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The Board of Trustees, elected by ICSC’s membership, provides critical input in helping ICSC achieve our goal of serving our members with excellence while advocating and communicating the social, civic and economic role played by the Marketplaces Industry in our communities.

Jeffrey A. Bayer

President & CEO, Bayer Ventures, Birmingham, AL, United States

In addition to his role as leader at Bayer Ventures, Jeffrey Bayer serves as Senior Advisor for Capitol Peak Ventures, a real estate investment firm located in Dallas, TX. In 1983, Jeffrey founded Bayer Properties, LLC, and currently retains an ownership position in the firm and its real estate assets. Under his leadership the organization grew from a local property management company to a national commercial real estate firm with a mixed-use asset portfolio of 10 million square feet.

Bayer currently serves on the board of directors for Leadership Alabama, Leadership Birmingham and the University of Alabama’s Health Service Foundation. He also serves in the following business and civic leadership positions: ICSC trustee; member of The University of Alabama’s President’s Cabinet; The University of Alabama’s Board of Visitors; and The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s President’s Campaign Executive Committee. Jeffrey is a member of the 2018 Alabama Business Hall of Fame, recognized by The University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Business for his outstanding business and civic leadership contributions. In 2018, Jeffrey, and his wife Gail, chaired the effort to bring the Violins of Hope Program to Birmingham, which led them to establish the Instruments of Hope Unity Fund.

Noam Ben-Zvi

Co-Founder & CEO, Placer.ai, Los Altos, CA, United States

Noam Ben-Zvi co-founded Pacer.ai in 2018. The company is the leading location analytics and foot traffic data platform designed to bring accurate and actionable insights to the world of offline retail. Placer.ai focuses on combining data quality with data accessibility helping to make critical insights instantly available to the world of retail real estate. Customers includes leaders from commercial real estate, retail, consumer packaged goods and hedge funds. Prior to Placer.ai, Noam founded BlueTail, a big data startup that was acquired by Salesforce in 2012. Noam holds an undergraduate degree in computer science, an MBA and a master’s in computer science with a focus on big data analysis.

Trish Blasi, CRX, CSM

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, marinas and urban high streets. With over 30 years of industry experience, Blasi is the former president of Terranova Corporation and Codina Development, where she oversaw the development, leasing and management of over $5B of real estate assets.

An active ICSC member, she has held many leadership positions within the organization, currently serving as a trustee. Blasi has chaired ICSC’s National Economic Policy Committee, Open-Air Centers Committee and served on its Foundation Board, along with holding several officer positions. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, where she is frequent guest lecturer.

Joe Brady

CEO - Americas, Real Estate, The Instant Group, Chicago, IL, United States

Joe Brady joined The Instant Group in December of 2019 as CEO, Americas. A highly experienced real estate professional, Joe Brady was most recently head of real estate for Walgreens, where he was responsible for the 150M sf portfolio with an annual budget of over $3B. Prior to Walgreens, he held several senior roles at JLL and was a founder and partner of The Standard Group, which was sold to JLL in 2008. During his 30 years in the sector he has had diverse experience growing high-volume retail, delivering global roll-outs of office, retail and distribution centers, and driving portfolio optimization and property technology leadership in retail, banking and consumer-oriented companies. Joe Brady leads the Americas business for the Instant Group in its Chicago office as part of its expansion across the Americas. Joe is a Global Trustee of ICSC and a member of ULI and CoreNet.

Anthony F. Buono

CEO, Buono Family Office, San Diego, CA, United States

Anthony F. Buono is currently the CEO of Buono Family Office, a private investor focusing on commercial real estate, retail brands and real estate operating companies. Prior to that, he was the Global President of Retail for CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services company. He led more than 800 professionals in providing advisory and transaction solutions to 1,300 retailers and larger institutional real-estate investors across the globe. Since joining in 1985, Mr. Buono is credited with catapulting CBRE into a diverse group of successful retail business sectors, including logistics-supply chain, predictive science, food and beverage, luxury, street and urban environments, retailer restructuring, consumer experience and international cross border expansion.

Mr. Buono received his B.S. in Business Administration from San Diego State University. He is an active member of the ICSC PAC and an Independent Director of JC Resorts in La Jolla, CA.

D. Scott Carr, CRX, CLS, CSM

President of Real Estate, Transformco, Hoffman Estates, IL, United States

Scott Carr is President of Real Estate for Transform Holdco LLC (Transformco), a holding company created in February 2019 to acquire assets from the Sears Holdings Estate. Transformco’s portfolio consists of 500 owned and leased retail, distribution and office properties nationwide. Mr. Carr leads the company’s pursuit of monetizing the portfolio by pursuing the highest and best use value creation strategies, capitalizing on the reinvention of retail through property redevelopment, leasing and sales.

Prior to Transformco, Mr. Carr was CEO of IRC Retail Centers, a public REIT previously called Inland Real Estate Corp, which was acquired by DRA Advisors. An ICSC member since 1996, Carr has served on the Illinois State and the Government Relations committees and currently serves as co-chairman of the Open Air Centers Committee. Carr is a former NAREIT member, a licensed real estate broker in Illinois, and serves on the Real Estate Advisory Committee of the Real Estate Department of the University of Illinois Chicago’s business school.

Carren Coston

Vice President of Real Estate & Development, Shake Shack, New York, NY, United States

Carren Ballenger Coston is responsible for the growth strategy, site evaluation and lease negotiations at Shake Shack, along with coordination of development schedules and permitting for the brand’s nationwide expansion. Prior to Shake Shack, Ms. Coston worked as a tenant rep consultant at Open Realty Advisors and Dallimore & Co. where she assisted in creating and implementing growth strategies for clients such as Allen Edmonds, Apple Inc., Restoration Hardware, Vince, J. Crew, Madewell.

Ms. Coston was awarded ICSC Foundation’s first Mary Lou Fiala Fellowship and honored as one of ICSC’s 4 Under 40 for 2019. Ms. Coston earned a BS in business at University of Texas-Dallas.

Bob Dake

COO, Retail, Sterling Organization, West Palm Beach, FL, United States

As COO of Retail for Sterling Organization, Mr. Dake oversees the firm’s retail real estate operating assets and leads the leasing, lease administration, property management, property marketing and construction teams for a growing portfolio of assets. He also sits on all the firm’s retail fund Investment Committees.

