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.
President & CEO, City of New Orleans Downtown Development District, New Orleans, LA, United States
Davon is President and CEO of the Downtown Development District for the City of New Orleans. Immediately prior, he served as the Vice President of Advocacy & Economic Development for The Hollywood Partnership, which manages the Hollywood Entertainment District. Prior to that role, he led the Community & Economic Development Division of the Los Angeles County Development Authority where he led development and administration of more than $150M in COVID-19 economic recovery programs for small businesses.
Davon has created and administered retail attraction and retention programs for multiple cities. He established the first retail incentive program for Downtown Orlando. His strategic recommendations led to the creation of The Commissary in Downtown Rochester, New York. As Director of the City of Hollywood’s Community & Economic Development Department, he led the city to win three consecutive annual awards from the National Community Development Association. Davon has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles, including ICSC’s the Western Division P3 Public Chair, past Eastern Division P3 Public Sector Chair and a former University of Shopping Centers faculty member. Davon is also a past Vice Chair and Membership Committee Chair of IDA.
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.
President, Retail Strategies, Birmingham, AL, United States
Lacy Beasley is the President of Retail Strategies, a full-service advisory firm that works with municipalities on business recruitment through commercial real estate connections. Her experience with The Shopping Center Group and the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce prior to joining Retail Strategies provides her with the insight to understand the connections needed between the public and private sectors.
A graduate of Lipscomb University, Lacy earned her bachelor’s degree in business management. She has served in many ICSC volunteer roles, including the National Advisory Committee for P3 Retail, the PAC Board, Alabama Government Relations Co-Chair, Tennessee P3 Co-Chair and Southeastern Conference Co-Chair. The Birmingham Business Journal named Lacy to the “Top 40 under 40,” nationwide “Top 100 Influencers in Commercial Real Estate,” one of Birmingham’s “Eight Emerging Influencers,” “Top 40 under 40 for the Decade,” “Who’s Who of Commercial Real Estate” and “Women to Watch.” Lacy has spoken on retail at hundreds of events across the U.S. and Canada and her articles have been published in Shopping Centers Today, Site Selection Magazine and the Alabama Retail Federation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Store Development, Albertsons Companies, Inc., Boise, ID, United States
Steve Cogan is Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Store Development for Albertsons Companies, which has grown from 192 stores in 2012 to nearly 2,300 stores in 2021. He oversees Real Estate, Design and Store Planning, Construction and Property Administration for all retail and non-retail facilities.
Prior to joining Albertsons in 2013, Steve was Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Store Development for OfficeMax in Chicago, overseeing all aspects of a multinational real estate portfolio, store design and construction. An ICSC member since 1993, Steve entered the corporate real estate business in 1988 with Fred Meyer in Portland, Oregon, as a site selection and market research analyst. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in Finance, Law and International Business.
National Strategy Advisor, Retail, Open Realty Advisors, New York, NY, United States
As of March 2022, Carren Ballenger Coston rejoined Open Realty Advisors, to build a team of women and young individuals who strive to take a holistic approach to national tenant representation for both established and emerging brands. Prior, Carren served as the Vice President of Real Estate and Development Shake Shack, 2016-2022, where she was responsible for the creation of growth strategies and development process, site evaluation, lease negotiations, schedules and permitting for the brand’s nationwide expansion.
Carren’s knowledge of the retail landscape in all major cities across the U.S., combined with her experience leading one of the fastest growing brands in the country, gives her a unique ability to get to know the ins and outs of brands and their business, ensuring their brick-and-mortar rollout is successful.
Prior to Shake Shack, Carren worked at Dallimore & Co. where she assisted in creating and implementing growth strategies for clients such as Allen Edmonds, MOMA, Vince, Reformation, Soft Surroundings, Splendid and more. Carren was awarded ICSC Foundation’s first Mary Lou Fiala Fellowship and was honored as one of ICSC’s 4 Under 40 for 2019.
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.
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).
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.
ICSC Vice Chairman, 2022 | Co-Founder, Donahue Casey Realty Advisors, Santa Ana, CA, United States
Patrick S. Donahue is co-founder of Donahue Casey Realty Advisors established in 2021. Mr. Donahue is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Donahue Schriber Realty Group. He joined DSRG in 1979 and worked in every aspect of the business, including leasing, asset management, development and corporate strategy. Mr. Donahue was instrumental in fostering key relationships and opportunities, which helped the company become a recognized leader in the operation and development of neighborhood, community and power shopping centers.
