John A. Kite is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kite Realty Group. Kite Realty Group is a full-service, vertically-integrated real estate investment trust focused primarily on the development, ownership and operation of high-quality neighborhood and community shopping centers in select markets in the United States. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (KRG) and has over $3.5 billion in assets. Mr. Kite is responsible for the strategic direction and operating results of the company. He serves as the head of the company’s capital allocation committee, which is responsible for major capital transactions.
Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer of Kite Realty Group upon its initial public offering in August 2004, Mr. Kite was President of Kite Companies from 1997–2004. In 1994, Mr. Kite was named President of KMI Realty Advisors, an affiliate of the Kite Companies. KMI Realty Advisors is a full-service, SEC-registered real estate advisory firm. Mr. Kite joined the Kite organization as Chief Financial Officer of Kite Development in 1990. Mr. Kite was a Business Development Officer in the Commercial Lending Department of Harris Trust and Savings Bank in Chicago, IL from 1987-1990. Mr. Kite graduated from DePauw University with a BA in Economics in 1987.
William E. Bindley has served as our Lead Independent Trustee since our initial public offering in August 2004. He has been Chairman of Bindley Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, since 2001. Mr. Bindley is also a Founder and Current Chairman of Guardian Pharmacy Services, a privately held provider of specialty pharmacy services to long-term care communities. It is the largest privately held long term care pharmacy in the United States. Mr. Bindley also founded Priority Healthcare Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed national provider of bio-pharmaceuticals and complex therapies for chronic disease states. He served as Chairman of Priority Healthcare from 1995 to 2002, Chief Executive Officer from 1994 to 1997 and President from May 1996 to July 1996. Mr. Bindley was the Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Bindley Western Industries, Inc., a national pharmaceutical distributor and nuclear pharmacy operator that was a NYSE Fortune 200 company at the time of its merger into Cardinal Health, Inc. in February 2001. He previously served on the boards of Cardinal Health, Inc., Key Bank, NA, Bindley Western Industries, Priority Healthcare Corporation, and Shoe Carnival, Inc. He received both a B.S. degree in Industrial Economics and a Doctor of Management (H.C.) degree from Purdue University. He also completed the Wholesale Management Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is the past Vice Chairman of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and serves on the President's Advisory Council at Purdue University.
Mr. Bindley, through his extensive experience in leading health-care focused companies, brings our Board valuable insight into the operations of businesses outside of the real estate sector. Further, Mr. Bindley brings to our Board extensive public company leadership experience and is particularly well-equipped to address matters such as public company governance and compensation matters. In addition, his leadership of Bindley Capital Partners, LLC provides our Board insight into the investment community and experience with financial matters.
Bonnie S. Biumi joined the Kite Realty Group Board of Trustees in 2021 following KRG's merger with Retail Properties of America Inc. (RPAI), where she had been on the board since 2015. Ms. Biumi has over 30 years of experience in public accounting and has held senior-level financial positions in both public and private companies. Most recently, Ms. Biumi served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Kerzner International Resorts, Inc., a developer, owner and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels, from 2007 to 2012.
Ms. Biumi previously held senior-level financial positions at NCL Corporation, Ltd. and Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., which are listed on the NYSE, Neff Corporation (now United Rentals, Inc.), which was previously listed on the NYSE, Peoples Telephone Company, Inc. and Price Waterhouse. Ms. Biumi serves on the Board of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (formerly Eldorado Resorts, Inc.), a Nasdaq-listed company. Previously, from 2012 to 2017, Ms. Biumi served on the Board of Directors of Isle of Capri Casinos, a Nasdaq-listed company, and from 2013 to 2015, she served on the Board of Directors of Home Properties, Inc., a NYSE-listed company.
Ms. Biumi received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida and is a certified public accountant.
