William Ackman is the CEO and Portfolio Manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., an SEC registered investment adviser founded in 2003. Pershing Square is a concentrated research-intensive fundamental value investor in long and occasionally short investments in the public markets.
Prior to forming Pershing Square, Mr. Ackman co-founded Gotham Partners Management Co., LLC, an investment adviser that managed public and private equity hedge fund portfolios. Prior to Gotham Partners, Mr. Ackman began his career in real estate investment banking at Ackman Brothers and Singer, Inc. Mr. Ackman received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard College.
In 2006, William and Karen Ackman founded The Pershing Square Foundation which supports exceptional leaders and innovative organizations that tackle important social issues. Mr. Ackman's board memberships include Chairman of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC), Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP), and the Board of Dean's Advisors of the Harvard Business School.
Adam Flatto is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Company, a privately-held real estate investment and development company based in New York City. He has been with The Georgetown Company since 1990, and since that time has been involved with the development, acquisition and ownership of over 20 million square feet of commercial real estate projects throughout the United States.
Jeffrey Furber is the Chief Executive Officer of AEW Capital Management, L.P. (“AEW”) and Chairman of AEW Europe. AEW provides real estate investment management services to investors worldwide. AEW and its affiliates manage $50 billion of real estate assets and securities on behalf of many of the world's leading institutional and private investors.
Allen Model is the Co-Founder of Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd. (“OSC”), and has been Treasurer and Managing Director since 1992. OSC is an international consulting firm that provides public information services to a number of clients worldwide, including the United States Agency for International Development, The World Bank, The Asian Development Bank and host governments.
Scot Sellers served as Chief Executive Officer of Archstone, one of the world's largest apartment companies, from January 1997 until his retirement in February 2013. Prior to that, he was Archstone's Chief Investment Officer from 1995 to 1997. Under his leadership, Archstone moved from being a mid-sized owner of apartments in secondary and tertiary cities to becoming the largest publicly traded owner of urban high-rise apartments in the nation's premier cities. During his 34-year career in the apartment business, Mr. Sellers has been responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of over $40 billion of apartment communities in over 50 different cities across the United States. Mr. Sellers served as the Chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts from November 2005 to November 2006.
Steven Shepsman is an Executive Managing Director and Founder of New World Realty Advisors, a real estate investment and advisory firm specializing in real estate restructurings, development and finance. Earlier in his career, Mr. Shepsman, a CPA, was a Managing Partner of Kenneth Leventhal and Company, and of Ernst and Young's Real Estate Practice. Mr. Shepsman is a Trustee of the University at Buffalo Foundation, and a member and former chair of the Dean's Advisory Council for the University at Buffalo School of Management.
Burton M. Tansky is a luxury retail veteran who served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. from 2010 to 2013. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus Group from 2004 to 2010, Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus Stores from 1994 to 2007 and Chief Executive Officer of Bergdorf Goodman from 1990 to 1994. Prior to that, he was the President of Saks Fifth Avenue from 1980 to 1990.
Mary Ann Tighe has been credited with transforming New York's skyline during her more than 30 years in the real estate industry. She has been responsible for over 90 million square feet of commercial transactions, and her deals have anchored more than 13.7 million square feet of new construction in the New York region. Ms. Tighe has been CEO of CBRE's New York Tri-State region since 2002, a region of approximately 2,300 employees. In January 2010, Ms. Tighe was named Chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York, the first woman to hold this position in REBNY's 114-year history and the first broker in 30 years.
David R. Weinreb is the Chief Executive Officer and a Member of the Board of Directors of The Howard Hughes Corporation. Known for his passion, tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Weinreb has directed the company's efforts since its emergence in 2010, building a portfolio of some of the most sought-after real estate in the country. His vision, leadership and acumen led him to be honored as the 2013 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in Real Estate for the region. In 2012, he was named as one of the Top 200 CEOs in the U.S. by ExecRank, and in 2015, he was listed in the 2015 Commercial Observer Power 100 as one of 100 most powerful people in New York City real estate.
A real estate industry veteran for over 30 years, Mr. Weinreb spent 17 years as Chairman and CEO of TPMC Realty Corporation, a company he built into a multi-faceted investment firm prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation. Located in Dallas, TX, TPMC, whose tenant roster included many Fortune 500 companies, specialized in the acquisition and repositioning of underperforming real estate and real estate related assets across the United States. In addition to development, ownership and management of real estate, the firm's activities included mezzanine financing and private equity investing.
Mr. Weinreb attended New York University and began his real estate career in the 1980s in New York City. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California. His philanthropic interests are both local and national.
Grant Herlitz is the President of The Howard Hughes Corporation overseeing the daily operations and working closely with the CEO in developing the strategy for the company. Known for his dynamic leadership style and ability to develop and inspire talent, Mr. Herlitz has direct oversight over a committed and passionate team of professionals that lead the company’s acquisition, development, leasing and operating platforms. Mr. Herlitz, together with Mr. Weinreb, was responsible for the emergence of The Howard Hughes Corporation as a newly-formed public company.
