The Board of Trustees consists of 52-57 members elected by the ICSC membership. The trustees provide critical input in helping ICSC achieve its goal of serving our members with excellence and proactively advocating and communicating the critical social, civic and economic role played by the retail real estate industry across the globe.
Chairman of the Board & Partner, Saudi Sand Souvenir Co, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mohammad Alawi has more than 20 years of experience in building-and-facilities operations and retail property management, and in the mall industry. He is an active member of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres. Alawi is CEO of Red Sea Markets Co., owner of the largest shopping mall in Jeddah. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his service with ICSC–MECSC.
Managing Director, Global Head of Real Estate Investments, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Toronto, ON, Canada
Peter Ballon is responsible for CPP Investment Board’s real estate investment activities globally. CPPIB’s real estate equity portfolio is diversified across multiple global markets and currently exceeds C$45 Billion. In addition to being a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Peter is also a Trustee member of the Urban Land Institute and a Board member of Aliansce Shopping Centers, a Brazilian public company. Prior to joining CPPIB in 2007, Peter worked with several leading real estate companies including Canderel, Brookfield and TrizecHahn.
President & CEO, Bayer Properties, Birmingham, AL, United States
Since founding Bayer Properties in 1983, Jeffrey Bayer has been president and CEO, overseeing the strategic and operational direction of the company. He also directed the development of one of the industry’s first outdoor, mixed-use fashion centers in Birmingham, Ala. Bayer is a leader in Birmingham’s civic and philanthropic communities and holds board positions with numerous organizations, including the Birmingham Education Foundation, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the University of Alabama President’s Cabinet, among others. He is a CCIM, a licensed real estate broker and a member of ICSC’s PAC Leadership Advisory Group, as well as having been state director of the Alabama-Mississippi chapter of ICSC.
President, Borghese Investments, Aventura, FL, United States
Trish Blasi is president of Borghese Investments, a developer and adviser to commercial real estate owners and investors. Borghese is actively engaged in the construction and redevelopment of mixed-use and retail assets, including value-added projects and urban high streets. Formerly president of Terranova Corp., Blasi is an active ICSC member, serving as chairman of the association’s National Economic Policy Committee, as a member of its Foundation Board, and as its first National Lead Ambassador. Additionally, she has been co-chairman of its Open Air Centers Committee, chairman of the Southern Division Government Relations Committee and the Florida state director. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute, serves on the editorial advisory board of NAIOP’s magazine and is a faculty member of the Center for Education.
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.
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Suria KLCC SDN BHD, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Andrew Brien is CEO of Suria KLCC and a management committee member at Malaysia’s KLCC Property Holdings Berhad. Before joining Suria KLCC, Brien held state and national management positions at Colgate-Palmolive, Lendlease Corp., Westfield Holdings and others. He is an active ICSC member and has pursued the growth of shopping center education in Southeast Asia. He is chairman of the ICSC Asia-Pacific Advisory Board, having served on this board while being ICSC’s Malaysia director.
Global President, Retail CBRE, Inc., San Diego, CA, United States
Anthony F. Buono is Global President of Retail for CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services company. He leads more than 800 professionals in providing Advisory & Transaction solutions to retailers and real-estate investors across the globe. Since joining CBRE in 1995, Mr. Buono has served as Executive Managing Director of CBRE’s Americas Retail division and led CBRE’s Western-U.S. division for Investment Properties.
Mr. Buono received his BS in Business Administration from San Diego State University. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the ICSC PAC Chairman Club. Mr. Buono is also a board member of JC Resorts in La Jolla, CA, and Street Sense, Bethesda, MD.
Chief Executive Officer, IRC Retail Centers, Oak Brook , IL, United States
Scott Carr is chief executive officer of IRC Retail Centers. This firm, previously called Inland Real Estate Corp., was acquired by funds managed by DRA Advisors and currently operates as a privately held REIT. An ICSC member since 1996, Carr has been active on the Illinois State and the Government Relations committees and currently serves as co-chairman of the Open Air Centers Committee. Carr is also a member of NAREIT and is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois and Minnesota.