Derrick Burks is a retired partner from Ernst & Young (EY) where he served for 15 years, including time as managing partner of EY’s Indianapolis office. EY is a global professional services firm specializing in assurance, consulting, strategy and transactions, and tax services. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Mr. Burks spent 24 years with Arthur Andersen. Mr. Burks has experience on private and public company boards, including currently sitting on Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc.’s (NYSE:ELS) Board of Directors. He has been actively involved with a variety of civic and community agencies throughout his career, and is presently engaged on the boards of the Indiana University Foundation and the Regenstrief Foundation. Mr. Burks’s professional experience is broad, including work within the real estate, energy, manufacturing, trucking, mass merchandising, wholesale distribution and time-sharing industries. He has substantial experience with audits and enterprise risk assessment, mergers and acquisitions, and capital market transactions. Mr. Burks received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Mr. Burks’s wealth of knowledge and expertise in a multitude of industries, coupled with his extensive experience with REITs, provide great value to the Company and the Board.
Victor J. Coleman serves as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of Los Angeles-based Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. (NYSE symbol: HPP), a real estate investment trust and has been a member of its board since its IPO. Previously, Mr. Coleman founded and served as a managing partner of HPP's predecessor, Hudson Capital, LLC, a private real estate investment company based in Los Angeles. In 1990, Mr. Coleman co-founded and led Arden Realty, Inc. as its President and Chief Operating Officer and as a director, taking that company public on the NYSE in 1996 and selling it in 2006. Mr. Coleman is an active community leader and is on the Founding Board of Directors for the Ziman Center for Real Estate (from 2004 to the present) at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and also serves on the Boards of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission and the Los Angeles Chapter of the World Presidents' Organization. In 2015, Mr. Coleman was awarded the City of Hope's 2015 Spirit of Life Award presented by the Los Angeles Real Estate & Construction Industries Council, and the 2019 Real Star of Hollywood Award from the Friends of the Hollywood Central Park. Mr. Coleman's experience as a director also includes service on the board of other publicly traded real estate investment trusts, or REITs, such as Douglas Emmett, Inc. (from 2006 to 2009). Mr. Coleman is also an investor in the Vegas Golden Knights, a National Hockey League team. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Coleman's significant real estate experience is a great asset to our company and our Board. Mr. Coleman brings critical real estate investment industry expertise to our company. He also has keen insight into the investment community as the chairman and chief executive officer of a publicly listed real estate investment trust.
Gerald M. Gorski joined the Kite Realty Group Board of Trustees in 2021 following KRG's merger with Retail Properties of America Inc. (RPAI). Gerald joined the RPAI board in 2003 and became its Chairman in 2010. Mr. Gorski was a Partner at the law firm of Gorski & Good LLP in Wheaton, IL from 1978 through 2016. Mr. Gorski’s practice focused on governmental law and during his career he represented numerous units of local government throughout the state. Mr. Gorski has served as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney and a Special Assistant Attorney General in Illinois. Mr. Gorski served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the DuPage Airport Authority and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the DuPage National Technology Park. Mr. Gorski has written numerous articles on various legal issues facing Illinois municipalities and has been a speaker at various municipal law conferences. Mr. Gorski is a National Association of Corporate Directors, or NACD, Board Leadership Fellow. Mr. Gorski received a B.A. from North Central College with majors in Political Science and Economics and a J.D. from DePaul University Law School.
Steven P. Grimes joined the Kite Realty Group Board of Trustees in 2021 following KRG's merger with Retail Properties of America Inc. (RPAI) where he served as the company's Chief Executive Officer. Steve joined RPAI in November 2007 and became CEO in October 2009. In 2011 he was also elected to RPAI’s Board of Directors. Mr. Grimes led RPAI’s transformation into a leading independent owner of multi-tenant retail shopping centers, highlighted by RPAI’s successful initial listing on the New York Stock Exchange in April 2012. Following the IPO, Mr. Grimes took a proactive approach to the active asset management of the portfolio and the enhancement of RPAI's financial position.
Mr. Grimes previously served as RPAI’s President from October 2009 through May 2018; Chief Financial Officer from November 2007 through December 2011; Chief Operating Officer from October 2009, and Treasurer from October 2008 through December 2011. Shortly after joining RPAI, Mr. Grimes successfully led the restructuring and capitalization of RPAI’s debt during the global financial crisis. In addition, he oversaw an effort to re-tenant a significant number of big-box retail spaces in the RPAI portfolio following several notable bankruptcies/liquidations.