Previously, Mr. Herlitz was President and Chief Financial Officer of TPMC Realty Corporation. Mr. Herlitz joined TPMC in 2000 as Vice President of Investments using his varied financial and management experience and business acumen to position himself for multiple roles within the company. Mr. Herlitz handled the acquisition and disposition of assets within TPMC’s portfolio.
Mr. Herlitz began his career in finance working for the European Community Observer Mission to South Africa, an organization set up in conjunction with the United Nations to observe political change in South Africa. After moving to the United States in 1994, Mr. Herlitz worked as a tax accountant in both public and corporate accounting before joining Dallas-based FirstPlus Financial Group, Inc. in 1997. As Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of the company, Mr. Herlitz managed the day-to-day investments of a family limited partnership. While with FirstPlus, he researched and implemented all new ventures and analyzed and managed equity positions in Real Estate Funds, Hedge Funds and Equity Portfolios. He was also responsible for due diligence review of all new investments.
Mr. Herlitz earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree (the U.S. Equivalent of Bachelor of Business Administration) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition, he is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute, where he serves on the Office Development Council, as well as being an active member of the Dallas chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.
David O’Reilly joined The Howard Hughes Corporation in October 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for managing the company’s investment and financial strategy, working with the executive team to unlock meaningful long-term value across the company's portfolio.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. O’Reilly served as Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer of Parkway Properties, Inc. - a New York Stock Exchange-traded real estate investment trust focused on office properties. He served in the position from November 2011 through October 2014 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2012. He also served as the company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer from May 2012 through August 2012. Previously, Mr. O’Reilly served as Executive Vice President of Banyan Street Capital and as Director of Capital Markets for Eola Capital LLC. He served in the investment banking industry as Senior Vice President of Barclays Capital Inc. and in a similar capacity for Lehman Brothers. During his career, Mr. O’Reilly has been involved in a broad range of financial advisory and merger and acquisition activities, including leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings and single asset and pooled CMBS transactions.
Mr. O’Reilly graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received his M.B.A. from the Columbia University.
Peter F. Riley is Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of The Howard Hughes Corporation reporting to David R. Weinreb. Mr. Riley is responsible for overseeing all legal matters for the company.
Mr. Riley has over 30 years of experience, working in both the public and private sector. Mr. Riley was previously a partner at K&L Gates LLP with a significant focus on tax aspects of fund formation, joint ventures and the acquisition, disposition, operation and financing of real estate assets. He also led the tax department at Kelly, Hart and Hallman and was Senior Tax Counsel at Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett. Before earning his law degree, Mr. Riley worked for Amerada Hess Corporation (NYSE: AHC) where he became Chief Financial Officer of its Abu Dhabi subsidiary.
Mr. Riley received his L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
Christopher J. Curry is Senior Executive Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation reporting to Grant Herlitz, having joined the company during its inception. Previously, Mr. Curry established TPMC’s California office as its President and led TPMC’s real estate development business.
Mr. Curry has over 30 years of commercial real estate experience. He 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 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 member of the Urban Land Institute and is currently serving on the ULI Council for Commercial and Retail Development. Mr. Curry also serves on the Executive Committee for the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California.
John E. DeWolf is Senior Vice President for The Howard Hughes Corporation leading strategic developments in Maryland, reporting 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 multibillion dollar businesses. Mr. DeWolf was Executive Vice President Real Estate/Strategic Initiatives for New York and 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 Economics and Political Science in 1977 and J.D. in 1979.
Paul H. Layne is Executive Vice President of Master Planned Communities for The Howard Hughes Corporation. He is responsible for the master planned communities of The Woodlands and Bridgeland in Houston, TX and provides strategic oversight for Summerlin in Las Vegas, NV and Columbia, MD along with other assets within the HHC portfolio.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Layne has been a vital leader in Houston’s commercial real estate community as well as in national and international real estate. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Layne was Executive Vice President at Brookfield Properties Corporation, leading the financial performance of a 9.7 million square-foot portfolio in Houston’s Central Business District. He was responsible for all of the region’s activities including leasing, operations, property management, legal, accounting, development and construction as well as being a member of Brookfield’s global partnership task force.
Prior to Brookfield, Mr. Layne was President of Cullen Center and Executive Vice President at Trizec Properties, which was acquired by Brookfield in 2006. At Trizec, Mr. Layne was responsible for 20 million square feet of space in the Southwest and California markets, leading over 300 employees. He was also involved with the acquisitions of key assets, including the Sears Tower in Chicago, Metropolitan Square in St. Louis, Allen Center Complex in Houston and Bank of America in Los Angeles. Before joining Trizec in 1993, Mr. Layne was Senior Vice President for the Horne Company and Vice President and General Partner for Prime Asset Management, Inc.
Mr. Layne received a B.S. in Management from the University of Houston and attended South Texas College of Law. He currently serves on the boards for the University of Houston Graduate Real Estate Program and Lone Star College Foundation. He also serves on the Building and Grounds Committee for the University of St. Thomas and the Development Committee for Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory High School. He previously served on the boards for the Houston Downtown Management District, the Central Houston Association, the University of St. Thomas, Houston’s Coalition for the Homeless and Houston’s Center for Hearing and Speech. He also serves as a Trustee for the Scanlan Foundation, a moderator and advisory board member for the Houston Business Ethics Forum and the South Texas College of Law Real Estate Conference and is a member of the Serra Club. He is President Emeritus of the Houston Downtown Management District Board and the Christian Community Service Center Board of Directors.