Chairman of the Board & CEO, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), Philadelphia, PA, United States
Since 2012 Joseph Coradino has been CEO of PREIT, a real estate company that owns and manages more than 40 shopping malls and retail properties primarily in the mid-Atlantic, with a concentration in Greater Philadelphia. Coradino has been with the firm since 1998 and has served as a member of its board of trustees since 2006. Coradino also serves on numerous other boards, including those of the Central Philadelphia Development Corp., the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Drexel University Center for Corporate Governance, Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, and Temple University’s board of trustees. Coradino has been featured as a business leader in Scott D. Rosen’s book, Wisdom at the Top, and he has also been profiled in numerous business publications.
Vice President - Real Estate, Nordstrom, Inc., Seattle, WA, United States
As vice president of real estate for Nordstrom, John Dolson supports the team responsible for the company’s real estate program, which includes full-line and Nordstrom Rack stores, offices and industrial space. John began his career at Nordstrom in 1999 as an intern in the real estate department, and he has been regional real estate manager, real estate director and a divisional vice president of real estate at the firm.
Managing Director, Real Estate Group, Blackstone, New York, NY, United States
Andrea Drasites is a managing director in the Real Estate Group at Blackstone. Ms. Drasites is responsible for Blackstone’s US retail and gaming investments and portfolio companies, including ShopCore, Edens and retail projects at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and other Blackstone projects. Since joining Blackstone, Ms. Drasites has been involved with several notable transactions, including Brixmor IPO (formerly Centro), Edens, Excel Trust and RioCan. She serves as a board member of many of Blackstone’s portfolio companies, including ShopCore, Edens and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Prior to joining 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 US. Before Equity One, Inc., Ms. Drasites worked for Woolbright Development, a shopping center owner and developer based in Boca Raton, Florida.
Ms. Drasites received a BA in International Business from Rollins College and an MBA from the University of Florida. She is a member of the University of Florida’s Real Estate Advisory Board, ULI, and ICSC. Ms. Drasites 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.
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 and Chief Executive Officer, Phillips Edison & Company, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Jeffrey 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. Mr. Edison also serves as CEO and chairman of the Board of Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT III, Inc.
Senior Vice President Development, GameStop
Kim Ellis is senior vice president at GameStop. Previously, she served as chief development officer at iFly Indoor Skydiving. Prior to this, she was chief development officer at Artizen Advisors. Before Artizen, she was senior vice president of store development at Regis Corp. A 24-year veteran of the retail real estate industry, Ellis was senior vice president of development at Panda Restaurant Group, parent company of Panda Inn, Panda Express and Hibachi-San.
Vice Chairman, Citi, New York, NY, United States
Besides being Citigroup’s global head of real estate, Thomas Flexner is a member of the executive committee of the company’s global corporate and investment bank. He is also a member of the management committee of the institutional clients group. Before this, Flexner was vice chairman of Bear, Stearns & Co. and chairman of that firm’s global industries group, besides serving on the board of the broker-dealer subsidiary. Flexner is also a board member and treasurer of The Real Estate Roundtable, in addition to having been a founding governor of the CRE Finance Council. Beyond all this, he is actively involved in other industry organizations. During the financial crisis he worked with various governmental bodies, including the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Flexner authored the Federal Loan Extension Plan, which was widely cited in the media, and he is a frequent commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg. Flexner serves on the board of overseers of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, he is a trustee of both the Museum of the City of New York and of the Dutchess Land Conservancy, in addition to being a member of the Director’s Council of The Rockefeller University.
Chief Executive Officer, Kimco Realty Corporation, New Hyde Park, NY, United States
Conor Flynn was named CEO of Kimco Realty and appointed to the board in January 2016. He joined Kimco in 2003 as an asset manager and has held a variety of senior leadership roles there, including president, COO, chief investment officer and president of the Western region. Besides being an ICSC trustee, he is a licensed real estate broker in California and a member of NAREIT, The Real Estate Roundtable, and the Urban Land Institute.
SVP, Property Development & Real Estate, Sephora USA, Inc., San Francisco, CA, United States
Jeff Gaul is head of development at Sephora. Before this he was senior vice president of global real estate and store development at Chico’s FAS. Before joining Chico’s, he filled real estate leadership posts at L Brands, Gap Inc. and Books-A-Million. He was an ICSC state retail chairman and continues to be an active speaker for the association.
