Great leadership goes beyond the balance sheet. The best executives inspire their workforce, practice the ethics they espouse and demonstrate their commitment to the greater community. Through personal example and a corporate commitment to altruistic values, IDI’s leaders create a culture that stimulates exceptional individual performance and establishes enduring relationships with customers, employees and the communities it serves.
The executive team is respected for their industry expertise, as well as their integrity. With seasoned careers and accolades in their specialty areas, each has a background in finance, providing a strong foundation to lead the company through today’s complex market dynamics. Yet their influence and skills extend beyond the walls of IDI through devotion to outside organizations such as the Georgia Conservancy, Atlanta Women’s Shelter, The Study Hall at Emmaus House, the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Ronald McDonald House, Trust for Public Land and The Urban Land Institute. Community involvement is integral to the company’s ethos and encouraged through incentives, such as paid time off to participate in volunteer activities.
When it comes to work/life balance, IDI walks the walk. Employees gather during work hours to celebrate personal milestones, volunteer days are organized regularly and honeymooners get extra vacation days to celebrate their new life together. As a result of such efforts, IDI attracts and retains top talent and the company has been named one of the best places to work in Atlanta.
Meet the leadership team at our corporate headquarters
EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP BIOS
Executive Leadership Team
President and Chief Executive Officerread bio »As Chief Executive Officer and President, Tim sets the strategic direction for IDI, one of the leading full-service industrial real estate companies in North America. Instrumental in IDI’s founding in 1989, Gunter has spearheaded the formation of the company’s long-term ownership portfolio, the expansion of its acquisitions program and the growth of its sustainable development initiatives. In early 2009, Gunter was instrumental in launching IDI’s newest business service, Investment Management, which provides fee-based asset management to select institutional investors.
Recognized by his peers as a leader, Tim has been named to the “Who’s Who” list by the Atlanta Business Chronicle numerous times. In 2008, Tim was honored by Commercial Property News magazine as one of the top three executives in industrial real estate. He is a recent graduate of Leadership Atlanta, the nation’s oldest and most distinguished community leadership development program. Tim is also a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.
As part of IDI’s long-standing commitment to the environment, Tim serves on the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Conservancy, a state-wide environmental organization dedicated to the appreciation and protection of Georgia’s natural environment, and is a past member of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Sustainable Development Council. Additionally, he sits on the Board of Directors of Batson-Cook Development Company, as well as the Alumni Steering Committee for the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. A testament to his passion for education, Tim is a trustee of the Georgia State University Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors for Teach for America and serves on the Endowment Board of the Paideia School, a non-profit school that is known for the individual attention given to each student and its diverse student body.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officerread bio »As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Linda Booker oversees IDI’s assets, which are valued at approximately $2 billion, and is responsible for the company’s financial operations, including accounting, treasury and finance functions. During the recent financial crisis, Linda helped strengthen IDI’s balance sheet through debt reduction, maintaining the company’s strong lender relationships throughout the process. She also supervises the company’s joint venture portfolio, valued at just under $1 billion, maintains relationships with investors and key stakeholders, and has been strategically involved in the evolution of IDI’s Investment Management business.
Linda joined IDI in 1995 as Assistant Controller. She was promoted to Vice President and Controller of IDI in 1997, and was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2006. Prior to joining IDI, she was a manager in MetLife’s real estate investments group, where she was responsible for portfolio financial analysis and real estate financial reporting. She started her career as an auditor for KPMG Peat Marwick.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officerread bio »As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of IDI, David Birdwell leads the company on a variety of levels, from strategic planning to day-to-day operations. He is responsible for establishing and implementing the company’s operating procedures and plans with six departments: Human Resources, Property Management and Leasing, Information Services, Marketing and Communications, Risk Management and Office Management. Additionally, David also sits on IDI’s Investment Committee.
