCarty is responsible for the development programs within the regional mall platform. He is a former member of the ICSC Executive Committee and a former Indiana ICSC state director. He also serves on the boards of the Simon Youth Foundation and the ICSC Foundation.
Executive Vice President, American Multi - Cinema (AMC Realty, Inc.)
During Mark McDonald’s 35-plus-year career with AMC, he has worked in operations, finance, film programming, international and real estate. Today he oversees the company’s European operations and mergers-and-acquisitions teams, as well as its domestic and international development strategy. He has been involved with deployment of the company’s better-experience theater initiative, with regional business development in Asia and as business representative for joint ventures in South America and Europe.
Managing Director, Hines
As managing director of the private, Houston-based Hines real estate firm, Kenton McKeehan is responsible for worldwide retail coordination, including acquisitions, dispositions, development, redevelopment and asset management in the U.K. and Europe. McKeehan has owned and operated grocery-anchored, lifestyle and power centers and enclosed malls. He has also been a tenant broker for restaurant and retail concepts.
Chief Executive Officer, EDENS, Columbia, SC, United States
Jodie McLean leads one of the nation’s major owners, operators and developers of retail real estate. 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 became chief investment officer in 1997, president in 2002 and CEO in 2015. McLean is a trustee of both ICSC and the Urban Land Institute. She serves on the Pension Real Estate Association board and on the boards of several other institutions and charities. She is a member of the Liberty Fellowship (Aspen Institute) Class of 2009.
CEO, BR Malls, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Carlos Medeiros has been BRMalls’ CEO since the company’s founding in 2006. BRMalls is Brazil’s largest shopping mall company. Before this, Medeiros was a partner at GP Investments, Brazil’s leading private equity firm. Medeiros has been a board member of such major Brazilian companies as GP Investments, Gafisa, Tele Norte Leste, Contax and Internet Group.
Chief Executive Officer, Trademark Property Company, Fort Worth, TX, United States
In 1992 Terry Montesi founded Fort Worth, Texas–based Trademark Property Co., which has since developed or invested in some $2 billion and 11.4 million square feet of lifestyle retail, enclosed malls and mixed-use properties across the country. The company portfolio includes such projects as Market Street–The Woodlands, La Palmera Mall, Watters Creek, Alliance Town Center and many others. Montesi was a principal and co-founder of Huff, Brous, McDowell & Montesi, Fort Worth’s largest commercial brokerage and management firm. Before that, he worked for Lincoln Property Co. He and his brother became Blockbuster Video’s fourth franchisee in 1986. He is active in the Fort Worth philanthropic community, serving on the board of the Union Gospel Mission of Fort Worth and as a member of the building committee at Christ Chapel Bible Church. He was director of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and of Junior Achievement. He is a member of World Presidents’ Organization’s Maverick and West Texas chapters; of the Urban Land Institute, where he served on the 2009 Awards for Excellence jury and was chairman of the 2006 Place Making Conference; and of ICSC, where he was a judge for the VIVA Design Awards in 2014 and 2015. He also served on the Texas Exes Investment Committee. He received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s from the University of Mississippi.
President & CEO, Choice Properties REIT
Mr. John Morrison currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust and has nearly 40 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Mr. Morrison was president and chief executive officer of Primaris Real Estate Investment Trust from 2009 to 2013. Prior to serving in that role, he was president, Real Estate Management, at Oxford Properties Group. Mr. Morrison is a 3rd term trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers, currently serves on the Executive Board and is a director of the ICSC Foundation. He is also former vice chairman of the Urban Land Institute Toronto District Council. Mr. Morrison is an Institute-certified director of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is past chairman of the Ryerson University Real Estate Advisory Committee. He also serves as lead trustee for Automotive Properties REIT.
