The Executive Board of ICSC is comprised of a small, select group of current trustees elected by the Board of Trustees. Members of the Executive Board are responsible for the governance and oversight of matters affecting ICSC’s activities.
ICSC Chairman, 2020-2021 | Former President & CEO, Choice Properties REIT, Toronto, ON, Canada
John R. Morrison is the past vice chairman and former president and chief executive officer of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. He held these positions for over six years. He has over 40 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry with a primary focus on retail real estate. Mr. Morrison was president and chief executive officer of Primaris Real Estate Investment Trust from 2009 to 2013. Prior to serving in that role, Mr. Morrison was president, Real Estate Management, at Oxford Properties Group.
Mr. Morrison has been an active member of ICSC for 39 years. He is a third-term trustee of ICSC and currently serves as Chairman on the Executive Board. He is a director of the ICSC Foundation and chairman of the ICSC Foundation Canada. He is also former vice chairman of the Urban Land Institute Toronto District Council and is past chairman of the Ryerson University Real Estate Advisory Committee. Mr. Morrison also serves on a number of volunteer and corporate boards including Automotive Properties Real Estate Investment Trust where he serves as lead trustee and the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. Mr. Morrison is an institute-certified director with the Institute of Corporate Directors.
ICSC Vice Chairman, 2020-2021 | CEO, VEREIT, New York, NY, United States
Since assuming the role of CEO of VEREIT in 2015, Glenn Rufrano reconstituted the board of directors, formalized the VEREIT management team and introduced a business plan to guide the company’s strategy. Before joining VEREIT, Mr. Rufrano served as the chairman and CEO of O’Connor Capital Partners and was among the founders of O’Connor in 1983. Prior to rejoining O’Connor in 2013, Mr. Rufrano served as president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. From 2008 to 2010, he served as CEO of Centro Properties Group (an Australian public LPT). And, from 2007 to 2008, Mr. Rufrano served as CEO of Centro Properties Group U.S.
Mr. Rufrano has served on the board of directors for Ventas, Inc., Trizec Properties, Inc., Criimi Mae Inc., and General Growth Properties. He currently serves on the advisory boards at NYU’s Real Estate Institute and at The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute Advisory Board at Baruch College. Mr. Rufrano currently serves on the dean’s council for the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts’ Advisory Board of Governors. He is a former trustee Urban Land Institute and serves on the Executive Board of ICSC as well as the board of New Alternatives for Children. Mr. Rufrano earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and Master of Science in Management and Real Estate from Florida International University.
Past ICSC Chairman | Founder & CEO, Raider Hill Advisors, New York, NY, United States
Mr. Hurwitz provides strategic, executive and operational oversight for the portfolio companies owned by Raider Hill’s clients as well as acquisition and retail advisory services for all investment activity. Prior to Raider Hill, Mr. Hurwitz held a variety of positions in the retail and real estate sectors dating back to 1986. Most recently, during a 16-year tenure at DDR Corp, he led numerous departments beginning with leasing and development in 1999 and culminating with the responsibility of reviving the company in the post-recession era as CEO commencing in 2010. Mr. Hurwitz also served as interim CEO of Brixmor Property Group from February 2016 through May 2016.
Professionally, Mr. Hurwitz is a member of the Board of Directors of Brixmor Property Group and retailer Diamonds Direct. Additionally, he serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors of Edens. Mr. Hurwitz is also the current Past Chairman of ICSC, a member of the Board of Directors of GGP, serving as Lead Director, NAREIT Executive Board of Governors, and Governance Committee, in addition to the Board of Directors of DDR Corp., CubeSmart, Sonae Sierra Brasil, SA, and Boscov’s Department Store, Inc. He is a frequent speaker at real estate industry functions and has repeatedly been a guest discussing retail and real estate trends on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business.
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.
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.
Founder & CEO, DLC Management Corporation, Elmsford, NY, United States
Adam Ifshin is CEO of DLC Management Corp., which he co-founded in 1991. Through his leadership, DLC has become one of the country’s largest owner-operators of retail shopping centers and among the most active acquirers of centers with value-added potential. Ifshin is also founder and president of Delphi Commercial Properties, co-founder and president of DLC Investment Securities Corp., and co-founder of DLC UrbanCore and DLC Development. Ifshin is chairman of the ICSC Government Relations Economic Sub-Committee and was chairman of the ICSC National Deal Making. He is also an active lobbyist for the shopping center industry and has testified in Congress on behalf of ICSC and The Real Estate Roundtable on the taxation of carried interests. Ifshin is a member of the Urban Land Institute and chairman of its Commercial and Retail Development Council.
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.
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.
Senior Managing Director, Hines, Houston, TX, United States
Kenton McKeehan is the Senior Managing Director of Hines, one of the largest private owners and developers of real estate in the world. Mr. McKeehan oversees the firm’s retail activities worldwide, including acquisition, disposition, retail and mixed-use development, redevelopment and asset management. Hines’ current portfolio of retail and mixed-use properties includes over $7B of assets in over 10 countries on three continents. Prior to joining Hines, Mr. McKeehan worked for MG Herring and LaSalle Partners overseeing retail leasing activities and spent time working for himself as a developer, restaurant consultant and leasing advisor. Mr. McKeehan has experience across all retail asset classes including grocery anchored centers, power centers, lifestyle centers, malls and complex mixed-use assets on behalf of some of the largest institutions in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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