Leadership

  • 1 Don Wood

    Don Wood

    • President – Chief Executive Officer, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Federal Realty is one of the oldest real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the country and was formed in 1962 here in the Washington D.C. area. Federal is a publicly owned company trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:FRT). The company is a proven leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of some of the best recognized and special retail destinations in the country including Bethesda Row, Pentagon Row and Congressional Plaza in suburban D.C.; Santana Row and Third Street Promenade in California; Barracks Road in Charlottesville Virginia and 80 more interesting and community-enhancing shopping environments.

    The company is and has been guided by New Jersey native Don Wood since 2002 who, along with a dedicated and passionate management team and their staffs, is committed to a philosophy of balance in all that they do. From environmental and socially responsible initiatives and operations, to supporting the communities in which they do business, to the creation of true retail social destinations that improve the quality of life for many, to providing a superior return to its stakeholders; Federal Realty is proud of its long history and corporate citizenry.

    Don has been with Federal Realty since 1998, where he is a Trustee and has served in positions from Chief Financial Officer to Chief Operating Officer to President before being named its Chief Executive in 2002. Prior to his affiliation with Federal, Don spent 8 years at New York-based ITT Corporation where he served in various capacities, including Deputy Controller and Chief Financial Officer, of wholly-owned subsidiary Caesars World, Inc. The first 7 years of his career were spent at accounting firm Arthur Andersen, leaving in 1989 to work for client Donald Trump as the Vice President of Finance for the newly acquired Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

    Don is very active charitably through his work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2002, Don took the reins of the Breath of Life Gala, at the time a fledgling event supporting Cystic Fibrosis research, and, with the help of a committed and tenacious team of volunteers and CFF staffers, grew the Gala into what has consistently been one of the most financially and experientially successful events in Washington D.C. and the number one gala nationally for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Don’s daughter, Rachel, was born with the genetic disease.

    Don received his Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State College in 1982, where he graduated with honors and subsequently received his CPA from the state of New Jersey. He is the immediate past chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), a Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), a member of the Real Estate Roundtable (RER), and also serves on the Board and Chairs the Investment and Strategic Advisory Committee of Post Properties (NYSE:PPS), an Atlanta-based apartment company. He is also a member of the U.S. Capital Chapter of the World President’s Organization (WPO), and was previously named “Entrepreneur of the Year in Real Estate” by professional services firm Ernst and Young. He has been married to Stacey Sykes Wood for 23 years and has four children who he is immensely proud of named Ian (21), Jason (19), Kevin (17) and Rachel (17).

  • 2 Dawn Becker

    Dawn Becker

    • Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Dawn Becker is Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer of Federal Realty Investment Trust. In that capacity, Ms. Becker is responsible for directing the strategy and day-to-day activities of the Trust’s real estate portfolio. Ms. Becker also serves as the Trust’s General Counsel and Secretary with responsibility for all of the Trust’s legal matters.

    Ms. Becker joined Federal Realty in 1997, and was named Chief Operating Officer in 2010 and General Counsel and Secretary in 2002. Ms. Becker also advises the Trust’s Board on corporate governance issues and serves as a member of the Trust’s Investment Committee.

    Ms. Becker received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Bucknell University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Stanford University School of Law. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute.

  • 3 Jim Taylor

    Jim Taylor

    • Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Jim Taylor is the Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In addition to his duties as the CFO, Mr. Taylor is responsible for sourcing and evaluating business development and strategic opportunities for the Trust. Mr. Taylor also serves as a member of the Trust’s Investment Committee. Mr. Taylor brings a deep understanding of the Trust’s business strengths and disciplined balance sheet strategy, having worked as a valued partner to the Trust over the last 13 years.

    Prior to joining Federal Realty, Mr. Taylor served as the Senior Managing Director and head of real estate investment banking at of Eastdil Secured / Wells Fargo, an industry leader in real estate debt, equity and M&A. Mr. Taylor successfully completed over $100 billion of public debt and equity offerings, M&A transactions, asset and portfolio sales, private equity placements, mortgage financings, and bank loans for his real estate clients. Prior to joining Eastdil Secured, Mr. Taylor practiced corporate and securities law at Hunton & Williams, where he represented both issuers and underwriters in public and private equity offerings, debt offerings and M&A transactions, with a focus on equity REITs. Mr. Taylor also worked as a senior accountant for Price Waterhouse in Washington, D.C.