Before joining Sterling, Mr. Dake was COO at ShopOne, leading all operational matters, including leasing, property management, construction, marketing and corporate services. Prior to this, he served as Executive Vice President of Leasing for ShopOne. Mr. Dake has held senior positions at Brixmor Property Group and Equity One, Inc. As VP of National Accounts at Brixmor, he managed relationships and leasing activities with major retailers across the firm’s national portfolio.

Mr. Dake is an ICSC Trustee and serves on ICSC’s New York Next Generation committee. In 2020, Mr. Dake was recognized as one of ICSC’s 4 under 40 honorees. He holds a BA from Miami University and a Certificate in Real Estate Finance and Investment from NYU, Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Charles P. DiGiovanna

Vice President, Real Estate, Macy’s, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, United States

Charles P. “Chuck” DiGiovanna was named Macy’s, Inc., Vice President, Real Estate, in April 2016, leading the real estate team and overseeing the real estate interests on all Macy’s retail, distribution and office properties nationally. DiGiovanna has 14 years of experience at Macy’s, Inc., and its predecessor companies. He has held various roles, including regional real estate positions for Macy’s divisions as well as Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s office portfolio and Macy’s Logistics and Operations. DiGiovanna has held numerous real estate positions throughout his 28-year career in the industry, including Senior Vice President, Region Leader for Westfield USA in New York City (2005-2010). In that role, he was responsible for development, leasing, operations and marketing for six regional malls in the northeast as well as the redevelopment of the retail mall at the World Trade Center.

DiGiovanna is a member of ULI’s Gold Retail Product Council and The Network and serves on ICSC’s Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina. In the community, DiGiovanna has served as a board member for the Downtown Cincinnati Improvement District, the Cincinnati Regional Economic Development Initiative and on the Finance Committee for 3CDC (the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation).

John C. Dolson

Senior Vice President — Store Development, Nordstrom, Inc., Seattle, WA, United States

As Senior Vice President of Store Development for Nordstrom, John Dolson supports the teams that are responsible for store development strategy, site selection, lease negotiation, design, construction, remodeling, asset management, facilities and energy management as well as non-retail real estate.

John began his career with Nordstrom in 1999 as an intern in the real estate department and has had increasing levels of responsibility since then. 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 BA and MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Andrea Drasites

Managing Director, Real Estate Group, Blackstone, New York, NY, United States

In her role as managing director of Blackstone’s Real Estate Group, Ms. Drasites is responsible for the asset management of U.S. retail, gaming, data center and production studio investments. She currently oversees and serves on the boards of three Blackstone companies: ShopCore, Edens and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Drasites has been involved with several notable transactions, including Brixmor IPO (formerly Centro), Edens, Excel Trust, RioCan, COPT, and the Cosmopolitan. Prior to Blackstone, Ms. Drasites worked at Equity One, Inc., a publicly-traded shopping center REIT, where she was responsible for asset management as well as acquisitions and dispositions across the U.S.

Ms. Drasites received a BA in International Business from Rollins College and an MBA from the University of Florida. Ms. Drasites is a leader in the Blackstone Diversity & Inclusion Task Force and a member of the University of Florida’s Real Estate Advisory Board. She is an active member of ULI and is a Founding Member of the annual Rally Against Lupus fundraiser in New York and is actively involved in the Alliance for Lupus Research.

George L.  Drummey

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.

Jeffrey S. Edison

Chairman & CEO, Phillips Edison & Company, Salt Lake City, UT, United States

Jeff Edison co-founded Phillips Edison & Company and has served as a principal since 1995. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO. Mr. Edison received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Colgate University in 1982 and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1984. In addition to serving on ICSC’s Board of Trustees, he is also a board member of the Utah Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

Scott Eisen

Head of North American Real Estate Investment Banking, Citigroup, New York, NY, United States

Scott Eisen is the Head of North American Real Estate Investment Banking at Citigroup with over 23 years of experience in the real estate finance industry. Scott joined Citigroup in 2005 and has managed a wide variety domestic and international transactions with an emphasis on Mergers & Acquisitions, IPOs and Equity and Debt capital raisings. Scott received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1991 and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business in 1997. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers Board of Trustees as well as a member of the Board of Governors of NAREIT and the Urban Land Institute.

Conor C. Flynn

President & CEO, Kimco Realty Corporation, Jericho, NY, United States

Conor Flynn was named Chief Executive Officer of Kimco Realty and appointed to the company’s Board of Directors in January 2016. Mr. Flynn joined Kimco in 2003 as an asset manager and has held a variety of senior leadership roles within the company, including that of President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Investment Officer and President, Western Region.

Mr. Flynn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Yale University and a master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. Mr. Flynn is a member of National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), serves on their Audit and Investment Committee, and is a founding member of Nareit’s Dividends Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion CEO Council. He is also a member of Real Estate Roundtable, Urban Land Institute (ULI), a trustee of ICSC and a member of ICSC’s executive board.

Ted Frumkin

Group Vice President of Real Estate, Development & Construction, The Fresh Market, Greensboro, NC, United States

As Group Vice President of Real Estate, Development & Construction for The Fresh Market, Ted Frumkin leads a team responsible for store development strategy, site selection, lease negotiation, design, construction, remodeling, asset management and facility maintenance.

Prior to joining The Fresh Market, Ted was the President/CEO of TBF Strategic Realty Advisors, Inc., a consulting company he founded in 2020 that provided advice, guidance and best practices to companies looking to develop a new strategy for, or to ramp up, new store expansion. Before that he was Sprouts Farmers Market’s Chief Development Officer. Other roles he fulfilled in his career were Vice President of Real Estate for Staples, Inc., Vice President of Real Estate and Construction for Rubio’s Restaurants, Inc., a fast-food retailer; Director of Real Estate for Office Depot, Inc.; Real Estate Manager for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; and Real Estate Manager for Taco Bell. Ted has been part of the planning committee for ICSC’s Open-Air Conference for the past 3 years. He is also a licensed real estate broker in Massachusetts. Ted holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Florida International University and a B.F.A. from Texas Christian University.