Senior Managing Director, Centerbridge Partners L.P., New York, NY, United States
Jason Mozingo joined Centerbridge Partners in 2006 and leads the firm’s retail and consumer investment efforts. He was a principal of Avista Capital Partners and of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from UCLA in 1991, with a degree in economics; he also received an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School in 1998. Mozingo is a CFA charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute. He is a director of Capmark, Billabong International, P.F. Chang’s, CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries and GT Holdings.
Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Real Estate, Wells Fargo, San Francisco, CA, United States
As an executive vice president and head of the Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate Group, Mark Myers works for a firm that operates in 40 U.S. offices, plus one office each in Toronto and London. The firm provides banking and financing solutions to regional and national owners, operators and developers, institutional real estate funds and REITs. Myers is a member of the firm’s management committee and is on the policy advisory board executive committee of the Fisher Center for Real Estate at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a council member of the Urban Land Institute and a member of the Real Estate Roundtable.
Partner & Head of US, GreenOak Real Estate, New York, NY, United States
Chris Niehaus is responsible for GreenOak Real Estate’s U.S. investment and advisory business. Before joining GreenOak in 2010, Niehaus spent 28 years at Morgan Stanley. He was named a co-head of global real estate investment banking in 1994 and served as vice chairman of Morgan Stanley Real Estate from 2006 to 2010. He is on the ICSC executive board and has been a trustee for some 20 years. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute. He serves on the President’s Leadership Council of Dartmouth College and as board chairman of Student Sponsor Partners, which provides scholarships and mentorship to 1,200 at-risk, inner-city high school students in New York City. He is also active in several other community organizations.
President of Real Estate, Hudson’s Bay Company, New York, NY, United States
As president of real estate at Hudson’s Bay Co., Brian Pall is responsible for the firm’s growing North American real estate portfolio, which includes some 450 stores in North America — under the Saks Fifth Avenue, Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Home Outfitters and Gilt banners. Before this, Pall was president of real estate at NRDC Real Estate Advisors.
COO and Senior Executive Vice President, Macerich, Santa Monica, CA, United States
Robert Perlmutter became Macerich COO in 2016. He was the managing member of Davis Street Land Co., which specializes in the management, development and ownership of upscale shopping centers. Perlmutter is a member of the trustee board at Chatham Lodging Trust, which invests in upscale extended-stay and premium-branded select-service hotels.
Vice Chairman, 2017-2018, Vice President - Real Estate, The Container Store, Coppell, TX, United States
As vice president of real estate at The Container Store, Valerie Richardson is responsible for site evaluation and lease negotiation as well as store design coordination and construction for the nationwide store-expansion program. Before this, she was senior vice president of real estate and Development for Ann Taylor, Inc. She joined the ICSC trustee board in 2004. Richardson is also a member of the trustee board of Baylor-Plano Medical Center, in Plano, Texas.
President, The Festival Companies, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Besides being chairman and co-founder of The Festival Cos., a leading developer-operator of retail and mixed-use properties and a full-service real estate advisory firm, Mark Schurgin is ICSC’s Western Region vice president and a board member of the ICSC Foundation. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute. In 2008 the Schurgin Family Foundation endowed its first undergraduate scholarship with the ICSC Foundation and then did so again in 2011.
President, Retail, Ivanhoe Cambridge
Claude Sirois oversees the investment, operational and leasing activities of Ivanhoé Cambridge shopping centers in North America. He has some 25 years of experience in various sectors of the real estate business and was responsible for implementing the company’s investment strategies in Brazil and China. Before this current post as president of retail, he was executive vice president of North America shopping centers, responsible for investments and operations in Québec and for the oversight of construction.
Jacksonville, FL, United States
Brian Smith retired as president and COO of Regency Centers in December 2015, after some 20 years at the firm, which owns, operates and develops grocery-anchored and community shopping centers. He had also served on the company’s board. Smith started at Regency as a managing director for the Pacific, mid-Atlantic and Northeast divisions before being named chief investment officer, in 2005.
