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Christopher Curry – Senior Executive Vice President, Development

Chris_CurryChristopher J. Curry is Senior Executive Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation reporting to Grant Herlitz. Previously, Mr. Curry established TPMC’s California office, as its President and led TPMC’s real estate development business. Mr. Curry has over 20 years of commercial real estate development experience.

Mr. Curry served as Vice President of Development for Forest City Commercial Development. While with Forest City, Mr. Curry supported over 10 million square feet of proposed mixed-use development projects in California and Texas. Previously, Mr. Curry was Vice President of Development for Westfield Corporation, where he was responsible for redeveloping regional malls in the Western U.S. Mr. Curry was Vice President of Real Estate and Business Development for The Sports Club Company.

Mr. Curry received his M.B.A. in Finance from New York University and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge. He is a licensed real estate broker in California, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a full member of the Urban Land Institute and is currently serving on the ULI Council for Commercial & Retail Development (Gold). Mr. Curry also serves on the Executive Committee for the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California.

 

John Simon - Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning

John SimonJohn Simon is Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning for The Howard Hughes Corporation reporting to David Weinreb. Mr. Simon has over 35 years of experience in virtually every aspect of real estate development. During his career Mr. Simon has worked in over 100 communities across the country and internationally. His responsibilities include planning for the Company’s full portfolio and development pipeline.

After spending 27 years with the Taubman Company Mr. Simon started his own consulting firm where he again worked with Taubman in the pursuit of international retail development opportunities and partnerships in Japan, South Korea, China, Qatar, and Dubai. He also provided strategic and project planning services to various organizations including Disneyworld Orlando, FL., the Lake Nona master planned community, Orlando, Fl., and the Downtown Denver Partnership. Most recently as an equity partner and CEO of Pineapple Square Properties LLC., Mr. Simon led the development of a $200 million mixed-use project in downtown Sarasota, FL.

At the Taubman Company Mr. Simon was Senior Vice President and Managing Director and for 10 years he oversaw all of the company’s development activities. Mr. Simon worked on over 40 major projects at Taubman including overseeing the unprecedented task of opening four regional centers the same year totaling over one billion dollars in project costs; all projects were opened on time and within budget. He joined Taubman as in-house traffic engineer after working as a transportation consultant on development projects for Rouse, Jacobs and Goodman.

 

Peter G. Doyle, FAIA, LEED AP – Executive Vice President, Design and Construction

Peter_DoylePeter Doyle is the Executive Vice President, Design and Construction for The Howard Hughes Corporation, overseeing the execution of key development projects; he reports to Grant Herlitz. Mr. Doyle was directly involved in the planning and construction of well over $5 billion of buildings. Mr. Doyle has a depth of experience in delivering projects of every size and type, which is unusual in the construction industry. Combining his design, construction and development experience allows him to provide very valuable input to his projects. Mr. Doyle’s work includes the Biosphere Visitor’s Center in Arizona; a 16,000-seat arena in Miami, Florida; renovation of the Checkers Hotel in Los Angeles; Terminal C at Bush Intercontinental Airport; and Horseshoe Casinos.

Additionally, Mr. Doyle has a broad range of retail experience with a distinct competitive advantage in developing projects: Alameda Mall & Northwest Mall in Houston; Northcross Mall in Austin; Neiman Marcus; Kohl’s; Nordstrom Rack stores; and Horseshoe Casino’s in Bossier City and Tunica. Mr. Doyle directed the delivery of four major high-rise residential projects, which include Mosaic Towers (800 units) in Houston; the 22-story Wood Development, Glass House project in Dallas; and the 44 story (400 unit) 360 projects in Austin Texas. Mr. Doyle’s career has included 26 years with Linbeck Construction and 10 years with JE Dunn; he was the President and CEO for one of their divisions.

Mr. Doyle received his Master of Arts in Architecture from Rice University (1967) and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University (1987).

 

Mark Bulmash, CRX – Senior Vice President, Development

Mark BulmashMark Bulmash is Senior Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation reporting to Grant Herlitz. He oversees the Central and Southeast region, which includes projects in Charlotte, Miami, Birmingham, New Orleans and Dallas. Mr. Bulmash is a 25-year veteran of retail real estate, who spent time at the Taubman Company, Related Companies and Forest City Enterprises. He is also a member of the inaugural class of ICSC's Certified Retail Property Executives (CRX).

Most recently, Mr. Bulmash led his own company advising owners, developers and municipalities on retail and mixed-use projects. Prior to that, he spent four years with Forest City as Senior Vice President Development leading commercial and mixed-use developments managing a team of 47 people. Key projects included: The Promenade Bolingbrook; The Shops at Wiregrass; The Village at Gulfstream Park; and White Oaks Village. Mr. Bulmash spent 17 years with Taubman, the last four as Group Vice President. Key projects included The Shops at Willow Bend and The Mall at Wellington Green. He also directed major renovations and/or additions to regional shopping centers, including Briarwood, Lakeforest, Twelve Oaks, Stamford Town Center and Woodland. Mr. Bulmash was also Senior Vice President for Related Urban Development where he led efforts to develop The Palladium in Birmingham, MI. He began his career as an architect at Clarke & Caton in Trenton, New Jersey.

Mr. Bulmash earned his MBA from The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania and his MCP, Physical Planning and Economic Development from The University of Pennsylvania. He earned his BS Architecture from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

John E. DeWolf – Senior Vice President Maryland, Development

DeWolfJohn E. DeWolf is Senior Vice President for The Howard Hughes Corporation leading strategic developments in Baltimore, MD. Alexandria, VA. and Princeton N.J. Mr. DeWolf reports to Grant Herlitz.

