Mr. Robert Chapman is the Chief Executive Officer of CenterPoint Properties Trust. CenterPoint is a Chicago-based company focused on investment in industrial property and related rail, road and port infrastructure. CenterPoint, initially publicly traded in 1993 (NYSE: CNT), was privatized in 2006 by CalEast Global Logistics, LLC, a joint venture between the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and GI Partners.
Prior to joining the Company in 2013, Mr. Chapman held executive positions with several national real estate firms, most recently as Chief Operating Officer at Duke Realty Corporation. Preceding his tenure at Duke, Mr. Chapman was with RREEF Funds in Chicago, Hines Interests in Houston and Lincoln Property Company in San Francisco.
A graduate of Stanford University and of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Mr. Chapman is a member on several boards including Cousins Properties Inc. (NYSE: CUZ) and First Century Energy Holdings, Inc. He is also an Executive Advisor to the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), and a member of the Northwestern University Transportation Center, Business Advisory Council (BAC).
Paul "PJ" Charlton joined CenterPoint as Senior Vice President, Investments, in 2015 to oversee the growth of the Company's East Coast portfolio. In this role, Mr. Charlton is responsible for executing CenterPoint's eastern region investment strategy, sourcing and managing local acquisition transactions, and collaborating with the entire regional team to look for new investment opportunities and add value within the exiting portfolio.
Mr. Charlton brings more than a decade of experience in industrial real estate to the Company. Prior to joining CenterPoint, he served as principal and Senior Vice President of Investments for KTR Capital Partners, where he led the sourcing, negotiation and execution of more than $1 Billion of industrial investment transactions in the Southeast, Southwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Mr. Charlton graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in business from Wake Forest University and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Clewlow became Chief Investment Officer in January of 2005, after serving as Senior Vice President of Investments. He joined CenterPoint in 1997 and oversees investment activity for the Company. Additionally, he managed CenterPoint Venture, a joint venture of the company and the California Public Retirement System (CalPERS), the nation's largest pension fund, which ultimately purchased the company in 2006.
Mr. Clewlow has been involved in industrial real estate since graduating from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1985. He worked for CBRE as an industrial real estate broker for 11 years serving the Chicago area and joined CenterPoint in an acquisitions capacity.
Mr. Clewlow received his Master’s in Business Administration in 2004 from Kellogg's Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Clewlow is a member of NAIOP Chicago and served as the organization’s President in 2012. Mr. Clewlow was appointed by the Governor of the State of Illinois to serve as a Commissioner on the Illinois Medical District.
Jed Degnan joined CenterPoint Properties in 2006 and is responsible for developing and implementing the Company’s investment strategy. Mr. Degnan has specialized in industrial real estate for more than 14 years. Prior to joining CenterPoint, Mr. Degnan performed brokerage services for Cushman & Wakefield, Insignia/ESG and CB Richard Ellis, where he completed more than 250 transactions totaling over 20 million square feet with a cumulative value in excess of $500 million.
Mr. Degnan graduated from the University of Iowa in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Eric Gilbert is Senior Vice President, Infrastructure & Logistics at CenterPoint, where he is responsible for overseeing intermodal, infrastructure, rail and marine-based development projects from land acquisition through vertical development. Since joining CenterPoint in 2001, Mr. Gilbert has managed the development of the CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Joliet/Elwood, North America’s largest inland port, consisting of over 6,000 acres and a total investment of $2 billion. Mr. Gilbert has overseen globally recognized projects such as the BNSF Logistics Park Chicago in Elwood, Illinois, Union Pacific’s Global IV facility, the Joliet Bulk Barge & Rail terminal in Joliet, Illinois, and the South Carolina Port Authority’s Inland Port Terminal in Greer, South Carolina. He has also supervised the development of over 8,000,000 square feet of Class I warehousing for customers such as Walmart and Georgia Pacific.
Prior to joining CenterPoint, Mr. Gilbert was a Design Engineer for TranSystems Corporation, a Project Manager for Cemcon, Ltd., as well as a Contract Administrator for R.W. Dunteman Company. In 2013, Mr. Gilbert was appointed to the Illinois State Freight Advisory Council by the Illinois Department of Transportation to lead the Safety, Security and Environment Committee. He sits on the Board of Directors and Global Transportation Council for Will County’s Center for Economic Development, and is a member of Bradley University’s Civil Engineering and Construction Advisory Board. Mr. Gilbert received a bachelor's in civil engineering from Bradley University in 1994 and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois.
Jeremy Grey joined CenterPoint Properties in July 2007 and is responsible for managing development projects related to transportation, distribution and global logistics. Specifically, Mr. Grey oversees all aspects of construction management, including budgets and scheduling, permitting, coordinating with utility companies and acting as CenterPoint’s quality control team to govern the engineering process. He is also responsible for working with local, state and federal agencies to negotiate zoning, permitting and fee issues.