Co-Founder and CEO, Primestor Development, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, United States
Arturo Sneider is a founding partner and the CEO of Primestor Development, one of the leading urban development and redevelopment firms. Sneider’s responsibilities include the sourcing of key acquisitions and project inceptions, project conceptual design, capital structuring and corporate management. He has received the following awards: the Latin Business Association Business of the Year Award; the Los Angeles Minority Construction Firm of the Year; Person to Watch, by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal; the S.E.A. Business Pioneer Award; Business Person of the Year, by the Florence-Firestone Chamber of Commerce; HUB Cities Business Leadership Award; and the Latino Business of the Year, by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Primestor has consistently appeared on the lists of the top 500 Hispanic businesses and of the 100 fastest-growing companies. Sneider is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a founding chairman of the Hispanic Initiative of ICSC; a board member of the Los Angeles Development Industry Advisory Council; and a board member and director of the Los Angeles County Capital Asset Leasing Corp. He serves on the Board of Alternative Living for the Aging and of the EXPO Center of Los Angeles, in addition to being a founding member of the Downtown Property Owners Association.
VP Store Development, Lululemon Athletica Inc.
As vice president of store development for Lululemon Athletica, Wynn Spencer supports the company’s store development team in North America. He also headed real estate for Toronto-based Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s largest drugstore chain. Spencer’s career in the real estate industry has spanned some three decades and includes development of roughly 1,000 new retail units under eight brands. His early experience includes development of brands in the oil, convenience-store and quick-serve restaurant sectors. He also worked with the largest developer of neighborhood and community shopping centers in Canada as its director of development.
Executive Vice President, Growth and Business Development, Whole Foods Market, Inc., Austin, TX, United States
Jim Sud’s responsibilities include real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and business development opportunities. Sud was a founding shareholder of Whole Foods Market and served on the company’s board from its inception until April 1997. Sud is currently a member of the company’s executive and global leadership teams. He serves on the boards of the Austin Theater Alliance, Texas Hillel and The Whole Kids Foundation.
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, Toronto, ON
Before John Sullivan was promoted to president and CEO of Cadillac Fairview, one of North America’s largest real estate companies, with over $20 billion in assets, he was executive vice president of development. He has also worked with Brookfield Properties Corp. and Marathon Realty Co. He has been involved in all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, finance, asset management and development.
Executive Vice President of Real Estate, Express, Inc., Columbus, OH, United States
In his role as executive vice president of real estate for Express, a publicly held, dual-gender fashion brand, Doug Tilson sets the strategic direction for store locations and real estate strategy across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. He also oversees store design and construction, as well as real estate and legal matters. Before this, Tilson was senior vice president of leasing at Steiner & Associates, a commercial real estate developer that specializes in new town center concepts. From 1999 to 2005, Tilson was senior vice president of real estate for Tween Brands, and he also held several senior real estate positions with Limited Brands.
Vice Chairman, Fortress Income 2 (Pty) Ltd
As a successful property developer and investor, Jeff Zidel has been involved in the property industry for some 40 years. Currently, he is deputy chairman of Fortress Income Fund, a REIT listed on the Johannesburg Stock Market. He is also a co-founder of Resilient REIT, serves as president of the South African Council of Shopping Centres and is director of the South African Property Owners Association. Zidel was three times president of the Roodepoort Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He received the 2010 Absa Jewish Achievers Listed Company Award.
JLL Global Retail Leasing Board, Chairman, San Francisco, CA, United States
David Zoba is the chairman of JLL Global Retail Leasing Board. Before this he was the senior real estate strategy adviser for Gap Inc., after having served from 2009 to 2015 as senior vice president of global real estate and store development. Zoba advises JLL’s retail clients in their expansion efforts, particularly cross-border expansions in the U.S. and China. He serves on the Acadia Realty Trust board, and in addition to serving on the ICSC trustee board is chairman of the executive compensation committee. He also serves on the board of Larkin Street Youth Services, which helps San Francisco’s homeless youth.
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