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WP Glimcher

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Michael P. Glimcher

Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Michael P. Glimcher

Michael P. Glimcher is Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of WP GLIMCHER, a role he assumed in January 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Glimcher served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Glimcher Realty Trust for a decade.  During his time at Glimcher Realty Trust, Mr. Glimcher focused on the Company's transformation into a premier mall real estate investment trust (REIT).  He also served as Executive Vice President before becoming President of the Company in 1999 and was a Trustee since 1997.  Glimcher Realty Trust was acquired by Washington Prime Group Inc. to form WP GLIMCHER in January 2015.

Mr. Glimcher sits on the Board of Directors for M/I Homes, Inc., and is a member of the Board of Governors for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), where he serves as Chair of the Audit/Investment Committee.  He is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, D.C. and serves as a Trustee of the Arizona State University Foundation and the Wexner Center for the Arts.  He is also a member of the Columbus Partnership and the Governing Committee of The Columbus Foundation.

 

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Mark E. Yale

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mark E. Yale

Mark E. Yale is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WP GLIMCHER. In this position, Mr. Yale is responsible for the organization’s financial management and reporting. He oversees accounting, finance, investor relations, marketing, and information services. Mr. Yale assumed the role in January 2015 and was previously the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Glimcher Realty Trust, which was acquired by Washington Prime Group Inc. to become WP GLIMCHER in January 2015.

Previously, Mr. Yale served as Manager of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Storage USA, a division of General Electric (GE) Real Estate of Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to the acquisition of Storage USA Inc. by GE Real Estate in 2002, Mr. Yale was Senior Vice President for Financial Reporting at Storage USA. His experience at Storage USA encompassed the areas of financial reporting, capital formation, strategic planning and productivity improvement. Mr. Yale also successfully managed the company’s financial and accounting functions through the acquisition integration. Prior to joining Storage USA, he was a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mr. Yale holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Richmond. He is a member of the board of directors for the Wexner Heritage Center and the executive committee of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.

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Butch M. Knerr

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Butch M. Knerr

Butch M. Knerr is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of WP GLIMCHER, a role he assumed in January 2015. Previously, Mr. Knerr served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Washington Prime Group Inc., which acquired Glimcher Realty Trust to become WP GLIMCHER in January 2015. He oversees leasing, development, construction, and property management.

Mr. Knerr joined Washington Prime Group Inc. from Simon Property Group, Inc., where he served as Executive Vice President of Leasing from March 2009 to September 2014. Prior to that role, he served in numerous roles of increasing responsibility at Simon Property Group and its predecessor from July 1988 through March 2009.

Mr. Knerr holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Indiana University and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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Gregory A. Gorospe, Esq.

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Gregory A. Gorospe, Esq.

Greg Gorospe serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of WP Glimcher. Previously, he served as a Partner at the law firm of Jones Day, where he practiced for 20 years. During that time he represented developers, borrowers, other capital users and lenders in the areas of real estate joint ventures; construction lending and other complex lending structures; leasing; acquisitions, dispositions and portfolio transfers; and corporate finance, including the issuance of publicly traded notes.

 

Mr. Gorospe has advised a variety of clients such as Brush Engineered Materials, Continental Real Estate, Greystar Real Estate Partners, Meadowlands Development, Mill Creek Residential Trust, Softbank Group Corp., Sprint Corporation and Trammell Crow Residential.

 

Mr. Gorospe holds a J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from The Ohio State University. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association and sits on the boards of the Asian-Pacific American Bar Association-Columbus and Buckeye Leadership Fellows.

 

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Thomas J. Drought, Jr.

Executive Vice President, Director of Leasing

Thomas J. Drought, Jr.

Thomas J. Drought, Jr. is Executive Vice President, Director of Leasing, of WP GLIMCHER. He assumed the role in January 2015 and previously held the same role at Glimcher Realty Trust, which was acquired by Washington Prime Group Inc. to become WP GLIMCHER in January 2015.

Mr. Drought is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and holds the designations of Certified Retail Property Executive and Senior Certified Leasing Specialist from ICSC.

Mr. Drought received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He leads the Company’s involvement in Pelotonia, an annual non-profit bike event designed to support and raise awareness for cancer research at The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital.

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Robert P. Demchak, Esq.

Executive Vice President, Assistant General Counsel

Robert P. Demchak, Esq.

Robert P. Demchak serves as Executive Vice President, Assistant General Counsel of WP GLIMCHER. Previously, Mr. Demchak served as General Counsel of Washington Prime Group Inc., which acquired Glimcher Realty Trust to become WP GLIMCHER in January 2015.

Prior to joining Washington Prime Group Inc. in May 2014, Mr. Demchak served as Senior Vice President, Capital Markets Group/Legal of Simon Property Group, Inc., and prior to that, Vice President, Capital Markets Group of Simon Property Group from 2009-2013. Mr. Demchak has also worked as an Attorney at Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings, an Associate at Kaye Scholer, and an Associate at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf.

