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Sam Hosn named GM of Potomac Mills

BY Michael Fickes

Woodbridge, Va. — Potomac Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in the Washington, D.C., area has appointed Sam Hosn as its new general manager. Paul Fickinger, executive VP of property management for The Mills, a Simon Company, made the announcement.

As general manager, Hosn will manage the day-to-day operations of Potomac Mills including leasing, contract negotiations, staff supervision, office management, budgeting, tenant relations and marketing.

A 28-year veteran of the shopping center industry, Hosn comes to Potomac Mills from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., where he held the position of director of retail operations. In that position, Hosn managed Seminole Paradise, the hotel’s retail and entertainment complex featuring 17 restaurants, 11 nightclubs, 22 retail shops and a state-of-the-art concert arena.

Prior to that, he served as general manager of Town Center at Boca Raton, a 1.8-million-sq.-ft. shopping destination in Boca Raton, Fla., owned by Simon Property Group.

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Divaris arranges three lease signings in Richmond area

BY Michael Fickes

Virginia Beach, Va. — Divaris Real Estate has announced the signing of two new leases for a combined 7,700 sq. ft. and one lease renewal for 3,612 sq. ft. in the greater Richmond area.

Sherwin Williams signed a new lease for 6,000 sq. ft. of retail space in the Town Hall Shopping Center in Colonial Heights, Va. DRE’s Richmond office represented the tenant in the transaction.

The Parlor has taken 1,700 sq. ft. of retail space at 115 Broad Street in Richmond. DRE’s Richmond office represented the tenant in the negotiations. The Parlor is a hair salon and spa opening on the first floor of the newly renovated Class A apartment building in Richmond’s Arts District.

Premier Audio renewed its lease for 3,612 sq. ft. of retail space in the 360 West Shopping Center in Richmond. Divaris leases and manages 360 West, and the company’s Richmond office handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the landlord.

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Caruso appoints chief marketing and communications officer

BY Michael Fickes

Los AngelesCaruso Affiliated has appointed Judy Johnson to the newly created post of chief marketing and communications officer. In her new role, Johnson will support the company’s expanding portfolio of projects throughout California and oversee marketing, public relations, strategic alliances and entertainment initiatives.

A 30-year veteran of the communications and marketing industry, Johnson comes to Caruso Affiliated after 17 years with GolinHarris, a full-service communications firm. Most recently, she served as president of operations west of the company’s Chicago headquarters. Her responsibilities included managing staff, senior client accounts, business development and operations for offices in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco. She also served on the GolinHarris global management team.

Prominent clients included Amazon, Cold Stone Creamery, Cunard Line, Disney, Disneyland and Downtown Disney, Farmer John, Forest City Development, Las Vegas Sands Corp., McDonald’s, The Ritz-Carlton, Toyota and others.

The appointment comes at a significant time in the evolution of Caruso Affiliated. With the goal of doubling the size of the company in five years, Caruso is currently re-imagining street-front retail in Brentwood, Calif. and Pacific Palisades, Calif. In addition, the company is spearheading one of the largest retail developments in Carlsbad, Calif. Several other retail projects are in the words as well.

On the hospitality side, Caruso Affiliated is planning The Miramar Beach Resort and Bungalows, a luxury resort property in Montecito, Calif. The company is also developing plans for high-rise mixed-use projects in Los Angeles.

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