Jeffrey Gaul

Senior Vice President, Store Development, Sephora USA, Inc., San Francisco, CA, United States

As Senior Vice President, Store Development for Sephora, the LVMH-owned leader in global prestige beauty retail, Jeff is responsible for all aspects of store growth. He works directly with his operational counterparts in creating and executing compelling strategies while building locations to optimize Sephora’s real estate fleet across North America. Jeff leads a team of professionals dedicated to all growth initiatives as it pertains to store development. His teams include Market Strategy, Sales Forecasting, Site Selection, Lease Administration, Construction, Facilities and Portfolio Management.

Prior to joining Sephora, Jeff served as SVP of Global Store Development at Chico’s FAS, Inc., for over 10 years in a variety of roles each with increased scope and responsibility. Jeff has also held real estate leadership roles with Core Power Yoga, part of the L Catterton private equity portfolio, L Brands, Gap Inc., and Books-A-Million. Additionally, Jeff is a past State Retail Chairman, current Board Trustee and an active speaker for ICSC. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida and is the proud father of two teenage daughters.

Mark D. Gibson

CEO, HFF, L.P., Dallas, TX , United States

Before becoming the Chief Executive Officer of JLL Capital Markets, Americas as part of the HFF acquisition, Mark was a founding partner of HFF LP, having joined HFF’s predecessor firm, Holliday Fenoglio, & Company, in 1984. Mark became a Director and Vice Chairman of HFF, Inc., in 2006, and in 2014, he became its CEO. In 2003, Mark was an executive managing director at HFF and has served as a member of both HFF’s executive and operating committees from 1993 and 2010, respectively, until the present time.

Mark earned a degree in business administration at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an Executive Committee Member at the UT Real Estate Finance and Investment Center and an Advisory Council Member at the McCombs School of Business. He’s also an Executive Committee Member and former Board Member of AFIRE, a former Executive Committee and a current Trustee and Council member for Urban Land Institute. He sits on the Advisory Board for UT Southwestern University Hospital and previously sat on the Board of Advisors of Baylor Health Care System Foundation. Mark also serves on the Board of Directors for Camden Property Trust.

Ivy Greaner

Executive Vice President & COO, Bedrock, Detroit, MI, United States

As Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Bedrock, Ivy Greaner leads the company’s day-to-day administrative and operational functions, ensuring a seamless experience for visitors, residents and tenants. Bedrock’s portfolio totals more than 18 million square feet of office, retail and residential space. Ivy’s career as a real estate executive and investment leader spans more than 30 years and includes broad experience in the retail, commercial and multifamily industries across U.S. Prior Bedrock, Ivy served as the EVP and COO of Chicago-based InvenTrust Properties. She was also Partner and COO of Ram Realty Services, Detroit, and was on the leadership team that developed the city’s first Whole Foods Market in Midtown. Previously, Ivy was Regional Vice President of FivePoint from 2016 to 2018 and served as the EVP and COO of Lennar Commercial. She merged her company, Gadinsky and Greaner, with Ram in 1999.

Ivy attended Boston University. She is an active member of ICSC, serving on the National Economic Committee and its Infrastructure Task Force. She has served as the Government Chair for ICSC’s Florida Government Relations Committee and was a member of ICSC California. Ivy serves on Florida State University’s Real Estate Advisory Board, is a founding member of 100+ Women Who Care’s South Florida chapter, and supports a variety of other charitable causes.

Grant Guidinger

Vice President, Real Estate Development, Carbon Health, Denver, CO, United States

Grant currently serves as Vice President of Real Estate Development at Carbon Health, the technology-enabled healthcare provider. He manages Carbon Health’s retail property growth strategy and the teams responsible for its market selection, real estate, architectural design and construction of new locations, and corporate facility management. Previously, he served as Vice President of Real Estate at WellBiz Brands, Inc., a portfolio of franchise retail brands; for these brands, he led analytics, real estate and construction and managed corporate real estate for its brands. Grant has also served as Director of Real Estate at Smashburger, and from 2006 to 2014, worked for Cushman & Wakefield and Baum Realty Group as a broker and Vice President of Transaction Management.

Grant also serves on the Executive Board of ICSC’s Political Action Committee (PAC) and is a past chair of both the Western Division Conference and Next Generation Advisory Board.

John N. Haugh

Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group, Inc., Boston, MA, United States

As Senior Advisor for the Boston Consulting Group, John N. Haugh serves the c-suite and boards with work ranging from real estate to corporate strategy to digital transformation, across numerous industries domestically and internationally. Prior to this, John was the CEO and President of Iconix Brand Group, the worldwide leader in intellectual licensing.  Before this, he was president of sun, luxury and retail services at Luxottica Retail North America, where he led 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. John served on the board of Aeropostale, where he is chairman of the compensation committee. He also held executive roles with Build-a-Bear Workshop, Mars, Payless ShoeSource, Universal Studios, and Carlson Companies. 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.

Nicholas G. Hodge

Vice President, Corporate Real Estate, The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, OH, United States

Nicholas Hodge is vice president, Corporate Real Estate for The Kroger Co., where he is responsible for executing the company’s real estate strategy and oversees all new storing, capital deployment and value creation for the company’s 2,800 grocery stores and over 200 retail shopping centers nationally. Prior to Kroger, Mr. Hodge worked for ProLogis Trust, an Industrial REIT, in their acquisitions, leasing and marketing departments. Mr. Hodge has been a member of ICSC since 2002, and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2017. He is a member of Urban Land Institute, as well as a member of the Financial Policy Committee for Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation and serves on the board of the Downtown Cincinnati Improvement District. Mr. Hodge received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, and his Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

Christopher P. Hoffmann

Managing Director, Eastdil Secured, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Mr. Hoffmann joined Eastdil Secured in 1988 and is a senior member of the firm’s retail group. Mr. Hoffmann is one of the nation’s leading intermediaries in retail real estate capital markets, with over 350 transactions totaling over $125 billion, including some of the most significant sales, mergers, and joint ventures to have occurred in the retail industry over the last three decades.  

Mr. Hoffmann has held various positions with the International Council of Shopping Centers, including Western Region Conference Co-Chair, Southern California government relations chair and is a Trustee. He is a member of ULI and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Economics.

