Developers Diversified announces ’09 management trainees
Cleveland Developers Diversified Realty Corp. said Tuesday it has named this year’s appointees to the company’s Management Training program. The three college students have begun their first rotation in the program.
The 2009 class includes Thomas Newell of Duke University; Jacob Stein of Colgate University; and Jenna Weiss of Indiana University-Bloomington.
Developers Diversified launched the program in 2000 to cultivate young talent into experienced commercial real estate leaders. The program’s curriculum permits the trainee to select up to three or four six-month rotations in the company’s leasing, development, anchor store redevelopment, property management, investor relations, acquisitions & dispositions, and joint venture relations departments.
“The Management Training Program is an integral element to our management succession planning,” said Daniel B. Hurwitz, president and COO at Developers Diversified. “This program provides each trainee personal mentoring by our executives, giving them the opportunity to experience a variety of responsibilities and find the best fit within in the company.”
To date, graduates of the program have taken leadership positions within the company, including VP acquisitions and dispositions, VP leasing-anchor store redevelopment, director of mall operations and commercial assets, and development director-anchor store redevelopment.
Haier America hits the road to promote home products
NEW YORK Haier America is hitting the road this summer with its Haier Home Tour. Launching July 4th weekend at Taste of Chicago, the 53-foot tractor-trailer will fold down into a fully accessible front porch with a three-room walk-through for visitors. Each room will be furnished with Haier products, including Haier air conditioners that will cool the entire mobile home.
The living room will showcase a mounted R-Series 42” HDTV that will play footage of NBA action, as Haier is the official HDTV of the NBA. The kitchen will have a wide variety of Haier products, including the Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator, Haier’s new tall tub dishwasher and a 40 bottle wine cellar. Finally, the laundry room will feature a working washing machine and dryer. As an added bonus for touring the vehicle, the Haier products will have forms available for mail-in rebates from $20.00 to $100.00.
“We have truly outdone ourselves and have taken our company to the next level with this summer’s tour, showcasing most of our product lines in the traveling Haier Home,” said Michael Jemal, Haier America’s president and CEO. “From a kitchen suite, to laundry, to flat-panel high-definition LED televisions, Haier really does offer everything for the home, so millions of consumers will have a chance to see the best of what we offer at fairs and festivals across the country.”
NPD names new president of U.S. foodservice business unit
CHICAGO The NPD Group has appointed Arnie Schwartz as president of its U.S. foodservice business unit, which provides information and insights used by operators, distributors, and manufacturers of products in the restaurant and foodservice industry.
Formerly president of NPD’s North America food and beverage business unit, Schwartz will now manage a portfolio of information services designed to track and provide insight into consumers’ use of foodservice establishments and products.
Schwartz, who has been with NPD since 1987, has held a progression of client service and management roles in both the food and beverage and foodservice units at NPD.
“Arnie brings to his new role strong leadership skills, in-depth knowledge of the food and foodservice industries, and an unwavering commitment to meeting client needs,” says Randall Smith, group president of U.S. food and automotive, Canada and Latin America at NPD. “Over the years, he has demonstrated a keen interest in developing innovative services to track and understand consumer attitudes and behavior concerning food and beverage products. Arnie’s wide-ranging experience will certainly be welcomed by our clients in the foodservice industry.”