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 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

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.

Pat Casey

SVP, Chief Technology Officer

Pat Casey is Kite Realty Group’s (NYSE: KRG) Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer. Pat has over thirty-five years of experience in the IT space, having led the technological strategy for corporations including CNA Insurance, OfficeMax, Brunswick, and Delhaize America. Prior to joining KRG in 2022, Pat served as Chief Technology Officer at CNO Financial Group, where he implemented enterprise-wide solutions that served to optimize cross-functional productivity and delivery. As Chief Technology Officer, Pat utilizes his deep knowledge and experience to lead Kite Realty Group’s continued technological evolution and accelerate KRG’s ability to achieve key business objectives.

Kimberly Fuhrman

SVP, Property Marketing & Specialty Leasing

Kim Fuhrman is Senior Vice President of Property Marketing & Specialty Leasing at Kite Realty Group (KRG). She joined the company following its merger with Retail Properties of America (RPAI), where she served as Vice President, Marketing & Business Development. Prior to this, Kim served as Vice President, Marketing Services at GGP and Brand Director at Marriott International. In her role, she is responsible for property marketing, customer experience, retail partnerships and business development opportunities within the portfolio. Kim is a graduate of Marymount University.

Tyler Henshaw

SVP, Capital Markets & Investor Relations

Tyler Henshaw is Senior Vice President of Capital Markets, Investor Relations and Corporate Finance for Kite Realty Group (KRG). He is responsible for facilitating capital market transactions, developing corporate finance strategy, managing investor relations, and leading financial planning and analysis within the organization. Prior to joining the Company in 2019, Tyler served in a variety of accounting and finance roles at Starwood Retail Partners, Walton Street Capital, and Ernst & Young. Tyler is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and graduated from Indiana University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance.

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, Corporate 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.

Dean Papadakis

SVP, Chief Legal Officer

Dean Papadakis is Kite Realty Group’s (NYSE: KRG) Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining KRG in 2022, Dean served as founding partner of the Chicago-based law firm, Kaplan Papadakis & Gournis, P.C. for over twenty-five years. Dean’s practice and expertise cover a wide breadth of disciplines, with a concentration on retail leasing and transactional work. Throughout his career, he has successfully served as outside general counsel, addressing a wide variety of legal matters including litigation, employment matters, collections, insurance claims, zoning entitlements, and M&A work. As Chief Legal Officer, Dean leads all legal and insurance matters for KRG.

Dean holds a Bachelor of Arts, Economics degree from University of Illinois and a Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent College of Law.

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.

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.

Theresa Severson

SVP, Insurance & Risk Management

Theresa Severson is the senior vice president, insurance and risk at Kite Realty Group. She joined the company following its merger with Retail Properties of America (RPAI) where she served in a similar capacity for 13 years. In her role, Ms. Severson oversees risk management and insurance program for operational and corporate exposures, claims management, Business Continuity and Enterprise Risk Management.

In March 2023, Ms. Severson was named RIMS’ Risk Manager of the Year, appeared on Captive Review’s Power 50-Captive Owners List and, on behalf of Kite Realty Group, accepted CICA’s, Outstanding Captive Award, presented to a captive insurance company that has shown creative uses for a captive, recognition, and a positive reputation among rating agencies, regulators, and colleagues in the captive industry

Ms. Severson received her B.S. in Economics from Illinois State University.