About the Author Gary D. Rappaport is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Rappaport Companies, a retail real estate company he founded in 1984. The Rappaport Companies provides leasing, tenant representation, management and development services for approximately 12 million square feet, one million of which is planned development in 2011 and 2012. The Rappaport Companies portfolio includes more than 45 shopping centers and ground floor retail in some 100 mixed-use properties, both residential and office, located primarily throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Rappaport is principal partner for approximately 5 million square feet of the shopping centers managed by The Rappaport Companies. Mr. Rappaport began his career in real estate as president of Par Construction Corporation, a home-building company responsible for the construction of several hundred single-family homes and town houses. Later, he was president and chief operating officer of Combined Properties, a shopping center development, management and leasing company headquartered in Washington, D.C. A former chairman of ICSC, Mr. Rappaport is the only chairman to date to earn all four ICSC designations, Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM), Certified Marketing Director (CMD), Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS) and Certified Development, Design and Construction Professional (CDP). He is a member of the ICSC Board of Trustees and serves on ICSC s Audit, Nominating, Government Relations, Long Range Planning and PAC committees. Mr. Rappaport currently serves on the Washington, D.C., Economic Partnership board, and was named to the 2008 Power 50 most influential people in Washington commercial real estate by Real Estate Bisnow. He is a prior dean and a current instructor at the ICSC University of Shopping Centers and a past Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Rappaport continues to lobby for ICSC at the state and federal government levels on many issues important to the shopping center industry. Read more
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