Chief Executive Officer, HFF, L.P., Dallas, TX , United States
Mark Gibson is CEO and a founding partner of HFF, Inc., and he has been executive managing director of HFF LP since 2003. He has served on the HFF LP executive committee and was a member of the operating committee of HFF Holdings. Gibson is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a member of its IOPC Council. In addition, he is a member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, chairman of the University of Texas Real Estate Finance and Investment Center, a member of the board of visitors at UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Clinics, a member of the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at The University of Texas at Austin, a board member of Baylor Health Care System Foundation and a member of World Presidents’ Organization and World Affairs Council.
Chief Executive Officer & President, Iconix Brand Group, Inc., New York, NY, United States
John Haugh is CEO and president of Iconix Brand Group. Before this, he was president of sun, luxury and retail services at Luxottica Retail North America. In this role, John leads Sunglass Hut, Ilori Optical, Optical Shop of Aspen and Apex by Sunglass Hut, as well as the real estate, design and construction activities of the North American retail brands of Luxottica Retail. He serves on the board of Aeropostale, where he is chairman of the compensation committee. He has served in other advisory and nonprofit board roles. Haugh earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the International Institute of Management Development, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Vice President, Corporate Real Estate, The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, OH, United States
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.
Chairman, 2019-2020, 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., Mr. Hurwitz 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, Mr. Hurwitz serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors of Edens and is currently Chairman of ICSC. Mr. Hurwitz also previously served as 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.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DLC Management Corporation, Elmsford, NY, United States
Adam Ifshin is CEO of DLC Management Corp., which he co-founded in 1991. Through his leadership, DLC has become one of the country’s largest owner-operators of retail shopping centers and among the most active acquirers of centers with value-added potential. Ifshin is also founder and president of Delphi Commercial Properties, co-founder and president of DLC Investment Securities Corp., and co-founder of DLC UrbanCore and DLC Development. Ifshin is chairman of the ICSC Government Relations Economic Sub-Committee and was chairman of the ICSC National Deal Making. He is also an active lobbyist for the shopping center industry and has testified in Congress on behalf of ICSC and The Real Estate Roundtable on the taxation of carried interests. Ifshin is a member of the Urban Land Institute and chairman of its Commercial and Retail Development Council.
SVP Global Real Estate Development & New Business Development, Artizia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Karen began her career working at a law firm that represented hockey players and invested in mortgages. From there she was recruited to work at Canada’s premiere landlord Cadillac Fairview and held several positions in accounting and leasing.
After a tenure of nine years at Cadillac Fairview, she left to join Gap Inc. in 2000 and launched the first Old Navy stores in Canada. Karen spent fourteen years at Gap in various positions, leading several initiatives to improve the real estate portfolio for all of their brands in North America and Europe.
In 2012, she was named the senior vice president, global real estate & construction for American Eagle. Karen led the launch of the AEO openings in the U.K. and rebalanced the store portfolio, creating greater process and efficiency.
Prior to joining Aritzia as senior vice president of store development and new business development, she was the corporate senior vice president of global real estate for Ralph Lauren Corporation.
Senior Vice President, Growth and Development, ULTA Beauty, Inc., Bolingbrook, IL, United States
David Krueger is Senior Vice President of Growth and Development at Ulta Beauty, the largest beauty retailer in the United States with more than 1,110 stores. In his role, Mr. Krueger is responsible for leading Ulta Beauty’s store development strategy, site selection, lease negotiation, construction, remodeling, maintenance, energy management and corporate real estate planning. Under Mr. Krueger’s leadership, Ulta Beauty is currently opening 100 stores a year. Prior to joining Ulta Beauty, Mr. Krueger was Vice President of Real Estate at Carter’s and Senior Vice President of Corporate Real Estate at Calere’s (Brown Shoe Company).
Mr. Krueger received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MBA from Cardinal Stritch University.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vestar, Phoenix, AZ, United States
As a founding principal and chairman and CEO of Vestar, Rick Kuhle helped make the company a nationally recognized shopping center acquirer and developer in the Western U.S. He serves on municipal boards in Phoenix and is on the board of United Way. He is also a past chairman of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital board. In 2009 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the W.P. Carey School of Business, at Arizona State University.
