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.
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EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP BIOS
Executive Leadership Team
Timothy J. Gunter
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 just under $1 billion, and is responsible for the company’s financial operations, including accounting, treasury and finance functions. She also plays a vital role in the company’s financial planning and forecasting, and regularly negotiates with executives from IDI’s Japanese parent company, Kajima, to ensure the company’s financial strength. 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 more than $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.
David R. Birdwell
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 seven departments: Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, Property Management and Leasing, Information Services, Marketing and Communications, Risk Management and Office Management. In addition, David works closely with IDI’s parent company Kajima, and serves on the company’s Board of Directors to set key performance indicators and accurate reporting standards. He 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 expansion activity across IDI’s eight 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 33.7 million square feet of warehouse/distribution space over the past six 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 ten direct reports.
G. Bryan Blasingame
Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Investment Managementread bio »Bryan oversees the disposition of assets in IDI’s ownership portfolio, as well as regional asset management, underwriting, portfolio asset management, and capital market equity activities. Bryan oversees the Investment department, an umbrella unit responsible for all investment sales, acquisitions, asset management, and capital market equity activities – including joint-venture and fund formation.
Most recently, Bryan was involved in the structuring and formation of IDI’s Value-Add Fund, a $500-million venture with the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) and its advisor, JPMorgan. Since joining IDI in 1995, Bryan 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.
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 focused on dispositions for the company nationally.
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 establishing strategic alliances with corporate real estate and logistics professionals for the development of build-to-suit facilities throughout the U.S. IDI’s National Business Development clients include UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Georgia Pacific, AmerisourceBergen, The Home Depot and Graybar Electric Company.
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. Since joining IDI in 1996, Brian has overseen the development of distribution facilities totaling more than 10 million square feet with a value of over $1 billion.
Vice President, Marketing and Communicationsread bio »As Vice President, 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, she oversees the department providing strategic communications counsel to all of IDI’s business groups and ensures consistent messaging across 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 and compensation. 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.