Mr. DeWolf has over 30 years of real estate experience including leading his own consulting practice guiding real estate strategy, portfolio management and start-up guidance for multi-billion dollar businesses. Mr. DeWolf was Executive Vice President Real Estate/Strategic Initiatives for New York & Company where he oversaw the addition of 225 stores, the closing of 100 stores, and downsizing of over 250 stores. Previously, Mr. DeWolf had senior positions with New England Development, Woolworth Corporation and The Disney Stores, Inc.

Mr. DeWolf began his career as real estate counsel for Pyramid Companies and spent over 10 years with The Limited as their first in-house attorney. He eventually co-led The Limited’s real estate department reporting directly to the company’s CEO, Les Wexner. In one year he oversaw the addition of 700 new stores and added over two million square feet to the company’s retail base. Mr. DeWolf graduated from Syracuse University earning his B.S. in 1977 and J.D. in 1979.

 

 

Steven L. Robinson – Senior Vice President, Construction

Steven L. Robinson is Senior Vice President, Construction for The Howard Hughes Corporation reporting to Chris Curry. Mr. Robinson has had extensive hands-on experience and executive roles with leading owner/developers. Project experience includes major commercial, mixed-use, corporate, retail/ entertainment and multi-family residential, with many projects valued in excess of $100 million.

Mr. Robinson has studied Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Public Assembly Facility Management at Oglebay National Training Center for Public Facility Managers, and Architectural and Structural Design and Detailing at Howard Institute of Technology.

 

Susi S. Yu – Senior Vice President, Development

Susi S. Yu is Senior Vice President of Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation reporting to Chris Curry. In this role, she is leading the planning efforts for the future mixed-use development at the renowned South Street Seaport located in Lower Manhattan.

Prior to joining Howard Hughes in 2013, Ms. Yu served as Senior Vice President for Forest City Ratner Companies. During her 12 year tenure with Forest City Ratner, Ms. Yu led the development of large scale, mixed-use urban projects, including the development of 8 Spruce Street, a 1.1 million square foot, 896 unit rental building designed by Frank Gehry, and the development of B2, the first residential building of the Atlantic Yards. Previously she worked for 10 years as an architect and served as a Project Architect for Robert A.M. Stern on hotel, public, multi-family residential and single-family residential projects.

Trained as an architect at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, Ms. Yu is a graduate of Columbia University’s Master of Science in Real Estate Development Program and is a registered architect in New York State.

 

Nicholas D. Vanderboom – Senior Vice President, Development

Nick_VanderboomNicholas D. Vanderboom is Senior Vice President, Development, leading all development activities for the company's Hawaii assets, which include Ala Moana and Ward Village; he reports to Chris Curry. In this role, Mr. Vanderboom touches all facets of the development process, including entitlements, community relations, leasing, marketing, design and construction. Mr. Vanderboom is also active with corporate initiatives and works with senior management on development, strategic planning and communications.

Previously, Mr. Vanderboom worked as Vice President of Development for TPMC California where he assisted in performing a comprehensive due diligence analysis and creating a transition plan for HHC assets with a focus on future development and redevelopment projects. Prior to TPMC, he spent two years working as an independent real estate consultant; the majority of that time was spent working at Forest City Enterprises, an NYSE-listed real estate company, performing a wide range of functions on development projects in California, Texas, Nevada and Hawaii. Mr. Vanderboom also worked extensively with Allan D. Kotin & Associates, a Los Angeles based industry leading public-private joint venture consulting firm, where he worked with both public and private clients, including Forest City.

Mr. Vanderboom earned a Master of Real Estate Development in 2007 from the University of Southern California and received his undergraduate degree in Business from USC in 2006. He was also a tight end on USC’s football team from 2002‐2006; and played five seasons under Pete Carroll, winning two National Championships and five Pac-10 Championships.

 

Sherveen Baftechi – Vice President, Construction

Sherveen Baftechi is Vice President, Construction for The Howard Hughes Corporation and is responsible for the redevelopment of South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan. Mr. Baftechi reports to Steve Robinson, Senior Vice President, Construction.

Mr. Baftechi brings almost two decades of industry experience to the company. Most recently, he played an integral role in the construction of the Barclays Center Arena for the Brooklyn Nets. Other notable projects include Giants Stadium, Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, Bucknell University Multi-purpose Athletic Facility, Annenberg Medical Education Conference Center, and the Citizens Bank Ballpark for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Mr. Baftechi received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

 

Ron A. Bogard – Vice President, Design

Ron A. Bogard is Vice President, Design for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Mr. Bogard has three decades of experience as an Architect and Business Manager of multiple design firms responsible for diverse and complex multi-million dollar projects. He also successfully built two private architectural practices and served as Partner, Program Manager, Vice President & Managing Director, Division Manager, and Managing Partner in several prestigious Architectural / Engineering firms. Notable clients and projects included Marriott Hotels, Trammell Crow retail centers, Gerald Hines office and industrial buildings, Sun Oil Company corporate office relocation planning and design, and the master plan and facility design for the Cooper Aerobics Center.

Mr. Bogard is a member of the American Institute of Architects, is certified through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and is a past member of the City of Dallas Urban Rehabilitation Standards Board.
 

Mark A. Putney – Vice President, Development

Mark Putney is Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation, overseeing strategic development projects in California and Florida. Mr. Putney reports to Mark Bulmash.

Mr. Putney has over 30 years of commercial real estate development experience with several prominent real estate companies including The Taubman Company, Charter Properties and Paragon Group. Most recently, he led his own development services company consulting REITs and institutions.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Mr. Putney earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Commerce from Washington and Lee University.

 

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