Daniel B. Hurwitz

Past ICSC Chairman | Founder & CEO, Raider Hill Advisors, New York, NY, United States

Mr. Hurwitz provides strategic, executive and operational oversight for the portfolio companies owned by Raider Hill’s clients as well as acquisition and retail advisory services for all investment activity. Prior to Raider Hill, Mr. Hurwitz held a variety of positions in the retail and real estate sectors dating back to 1986. Most recently, during a 16-year tenure at DDR Corp, he led numerous departments beginning with leasing and development in 1999 and culminating with the responsibility of reviving the company in the post-recession era as CEO commencing in 2010. Mr. Hurwitz also served as interim CEO of Brixmor Property Group from February 2016 through May 2016.

Professionally, Mr. Hurwitz is a member of the Board of Directors of Brixmor Property Group and retailer Diamonds Direct. Additionally, he serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors of Edens. Mr. Hurwitz is also the current Past Chairman of ICSC, a member of the Board of Directors of GGP, serving as Lead Director, NAREIT Executive Board of Governors, and Governance Committee, in addition to the Board of Directors of DDR Corp., CubeSmart, Sonae Sierra Brasil, SA, and Boscov’s Department Store, Inc. He is a frequent speaker at real estate industry functions and has repeatedly been a guest discussing retail and real estate trends on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business.

Adam W. Ifshin

Founder & CEO, 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.

Karen M. Janes

Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate Development & New Business Development, Artizia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

As SVP of Store Development & New Business Development at Artizia, Karen Janes oversees the company’s expansion into new markets and new premium locations, scaling up every year and expanding their community and brand through exceptional brick-and-mortar shopping experiences. Artizia an innovative design house and fashion boutique that conceives, creates and develops its own exclusive brands, each with a unique vision and distinct aesthetic point of view.

Ms. Janes joined the Aritzia team in 2017, after working in corporate and commercial real estate for over two decades. Her previous positions include Corporate Senior Vice President of Real Estate at Ralph Lauren, Senior Vice President of Real Estate for American Eagle, and Vice President of Real Estate for Gap Inc.

Parham Javaheri

Chief Property Development Officer & Executive Vice President Life Time, Inc., Chanhassen, MN, United States

Parham Javaheri, Life Time’s Chief Property Development Officer and Executive Vice President, is the driving force behind the location growth of the nation’s premier healthy lifestyle brand. As Life Time continues to differentiate itself with its one-of-a-kind model for healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment, PJ is guiding real estate acquisitions, developments, partnerships and government relations to bring the company’s athletic resorts, Life Time Work shared workspace and Life Time Living high-end residences to cities across the U.S. and Canada. He leads a team of talented professionals in real estate, development, architecture, design and construction out of the company’s corporate headquarters in Chanhassen, MN.

PJ, who studied civil engineering and applied mathematics at McGill University in Montreal, joined Life Time in 2004 and has led the real estate and development team since 2014, becoming Executive Vice President in 2017.

Chris Johnson

Senior Vice President, Principal Financial Officer, Dillard’s, Inc., Little Rock, AR, United States

Chris Johnson is a CPA and has served as Senior Vice President, Principal Financial Officer for Dillard’s, Inc., since January 2015. He oversees the Finance, Real Estate, Risk Management, CDI Contractors and Maintenance departments. He has served as Vice President of Real Estate for Dillard’s from 2012 to 2015, and from 2006 to 2012 he served as Vice President of Accounting for Dillard’s. Chris has also served as CFO for CDI Contractors, LLC, since 2008, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dillard’s.

Prior to joining Dillard’s, Chris was a Senior Manager for Ernst & Young in their Northwest Arkansas office. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Baptist Health Foundation, Easterseals Arkansas and the University of Arkansas’ Walton College of Business Advisory Board for the Accounting Department. Chris received his BSBA degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1994. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Encore Bank, a privately owned community bank in Central Arkansas.

Daniel Katz

Principal, KPR, New York, NY, United States

Daniel Katz founded KPR (Katz Properties Retail) in Boston in 2003, relocating its headquarters to New York City in 2007. Through his leadership, KPR has built a premium portfolio of grocery-anchored shopping centers in high-density markets throughout the eastern United States. Aside from guiding the overall corporate strategy, Daniel is responsible for sourcing acquisition opportunities and developing strategic partnerships for KPR. Daniel has cultivated KPR’s standing in the industry and has been singularly focused on building the company’s outstanding reputation in the marketplace as a buyer, seller and operator.

Daniel holds a B.S. in Entrepreneurial Studies and Finance from the University of Hartford. He is an active member of ICSC and is called upon to speak at ICSC conferences. Daniel also served on the ICSC New York Government Relations Committee and the ICSC New York Next Generation Advisory Board.

David G. Krueger

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 1,300 stores and 13 million square feet of retail. 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. 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.

Richard J. Kuhle

Chairman & CEO, Vestar, Phoenix, AZ, United States

As a founding principal, 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 many municipal boards in Phoenix. Mr. Kuhle is 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.

Whitney Livingston

President & COO, Centennial, Dallas, TX, United States

After joining Centennial in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer, Whitney was named President in 2021. In her dual role as President and Chief Operating Officer, Whitney is responsible for managing business operations and overseeing both near- and long-term planning efforts to achieve Centennial’s vision. Additionally, Whitney will continue to work closely with the executive and property teams to develop and execute accretive operating, repositioning and redevelopment plans that create long-term value for the Centennial Collection and its partners.

Prior to Centennial, Whitney spent nearly 13 years at Madison Marquette in various leadership roles. Most recently, she served as head of management & property services overseeing over 20 million square feet of real estate. During her tenure at Madison Marquette, Whitney successfully project managed the visioning, branding, merchandising and redevelopment or repositioning process for assets owned by the company’s highest priority clients and partners, including PGIM, Blackstone, Principal Financial and UBS. She has a proven track record of building, motivating and leading teams to achieving property and corporate strategic plans.

Whitney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Psychology from Wesleyan University, NE. She is an active member of ICSC, currently serving as State Director for Texas and on the Red River States Conference planning committee. She is a past Chair of the ICSC Texas Convention and in 2019 was named by ICSC as a 4 Under 40 honoree.