Mr. Grimes has been an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for more than 12 years and is a driving force in the cultivation of the industry’s partnership with the ICSC organization. In addition to ICSC, Mr. Grimes is also an active member of other retail real estate trade associations, including NAREIT and The Real Estate Roundtable.
Mr. Grimes is also active in charitable giving programs including The Wellness House in Hinsdale, IL, the Hephzibah Children’s Orphanage in Oak Park, IL, and the Chicago All Stars Project.
Prior to joining RPAI, Mr. Grimes served as a Director with Cohen Financial, a mortgage brokerage firm, and as a senior manager with Deloitte in their Chicago-based real estate practice, where he was a national deputy real estate industry leader.
Mr. Grimes received his B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University.
Christie B. Kelly is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Realty Income Corporation (NYSE symbol: O), a publicly-traded triple-net-lease REIT. Ms. Kelly worked with Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (NYSE symbol: JLL) from 2013 - 2018, where she most recently served as the Global Chief Financial Officer, bringing with her 25 years of experience in financial management, mergers and acquisitions, information technology and investment banking. From 2009 - 2013, she was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE symbol: DRE), a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Prior to that, she was a Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate, with Lehman Brothers, where she led real estate equity syndication in the United States and Canada. She spent most of her early career at General Electric, holding a variety of domestic and global leadership roles for GE Real Estate, GE Capital, GE Corporate Audit, and GE Medical Systems. Ms. Kelly holds a B.A. degree in economics from Bucknell University. Ms. Kelly serves on the boards of directors for Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. (a publicly-traded lodging REIT) and Gillbane Inc. (a privately-held company).
Ms. Kelly's significant real estate and financial experience provides our Board with a strong level of knowledge and expertise regarding real estate companies. Her career as a real estate investment executive enriches our corporate diversity and industry expertise. In particular, Ms. Kelly has first-hand and extensive experience in the development and operation of real estate assets through her roles with General Electric, Lehman Brothers, and Duke Realty. Additionally, Ms. Kelly's previous service as chief financial officer at two publicly traded companies provides a valuable operational and financial accounting perspective to our Board.
Peter L. Lynch joined the Kite Realty Group Board of Trustees in 2021 following KRG's merger with Retail Properties of America Inc. (RPAI), where he had been on the board of directors since 2014. Prior to joining RPAI's board, Mr. Lynch served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. from 2006 to March 2012, and served as Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2006. The supermarket chain operates approximately 485 combination food and drug stores throughout the South and had previously been publicly listed on the Nasdaq prior to its merger with BI-LO, LLC in December 2011. From 1998 through 2003, Mr. Lynch held various positions of increasing responsibility, including President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President-Operations, with Albertson’s, Inc., a national retail food and drug chain comprised of 2,500 stores operating under the Albertson’s, Jewel/Osco, ACME, Sav-on and Osco names. While at Albertson’s Inc., Mr. Lynch spearheaded the successful merger of American Stores Company, which operated food and drug stores in the Midwest, into Albertson’s Inc.
Mr. Lynch also held executive positions with Jewel/Osco, including President of the ACME division and Senior Vice President of Store Operations. Mr. Lynch began his career with Star Markets Company, a regional retailer, where he worked as Vice President of Operations and later Vice President of Human Resources before being named its President. Mr. Lynch serves on the Board of Directors of Liquor Stores of N.A. Ltd., which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Mr. Lynch also serves on the Board of Sid Wainer & Son, a privately-held company, located in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Mr. Lynch is a member of the Board of Trustees of Nichols College. Mr. Lynch received a B.S. in Finance from Nichols College.
David R. O’Reilly is the Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE symbol: HHC), responsible for driving the sustainable growth of the company’s assets and unlocking meaningful long-term value across the company's portfolio. He previously served as the company’s President, and has been its CFO since he joined The Howard Hughes Corporation in 2016. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. O’Reilly served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Parkway Properties, Inc., a NYSE-traded real estate investment trust focused on office properties. Prior to that, 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.
