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Managing Partner & COO
Vision Properties / Arena Capital Group
Fred Arena is the Founder & Managing Partner of Vision Properties / Arena Capital Group. His company was founded in 2006 and currently own and asset manage 7.5MM sf of office product up and down the east coast with offices in New Jersey, Inner Harbor Baltimore, Charlotte, Atlanta and Tampa.
In the past four years, the organization has built 4.6MM sf portfolio valued at $1.6B for a Private Equity Group and are the operating partner of that portfolio which is currently 98% occupied.
Immediately prior to founding Vision, Fred spent seven years of his career as one of the original senior members of a Goldman Sachs Whitehall Operating Company that owned and operated over 15 million square feet of commercial real estate in the northeast. Before joining Goldman, he was a Senior Vice President for two of the most prestigious private development companies in the northeast.
In his career, he has acquired, developed, and asset managed over 70 million square feet. Fred was also sought out by the board of directors for a national REIT to help enhance the operations and prepare for sale a national real estate platform with real estate holdings across the Country, which traded for $3.4 Billion.
As co-founder of Trinity Capital, Mr. Chesson leads Trinity’s efforts in raising both high net worth and institutional capital and oversees the firm’s office acquisition and development activities. Prior to co-founding Trinity Capital and its sister company Trinity Partners, Mr. Chesson worked for Childress Klein Properties and has focused on leasing, development and tenant representation within the office segment of the industry for almost two decades. A frequent lecturer at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mr. Chesson is married with three children.
Senior Vice President, Retail Services
In her role as Senior Vice President of Retail Services, Beverly is responsible for Avison Young’s Retail Advisory Services Group. Based in Raleigh, Beverly’s responsibilities include leasing, management and development oversight for retail assets including shopping centers and mixed-use properties throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. With expertise in franchise development and franchisor expansion, she oversees strategic leasing initiatives for investors and developers across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Before joining Avison Young, Beverly spent three years with Trinity Partners as Senior Director of Retail Services. During her time there, she focused on repositioning assets to maximize property values for Investor’s portfolios. Prior to that, Beverly spent four years with Ace Hardware Corporation as their Eastern Divisional Real Estate Manager where she oversaw assets within a 17-state territory. There she specialized in tenant representation for Ace Hardware’s leasing activities, expansions, renewals, site selection and new store openings. In addition to these positions, Beverly has held positions with CBRE and Trammell Crow Company.
Beverly’s 18 years of industry experience includes general brokerage, corporate real estate, asset management, business development, property management, marketing, financial planning, construction project management, lease negotiation, and contract administration. In addition, Beverly brings in-depth knowledge about the specific needs of retail investors as well as a strong understanding of the region’s evolving economic climate.
Jon joined Beacon Partners in 1995 and has served in a variety of leasing, development and asset management roles during that twenty year tenure. Beacon is a full service real estate company focusing on the ownership of industrial, office, flex and other property types throughout the Carolinas, with over 9,000,000 SF under management. Today, as Beacon’s Industrial Partner, Jon oversees the Company’s industrial development, build-to-suit and acquisitions program – with asset management responsibilities for its 5,500,000 SF Carolinas Industrial Portfolio. Beacon is an active industrial participant acquiring over 1,200,000 SF of industrial assets over the last 12 months, with 400,000 SF of institutional quality speculative warehouse currently under construction in a development pipeline of nearly 2,500,000 SF. Jon is actively involved in NAIOP, the Dowd YMCA, and is married with two sons (12 and 13 years old). He is a graduate of Davidson College, where he received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and German.
Shopping Center Business
Randall Shearin is the Editor of Shopping Center Business and Student Housing Business magazines. He also serves as Senior Vice President, Editorial & Operations of the magazines’ publisher, France Media, Inc., based in Atlanta. At France Media, Mr. Shearin oversees day-to-day operations of the company’s 12 magazines, seven email newsletters, and 13 websites, in addition to a role in the company’s conference division. Since joining France Media in 1996, Mr. Shearin has written more than 500 articles on commercial real estate. Prior to France Media, Mr. Shearin worked for the Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry (TAPPI) as an editor with TAPPI Journal, an international magazine covering the pulp and paper industry. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication and the University of Denver Publishing Institute.
