Selecting the 10 Under 40 class is one of our most difficult annual duties and many worthy nominees don’t make the final cut. Here are 12 of the worthiest.
Chris Ressa, 35 Chief operating officer, DLC As a new rep at DLC, Ressa set a torrid pace of more than 25 deals a year with retailers like TJX, Ross, and Burlington. Next, he led the Midwest team to a 500% increase in closed deals and got promoted to senior VP in charge of 15 other professionals. A public speaker with more than 27,000 followers on LinkedIn, Ressa is an established industry thought leader.
Joshlyn Steele, 35 Regional leasing manager, Kite Realty Group This real estate prodigy grew up fast. Assistant property manager at 18, cancer survivor at 19, she six years ago became Kite’s youngest leasing rep and only woman in the job. Steele oversees a portfolio of 1.3 million sq. ft. and has signed over 130,000 sq. ft. in the past two years.
Arlin Markowitz, 39 Senior vice president, CBRE Markowitz has executed over $500 million in Toronto investment sales. In 2018, his team completed in excess of 100 transactions and has more than 1 million sq. ft. of retail space listed in 50 properties. As a leasing agent, Markowitz has represented luxury labels like Hermès, Salvatore Farragamo, Zegna, Equinox, MCM, COS and Brooks Brothers. He also helped Japanese brand Muji enter the Canadian market.
Tripp Russ, 24 Vice president, brokerage, The Retail Connection Russ set an all-time record for rookie production and is TRC’s youngest ever VP. Focusing on landlord and tenant representation, he has worked on several high-profile landlord projects across Texas, including Knox Street and Heights Mercantile. His recent deal with Scissors & Scotch at The Crescent was named a finalist for DCEO 2018 Retail Deal of the Year.
Mary Reichardt, 37 Corporate director of marketing, Butler Reichardt’s stints as marketing director for Alachua County and communications manager for Rep. Keith Perry positioned her well as the promoter of Gainesville’s premier retail property. In her short time at Butler Enterprises’ mega-complex in Gainesville (2 million sq. ft. of retail on 267 acres), she formulated the communications strategy for its new town center and planned a Whole Foods’ opening that drew 2,000 people.
Amanda T. Welles, 27 Vice president, Venture Commercial Real Estate Strategies Welles joined Venture in 2014 as an intern. Just two years later, she was named as the youngest VP in Venture’s history. Welles represents 3 million sq. ft. of retail for about 25 landlords at lifestyle and mixed-use projects in Dallas-Fort Worth. In 2017 and 2018, she conducted more than 125 lease transactions.
Neal Wade, 39 Development partner, Baker Katz Wade has completed more than 50 purchases and sales of property, leading to his quick rise to development partner. His efforts were crucial to the closing of the company’s largest purchase — PlazAmericas Mall, an 850,000-sq.-ft. center in Houston that’s home to more than 175 retailers and restaurants.
David Fazio, 38 Executive vice president, brokerage, The Retail Connection One of TRC’s original team members and its youngest ever partner, Fazio handles national account coordination with TRC’s four Texas offices and is Chainlinks’ regional tenant council chair. He has negotiated 300 leases for Bed, Bath & Beyond, 275 for Visionworks and 115 for Famous Footwear.
Mark Kaplan, 34 Chief operating officer, RIPCO Real Estate In just over two years, Kaplan has assisted RIPCO in doubling the number of brokers to 70, many of them long-tenured professionals. In 2018, Ripco was ranked Brooklyn’s leading brokerage firm for square footage leased.
Brian Goodwin, 34 Senior vice president, Metro Commercial Real Estate, Inc. Goodwin joined Metro 11 years ago. Today, he is the exclusive regional broker for PetSmart in 18 states and Puerto Rico and exclusive national broker for Mattress Firm from Maine to Florida. Since 2015, he has completed over 60 PetSmart leases, 30 for Mattress Firm and 100 for Lumber Liquidators. Real Estate Forum named Goodwin the #20 broker in the nation in 2017.
Brandon Anapol, 39 Senior vice president, Metro Commercial Real Estate, Inc. Anapol has completed over 700 deals on behalf of retailers nationwide. In 2018 alone, his transaction volume exceeded $80 million. Clients have included Edge Fitness, Lumber Liquidators, Kona Grill, Aspen Dental, European Wax Center, Kirkland’s, Urban Air, Bowlmor and Jamba Juice. Anapol is a seven-time recipient of the Costar power broker award.
Ben Hines, 27 Assistant vice president, Venture Commercial Real Estate Strategies, LLC Hines represents tenants in Texas and Louisiana, including Orvis, Clean Juice, and Ollie’s. He is a committee member on the North Texas Association of Realtors YPF and the south-central leader for X-Now. In 2017, he received the Rookie of the Year Award; in 2018, he was given the All-Star Award by X Team Retail Advisors.