Mr. Donahue previously served as Executive Vice President Operations and took on the role of President after the sudden death of his brother, Dan Donahue, in 2002. He became CEO in 2005 and assumed the role of Chairman of the Board in 2010. A 1978 graduate of California State University Fullerton, Mr. Donahue currently serves as a Vice Chairman for ICSC. He is actively involved with KidWorks and its Dan Donahue Center in Santa Ana, CA, as well as Guardian Scholars at Cal State University Fullerton and the California Showcase.
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.
Executive Vice President, Real Estate and Property Development, The TJX Companies, Inc., Framingham, MA, United States
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.
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.
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 ICSC Board of Trustees as well as a member of the Board of Governors of NAREIT and the Urban Land Institute.
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.
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.
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.
Chief Development Officer, Cafe Rio, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Grant is Chief Development Officer at Cafe Rio, a Mexican-grill fast-casual restaurant founded in 2007 and now with 147 locations in 11 states. Prior, he served as Vice President of Real Estate Development at Carbon Health and for WellBiz Brands, Inc., a portfolio of franchise retail 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.
Executive Director, Asset Management, PGIM Real Estate, Madison, NJ, United States
Alison Hallberg is an executive director at PGIM Real Estate, overseeing the asset management functions across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions for the retail sector and leading investment strategy on the open-air shopping centers in these regions. Alison works on acquisitions and dispositions with the transactions team, as well as management and leasing with operating partners and third-party managers and leasing agents.
With 16-plus years at PGIM, Alison has covered multiple asset classes across PGIM Real Estate’s various funds. Prior to her current role, Alison led retail asset management for PGIM Real Estate’s flagship U.S. core equity fund overseeing strategy and asset management for the fund’s $4.7 billion retail and mixed-use portfolio totaling 13 million square feet. Alison is a member of PGIM Real Estate’s Inclusion & Leadership Network. She is also a member of ICSC, the VTS Retail Advisory Board and ULI’s CRC Green council. Alison has a bachelor’s degree in finance, with a minor in international business, from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Vice President, Global Real Estate, Whole Foods Market, Austin, TX, Unites States
Paul Hilliard is Vice President of Global Real Estate for Whole Foods Market, the leading all natural and organic supermarket chain in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. His team’s responsibilities include real estate strategy, site selection and repositioning for all retail and non-retail locations, lease negotiations, acquisitions, asset management, real estate research and sales forecasting and lease administration. Mr. Hilliard has been with the company for 24 years, starting his career there in corporate finance, and has held several roles. He’s been an instrumental part of the company’s expansion from 75 stores in 1997 to 530 stores today.
Prior to joining Whole Foods Market Paul spent 10 years as a banker with JP Morgan Chase and holds a BBA in Finance. He has held several advisory board positions with local Austin non-profit organizations. He has been a member of ICSC since 2003.
CEO & Prinicpal, eGap Funds, LLC, Cincinnati, OH, United States
Nicholas Hodge is CEO and Principal of eGap Funds, LLC, an owner and operator of grocery-anchored retail shopping centers across the United States. Prior to this role, Mr. Hodge was 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. Mr. Hodge began his career with 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.
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 ICSC, 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.
Executive Vice President, Operations, Cadillac Fairview, Toronto, ON, Canada
Sal Iacono brings more than 30 years of experience to Cadillac Fairview with senior roles in real estate development, investments and asset management. He is a successful entrepreneur with extensive expertise in developing commercial, retail and multi-residential projects comprising of several million square feet in Canada. In his current role, he is responsible for providing operational leadership to manage Cadillac Fairview’s 38 million-square-foot retail and office portfolio in Canada. Sal holds a Master of Business Administration degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Concordia University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chairman & CEO, Kite Realty Group, Indianapolis, IN, United States
John A. Kite is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kite Realty Group Trust. Mr. Kite is responsible for the strategic direction and operating results of the company. He serves as the head of the company’s capital allocation committee, which is responsible for major capital transactions.
Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer of Kite Realty Group upon its initial public offering in August 2004, Mr. Kite was President of Kite Companies from 1997–2004. In 1994, Mr. Kite was named President of KMI Realty Advisors, an affiliate of the Kite Companies. KMI Realty Advisors is a full-service, SEC-registered real estate advisory firm. Mr. Kite joined the Kite organization as Chief Financial Officer of Kite Development in 1990. Mr. Kite was a Business Development Officer in the Commercial Lending Department of Harris Trust and Savings Bank in Chicago, Illinois, from 1987–1990. Mr. Kite holds a BA in Economics from DePauw University.
