Leadership

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 Gazeley’s leaders create a culture that stimulates exceptional individual performance and establishes enduring relationships with customers, employees and the communities it serves.

VISIONARY LEADERSHIP

The North American 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 Gazeley 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.

WORK/LIFE BALANCE

When it comes to work/life balance, IDI Gazeley 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 Gazeley 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 North America Core Support Office

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP BIOS

Executive Leadership Team

Department: Executive

  • Linda Booker

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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    As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Linda Booker oversees IDI Gazeley’s North American assets, which are valued at approximately $2 billion. She is responsible for financial operations, including accounting, treasury and finance functions. During the Great Recession, Linda helped strengthen the platform’s balance sheet through debt reduction, maintaining strong lender relationships throughout the process. She also supervises IDI Gazeley’s North America joint venture portfolio, valued at just under $1 billion and maintains relationships with investors and key stakeholders.

    Linda joined IDI Gazeley (formerly IDI) in 1995 as Assistant Controller. She was promoted to Vice President and Controller in 1997, and was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2006. Prior experience includes a management role 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.
  • G. Bryan Blasingame, Jr.

    Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

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    As Chief Investment Officer, Bryan oversees IDI Gazeley’s North America Investments group, which provides acquisition, disposition, portfolio and asset management, and research services for IDI Gazeley and its clients.

    Prior to his expanded role as Chief Investment Officer, Bryan was directly responsible for dispositions and the management of IDI Gazeley’s North America ownership portfolio, as well as those portfolios jointly owned in ventures with third parties. Since joining IDI Gazeley (formerly 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.

Corporate Leadership Team

CORPORATE LEADERSHIP BIOS

  • Greg J. Ryan

    Senior Vice President and Head of Operations

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    As Senior Vice President and Head of Operations, Greg oversees all operational aspects IDI Gazeley’s North American activities. The scope of his responsibilities includes asset management, leasing, property management and dispositions. During his tenure with IDI Gazeley, 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 Gazeley’s various funds. Greg evaluated every acquisition opportunity within North America, both on-market and off-market, pursuing IDI Gazeley’s interests in both core and value-add opportunities.

    Prior to the formation of Investment Management, Greg handled all investment sales, acquisitions, joint ventures, fund formations, asset management, long term debt and other capital market activities for IDI Gazeley (formerly IDI) in North America.
  • Debbi Kvietkus, PHR

    Vice President, Human Resources

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    As Vice President of Human Resources, Debbi is responsible for directing all North America 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 Gazeley staffing strategy, performance management process, a performance evaluation platform, and new benefits.

Corporate Leadership Team

REGIONAL MANAGING DIRECTOR BIOS

  • Jay Mitchell

    Senior Vice President and Regional Director

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    Jay is the Senior Vice President and Regional Director of IDI Gazeley’s Atlanta market office. He is responsible for implementing development and acquisition strategies along with directing IDI Gazeley’s operations in the Atlanta market, 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.
  • Tom George

    Senior Vice President and Regional Director

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    Tom is Senior Vice President and Regional Director in charge of overseeing development and acquisition activities in the Chicago area, Salt Lake City, Utah and Toronto, Ontario. Since joining IDI Gazeley (formerly 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 market office has developed over 100 facilities including 50 build-to-suit facilities.
  • Doug Armbruster

    Senior Vice President and Regional Director

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    As Senior Vice President and Regional Director of IDI Gazeley’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.
  • Doug Johnson

    Senior Vice President and Regional Director

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    Doug, who founded IDI Gazeley’s Dallas market office in 1994, is Senior Vice President and Regional Director responsible for directing IDI Gazeley’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 Gazeley buildings in Texas. During Doug’s tenure, IDI Gazeley (formerly 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.
  • Scott Helms

    Senior Vice President and Regional Director

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    As Senior Vice President and Regional Director for IDI Gazeley’s Fort Lauderdale office, Scott oversees all development activities in Central and South Florida. IDI Gazeley 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.
  • Alan Sharp

    Senior Vice President and Regional Director

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    Alan Sharp is the Senior Vice President and Regional Director in the Los Angeles development office. He is responsible for overseeing development activities throughout California, including Inland Empire West, Inland Empire East and San Joaquin 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.
  • Frank Petkunas

    Senior Vice President and Regional Director

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    Frank joined IDI Gazeley (formerly 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.