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Barry Sternlicht

Chairman & CEO

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Barry Sternlicht is Chairman & CEO of Starwood Capital Group, the private alternative investment firm he formed in 1991 that is focused on global real estate, hotel management, oil and gas, and energy infrastructure. Mr. Sternlicht also serves as Chairman of Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), a leading diversified finance company, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH), the largest publicly traded investors, owners and operators of single-family homes in the U.S.

For the past 28 years, Mr. Sternlicht has structured investments with an asset value of over $100B. Starwood Capital’s funds have invested in approximately 180,000 multifamily/condo units, 3,000 hotels, 84M SF of office properties, 55M SF of retail and 50,000 lots of land in residential subdivisions. The Firm currently manages in excess of $60B of assets on behalf of its high net worth and institutional partners. Starwood Capital, its affiliates and externally managed public companies encompass over 4,000 employees. The Firm maintains offices in Arlington, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Greenwich, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., and affiliated offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Sydney and Tokyo.

From 1995 through early 2005, Mr. Sternlicht was Chairman and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, a company he founded in 1995. During his tenure, he built Starwood Hotels into one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world, employing more than 120,000 people with 895 properties in 100 countries. Mr. Sternlicht created W Hotels, perhaps the world’s most successful “boutique” brand, and built the St. Regis Hotels brand from a single hotel to a global brand.

In 2008, Mr. Sternlicht founded SH Group, his new hotel management company. SH Group is the owner and manager of Baccarat Hotels & Resorts and 1 Hotels brands.

In 2016, Mr. Sternlicht was the recipient of PERE’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, he was named the Global Industry Figure of the Year by PERE, received the Cornell Icon of the Industry Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Hotel Investment Forum. In 2013, Mr. Sternlicht was named the Most Important Person in Commercial Real Estate Finance by The Mortgage Observer. In 2010, Mr. Sternlicht was named Executive of the Year and Investor of the Year by Commercial Property Executive. Mr. Sternlicht was also named America’s Best Lodging CEO by Institutional Investor Magazine. He is a member of the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame. He has received the Preston Robert Tisch Distinguished Industry Leadership Award from New York University, the CEO Diversity Award from 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. Mr. Sternlicht’s humanitarian efforts have garnered prestigious national honors such as JDRF’s Man of the Year, JDRF’s Living and Giving Award and JDRF’s Chairman’s Award.

Mr. Sternlicht serves on the Board of Directors of The Estée Lauder Companies and the Real Estate Roundtable. Additionally, he formerly served as Chairman of the Board and is currently a Board member of The Robin Hood Foundation, and also serves on the Boards of the Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center, and the Executive Advisory Board of Americans for the Arts. He is a member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation Trustee Council, the World Presidents Organization and the Urban Land Institute.

Barry Sternlicht received his BA, magna cum laude, with honors from Brown University. He later earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Michael Glimcher

Chief Executive Officer

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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.

Vince Corno

Chief Operating Officer

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Vincent A. Corno is Chief Operating Officer, 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

Kevin Halleran

Chief Accounting Officer

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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.

Laurie Paquette

Senior Vice President, Property Management

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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.

Brian Ross

Senior Vice President, Leasing

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Brian is responsible for all retail leasing and business development as well as the strategic planning for all property merchandising, approval of lease transactions, tenant allowance capital and oversight of third-party brokers.

He joined Starwood Retail Partners in 2019 as Senior Vice President of Leasing. Previously, Brian is an accomplished industry professional having spent the last three years a Vice President of Leasing & Development at Brookfield Properties Retail. Prior to Brookfield, Brian spent ten years at DDR (now SITE Centers) where he quickly rose from DDR’s prestigious Management Trainee program to Vice President of Leasing - National Accounts, including stints in portfolio management, acquisitions and dispositions, and anchor store leasing. Brian is also a member of ICSC.

Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from John Carroll University.

Naumann Idrees

Vice President, Leasing

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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.

Aaron Schoen

Vice President, Asset Management

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Aaron Schoen is responsible for Starwood Retail’s Asset Management and Investor Communications functions including: valuation, strategic planning, long-term forecasts, capital markets and dispositions.

He has 10 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.

Catherine Loy

Vice President, Business Development

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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. 

Kirsten Sullivan

Vice President, Human Resources

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Starwood Retail Partners announced today the addition of Kirsten Sullivan as Vice President of Human Resources. With decades of experience building trusting relationships with executives, managers and employees throughout organizations, Sullivan brings progressive expertise in managing employee relations issues, coaching, talent management, benefits, compliance, talent acquisition, performance management, compensation, and training to the Starwood organization.

Prior to joining Starwood, Sullivan spent nearly 20 years partnering with real estate companies in human resources and communications strategic planning. She has experience advising leadership teams on developing organizational structures and staffing plans, and she managed talent review and calibration sessions with business leaders to improve organizational effectiveness and support succession planning. Sullivan also planned and facilitated company meetings designed to foster collaboration, share information and build stronger teams. 

Sullivan implemented recognition programs that ensured employees and teams were applauded and rewarded for high performance. She worked with leadership teams to roll out 360-degree feedback and offered mentoring and coaching expertise. Sullivan, a resident of LaGrange, IL, is a graduate of Marquette University.