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.
Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development, Big Lots Stores, Columbus, OH, Unites States
Shannon Letts is currently a Senior Vice President at Big Lots, Inc. In her role, she manages real estate and construction for the new store growth, as well as facilities maintenance, energy, property management and procurement for 1,400 existing store locations.
Prior to Big Lots, Shannon was the Head of Property Management for Walton Enterprises, the family office of the Walton Family. In this role, she led a team managing acquisition, construction, property management, insurance and security. Shannon started her career at Walmart, where she spent 23 years primarily in real estate roles as Director, Vice President and Senior Vice President overseeing new store real estate growth, procurement and facilities maintenance.
Shannon has a degree in finance and real estate from the University of Arkansas, Walton College of Business. She is on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Benton County, and an active member of the Color of Hope Committee, benefiting the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
President, Centennial Real Estate, Dallas, TX, United States
After joining Centennial in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer, Whitney was named President in 2021, leading the company’s strategy, growth initiatives and operations. Whitney works closely with the executive and property teams to develop and execute accretive operating, repositioning and redevelopment plans that create long term value for Centennial’s partners and clients.
Prior to Centennial, Whitney spent nearly 13 years at Madison Marquette in various leadership roles. Most recently, she served as head of management and 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.
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 & Managing Partner, Russell Glen, Dallas, TX, United States
As Chief Executive Officer for Russell Glen Company, Terrence Maiden draws on over two decades of real estate experience to lead the company’s growth and implementation of real estate development/investment strategy.
Terrence is widely recognized as a rising leader within the development industry. His most signature projects include the award-winning Shops at RedBird, Glen Oaks Crossings, Canyon in Oak Cliff, Alexan West Dallas and The Avenida. Before launching Russell Glen, Terrence served as Executive Vice President of Development at Corinth Properties. He subsequently managed the development and expansion strategy for Panda Express and Panera Bread throughout the central United States as Director of Real Estate.
Terrence received a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree from Texas Christian University. He is Chairman of the Maiden Foundation, which invests in educational and community revitalization projects, and is involved in many charitable/civic organizations. For three consecutive years, D CEO listed Terrence as Dallas 500 most influential leaders and “Power Broker of the Year” in 2019. For 10 successive years, Terrence has been named to D Magazine real estate's Power Broker list.
Founder & CEO of Enrichment Partners, LLC, Tampa, FL, United States
As Founder and CEO of Enrichment Partners, Melvin leads the development company’s growth strategy, while directing the daily operations. Previously, he served as US Development Director for McDonald’s Corporation. As a U.S. Development Director, his role combined providing construction direction, executing national program rollouts, strategic sourcing, and people development. Melvin played a vital role supporting teams throughout the U.S., accelerating new development and modernization as part of the corporate initiative Bigger Bolder Vision.
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.
Managing Director, Global Head of Retail, Nuveen Real Estate, Miami, FL, United States
Manuel oversees Nuveen Real Estate’s retail sector platform, leading the company’s dedicated retail sector investment team and overseeing all retail equity acquisitions, dispositions and asset management.
Previously, Manuel led Retail for the U.S., overseeing investment activities and asset operations in a portfolio of 90-plus assets and restructured major legacy JVs and focused investment activities around mixed-use and necessity retail. He joined the firm in 2008 as the head of Spain and Portugal, where he led the firm’s expansion into the region, including the execution of retail workouts over the GFC and large retail transactions. Manuel was also involved in launching a South European value-add retail fund, in the conception of the Neptune/Neinver venture (a European outlet mall portfolio) and in managing the Sonae Sierra Strategy with 20-plus shopping centers in Spain and Portugal. Manuel has also been active in capital raising for individual investments and long-term mandates across several jurisdictions, gaining equity and debt support for the platform. Prior to Nuveen Real Estate, Manuel gained retail exposure at Unibail Rodamco, where he repositioned a number of assets involving acquisitions and expansions.
Manuel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad de Grenada and an MBA from the Universidad Comercial de Deusto and Bradford University School of Management and is a lecturer at the Madrid IE Business School and a member of the University of Miami Business School Advisory Board.
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.
Chief Revenue Officer, Big V Property Group, Charlotte, NC, United States
Kenton McKeehan is the Chief Revenue Officer of Big V Property Group. Prior to Big V Property Group, Mr. McKeehan oversaw Hines’ retail activities worldwide including acquisition, disposition, retail and mixed-use development, redevelopment and asset management. Mr. McKeehan also 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.
