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.
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Michael Glimcher is Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Retail Partners, working with parent Starwood Capital Group and the company’s senior management to take advantage of our combined platforms’ relationships and scale, further enhancing our ability to capitalize on the opportunities and face the challenges that are confronting the retail industry.
Michael has worked in the real estate industry for 28 years. Prior to joining Starwood Retail Partners in 2017, he served as CEO of Glimcher Realty Trust/WP Glimcher from 2005 to 2017 and Chairman from 2007 to 2015. He holds a B.S. degree from Arizona State University and recently served as a trustee for the University Foundation. Michael has served on the Executive Board of Governors and the Governing Committee of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, is a former Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and is also a member of the Real Estate Roundtable. He was a 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and named a Midwest Real Estate Icon by Real Estate Forum Magazine.
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Jeff Zeigler is Chief Operating Officer of Starwood Retail Partners, working with CEO Michael Glimcher and senior management to create multifaceted properties that will become the cores of their communities.
Jeff most recently was Senior Managing Director of Retail Services at OliverMcMillan and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He was responsible for retail leasing at OliverMcMillan, overseeing retail lease negotiations, tenant coordination, project merchandising and property marketing for the company’s new and existing properties. His retail projects included Buckhead Atlanta, eight city blocks of world-class retail, restaurants and cafes; River Oaks Development, 650,000 square feet of luxury retail, dining, offices and residences; and retail requirements for OliverMcMillan’s portfolio of mixed-use development.
He has more than 25 years of real estate experience, with an emphasis in retail development and leasing. During his career, Jeff has been involved in the development, leasing and management of regional malls, grocery-anchored strip centers, big-box promotional centers and mixed-use projects alike.
Prior to joining OliverMcMillan, Jeff was a partner at Continental Real Estate and Steiner & Associates. He also served as Senior Vice President of Leasing at The Westfield Group and The Herring Group.
Jeff earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University.
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Carl Tash works with senior management to review the strategic direction of the retail portfolio, and monitors and supervises the acquisition and asset management of mall and lifestyle center investments. He also serves as a Managing Director at Starwood Capital Group, where he is a member of the Investment Committees of both Starwood Capital Group and Starwood Property Trust, a Starwood Capital affiliate that is the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the U.S.
He has held several senior positions at the firm, including Chief Credit Officer of Starwood Capital, Chief Credit Officer of Starwood Property Trust and Managing Director of several non-U.S. entities of Starwood Capital Funds. Prior to joining Starwood in 2011, he founded Cliffwood Partners LLC, a real estate securities firm. Before that, Carl spent 12 years with JMB and its affiliates, culminating as President of JMB’s Investment subsidiary, JMB Institutional Realty Corp. While at JMB, he was also responsible for the acquisition and restructuring of more than $5 billion in corporate real estate transactions.
Carl received a B.S. degree in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Wharton Real Estate Center.
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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.
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Vincent A. Corno is Senior Vice President of Development, responsible for the company’s numerous redevelopment construction projects from concept to final execution, and developing individualized strategies for each of Starwood’s 30 malls and lifestyle centers to evolve them into mixed-use complexes. He also will assist in the underwriting of potential acquisitions and negotiating with department stores and junior anchors.
Vince has served in senior roles with major retail and real estate organizations. Prior to joining Starwood, he served as EVP, President, Midwest of Brixmor Property Group, leading the strategic value-enhancing redevelopment and leasing efforts for a 100-asset division with more than 20 million square feet. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Leasing and Development for DDR Corp., Senior Vice President Real Estate for Dick’s Sporting Goods, Senior Vice President Real Estate for Saks Incorporated, and held senior roles with Forest City Enterprises and The May Department Stores Company.
Vince is a past Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers, having served on ICSC’s Executive Board and as Divisional Vice President – Central Region during his three terms of service. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Juris Doctor from St. Louis University, is a member of the Missouri and Illinois Bar Associations, and holds a Certified Public Accountant certificate.
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, LeasingReadHide Bio
Jonathan Kaplan oversees the leasing efforts for Starwood Retail Partners' open-air lifestyle properties, responsible for supervising property merchandising, lease transactions and tenant allowance capital for eight centers.
Kaplan joined Starwood Retail as senior director of leasing in March 2016. With more than 20 years in leasing, Kaplan previously spent nine years with at Simon Property Group, seven years as president of KRC, LLC, providing leasing and development consulting to several open-air and enclosed mall developers, and began his career with New England Development.
Vice President, National Restaurant and Entertainment LeasingReadHide Bio
Bryant Siragusa is responsible for all restaurant and entertainment leasing throughout the company’s 30-center portfolio, planning, budgeting and implementing a well-rounded mix of dining and entertainment for all properties. Prior to joining Starwood Retail, he served in senior roles with UCR Urban, CBL & Associates Properties and Foremark Limited. Bryant launched his career as the first in-house real estate professional at Panera Bread, and has completed more than 300 restaurant deals across the United States.
Vice President, 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.
Vice President, Business DevelopmentReadHide 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, Human ResourcesReadHide Bio
Angie Demchenko is responsible for the human resources function at Starwood Retail Partners, overseeing performance management, recruitment, compensation and employee benefits.
Prior to joining Starwood Retail, Angie served as Vice President of Human Resources at GGP, leading talent management for its Leasing, Development and Internal Corporate functions. Previously, she served with JLL for eight years in its Corporate Solutions Business, where she partnered with many Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries, both domestically and globally. She also spent six years at Accenture as an HR Manager in its Global Business Services Group.
Angie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from the University of Western Ontario.