Vice President, Real Estate, Target Corporation, Minneapolis, MN, United States
As vice president of real estate for Target Corp., Laurie Mahowald oversees new-store growth strategy and roughly 1,800 existing stores across the country. Before this, she was director of property development for Target Canada, where she led property management, construction and store design. She is an ICSC Foundation board member and a member of the ICSC OAC Summit Program Planning Committee, as well as a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Chief Executive Officer, Retail, Americas, JLL, Alpharetta, GA, United States
Greg Maloney oversees JLL’s retail business for the Americas. He is also chairman of both the JLL global and Americas retail boards. Maloney heads the firm’s receivership practice for all asset types: office, industrial, retail, hotels, land, multifamily, health care and senior housing. He has served on ICSC’s CSM Committee and is also a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars. In addition, he serves on the ICSC Retail Green Committee and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Chief Executive Officer, WeWork and Member of the Board of Directors, New York, NY, United States
Sandeep Mathrani is the Chief Executive Officer of WeWork, where he also serves as a member of the Board of Directors.
Prior to WeWork, Sandeep most recently served as CEO of Brookfield Properties Retail Group and as Vice Chairman, Brookfield Properties. Prior to that, he served as CEO of GGP Inc. for eight years, during which he oversaw the company’s strategic rebranding in 2017 to a retail real estate company, as well as the successful $9.25 billion acquisition of GGP by Brookfield Property Partners in 2018. Sandeep was also part of the group that successfully helped GGP recapitalize and avoid bankruptcy.
Prior to joining GGP in 2010, Sandeep was President of Retail for Vornado Realty Trust, where he oversaw the firm’s U.S. retail real estate division. Before that, he spent nearly a decade as Executive Vice President at Forest City Ratner.
Sandeep serves on the executive board and the board of trustees for the International Council of Shopping Centers, the executive board and 2019 chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, as well as on the board of directors for Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Sandeep holds a Master of Engineering, Master of Management Science and Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Executive Vice President, American Multi - Cinema (AMC Realty, Inc.), Leawood, KS, United States
During Mark McDonald’s 35-plus-year career with AMC, he has worked in operations, finance, film programming, international and real estate. Today he oversees the company’s European operations and mergers-and-acquisitions teams, as well as its domestic and international development strategy. He has been involved with deployment of the company’s better-experience theater initiative, with regional business development in Asia and as business representative for joint ventures in South America and Europe.
Managing Director, Hines, Houston, TX, United States
As managing director of the private, Houston-based Hines real estate firm, Kenton McKeehan is responsible for worldwide retail coordination, including acquisitions, dispositions, development, redevelopment and asset management in the U.K. and Europe. McKeehan has owned and operated grocery-anchored, lifestyle and power centers and enclosed malls. He has also been a tenant broker for restaurant and retail concepts.
Chief Executive Officer, EDENS, Washington, DC, United States
Jodie McLean leads one of the nation’s major owners, operators and developers of retail real estate. McLean is responsible for EDENS’ strategy to move the portfolio to major urban centers, creating a portfolio of assets that are the center of community life. She became chief investment officer in 1997, president in 2002 and CEO in 2015. McLean is a trustee of both ICSC and the Urban Land Institute. She serves on the Pension Real Estate Association board and on the boards of several other institutions and charities. She is a member of the Liberty Fellowship (Aspen Institute) Class of 2009.
Chief Executive Officer, Trademark Property Company, Fort Worth, TX, United States
In 1992 Terry Montesi founded Fort Worth, Texas–based Trademark Property Co., which has since developed or invested in some $2 billion and 11.4 million square feet of lifestyle retail, enclosed malls and mixed-use properties across the country. The company portfolio includes such projects as Market Street–The Woodlands, La Palmera Mall, Watters Creek, Alliance Town Center and many others. Montesi was a principal and co-founder of Huff, Brous, McDowell & Montesi, Fort Worth’s largest commercial brokerage and management firm. Before that, he worked for Lincoln Property Co. He and his brother became Blockbuster Video’s fourth franchisee in 1986. He is active in the Fort Worth philanthropic community, serving on the board of the Union Gospel Mission of Fort Worth and as a member of the building committee at Christ Chapel Bible Church. He was director of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and of Junior Achievement. He is a member of World Presidents’ Organization’s Maverick and West Texas chapters; of the Urban Land Institute, where he served on the 2009 Awards for Excellence jury and was chairman of the 2006 Place Making Conference; and of ICSC, where he was a judge for the VIVA Design Awards in 2014 and 2015. He also served on the Texas Exes Investment Committee. He received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s from the University of Mississippi.
