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.
Managing Director, Global Head of Real Estate Investments, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Toronto, ON, Canada
Peter Ballon is responsible for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s real estate in the Americas, which currently encompasses investments in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Brazil. Ballon is a member of CPPIB’s real estate investment committee, which has oversight of the firm’s global real estate investments, and he is also a member of the investment committee for CPPIB’s real estate debt program. He has over 20 years of commercial real estate experience.
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.
Past Chairman, 2018-2019, 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
Andrew 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.
Global President, Retail CBRE, Inc., San Diego, CA, United States
Anthony F. Buono is Global President of Retail for CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services company. He leads more than 800 professionals in providing Advisory & Transaction solutions to retailers and real-estate investors across the globe. Since joining CBRE in 1995, Mr. Buono has served as Executive Managing Director of CBRE’s Americas Retail division and led CBRE’s Western-U.S. division for Investment Properties.
Mr. Buono received his BS in Business Administration from San Diego State University. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the ICSC PAC Chairman Club. Mr. Buono is also a board member of JC Resorts in La Jolla, CA, and Street Sense, Bethesda, MD.
Chief Executive Officer, IRC Retail Centers, Oak Brook , IL, United States
Scott Carr is chief executive 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.
Chairman of the Board & 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.
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 executive vice president of real estate and 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.
Chief Development Officer, Artizen Advisors, LLC, Plano, TX, United States
Kim Ellis is chief development officer at Artizen Advisors. 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, New Hyde Park, NY, United States
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., San Francisco, CA, 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.
Chief Executive Officer, 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.
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., Cincinnati, OH, United States
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.
Vice Chairman, 2018-2019, Founder & CEO, Raider Hill Advisors, New York, NY, United States
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DLC Management Corporation, Elmsford, 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, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Karen began her career working at a law firm that represented hockey players and invested in mortgages. From there she was recruited to work at Canada’s premiere landlord Cadillac Fairview and held several positions in accounting and leasing.
After a tenure of nine years at Cadillac Fairview, she left to join Gap Inc. in 2000 and launched the first Old Navy stores in Canada. Karen spent fourteen years at Gap in various positions, leading several initiatives to improve the real estate portfolio for all of their brands in North America and Europe.
In 2012, she was named the senior vice president, global real estate & construction for American Eagle. Karen led the launch of the AEO openings in the U.K. and rebalanced the store portfolio, creating greater process and efficiency.
Prior to joining Aritzia as senior vice president of store development and new business development, she was the corporate senior vice president of global real estate for Ralph Lauren Corporation.
Chief Executive Officer, Multi Corporation, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Josip Kardun is CEO of Multi Corporation BV. He has a long track record in the European retail sector after previous leadership roles at Atrium Group, German-owned developer ECE Projektmanagement, and Portuguese peer Sonae Sierra. From 2014-2017, Josip served as chief executive officer at Atrium Group where he gained extensive experience in international real estate development, construction and operation, and senior management. At ECE he worked for seven years in a number of senior positions, including chief investment officer and as head of the mergers & acquisitions management group. Kardun has a law degree from Goethe University in Frankfurt and sits on the executive board of ICSC Europe.
Senior Vice President, Growth and Development, ULTA Beauty, Inc., Bolingbrook, IL, United States
David Krueger is Senior Vice President of Growth and Development at Ulta Beauty, the largest beauty retailer in the United States with more than 1,110 stores. In his role, Mr. Krueger is responsible for leading Ulta Beauty’s store development strategy, site selection, lease negotiation, construction, remodeling, maintenance, energy management and corporate real estate planning. Under Mr. Krueger’s leadership, Ulta Beauty is currently opening 100 stores a year. Prior to joining Ulta Beauty, Mr. Krueger was Vice President of Real Estate at Carter’s and Senior Vice President of Corporate Real Estate at Calere’s (Brown Shoe Company).
Mr. Krueger received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MBA from Cardinal Stritch University.
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 Inc., New York, NY, United States
Jim Lampassi is vice president, real estate development for Barnes & Noble, Inc. He has responsibility for executing the real estate strategy for all 630 existing stores, as well as distribution centers and offices. Jim is leading the company’s new growth and repositioning efforts. Jim joined Barnes & Noble, Inc. during July, 2017 after 10 years at Petco Animal Supplies Stores, Inc. where he served as vice president, real estate and construction. The company added nearly 700 stores, two new corporate campuses, and repositioned its distribution network under Jim’s leadership.