Laurie Mahowald

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.

Greg Maloney, CRX, CSM

President & CEO, Retail, Americas, JLL, Alpharetta, GA, United States

Mr. Maloney has served as President and CEO since November 2002. He oversees all aspects of JLL’s Americas Retail business, which delivers management, leasing, marketing, development, tenant representation and strategic consulting services to clients. He is responsible for implementing retail strategies in the Americas and plays a key leadership role in the direction of all aspects related to retail for the firm. Mr. Maloney also heads up the firm’s receivership practice for all asset types and is responsible for overseeing client service teams. Previously, Mr. Maloney served as the Executive Vice President for the firm. In his 35-year career, Mr. Maloney has 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 B.S. from Milton College in Wisconsin. He received his CRX and CSM designations from ICSC. He served on ICSC’s CSM Committee for six years and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars. Mr. Maloney was elected as an ICSC Trustee in 2015. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on its Retail Green Committee. He has also served on the Executive Committee for CRC Gold Council.

Melvin Mance

U.S. Development Director, McDonald’s Corporation, Tampa, FL, United States

Melvin is a member of the McDonald’s Corporation, U.S. Restaurant Development Leadership Team that helps executes the U.S. strategic agenda. As a U.S. Development Director, he combines providing construction direction, executing program rollouts, strategic sourcing and people development. A19-year veteran with the company, Melvin began his career with McDonald’s Corporation in the Construction and Development department. He was promoted to oversee construction for portions of seven states across the south eastern U.S. In recent years, Melvin has played a vital role supporting teams throughout the U.S., accelerating new development and modernization as part of the corporate initiative Bigger Bolder Vision. He is a recipient of McDonald’s Corporation President’s Award.  

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Melvin served in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Construction Battalion. He has an array of construction and development experience in educational, retail and industrial manufacturing. Previous organizations that Melvin has led construction/development projects include Proctor & Gamble, Mead Johnson, Chicago Public Schools and Waffle House Corporation. Melvin graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He serves on the board of Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association. He is involved in his community and is an active supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Tampa.

Mark McDonald

Partner & Founder, The Cinema Bridge, Leawood, KS, United States

During a forty-plus-year executive career at AMC Theatres, Mark McDonald held executive positions in Operations, Finance, Real Estate, International, and M&A. In addition to extensive real estate experience domestically and internationally, AMC’s billion-dollar European subsidiary reported to Mark. Mark’s BA degree is from the University of Southern California, and his MBA from the Anderson School of business at UCLA.

Kenton H. McKeehan

Senior Managing Director, Hines, Houston, TX, United States

Kenton McKeehan is the Senior Managing Director of Hines, one of the largest private owners and developers of real estate in the world. Mr. McKeehan oversees the firm’s retail activities worldwide, including acquisition, disposition, retail and mixed-use development, redevelopment and asset management.  Hines’ current portfolio of retail and mixed-use properties includes over $7B of assets in over 10 countries on three continents.  Prior to joining Hines, Mr. McKeehan worked for MG Herring and LaSalle Partners overseeing retail leasing activities and spent time working for himself as a developer, restaurant consultant and leasing advisor. Mr. McKeehan has experience across all retail asset classes including grocery anchored centers, power centers, lifestyle centers, malls and complex mixed-use assets on behalf of some of the largest institutions in the world.

Jodie W. McLean

CEO, 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. Overall, she has been responsible for the development, redevelopment, acquisition and disposition of more than $15 billion in retail assets.

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. She serves as Trustee and Executive Board Member of ICSC, Trustee of Urban Land Institute, and on the boards of Cushman & Wakefield, The Real Estate Round Table, Wofford College and Extended Stay America, as well as boards of several other institutions and charities. McLean is a member of the Liberty Fellowship (Aspen Institute) Class of 2009.

Scott A. McPherson

Managing Partner, Merlone Geier Partners, San Diego, CA, United States

Scott McPherson has been with Merlone Geier and its predecessor entity since 1995. He is a Managing Partner and member of the Investment Committee and Management Committee. McPherson shares broad firm oversight responsibilities with a primary focus on urban mixed-use redevelopments, entitlement processing, leasing and coordinating personnel to ensure the execution of the firm’s strategy for each asset.

McPherson is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an active participant in the International Council of Shopping Centers, a member of the Urban Land Institute and a licensed real estate broker in California. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors and past President of the Monarch Ambassador Council of the Monarch School in San Diego and a past member of the Board of Trustees of The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California.

Terry R. Montesi

CEO, Trademark Property Company, Fort Worth, TX, United States

Terry Montesi has led Trademark Property Co., which he founded in 1992, through 28 years of innovative, community-focused development and investments. Under his leadership, Trademark has worked on more than $4.5B and 19.5M sq. ft. of some of the most stakeholder-centric retail and mixed-use properties from coast to coast.

Terry sits on ICSC’s Board of Trustees, the Executive Board for the Center for Real Estate at Texas Christian University and the Advisory Board for the University of Texas McCombs Real Estate Investment Fund. He is a member of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors Hall of Fame and the World Presidents’ Organization and holds the Builder position for the Urban Land Institute Governors Committee.

Terry was a principal and co-founder of Huff, Brous, McDowell & Montesi, Inc., Fort Worth’s largest commercial brokerage and management firm. He also worked for Lincoln Property Company. In 1986, he and his brother became Blockbuster Video’s fourth franchisee. Terry earned his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and BBA from the University of Mississippi.

John R. Morrison, CRX, CDP

ICSC Chairman, 2020-2021 | Former President & CEO, Choice Properties REIT, Toronto, ON, Canada

John R. Morrison is the past vice chairman and former president and chief executive officer of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. He held these positions for over six years. He has over 40 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry with a primary focus on retail real estate. Mr. Morrison was president and chief executive officer of Primaris Real Estate Investment Trust from 2009 to 2013. Prior to serving in that role, Mr. Morrison was president, Real Estate Management, at Oxford Properties Group. 