Tim Welbes is Co-President of The Woodlands Development Company, a subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation, reporting to Paul Layne. Having spent most of his career in building family communities, Mr. Welbes joined The Woodlands Corporation (now known as The Woodlands Development Company) in 1985 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in the residential division. In his current role, Mr. Welbes is primarily responsible for residential development, including single family neighborhoods and multifamily projects.
Mr. Welbes graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Accounting. As a CPA he began his career with the public accounting firm of Ernst and Whinney. From 1977 to 1985 he worked for private and public company home builders.
Mr. Welbes is a member of professional associations as well as a number of local civic organizations and charities.
Alex Sutton is Co-President of The Woodlands Development Company, a subsidiary if The Howard Hughes Corporation, reporting to Paul Layne. His responsibilities primarily focus on project development, commercial activities and the company’s hospitality interests. He joined The Woodlands in 1994.
Prior to joining The Woodlands, Mr. Sutton was a shareholder with Pate Engineers, where he managed a number of complex projects for municipal and private clients, focusing on water resources, transportation and land development matters. Earlier, he held a number of professional and technical positions of progressive responsibilities with Exxon. Mr. Sutton has authored a number of technical papers and articles and holds two patents for computer-aided management approaches to managing public works systems.
Mr. Sutton holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Rice University and a M.B.A. from the University of Houston. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Sutton’s civic and industry involvement includes service as Director and Treasurer, Interfaith of The Woodlands, Director of the Montgomery County Foundation, Director of The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, Director and Former Chairman of Montgomery County Youth Services, Former Chairman of the North Houston Association, Former Director and Secretary, The Woodlands Township and he is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Mark Bulmash is Senior Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation, reporting to Paul Layne. He oversees the Central and Southeast region, which includes projects in Alexandria, Charlotte, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Sacramento and Dallas. Mr. Bulmash is a 28-year veteran in retail and mixed use 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 was 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 was also with Taubman Properties, 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 and Caton in Trenton, NJ.
Mr. Bulmash earned his .M.B.A from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.C.P., Physical Planning and Economic Development from The University of Pennsylvania. He earned his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan.
Kevin T. Orrock is President of Summerlin, a 22,500-acre award-winning Master Planned Community in the Las Vegas Valley and one of the most compelling real estate success stories in the U.S. A visionary whose long-term career with The Howard Hughes Corporation began more than 40 years ago, Mr. Orrock helped shape Summerlin from its inception more than 25 years ago. He brings to the corporation a deep understanding of the community and the development process as well as a keen business and financial acumen that has contributed to Summerlin’s ongoing success as Southern Nevada’s premier community for more than two decades.
Mr. Orrock began his career with the company when he joined the accounting department at the famed Desert Inn Hotel in Las Vegas in 1974, then owned by Summa Corporation, predecessor to The Howard Hughes Corporation. He held numerous accounting and finance positions before being named Treasurer in 1991. Prior to the settlement of Howard Hughes’ estate, Orrock managed its entire cash portfolio.
In 1996, The Rouse Company of Columbia, MD, acquired The Howard Hughes Corporation, and Mr. Orrock remained in an executive role, overseeing the financial operations for the company in Nevada. In 2004, when General Growth Properties acquired The Rouse Company, he moved to operations, overseeing land development activities for GGP in Nevada.
As President of Summerlin, Mr. Orrock oversees all functions of the community, which led the nation in home sales for more than a decade during the 1990s and early 2000s. Today, Summerlin maintains its position of dominance and influence as the region’s leading real estate development company.
Mr. Orrock earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Wittenberg University and an M.B.A from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Active in the community, Mr. Orrock is past chair of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and serves on the executive board of Las Vegas Economic Global Alliance. He is a member of the advisory board of directors for University of Nevada Las Vegas Foundation and the Lee College of Business. He is also a 2015 inductee of the Nevada Business Hall of Fame.
Peggy Chandler is Senior Vice President, Land Sales for The Howard Hughes Corporation. In this capacity, she has overseen the sale of all land parcels in the Summerlin Master Planned Community since its inception more than 25 years ago; this includes both finished lots and parcel sales to Summerlin's new home builders for single- and multi-family homes and land sales for non-residential uses, including public and private school sites, worship sites, hotels and other commercial uses. Chandler also oversees Summerlin's custom homesite sales operations as well as marketing and realtor relations.
Ms. Chandler began her career at The Howard Hughes Corporation in 1981 and has held a variety of positions within the company. Prior to joining the Summerlin division, Chandler held the position of Manager, Real Estate Sales for Howard Hughes Realty, Inc. In this capacity, she was involved in the disposition of vacant land that was not intended to be developed by the company. These numerous holdings included a variety of commercial and residential parcels that were located throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
Nick Vanderboom is Senior Vice President, Development, leading all development activities for the company's Hawaii assets, including Ward Village, reporting to David R. Weinreb. In this role, Mr. Vanderboom touches all facets of the development process, including entitlements, community relations, leasing, marketing, design and construction. 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 The Howard Hughes Corporation 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, performing a wide range of functions on development projects in California, Texas, Nevada and Hawaii. Mr. Vanderboom also worked extensively with Allan D. Kotin and 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 Masters of Real Estate Development in 2007 from the University of Southern California and received a B.S. d in Business from the school in 2006. He was also a tight end on USC's football team from 2002 to 2006 and played five seasons under Pete Carroll, winning two National Championships and five Pac-10 Championships.