Vice Chairman, 2019-2020, 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 38 years. He is a third-term trustee of ICSC and currently serves as vice 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.
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 Whole Sale 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 BS degrees from University of the Pacific (Summa Cum Laude / Valedictorian) and a MS from the University of California Berkley.
Chief Executive Officer, Mallplaza, Santiago, Chile
Fernando de Peña Iver, civil engineer (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), has over 28 years of experience at Mallplaza, during which he has demonstrated a strong leadership and strategic capability. He has led Mallplaza to become one of the leading companies in the shopping center industry in Latin America. Mr. de Peña has pursued socially responsible growth opportunities and incorporated sustainability as a strategic pillar of the business. Highlights of his management include the creation of Mallplaza Vespucio in 1990; the international expansion of Mallplaza into Peru, starting in 2007, and into Colombia, in 2012; and the inauguration of Mallplaza Egaña in 2014. Mallplaza Egaña is the first sustainable mall in Chile, recognized in 2016 as the top sustainable shopping center in the world.
Mr. Fernando de Peña received the award “Marketing Best 2016” in Chile, which recognizes the country’s top CEOs. During RECon 2018, he was acknowledged by ICSC for his capacity to generate excellent work teams and his leadership in creating spaces that improve people’s quality of life.
COO and Senior Executive Vice President, Macerich, Santa Monica, CA, United States
Robert Perlmutter became Macerich COO in 2016. He was the managing member of Davis Street Land Co., which specializes in the management, development and ownership of upscale shopping centers. Perlmutter is a member of the trustee board at Chatham Lodging Trust, which invests in upscale extended-stay and premium-branded select-service hotels.
President and Chief Executive Officer, ShopCore Properties, Chicago, IL, United States
Mr. Petherbridge joined ShopCore in May of 2016 as President and Chief Executive Officer. He has over 15 years of financial and global real estate and management experience.
Previously, Mr. Petherbridge was the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of DDR Corp., one of the largest owners of shopping centers in the United States. While at DDR, he served in various roles and was responsible for various capital raising activities, actively managing the balance sheet, maintaining strong lender relationships and executing various corporate level transactions. Prior to DDR, he was the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of shopping center owner EDT Retail Trust (formerly Macquarie DDR Trust). Before that, Mr. Petherbridge served as Director of Transactions with Rubicon Asset Management. While in this role, he worked on approximately $5 billion of transactions focusing on United States, European and Japanese real estate and real estate structured finance.
Mr. Petherbridge holds his Bachelor of Commerce from Macquarie University. He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the International Council of Shopping Centers, the ICSC Open Air Conference Committee and the ICSC Nexus Conference Committee.
ICSC Past Chairman, Vice President - Real Estate, The Container Store, Coppell, TX, United States
Valerie Richardson, CRX, CLS, has over 35 years of experience in retail real estate, working for brands such as Trammell Crow Company, Ann Taylor, Barnes & Noble and most recently, The Container Store, where she has led the real estate team for 19 years. An active industry participant and advocate, Ms. Richardson was elected Chairman of ICSC for the 2018-2019 term, after having served on the Board of Trustees since 2004. She was the first ICSC Chairman to come to the post from an active retail company.
In her role at The Container Store, Ms. Richardson is responsible for site evaluation and lease negotiation, along with the coordination of store design and construction for the brand’s nationwide expansion program. She currently serves on ICSC’s Executive Board, its Nominating and Governance and Executive Compensation Committees and, until 2018, on the Board of the ICSC Foundation. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Kimco Realty Corp and served as a trustee at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center. Ms. Richardson earned an M.B.A. in Real Estate from the University of North Texas and a B.S. in Education from Texas State University. She resides in Dallas, Texas, is married, and has two children and one grandchild.
