Board of DirectorsICSC Foundation Board Description
NORRIS EBER is the President / CIO of Abbell Associates, LLC and oversees all acquisitions and dispositions; asset management; investor relations; and strategic partnerships for Abbell, a seventy-year old Chicago-based investment, development and management company with 3 million square feet of enclosed mall, open air and office properties located in the Midwest.
ELISE JAFFE is Senior Vice President of Real Estate at Dress Barn, one of the nation’s leading women’s specialty store chains which offers quality on-trend career and casual fashions at value prices. Elise is involved in all aspects of Dress Barn realty, including site selection and real estate deal negotiation nationwide. She serves as an invited member of the Board of Directors of the Ascena Retail Group, and has been an executive at Dress Barn since 1982.
VALERIE CAMMISO joined the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc. (ICSC) as the executive director for its Foundation in October 2007. Ms. Cammiso is responsible for overseeing and directing all aspects of the ICSC Foundation. She is working with ICSC members and staff to create a foundation that has relevance to the retail real estate industry.
DUANE F. BISHOP JR. is a Cleveland native, born 1962 and grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, and graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio with a degree in Business/Accounting.
He began his career at Forest City in 1985 as a financial analyst and property manager at Tower City Center. He managed South Bay Galleria, a 1.1 million square foot mall in Redondo Beach, California, from 1987 to 1995. After that he relocated back to Cleveland in 1995 and had the position of Executive Vice President and General Manager of Tower City Center until 1998. He then moved into the corporate office in 1998 as the Vice President of Asset Management with the responsibility of the Commercial Group's retail portfolio.
GLEN HALE is Staff Vice President, Finance and Controller for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He joined ICSC in 1994 and has risen through the ranks of the organization, serving as Accounting Manager, Assistant Controller and Controller. Glen was elected as Staff Vice President in February 2005. He is responsible for the day-to-day financial and member service operations of the association.
MICHAEL P. KERCHEVAL is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He joined ICSC in January 2000 and was appointed to the position of President and CEO in May 2001, becoming only the third CEO in the association's fifty year history. In this role he is responsible for the day-to-day management of ICSC's global operations and carrying out the association's strategic objectives. Prior to joining ICSC, Mr. Kercheval worked for 20 years in real estate investment banking, most recently as a senior executive with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments.
MALACHY KAVANAGH is Staff Vice President, Communications and External Affairs for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). As Staff Vice President, Mr. Kavanagh is responsible for planning, coordinating and expediting all public relations activities that are designed to raise awareness of the financial strengths and social contributions the shopping center industry makes to the communities they serve. As spokesperson for the association/industry, Mr. Kavanagh responds to media inquires and craft responses that position the shopping center industry in a positive light.
Rudolph E. Milian is senior staff vice president for professional development services of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He is responsible for ICSC's programs and services promulgating industry best practices, such as professional education, certification, textbook and periodical publications, including Shopping Centers Today and Value Retail News. Prior to joining the ICSC staff in in the late 1990s, Mr. Milian was an executive with a large shopping center REIT with corporate responsibilities for property and asset management.
KIERAN QUINN joined Guggenheim Partners and its affiliate, Pillar Multifamily, LLC, in February, 2011. He will be establishing a national platform to originate commercial and multifamily loans.
PATRICIA M. BLASI is the President of Borghese Investments, LLC, a commercial developer and an advisor to commercial real estate owners, developers and investors. Previously, she was a partner of Panattoni Development Company, one of the nation’s largest private commercial development firms, where she developed $100 Million of retail, industrial and land assets.
EDUARDO BROSS is the Chairman of Planigrupo. Planigrupo is the leading developer of supermarket anchored shopping centers in Mexico. Eduardo holds an architectural degree from the University of Guadalajara and a masters in Urban and Regional Planning from The University of Washington. He has served in the board of numerous social, cultural and religious institutions and he was the president of The Mexican Friends of the Jerusalem Museum, Founder and First Chair of the Graduate Studies Program in Urban Planning at the University of Guadalajara and head of Planning, for the city of Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city. Today Eduardo and his wife Eemilie live in Mexico City and Monterrey City, Mexico. They are the proud parents of two sons, one daughter and seven grand children.
An industry trailblazer, an authority in the marketing community, and an all-around good person, Jeff Cohn is COHN's fearless leader. As the founder, CEO and chief brand strategist of COHN, Jeff leads all brand development and branding initiatives, guides marketing and public relations strategies, and oversees client relationships, creative services and agency management. He also leads COHN’s specialized Retail team.