Peter Doyle is the Executive Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation, overseeing the execution of key development projects, reporting to Grant Herlitz. Mr. Doyle has been directly involved in the planning and construction of over $5 billion of development. 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, FL; 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 and 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 in Houston; the 22-story Wood Development, Glass House project in Dallas; and the 44-story 360 projects in Austin, TX. Mr. Doyle’s career has included 26 years with Linbeck Construction and 10 years with JE Dunn, serving as the President and CEO for one of their divisions.
Mr. Doyle received his Master of Arts in Architecture from Rice University in1967 and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1987.
Aaron Haas is Executive Vice President, Design and Construction for The Howard Hughes Corporation. He is responsible for establishing corporate construction standards. Mr. Haas provides leadership to the various project teams ensuring design and construction goals are achieved establishing and maintaining accurate budgets and tracking projects on schedule, all in an effort to design and build extraordinary environments.
Mr. Haas has over 30 years of professional experience in the construction and development industries. His skills include master planning, design and construction management of hotels, theme parks and attractions, luxury shopping centers, mixed use projects, colleges, K-12 schools, hi-tech facilities, hospitals, medical office buildings, merchandise facilities, restaurants and custom homes.
His previous work included positions at major corporations such as Walt Disney Imagineering and Caruso Affiliated. At Disney, Mr. Haas worked on various stages of large complex projects, including EuroDisneyland in Paris, France; Disney’s California Adventure; Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom and other attractions. At Caruso Affiliated, he worked on award-winning developments, including the Americana At Brand in Glendale, CA, and 8500 Burton Way, Los Angeles, both mixed use luxury apartment and retail projects.
Mr. Haas is a graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in Construction Engineering and minor in Real Estate Development.
Sherveen Baftechi is Senior Vice President, Design and Construction Management for The Howard Hughes Corporation and is responsible for the redevelopment of the Seaport District in Lower Manhattan, reporting to Aaron Haas.
Mr. Baftechi brings over two decades of industry experience to the company. Prior to joining HHC, he played an integral role in the construction of Barclays Center 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 B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Mr. Baftechi sits on The New York Building Congress Task Force on Innovation and Best Practices.
Rob Centra is Senior Vice President, Design and Construction Management for The Howard Hughes Corporation, overseeing the design and construction of the projects in Hawaii, reporting to Aaron Haas.
Mr. Centra has over 28 years of experience in multi-family residential, corporate/office and commercial development, with the last 15 years located in Hawaii holding senior positions with leading owner and developers.
Mr. Centra holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Syracuse University.
David Kautz is Senior Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation, overseeing all vertical development in the western U.S., including Cottonwood, Park West, Downtown Summerlin and The Outlet Collection at Elk Grove.
Mr. Kautz has over 30 years of commercial development experience in the western region of the country. Prior to his role with The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Kautz was Regional Vice President at Westfield Corporation, overseeing development in the Pacific Northwest.
Mr. Kautz attended undergraduate studies at Clarion State and Executive Management at Henley Management College in the United Kingdom.
Rick Strauss is Executive Vice President, Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation responsible for driving the retail leasing efforts, unlocking value across the entire portfolio.
Mr. Strauss brings a long and successful track record in strategic planning and leasing for new and repositioned properties. A retail leasing executive for more than 30 years, he most recently served as Executive Vice President, Leasing for Westfield Corporation in New York responsible for the Eastern half of the U.S. flagship assets, including the World Trade Center, Fulton Center, Garden State Plaza, Old Orchard, Montgomery Mall, Annapolis Mall as well as for luxury leasing across the company’s U.S. portfolio. Prior to joining Westfield, he spent 20 years with The Taubman Company in various leasing management roles. His last position with Taubman was Group Vice President, Leasing where he managed leasing of the company’s most productive luxury assets, including Short Hills, Crystals, Beverly Center, Cherry Creek and the upscale developments in San Juan and Waikiki. He also served in key leasing roles with TSA Incorporated and Lord Associates, a third-party leasing company which was eventually acquired by The Taubman Company.
Mr. Strauss attended NYU and studied business and real estate. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Michelle Waak is Senior Vice President, Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation responsible for assets in the Eastern and Central regions, reporting to Rick Strauss. An industry veteran, Ms. Waak has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, including outlet, mall, lifestyle, mixed use and urban properties. Most recently, she was a Senior Leasing Associate at RED Development. She has also held Vice President and Senior Vice President of Leasing positions respectively with Poag and McEwen Lifestyle Centers and Holladay Properties. Ms. Waak worked for five years at the Taubman Company responsible for fashion leasing, where she leased such high profile centers as The Mall at Short Hills, Beverly Center, International Plaza and Cherry Creek.