David joined IDI in 1989 as the company’s ninth employee. He was a member of the founding management team who led IDI from a start-up merchant builder to a full service national industrial real estate company. David has been actively involved in the development and acquisition of over 135 million square feet of industrial real estate and the expansion of IDI’s footprint to eight market offices throughout North America. He was promoted from Controller to Chief Financial Officer in 1995 and was again promoted from Senior Vice President and CFO to his current position in January 2006. Before joining IDI, David held positions at Childress Klein Properties, Trammell Crow Company, and in the real estate services group at Arthur Young and Co.
Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officerread bio »As Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Matt O’Sullivan oversees the development and construction activities across IDI’s nine market offices, as well as development management services for client multi market rollouts. Among his various responsibilities, Matt keeps current on competitive market trends and implements strategies and procedures that promote the growth and improvement across all aspects of the company’s development, property management and marketing functions.
Under his leadership, IDI –which is consistently ranked as one of the top private developers of industrial real estate in North America – has developed just under 40 million square feet of warehouse/distribution space over the past eight years. Additionally, the company has expanded into the markets of Central Florida, New Jersey, Central Pennsylvania, Nashville, Houston and Southwest Ontario under his direction. Matt has 11 direct reports.
G. Bryan Blasingame, Jr.
Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Investment Managementread bio »As Chief Investment Officer, Bryan oversees IDI’s Investments group, which provides acquisition, disposition, portfolio and asset management, and research services for IDI and its clients.
Since joining IDI in 1995, he has participated in the sale of more than 55 million square feet of industrial buildings with an aggregate sale price of more than $2.3 billion to both institutional and private equity buyers. During that period, Bryan was also responsible for the capital sourcing and formation of several development and long-term ownership ventures in which the cumulative value exceeded $2.5 billion. Partners in these ventures included JPMorgan, TIAA-CREF, CIGNA, Mitsubishi, Nichiman, Matsushita and the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB). Most recently, Bryan was involved in the structuring and formation of IDI’s NALI ventures with a large state pension plan.
Corporate Leadership Team
CORPORATE LEADERSHIP BIOS
Greg J. Ryan
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Investment Managementread bio »As Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Investment Management, Greg works on all of IDI’s capital market activities, including acquisitions and dispositions, depending on the cycle. During his tenure with IDI, Greg has been the Managing Director of Acquisitions, directing the Investment Management group’s efforts to purchase well-located, high-quality warehouse and distribution facilities for IDI’s various funds. Greg evaluated every acquisition opportunity within North America, both on-market and off-market, pursuing IDI’s interests in both core and value-add opportunities. Greg is currently the head of national asset management and dispositions for the company.
Prior to the formation of Investment Management, Greg handled all investment sales, acquisitions, joint ventures, fund formations, asset management and other capital market activities for IDI.
S. Michael Parks
Senior Vice President, National Business Developmentread bio »As Senior Vice President of National Business Development, Michael is responsible for broad-spectrum corporate business development activities. Specific responsibilities include developing and managing corporate client and service provider relationships, coordination and development of project teams, strategic planning as relates to analyzing geographic markets for development, and identifying and responding to emerging trends in logistics and supply chains.
Since joining IDI in 1996, Michael has sourced and directed development in excess of 7 million square feet of distribution properties throughout the United States. Most of this development has centered on corporate supply chain reconfiguration projects involving multiple markets. Specific clients include UPS Supply Chain Solutions, The Home Depot, AmerisourceBergen and Williams Sonoma.
Brian T. Mee
Senior Vice President, Strategic Development Servicesread bio »As Senior Vice President of IDI’s Strategic Development Services (SDS), Brian directs development, construction and marketing activities across North America for multiple corporate clients, including several Fortune 500 companies. To date, SDS has developed more than 150 facilities in 86 markets across North America, building a reputation for outstanding performance and integrity that has led to repeat business by 80 percent of its build-to-suit clients.
Since joining IDI in 1996, Brian has overseen the development of distribution, retail and manufacturing facilities totaling more than 10 million square feet with a value of over $1 billion. Brian has more than 20 years experience with commercial, industrial and institutional development projects located throughout the United States.
Vice President, Marketing and Communicationsread bio »As Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Rita is responsible for the planning and execution of corporate brand marketing and communication initiatives for IDI across North America. In this position, Rita oversees the department providing strategic communications counsel to all of IDI’s business groups and ensures consistent messaging throughout the company.