Mr. Morrison has been an active member of ICSC for 39 years. He is a third-term trustee of ICSC and currently serves as Chairman on the Executive Board. He is a director of the ICSC Foundation and chairman of the ICSC Foundation Canada. He is also former vice chairman of the Urban Land Institute Toronto District Council and is past chairman of the Ryerson University Real Estate Advisory Committee. Mr. Morrison also serves on a number of volunteer and corporate boards including Automotive Properties Real Estate Investment Trust where he serves as lead trustee and the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. Mr. Morrison is an institute-certified director with the Institute of Corporate Directors.

John B. Mulleady

Senior Vice President, Dave & Buster’s, Dallas, TX, United States

John Mulleady has more than 33 years of experience in real estate, design, construction and maintenance of retail and commercial facilities. As senior vice president of Development of Dave & Buster’s, he is responsible for all phases of development and expansion of the company. Before this, he was senior vice president of development responsible for the expansion of BJ’s Wholesale Club. Mr. Mulleady has also served as vice president of real estate and construction Circuit City Stores, Inc., and as director of Construction Expansion of Home Depot in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and in the U.S. for the South West, North East and Mid-Atlantic regions.

John started in the industry working for several general contractors on the West Coast. He has obtained two B.S. degrees from University of the Pacific (Summa Cum Laude / Valedictorian) and a M.Ss from the University of California Berkley.

Fernando de Peña Iver

CEO, Mallplaza, Santiago, Chile

Fernando de Peña Iver, a civil engineer, has over 30 years of experience at Mallplaza, during which he has demonstrated strong leadership and strategic capability. He has led Mallplaza to become one of the top companies in the shopping center industry in Latin America by implementing a business model centered around people. In addition, he pioneered the opening of new uses of the shopping center infrastructure by integrating education, health and entertainment services among others. In 2020, Fernando de Peña promoted the consolidation of Mallplaza’s transformation into an omnichannel ecosystem, delivering new opportunities to customers and business partners.

Highlights of his management include the creation of Mallplaza Vespucio in 1990; the expansion of Mallplaza into Peru, starting in 2007, and into Colombia, during 2012; and the inauguration of Mallplaza Egaña in 2014, which was recognized in 2016 as the top sustainable shopping center in the world. In 2020, Mallplaza completed its arrival in Bogotá, Colombia, consolidating its regional growth strategy.

Fernando de Peña received Chile’s “Marketing Best 2016” award, which recognizes the country’s top CEO’s. During RECon 2018, he was acknowledged by ICSC for his role within the council, for his capacity to generate excellent work teams and his leadership in creating spaces that improve people’s quality of life.

Robert D. Perlmutter

COO & 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.

Luke Petherbridge

CEO, Link Logistics Real Estate, Chicago, IL, United States

Mr. Petherbridge joined Link in September of 2020 as Chief Executive Officer. Link is the owner-operator of over 400m SF of industrial and logistics real estate in the United States. He has over 20 years of financial and global real estate and management experience.

Previously, Mr. Petherbridge was the President and CEO of ShopCore Properties as well as LivCor. ShopCore owns and operates over 20m Sf of open-air retail centers and LivCor is the operator of over 80,000 multi-family apartments throughout the United States. Prior to Shopcore and LivCor, 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 CEO 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, where 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), an Executive Board Member and Trustee of ICSC and a Board Member of the ISCS Foundation.

Lauren E. Robinson

Project Director, Re/Development, Brixmor Property Group, Cincinnati, OH, United States

In her role as Project Director of Re/Development at Brixmor Property Group, Lauren is responsible for evaluating the company’s assets in the Midwest region to determine each center’s existing opportunities, then develop and execute value-accretive investments to create a truly memorable customer experience.

Prior to Brixmor, Lauren was a Director in the Real Estate group at Macy’s Inc. During her tenure, she oversaw the company’s retail stores across various regions and notably worked on the disposition of the company’s downtown locations in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and the upper floors of the Chicago State Street store. Lauren began her career as an architect at tvsdesign based in Atlanta. In their hospitality studio, she primarily worked on the design of hotels, resorts and convention centers. Lauren received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and received her Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University.

Angele Robinson-Gaylord

Senior Vice President, Store Development, Rite Aid., Conshohocken, PA, United States

Angele Robinson-Gaylord has been helping retailers and developers create and implement strategies to grow and protect their real estate portfolios for over 15 years. As Sr. Vice President, Store Development for Rite Aid, one of the nation’s leading drug store chains, she leads a management team supporting 2,400+ retail locations across 18 states and all corporate real estate.

Angele holds a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University and a J.D. from George Washington University School of Law. She is also a proud 2009 graduate of Project REAP. Prior to joining Rite Aid, Angele served as President for IKEA North America Real Estate, where she led the management team overseeing site acquisition, construction and portfolio management for all real estate in IKEA’s US and Canadian portfolios. She was an advisor to the Country Management Teams for the U.S. and Canada and served on the Board of Directors for several internal entities.

Angele formerly worked at McDonald’s Corporation in the U.S. Restaurant Development division, where she supported real estate issues for a portfolio of approximately 1,900 locations. Before McDonald’s, Angele practiced law for over fifteen years in the areas of litigation and commercial real estate. Angele’s volunteer activities include supporting Stanford University Admissions, Junior Achievement, the Lower Merion Family Network and mentoring up-and-coming retail real estate professionals. Angele has served on the Board of Trustees for ICSC since 2018 and on the Board of Directors for the ICSC Foundation since 2019.

Glenn Rufrano

ICSC Vice Chairman, 2020-2021 | CEO, VEREIT, New York, NY, United States

Since assuming the role of CEO of VEREIT in 2015, Glenn Rufrano reconstituted the board of directors, formalized the VEREIT management team and introduced a business plan to guide the company’s strategy. Before joining VEREIT, Mr. Rufrano served as the chairman and CEO of O’Connor Capital Partners and was among the founders of O’Connor in 1983. Prior to rejoining O’Connor in 2013, Mr. Rufrano served as president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. From 2008 to 2010, he served as CEO of Centro Properties Group (an Australian public LPT). And, from 2007 to 2008, Mr. Rufrano served as CEO of Centro Properties Group U.S.

