Collectively Focused


Kite Realty Group’s dedicated leadership team collaborates to execute the company’s strategy and vision.

Executive Leadership

John A. Kite

Chairman and CEO

John A. Kite is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kite Realty Group Trust. 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 holds a BA in Economics from DePauw University.

Thomas K. McGowan

President and COO

Thomas K. McGowan has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Kite Realty Group Trust since 2008, and as Chief Operating Officer since Kite Realty Group’s initial public offering in 2004. Prior to the initial public offering, Mr. McGowan was Executive Vice President and one of the partners of the Kite Companies.

At KRG, Mr. McGowan is primarily responsible for the oversight of development, redevelopment, leasing, and construction functions of the Company. Before joining Kite Companies, Mr. McGowan worked for eight years for real estate developer Mansur Development Corporation. Mr. McGowan he holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Indiana University.

Heath Fear

Executive VP, Chief Financial Officer

Heath Fear joined Kite Realty Group as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in November 2018.

Prior to joining KRG, Mr. Fear served as CFO at GGP Inc., and was previously CFO at Retail Properties of America, Inc. Mr. Fear has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and English from John Carroll University.

Mellissa Boggs

Executive VP, Employee Experience

Mellissa Boggs, SPHR has more than 25 years of management, operations and human resources experience. As Executive Vice President of Employee Experience, Ms. Boggs provides strategy and direction in human capital initiatives through large growth, acquisitions and mature business environments with a special focus on understanding how internal initiatives impact customer experiences and company performance.

Prior to joining KRG, Ms. Boggs was the Director of HR Consulting at MJ Insurance, where she started the HR Consulting Division. She provided extensive hands-on expertise as well as leading workshops in the areas of management, leadership, compliance and what it means to be an “Employer of Choice.” Prior to joining MJ Insurance, Ms. Boggs was one of the founding principals of a full-service human capital organization called Human Capital Concepts, LLC.

Senior Leadership

Chris Brown

SVP, Technology

Christopher Brown is the Senior Vice President of Technology at Kite Realty Group Trust (KRG). He is responsible for the providing strategic vision, leadership, and direction in the deployment of technology platforms and services within the organization. Chris has a broad technology background including infrastructure, cloud technologies, software development, digital transformation, and CIO advisory services. His passion for technology and proven track record as a successful problem solver has streamlined the company’s IT integrations. Chris has a BA in Computer Science from Ball State University and holds a US patent.

Dave Buell

SVP, Chief Accounting Officer

As the Company's Chief Accounting Officer, Dave oversees its accounting, financial reporting, and tax functions. He joined Kite Realty Group in 2010 and was previously the Company’s Corporate Controller. Prior to joining the Company, Dave was a Senior Manager in the audit practice at KPMG, where he served a variety of industries with a focus on real estate. He has significant experience working with public companies and has assisted in multiple public equity and debt offerings. He is a certified public accountant and received Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University.

Neil Burka

SVP, Property Management

Neil Burka is Senior Vice President of Property Management at Kite Realty Group (KRG). He joined the company following its merger with Retail Properties of America Inc.(RPAI) in 2021, where he served as Vice President of Property Management. Neil has over 25 years of professional real estate management experience and a proven track record of creating value for both property owners and developers while consistently delivering financial results. Prior to joining RPAI, Neil held the role of Senior Regional Property Manager before being promoted to Director of Asset Management at Federal Realty where he managed one of our industry’s best portfolios. Neil brings a unique perspective to company operations. He not only has extensive industry experience, but also a first-hand knowledge of how to run a successful small retail business. As SVP of Property Management, Neil is responsible for managing our expanded portfolio, cultivating relationships with all stakeholders, and focusing on the company's core customers in order to drive consistent financial results.

Neil has a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree from Washington University and a Masters of Science, Business Technology Management degree from the University of Maryland.

Randy Burke

SVP, Construction

Randy Burke is Senior Vice President for Kite Realty Group. Mr. Burke leads the company’s construction department, which includes development, redevelopment and tenant coordination projects throughout the portfolio. Previously, Randy served as Kite Realty’s Director of Construction Operations.

