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Leadership Team and Trustees

Leadership Team and Trustees

Leadership Team

Dennis E. Gershenson
Dennis E. Gershenson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dennis E. Gershenson Mr. Gershenson has held the position of President and CEO since May of 1996. Prior to that he served as Vice President - Finance and Treasurer of Ramco-Gershenson, Inc. from 1976 to 1996 where he was responsible for arranging all of the financing of Ramco's developments, expansions and acquisitions. Mr. Gershenson also serves as Trustee of the Board of Trustees for Ramco Gershenson Properties Trust. He is an undergraduate of Syracuse University and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School. Mr. Gershenson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hospice of Michigan, the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition and Oakland Family Services. He is also an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).
Geoffrey Bedrosian
Geoffrey Bedrosian
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Geoffrey Bedrosian Mr. Geoffrey Bedrosian is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Mr. Bedrosian is responsible for all of the Company's financial functions and leads the capital markets, investor relations, accounting, SEC financial reporting, tax, and financial planning & analysis teams. Mr. Bedrosian has over 20 years of investment banking experience. Most recently, he was the Managing Director of Global Real Estate and Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., where he managed the execution of public and private capital raises and M&A activity in excess of $45 billion. Mr. Bedrosian earned an M.S. in Real Estate and Finance from New York University and a B.S. in Finance and Administration from Mercy College.
John Hendrickson
John Hendrickson
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
John Hendrickson Mr. Hendrickson is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Hendrickson is responsible for managing the Company’s shopping center portfolio and provides overall direction for portfolio and asset management, development, leasing, and property management. Prior to joining Ramco-Gershenson, Mr. Hendrickson was employed with Federal Realty Trust (NYSE:FRT) most recently as the Regional COO in charge of Federal's Northeast Region and head of Federal's East Coast Mixed-Use Division. Mr. Hendrickson has over 20 years of real estate experience and holds a BBA from George Washington University.
Frederick A. Zantello
Frederick A. Zantello
Executive Vice President, Assistant Secretary
Frederick A. Zantello Mr. Zantello is Executive Vice President. Mr. Zantello is responsible for providing oversight and consultation for the Company's core disciplines including development, asset management and acquisitions and actively manages the Company's existing development and redevelopment projects. Mr. Zantello has been employed with the Company since April of 1997, as both Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President of Asset Management. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Zantello held the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer with Glimcher Realty Trust and Director of Real Estate with Federated Department Stores. Mr. Zantello is a graduate of Central Michigan University and the Detroit College of Law. Professional affiliations include the International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the State Bar of Michigan.
Catherine J. Clark
Catherine J. Clark
Executive Vice President Transactions
Catherine J. Clark Ms. Clark is Executive Vice President Transactions. Ms. Clark is responsible for executing the Company’s investment strategy as it relates to sourcing, analyzing and closing core acquisitions and non-core dispositions. Ms. Clark has been employed with Ramco-Gershenson since February of 1997. Prior to joining Ramco-Gershenson, Ms. Clark served as a Vice President with the Fourmidable Group, a multi-family and senior housing owner/developer and as a Vice President with Amurcon Corporation, a multi-family owner/developer. Ms. Clark holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in finance from Walsh College. Professional memberships include the Urban Land Institute (serving on the Commercial & Retail Development Council), the International Council of Shopping Centers, Commercial Real Estate Women-Detroit. Ms. Clark is a licensed real estate broker with the State of Michigan.
Edward A. Eickhoff
Edward A. Eickhoff
Senior Vice President Development
Edward A. Eickhoff Mr. Eickhoff is Senior Vice President Development. Mr. Eickhoff oversees the development and construction departments. In addition, his responsibilities include negotiating contracts with existing and new anchor tenants in the course of coordinating new development projects and the redevelopment of existing shopping centers for the Company. Mr. Eickhoff has been employed with Ramco-Gershenson since 1986. He is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and maintains the Senior Certified Leasing Specialist and the Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX) designations with the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Eickhoff was recently re-appointed as the Michigan Government Relations Chair for the International Council of Shopping Centers. He also serves as the Chairman of the National Economic Policy Subcommittee for the ICSC and is a member of the State Committee for Michigan. Mr. Eickhoff is also Chairman of the Oakland University Economic Board of Advisors, a member of the Oakland University Advisory Fund Board and a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Christian Bartholomew
