Shopping Center Business

MAY 2015

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74 • SHOPPING CENTER BUSINESS • MAY 2015 W H O ' S W H O I N T H E I N D U S T R Y MID-AMERICA — MINNESOTA Mid-America Real Es- tate – Minnesota LLC has added Tricia Pitchford to the bro- kerage's project leas- ing team. In her new position as senior vice president of leasing, Pitchford will be focus- ing on landlord leasing with an emphasis on institutional client services. Prior to joining Mid-America, Pitchford was senior director of broker- age services for Cushman & Wakefield where she was responsible for more than 475 retail transactions totaling over 4 mil- lion square feet of retail space. Pitchford began her career in commercial real estate in 1996 with Griffin Cos. PIERSON RETAIL ADVISORS After 21 years, many as the top female broker in the southwest re- gion, Jennifer Pier- son has left CBRE to start her own compa- ny. Pierson will launch Dallas-based Pierson Retail Advisors with her longtime partner and sister-in-law, Beth Pierson, their client services specialist Debora Haught, their fi- nancial analyst and graphic designer. Pier- son Retail Advisors' primary goal will be to serve shopping center owners. "Retail investment sales has been our sole focus for my entire career. We plan to continue that legacy in putting the client's needs at the center of our mission statement," says Pierson. "We are a close team with an intensity and heightened focus on one thing — maximizing value for our clients who own shopping centers." SALLY BEAUTY HOLDINGS Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. has named President and COO Chris Brickman to succeed Gary Winterhalter as CEO. Winterhalter will continue to serve the company as executive chairman of the board of directors. Winterhalter served as the company's CEO since its separa- tion from The Alberto-Culver Company in 2006. VITAMIN SHOPPE Vitamin Shoppe Inc. has hired Colin Watts as its CEO. Watts will also be- come a member of the board of directors. Watts will succeed Tony Truesdale who announced in September 2014 his plans to retire in June 2015 after more than nine years of service at the Vitamin Shoppe. Watts most recently served as president with Weight Watchers Health Solutions. Prior to Weight Watchers, he held the role of chief innovation officer at Walgreens. AEROPOSTALE Aeropostale Inc. has made two executive appointments that realign responsibilities and strengthen its leadership team. Marc Miller , executive vice president and CFO, has been appointed executive vice presi- dent and COO. Miller joined Aeropostale in 2005 as vice president of strategic plan- ning and new business development. In his new role, Miller will be responsible for all aspects of supply chain management, in- cluding production, planning and alloca- tion, and logistics, real estate and construc- tion. He will continue to report to CEO Julian R. Geiger . In addition, David Dick will join the company as senior vice president and CFO. Until 2014, Dick served as the senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of dELiA*s Inc. He will also report to Geiger. BERNARDS Bernards, a commer- cial builder headquar- tered in Los Angeles, has appointed Joseph Didone to the posi- tion of vice president. In his role, Didone will provide executive-level oversight for complex Bernards projects. Di- done is a 27-year veteran of the construc- tion industry. During his career, he has man- aged a number of high-profile construction projects. PETLAND Petland Inc. has hired Tony Samples as vice president of corporate stores. Sam- ples will lead Petland's retail store division and oversee the company's merchandis- ing and marketing efforts. He joins Pet- land from Wal-Mart Stores. SRS REAL ESTATE PARTNERS SRS Real Estate Part- ners has added Woody McMinn as president of North American brokerage in the Dal- las corporate head- quarters. A new role at SRS, this position will support SRS's strategy for substantial growth and commitment to local market offices to provide strategy and support. McMinn will be responsible for North American brokerage operations, leading market leaders and their respective teams, en- couraging collaboration across markets and leading recruiting efforts to grow brokerage, offices, operations and pro- ductivity. McMinn most recently worked with United Commercial Realty as COO where he oversaw company-wide opera- tions including human resources, corpo- rate real estate, information technology, finance and broker support. CBL & ASSOCIATES CBL & Associates Properties Inc. has added Monique Berke to its team as vice president of business transformation. Berke will be responsible for overseeing project teams and implementation of the company's business and technology initia- tives. Berke has more than 25 years of experience in consulting, operations and human resources in the financial services industry. Prior to joining CBL, she served in various leadership positions at Unum Group in Chattanooga. She founded and served as principal of Berke Coaching & Consulting for eight years and served as chief operating officer and vice president for external affairs at The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies. LA-Z-BOY La-Z-Boy Inc. has appointed Jeffrey Fink as vice president, real estate. He will report to Mark Bacon , senior vice president and president, La-Z-Boy Brand- ed Business. Fink will have overall respon- sibility for real estate development for the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries network, as well as for corporate-operated locations. Fink joins La-Z-Boy from Jo-Ann Stores LLC, where he was senior vice president, real estate and lease administration. Pitchford Pierson Didone McMinn

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