James B. Connor
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
James B. (Jim) Connor is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Duke Realty Corporation. Duke Realty is one of the largest owners, developers and managers of industrial properties in the United States and a NYSE-listed company with a total enterprise value of more than $12 billion. Duke Realty, which specializes in modern, bulk warehouse facilities in the top 22 distribution markets in the United States, has a portfolio in excess of 150 million square feet. Mr. Connor serves as head of the company’s Executive Committee, overseeing the strategic direction of the company and its Investment Committee, with responsibility for approving major capital transactions.
Jim is a member of the Board of Governors for NAREIT, the Real Estate Roundtable and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He is also on the Advisory Board of the Marshall Bennett Institute for Advanced Real Estate Studies.
Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
As Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Nick is responsible for executing on Duke Realty’s property acquisition and disposition strategies and overseeing its joint ventures. Nick also works closely with the company’s senior managers on all transactions in their areas, as well as with the Financial Analysis group.
Nick joined Duke Realty in 1989 in its Cincinnati office and over the years has served as lead of the Financial Analysis group, Regional Controller for Ohio and Vice President of Portfolio Management. In his most recent role as Senior Vice President of Capital Transactions and Joint Ventures, he was involved in many transformative transactions including billion dollar dispositions of flex and office properties; the acquisition of the Mark Winkler Company in Washington, D.C.; the formation of our joint venture with Chambers Street Properties; and the acquisition of the Premier Realty portfolio in South Florida.
Denise K. Dank
Chief Human Resources Officer
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Denise is responsible for developing, communicating and implementing a strategic human resources plan that aligns to Duke Realty’s long-term business strategy. This includes attracting and retaining the highest qualified candidates for open positions, structuring and administering competitive benefit packages and compensation systems, developing and administering a performance management system, providing training and development, managing employee relations and overseeing succession management.
Denise is the Chairperson of Duke Realty’s Benefits Committee and is a member of the company’s Executive Committee, Risk Management Committee and Overhead Committee. She oversees Duke Realty’s Wellness Council and Diversity Council, and is a charter member of the Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana.
Ann Colussi Dee
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
As Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Ann oversees Duke Realty’s Legal Department.
Ann joined Duke Realty in January 1996 as a Corporate Attorney. In the ensuing years, she was promoted to Senior Attorney and Assistant Vice President, Vice President, Legal and Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President. During her time with Duke Realty, she has played a leadership role in many transactions, including billion dollar industrial and office portfolio dispositions. She also has spearheaded the development of standard operating procedures for handling the legal aspects of Duke Realty’s various real estate transactions. She is a member of the company’s Executive Committee.
Mark A. Denien
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Duke Realty, Mark oversees all financial functions for the company including treasury, capital markets, accounting, taxation, investor relations and internal audit.
Prior to being named Chief Financial Officer in 2013, Mark was Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. He joined the company in 2005. Prior to joining Duke Realty, he was with KMPG, LLP for 16 years and left the firm as a partner.
Executive Vice President, Construction
As Executive Vice President of Construction for Duke Realty, Pete is responsible for all of the company’s construction operations including the development of buildings for its own portfolio, facilities for third-party owners and interior finish work primarily on industrial and medical office properties. Pete also serves on the company’s Executive, Operating and Investment committees.
Executive Vice President, East Region
As Executive Vice President for Duke Realty, Sam has overall responsibility for the company’s new investment activities and portfolio operations in its East region, which includes Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Duke Realty’s East Region portfolio totals more than 49 million square feet of office and industrial space and more than 1,200 acres of land for future development. In addition, he is a member of the company’s Executive, Investment and Operating Committees.
Sam is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the Supply Chain Leadership Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of Trustees for the Kennesaw State University Foundation.
Steven W. Schnur
Senior Executive Vice President
As Senior Executive Vice President for Duke Realty, Steve has oversight responsibilities for the company’s three regions – Central, East and West. Steve also is a member of the company’s Executive, Finance, Operating and Investment Committees.
Steve is a member of the Board of Directors and Past President of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, he is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and the Association of Industrial Real Estate.
James B. Connor
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
James B. (Jim) Connor is President and Chief Executive Officer of Duke Realty Corporation. Duke Realty is one of the largest owners and developers of commercial property in the United States and a NYSE-listed company with more than $7 billion in assets. Mr. Connor serves as head of the company’s Executive Committee, overseeing the strategic direction of the company and its Investment Committee, with responsiblity for approving major capital transactions.