Ms. Waak earned her B.S. in Business from Indiana University and has her M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame Graduate School of Business. She is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Luxury and Lifestyle Professionals. Ms. Waak was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Developers of Outlet Centers and Retailers (DOC&R), and was also elected to serve as Secretary for a two-year term.
Andrew Schwartz is Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for identifying and securing new corporate partnerships across the portfolio. He reports to Grant Herlitz.
Mr. Schwartz joined The Howard Hughes Corporation after four years as Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships at Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment where he was responsible for overseeing all partnership sales efforts for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the NHL’s New York Islanders at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Prior to Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, Mr. Schwartz worked for three years at SiriusXM initially serving as Director of Sports Marketing managing strategic marketing partnerships with MLB, the NHL and the PGA TOUR and then as Account Director of Advertising Sales, where he developed customized advertising and marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to SiriusXM, Schwartz spent five years at the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball in Corporate Sales and Marketing, where he managed a national partner portfolio, including Chevrolet, Pepsi, State Farm and Gatorade. He also directed all national partner activation during All-Star Week and the World Series.
Schwartz previously held positions with New Jersey Devils, National Hockey League and served as the Head Coach for the University of Connecticut Women's Ice Hockey Team.
Mr. Schwartz earned a B.S. in Communications and Marketing from the University of Connecticut.
Kellie Forman is Vice President, Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation and oversees leasing efforts in the Western U.S., reporting to Rick Strauss.
Ms. Forman has nearly 30 years of experience in the shopping center industry. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Ms. Forman served as Senior Leasing Representative for Simon Property Group and held senior leasing positions with Westfield Corporation and Urban Retail Properties. Ms. Forman has extensive experience in leasing mall, lifestyle centers, mixed use properties, urban core projects and new developments.
Ms. Forman graduated from Western Illinois University with a B.A. in Marketing. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and holds a Real Estate Broker License in Texas and Illinois.
Peter Helfer is Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for partnership development efforts across the portfolio, reporting to Andrew Schwartz.
Mr. Helfer is an established marketing executive with over 12 years of experience in the global sports and entertainment industry. He has a proven history of platform development and execution of multi-media marketing strategies at the league, team and agency level. Before joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Helfer was previously Director, Partnerships and Media for the New York Jets where he developed integrated partnerships and strategic relationships between consumer brands and the organization.
Prior to the New York Jets, he was the Vice President, Partnership and Business Development at Wasserman Media Group where he focused on sales strategy and execution within the golf industry and for global properties such as MetLife Stadium, Wembley Stadium, America’s Cup and USA Cycling. Helfer also spent five years at the National Hockey League managing, growing and renewing top tier accounts such as Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo (Pepsi, Gatorade, FritoLay), MasterCard, Bank of America and Cisco.
Mr. Helfer has a B.A. with a dual major in Psychology-based Human Relations and Anthropology from Connecticut College.
Joyce Roberts is Vice President, Specialty Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation, reporting to Rick Strauss. Ms. Roberts is responsible for leading the specialty leasing efforts company-wide.
Ms. Roberts has over 20 years of experience in Specialty Leasing and has been directly responsible for the specialty leasing programs for over 20 redevelopment projects. Most recently, Ms. Roberts served as the Vice President of Specialty Leasing for General Growth Properties overseeing 44 properties in six western states. Previously, Ms. Roberts was the West Coast Vice President of Specialty Leasing for Westfield Corporation. Employed by Westfield for 16 years, she was responsible for 33 centers in their portfolio in California and Washington.
Ms. Roberts attended the University of Kentucky and Otis Parsons School of Design. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Andrew Shahadi is Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for delivering partnership strategy and solutions across the portfolio. He reports to Andrew Schwartz.
Shahadi joined The Howard Hughes Corporation with 15 years of experience, both on the agency and brand sides of the traditional sponsorship business, working with high profile global brands and properties across sports, entertainment and lifestyle verticals. Before his arrival, Mr. Shahadi was Vice President at Engine Shop Agency where he was responsible for overseeing all Mercedes-Benz sports and endemic related sponsorships and programming. Prior to Engine Shop, he was Vice President and Partner at GroupM ESP where he led the Citibank sponsorship business. Prior to GroupM ESP, Mr. Shahadi worked with MasterCard for over nine years both in house as Vice President of Global Merchant Marketing and Director of U.S. Sponsorships, and with their agency partner Genesco Sports Enterprises. At MasterCard, he was responsible for building strategic partnerships which drove growth for the brand and business and played an integral role developing MasterCard's NFL and Culinary platforms in support of key company initiatives. Previously, he was at Foote Cone and Belding and Momentum, managing brands including Fuji Film, Allegra and American Express.
Mr. Shahadi earned a B.A. in Communications from Caldwell College.
Melisa Preus is Vice President, Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation and oversees the leasing efforts for the Ward Village assets in Honolulu, 60 acres and more than one million square feet consisting of retail, office and industrial properties. Ms. Preus has over twenty years of experience in commercial real estate and was previously a Group Vice President of Business Development and Leasing Representative for General Growth Properties where she worked on their Hawaii assets to include Ala Moana Center, Ward Village, Whaler’s Village and Prince Kuhio Plaza. Ms. Preus also has 7 years of retail management experience with various national retailers where she oversaw 10 departments and over 75 employees.
