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Leadership Team and Trustees

Leadership Team and Trustees

Leadership Team

Brian L. Harper
Brian L. Harper
President and Chief Executive Officer
Brian L. Harper Mr. Brian L. Harper is President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee. Prior to joining RPT, Mr. Harper served in various executive leadership roles within the retail real estate industry, most recently, as the Chief Executive Officer of Rouse Properties. Throughout his eighteen year career, Mr. Harper has won several awards, including Chain Store Age's 10 Under 40 in Real Estate, recognizing his expertise in real estate operations, redevelopment/site densification, marketing and leasing. Mr. Harper is active in many professional and charitable organizations, and currently serves on the national Board of Directors for Autism Speaks.
Michael P. Fitzmaurice
Michael P. Fitzmaurice
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Michael P. Fitzmaurice Michael P. Fitzmaurice is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary. Mr. Fitzmaurice is a key member of the executive management team responsible for the development and execution of the Company’s strategic plan; and he oversees all financial functions for Ramco, including capital markets, financial planning and analysis, accounting, tax, internal audit, information technology, and treasury. Mr. Fitzmaurice has nearly 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Finance with Retail Properties of America, Inc. (“RPAI”), where he oversaw capital markets, investor relations and treasury. Prior to joining RPAI in 2012, Mr. Fitzmaurice held various management roles within capital markets, finance, accounting and investments for GGP and Equity Office Properties. Mr. Fitzmaurice holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Professional affiliations include the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
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 since February of 1997. Prior to joining RAMCO, 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
Executive Vice President Development
Edward A. Eickhoff Mr. Eickhoff is Executive Vice President Development for RAMCO. He oversees the development and construction departments and is responsible for leading both new development projects and the redevelopment of existing shopping centers to generate long-term value for the Company. Mr. Eickhoff is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He maintains the Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX) and Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS) designations with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Throughout his career, Mr. Eickhoff has made government relations volunteerism a priority. He has served on the ICSC's National Economic Policy Subcommittee since January of 2009; and since 2015, has been serving as the Chair of the Subcommittee. In May of 2017, he was also appointed as the ICSC's National Central Division Government Relations Chair. Mr. Eickhoff has been a member of the ICSC state committee since 1990 serving as State Director 1996 - 1997 and 2004 - 2006 and as Government Relations Chair 2013 - 2016. Mr. Eickhoff also supports the ICSC PAC and is treasurer for the Michigan Commercial Real Estate PAC. Mr. Eickhoff was awarded the ICSC William M. Sulzbacher Government Relations Award in November of 2013 and the 2018 ICSC Trustees Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Eickhoff is also Chairman of the Oakland University Economic Board of Advisors, a member of the Oakland University Advisory Board of Advisors, a member of the Urban Land Institute, and a member of the Michigan Association of Planners.
Dawn L. Hendershot
Dawn L. Hendershot
Senior Vice President Investor Relations and Public Affairs
Dawn L. Hendershot Ms. Hendershot is Senior Vice President Investor Relations and Public Affairs. In this role, she is responsible for communicating the company's strategy, growth opportunities, and business initiatives to shareholders and the investment community. She also leads efforts to ensure priorities are aligned with corporate objectives and building shareholder value serving as an advisor to the Executive Management Team. Additional responsibilities comprise developing and implementing communication and marketing strategies, including the Company's proprietary Community First program, that promote the ideas, image, and vision of the Company. Ms. Hendershot has been with RAMCO since 1998. Professional affiliations include the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, National Investor Relations Institute, Public Relations Society of America, and International Council of Shopping Centers.
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 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.
William Gershenson
William Gershenson
Vice President
Managing Director Western Portfolio
William Gershenson Mr. Gershenson is Vice President Managing Director of RAMCO’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 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.
Michael McBride
Michael McBride
Vice President
Managing Director Eastern Portfolio
Michael McBride Mr. McBride is Vice President-Managing Director of RAMCO’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 RAMCO 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.
Raymond Merk
Raymond Merk
Chief Accounting Officer
Raymond Merk Mr. Merk is Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Merk is responsible for leading and managing the SEC Reporting, General Ledger Accounting, Treasury and Lease Administration teams of the Company. Mr. Merk brings over 30 years of financial leadership and professional accounting experience. Throughout his career, he has led and coordinated a variety of public company accounting functions, including SEC reporting, IPO oversight, public debt offerings and board/management reporting. Most recently, Ray was the CFO and Vice President of Finance for Tobii Dynavox. Mr. Merk holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ohio Northern University, a MBA in Finance from Cleveland State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Daniel Morris
Daniel Morris
Vice President of Development
Daniel Morris Mr. Morris is Vice President of Development overseeing development projects for the Company’s Eastern Portfolio. Mr. Morris has over 25 years of experience in the commercial retail real estate industry. Prior to joining RAMCO, Mr. Morris served as Regional Vice President of Development & Leasing for Sears Holdings Corporation. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He is licensed in Real Estate Sales and is a 20-year member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Bill Piper
Bill Piper
Vice President Information Technology
Bill Piper Mr. Piper is Vice President of Information Technology. In this role, he is responsible for leading the technology strategy, application development and infrastructure for the organization. Bill brings over 30 years of technology experience from the industries of Real Estate, Marketing Services, Print Media and Non-profit. Mr. Piper is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems. He is also a Mentor and Volunteer for We Build Character of Southeastern Michigan and an Advisor for the College of Information Technology, Baker College.
Gary Stevens
Gary Stevens
Vice President Leasing
Gary Stevens Mr. Stevens is Vice President of Leasing. His primary responsibility is leadership of the leasing teams to generate increasing rental income for RAMCO. He is also responsible for managing the production of new leases, renewals, and amendments for shop space and mid-box tenants. With a broad range of experience on both the landlord and tenant sides of the business, Mr. Stevens brings over 30 years of national corporate real estate perspective. Prior to joining RAMCO, Mr. Stevens was Vice President Real Estate for Lifetime Fitness, Regional Vice President for Sears Holdings, and Vice President Real Estate for Staples, Inc., as well as leading the development groups at The Visconsi Companies and Ahold Real Estate Company. Mr. Stevens has a BS in BA, Marketing from Western New England University and has been a member of ICSC for three decades.