    Mr. Taylor graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors of Science in Commerce in 1988 and Juris Doctor in 1994. Mr. Taylor is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute.

  • 4 Chris Weilminster

    Chris Weilminster

    • Executive Vice President - Real Estate and Leasing, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Mr. Weilminster is Executive Vice President – Real Estate and Leasing for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this capacity, Mr. Weilminster is responsible for all leasing and merchandising for the Trust's shopping center properties, redevelopment and new development projects. In addition, he is also responsible for identifying hotel and office partners for Federal Realty's mixed-use projects. Mr. Weilminster also serves as a member of the Trust's Investment Committee.

    Mr. Weilminster joined the Trust in 1990 as a small shop-leasing associate with primary responsibility for the Trust's Washington, D.C. area properties. In 1996, he was promoted to Anchor Tenant Leasing. He was promoted to Vice President-Anchor Tenant Leasing in 2000 and to Senior Vice President-Leasing in 2005.

    Mr. Weilminster completed graduate work in Real Estate Development at Johns Hopkins University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Weilminster is also an Advisory Board member for Neediest Kids, a program of the National Center for Children and Families.

  • 5 Jeff Berkes

    Jeff Berkes

    • President – West Coast, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Jeff Berkes is President—West Coast for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this capacity, Mr. Berkes is responsible for leading the Trust’s West Coast Leasing, Development, Asset Management, and Acquisitions teams; achieving corporate P & L goals; and growing the Trust’s West Coast portfolio. Prior to his current role, Mr. Berkes was the Trust’s Chief Investment Officer since 2004. Mr. Berkes also serves as a member of the Trust’s Executive, Investment, and Finance Committees. Mr. Berkes is located in the Trust's West Coast Headquarters at Santana Row in San Jose, California.

    Prior to joining Federal Realty in 2000, Mr. Berkes was Vice President of Acquisitions and Finance for Velsor Properties, a Northern Virginia-based private real estate investment firm. He served as Director of Acquisitions for Federal Realty from April 1997 to August 1998. Prior to joining Federal Realty in 1997, Mr. Berkes was Vice President of Acquisitions for Heitman Financial/JMB Institutional Realty Corp. He also worked as a loan officer for ITT Real Estate Services and as a Regional Investment Analyst for CB/Richard Ellis prior to joining JMB.

    Mr. Berkes has an undergraduate degree in Finance and Real Estate from University of Denver and a Masters of Business Administration in International Finance from George Washington University. Mr. Berkes is an active member of The George Washington University Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis Advisory Board, Urban Land Institute, and International Council of Shopping Centers.

  • 6 Don Briggs

    Don Briggs

    • President – Boston and Senior Vice President – Development, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Don Briggs is President – Boston and Senior Vice President – Development for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this capacity, Mr. Briggs is responsible for managing the Trust’s national pipeline of large scale development and leading the Trust’s office in New England. Mr. Briggs also serves as a member of the Trust’s Investment and Executive Committees.

    With over 15 years’ experience in real estate development and the construction industry, Mr. Briggs has been responsible for the development of several mixed-use projects and public/private endeavors including the development of Rockville Town Square, phases of Bethesda Row, phases of Santana Row, and currently Assembly Square and Pike & Rose.

    Prior to joining Federal Realty in 2000, Mr. Briggs worked as a Development Manager for Cousins Properties and with Whiting-Turner Contracting Company as a senior project manager. Mr. Briggs has a degree in Architecture from the University of Florida. He currently serves as a board member for NAIOP Massachusetts, a board member for A Better City, and on the Advisory Panel for ULI Boston.

  • 7 Debbie Colson

    Debbie Colson

    • Senior Vice President – Legal Operations, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Debbie Colson is Senior Vice President – Legal Operations for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this position, Ms. Colson oversees Federal Realty's legal leasing function, which includes "Main Street" properties, new development projects and shopping center properties, as well as well as property management and litigation matters.