Ms. Preus earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is also a member of the ICSC- Hawaii committee, has a CCIM designation and is a CCIM Hawaii board member. Ms. Preus reports to Rick Strauss, Executive Vice President, Leasing.
Rip Reynolds is Vice President, Leasing and Commercial Land for The Woodlands Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation, reporting to Rick Strauss. He is responsible for commercial leasing and land at The Woodlands and Bridgeland master planned communities.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Reynolds was Vice President with CBRE where he specialized in retail tenant and landlord representation as well as land and building disposition services for local and national clients including the representation of The Woodlands Development Company. He also worked for Staubach/SRS Real Estate Partners and the former Trammel Crow Company, now CBRE. In 2011, he was ranked as a CoStar Top Retail Power Broker.
Mr. Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Sports Administration from the University of Houston and is a resident of The Woodlands. He serves as a board member for various community organizations including the Commercial Real Estate Association Montgomery County, Bridgeland Commercial Association, Creekside Village Center Owners Association, Stewart Title of Montgomery County and Montgomery County Youth Services. He also serves on the Memorial Hermann Advisory Council and is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers and Urban Land Institute.
Randy Davis is Chief Financial Officer for The Woodlands Development Company, a subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation. As CFO, he oversees the accounting, treasury, information technology, compliance, ad valorem taxes, office administration and central record functions.
Prior to joining The Woodlands, Mr. Davis was employed as Vice President and Regional Financial Manager in Houston for 10 years by two national real estate property management and leasing firms, Heitman Properties Limited and JMB Properties Company, as well as Houston Center Corporation, a subsidiary of Texas Eastern Corporation. During that tenure, he was responsible for accounting, financial reporting and budgeting activities for over 30 office, retail and industrial properties located throughout the Central United States.
Before joining the real estate industry, Mr. Davis was employed for 14 years in the oil and gas industry in various management positions with Texas Eastern Corporation, Parker Drilling Company and National Methanol Company, a joint venture with Texas Eastern Corporation, Celanese Chemical Company and SABIC based in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Davis holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas Tech University and is a Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Real Estate Broker.
Professional memberships include the AICPA, TSCPA and the Texas Real Estate Commission. Mr. Davis served several years as a Director on the Board of Directors of The Woodlands Association.
Reuben S. Davidsohn is Chief Administrative Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation, reporting to David O'Reilly. Mr. Davidsohn is responsible for managing the Treasury and Banking functions as well as overseeing the Human Resources operation.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Davidsohn was Vice President of TPMC Realty Corporation, where he utilized his strong background in finance and accounting to oversee all financial aspects of the company’s commercial portfolio. He was part of The Howard Hughes Corporation emergence team and has been involved in every aspect of the company’s operation and evolution.
Mr. Davidsohn received his M.B.A. from the Neely School of Business at Texas Christian University and has a B.S. in Business and Healthcare Management from the University of Alabama.
Michael Swain is Chief Accounting Officer, for The Howard Hughes Corporation reporting to David O'Reilly. He is responsible for all of the company's accounting and tax-related functions. Mr. Swain most recently served as the company’s Vice President of Taxation.
Mr. Swain is a seasoned executive with a successful background in financial management and taxation within the real estate industry, including Big Four public accounting experience. This background includes leadership in multidivisional domestic and international operations with a solid knowledge of strategic planning, tax, U.S. GAAP and SEC compliance, treasury, internal audit, business development, profitability and cost improvement, acquisitions and dispositions.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Swain spent 20 years with Trammel Crow Company and held various positions of increasing responsibility throughout his tenure including tax director, treasurer, strategic planning and controller. Mr. Swain began his career with KPMG.
Mr. Swain received his Master of Accountancy and B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Steven Cornwell is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of The Howard Hughes Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing marketing initiatives and working closely with the CEO in leading the creative strategy to bring HHC’s vision to life.
Leveraging his two decades of global experience in brand and marketing strategy, product development and activation, Mr. Cornwell drives innovative thinking in how HHC’s brands engage with the tens of millions of consumers visiting, living or working in a property or community across the portfolio. He initially joined The Howard Hughes Corporation as Creative Director and was instrumental in building the Howard Hughes Studio.
Previously, Mr. Cornwell served as CEO and Head of Strategy of the award-winning Cornwell Brand and Communications agency, owned by WPP, in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from Monash University.
Venkat Kandru is Executive Vice President, Information Technology of The Howard Hughes Corporation responsible for technology strategy, IT infrastructure and enterprise application platform, reporting to David O'Reilly. Mr. Kandru has 25 years of IT experience from various industries including roles with Brinker International, CVS Caremark and Ernst and Young. His primary focus has been enterprise IT architecture, IT strategy, application development, enterprise integrations, service-oriented architecture and distributed computing.
Mr. Kandru received his M.A with Computer Science from Temple University, Philadelphia and M.A and M.C.A degree from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.
Sarah M. Vasquez is Executive Vice President of Management and Operations for The Howard Hughes Corporation, reporting to Grant Herlitz. Ms. Vasquez is responsible for the results of the operating assets within the portfolio. In addition, she works closely with all other departments, including development, in assessing operational needs for the company. Currently she has oversight of field management, tenant coordination, operating property marketing, operations administration and finance. Since joining the company she has also overseen the opening of Downtown Summerlin and The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.