Mr. Lampassi’s career began at Grossman’s Lumber, Inc. as a location research analyst. He went on to serve in growth leadership roles for great retail companies like Marshalls, Office Depot, Extended Stay America, Zoots, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Jim has been an active member of ICSC since 1988 and a proud member of the Board of Trustees since 2013. He is a graduate of Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Economic Geography (Urban Planning). He also earned an Executive Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Vice President, Real Estate, Target Corporation, Minneapolis, MN, United States
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, General Growth Properties, Inc. (GGP Inc.), Chicago, IL, 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.), Leawood, KS, United States
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, Houston, TX, United States
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, Washington, DC, 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.
Chief Executive Officer, 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, Toronto, ON, Canada
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.
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, 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.
Principal Insight Equity Partners, LLC, Franklin Lakes, NJ, United States
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.
President and Chief Executive Officer, ShopCore Properties, Chicago, IL, United States
Mr. Petherbridge joined ShopCore in May of 2016 as President and Chief Executive Officer. He has over 15 years of financial and global real estate and management experience.
Previously, Mr. Petherbridge was the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of DDR Corp., one of the largest owners of shopping centers in the United States. While at DDR, he served in various roles and was responsible for various capital raising activities, actively managing the balance sheet, maintaining strong lender relationships and executing various corporate level transactions. Prior to DDR, he was the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of shopping center owner EDT Retail Trust (formerly Macquarie DDR Trust). Before that, Mr. Petherbridge served as Director of Transactions with Rubicon Asset Management. While in this role, he worked on approximately $5 billion of transactions focusing on United States, European and Japanese real estate and real estate structured finance.
Mr. Petherbridge holds his bachelor of commerce from Macquarie University. He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the International Council of Shopping Centers, the ICSC Open Air Conference Committee and the ICSC Nexus Conference Committee.
Chairman, 2018-2019, 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 of U.S. Property, IKEA Property Inc., Conshohocken, PA, United States
As President of IKEA Property, Inc., Angele Robinson-Gaylord leads the management team that oversees site acquisition, design, development and portfolio management of retail and logistics units for IKEA Property, Inc., the real estate development subsidiary of IKEA USA. Her previous roles at IKEA included Vice President of Real Estate & Development and Real Estate Manager. She was formerly with McDonald’s Corporation in Property Management in the US Restaurant Development division. At McDonald’s, she supported real estate issues for existing restaurants for a portfolio of approximately 1,900 locations. Prior to joining McDonald’s, she practiced law for over fifteen years in the areas of litigation and commercial real estate.
Ms. Robinson-Gaylord holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from George Washington University School of Law. She is a 2009 graduate of Project REAP, an industry-backed, market-driven program that serves as a bridge between talented minority professionals and commercial real estate companies looking for talent.
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.
Managing Member Open Realty Advisors Dallas, TX, United States
Mr. Siegel is a Managing Member of Open Realty Advisors. As a leader of Open’s tenant advisory business, Johnny is responsible for all aspects of Open clients’ retail rollout and asset management strategies. While being personally responsible for over a thousand lease transactions, Johnny managed the early growth phases for Restoration Hardware, J. Crew and Apple, taking Apple from zero stores to over 250 domestically and through its first ten stores in China and Hong Kong.
Prior to joining Open, Johnny honed his management and real estate skills during a period of explosive growth at Michaels Stores, Inc., where he was Director of Real Estate Legal Affairs and a Real Estate Director. Johnny began his business career practicing real estate and corporate law in Dallas for five years.
Johnny received a bachelor of business administration in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas School of Law.
President, Retail, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Inc., Montreal, QC, Canada
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.
Chief Executive Officer, BMS Real Estate Holdings, LLC, Jacksonville, FL, United States
Brian Smith is chief executive officer of BMS Real Estate Holdings. Prior to his role at BMS, he served for 20 years as president and COO of Regency Centers, 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.