Christian Bartholomew
Vice President Finance and JV Asset Management
Christian Bartholomew Mr. Bartholomew is Vice President Finance and JV Asset Management. In this role, he is primarily responsible for the company's financial planning and analysis functions and the operational performance of Ramco's joint venture funds. He also works closely with the Company's joint venture partners to develop and execute business strategies. Mr. Bartholomew has been with Ramco-Gershenson since 1996; he holds an MBA from Michigan State University's Eli Broad Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.
Jonathan Bauman
Jonathan Bauman
Vice President Construction
Jonathan Bauman Mr. Bauman is responsible for overseeing the design, planning, budgeting, and construction of the Company’s various development projects in addition to overseeing the Company’s tenant coordination and project management functions. Mr. Bauman has over 27 years of experience in the retail, and retail mixed-use construction industry. Previously, Mr. Bauman worked as a VP of Construction/Development for the Mills Group, Homart, and Urban Retail Properties. Mr. Bauman earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and is an ICSC Certified Development, Design, and Construction Professional.
William Gershenson
William Gershenson
Vice President
Managing Director Western Portfolio
William Gershenson Mr. Gershenson is Vice President Managing Director of Ramco-Gershenson’s Western Portfolio. Mr. Gershenson is responsible for leading the Western Portfolio’s leasing, asset, and property management teams with the goal of maximizing profitability and value creation within his portfolio. Mr. Gershenson has been employed with Ramco-Gershenson since 2002. He is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, Indiana, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in Finance. Mr. Gershenson is also a Certified Leasing Specialist. Professional affiliations include the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Dawn L. Hendershot
Dawn L. Hendershot
Vice President Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Dawn L. Hendershot Ms. Hendershot is the Vice President Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Ms. Hendershot is responsible for developing comprehensive investor relations, communications, and marketing strategies that promote the ideas, image, and vision of the Company. Ms. Hendershot has been with Ramco-Gershenson since 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern Michigan University. Professional affiliations include the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, National Investor Relations Institute, and International Council of Shopping Centers.
Michael McBride
Michael McBride
Vice President
Managing Director Eastern Portfolio
Michael McBride Mr. McBride is Vice President-Managing Director of Ramco-Gershenson’s Eastern Portfolio. Mr. McBride is responsible for leading the Eastern Portfolio’s leasing, asset, and property management teams with the goal of maximizing profitability and value creation within his portfolio. Mr. McBride has been employed with the Ramco-Gershenson since July of 2007. Prior to joining the Company, he was Vice President of Real Estate and General Counsel for Franks' Nursery & Crafts, Inc. Mr. McBride is a graduate of Albion College in Albion, Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Management. He is also a graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law. Professional affiliations include the International Council of Shopping Centers and the State Bar of Michigan.
Chad Rider
Chad Rider
Vice President of Information Technology and Communication
Chad Rider Mr. Rider is Vice President of Information Technology and Communication. Mr. Rider is responsible for leading the Company’s technology functions, ensuring a close business alignment to provide the maximum value from Ramco-Gershenson’s information technology resources. He brings over 28 years of Information Technology leadership experience to Ramco-Gershenson. Mr. Rider is a Summa Cum Laude BBA graduate of Cleary University and also holds a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Management from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.
Kevin Augustyn
Kevin Augustyn
Vice President Development
Kevin Augustyn Mr. Augustyn is Vice President Development. His responsibilities include the redevelopment of existing shopping centers for the Company with particular focus on increasing the density of and adding additional land uses to the portfolio. Mr. Augustyn has over 25 years of real estate development and finance experience. Prior to joining Ramco-Gershenson, Mr. Augustyn was employed by several national real estate development firms and financial institutions including the Bank of Montreal, Trammell Crow Companies, Opus, and C III Capital Partners. He has extensive expertise in urban infill development. Mr. Augustyn earned an MBA in Finance and Management Policy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois in Urban Champaign. He holds the Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) designation.