Principal | Managing Director
"Mr. Skibinski has 27 years of experience in industrial commercial real estate transactions. He has successfully negotiated transactions totaling more than $800 million for manufacturing, research and development, and logistics facilities throughout the country. He has worked in all facets of the industrial sector, including multi-property portfolio leasing and sales, fully automated distribution centers, complex land acquisitions for developers, corporate asset dispositions, and build- to-suits. He assisted New Belgium Brewery in the location of its 150,000-square-foot East Coast brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, as well as TBC Corporation’s 1.2-million-square-foot distribution center in Charleston, South Carolina. He also assisted Pfzer in the sale of its 2.2-million-square-foot research and development campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Dick’s Sporting Goods in the site selection and leasing of its 650,000-square-foot distribution center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Recently, Mr. Skibinski assisted the Silverman Group in the leasing of their 1.1 million-square-foot distribution center in Concord, North Carolina, as well as the development and leasing of Scannell Properties’ 558,000-square-foot business park in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He also assisted Evergreen Industrial Properties in their 944,000-square-foot portfolio in Charlotte, NC, and Prologis in their 250,000-square- foot leasing assignment in Charlotte, NC.
Mr. Skibinski is a member of the Charlotte Commercial Board of Realtors, having achieved the $10 Million Club each year since 2001. He is a ve time Industrial Top Producer and eight time CoStar Power Broker. Mr. Skibinski has been a member of the Society of Industrial and Once Realtors since 1998, winning the award for Largest Single Industrial Transaction in 2003. While with Jones Lang LaSalle, Company, Chris won the Top Gun Award in 2005 and 2010, served as President of the Industrial Council in 2006 and co-Chairman in 2012. Lastly, he was recently appointed the National Leader for the Avison Young Industrial Infinity Group.
Vice President, Sales/Leasing
Rick is a 20 year veteran of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania commercial real estate markets. Throughout his career, Rick has developed, managed, and implemented solutions for many real estate projects. His involvement includes but is not limited to, portfolio and fiscal management, acquisitions, dispositions, brown and green field development and leasing.
Through his company, Shax Commercial Real Estate Solutions, Inc., Rick is providing consulting services to Pennsylvania based Butler Enterprises, Inc., a land company with holdings exceeding 12,000 acres. He is tasked with creating a development plan and disposition strategy. Rick has provided consulting services to the EnviroFinance Group (EFG), a Denver, Colorado based company with a national reputation for Brownfield reuse development. Rick responsibilities included the coordination of EFG’s acquisition and development activities in New Jersey. Mr. Vanderbeck served as Regional Manager and Marketing/Leasing Director for First Industrial Realty Trust, where he handled all leasing, acquisition, development, redevelopment and disposition activity for NJ. Rick implemented strategic regional leasing initiatives and executed new and renewal leasing in excess of 5,000,000 sq. feet with an aggregate value greater than $202M. He assisted in the acquisition of 860,000 sq. feet with an aggregate value of $96M. During his tenure at Federal Business Centers, a developer, based in Edison, NJ, Rick served as Director of Acquisitions and Development. He was involved in acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and development. He also assisted with the creation and implementation of the master development plan for a 100-acre business park. Rick served as Director of Economic Development for the city of Paterson, NJ where he developed and implemented an economic vision and programs designed to stimulate growth within the city by encouraging businesses to create private sector jobs through public and private investment. A member of the New Jersey Chapter of Chapter of NAIOP, Rick also serves on the Education Committee. Rick is an active member in the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, and a former adjunct professor of real estate at New York University. Appointed by the NJ Commissioner of Banking, Rick serves on the NJ Real Estate Advisory Commission Committee. Mr. Vanderbeck earned a Masters degree in Real Estate Development and Finance from New York University.
Managing Director & Senior Economist
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Mark Vitner is a managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo, responsible for tracking U.S. and regional economic trends. Based in Charlotte, he also writes for the company’s Monthly Economic Outlook report, the Weekly Economic & Financial Commentary, and provides regular updates on the housing markets, commercial real estate, regional economies, and inflation. Mark joined Wachovia (then First Union) in 1993. Before that, he spent nine years as an economist for Barnett Banks in Jacksonville, Fla. Mark’s commentary has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and many other publications. Originally from Atlanta, Mark earned his B.B.A. in economics from the University of Georgia, an M.B.A. from the University of North Florida, and has completed further graduate work in economics at the University of Florida. He also completed the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) Advanced Training in Economics program at Carnegie Mellon University. Mark is a member of the National Association of Business Economists and co-founded its Charlotte chapter, The Charlotte Economics Club. He serves as a distinguished lecturer and practitioner at the University of Georgia. He is also a member of the American Economic Association, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, and the Charlotte Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. Mark currently chairs the Economic Advisory Council for the California Chamber of Commerce and serves as the chief economist for the North Carolina CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member). He is a member of the Blue Chip Economic forecasting panel and the Western Blue Chip forecast panel. Mark currently serves on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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