Jim is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and the Marshall Bennett Institute Advisory Board at Roosevelt University.
William Cavanaugh III
Lead Director, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Progress Energy, Inc.
William Cavanaugh III, Lead Director on Duke Realty’s Board of Directors, served as Chairman of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) from 2004 until January 2009. He retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Progress Energy, Inc. in 2004, posts he held since 1999 and 1996, respectively.
Mr. Cavanaugh previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Carolina Power & Light Company (CP&L), one of the predecessors to Progress Energy, Inc., from October 1996 to August 1999 and as President and Chief Operating Officer of CP&L from September 1992 to October 1996.
John P. Case
Former Chief Executive Officer and Director, Realty Income Corporation
John P. Case is the former Chief Executive Officer and Director of Realty Income Corporation (NYSE: O), an S&P 500 company with a total enterprise value of more than $22 billion. The company owns more than 5,000 commercial net lease properties across the United States leased primarily to retail tenants. As CEO, he was responsible for creating and implementing the company’s strategy and, during his tenure, the company approximately tripled in size.
Mr. Case is extensively involved in the broader real estate industry, serving on the Executive Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), The President’s Council of The Real Estate Roundtable, and as a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Mr. Case also is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Washington and Lee University.
Alan H. Cohen
Retired Co-Founder and Chairman, The Finish Line
Alan H. Cohen is the retired Chairman of The Finish Line, a nationwide retailer of athletic footwear, which he co-founded in 1976. During his more than 30 years with the company, Mr. Cohen served as President for 21 years and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for 26 years and 28 years, respectively. During his tenure with The Finish Line, the company grew from one store in Indianapolis, Indiana, to more than 700 retail stores across the country.
Mr. Cohen has extensive experience in corporate finance and strategic planning. He also is an attorney and practiced law from 1973 until 1981. During this time, he co-founded Athletic Enterprises, Inc., which merged with The Finish Line, Inc. The Finish Line, Inc. was taken public in 1992 and is listed and traded on NASDAQ. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Indianapolis Zoological Society and Conner Prairie Historical Museum and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
Ngaire E. Cuneo
Partner, Red Associates, LLC
Ngaire E. Cuneo has been a Partner of Red Associates, LLC, a venture capital firm in the financial services sector, since 2002. Since July 2016, she has served as an Executive Vice President of Silac, LLC and a Board Member of Sterling Life Insurance Company.
Ms. Cuneo previously served as an Executive Vice President of Forethought Financial Group from 2006 until December 31, 2010, as a Consultant to Conseco, Inc. from March 2001 through December 2001 and was an Executive Vice President of the company from 1992 to 2001. She attended the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Charles R. Eitel
Former Chief Executive Officer, WS Packaging Group, Inc., and Former Chairmain and Chief Executive Officer, Simmons Bedding Company
Charles R. Eitel is the former Chief Executive Officer of WS Packaging Group, Inc., a privately owned producer of printed packaged goods. Mr. Eitel is also Co-Founder of Eitel & Armstrong (now known as North Inlet Partners), a consulting practice that provides hands-on operating and financial guidance to middle-market companies. Prior to forming Eitel & Armstrong in December 2009, Mr. Eitel was Vice Chairman of the Simmons Bedding Company, a manufacturer of mattresses, from 2008–2009 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 until his appointment as Vice Chairman.
Mr. Eitel is the author of Eitel Time: Turnaround Secrets, an uplifting book about achieving successes in life through effective decision making. His most recent book Mapping Your Legacy, A Hook It Up Journey is a guide to creating a vision, keeping it simple and setting the right priorities.
Mr. Eitel was inaugurated into the College of Business Hall of Fame in 1997 and Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame in 2005.
Norman K. Jenkins
President and Chief Executive Officer, Capstone Development
Norman K. Jenkins is President, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Capstone Development, LLC, a privately held real estate company focused on the development and acquisition of institutional-quality lodging assets that are affiliated with top-tier national lodging brands. Today Capstone owns 26 hotels, located in 11 states and the District of Columbia, with a value in excess of $1.4 billion.