Prior to joining CenterPoint, Mr. Grey was a design engineer for Cemcon, Ltd. and Parsons; he was also involved with construction management at McDonough Associates. Mr. Grey received a bachelor's in civil engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Mr. Harbour joined CenterPoint in 2008 after having served as a consultant for the Company in 2006 and 2007. He is responsible for developments and strategies with a focus on projects in Virginia and the Southeast region. His development responsibilities include project planning, design, cost evaluation, project pro forma, financing, leasing and construction oversight. Prior to joining CenterPoint Mr. Harbour developed and built more than 25 million square feet of commercial and industrial projects.
Mr. Harbour attended Denver University and the University of Arizona studying Business Administration and Economics. His Military experience includes two tours of duty in the Republic of South Vietnam with the U.S. Navy Mobil Construction Battalion One (Seabees) where he directed design and engineering services for airfields, bridges, road systems, railroads and general combat buildings.
Mr. Harrington joined CenterPoint Properties Trust in 1999 and currently develops logistically located Industrial Parks for CenterPoint Properties including the CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Houston. He has overseen the development of over 450 acres of new industrial business parks and 4.5 million square feet of industrial, manufacturing and distribution facilities. He has spent more than fifteen years developing Industrial Commercial real estate, including the last twelve years with CenterPoint Properties Trust development group. In addition to his commercial real estate experience, he worked for several years as a civil engineering with local Chicago engineering firms.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Marquette University and a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University, Chicago. Furthermore, he has recently received his LEED Accredited Professional designation under the U.S. Green Building Councils, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
Mr. Michael J. Kraft was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in May 2006 after serving as Senior Vice President, Finance since January 2005. Mr. Kraft initially joined CenterPoint in 1999 as Vice President, Finance. From 1995 to 1999 Mr. Kraft served as Business Manager, Finance for Seven Worldwide, a London based graphic arts and printing corporation.
Prior to 1995, Mr. Kraft worked for Comdisco, Inc., a high technology leasing and disaster recovery services company where he served in a variety of roles in the finance, treasury and tax departments. Mr. Kraft received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with an emphasis on Economics from Northwestern University in 1986. In 1992, Mr. Kraft received a Masters in Management from Kellogg's Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
John Lass joined CenterPoint Properties in June 2008 and is responsible for overseeing built-to-suit industrial development projects and construction management initiatives. To date, he has worked with clients including The Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Uline, Stepan Chemical and the Canadian National Railway Company. He has developed more than 4 Million SF throughout the country since joining the Company. In addition to supervising industrial development projects, Mr. Lass has an extensive background in rail-proximate development, material handling systems, general contracting and owner’s representative services.
Prior to joining CenterPoint, Mr. Lass was a project manager for construction management firm Bovis Lend Lease, where he oversaw public improvements to O’Hare Airport in coordination with United Airlines and the City of Chicago. Mr. Lass is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction. He received a Bachelor of Science in construction management from the University of Cincinnati.
Jim Linn joined CenterPoint as a Senior Vice President of Investments in the fall of 2008 to establish the Company’s investment department in Los Angeles, the largest industrial market in the United States. Together, the CenterPoint team and Jim have closed over $250 million in industrial investment transactions in California and over $100 million in the Seattle market.
Prior to joining CenterPoint, Mr. Linn specialized in industrial real estate in the North Los Angeles market as a broker for 22 years. As Senior Vice President at Grubb & Ellis, he was consistently one of the top salespersons in Los Angeles and nationally for the firm, closing nearly $1 billion in lease and sale transactions. At Grubb & Ellis, Mr. Linn was a member of the Chairman’s Counsel; President’s Council; and had the distinction of Senior Marketing Consultant. He has a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Mr. Linn is a current member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and NAIOP, and past Co-Chairperson of the Ports and Goods and Movement Committee for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.
Tim Lippert, Vice President, Finance, has been with CenterPoint since 1998. In his current role, Mr. Lippert's key responsibilities include underwriting and structuring capital markets transactions with commercial and investment banks. To date, he has assisted in raising more than $3 Billion of capital for the Company. During his tenure, Mr. Lippert has held positions such as Director of Finance and Manager of Finance, performing high-level financial analysis of Company investments, developments, dispositions and financial performance.
Mr. Lippert holds an MBA from DePaul University and a bachelor's in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. McKiernan joined CenterPoint Properties in October 2006 and is responsible for the origination, development, execution and integration of park teams for new and existing business opportunities. Mr. McKiernan coordinates, communicates and integrates development teams to maximize transaction volumes and land absorption through a focused national strategy to identify and leverage supply chain cost savings resulting in maximized yields on transactions.
Prior to joining CenterPoint, McKiernan served as Captain in the United States Air Force from March 2001 until he was honorably discharged in March 2006. He most recently served as a Business Advisor to the United States Central Air Force, Middle East Division, where he managed the deployment and budget for 25 offices in 18 countries. He advised senior leadership on business operations for 200 acquisitions and construction project valued in excess of $250M. Mr. McKiernan graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Management in June 1999.
