Barry Sternlicht is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Capital Group, the private investment firm he formed in 1991 focused on global real estate, hotel management, energy infrastructure and securities trading. He is also Chairman of Starwood Property Trust, now the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the U.S., traded on the NYSE. For the past 22 years, he has structured investment transactions with an asset value of more than $40 billion. Starwood’s funds have invested in more than 18,000 apartment units, more than 1000 hotels, over 22 million square feet of office properties, 15 million square feet of retail and over 20,000 acres of land in residential subdivisions. Today the firm manages approximately $12 billion of investor capital on behalf of its high net worth and institutional partners.
From 1995 through early 2005, Barry was Chairman and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., a company he founded in 1995. Starwood Hotels employed more than 120,000 people and is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 895 properties in 100 countries. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchiser of hotels with nine brands, including: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Meridien, and Four Points. An innovative hotel leader, he created W Hotels, perhaps the world’s most successful “boutique” brand, and built St. Regis Hotels into a brand.
In 2010, Barry was named Executive of the Year and Investor of the Year by Commercial Property Executive. In 2005, he was named America’s Best Lodging CEO by Institutional Investor magazine. He is a member of the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame. He received the Preston Robert Tisch Distinguished Industry Leadership Award from New York University, the CEO Diversity Award by Diversity Best Practices/Business Women’s Network, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Travel Marketing Executives, the Hospitality Heritage Award from the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and the Marketer of the Year Award from Brandweek.
His humanitarian efforts have led to prestigious national honors such as JDRF’s Man of the Year, JDRF’s Living and Giving Award and JDRF’s Chairman’s Award. He is a trustee of his alma mater, Brown University and serves on the Boards of Directors of The Estée Lauder Companies, Restoration Hardware, Mammoth Mountain and TriPointe Homes. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Robin Hood and is on the boards of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), the Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s National Leadership Advocacy Program, and the Executive Advisory Board of Americans for the Arts. He is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, the World Presidents Organization, and the Urban Land Institute.
Barry received his BA from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chief Executive OfficerReadHide Bio
Scott Wolstein has led Starwood Retail Partners since its inception, growing the company into a leader in the retail real estate industry with a portfolio valued in excess of $7 billion.
He previously served, since its inception in 1993, as Chairman and CEO of Developers Diversified Realty (DDR), a publicly traded REIT. Under Scott’s leadership, DDR grew into the world’s largest landlord of power centers and community centers, with ownership and management of nearly $20 billion of retail real estate assets comprising over 160 million square feet of GLA in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Brazil, including three of the top five malls in Puerto Rico and a center in Brazil that remains the largest enclosed mall in South America. Scott was named Chairman Emeritus of DDR in 2011.
Prior to co-founding DDR, he served as an associate at the law firm of Thompson, Hine, & Flory, specializing in partnerships and joint ventures. He left the firm in 1981 to co-found the firm of Diversified Equities and the Wolstein Group, a specialist in structuring and operating tax-advantaged investments in real estate, cable television, and various equipment initiatives. In his role as principal of the Wolstein Group, he spearheaded the development of several large-scale development projects in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, including the Flats East Bank development, the Barrington Golf Club Community, and the U.S. Bank Building.
Scott has served on the Boards of ICSC, NAREIT, Real Estate Roundtable, Co-Chairman of H.E.L.P. Malawi, President: United Cerebral Palsy Cleveland, Chairman: State of Israel Bonds Of Northern Ohio, United Way Of Cleveland, Red Cross of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Case Western Reserve University, Hathaway Brown School for Girls, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Executive Committee of Zell Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School, Cleveland Development Authority and Leadership Cleveland.
He has participated extensively with ULI, the World Economic Forum, and the Milken Institute. He was named CEO of the Year four times by the Realty Stock Review, a selection that is voted on by equity investors and analysts. In 2013, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.
Scott holds degrees from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan Law School.
Chief Accounting OfficerReadHide Bio
Kevin Halleran is responsible for all accounting functions within the organization including financial reporting, general ledger accounting, lease administration, accounts receivable and payable, and financial planning and analysis.
He joined Starwood Retail Partners in 2014 as Vice President of Accounting and Financial Reporting, and assumed his current position in February 2016. Previously, Kevin served as Vice President, Corporate Controller of Rouse Properties Inc., a publicly traded retail REIT. He served in this role from the company’s formation and was responsible for corporate and property accounting within the organization, as well as SEC reporting. Prior to Rouse he was a senior manager within KPMG’s real estate audit practice, serving a variety of large private equity real estate funds and publicly traded REIT clients.
Kevin received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from DePaul University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Senior Vice President, Property ManagementReadHide Bio
Laurie Paquette is responsible for the real estate operations and property management of Starwood Retail Partners. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, budget approval and management, capital expenditures and maintenance, and oversight of third-party vendors.
She has more 25 years of professional experience, most of which has been within the real estate sector. Prior to joining Starwood Retail Properties, Laurie was Vice President of Asset Management at General Growth Properties where she was responsible for 9 million square feet of assets in Las Vegas and Hawaii, including some of the most successful and high-profile retail centers in the world.
Laurie holds a BA in Marketing and Management from Concordia University.
Senior Vice President, LeasingReadHide Bio
Edward Coury is responsible for the management of Starwood Retail Partners’ leasing team. He has direct responsibility for all retail leasing including strategic planning for all property merchandising, approval of lease transactions, tenant allowance capital and supervision of third-party brokers.