Trustees

Stephen R. Blank
Stephen R. Blank
Chairman
Stephen R. Blank Mr. Blank is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust. Mr. Blank is a Senior Fellow, Finance at the Urban Land Institute and has served in such position since December 1998. Previously, Mr. Blank was Managing Director — Real Estate Investment Banking of CIBC Oppenheimer Corp. from 1993 to 1998, Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.’s Real Estate Corporate Finance Department from 1989 to 1993, Managing Director — Real Estate Investment Banking of Kidder, Peabody & Co. from 1979 to 1989, and Vice President, Direct Investment Group of Bache & Co., Incorporated from 1973 to 1979. Mr. Blank also serves on the Boards of Directors of MFA Mortgage Investments, Inc., a real estate investment trust, and BNP Residential Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust.
Dennis E. Gershenson
Dennis E. Gershenson
Dennis E. Gershenson Mr. Gershenson has held the position of President and CEO since May of 1996. Prior to that he served as Vice President - Finance and Treasurer of Ramco-Gershenson, Inc. from 1976 to 1996 where he was responsible for arranging all of the financing of Ramco's developments, expansions and acquisitions. Mr. Gershenson also serves as Trustee of the Board of Trustees for Ramco Gershenson Properties Trust. He is an undergraduate of Syracuse University and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School. Mr. Gershenson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hospice of Michigan, the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition and Oakland Family Services. He is also an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).
Alice M. Connell
Alice M. Connell
Alice M. Connell Ms. Connell is a Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Bay Hollow Associates, a real estate advisory firm, which provides objective, strategic counsel to investors in commercial real estate. She previously held a series of senior positions in the commercial real estate lending and real estate equity area of TIAA-CREF. Ms. Connell currently serves on the Boards of Empire State Realty Trust and RREEF America REIT III and is a former Director of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance. Ms. Connell is a member of the Advisory Boards of Parmenter Realty Partners and Park Madison Partners. She is currently a member of the Real Estate Advisory Committee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund and an Independent member of the Americas Investment Committee of CBRE Global Investors. Ms. Connell holds a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from St. Bonaventure University, and an M.A. degree from New York University.
Arthur H. Goldberg
Arthur H. Goldberg
Arthur H. Goldberg Mr. Goldberg is a Managing Director of Corporate Solutions Group, LLC, an investment banking and advisory firm since January 2002. Served as President of Manhattan Associates, LLC, a merchant and investment banking firm, from 1994 to 2002. Mr. Goldberg served as Chairman of Reich & Company, Inc. (formerly Vantage Securities, Inc.), a securities and investment brokerage firm, from 1990 to 1993. Mr. Goldberg also serves on the Board of Directors of Ardent Acquisition Corp.
David J. Nettina
David J. Nettina
David J. Nettina Mr. Nettina has been the Managing Director of MRC Capital Group, a middle market private equity investment firm with an investment focus on micro-cap companies and real estate, since 2010. Mr. Nettina has also served as the Managing Principal of Briarwood Capital Group, an affiliate of MRC Capital, since 2001 and as the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Career Management, LLC, since 2009.

Mr. Nettina served as a senior executive with American Financial Realty Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, from March 2005 to April 2008, most recently as its President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Nettina also served as an executive officer of SL Green Realty Corp., a publicly traded real estate investment trust from 1997 to 2001, including as its President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his service at SL Green Realty Corp., Mr. Nettina held various executive management positions for more than 10 years with The Pyramid Companies, a developer, owner and operator of 20 regional malls in the Northeast, including as the Chief Financial Officer and a development partner. Prior to his service at the Pyramid Companies he was the President of a community bank subsidiary of Citibank and served on active duty as an officer in the Army's101st Airborne Division. From September 2002 to January 2005, he served as an adjunct professor of finance at Siena College. Mr. Nettina earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Canisius College along with a Certificate in Management Accounting. Mr. Nettina serves as the Albany, New York Chair for Vistage International, a CEO organization with over 15,000 members worldwide. In addition, Mr. Nettina is currently a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors
Joel M. Pashcow
Joel M. Pashcow
Joel M. Pashcow Mr. Pashcow is a Managing Member of Nassau Capital LLC, a real estate and securities investment firm, since April 2006. Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Atlantic Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust, serving in such position from May 1996 to April 2006. Mr. Pashcow served as our Chairman from 1988 to May 1996.
Mark K. Rosenfeld
Mark K. Rosenfeld
Mark K. Rosenfeld Mr. Rosenfeld is a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wilherst Developers Inc., a real estate development firm, and has served in such position since July 1997. Mr. Rosenfeld served as Chairman of the Board (from 1993 to 1996) and Chief Executive Officer (from 1992 to 1996) of Jacobson Stores Inc., a retail fashion merchandiser, and served as a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Jacobson.
Laurie M. Shahon
Laurie M. Shahon
Laurie M. Shahon Ms. Shahon is the President of Wilton Capital Group, a private direct investment firm she founded in 1994 that makes principal investments in later-stage ventures and medium-sized buyouts. She previously held investment banking positions with Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers. Ms. Shahon has served on numerous public and private company boards during the past 25 years, including KCG, The Bombay Company, Eddie Bauer, and Life Insurance Company of Boston and New York. Ms. Shahon holds an A.B. in English and Political Science from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from Columbia Business School, where she has been an adjunct professor.
Michael A. Ward
Michael A. Ward
Michael A. Ward Mr. Ward is a Private Investor. Former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Trust from May 1996 to June 2005. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Ramco-Gershenson, Inc. from 1966 to 1996.