    Ms. Colson joined Federal Realty in 1995 and was promoted to Director – Legal Leasing in 1998. In 2000, Ms. Colson was named Vice President – Legal Leasing, and in 2002 assumed the position of Vice President – Legal Operations. Later in 2005, Ms. Colson was promoted to Senior Vice President – Legal Operations.

    Before joining Federal Realty, Ms. Colson specialized in real estate-related transactional work for major retailers such as Hechinger Company, American Stores Company, and Amoco Oil Company. Ms. Colson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Cum Laude, and the University of Maryland School of Law.

  • 8 Lisa Bradley

    Lisa Bradley

    • Vice President – Information Technology and Special Projects, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Ms. Bradley is Vice President – Information Technology and Special Projects for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this capacity, she directs all information and telecommunications systems and resources for the Trust and its subsidiaries.

    Prior to joining Federal Realty in 1990, Ms. Bradley was a consulting manager for Grant Thornton where she was responsible for evaluating, implementing and supporting systems for clients, including Federal Realty. Before working for Grant Thornton, she was a systems engineer for a large systems integration firm.

    Ms. Bradley has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. She is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and the Computer Security Institute.

  • 9 Barry Carty

    Barry Carty

    • Vice President – East Coast Acquisitions, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Mr. Carty is Vice President – East Coast Acquisitions for Federal Realty Investment Trust. Mr. Carty joined Federal Realty in 2000 as a senior financial analyst, was promoted to director of acquisitions in 2003, senior director in 2007 and vice president in 2011. He has been responsible for acquisitions for the Trust's East Coast regions for the past ten years, and has over 15 years of financial analysis and acquisitions experience.

    Prior to joining the Trust, Mr. Carty was a Senior Real Estate analyst at HFF, L.P., a mortgage banking firm specializing in debt placement, equity, structured financing, property sales and loan servicing. His experience includes analysis, submission and closing of real estate loans and property sales, including due diligence and market research.

    Mr. Carty received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a programs committee member for ICSC in South Florida.

  • 10 Evan Goldman

    Evan Goldman

    • Vice President – Development, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Evan Goldman is Vice President – Development for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this capacity, Mr. Goldman manages the redevelopment of Mid-Pike Plaza in North Bethesda, Maryland and other redevelopment opportunities in Federal Realty's portfolio.

    Mr. Goldman joined Federal Realty in July 2008 with ten years of experience in development, finance, and architecture. Prior to joining Federal Realty, he was a Partner at the Holladay Corporation, a mixed-use development company in Washington, D.C., where he began his involvement with the White Flint Partnership. He has also worked as an Associate for Tishman Speyer Properties and as Vice President of Design for LeRoy Adventures.

    Mr. Goldman holds a MBA in Real Estate and Finance from the Wharton Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University. He serves on both the Advisory Board and the Management Committee of the Urban Land Institute Washington.

  • 11 John Hendrickson

    John Hendrickson

    • Vice President – Northeast Region Chief Operating Officer, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Mr. Hendrickson is Vice President – Northeast Region Chief Operating Officer for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this capacity, Mr. Hendrickson directs the strategy and day-to-day activities for the Trust's Northeast region which includes properties located from suburban Baltimore, Maryland to suburban Boston, Massachusetts plus suburban Chicago totaling nearly ten million square feet.

    Mr. Hendrickson joined the Trust in 1998 heading the Trust's development analysis department and then later joined the acquisitions department where he was responsible for the execution of all property acquisitions, dispositions, and property-secured debt for the Trust.

    Prior to joining Federal Realty, Mr. Hendrickson was Area Manager for Acquisitions and Development for Grosvenor International, a privately held international real estate development firm located in Washington, D.C. While at Grosvenor, Mr. Hendrickson directed the company's eastern U.S. acquisition and disposition program.

    Mr. Hendrickson has a bachelor's in business administration from The George Washington University.