Ms. Vasquez has over 25 years of work experience. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Ms. Vasquez served in several roles with Westfield Corporation over a 15-year span with her last position as Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Management and National Operations. Additionally, she has played an active role in over twenty development projects, ranging from $50 million to $700 million. Some of these critical projects included iconic centers such as Westfield San Francisco Center, Valley Fair, Topanga and Culver during her time at Westfield Corporation. Ms. Vasquez graduated from Santa Clara University in California with a B.S. in Finance. She is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and has served on the CSM Committee for four terms. She is active with the REAP program in Dallas and has served on many program committees as well as a member of PEO, a women’s philanthropic organization. She is also a member of the inaugural class of ICSC's Certified Retail Property Executives (CRX).
Saul Scherl joined The Howard Hughes Corporation in December 2015 as Executive Vice President responsible for overseeing the company’s New York Tri-State Region, which notably includes the Seaport District that is currently undergoing redevelopment.
Mr. Scherl has more than twenty years of retail, residential, hospitality and mixed-use real estate experience. Additionally, he is both a licensed attorney and CPA. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, he was a Principal at Blackpoint Partners where he managed the company’s real estate assets as well as mergers and acquisitions. Previously, he served in a similar capacity at Loeb Partners Realty as the Managing Director and with Nomura Asset Capital, where he was responsible for liquidating the company’s multi-billion-dollar real estate portfolio. Earlier in his career, Mr. Scherl was with Piper Rudnick and Shaw Pittman as well as Arthur Young and Company. Throughout his career, he has been involved in a broad range of acquisitions, dispositions, redevelopments and financings for real estate properties across the U.S.
Mr. Scherl graduated from Emory University with a B.B.A. in Accounting and received his J.D. from George Washington University.
David Striph is Executive Vice President, Hawaii for The Howard Hughes Corporation, leading operating real estate in Hawaii, reporting to Grant Herlitz. An industry veteran, Mr. Striph has financed and managed several billion dollars’ worth of real estate assets during his career, including mixed use, retail and high-end residential projects.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Striph served as Senior Managing Director at Westmount Realty Capital, a Dallas, TX based real estate investor. Mr. Striph was also Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group, Vice President at Fremont Investment & Loan,and President of Amresco Capital Trust. Mr. Striph began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst and Young.
Mr. Striph graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in Accounting in 1979.
Michael Slosser is Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Hospitality for The Howard Hughes Corporation, reporting to Grant Herlitz. He is responsible for leading the company’s hospitality portfolio which currently includes 1,000 guest rooms across three resort and conference centers.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, he spent the past 16 years with Destination Hotels and Resorts where he oversaw the greater southern California market, including L’Auberge Del Mar, Paradise Point Resort and Spa, Sheraton Universal, Estancia La Jolla Hotel and the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. He was responsible for two of the world’s top resorts, the Manele Bay Hotel and The Lodge at Koele, where he served as Vice President of Resorts for the Lanai Company, a subsidiary of Castle and Cooke. These two resorts were recognized by Conde’ Nast Traveler as the #1 and #3 ranked golf resorts in the world during his tenure. Additionally, his experience includes time at the Westin Hotels, Hilton Hotels and Stouffer Hotels. Other notable properties include the Beverly Hilton Hotel and the famed La Costa Resort and Spa.
Mr. Slosser graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Business Administration and School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration.
Daryan Dehghanpisheh is Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy for The Howard Hughes Corporation, reporting to Grant Herlitz. Joining the company in 2015, Mr. Dehghanpisheh is responsible for leading and executing the company’s vision through digital initiatives, including applications, marketing analytics and user adoption.
Previously, Mr. Dehghanpisheh worked as Senior Vice President of Business Strategy Practice at Huge, Inc., advising clients on how to capitalize on digital innovations. Before his time at Huge, he was Vice President and Managing Director with the New York Stock Exchange, responsible for business development of all commercial technology assets.
Mr. Dehghanpisheh’s experience includes 14 years with Intel Corporation, where he held positions including Managing Director, Financial Services, Strategic Advisor and Chief of Staff.
Mr. Dehghanpisheh holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Dara Engle is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Ms. Engle has directed the company’s Human Resources department since its emergence with a goal of building a world-class platform that celebrates employees and their families. Recognized for an inspirational leadership style and as a brand ambassador of the company’s culture, she has been crucial in making The Howard Hughes Corporation among the most sought-after places of employment from Wall Street to Waikiki.
With over 20 years in Human Resources, Ms. Engle grew her career in the retail industry, holding progressive level positions with retail giants such as Blockbuster Entertainment and Best Buy, with regional responsibility for full-scale Human Resources operations spanning the entire employee lifecycle. During her time at Best Buy, Ms. Engle played a large role in scaling their geographical presence from 700 stores to over 900, leading efforts in talent acquisition and training to support the growth. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Ms. Engle also spent four years as a Human Resources consultant to small and mid-sized organizations, providing direction and advisement on industry practices including technology programs, employee relations, recruitment efforts, payroll administration and government compliance efforts.
