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Columbia Sportswear angling for new shoppers

BY Dan Berthiaume

Miami, Fla. — Columbia Sportswear Company is expanding its new store concept.

The company has opened Performance Fishing Gear (PFG), in Miami’s The Falls. The 5,654 sq.-ft. store features the latest and greatest from the popular collection, along with an interactive knot-tying station and digital design elements.

“Miami is the perfect landscape for Columbia’s core PFG customer,” said Shawn Cox, Columbia’s senior VP of retail. “The region is both a home and a destination for serious anglers and individuals who simply enjoy the sophistication and style of the Columbia PFG product line.

In addition to apparel and footwear, the store also offers a full line of accessories that reflect the Columbia PFG lifestyle.

This is the third Columbia PFG store the company has opened nationally in the past year. Other locations include Alpharetta, Georgia, and Southlake, Texas.

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Gordon Brothers-Accuval names southeast director

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boston – Conrad Lauten has joined Gordon Brothers-AccuVal, the valuation division of Gordon Brothers Group, as director, business development. Lauten will oversee the group serving Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee and Virginia.

Lauten brings more than 35 years of experience to this role. He has a comprehensive background in business development and relationship management in the finance industry and holds Series 79 and Series 63 license registrations. Most recently, he was the managing director, new business development of the asset based lending division for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. He also held other relationship management and business development positions at Atlantic Capital Bank, Wachovia Capital Finance and Deutsche Bank.

Lauten will be based in Atlanta. He will lead the sales efforts in the southeast region and help asset based lending and private equity professionals understand valuation trends, changing methodologies, industry specific issues and the underlying value of their assets.

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RPAI names GGP exec as CFO

BY Dan Berthiaume

Oak Brook, Ill. – Retail Properties of America Inc. (RPAI) has named Heath R. Fear as its new CFO and treasurer, effective Aug. 17. Fear will play a key role in the continued execution of the company’s portfolio and balance sheet strategy, in addition to oversight of all of financial activities, including capital markets, accounting, investor relations, internal audit, internal reporting and treasury.

Fear has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and currently serves as senior VP, head of capital markets of General Growth Properties Inc. (GGP) and as a member of GGP’s capital and management committees.

Fear joined GGP in 2003, and prior to his current role held various senior roles within GGP’s legal team. Prior to GGP, Fear served as counsel for Prime Group Realty Trust, and as an associate in the real estate practice groups of Kirkland & Ellis and Pedersen & Houpt.

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