Prior to joining KRG in 2016, Randy managed e-commerce and industrial distribution development projects with Browning Investments. He also served as Operations Manager with Duke Realty for seven years managing their National Retail, National Build to Suit, and Government Solutions Groups; where he was involved in the development of open-air malls and retail power centers.

Randy’s 34-year construction career includes the development of hospitals, data centers and high-rise hotel projects with Pepper Construction Company and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Randy is a Purdue University Alumni and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.

Jason Colton

SVP, Capital Markets, Investor Relations & Corporate Finance

Jason Colton is Senior Vice President of Capital Markets, Investor Relations and Corporate Finance for Kite Realty Group Trust (KRG). He is responsible for facilitating capital market transactions, developing corporate finance strategy, raising institutional equity, and managing investor relations. Prior to joining KRG, Jason served as the Vice President of Development Finance and Treasurer at Great Wolf Resorts and has held leadership roles at Silverpath Capital Management, GGP, and DDR.

Jason is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business along with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Matt Gabet

SVP, Operational Strategy

Matt Gabet, CFA, is responsible for the implementation and execution of corporate strategy and the financing/deal structuring of joint ventures and mixed-use projects. During Mr. Gabet’s fifteen year tenure with Kite Realty Group, he has financed over $300 million of retail and mixed-use developments and has helped structure and secure public incentives for a number of the company’s most complex projects including Eddy Street Commons, the Conrad Indianapolis and Glendale Town Center. Prior to his time with KRG, Mr. Gabet worked for Wachovia’s Investment Bank and was responsible for underwriting and securitizing over $2 billion of commercial real estate transactions.

Mark Jenkins

SVP, Development

Mark Jenkins currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Retail Development at Kite Realty Group Trust (KRG) in Indianapolis. Mark is responsible for overseeing the site acquisition process, managing all development and redevelopment initiatives, coordinating with public officials to seamlessly facilitate the permitting, incentive, and entitlement processes, and providing transaction negotiations for major anchor tenants.

Throughout his 25-year career with the company, Mark has completed more than $500 million in commercial real estate transactions. His extensive development experience has grown to encompass a diverse selection of property types including: community shopping centers, free-standing retail, land lease, and mixed-use developments throughout Kite’s $3.5 billion portfolio.

Bryan McCarthy

SVP, Marketing & Communications

Bryan McCarthy leads the Kite Realty Group Marketing team, overseeing the organization’s branding and messaging across all platforms. Partnering with all departments, Bryan is responsible for the company’s communication strategy at a corporate and local level. Prior to joining KRG, Bryan served as VP, Account Director at the Leo Burnett Group, developing campaigns and strategies for the agency’s portfolio of brand clients. Bryan graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Marketing and International Business.

Gregg Poetz

SVP, Leasing

Gregg Poetz is Senior Vice President of Leasing for Kite Realty Group Trust (KRG) and is based in our Indianapolis office. He is responsible for overseeing and managing the day to day activities of the Leasing Department. Gregg has been employed at KRG since 1997 and has been in the real estate business since 1989. He manages various aspects of the business including: leasing anchor spaces, new developments, small shops and outparcels. Prior to joining KRG, Gregg was employed by Simon Property Group for eight years, where he worked in the peripheral development department. Gregg graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Finance and Real Estate in 1989.

Mitch Rippe

SVP, Acquisition and Disposition

Mitch leads the Acquisition and Disposition department as Senior Vice President. He works closely with the Kite Realty Group executive team in establishing acquisition and disposition goals. He is involved in underwriting acquisition opportunities and setting pricing parameters. Another key responsibility is creating relationships with owners, brokers and sellers of retail projects in our core markets. Prior to joining KRG, Mitch was a VP of Acquisitions for Weingarten Realty Trust. Mitch is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Robert Solloway

SVP, Head of Legal

Bob Solloway is the Senior Vice President of Legal at Kite Realty Group Trust (KRG). Bob is a seasoned real estate attorney focused on transactional matters who also manages operations in the Legal Department.

Prior to joining KRG, Mr. Solloway engaged in private practice at several prestigious Indianapolis law firms including Ice Miller LLP before serving as in-house counsel for Duke Realty Corporation. Bob attended Purdue University where he earned Bachelor of Science in Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degrees before receiving his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in 1989.