Mr. Rufrano has served on the board of directors for Ventas, Inc., Trizec Properties, Inc., Criimi Mae Inc., and General Growth Properties. He currently serves on the advisory boards at NYU’s Real Estate Institute and at The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute Advisory Board at Baruch College. Mr. Rufrano currently serves on the dean’s council for the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts’ Advisory Board of Governors. He is a former trustee Urban Land Institute and serves on the Executive Board of ICSC as well as the board of New Alternatives for Children. Mr. Rufrano earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and Master of Science in Management and Real Estate from Florida International University.

Benjamin W. Schall

President of AvalonBay Communities, Inc., Arlington, VA, United States

Mr. Schall is President of AvalonBay Communities, Inc. and has been a director of the company since January 2021. Mr. Schall was previously the Chief Executive Officer and President and a trustee of Seritage Growth Properties, a publicly traded real estate investment trust principally engaged in owning, developing and managing a diversified portfolio of retail and mixed-use properties throughout the United States. Prior to becoming CEO and President of Seritage in May 2015, Mr. Schall served as Chief Operating Officer of Rouse Properties, Inc., from 2012 to 2015; Rouse was a publicly traded REIT (since acquired) that owned and managed regional malls and retail centers in 21 states. Prior to that, Mr. Schall was Senior Vice President with Vornado Realty Trust, a publicly traded REIT that owns, manages and develops office and retail assets concentrated in New York City with additional assets in Chicago and San Francisco.

Mr. Schall received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 2003 and earned his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.

Mark A. Schurgin

Co-Founder and Chairman, The Festival Companies, Los Angeles, CA, United States

As Co-Founder and Chairman of The Festival Companies, Mark Schurgin heads up all investment strategies and investor relationships and oversees the firm’s corporate direction. Mark Schurgin’s sharp entrepreneurial instincts and real estate investment acumen have produced exceptional returns for partners and clients. With over 40 years of national commercial real estate experience, Mark has been involved in the sourcing and creation of more than $5billion of retail and mixed-use properties. His development background also includes the development and syndications of more than thirty multi-family and condominium projects.

Mark serves as Trustee and Executive Board Member of ICSC and is a member of the CRC Blue Council of Urban Land Institute. A graduate of the University of Colorado, he is an active speaker for numerous industry organizations and sits on the executive boards of several charities. In 2008 Mark and Rosalind Schurgin established the Undergraduate Schurgin Family Foundation Scholarship, which provides college tuition assistance to undergraduate students who are studying retail real estate or a related field. The scholarship program is the Schurgin family’s legacy to give back to an industry that has brought them so much fulfillment.

Michael J. Shanahan

Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Lease Administration, Burlington Stores Inc., Burlington, NJ, United States

Michael J. Shanahan has been Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Lease Administration for Burlington Stores, Inc. since April 2019. Prior to his role as SVP, he served as Vice President of Real Estate from 2009 to March 2019. During the years of 2000 to 2008, Mr. Shanahan held various leadership roles in Real Estate, Construction and Facilities. He started his career at Burlington Stores in Operations where he held various positions of increasing responsibility before becoming part of the Store Development Team. In addition to his ICSC affiliation, Mr. Shanahan personally serves on the board of Run for ALD, Inc., a non-profit 501c3 that has donated over $265,000 to the Kennedy Krieger Institute for research efforts.

Johnny Siegel

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.

Claude Sirois

Commercial Real Estate Consultant & Advisor, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Claude Sirois was until recently President, Retail of Ivanhoé Cambridge based in Montréal, Canada, where he would oversee the investment, operational and leasing activities of the shopping center portfolio in North America. Mr. Sirois has some 30 years of experience in various sectors of the real estate business and was responsible for implementing the company’s investment strategies in Brazil, Russia, Mexico and China. Before Ivanhoé Cambridge, Mr. Sirois was executive vice president of North America shopping centers, responsible for investments and operations in Québec including the office portfolio.

Wynn Spencer

Senior Director, Real Estate, Alo Yoga & Bella+Canvas, Vancouver, Canada

Wynn Spencer joined Alo Yoga and Bella+Canvas in February 2020 and heads up their store development department. Previously, he served as Vice President of Store Development for Lululemon Athletica and supported the company’s store development team in North America. He was also head of real estate for Toronto-based Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s largest drugstore chain and Starbucks Coffee Canada.

Spencer’s career in the real estate industry has spanned over three decades and includes development of roughly 1,500 new retail units under 12 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.

John (J.P.) Suarez

EVP, Chief Administration Officer & Regional CEO, Chile and Massmart, Walmart International, Bentonville, AR, United States

As EVP, Chief Administration Officer and Regional CEO, Chile and Massmart for Walmart International, JP Suarez leads the teams responsible for Technology, Supply Chain, Global Leverage and Supplier Relationship Management. He also serves on the board of Massmart, Walmart’s publicly held subsidiary in South Africa. Prior to this role, JP was the President of Walmart’s Realty Division and was responsible for leading all of Walmart’s Realty functions, including site selection, prototype design, construction, store maintenance, fixture and equipment procurement and portfolio management. JP has also been responsible for Business Development in Walmart’s International Division and looked after M&A activities, real estate, and global format development. He has also been the General Counsel for Walmart International and U.S. Sam’s Club, and was the SVP and Chief Compliance Officer. JP served five years as a board member on the University of Pennsylvania Law School Board of Overseers.  

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 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 where he served as an Articles Editor for the Law Review. JP is married and has three children.

James Taylor

CEO & President, Brixmor Property Group, New York, NY, United States

James “Jim” M. Taylor was appointed CEO and President of Brixmor Property Group in May 2016 and to the company’s Board of Directors in June 2016. Jim brings more than 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.

Prior to Brixmor, Mr. Taylor served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Federal Realty Investment Trust, where he was also responsible for sourcing and evaluating business development and strategic opportunities for Federal Realty’s east coast portfolio and for operational oversight of its southeast portfolio. Before Federal Realty, Mr. Taylor was a Senior Managing Director and the head of real estate investment banking at Eastdil Secured/Wells Fargo. Earlier in his career, Mr. Taylor practiced corporate and securities law at the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, with a focus on equity REITs, and worked as a senior accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Mr. Taylor is an ICSC Trustee and a member of ICSC’s Executive Board and serves on the Executive Board of NAREIT. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). 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).