President, IKEA, North America Real Estate Cluster
As President of IKEA, North America Real Estate Cluster, Angele Robinson-Gaylord leads the management team that oversees site acquisition, construction and portfolio management for all real estate in IKEA’s U.S. and Canadian portfolios, including office, retail, logistics and call centers. She is an advisor to the Country Management Teams for the U.S. and Canada and serves on the Board of Directors for several internal entities. Her previous roles at IKEA included President of U.S. Property, Vice President of Real Estate & Development and Real Estate Manager. She was formerly with McDonald’s Corporation in Property Management in the US Restaurant Development division. At McDonald’s, she supported real estate issues for existing restaurants for a portfolio of approximately 1,900 locations. Prior to joining McDonald’s, she practiced law for over fifteen years in the areas of litigation and commercial real estate.
Ms. Robinson-Gaylord holds a B.A. in political science from Stanford University and a J.D. from George Washington University School of Law. She is a 2009 graduate of Project REAP, an industry-backed, market-driven program that serves as a bridge between talented minority professionals and commercial real estate companies looking for talent.
Chief Executive Officer, 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 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 and CEO, Seritage Growth Properties, New York, NY, United States
Benjamin Schall is the president and CEO, and trustee of Seritage Growth Properties. Prior to Seritage, Mr. Schall served as chief operating officer of Rouse Properties, Inc., from 2012 to 2015. At Rouse, he oversaw the redevelopment and operations of a $2.5 billion portfolio of 35 regional malls, totaling 25 million square feet across the country. Before Rouse, Mr. Schall was senior vice president with Vornado Realty Trust, where his responsibilities included overseeing Vornado’s suburban retail shopping center business, consisting of 18 million square feet in 140 assets representing value of over $3 billion.
President, The Festival Companies, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Besides being chairman and co-founder of The Festival Cos., a leading developer-operator of retail and mixed-use properties and a full-service real estate advisory firm, Mark Schurgin is ICSC’s Western Region vice president and a board member of the ICSC Foundation. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute. In 2008 the Schurgin Family Foundation endowed its first undergraduate scholarship with the ICSC Foundation and then did so again in 2011.
Managing Member Open Realty Advisors Dallas, TX, United States
Mr. Siegel is a Managing Member of Open Realty Advisors. As a leader of Open’s tenant advisory business, Johnny is responsible for all aspects of Open clients’ retail rollout and asset management strategies. While being personally responsible for over a thousand lease transactions, Johnny managed the early growth phases for Restoration Hardware, J. Crew and Apple, taking Apple from zero stores to over 250 domestically and through its first ten stores in China and Hong Kong.
Prior to joining Open, Johnny honed his management and real estate skills during a period of explosive growth at Michaels Stores, Inc., where he was Director of Real Estate Legal Affairs and a Real Estate Director. Johnny began his business career practicing real estate and corporate law in Dallas for five years.
Johnny received a bachelor of business administration in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas School of Law.
President, Retail, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Inc., Montreal, QC, Canada
Claude Sirois oversees the investment, operational and leasing activities of Ivanhoé Cambridge shopping centers in North America. He has some 25 years of experience in various sectors of the real estate business and was responsible for implementing the company’s investment strategies in Brazil and China. Before this current post as president of retail, he was executive vice president of North America shopping centers, responsible for investments and operations in Québec and for the oversight of construction.
Director of Real Estate, Bailey Nelson, Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada
Wynn Spencer is director of real estate at Bailey Nelson, Inc. Prior, he served as vice president of store development for Lululemon Athletica and supported the company’s store development team in North America. He also headed real estate for Toronto-based Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s largest drugstore chain. Spencer’s career in the real estate industry has spanned some three decades and includes development of roughly 1,000 new retail units under eight brands. His early experience includes development of brands in the oil, convenience-store and quick-serve restaurant sectors. He also worked with the largest developer of neighborhood and community shopping centers in Canada as its director of development.
Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer, Walmart International, Bentonville, AR, United States
JP Suarez is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer for Walmart International, where he leads the teams responsible for Technology, Supply Chain, Global Leverage and Partnership Services. Prior to this role, JP was the head 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 US 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 and on Walmart’s publicly traded subsidiary Massmart.
JP’s previous experience includes serving as President Bush’s Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance at the EPA and as a federal prosecutor in New Jersey. He was also the Director of the N.J. Division of Gaming, where he oversaw New Jersey’s casino industry.