  • 12 Patrick Inaba

    Patrick Inaba

    • Vice President – Construction and Tenant Services, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Patrick Inaba is the Vice President – Construction and Tenant Services for Federal Realty Investment Trust. Mr. In this capacity, Mr. Inaba manages all tasks related planning, documenting and delivery of all work required by new tenant leases throughout the Trust's portfolio. With an annual construction budget of approximately $20 million, Mr. Inaba and his team fulfill the design, planning, entitlement and build out requirements associated with the roughly 300 leases signed each year for anchor and small shop space.

    Mr. Inaba has over 20 years’ experience in the positions of group Vice President, Tenant Services at The Mills Corporation and Director, Design and Construction for the Diedrich Coffee Corporation. Mr. Inaba is an instructor of Construction and Tenant Coordination for the ICSC JTR School of professional development.

    Mr. Inaba holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California Irvine, a California General Contractor’s License , a SCDP designation (Senior Certified Development, Design and Construction Professional), and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

  • 13 Mike Kelleher

    Mike Kelleher

    • Vice President – Specialty Leasing, Retail and Office, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Mike Kelleher is Vice President – Specialty Leasing, Retail and Office for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this role, Mr. Kelleher manages and directs the specialty leasing activities at the Trust’s properties. This includes the short term leasing of in-line space, sponsorships, corporate partnerships, common area leasing, advertising and programing. During Mr. Kelleher’s tenure, the Specialty Leasing program at Federal Realty has grown significantly. In addition, Mr. Kelleher leases office space on a long term basis at properties in New York, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

    Mr. Kelleher has almost 20 years of experience in management, sales, and marketing prior to joining the Trust. He previously served as Vice President and General Manager with the Rouse Company, and later General Growth Properties, at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a historic festival marketplace in downtown Boston. During his time there, Mr. Kelleher oversaw the $30 million renovation of the historic property and led the operations, leasing, specialty leasing, and marketing efforts as well as the celebration of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s 25th anniversary.

  • 14 Jeff Kreshek

    Jeff Kreshek

    • Vice President – Leasing West Coast, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Jeff Kreshek is Vice President – West Coast Leasing for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this capacity, Mr. Kreshek oversees the day to day leasing activities of the west coast portfolio. Primary responsibilities include sourcing new retailer relationships, negotiating all leases and lease related documents, and overseeing and directing third party real estate professionals.

    Prior to joining Federal Realty, Mr. Kreshek was the Principal in charge of leasing for The CIM Group where he was responsible for formulating the leasing strategy on CIM’s commercial portfolio of approximately twelve million square feet. Prior to joining The CIM Group, Mr. Kreshek was the Vice President of Development and Operations for Regent Properties, Inc. and before that, Mr. Kreshek formed and operated Vision Property Management, Inc., a full service real estate development, leasing and management company. Mr. Kreshek brings over 23 years of experience to the Trust in leasing, entitlements, property and asset management with an emphasis on redeveloping and repositioning underperforming and functionally obsolete assets.

    Mr. Kreshek received his undergraduate degree in Real Estate Finance, his Masters of Business Administration and his Masters of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. In addition, Mr. Kreshek holds the Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS), Certified Property Manager (CPM), Senior Certified Shopping Center Manager (SCSM), Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM) designations, and retains his position as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Southern California, teaching Retail Development in the Masters of Real Estate Development program.

  • 15 Robin McBride

    Robin McBride

    • Vice President – Mid-Atlantic Region Chief Operating Officer, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Robin McBride is Vice President – Mid-Atlantic Region Chief Operating Officer for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this capacity, Ms. McBride directs the strategy and day-to-day activities for the Trust’s Mid-Atlantic Region which includes properties located in the DC Metro Area – Maryland, DC and Virginia; Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Florida, totaling more than 7.3 million square feet. Ms. McBride joined the Trust in 2004 and has managed the development financial analysis department as well as asset managed the Trust’s most complicated mixed-use development projects.

    Ms. McBride has over 20 years of experience in real estate, retail asset management and accounting from prior positions with Ernst & Young, Lend Lease Real Estate Investments and KeyBank Real Estate Capital. She is also a certified public accountant and holds both a MBA from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida A&M University.