Michael P. Murphy, Chief Development Officer of CenterPoint Properties, oversees all conventional and complex development activity and opportunities. Mr. Murphy has spent more than 28 years in Chicago industrial real estate, having developed more than 35 million square feet of industrial and distribution space for some of the world’s most recognizable shippers, BCOs and retailers to enhance supply chain efficiency throughout the nation.
Mr. Murphy is responsible for leading the development of more than 6,500 acres, taking much of the land from superfund and nearly obsolete brownfield sites, to state-of-the-art intermodal campuses from coast to coast. He is a member of the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE) and an associate member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). Mr. Murphy received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business.
Martin O'Hara is the Vice President, Strategic Projects for CenterPoint Properties. Mr. O'Hara oversees value-add opportunities that align with the Company's strategic investment platform, and structures investment and financing vehicles including partnerships and joint ventures. He also assists in the operation, investment and management of the Company's subsidiaries. Mr. O'Hara joined CenterPoint in 2001 as a Development Manager. In this role, he oversaw $650 Million in development projects, including a $300 Million construction management and monitoring initiative for the City of Chicago.
Prior to joining CenterPoint, Mr. O'Hara was a development director for AMB Property Corporation (now ProLogis), as well as a commercial banking officer for American National Bank & Trust. Mr. O'Hara holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and a bachelor's in finance and business economics from the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Nate Rexroth was promoted to Executive Vice President, Operations in 2013 and has been with the company for more than 20 years, having joined following the initial public offering in 1993. During his tenure, Mr. Rexroth held positions as Vice President, Regional Manager and Senior Vice President, with oversight of one of five Chicago operating regions and the responsibility of expanding the company through the Western United States into the Los Angeles market.
Additionally, he has served on the company's Management Committee since 2005. Mr. Rexroth has been in the commercial real estate industry since 1986 and began his career as a commercial broker working for companies such as Grubb & Ellis and Miglein-Beitler. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.
Ms. Roman joined CenterPoint Properties in 2004 as Development Manager and is responsible for the project management of industrial build-to-suit projects. She oversees the construction process including the assembling of the construction team, pricing and construction schedules and negotiations with local municipalities.
Ms. Roman holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The University of Colorado and graduated in 2008 from Northwestern University with a Masters of Project Management.
Brian M. Sheehan, Senior Vice President, Controller, has been with CenterPoint Properties since May 1996. Currently, Mr. Sheehan serves as Controller, overseeing CenterPoint’s financial reporting, property accounting, payments and receipts. He also heads up the budgeting cycle, monitors the Company’s internal audit functions and leads the annual external audit.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Sheehan worked in public accounting for Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). He is a Certified Public Accountant and has been a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) since 1993. Mr. Sheehan holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. Brian Swindle was promoted to Senior Vice President, Finance in September 2010; he is responsible for negotiating and structuring CenterPoint’s larger, non-standard real estate investments. He also oversees the Company's annual corporate equity valuation, and leads the group that underwrites the Company’s investments, including acquisitions, dispositions and development transactions.
Mr. Swindle joined the finance group at CenterPoint in 2000. In 2004, he transitioned to the Investment team where, as head of dispositions, he completed over $1 Billion in industrial property sales for the Company and its affiliates. To date, he has closed over $1.1 Billion of transactions involving securitized loans on CenterPoint’s behalf. Prior to joining CenterPoint, Mr. Swindle worked for ABN AMRO Bank for eight years. Mr. Swindle received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Northern Illinois University and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Christian Tecu joined CenterPoint Properties as Vice President, Investments in 2008. He oversees the Company's acquisitions in the Gulf Coast region, particularly in the Houston market. Mr. Tecu has been responsible for the purchase of over 5.9 Million square feet of industrial properties in Houston since 2013.
Prior to 2008, Mr. Tecu was an industrial broker in the O'Hare submarket for CBRE, contributing to acquisitions, leasing and dispositions. Mr. Tecu began his career as an industrial broker at Trammell Crow Company in 1999. He is an active member of the NAIOP Chicago and Houston chapters, as well as the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE). Mr. Tecu received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Kansas.
Michael Tortorici, Senior Vice President, Treasurer, has been with CenterPoint since October 1997. Mr. Tortorici serves as Controller for each of the Company's joint ventures, totaling over $1 Billion assets, and oversees property review for half of CenterPoint's current portfolio, approximately $1.4 Billion value. Mr. Tortorici is also responsible for managing the Company's compensation and payroll operations, corporate and tax filings, and reviewing all acquisition and disposition contracts and related closing statements. He is currently Secretary of the Company's Compensation Committee, and a 401(k) Trustee and Committee member.
Prior to joining CenterPoint, Mr. Tortorici served as Controller of Continental Freezers of Illinois, and senior accountant at Checkers, Simon & Rosner (now McGladrey). He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1991, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Illinois CPA Society. Mr. Tortorici received a bachelor's in accounting from Northern Illinois University.