Whitaker Leonhardt of HFF named to ICSC Next Gen National Leadership Board
ORLANDO, FL – Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced today that the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has appointed Whitaker Leonhardt to its Next Generation Leadership Board for a three-year term commencing at RECon 2015 on May 17th. The role of the Next Generation Leadership Board is to oversee and expand ICSC’s Next Generation programs and initiatives globally. Since the founding of ICSC Next Generation in 2001, the organization has hosted over 600 events and maintains over 75 active local committees throughout the United States and internationally.
Whitaker Leonhardt is an associate director in the Orlando office of HFF. He has more than six years of experience in the commercial real estate industry and has been involved in more than $500 million in retail sales and financing transactions. Prior to joining HFF in 2012, he was the Director of Investment Sales and Leasing at a regional commercial real estate firm. His professional accolades include being selected by the ICSC Foundation as the 2013 Fiala Fellow, a year-long fellowship, which recognizes an outstanding professional under the age of 35 who demonstrates a commitment to retail real estate and has the potential to make a lasting contribution to the industry. Leonhardt is an active member of the ICSC West Florida Idea Exchange Committee and the Next Gen Conference Committee as well as the Bergstrom Council supporting the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate, where he received his Master’s in Real Estate. Leonhardt also holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
ICSC Next Generation was created to help bring new professionals to ICSC and the retail real estate industry. It is open to anyone related to the retail real estate/shopping center industry profession – lawyers, marketing specialists, retailers, owners, brokers, developers, shopping center managers and government employees. ICSC Next Generation sponsors a series of programs geared towards the challenges, interests and trends in retail real estate and provides a networking forum to meet and learn from industry icons who share their insight, lessons learned and steps taken to achieve their success.
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 65,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world. For more information, visit www.icsc.org.
HFF and HFFS (HFF Securities L.P.) are owned by HFF, Inc. (NYSE: HF). HFF operates out of 22 offices nationwide and is a leading provider of commercial real estate and capital markets services to the U.S. commercial real estate industry. HFF together with its affiliate HFFS offer clients a fully integrated national capital markets platform including debt placement, investment sales, equity placement, advisory services, loan sales and commercial loan servicing. For more information please visit hfflp.com or follow HFF on Twitter @HFF.