Trustees

Dennis E. Gershenson
Dennis E. Gershenson
CHAIRMAN
Dennis E. Gershenson Mr. Gershenson is Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Previously, he held the position of President and CEO from May 1996 to June 2018. 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. He is an undergraduate of Syracuse University and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School. Mr. Gershenson has previously served on the Board of Directors of Hospice of Michigan, the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition and Oakland Family Services.
Stephen R. Blank
Stephen R. Blank
Lead Trustee
Stephen R. Blank Mr. Blank is Lead Trustee of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Blank was a Senior Fellow, Finance at the Urban Land Institute and has served in such position from December 1998 until December 31, 2014. 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.
Arthur H. Goldberg
Arthur H. Goldberg
Compensation Committee Chair
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.
Brian L. Harper
Brian L. Harper
Brian L. Harper Mr. Brian L. Harper is President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee. Prior to joining RPT, Mr. Harper served in various executive leadership roles within the retail real estate industry, most recently, as the Chief Executive Officer of Rouse Properties. Throughout his eighteen year career, Mr. Harper has won several awards, including Chain Store Age's 10 Under 40 in Real Estate, recognizing his expertise in real estate operations, redevelopment/site densification, marketing and leasing. Mr. Harper is active in many professional and charitable organizations, and currently serves on the national Board of Directors for Autism Speaks.
David J. Nettina
David J. Nettina
Audit Committee Chair
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
Executive Committee Chair
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.
Laurie M. Shahon
Laurie M. Shahon
Nominating and Governance Committee Chair
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.