Prior to founding Capstone, Mr. Jenkins was with Marriott International for 16 years, serving in several leadership positions before being named Senior Vice President of North American Lodging Development. Mr. Jenkins was the architect of Marriott’s industry-leading Diversity Ownership Initiative which was responsible for doubling the number of diverse-owned Marriott hotels over a three-year period to 500 hotels.
Mr. Jenkins currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Howard University and the Suburban Hospital Board of Trustees. He also is a frequent industry conference speaker.
Melanie R. Sabelhaus
Principal, Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners
Melanie R. Sabelhaus is a Principal with Jerold Panas, Linzy & partners, a consulting firm that provides philanthropic organizations with fundraising advice. She has more than 30 years of successful small business, corporate, and federal government experience, including founding and serving as chief executive officer of Exclusive Interim Properties from 1986 to 1997, when the company merged with four other companies to form BridgeStreet Accommodations Worldwide. The company did an IPO and went public on NASDAQ. For 15 years prior to forming her own business, Ms. Sabelhaus served in a variety of sales management positions with the IBM Corporation.
Ms. Sabelhaus’ career also includes serving as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under President George W. Bush. As SBA Deputy Administrator, Ms. Sabelhaus served as second in command in managing an agency with more than 80 offices across the country. She was responsible for policy development and program supervision for the SBA.
Peter M. Scott, III
Retired Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Progress Energy, Inc.
Peter M. Scott, III served as Chief Financial Officer of Progress Energy, Inc., a publicly held utility company headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 2000 to 2003 and from 2005 to 2008. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Progress Energy Service Company, LLC from 2004 until 2008.
Before joining Progress Energy, Mr. Scott founded and was President of Scott, Madden & Associates, a management consulting firm for 17 years. Since 2001, Mr. Scott has been a member of the RTI International Board of Governors, where he serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
David P. Stockert
Retired CEO, Post Properties
David P. Stockert is a Director of Mid-America Apartment Communities (NYSE: MAA), a Real Estate Investment Trust focused on the acquisition, selective development, redevelopment and management of multifamily apartment homes throughout the Southeast and Southwest regions of the United States. Mr. Stockert previously was Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Post Properties for 15 years before it was acquired by Mid-America Apartment Communities in 2016.
Mr. Stockert is active in the Atlanta community and serves in leadership roles on the boards of several non-profits and civic organizations.
Retired Executive Vice President Logistics, Walmart Stores and President/Chief Executive Officer, Wal-Mart Transportation LLC
Chris Sultemeier was Executive Vice President of Logistics for Walmart Stores, Inc. and President/Chief Executive Officer of Wal-Mart Transportation LLC before retiring in May 2017. During his 28-year career with Walmart, Mr. Sultemeier held various roles in logistics and merchandising. Among his most noteworthy initiatives were improving service to retail stores and warehouses while reducing costs; doubling fleet efficiency within a ten-year span; and establishing a two-day ground ecommerce network in the United States over a two-year period. He also led Walmart’s efforts in employing former members of the military, hiring more than 250,000 veterans in five years.
Mr. Sultemeier serves on the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Board.
Michael E. Szymanczyk
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Altria Group
Mr. Szymanczyk served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Altria Group, Inc. from March 2008 to May 2012 at which time he retired from the company. From August 2002 through July 2008, he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Philip Morris USA Inc.
He has served on the boards of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering Foundation, the United Negro College Fund and the Richmond Performing Arts Center. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Mr. Szymanczyk is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Dominion Resources Inc. where he serves on the Finance and Risk Oversight Committee.
Lynn C. Thurber
Former Chairman (Non-Executive), LaSalle Investment Management
Lynn C. Thurber served as non-Executive Chairman of LaSalle Investment Management, a global real estate money management firm investing in private and publicly traded real estate on behalf of institutional and individual investors and a subsidiary of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc., from 2006-2017. She chairs the Jones Lang LaSalle Committee for the firm’s co-investment activity. In addition, Ms. Thurber is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust, Inc., a non-listed REIT that owns and manages a diversified portfolio of office, retail, industrial and apartment properties.
Ms. Thurber is a Trustee of Acadia Realty Trust, Trustee and past Chair of the Board of ULI (Urban Land Institute) and a member of The Chicago Network and the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council.