During his more than 25 years in the retail real estate industry, he has worked with leading retailers and property owners/managers. Prior to joining Starwood Retail Partners, he served as Senior Vice President of Leasing and Construction for Charlotte Russe, with responsibility for its portfolio of more than 500 stores across the United States. He also has served in senior roles with Trademark Properties, Cypress Equities, Chico’s FAS, Gap and The Rouse Company.
Edward holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Villanova.
Senior Vice President, DevelopmentReadHide Bio
Rob Hense focuses on the redevelopment of existing assets through all stages of development, from the initial concept through formal execution. In addition to managing assets, he assists in the underwriting of potential acquisitions and negotiates with department stores and junior anchors.
In his previous post as Senior Director of Real Estate and Development at Apple, he was in charge of all teams developing Apple’s retail presence and strategy in North America, South America, Australia and Japan. He has also served as the Vice President of Real Estate and International Development at Crate and Barrel, and the Vice President of Development at Bally Total Fitness.
Rob holds a Juris Doctor and a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas.
Vice President, Shared ServicesReadHide Bio
Mark Brown is responsible for the ongoing development and customization of Starwood Retail Partners’ robust technology infrastructure supporting the growth of the company. Additionally, he plays a key role in promoting corporate efficiency and effectiveness through the improvement of innovative and effective business processes and procedures.
Prior to joining Starwood, he served as the Chief Information Officer of General Growth Properties, where he served on the Executive Committee. His earlier career includes executive roles at Urban Retail Properties and Simon Property Group, as well as substantial consulting experience in the Commercial Real Estate Industry.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis.
Vice President, Human ResourcesReadHide Bio
Megan Van Pelt oversees Starwood Retail Partners’ human resources vision, direction and leadership. Her responsibilities include human resources strategy, talent acquisition, management and employee development, employee relations, compensation and benefits, performance management, internal communication and compliance.
She has more than 20 years of professional experience, having spent many of those years in both real estate and retail sectors. Prior to joining Starwood Retail Partners, Megan was the Head of Human Resources and Divisional Vice President for Kmart, responsible for leading all facets of human resources for its 1,300 retail stores and more than 100,000 employees across 49 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. She also has led human resources divisions at Wonder LLC, Jones Lang LaSalle and Lend Lease.
Megan holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from Xavier University.
Vice President, LeasingReadHide Bio
Naumann Idrees is responsible for supervising property merchandising, lease transactions and tenant allowance capital for Starwood Retail Partners’ Western division.
His extensive background with both major retailers and real estate companies includes establishing emerging brands and repositioning retail assets. Prior to joining Starwood Retail Partners, Naumann served as a vice president with Finish Line, Rouse Properties, Marc Ecko Enterprises, and G&G Retail.
Naumann holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Management and an MBA in Finance and International Business from The George Washington University School of Business.
Vice President, Specialty Leasing, Pop Up & Permanent Kiosk LeasingReadHide Bio
Catherine Loy is responsible for the creation of an innovative vision and leasing program for short-term pop-ups, retail merchandising units, kiosks and inline stores at Starwood Retail Partners’ nationwide portfolio. Leading and directing the efforts of a team of leasing professionals around the country, she conducts strategic planning for common area activations, approves lease transactions and focuses on ensuring mutual benefits for retailers and Starwood Retail.
She most recently served as a Senior Property Manager for Inland Real Estate Corp. Prior to that, she spent 13 years with General Growth Properties, rising to Group Vice President-Business Development, overseeing programs in various regions, including its flagship Hawaii portfolio.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Northern Iowa.
Vice President, MarketingReadHide Bio
Chelsie Petereit is responsible for all activities related to conceptualizing and implementing market strategy and achieving marketing targets. Specific responsibilities include business and market development; market research and planning; strategic direction for promotion and advertising; coordination with sales; and hiring and directing the day-to-day activities of marketing staff.
Prior to joining Starwood Retail Partners, she served as Director of Marketing for Simon Property Group. Previously, she serves as Director of Corporate and Field Marketing, Associate Partner at Davis Street Land Company and Assistant Vice President at Heitman Retail Properties. She is an ICSC Certified Marketing Director.
Chelsie holds a BA in Public Relations and Communications from St. Thomas University.
Vice President, LeasingReadHide Bio
Michael Powers is responsible for supervising property merchandising, lease transactions and tenant allowance capital for Starwood Retail Partners’ Eastern division.
Prior to joining Starwood Retail Partners, he was a principal at salonspace, a progressive concept in the salon industry that allowed entrepreneurs to rent personal care studio space as needed. Previously he served in leasing and consulting roles with Simon Property Group, Powers Retail Partners and GCD Consultants. He was a Senior Vice President of Leasing with Steiner + Associates, and a Vice President with Glimcher Realty Trust.
Michael holds a B.A. in Economics from Syracuse University.
Director, Finance & InvestmentsReadHide Bio
Aaron Schoen is responsible for investor communications, as well as Starwood Retail’s corporate finance functions including: valuation, strategic planning, capital markets, financial asset management and long-term cash flow forecasting.
He has 8 years of professional experience, all within the real estate sector. Prior to joining Starwood Retail Partners, he worked at General Growth Properties where he held positions in their Corporate Finance and Asset Management departments.
Aaron holds a MBA in Real Estate Finance & Investment from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Iowa.