  • 16 Seth Bland

    Seth Bland

    • Vice President – Development West Coast, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Seth Bland is Vice President – Development West Coast for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this capacity, Mr. Bland is responsible for overseeing the strategy and execution of the Trust’s development activities on the West Coast, including managing the Trust’s West Coast Development Team.

    In his nearly thirty years as a developer in the Bay Area, including ten as a partner at Wilson Meany Sullivan, Mr. Bland has directly managed the successful development (or redevelopment) of, among more than 40 stand-alone projects: high-rise, transit-oriented mixed-use residential/retail such as The Beacon and Glassworks in San Francisco and The 88 in San Jose; the West Coast’s tallest historic renovation, of the 1925 140 New Montgomery Street in San Francisco; and urban mid-rise multifamily such as Shipley Square, 350 Jackson, and Field House at Bay Meadows. He is an active member of ULI and SPUR, and has degrees from Saint Mary’s College and Stanford University.

  • 17 Wendy Seher

    Wendy Seher

    • Vice President – Leasing, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Wendy Seher is Vice President – Leasing for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this capacity, Ms. Seher oversees the day to day leasing activities throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions as well as leasing anchor space throughout the portfolio. Ms. Seher joined Federal Realty in 2002 and has more than 25 years of experience within the retail real estate industry.

    Prior to joining Federal Realty, Ms. Seher was a principal with the J. Donegan Company, a Northern Virginia-based private real estate development company, where she managed new development leasing, third-party leasing, and tenant representation. Previously, Ms. Seher worked for Peterson Company and Fried Companies in a variety of leasing capacities.

    Ms. Seher earned a bachelor's in business administration from University of Maryland, College Park. She is also an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

  • 18 Melissa Solis

    Melissa Solis

    • Vice President – Chief Accounting Officer, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Melissa Solis is Vice President – Chief Accounting Officer for Federal Realty Investment Trust. Ms. Solis joined Federal Realty in 2007 as Controller and was promoted to Vice President – Chief Accounting Officer in 2011, and has over 10 years of financial accounting and audit experience.

    Prior to joining the Trust, Mrs. Solis was a senior manager at Ernst & Young in the assurance and advisory business services group specializing in real estate. Her experience includes audit, accounting for complex real estate transactions, financial reporting and analysis, SEC reporting as well as expertise with respect to internal controls.

    Mrs. Solis is a Certified Public Accountant and has a bachelor's degree with a double major in accounting and finance from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

  • 19 Jan Sweetnam

    Jan Sweetnam

    • Vice President – Western Region Chief Operating Officer, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Jan Sweetnam is Vice President—Western Region Chief Operating Officer for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this capacity, Mr. Sweetnam directs the strategy and day-to-day activities for the Trust's Western Region which includes properties located from California to Florida totaling nearly four million square feet. Mr. Sweetnam also serves as a member of the Trust's Investment Committee. Mr. Sweetnam joined the Trust in 1997 as Acquisitions Director and in 1998 assumed the responsibility of redeveloping the Trust's Street Retail assets in Santa Monica, San Diego, Pasadena and Los Angeles, CA.

    Prior to joining Federal Realty, Mr. Sweetnam was Vice President - Director of Acquisitions with CB Richard Ellis Investors. He was responsible for the acquisition of investment properties in the Midwest and Southwest regions of the United States for pension fund clients such as the State of Utah, Building Investment Trust and CalPERS. Mr. Sweetnam joined CB Richard Ellis Investors in 1990 where he also served as Portfolio Manager for community shopping centers, Marketing Director for urban office buildings and Leasing Director for industrial properties. From 1986 through 1988 he was employed by Julien J. Studley as a real estate investment sales broker in Los Angeles.

    Mr. Sweetnam received a Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is an active member of the Northern and Southern California real estate committees.