Director of Real Estate, Bailey Nelson, Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada
Wynn Spencer is director of real estate at Bailey Nelson, Inc. Prior, he served as vice president of store development for Lululemon Athletica and supported 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, Walmart Realty, Bentonville, AR, United States
JP Suarez is the Executive Vice President of Walmart Realty and is responsible for leading all of Walmart’s Realty functions, including site selection, prototype design, construction, store maintenance, fixture and equipment procurement, along with portfolio management. JP leads an organization of over 3,100 associates and has oversight for capital spending in excess of $6-8 billion annually.
Before joining Realty, JP was responsible for Business Development in Walmart’s International Division and looked after M&A activities, real estate, and global format development. Prior to that, JP was SVP and General Counsel for Walmart International. He joined the company in 2004 as Vice President and General Counsel for Sam’s Club. JP served five years as a board member on both the University of Pennsylvania Law School Board of Overseers and the Board of Walmart’s publicly traded subsidiary Massmart.
JP’s previous experience includes serving as President Bush’s Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance at the EPA and as a federal prosecutor in New Jersey. He was also the Director of the N.J. Division of Gaming, where he oversaw New Jersey’s casino industry.
JP has a B.A. in English and Drama from Tufts University as well as a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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.
Chief Executive Officer & President, Brixmor Property Group, New York, NY, United States
James M. Taylor Jr. has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Brixmor Property Group since May 2016 and has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. From 2012 until joining Brixmor, he was Executive Vice President — Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Federal Realty Investment Trust and a member of Federal Realty’s executive and investment committees. At Federal Realty, he was also responsible for sourcing and evaluating business development opportunities for its East Coast portfolio, as well as for operational oversight of its Southeast portfolio.
From 1998 to 2012, Mr. Taylor was a Senior Managing Director and the head of real estate investment banking at Eastdil Secured/Wells Fargo, where he successfully completed over $100 billion of public debt and equity offerings, M&A transactions, asset and portfolio sales, private equity placements, mortgage financings and bank loans for his real estate clients. Prior to joining Eastdil Secured, Mr. Taylor practiced corporate and securities law at Hunton & Williams, with a focus on equity REITs, and also worked as a senior accountant for Price Waterhouse in Washington, DC.
Mr. Taylor received a B.S. in Commerce and a J.D. from the University of Virginia, and he is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Research Officer, Telsey Advisory Group, New York, NY, United States
Dana Telsey is the CEO and Chief Research Officer of Telsey Advisory Group (TAG), which was founded in 2006 and has grown to be a leading equity research, trade execution, investment banking and consulting firm, focusing on the consumer space. In 2015, Ms. Telsey formed Telsey Consumer Fund Management LP, an asset management firm utilizing a long/short strategy, investing in consumer-based companies.
Ms. Telsey has followed over 100 companies during her 34-year career. From 1994 to 2006, she was at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., covering the retail sector as a Senior Managing Director. Prior to working at Bear Stearns, she was the Retail Analyst at C.J. Lawrence and Vice President of the Baron Asset Fund at Baron Capital, Inc.
Ms. Telsey has been recognized for the following:
2016: Thomson Reuters award for “Number 1 Stock Picker for Multiline Retail”
2015: National Retail Federation (NRF): One of the 24 winners of The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future
2014: Woman-Owned Brokerage of the Year by Traders Magazine
Ms. Telsey is a regular guest analyst on both CNN and CNBC and other major news networks.
Ms. Telsey graduated from Hobart-William Smith Colleges with a BA degree in History and Spanish and received her MBA from Fordham University.
Executive Vice President of Real Estate, Express, LLC, 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.
Chief Financial Officer, Unibail-Rodamco, Paris, France
Jaap L. Tonkens joined Unibail-Rodamco’s Management Board as General Counsel in 2009 and then became Chief Investment Officer in 2010. He was promoted Chief Financial Officer on July 1, 2012. He retains the supervision of the group’s investments in his current position and has been a member the management board since September 1, 2009.
Prior to joining Unibail-Rodamco he was a Managing Director at Endurance Capital, a private equity firm in New York. Then he worked at Morgan Stanley & Co. (1994-2008), first in London and then in New York, where he was a managing director in the Leverage & Acquisition Finance department. Prior to that, he worked at Shearman & Sterling in New York and Paris for more than four years.
Jaap Tonkens is a graduate of the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and of Emory University in Atlanta, GA (USA). Born in 1962, Jaap Tonckens is a Dutch and US national.
Vice Chairman, Fortress Income 2 (Pty) Ltd., Riyonia, South Africa
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.
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