JOHN M. CROSSMAN is President of Crossman & Company, one of Florida's largest retail leasing and management firms with over 12 million square feet under leasing and/or management. He has been in the real estate business for over 17 years and has been involved with more than $1 billion in transactions. Prior to joining Crossman & Company John was a principal at Trammell Crow Company.
PETER EISENBERG is a Principal of Clark Street Development, LLC. Clark Street acquires, develops, redevelops, leases, and owns commercial real estate in the United States and abroad. The company's primary focus is the development and redevelopment of retail shopping centers and single tenant buildings. Clark Street also has significant experience in mixed-use, industrial, and land development.
MICHAEL K. ELLEMAN is President of Retail Portfolio Strategies, Inc., providing r/e advisory services to retailers by focusing on strategic development, portfolio optimization and transactional activity. Mike is a shopping center specialist, having spent 28 years in the retail and shopping center industries. He most recently served as SVP-R/E for Chico's FAS, Inc., where he led all real estate activities for Chico's, White House/Black Market and Soma Intimates. Previously, he led the R/E & Construction function at Charlotte Russe/Rampage Stores as SVP, and also held various leadership roles at Limited Brands, Inc.
KEMPER FREEMAN, JR., is the principal owner and hands-on leader of Kemper Development Company which has developed a total of 4 million square feet of R/E in the Bellevue CBD. This portfolio, called "The Bellevue Collection" is comprised of Bellevue Square, a super-regional shopping center and two mixed-use projects, all connected via sky bridges. In 2008, Bellevue Square underwent a $40 million dollar urban-garden renovation. A third mixed-use project is part of Kemper Development Company's future development plans.
JOHN HART is founder and Chairman of Hart Realty Advisers, which he formed in 1982. The primary business of this privately held firm is representing the interest of client pension funds, endowments, Taft Hartley's, and foundations in their commercial real estate investments in various major markets throughout the United States. They acquire or joint venture and asset manage, on behalf of these clients, larger Class A shopping centers, office buildings, apartments, and industrial properties.
MICHAEL E. MCCARTY is executive VP of development operations of Simon Property Group, Inc., an S&P 500 company and the largest U.S. publicly traded r/e company. Simon Property Group operates from five retail r/e platforms: regional malls, Premium Outlet Centers®, The Mills®, community/lifestyle centers and international properties. The Company currently owns or has an interest in approximately 390 properties in North America, Europe and Asia.
JOHN MORRISON has over 30 years experience in the commercial real estate industry, primarily in the shopping centre asset class.
KRISTEN MUELLER is Director of Business Development for Jones Lang LaSalle's Retail group. She has overall responsibility for business development seeking new clients and property types, new assignments with existing clients and new lines of business. Additionally, she leads the firm's receivership and special servicer initiatives for all property types.
JEFFREY HUGH NEWMAN is a senior partner at Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., a member of the Firm's Management and Executive Committees and Chair of the R/E Department. Mr. Newman has been practicing in the area of R/E for over 25 years and has focused on the shopping center industry. His national reputation has been developed through his representation of numerous retailers, developers, landlords and lenders, as well as the result of numerous speaking engagements throughout the country. In addition, he has published numerous articles in both the R/E Review and Commercial Leasing, Laws and Strategy.
VALERIE RICHARDSON is the VP of R/E for The Container Store, Inc. She is responsible for site evaluation and lease negotiation, as well as store design coordination and construction for The Container Store's nationwide store expansion program.
MARK A. SCHURGIN is the President and co-founder of The Festival Companies, a Los Angeles based privately owned shopping center development, investment and real estate advisory firm. Under his leadership the firm has developed and acquired over 25,000,000 square feet of retail properties in 23 states. The Festival Companies real estate advisory division provides real estate advisory, management and development services to institutional clients and private investors.
MICHAEL L. WEAMER, CAE is Executive Vice President of the American Heart Association/Founders Affiliate. The Founders Affiliate is a $100 million organization dedicated to reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and stroke in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
HERBERT D. WEITZMAN is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of The Weitzman Group and Cencor Realty Services. In 1989, after nearly 30 years in the real estate business, Weitzman founded The Weitzman Group, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage firm that now ranks as the largest retail real estate brokerage force in Texas and one of the largest regional commercial real estate firms in the United States. Cencor Realty Services was founded in 1984 and now ranks among the top shopping center management firms in the United States, according to rankings by the International Council of Shopping Centers.