Dana Telsey

CEO & 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 is a leading equity research, trade execution, investment banking and consulting firm focusing on the consumer space.

TAG, founded in 2006, is certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. During her 35-year career, Dana has developed expertise that spans across the U.S. and international consumer companies. In 2015, Dana founded Telsey Consumer Fund Management LP, an asset management firm that manages a consumer-focused long/short hedge fund. Prior to forming TAG, she was a Senior Managing Director at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. covering the retail sector and the Retail Analyst at C.J. Lawrence, as well as Vice President of the Baron Asset Fund at Baron Capital, Inc.

Ms. Telsey graduated from Hobart-William Smith Colleges with a B.A. degree in History and Spanish and received her M.B.A from Fordham University. Ms. Telsey has been recognized for the following: One of Barron’s 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance (2020); Thomson Reuters award for “Number 1 Stock Picker for Multiline Retail” (2016); National Retail Federation: One of the 24 winners of The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future (2015); and Woman-Owned Brokerage of the Year by Traders Magazine (2014).

Joseph M. Tichar

Co-Founder, President & COO, Raider Hill Advisors, New York, NY, United States

Joseph M. Tichar is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Raider Hill’s management, investment and market research advisory services, and is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to Raider Hill, Mr. Tichar was Senior Vice President of Operations at DDR Corp. and served on the company’s investment, management, compensation and enterprise risk management committees. From 2008 to 2015, Mr. Tichar held various leadership positions at DDR and was actively involved in strategic planning, capital transactions, portfolio management, investor relations, capital markets, corporate communications, marketing and human resources. In 2016, he was a member of the interim senior management team at Brixmor Property Group.

Mr. Tichar received a B.S. in Business Management and Finance from Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of ICSC and served as Chair of the 2018 and 2019 ICSC Nexus Conferences. In 2019, Mr. Tichar was recognized as one of ICSC’s 4 under 40 honorees.

Jaap Tonckens

CFO, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Jaap L. Tonckens joined Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s Management Board as General Counsel in 2009 and then became Chief Investment Officer in 2010. He was promoted to 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 of the management board since September 1, 2009. 

Prior to joining Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Mr. Tonckens 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. Mr. Tonckens is a graduate of the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and of Emory University in Atlanta, GA (USA). Mr. Tonckens is a Dutch and U.S. national.

Mark Toro

Principal, Toro Development Company, LLC, Alpharetta, GA, United States

Mark Toro founded Atlanta-based Toro Development Company in 2021 to create value by building community. Previously, Mr. Toro cofounded and led the North American Properties Atlanta office where he oversaw $3.1 billion in real estate development, totaling 9.4 million square feet.

Mr. Toro currently serves on ICSC’s Board of Trustees and ULI’s Urban Development Mixed Use Gold Council, chairs Midtown Alliance’s Board of Directors and serves as vice chair of the City of Refuge Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The ATL, a State authority that governs the expansion of public transportation in metro Atlanta. Before cofounding North American Properties’ Atlanta office in 1996, Mr. Toro served in several leadership positions with Faison and Cousins Properties. He has developed, redeveloped or repositioned more than 70 properties totaling almost 30 million square feet during his career. He attended Rutgers University, where he met his wife, Nancy.

Robert Whelan

CEO & Founder, PMAT Companies, New Orleans, LA, United States

Robert (Bob) Whelan is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of the PMAT Companies, which is a fully integrated investment, development, leasing and asset management real estate company with primarily value-add grocery, discount, off-price and necessity anchored shopping centers. Prior to founding the PMAT Companies, Mr. Whelan was the Chief Financial Officer of an NYSE REIT. He began his career in Los Angeles, California, where he worked for both Price Waterhouse and Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group.

Mr. Whelan is actively involved in community service. He has served as a commissioner for Recreation District #1 for the state of Louisiana and as a board member of the City of Miami Public Business Improvement District Board. He was also a board member of Next Generation which ministers to inner city high school students in the New Orleans metropolitan area. He is currently enrolled in Seminary for a master’s in Practical Theology.

Tabassum Zalotrawala

Chief Development Officer, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Newport Beach, CA, United States

Tabassum Zalotrawala is an experienced senior executive who has advanced the strategic and global agendas of several world-class companies such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Panda Restaurant Group and Arby’s. She works with the senior management teams to craft winning strategic plans, right geographic and market development plans to deliver the results to shareholders. Tabassum has experience leading initiatives for a variety of fast-casual, full-service and quick-service brands operating in major markets worldwide. Her background uniquely combines experience in interior design, architecture, real estate, construction, facilities, sourcing and asset management, allowing her to add value across the full range of development functions.

Tabassum’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts are complemented by extensive executive education. She completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, an intensive program that creates transformational leaders capable of tackling an organization’s toughest challenges. Additionally, she is a LEED-accredited professional. Tabassum is very globally versed, board experienced and active with The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She is available for select board roles.

Robin Zeigler

Senior Executive Vice President & COO, Cedar Realty Trust, Port Washington, NY, United State

Ms. Zeigler is the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Cedar Realty Trust since March 2016 and is responsible for the operations of the REIT’s grocery-anchored shopping centers as well as the redevelopment of its mixed-use assets. Prior to joining Cedar Realty Trust, Ms. Zeigler served as Executive Vice President and Head of Operations at Penzance, a Washington DC-based commercial real estate investment company since January 2015. From 2004 to 2015, Ms. Zeigler worked at Federal Realty Investment Trust as Chief Operating Officer for the Mid-Atlantic Region. In that capacity she was responsible for the operations of a portfolio of shopping centers and mixed-use projects while providing oversight and strategic direction on mixed-use development in the region.

Ms. Zeigler holds a BS in Accounting from Florida A&M University and an MBA from Georgia State University. She is a member of the board of directors of NETSTREIT, a net lease retail REIT. Additionally, she serves on the ICSC Foundation board, the ICSC Membership Strategic Advisory Group Board and is an ICSC mentor. Ms. Zeigler is a member of the ULI Commercial and Real Estate Development Council and a former board member of Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) Maryland/DC Chapter.

Jeffrey Zidel

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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