Bruce F. Katz is founder and president of San Francisco-based Retail Focus, Inc., a shopping center advisory firm providing the analysis and insight needed to identify market opportunities and position properties for competitive advantage.
Mr. Katz brings a unique combination of expertise from over thirty years experience in both the retail and shopping center industries, which gives him an uncommon perspective on retail real estate. He has held executive positions at major department and specialty stores, as well as at Taubman Centers, a leading shopping center development firm.
Retail Focus offers market analysis, feasibility assessment, tenant mix planning and other value-added strategies. The firm's objective is to assist shopping center executives with initial developments, expansions and redevelopments of properties. Retail Focus also provides due diligence for shopping center acquisitions and sales and advises on investment.
Mr. Katz works with clients coast-to-coast. Recent clients include both shopping center developers and investment firms such as Macerich, Madison Marquette, Taubman, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), Disney Imagineering, Panattoni Development, SunCal Development, Investcorp, ING/Clarion and Buchanan Street Partners.
Mr. Katz is a graduate of New York University. He has taught Shopping Center Management at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. He is also an ongoing contributor to industry trade publications and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Jeff Green is a nationally recognized retail development expert whose strategic analysis, penetrating insights and visionary perspective have made him one of the most respected figures in the industry. His innovative approach to retail development is shaped by a keen grasp of emerging national and global development trends and an ability to incorporate market- and site-specific details into a broader contextual portrait. In a dynamic, rapidly evolving industry, Green's demonstrated commitment to examining the intersection of retail and lifestyle has led him to challenge fundamental assumptions about how and where we live, work, play and shop.
As the founding principal, President and CEO of Jeff Green Partners, Green's professional philosophy is readily apparent in the firm's comprehensive portfolio of services. Jeff Green Partners is an agile, assignment-focused retail consultant firm that provides both prominent retail clients and a number of leading commercial and retail real estate developers with the in-depth analysis and comprehensive strategic support needed to succeed in a competitive development climate. The firm consults with clients nationally and internationally in all phases of retail center development, project feasibility, site selection, redevelopment, planning and long-term viability. Clients like lucy, LL Bean, Macerich, PREIT and RED Development all look to Jeff Green Partners for a better understanding of how diverse factors such as changing design priorities, shifting usage patterns, and evolving consumer social and lifestyle trends will impact the industry. These firms rely on Jeff Green's proven ability to translate that knowledge into cohesive strategy.
Green's more than two decades of industry experience includes time as the President of Sausalito, CA-based Market Insite Group, as well as the President and Owner of The Green Group, a firm with a 35-year history of providing consulting services to retail, restaurant and entertainment tenants. Green currently serves on the Real Estate Committees of LL Bean and lucy activewear, inc.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Green is a frequent public speaker and author. The nation's leading real estate and retail industry trade publications and major national media outlets look to him for insights and observations on industry trends and new developments. A frequent, well-received contributor to industry panels and continuing education programs, Green's ability to express complex ideas with clarity and force has made him a valuable resource for investors, national and local tenants, consumers and communities. For many years, he taught market research techniques with the International Council of Shopping Center's (ICSC) School of Professional Development, and his professional engagements include presentations before regional and national ICSC conventions, the Food Marketing Institute and the Urban Land Institute.
Stuart F. Zall, President, The Zall Company, LLC, represents 25 years experience in the real estate leasing business including six years with The Taubman Company, an internationally known $5 billion real estate development and management organization.
Among the many successful retail projects that The Zall Company has leased include Stapleton Northfield for Forest City Enterprises, a million square foot urban lifestyle center in Denver, Colorado, Avenues Walk in Jacksonville Florida, a 650,000 square foot mixed use project for Kimco Realty, The Denver Pavilions, a 360,000 entertainment center in Downtown Denver, for Gart Properties/ING. The Zall Company represents some of the top retailers in identifying their retail real estate strategies including William Sonoma, Bare Escentuals, Motherhood Maternity, Modern Mexican Restaurants, and Shiekh Shoes. The Zall Company is also a member of the Retail Brokers Network, a nationwide affiliation of top real estate brokers, with over 35 offices.
Before founding The Zall Company, LLC, Mr. Zall formed and strengthened relationships with retail clients as Vice President and Director of Lord Associates, a nationwide retail and outlet real estate leasing, consulting and brokerage firm. In November 1999, when Lord Associates was acquired by The Taubman Company, Mr. Zall continued his work as Director of Value Retail Leasing.
Mr. Zall's achievements with Lord Associates comprise extensive projects including the Great Mall of the Bay Area, a former Ford assembly plant converted into a 1.5 million-square-foot value mega mall and Great Lakes Crossing, a 1.2 million-square-foot value mega mall in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He also headed the leasing of Main Street, Florida, and a 1-million-square-foot entertainment center in Jacksonville, Florida.
By adding upscale and entertainment-oriented retailers to both Lord Associates and Taubman properties, Mr. Zall improved the merchandising mix and increased the properties' customer counts, positively impacting the sales per square foot. His experience and relationships allow him to accelerate leases with such prestigious clients as DKNY, Charlotte Russe, Vans Skate Park, Perry Ellis, Pacific Sunwear, Bebe, Chico's, Fresh Choice, Johnny Rockets, BCBG, the Alcatraz Brew Pub Company, Guess Jeans, St. John Knits, The Limited, Hot Topic and Forever 21.
Mr. Zall earned his B.S. in accounting from the University of Denver. His professional licenses include:
- Real Estate Broker's License-Texas 2006
- Real Estate Broker's License-Oregon 2005
- Real Estate Broker's License - Florida, 2003
- Real Estate Broker's License - Nebraska, 2002
- Real Estate Broker's License - Colorado, 2000
- Real Estate Broker's License - Nevada, 2000
- Real Estate Broker's License - California, 1993
- Certified Public Accountant - Colorado, 1985
Other affiliations include:
- International Council of Shopping Centers
- University of Denver Advisors Board
- University of Denver Alumni Association
- President of the Board of Hillel of Colorado