Mr. O’Reilly’s significant experience in commercial real estate investment and finance and his experience as a Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded company allow him to make valuable contributions to the Company and the Board in these areas.
Barton R. Peterson is the President and CEO of Christel House International, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of impoverished children in India, South Africa, Mexico and the United States through K-12 education and college and career support. Previously, Mr. Peterson served as senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications and as a member of the executive committee at Eli Lilly and Company from 2009 to 2017. Prior to joining Eli Lilly, Mr. Peterson was Managing Director at Strategic Capital Partners, LLC from June 2008 to June 2009. During spring 2008, Mr. Peterson was a fellow with the Institute of Politics of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. During the 2008- 2009 academic year, Mr. Peterson was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Ball State University. He continues as a fellow with the University's Bowen Center for Public Affairs. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Peterson served two terms as Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana. He also served as President of the National League of Cities in 2007. Mr. Peterson received a bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 1980 and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1983.
Mr. Peterson's experience in corporate affairs and communications at a major publicly traded company and his significant background and stature as a business and civic leader strengthen our Board and contribute unique experience in public outreach and governance that is invaluable to our company.
Charles H. Wurtzebach is currently Chairman, Department of Real Estate, and Douglas and Cynthia Crocker Endowed Director, The Real Estate Center at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, a position he has held since 2015. Dr. Wurtzebach joined the faculty at DePaul University in January 2009. From 1999 to November 2008, Dr. Wurtzebach served as managing director and property chief investment officer of Henderson Global Investors (North America) Inc., where he was responsible for the strategic portfolio planning and the overall management of Henderson’s North American business. Dr. Wurtzebach was president and chief executive officer of Heitman Capital Management from June 1994 to May 1998 and president of JMB Institutional Realty from June 1991 to June 1994. In addition, Dr. Wurtzebach was the Director of the Real Estate and Urban Land Economics program within the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin from 1974 to 1986. Dr. Wurtzebach currently serves as an independent director of the board of directors of RREEF Property Trust, Inc., where he also serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He also served as an independent director of Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust, Inc., a publicly registered, non-traded real estate investment trust, from 2009 until 2014 and as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Dr. Wurtzebach has co-authored or acted as co-editor of several books, including Modern Real Estate, co-authored with Mike Miles, and Managing Real Estate Portfolios, co-edited with Susan Hudson-Wilson, and numerous academic and professional articles. A frequently featured speaker at professional and academic gatherings, Dr. Wurtzebach was the 1994 recipient of the prestigious Graaskamp Award for Research Excellence presented by the Pension Real Estate Association and is a member of the American Real Estate Society and a past president and director of the Real Estate Research Institute. Dr. Wurtzebach obtained his bachelor degree from DePaul University, a master’s degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana.
Dr. Wurtzebach brings a variety of valuable perspectives to our Board through his academic experience as a real estate professor, industry experience as an executive for investment management companies and his board experience with a public non-listed REIT.
Caroline L. Young is a partner at Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, Inc. (''HKW''), a private equity firm focused on middle market portfolio companies. Ms. Young focuses on value creation initiatives and has navigated exit events for more than 20 HKW portfolio companies. Prior to joining HKW in 2001, Ms. Young practiced law at the Indianapolis law firm of Wooden & McLaughlin, LLP, representing corporate defendants in complex commercial litigation, product liability and professional malpractice cases. She currently serves on the boards of three privately-held companies: Indigo Wild, LLC, a bath, skin, home and cleaning products company; Partners in Leadership LLC, a provider of accountability and cultural improvement training and consulting; and Brant InStore Corporation, a full-service printing company focused on point of sale marketing solutions. Ms. Young has collaborated with leaders at investment banks and professionals in the industry to advance diversity initiatives, and she is actively involved in the community promoting college education for at-risk youth. Ms. Young earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and her bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont, graduating summa cum laude.
Ms. Young's significant business and board experiences, including financial, legal and operational knowledge and expertise, provide valuable contributions to the Company and the Board.