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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 Clark
Catherine Clark
Executive Vice President Transactions
Catherine 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.
Timothy Collier
Timothy Collier
Executive Vice President Leasing
Timothy Collier Mr. Collier is Executive Vice President of Leasing. He is responsible for the establishment and oversight of the Company’s leasing and merchandising strategies. Mr. Collier has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry with extensive knowledge in lifestyle, grocery and high-street retail. Prior to joining RPT, Mr. Collier was Head of Leasing for Acadia Realty Trust. Mr. Collier has also worked at Kimco Realty and Pyramid Management Group. Mr. Collier received his B.A. from State University of New York at Oswego, is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the ICSC.
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.
Vincent Chao, CFA
Vincent Chao, CFA
Vice President Finance
Vincent Chao, CFA Mr. Vincent Chao, is Vice President of Finance. He is responsible for corporate finance, capital markets, and investor relations activities. Mr. Chao has over 20 years of professional experience in the retail and consumer industries and was most recently a Director and Head of U.S. REIT Research for Deutsche Bank, where he served as the lead analyst for 35 companies spanning the major property types. Mr. Chao holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.
Michael McBride
Michael McBride
Vice President Asset Management
Michael McBride Mr. McBride is Vice President of Asset Management. Mr. McBride is responsible for leading the asset and property management teams with the goal of generating operating efficiencies and containing costs. 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 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.

Trustees

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.
Dennis E. Gershenson
Dennis E. Gershenson
Trustee
Dennis E. Gershenson Mr. Gershenson is a current Trustee and was the former 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.
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
President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee
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 30 years, including KCG, The Bombay Company, Eddie Bauer, and Boston Mutual Life. 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.
Andrea M. Weiss
Andrea M. Weiss
Trustee
Andrea M. Weiss Ms. Weiss has extensive specialty retail experience having served in several senior executive positions with dELIA*s Inc., The Limited, Inc., Intimate Brands, Inc., Guess, Inc. and Ann Taylor Stores, Inc. She is the Founder and current President and Chief Executive Officer of Retail Consulting, Inc. and has served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since its formation in October 2002. Ms. Weiss is also the co-Founder and current Managing Member of The O Alliance LLC, a new branch of Retail Consulting, Inc. Ms. Weiss has served as director at NutriSystem Inc. since March 2013 and has also served on the Boards of Directors of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (since 2003) and has been a Director of Chico's FAS, Inc. (since 2009). Ms. Weiss also serves on several private advisory boards.