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 $18 billion. Duke Realty, which specializes in modern, bulk warehouse facilities in the top 20 distribution markets in the United States, has a portfolio in excess of 160 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 Executive Board of Governors and Vice Chair for NAREIT, a member of the Real Estate Roundtable and a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He is on the Advisory Board of the Marshall Bennett Institute for Advanced Real Estate Studies and serves on the Board of Trustees of Roosevelt University and EPR Properties.
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.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
As Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Jenny 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.
Jenny oversees Duke Realty’s Wellness Council, Diversity & Inclusion Council and Community Partnership with the American Red Cross. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative and serves on NAREIT’s Diversity through Dividends advisory committee.
Executive Vice President, West and Central Regions
As Executive Vice President for the West and Central regions, Chris has overall responsibility for the leasing of the company’s existing portfolio as well as new development opportunities in 12 logistics markets, including Northern and Southern California; Seattle; Dallas and Houston, Texas; St. Louis; Chicago; Minneapolis; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Nashville, Tennessee; and Indianapolis. In addition, he is a member of the company’s Executive, Investment and Operating Committees.
Previously, Chris served as Senior Regional SVP of Duke Realty’s California and Seattle operations. He has been instrumental in establishing Duke Realty’s presence in the Western United States, growing its portfolio to more than 16.6 million square feet in less than seven years.
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 is a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Prior to her time at Duke Realty, Ann worked in the real estate departments of major law firms in Columbus, OH and Indianapolis, IN.
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 KPMG 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.
Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer
As Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Mark oversees capital markets and corporate research, as well as reporting financial results to the Board of Directors. He also is responsible for property and corporate accounting, operational reporting and financial planning and analysis.
Mark began his career with Duke Realty in 1989 as a Staff Accountant. During his tenure, he has held a number of positions within the company. In 2008, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Director Property Accounting and, in 2016, was named Chief Accounting Officer.
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
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Steve has direct responsibility for all of Duke Realty’s real estate operations across the country. He oversees leasing and management of the company’s existing portfolio and pursues new development opportunities. In addition, he is a member of the company’s Executive, Finance, Operating and Investment Committees.
Steve is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Indiana Chapter and is a mentor in Northwestern Athlete’s Mentoring Program. He is also a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).
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 155 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 Executive Board of Governors for NAREIT, a member of the Real Estate Roundtable and a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He is on the Advisory Board of the Marshall Bennett Institute for Advanced Real Estate Studies and serves on the Board of Trustees of Roosevelt University and EPR Properties.
David P. Stockert
Lead Director, Former Chief Executive Officer, Post Properties
David P. Stockert is a private real estate investor. He previously served for 15 years as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Post Properties, a multifamily Real Estate Investment Trust. Post Properties was acquired by Mid-America Apartment Communities (NYSE: MAA) in 2016, forming one of the largest publicly traded owners and operators of apartment communities in the United States. Mr. Stockert currently serves as a Director of MAA.
Mr. Stockert is active in the Atlanta community and serves in leadership roles on the boards of several non-profits and civic organizations.
John P. Case
Former Chief Executive Officer, President and Director, Realty Income
John P. Case served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Realty Income (NYSE: O) from 2013 to 2018. He joined the company in 2010 and also served as its President and Chief Investment Officer. Realty Income is an S&P 500 company with a total enterprise value of $30 billion and owns 6,000 commercial net lease properties globally leased primarily to retail tenants. Under Mr. Case’s leadership as CEO, the company’s enterprise value approximately doubled. Mr. Case is currently Chairman and Principal of Bunker Hill Group, a private investment company with primary holdings in the beverage distribution business and related real estate.
Mr. Case has been extensively involved in the broader real estate industry, having served on the Executive Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), The Real Estate Roundtable and as a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Mr. Case also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Washington and Lee University.
Ngaire E. Cuneo
Executive Vice President, Silac, LLC
Ngaire E. Cuneo is Executive Vice President of Silac, a private insurance company, and a Partner of Red Associates, LLC, a venture capital firm in the financial services sector. She also is 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 Chairman 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, and Mapping Your Legacy, A Hook It Up Journey, 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.
Tamara D. Fischer
Chief Executive Officer, National Storage Affiliates Trust (NSA)
Tamara D. Fischer is Chief Executive Officer of National Storage Affiliates Trust (NSA), a real estate investment trust focused on the ownership, operation and acquisition of self storage properties in the top 100 metropolitan statistical areas of the United States. Ms. Fischer joined NSA at its inception in 2013 and served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2013 until 2018 and its President and Chief Financial Officer from 2018 until being named CEO in 2020.
Before joining NSA, Ms. Fischer served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vintage Wine Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust focused on assets in the U.S. wine industry, from 2004 to 2008. She served as a consultant to Vintage Wine Trust through its dissolution in 2010 and held various other consulting positions until becoming involved with NSA. From 1993 to 2003, Ms. Fischer served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chateau Communities, Inc., one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the manufactured home community sector. Ms. Fischer remained at Chateau through its sale to Hometown America LLC in 2003. Prior to joining Chateau, Ms. Fischer served as a member of the audit staff at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).
Ms. Fischer is a certified public accountant (inactive) and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.
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 the Howard University School of Business and the Suburban Hospital Board of Trustees. He also is a frequent industry conference speaker.
Melanie R. Sabelhaus
Co-Founder, BridgeStreet Worldwide (Formerly Exclusive Interim Properties)
Melanie R. Sabelhaus 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 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.
Ms. Sabelhaus’ has devoted her energy and passion toward supporting many nonprofits. She served as Vice Chair of the National Board of the American Red Cross for 12 years.
Peter M. Scott, III
Former 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 Chairman of the Board.
Chris T. Sultemeier
Former 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
Former 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 Energy Inc. where he serves on the Finance and Risk Oversight Committee and Audit Committee.
Warren M. Thompson
President and Chairman, Thompson Hospitality
Warren Thompson is Chairman of the Board and President of Thompson Hospitality, one of the
largest retail food and facilities management firms in the United States. He founded the company in 1992 with the purchase of 31 Bob’s Big Boys restaurants and, in 1997, expanded into the contract food and facilities management arena through a partnership with Compass Group. Today Thompson Hospitality operates around the globe, serving Fortune 100 companies, universities, major medical centers and urban school districts. The company owns more than 20 restaurants in the Washington DC metro area and New York City.
Mr. Thompson serves on the Board of Directors of Compass Group North America and Federal Realty Investment Trust. He is a former Trustee of the Darden School Foundation and, in 2018, established the Warren M. Thompson Scholarship to help attract students who value diversity to the school.
Lynn C. Thurber
Chairman, LaSalle Income Property Trust, Inc.
Since 2011, Lynn C. Thurber has served as Chairman of LaSalle Income Property Trust, Inc., an SEC registered, non-listed REIT that owns and manages a diversified portfolio of office, retail, industrial and apartment properties. From January 2007 through December 2017, Ms. Thurber served as 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.
Ms. Thurber is a Trustee of Acadia Realty Trust, a Governing Trustee and past Chair of the Board of ULI (Urban Land Institute) and a past member of The Chicago Network and the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council.