Rita spearheaded the launch of IDI’s new brand identity, designed to distinguish IDI from its competitors, and led the redesign of the company’s website to better reflect IDI’s brand identity and to offer enhanced functionality for IDI’s clients and prospects.
Debbi Kvietkus, PHR
Vice President, Human Resourcesread bio »As Vice President of Human Resources, Debbi is responsible for directing all Human Resources initiatives in key areas such as benefits, staffing, onboarding, performance management, organizational development, employee relations, compensation and payroll. Leveraging her strengths in relationship building and employee relations, Debbi developed several platforms and processes for the company, including the IDI staffing strategy, performance management process, a performance evaluation platform, and new benefits.
Corporate Leadership Team
REGIONAL MANAGING DIRECTOR BIOS
Senior Vice President, Regional Managing Directorread bio »Jay is the Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director of IDI’s Atlanta market office. He is responsible for implementing development and acquisition strategies along with directing IDI’s operations in the Atlanta region, which also includes Savannah, Georgia and the Carolinas. Under Jay’s direction, the region has developed 16 million square feet of both inventory and build-to-suit facilities. During his career, Jay has successfully completed more than 1,200 leasing transactions.
Senior Vice President, Regional Managing Directorread bio »Tom is Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director in charge of overseeing development and acquisition activities in the Chicago area, Salt Lake City, Utah and Toronto, Ontario. Since joining IDI in 1989, Tom has been responsible for the development of more than 2,000 acres of land in 18 business parks, along with approximately 26 million square feet of industrial and office facilities. During Tom’s tenure, the Chicago Office has developed over 100 facilities including 50 build-to-suit facilities.
Senior Vice President, Regional Managing Directorread bio »As Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director of IDI’s Cincinnati market office, Doug is directly responsible for leading development activities, land and building acquisitions, leasing and sales, as well as overseeing construction and property management activities in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana areas. From 1995 through 2013, Doug has been involved with leasing and development of inventory and build-to-suit projects totaling more than 14 million square feet of space, valued at more than $400 million.
Senior Vice President, Regional Managing Directorread bio »Doug, who founded IDI’s Dallas office in 1994, is Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director responsible for directing IDI’s development activities in the Texas markets of Dallas and Houston. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the Dallas office, he oversees land procurement, development, acquisitions, property management and the leasing of IDI buildings in Texas. During Doug’s tenure, IDI has become the leading developer of quality, high-performance distribution facilities in the Texas market, constructing approximately 17 million square feet of industrial and office facilities in North Texas, Houston, El Paso and Juarez, Mexico.
Senior Vice President, Regional Managing Directorread bio »As Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director for IDI’s Fort Lauderdale office, Scott oversees all development activities in Central and South Florida. IDI currently has seven business parks in South Florida totaling 6 million square feet and is developing four business parks in Central Florida that will provide a total of 4.5 million square feet upon completion. Scott directs the Fort Lauderdale office’s sustainable development initiatives, which include seven projects in various stages of development designed to receive LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
Senior Vice President, Regional Managing Directorread bio »Alan Sharp is the Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director in the Los Angeles development office. He is responsible for overseeing development activities throughout California, including Inland Empire West, Inland Empire East, San Joaquin Valley and Lucerne Valley. He is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and sits on the Board of Directors of NAIOP Inland Empire, California.
Senior Vice President, Regional Managing Directorread bio »Kurt is responsible for directing IDI’s operations in the Memphis and Nashville markets. With a focus on high-quality building standards and innovation, IDI has established a reputation as a leading developer in the Memphis market, producing more than 24 million square feet since 1989. Kurt ‘s primary responsibilities include land acquisition and entitlement, in addition to overseeing all development, leasing and property management.
Senior Vice President, Regional Managing Directorread bio »Frank joined IDI in 2005 and is responsible for all acquisitions and development activities in the Northeast Region including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Baltimore-Washington, D.C. Frank’s background in real estate includes experience in the development of speculative and build-to-suit properties, acquisitions, finance and construction and project management.