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.
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 ICSC, 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.
ICSC Past Chairman, 2020–2021 | President, JRMF Holdings Inc., Mississauga, ON, Canada
John R. Morrison is the Past ICSC Chair and President of JRMF Holdings Inc. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, a position he held for 6 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 volunteer member of ICSC for over 40 years. He is a third-term trustee of ICSC and currently serves as Past Chair on the Executive Board. He is a Director of the ICSC Foundation and Chair of the ICSC Foundation Canada. He is also former Vice Chairman of the Urban Land Institute Toronto District Council and is Past Chair 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.
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.
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 CEOs. 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.
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.
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.
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. Currently, she serves as Senior Vice President, Store Development for Rite Aid, one of the nation’s leading drug store chains, leading a management team supporting 2,400+ retail locations across 18 states and all corporate real estate.
Originally from Maryland, 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, a market-driven education and professional development program that serves as a bridge between talented minority professionals and commercial real estate companies looking for talent.
Prior to joining Rite Aid, Angele served as President for IKEA North America Real Estate. At IKEA, Angele led the management team that oversaw site acquisition, construction and portfolio management for all real estate in IKEA’s US and Canadian portfolios, including office, retail, logistics and call centers. She was an advisor to the Country Management Teams for the US and Canada and served on the Board of Directors for several internal entities.
Angele formerly worked at McDonald’s Corporation in the US Restaurant Development division, where she supported real estate issues for existing restaurants for a portfolio of approximately 1,900 locations across nine states. 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 many 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.
ICSC Chairman, 2022 | Former CEO, VEREIT, New York, NY, United States
Mr. Rufrano was most recently Chief Executive Officer of VEREIT, prior to its merger with Realty Income in November 2021. While at VEREIT, Mr. Rufrano reconstituted the Board of Directors, formalized the VEREIT management team and introduced a business plan to guide the Company’s strategy.
Prior to VEREIT, Mr. Rufrano served as the Chairman and CEO of O’Connor Capital Partners and was among the founders of O’Connor in 1983. During his career, Mr. Rufrano also served as President and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., CEO of Centro Properties Group, an Australian public LPT and 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 of the Urban Land Institute. He also serves on 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.
President, South, Brixmor Property Group, Roswell, GA, United States
Matthew Ryan was named President of Brixmor’s South Region in January 2019. He oversees a team that operates a portfolio of about 115 open-air retail properties making up about 20mm sf in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. Mr. Ryan joined Brixmor in 2012 as a senior leasing professional in the company’s North region in Philadelphia, PA, and was elevated to Vice President, Leasing, West and relocated to Houston in 2015 where he oversaw leasing for about 70 of Brixmor’s Texas-based assets.
Prior to joining Brixmor, Mr. Ryan worked as a broker with Legend Properties in Philadelphia representing landlords and retailers. Mr. Ryan was elected as a borough councilperson in Conshohocken, PA, in 2011 and served for four years. Mr. Ryan received a BA in accounting from Penn State in 2005. He has been an active member of ICSC since 2005, serving as Next Generation State chair in Pennsylvania and on the program planning committee for multiple events.
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.
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.
Executive Vice President & Eastern Region President, Federal Realty Investment Trust, N. Bethesda, MD, United States
As Executive Vice President, Eastern Region President for Federal Realty Investment Trust, Wendy Seher is responsible for leading the leasing, development, and asset management teams for the company’s East Coast portfolio, which comprises over 18 million square feet of real estate from Boston to Miami, and Chicago. She also serves as a member of Federal’s executive and investment committees.
Wendy has more than 30 years of experience within the retail real estate industry. Prior to joining Federal in 2002, she was a principal with the J. Donegan Company, a Northern Virginia-based private real estate development company, where she managed new development leasing, third-party leasing, and tenant representation. Prior to this, she worked for Peterson Company and Fried Companies in a variety of leasing roles. Wendy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Maryland.
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.
Senior Vice President & Regional Head, Edens, FL, United States
As Senior Vice President and Regional Head, Nicole Shiman leads EDENS Florida portfolio and office. She brings extensive experience in development, acquisitions, dispositions, as well as portfolio oversight and management to the team. Nicole previously served as Vice President at Miami-based 13th Floor Investments, where she was responsible for leading acquisition initiatives, new business procurement and capitalization efforts. She was actively involved in the ongoing oversight, development, management and disposition of 13th Floor’s real estate portfolios.