Mr. Demchak holds a J.D. degree from St. John's University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Paul Ajdaharian

Executive Vice President, Community Lifestyle Centers

Paul Ajdaharian

Paul Ajdaharian is Executive Vice President, Community Lifestyle Centers, of WP GLIMCHER. Prior to joining WP GLIMCHER in January 2015, Mr. Ajdaharian served as the Senior Vice President at both Washington Prime Group Inc., which acquired Glimcher Realty Trust to become WP GLIMCHER in January 2015, and before that, at Simon Property Group, Inc. since 1998.

Mr. Ajdaharian is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is a Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS).

Mr. Ajdaharian received his Bachelor’s degree at Franklin and Marshall College.

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Gregory E. Zimmerman

Executive Vice President, Development

Gregory E. Zimmerman

Gregory E. Zimmerman is Executive Vice President, Development of WP Glimcher. Previously, Mr. Zimmerman served as Senior Vice President, Big Box, Theatre & Peripheral Development with Simon Property Group. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Real Estate at Macerich Company and in Development and Legal roles at The Rouse Company.

Mr. Zimmerman holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Dickinson College. He is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and has served on numerous Boards of Directors through Boy Scouts of America and Dickinson College. He currently serves on the Board of Cardinal Properties for the Ball State University Foundation.

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Melissa A. Indest

Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer

Melissa A. Indest

Lisa A. Indest is Senior Vice President, Finance, and Chief Accounting Officer of WP GLIMCHER. Previously, she held the same role at Glimcher Realty Trust, which was acquired by Washington Prime Group Inc. to become WP GLIMCHER in January 2015, where she also held the role of Vice President, Finance and Accounting. She oversees investor relations, financial reporting, strategic planning, lease accounting, credit, as well as corporate communications and marketing.

Prior to joining Glimcher in 2003, Ms. Indest served in various accounting and operational roles with Corporate Express of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she most recently held the title of President, Central Midwest Division. She began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Ms. Indest received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Akron. She serves as Vice Chairperson on the board of directors for Lifeline of Ohio.

 

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Armand Mastropietro

Senior Vice President, Property Management

Armand Mastropietro

Armand Mastropietro is Senior Vice President, Property Management, of WP GLIMCHER. Previously, Mr. Mastropietro held the same role at Glimcher Realty Trust, which was acquired by Washington Prime Group Inc. to become WP GLIMCHER in January 2015. He has previously held several positions as General Manager prior to joining Glimcher in 1998, including eight years with General Growth Properties.

Mr. Mastropietro is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and holds the designations of Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX) and Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) from ICSC as well as serving on various ICSC governing committees.

Mr. Mastropietro received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Youngstown State University.

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Grace E. Schmitt, Esq.

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Grace E. Schmitt, Esq.

Grace E. Schmitt, Esq. serves as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, of WP GLIMCHER. She previously held the role of Vice President, Human Resources at Glimcher Realty Trust, which was acquired by Washington Prime Group Inc. to become WP GLIMCHER in January 2015.

Prior to joining Glimcher in 2007, Ms. Schmitt served in the human resources leadership role for Casto Management Services. Her experience includes work in the construction and retail sectors.

Ms. Schmitt, who is licensed attorney in the state of Ohio, holds a J.D. from The Ohio State University, College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts of Business Administration from the University of North Texas.

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Joshua P. Lindimore

Senior Vice President, Leasing

Joshua P. Lindimore

Joshua P. Lindimore serves as Senior Vice President, Leasing, of WP GLIMCHER. He previously served as Vice President, Leasing, for Glimcher Realty Trust, which was acquired by Washington Prime Group Inc. to become WP GLIMCHER in January 2015. Before joining Glimcher Realty Trust in November 2010 as Senior Director, Leasing, Mr. Lindimore was previously with Glimcher as Regional Leasing Manager and also spent several years as a Leasing Executive with Steiner & Associates.

In his role, Mr. Lindimore leads leasing strategy for the WP GLIMCHER portfolio of regional malls, assuming responsibility for several key properties, including Classen Curve/The Triangle at Classen Curve/Nichols Hills Plaza in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Malibu Lumber Yard in Malibu, California; and Scottsdale Quarter in Scottsdale, Arizona, in addition to managing and mentoring other key members of the leasing team.

Mr. Lindimore holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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Cheryl M. VanPatten

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Cheryl M. VanPatten

Cheryl M. VanPatten is Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer of WP Glimcher. Previously, she held the role of Vice President, Information Services at Glimcher Realty Trust, which was acquired by Washington Prime Group Inc. to become WP Glimcher in January 2015. She is responsible for providing solutions, direction and leadership regarding information technology to corporate and field operations and to other business partners.
 
Prior to joining Glimcher in 2010, Ms. VanPatten served as Vice President of Support Services at Influent, a privately held company that provides inbound, outbound, and business process outsourcing to a number of Fortune 500 and other leading companies. While at Influent, she was responsible for all technical aspects of client relationships, including requirements analysis, scripting, leads processing, reporting and file transmissions. Previously, she held a wide range of IT and project management positions with Wendy's International, Inc. in Dublin, Ohio, with responsibility for the development and implementation of a number of strategically significant technology, development and operations projects.

Ms. VanPatten holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University.  

 

 

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