  • 20 John Tschiderer

    John Tschiderer

    • Vice President – Development, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    John Tschiderer is Vice President – Development for Federal Realty Investment Trust. In this capacity, Mr. Tschiderer is responsible for the comprehensive direction and management of all phases of project development and redevelopment for Federal Realty's core portfolio. John has been instrumental in managing projects ranging from public-private partnerships, mixed-use development to core portfolio redevelopment. His responsibilities include site development feasibility analyses, development program master planning, land use entitlement, and design and construction management.

    Mr. Tschiderer has been active in the land development industry for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Federal Realty in 1998, he worked with Faison Associates as Managing Director of Retail Development, and before that, with Western Development Corporation as Vice President of Development.

    Mr. Tschiderer has a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers where he serves on the Center Build Planning Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Bethesda Green, a nonprofit partnership promoting sustainable growth and living practices in Bethesda, Maryland and sits on the President’s Advisory Council at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Board of Trustees

  • 1 Don Wood

    Don Wood

    • President – Chief Executive Officer, Federal Realty Investment Trust

    Federal Realty is one of the oldest real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the country and was formed in 1962 here in the Washington D.C. area. Federal is a publicly owned company trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:FRT). The company is a proven leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of some of the best recognized and special retail destinations in the country including Bethesda Row, Pentagon Row and Congressional Plaza in suburban D.C.; Santana Row and Third Street Promenade in California; Barracks Road in Charlottesville Virginia and 80 more interesting and community-enhancing shopping environments.

    The company is and has been guided by New Jersey native Don Wood since 2002 who, along with a dedicated and passionate management team and their staffs, is committed to a philosophy of balance in all that they do. From environmental and socially responsible initiatives and operations, to supporting the communities in which they do business, to the creation of true retail social destinations that improve the quality of life for many, to providing a superior return to its stakeholders; Federal Realty is proud of its long history and corporate citizenry.

    Don has been with Federal Realty since 1998, where he is a Trustee and has served in positions from Chief Financial Officer to Chief Operating Officer to President before being named its Chief Executive in 2002. Prior to his affiliation with Federal, Don spent 8 years at New York-based ITT Corporation where he served in various capacities, including Deputy Controller and Chief Financial Officer, of wholly-owned subsidiary Caesars World, Inc. The first 7 years of his career were spent at accounting firm Arthur Andersen, leaving in 1989 to work for client Donald Trump as the Vice President of Finance for the newly acquired Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

    Don is very active charitably through his work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2002, Don took the reins of the Breath of Life Gala, at the time a fledgling event supporting Cystic Fibrosis research, and, with the help of a committed and tenacious team of volunteers and CFF staffers, grew the Gala into what has consistently been one of the most financially and experientially successful events in Washington D.C. and the number one gala nationally for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Don’s daughter, Rachel, was born with the genetic disease.

    Don received his Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State College in 1982, where he graduated with honors and subsequently received his CPA from the state of New Jersey. He is the immediate past chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), a Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), a member of the Real Estate Roundtable (RER), and also serves on the Board and Chairs the Investment and Strategic Advisory Committee of Post Properties (NYSE:PPS), an Atlanta-based apartment company. He is also a member of the U.S. Capital Chapter of the World President’s Organization (WPO), and was previously named “Entrepreneur of the Year in Real Estate” by professional services firm Ernst and Young. He has been married to Stacey Sykes Wood for 23 years and has four children who he is immensely proud of named Ian (21), Jason (19), Kevin (17) and Rachel (17).

  • 2 Jon E. Bortz

    Jon E. Bortz

    • CEO, President and Chairman, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

    Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman and a Trustee of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, a REIT that acquires and operates upper upscale hotels in large US cities (from 2009 to the present); Chief Executive Officer and a Trustee (from 1998 to 2009), President (from 1998 to 2008) and Chairman of the Board (from 2001 to 2009) of LaSalle Hotel Properties, a multitenant, multi-operator hotel REIT; and various real estate related positions with Jones Lang LaSalle (from 1981 to 1998). Mr. Bortz brings to the Board public company, REIT and real estate experience. His experience as chief executive officer of LaSalle Hotel Properties and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust provide a valuable perspective for running a public real estate company while his real estate experience at Jones Lang LaSalle provides fundamental real estate and development experience critical to our core business.

