Mr. Bieri earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and a law degree from the Detroit College of Law. Mr. Bieri has provided a variety of services from business expansion planning to project leasing for some of the world’s most renowned retailers.
He holds the designation of International Council of Shopping Centers Senior Certified Leasing Specialist, and is a member of various professional, educational and civic organizations including the Urban Land Institute. He has served as Co-Chair of the Detroit Land Institute District Council and has served on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Athletic Club. Mr. Bieri also has served as Detroit Athletic Club Secretary and is a member of the Country Club of Detroit.
He is a frequent speaker at retail real estate events and is often quoted in various retail and business publications.
Upon graduating cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1987, Mr. Ames worked at the law firm of Schwartz, Kelm, Warren & Rubenstein. During his five years there, Mr. Ames worked primarily in the real estate division, concentrating on commercial leasing and general business law. A majority of his time was spent negotiating leases for The Limited, Inc., The Art Works, Art Explosion and The Steak Escape, as well as other regional retailers.
In February 1992, Mr. Ames became General Counsel and Director of Real Estate and Franchise Development for Escape Enterprises, Inc., the franchisor of the Steak Escape restaurants. While with Escape Enterprises, Mr. Ames directed the growth of the company from a 70-unit chain to 110 stores nationwide and completed the sale of a Master Franchise in Singapore. He was also instrumental in helping the company evolve its franchise concept from one that was almost exclusively located in regional mall food courts, to one that is now expanding in airports, strip centers and other non-traditional locations.
Mr. Ames is a licensed Real Estate Broker and a member of the Michigan Bar Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Jim Stokas’ career as a retail broker began with Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate, Los Angeles in 1980. Jim was Senior Vice President of the CB Richard Ellis Los Angeles in 1990, where he was transferred to the CB Richard Ellis Southfield, Michigan office in an effort to shore up the Michigan retail department, where he acted as Senior Vice President of retail and assumed retail mentorship responsibilities. In 1999, he was recruited and joined Trammell Crow’s Detroit Retail Division as Senior Vice President.
With the formation of Stokas Realty Advisors in 2001, Jim continued to be very active in retail real estate by negotiating deals for marquis retailers and developing site strategies for locations in the Detroit Metro MSA and outside of Michigan. Jim also specializes in the sale and leasing of corporate excess properties for retailers. Delivering superior service resulting in great locations at or below market rents is the foundation of Jim’s success. He is recognized as a top retail broker nationally by his peers and by his clients.
While working she earned an associate’s degree in business management from Macomb Community College in 2000. Mrs. Gogola has a great understanding of the intricate workings of the business. Mrs. Gogola is a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Michigan. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mrs. Gogola is also a licensed Esthetician in the State of Michigan.
Nanette graduated from Madonna University with a Bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies and a minor in Business Administration in June 1996. Upon graduating, Nanette worked in the corporate legal department of Comerica Bank primarily focusing on corporate loan document review and preparation. Since that time, Nanette has worked consistently in the commercial, residential and corporate real estate industry.
Nanette has three (3) children that keep her busy with their sports and extracurricular activities. She loves to golf, travel and doing anything outdoors.
Mr. Bieri graduated from Purdue University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management. Upon graduation from Purdue, Mr. Bieri worked at RR Donnelley for four years in Chicago and Boston. While at RR Donnelley, Mr. Bieri worked directly with over 200 catalog/retail RR Donnelley customers.
Mr. Bieri is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in Michigan. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Center (ICSC) and currently serves as the Michigan State Next Generation Chair. He’s also a member of the Detroit Athletic Club and is actively involved and supports many Detroit Synergy events.
He enjoys running, golf and handball. He is married to Allison and they have two children, Benjamin and Grace.
Ms. MacDermaid is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
In her free time, Mac enjoys getting involved in her community. She is a board member of the Redford Township Historical Commission and also volunteers with the Redford Cemetery Association & Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.
Mr. von Schwarz graduated from the University of Michigan in 1995 with a B.S. in economics and concentration in money and banking. He has been working in real estate finance, development, and management for over 20 years.
Mr. von Schwarz is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and has been involved with the Urban Land Institute. In his spare time he enjoys golfing and tennis. Sean is married to his wife Angela and they have one child Meghan.