Ms. Engle earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida State University. She is a founding member of the Dallas Board of the Step Up non-profit organization, whose mission is to propel girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential through mentorship experiences.
Andrew Zeitman is a Senior Vice President, Capital Markets of The Howard Hughes Corporation. Mr. Zeitman leads his team to pragmatically work with the development, leasing and asset management groups to underwrite, source, and ultimately, close on project-level financings, strategic acquisitions, dispositions and joint venture opportunities across the company. Since the company’s initial public offering in November 2010, Mr. Zeitman and his team have been responsible for closing over $2 billion in financing transactions. The Capital Markets team also ensures the company remains in compliance with loan covenants and reporting requirements.
Prior to working at The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Zeitman was an investment analyst with TPMC Realty Corporation where he underwrote new opportunities in commercial and residential real estate as well as other private equity and venture capital opportunities. Before joining TPMC in 2008, he was a credit analyst for a $50 million fixed income arbitrage hedge fund.
Andrew has an M.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and a B.S. in business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Randy Kostroske is the Senior Vice President, Risk Management of The Howard Hughes Corporation. He has extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry and partners with the HHC executive leadership team as an active member of the Board’s Risk Committee to identify and evaluate risks in the overall strategic plan and assets of a publicly traded company. He negotiates all commercial lines of insurance for the company and leads the Risk Management team in proactively developing and implementing solutions to manage and mitigate the risks for a $5 billion market cap company who manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate including master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets across the U.S.
Mr. Kostroske has created successful risk management departments from scratch while building effective, productive working relationships with insurance professionals, and he has a strong reputation for achieving significant cost reductions at all organizations he has worked for.
Prior to joining HHC, Mr. Kostroske served as the Vice President of Risk Management and Compliance for Crescent Real Estate Equities, a publicly traded REIT. During his fifteen years at Crescent, he oversaw all insurance/risk management issues for the Class A office, hotel and residential development portfolios. Upon Morgan Stanley’s acquisition of Crescent in 2007, he became a senior risk management consultant to Morgan Stanley and provided key leadership to advance the “start-up” Risk Management infrastructure within Morgan Stanley’s real estate operations, which insured assets with total values in excess of $80 billion.
During the ten years prior to joining Crescent, Mr. Kostroske served as Director of Risk Management at Color Tile, Inc. and as a Risk Manager at Tandy Corporation (now RadioShack Corporation) before starting his career as an Internal Auditor for both Tandy Corporation and Hospital Corporation of America.
Mr. Kostroske has a B.S. in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL and he is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a General Lines Insurance Agent licensed in the State of Texas. He is also a member of Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA).
As Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Itzhakov is responsible for managing the CEO’s office and driving strategic initiatives, working alongside the CEO and other senior leadership to move them forward. He is also responsible for leading initiatives such as leveraging and expanding The Howard Hughes Corporation brand, corporate communications and enterprise risk management while working across the company on a variety of other activities. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Itzhakov was a Management Consultant at Accenture in the Strategy group. At Accenture, he worked closely with executive clients on a number of projects across different industries ranging from healthcare to technology, including Mergers and Acquisitions strategy, market entry strategy, growth strategy, operating model design and sourcing strategy.
Mr. Itzhakov graduated Summa Cum Laude from the honors program at The University of Texas in Austin with a B.B.A. and a B.A. in International Business in Economics. Mr. Itzhakov is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and proficient in French and Hebrew.
Enna Allen is Vice President, Digital Marketing for The Howard Hughes Corporation, reporting to Daryan Dehghanpisheh. Ms. Allen is responsible for developing digital marketing strategy and tactical activations for various business units across the portfolio.
Ms. Allen has significant experience and demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, branding, special events, integrated marketing communications, partnerships, customer service and social media. For more than a decade, Ms. Allen served as Regional Director of Marketing for Westfield Corporation where she developed and implemented multi-faceted strategic business and marketing plans to drive sales, traffic and net operating income. She was responsible for overseeing marketing initiatives for eleven regional shopping centers in four states, as well as driving key national marketing platforms for over 50 centers across the country.
Prior, Ms. Allen was an Account Director with an advertising agency based in Toronto, Canada, where she developed and implemented strategic promotional and advertising campaigns for agency clients in a variety of industries including education, entertainment, technology, financial services and consumer products.
Ms. Allen holds an M.B.A. from DePaul Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago, and a B.A. from York University in Toronto, Canada.
Ken Bendalin is Vice President, Asset Management for The Howard Hughes Corporation, reporting to Sarah Vasquez. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Bendalin was a principal at Cliffside Advisors, a boutique real estate advisory firm focused on the investment sale and asset management of retail properties. His career spans over 20 years in the real estate industry having held key positions with the Trammell Crow Company, the Staubach Company and Sarofim Realty Advisors. At those firms, Mr. Bendalin provided asset management and disposition services for over $500 million in retail and multifamily properties.
Mr. Bendalin graduated from The University of Texas in Austin with a B.A. and attained a Certified Commercial Investment Manager designation. He is an active member and frequent conference panelist of the International Council of Shopping Centers, as well as involved with the Real Estate Council of Dallas and North Texas CCIM.