JP has a B.A. in English and Drama from Tufts University, as well as a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Executive Vice President, Growth and Business Development, Whole Foods Market, Inc., Austin, TX, United States
Jim Sud’s responsibilities include real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and business development opportunities. Sud was a founding shareholder of Whole Foods Market and served on the company’s board from its inception until April 1997. Sud is currently a member of the company’s executive and global leadership teams. He serves on the boards of the Austin Theater Alliance, Texas Hillel and The Whole Kids Foundation.
Chief Executive Officer & President, Brixmor Property Group, New York, NY, United States
James M. Taylor Jr. has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Brixmor Property Group since May 2016 and has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. From 2012 until joining Brixmor, he was Executive Vice President — Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Federal Realty Investment Trust and a member of Federal Realty’s executive and investment committees. At Federal Realty, he was also responsible for sourcing and evaluating business development opportunities for its East Coast portfolio, as well as for operational oversight of its Southeast portfolio.
From 1998 to 2012, Mr. Taylor was a Senior Managing Director and the head of real estate investment banking at Eastdil Secured/Wells Fargo, where he successfully completed over $100 billion of public debt and equity offerings, M&A transactions, asset and portfolio sales, private equity placements, mortgage financings and bank loans for his real estate clients. Prior to joining Eastdil Secured, Mr. Taylor practiced corporate and securities law at Hunton & Williams, with a focus on equity REITs, and also worked as a senior accountant for Price Waterhouse in Washington, DC.
Mr. Taylor received a B.S. in Commerce and a J.D. from the University of Virginia, and he is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Research Officer, Telsey Advisory Group, New York, NY, United States
Dana Telsey is the CEO and Chief Research Officer of Telsey Advisory Group (TAG), which was founded in 2006 and has grown to be a leading equity research, trade execution, investment banking and consulting firm, focusing on the consumer space. In 2015, Ms. Telsey formed Telsey Consumer Fund Management LP, an asset management firm utilizing a long/short strategy, investing in consumer-based companies.
Ms. Telsey has followed over 100 companies during her 34-year career. From 1994 to 2006, she was at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., covering the retail sector as a Senior Managing Director. Prior to working at Bear Stearns, she was the Retail Analyst at C.J. Lawrence and Vice President of the Baron Asset Fund at Baron Capital, Inc.
Ms. Telsey has been recognized for the following:
2016: Thomson Reuters award for “Number 1 Stock Picker for Multiline Retail”
2015: National Retail Federation (NRF): One of the 24 winners of The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future
2014: Woman-Owned Brokerage of the Year by Traders Magazine
Ms. Telsey is a regular guest analyst on both CNN and CNBC and other major news networks.
Ms. Telsey graduated from Hobart-William Smith Colleges with a BA degree in History and Spanish and received her MBA from Fordham University.
Executive Vice President of Real Estate, Express, LLC, Columbus, OH, United States
In his role as executive vice president of real estate for Express, a publicly held, dual-gender fashion brand, Douglas Tilson sets the strategic direction for store locations and real estate strategy across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. He also oversees store design and construction, as well as real estate and legal matters. Before this, Mr. Tilson was senior vice president of leasing at Steiner & Associates, a commercial real estate developer that specializes in new town center concepts. From 1999 to 2005, he was senior vice president of real estate for Tween Brands and also held several senior real estate positions with Limited Brands.
Chief Financial Officer, Unibail-Rodamco, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Jaap L. Tonckens joined Unibail-Rodamco’s Management Board as General Counsel in 2009 and then became Chief Investment Officer in 2010. He was promoted Chief Financial Officer on July 1, 2012. He retains the supervision of the group’s investments in his current position and has been a member the management board since September 1, 2009.
Prior to joining Unibail-Rodamco 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.
Jaap Tonckens is a graduate of the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and of Emory University in Atlanta, GA (USA). Born in 1962, Mr. Tonckens is a Dutch and US national.
Vice Chairman, Fortress Income 2 (Pty) Ltd., Riyonia, South Africa
As a successful property developer and investor, Jeff Zidel has been involved in the property industry for some 40 years. Currently, he is deputy chairman of Fortress Income Fund, a REIT listed on the Johannesburg Stock Market. He is also a co-founder of Resilient REIT, serves as president of the South African Council of Shopping Centres and is director of the South African Property Owners Association. Zidel was three times president of the Roodepoort Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He received the 2010 Absa Jewish Achievers Listed Company Award.
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