a full service, integrated Commercial real estate organization that delivers results
a full service, integrated Commercial real estate organization that delivers results
Celerity Center Management is a full service, integrated commercial real estate organization that delivers results for our clients. Affiliated with Horizon Group Properties, Celerity has been established to provide third party owners of real estate assets the highest level of service available in the industry. Core competencies include Property Management, Development, Construction Management, Asset Management, Leasing, Marketing, and Accounting. We specialize in outdoor shopping center environments. Celerity delivers integrated services to clients that save money, increase traffic, and generate sales.
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Gary Skoien leads the Celerity organization. Gary is Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Group Properties, Inc. He has served in this capacity since June 1998. In this role he transformed the company from a focus on turnarounds of distressed shopping centers to a development of some of the premier outlet shopping centers in the U.S. From 1993 to 2005 he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Prime Group. From 1992 to 1994 Gary served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Retail Division of PGI which went public as Prime Retail, Inc. in 1994. In this role, he oversaw strategic planning, development and management of the rapidly growing division. From 1983 to 1991, Gary was the Executive Director of The Illinois Capital Development Board, and from 1980 to 1983, he was an Assistant to the Illinois Governor. Gary is the former chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University, former Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Civic Federation, and a former member of the board of Prime Retail, Inc. (NYSE) Gary received his
A.B. CUM LAUDE from Colgate University and received his Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Paul Schaffer is leading the leasing team for Celerity Center Management. Over the past 33 years Paul has leased over 2,000,000 square feet of retail shopping center space and has been involved in the leasing or development of 21 factory outlet centers and multiple community shopping centers throughout the United States. He is currently involved with the leasing of five existing outlet centers and 4 community centers in Tennessee. Paul earned his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1987. He is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Tennessee and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Andrew Pelmoter has an extensive track record of success in leasing retail shopping centers to national, regional, and local tenants. Andrew is Executive Vice President of Leasing for Horizon Group Properties and has been with the company since February 1999. Prior to his employment with Horizon Group Properties, Inc., Andrew was Director of Leasing for the predecessor company. This company owned 44 centers comprised of over 10 million square feet of leasable space. Prior to joining Horizon Group Properties, Inc., Andrew was employed for 11 years with The Mills Corporation, where he was Director of Leasing and Lease Administration.
James Harris leads Celerity Center Management efforts in restaurant leasing and alternative revenue agreements. He is the Managing Director of Business Development for Horizon Group Properties, specializing in restaurant leasing and business development. James has worked for more than two decades in the shopping center industry and has been involved in the development, leasing and operation of more than 50 shopping centers, both domestically and internationally. James has worked for leading retail and shopping center developers including Federated Department stores and the Taubman Company. He served as COO of McArthur Glen and President of Ariel Preferred Retail Group. James received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Seattle University.
David Nelson is responsible for asset management, property management and client relations for Celerity Center Management. David is also the Senior Vice President of Asset Management for Horizon Group Properties. David has been in the shopping center industry for more than 15 years. He has experience in the management, leasing, marketing, financing, acquisition and sale of factory outlet centers, enclosed regional malls, open air lifestyle centers, power centers, and community shopping centers. From 2003 through 2010, David was a Senior Vice President with Cousins Properties, a public REIT based in Atlanta, GA. At Cousins, David was the head of retail asset management. In this capacity, he was instrumental in building a company that successfully developed multiple lifestyle centers, power centers, and grocery anchored community centers. While David was at Cousins, the company was able to grow to double its size in a short period of time. David was in charge of joint venture relationships, management, marketing, and accounting. He also served on the company’s lease committee, managing the leasing process for the entire portfolio of shopping centers. David received his B.A. in Economics from Duke University.
Connie Dyer manages marketing initiatives, programs, events and advertising for Celerity clients. She is Senior Vice President of Marketing for Horizon Group Properties. Prior to joining Horizon, she was Deputy Director for Marketing and External Affairs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She also served as Vice President of Field Marketing at General Growth Properties, responsible for the overall marketing strategy and branding for 124 regional and super-regional malls, including Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, HI, Water Tower Place in Chicago, IL and Fashion Show in Las Vegas, NV. She also worked at Urban Retail Properties for ten years, and the Taubman Company for eight years. Connie has been involved in tourism marketing for twenty years promoting shopping as the number one activity for tourists. Connie received a degree in marketing from South East Northumberland College near Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England.
Development and Construction
Tom Rumptz manages landlord construction, tenant coordination, permitting, and development and redevelopment work for Celerity Center Management clients. Tom has served as Executive and Senior Vice President of Real Estate at Horizon Group Properties since June 1998. Tom’s role with Horizon Group Properties, Inc, includes responsibility for development, construction and disposition of residual land. Tom has worked with municipalities, consultants and contractors to develop five high quality shopping centers with an average size of 367,000 square feet, and nine expansions totaling over 2.1million square feet. He has also led design and contractor teams for multiple renovations, restaurant and retailer buildouts. For eight years prior to his employment at Horizon Group Properties, Inc, Tom worked for the predecessor company, Horizon Group, Inc., where he held many different positions including Controller, Vice President of Finance, and most recently, Vice President of Real Estate. Prior to working for HGPI, Tom served as Manager of Investment Real Estate for Foremost Insurance. Tom received his MBA from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Tom is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and possesses a State of Michigan real estate license.
Accounting, Finance, and Reporting
David R. Tinkham manages accounting, finance, IT, and client reporting for Celerity Center Management clients. David has served as Chief Financial Officer of Horizon Group Properties since June 1998. For fifteen years prior to his employment with Horizon Group Properties, Inc., David was responsible for capital markets access, treasury, accounting, tax, insurance, investor relations, information technology and SEC compliance at The Chicago Dock and Canal Trust where he served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining The Chicago Dock and Canal Trust, he was a Senior Tax Accountant at Arthur Andersen & Co. David received his Masters of Management degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting with CUM LAUDE from The University of Michigan. David is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Urban Land Institute.