As a retail specialist, John’s real estate focus remains in investment evaluation, commercial property acquisition, and repositioning of distressed retail assets, while simultaneously creating value for clients through aggressive and creative leasing strategies along with national tenant representation for market entry, regional roll-out of new stores, and site selection for market optimization.
Prior to joining Veritas Realty, John was the Director or Real Estate at The Cellular Connection (TCC), the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless agent. During his tenure at TCC, John was actively involved in the real estate process that supported the organic growth of The Cellular Connection’s store portfolio from 175 locations primarily in the Midwest & Northeast United States to grow their retail footprint to over 600 stores nationwide. In addition, John was instrumental with critical store relocations, successfully repositioning these assets from small in-line locations into more prominent freestanding and end-cap retail locations, which resulted in significant increases in store sales volumes. John will continue to focus on retail trade market and site-specific analysis, site selection for new stores and relocations of existing retail locations, comprehensive real estate committee approval packages, and the drafting and negotiation of critical lease documents, including new leases, lease renewals, Lease Assignments, and Lease Terminations with over $2 Million in rent savings and Landlord concessions over his tenure.
Prior to his time at TCC, John was a Leasing Associate at Indianapolis-based Sandor Development & Sand Capital. While his primary focus at Sandor was leasing existing shopping center portfolio in the Midwest, John also gained valuable experience with regard to the due diligence and entitlement process related to the acquisition of distressed commercial properties.
John is a life-long Indiana resident and a proud Hoosier, having graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (“IU”) in Bloomington, Indiana with a double-major in Real Estate Finance & Entrepreneurship. Also, John is the co-founder and President of the IU Real Estate Alumni Network, whose mission is to mentor current real estate students attending IU and students studying real estate at IUPUI (Indiana University – Purdue University – Indianapolis). Furthermore, the IU Real Estate Alumni Network provides focused networking opportunities for alumni and students with the goal of supporting and cultivating the strongest real estate alumni network and the preeminent real estate program in the country. Based on his fervent dedication, strong leadership, and utmost commitment to the IU Real Estate Alumni Network, John was awarded the inaugural “Outstanding Alumni Award” in 2013 at the Annual IU Real Estate Alumni Dinner.
With his free time,, John and his wife enjoy traveling both domestically and abroad, hiking, and being aspiring “Urban Gardeners” at their residence in Broad Ripple (which includes their care of chickens, bee-hives, as well as a wide array of flowers, herbs, and vegetables).