  • 3 David W. Faeder

    David W. Faeder

    • Managing Partner, Fountain Square Properties

    Managing Partner of Fountain Square Properties, a diversified real estate company, since 2003; Vice Chairman (from 2000 to 2003), President (from 1997 to 2000) and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (from 1993 to 1997) of Sunrise Senior Living, Inc., a provider of senior living services in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada; Vice President of Credit Suisse First Boston (formerly First Boston Corporation) from 1991 to 1993, directing the real estate advisory business for the RTC in the Washington, DC area; Vice President of Morgan Stanley and Company, Inc., a brokerage firm, from 1984 to 1991 specializing in real estate transactions and financings; and prior to that time, various accounting positions with Ernst and Whinney, Better Homes of Virginia, and Goodman and Company. Mr. Faeder is a valuable member of the Board because of his public company and accounting experience, having previously served as president of Sunrise Senior Living, and his real estate investment experience from his time as a private real estate investor.

  • 4 Kristin Gamble

    Kristin Gamble

    • President, Flood Gamble Associates, Inc.

    President of Flood, Gamble Associates, Inc., an investment counseling firm, since 1984; and prior to that time, various management positions with responsibility for investments and investment research with brokerage firms and other financial services companies. Director of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., a furniture manufacturer and retailer. Ms. Gamble benefits the Board through her broad financial related experience from an investor perspective, including as President of her own investment counseling company for over 20 years, and before that, as an executive with responsibility for investments and investment research with various brokerage firms and other financial services companies.

  • 5 Gail P. Steinel

    Gail P. Steinel

    • Owner, Executive Advisors

    Owner of Executive Advisors (from 2007 to present), which provides consulting services to chief executive officers and leadership seminars to companies, and currently sits on the Board for DAI, a DC-area global development company. Executive Vice President with BearingPoint, Inc. (from 2002 to 2007), a management and technology consulting firm that provides application services, technology solutions and managed services to companies and government organizations with responsibility for overseeing the global commercial services business unit; global managing partner and a founding member of Arthur Andersen’s business consulting practice (from 1984 to 2002). Director of MTS Systems Corporation, a provider of mechanical test systems, material testing, fatigue testing and tensile testing equipment as well as motion simulation systems and calibration services. Ms. Steinel has over 25 years of auditing and consulting experience that provides the Board with a helpful perspective on managing risk and systems operations.

  • 6 Warren M. Thompson

    Warren M. Thompson

    • President and Chairman, Thompson Hospitality Corporation

    President and Chairman of Thompson Hospitality Corporation, a food service company that owns and operates restaurants and contract food services, since founding the company in October 1992. Mr. Thompson is the president, chairman and founder of his own private food service company, Thompson Hospitality Corporation, since 1992. Mr. Thompson’s experience running restaurants owned by Thompson Hospitality provides the Board and management with a unique perspective that is shared by a large percentage of the Trust’s retail tenants.

  • 7 Joseph S. Vassalluzzo

    Joseph S. Vassalluzzo

    • Chairman, Federal Realty Investment Trust
    • Former Vice Chairman, Staples, Inc.

    Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees since February 2006; Mr. Vassalluzzo was Vice Chairman of Staples, Inc. (from 2000 to 2005), a retailer specializing in home, office, and computer products, with responsibility for overseeing domestic and international growth in its retail and commercial operations; various other officer positions with Staples’ and Staples Realty & Development, a subsidiary of Staples, Inc. (from 1997 to 2000); former Director of iParty Corp., a premier multi-channel party supply and party planning company; Lead Director of Life Time Fitness, Inc., an operator of distinctive and large sports, athletic, fitness and family recreation centers; Chairman of the Board of Visitors to the College of Education at Temple University and also a member of its President's Council; and, a nominee to Office Depot's Board of Directors. Mr. Vassalluzzo’s extensive background in retail and real estate as a result of having served as an executive with Staples, expanding the real estate owned by Staples Realty & Development, a subsidiary of Staples, Inc. for over 10 years and serving on the boards of a number of retailers provides the board and management with retail and retail real estate expertise that is essential to our core business.

Leadership

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