Prior to her work with 13th Floor, Nicole spent many years with The Boston Consulting Group in their Toronto, New York and Miami offices. Nicole graduated from The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and received her Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Nicole sits on ULI’s Southeast Florida/Caribbean Advisory Board, and she serves as a Board Member for The University of Miami School of Law LLM program and as a founding Board Member of the Wynwood/Doral Yard.
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.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SimonCRE, Scottsdale, AZ, United States
As Founder and CEO of SimonCRE, Joshua Simon leads the acquisition and development company’s growth strategy while directing the daily operations. To date, SimonCRE has completed over 240 projects across 22 states. Roughly 50 projects are planned for 2022 and more than 1.2 million square feet will be developed nationally over the next 24 months, including a 570,000-square-foot power center with no equity partners.
Simon founded the national commercial real estate company in 2010 and is a hands-on leader when it comes to projects that will benefit clients and the communities they serve. SimonCRE specializes in the acquisition and development of single-tenant build to suit net lease properties to newsworthy power centers. The firm has cultivated a diverse portfolio of retail, medical office, RV storage and alternate-use projects. Joshua applies his boundless energy toward supporting and giving back to the industry he loves. He has served on multiple boards and routinely presents as an industry expert at conferences like ULI Deep Dive and ICSC Next Generation, as well as forums for AZRE and Bisnow.
Commercial Real Estate Consultant & Advisor, Montréal, QC, 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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
COO, BPV Management Co. LLC, Greenwich, CT, United States
Jaap Tonckens serves as Chief Operating Officer of BPV Management Co. LLC, a management services company that provides development management, tenant and non-tenant related services in connection with the development of Belmont Park Village in Queens, New York. Mr. Tonckens currently also serves as a director of citizenM hotels, a member of the board of directors of VIA Outlets, and as a senior advisor to Value Retail, the operator and developer of 11 luxury shopping destinations serving the capital cities of Western Europe and China.
Mr. Tonckens served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Unibail-Rodamco S.E. (2012-2021), after joining the firm as General Counsel in 2009. Mr. Tonckens was a managing director at Endurance Capital, a private equity firm in New York. From 1994 to 2008, he worked at Morgan Stanley & Co., 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 Leyden in the Netherlands and of Emory University in Atlanta, GA (USA). Mr. Tonckens is a Dutch and U.S. national. He is currently a Trustee of ICSC and previously served as a Global Trustee of the Urban Land Institute from 2016 until 2019.
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.
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.
President & CEO, Tanger Outlets, Greensboro, NC, United States
Stephen Yalof is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc., a leading operator of upscale, open-air outlet centers with 36 locations across 20 states and Canada. Steve joined in 2020 as President and Chief Operating Officer before succeeding Steven B. Tanger as CEO in 2021, bringing with him over 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, with a primary focus on the retail space. He oversees the operations of the executive and senior leadership teams, emphasizing evolving the customer shopping experience, and sits on the board of directors.
Before joining Tanger Outlets, Steve served as the CEO of Simon Premium Outlets, where he drove forward the expansion and development of their real estate portfolio. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Real Estate for Ralph Lauren and Senior Director of Real Estate for The Gap, Inc. Steve serves on the board of directors for HeadCount and the advisory board for the Center for Real Estate & Urban Analysis (CREUA) at George Washington University, his alma mater, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration.
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.
Founder & CEO, MURAL Real Estate Partners, New York, NY, United States
Robin Zeigler is Founder & CEO of MURAL Real Estate Partners. MURAL focuses on mixed-use developments in underserved markets. She was formerly Chief Operating Officer for Cedar Realty Trust, where she began in March 2016 and was responsible for the operations of the fully integrated real estate investment trust’s nine million square feet of grocery-anchored shopping centers as well as the redevelopment of its mixed-use assets. Prior to joining Cedar, Ms. Zeigler served as Executive Vice President and Head of Operations at Penzance, a Washington, D.C.–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, responsible for the operations of a portfolio of over 40 shopping centers and 5 mixed-use projects representing approximately 7.3 million square feet and for providing oversight and strategic direction on mixed-use development and redevelopment projects in the region.
Ms. Zeigler holds a BS in Accounting from Florida A&M University and an MBA from Georgia State University. Robin is on the board of directors for three public companies: Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust, RLJ Lodging Trust and NETSTREIT. In addition to being an ICSC Trustee, she serves on the board of the ICSC Foundation as well as an ICSC Foundation Mentor. Ms. Zeigler is a member of the ULI Commercial and Real Estate Development Gold Council and a former board member of Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) Maryland/DC Chapter.
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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