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Barry Sternlicht

Chairman

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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.

Scott Wolstein

Chief Executive Officer

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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.

Carl Tash

Chief Strategist

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As the Chief Strategist at Starwood Retail Partners, Carl 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 for both Starwood Capital Group and Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), an affiliate of Starwood Capital 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 a number of Luxembourg and other non-U.S. entities of Starwood Capital funds. Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2011, he founded Cliffwood Partners LLC, a real estate securities investment firm, and served as CEO and Chief Investment Officer for 15 years. Before that, Carl spent 12 years with JMB and its affiliates. At the time of his departure in 1991, he was President of JMB’s investment subsidiary, JMB Institutional Realty Corp., and had a strategic, senior role with JMB’s retail development subsidiary. While at JMB, he was also responsible for the acquisition and structuring 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 MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Wharton Real Estate Center, and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute.

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.

Mike Powers

Senior Vice President, Leasing

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Michael Powers oversees the management of Starwood Retail Partners’ leasing team, overseeing strategic planning and merchandising of the company’s 30 core properties and redevelopment projects.

Mike joined Starwood Retail Partners as vice president of leasing in October 2013. Previously, he served in leasing and leadership roles with Simon Property Group, GCD Consultants, Steiner + Associates, Glimcher Realty Trust and Pyramid Companies.

He holds a B.A. in Economics from Syracuse University.

Rob Hense

Senior Vice President, Development

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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.

Mark Brown

Vice President, Shared Services

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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.

Senior Management

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.

Joseph Nicchetta

Vice President, Leasing

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Joe oversees the merchandising, lease transactions and revenue goals for Starwood Retail Partners’ East Region. He was one of the first leasing directors hired by Starwood Retail Partners, joining the company in May 2013. After beginning his career with The Rouse Company, Joe served in senior leasing and management roles with General Growth Properties. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., where he currently serves on the advisory board for the school’s Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship.

Catherine Loy

Vice President, Specialty Leasing, Pop Up & Permanent Kiosk Leasing

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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. 

Chelsie Petereit

Vice President, Marketing

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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.

Aaron Schoen

Vice President, Finance & Investments

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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.