As a founding officer of Charter, for the past twenty years Mr. Brandes has focused his efforts on identifying shopping center acquisition, development, and redevelopment opportunities. This has accounted for nearly ten million square feet (approximately 50 properties) of projects along the east coast of the United States. Executing on the value-add redevelopment programs for a plethora of neighborhood and community shopping centers, as well as single tenant net lease properties, have been his focus. More recently his activities have also concentrated on mixed-use properties, as well as street retail within dense infill or urban locations.
Mr. Brandes’ primary responsibilities include:
- Identifying and analyzing potential property acquisitions
- Overseeing the value-add development and management teams
- Structure and manage strategic venture partner or co-investment relationships
- Securing capital for the company’s equity and debt requirements
Prior to founding Charter, Mr. Brandes spent a combined ten years working in acquisitions, development, and property management roles for National Realty and Development of Purchase, NY as well as the CGI Companies of Brookline, MA. During that period, he was responsible for initiating nearly two million square feet of ground-up retail developments across upstate New York, and managing and leasing a portfolio of forty neighborhood shopping centers across New England. Mr. Brandes received a B.S. from Tufts University and currently resides with his family in Westchester County New York.
A founding officer of Charter Realty, Mr. Zelson has focused his efforts on marketing the company’s owned portfolio, building its third party shopping center leasing business as well as tenant representation accounts. He has also been successful in the acquisition of several retail chains for their underlying real estate as well as being involved in the acquisition and development of Charter’s own portfolio. Since the company’s inception, he has accounted for the completion of more than 20 million square feet of new tenant leases in both Charter and third party properties. His primary areas of focus include:
- Developing and implementing new shopping center marketing strategies
- Negotiating and structuring of shopping center acquisitions
- Securing third party shopping center exclusives and tenant representation assignments for a growing team of professionals
- Implementing growth strategies for major retailers poised for expansion. Some of these companies include: TJX Stores, Wal-Mart, Delhaize, Regal Cinemas, Alamo Draft House
- Building the company’s new real estate initiatives including a downtown/urban retail business, a net lease strategy and a hospitality division
Prior to Charter’s formation, Mr. Zelson was the Director of Leasing at National Realty and Development Corp. in Purchase, New York. Joining National in 1988, his responsibilities included all leasing and marketing activities for a portfolio of 76+ shopping centers (in excess of 8 million square feet) in sixteen states along the East Coast of the United States.
Mr. Zelson is a graduate of Cornell University; he currently is a trustee of the United States Olympic Foundation, the Fairfield Country Day School and the Southport Fire Department. Dan resides in Fairfield County Connecticut with his wife and children.
Mr. Cafero joined Charter Realty & Development in 2016 as a Real Estate Salesperson. William has had a passion for the real estate industry throughout much of his life. Born and raised in Southern Connecticut, he graduated from the University Of Miami Undergraduate School Of Business with a Real Estate Finance degree BA, while taking on several real estate related internships ranging from, development, private equity, brokerage, and law. William has engaged in a series of markets stretching from the boroughs of New York, to sunny South Florida, as well as the greater New England area. Additionally, William has worked on big box shopping centers listings as well as past representation of restaurants and retailers.
Mr. Drzewiecki joined Charter in the fall of 2012 to assist with property acquisition, development and redevelopment opportunities. He brings an extensive analytical and problem solving background to Charter and hopes to use these tools to find creative solutions to today’s real estate challenges. Thus far, he has focused his efforts on financial analysis, due diligence, and market research for new projects.
Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Drzewiecki spent nine years as a Computer Engineer at IBM. During that time, he was involved in all facets of circuit design and played key roles in the design of such projects as the Microsoft XBOX and Nintendo Wii. Seeking greater variety and an opportunity to use more of his skill set, Mr. Drzewiecki went back to school in 2010 to pursue a career in real estate.
Mr. Drzewiecki is a member of the ICSC. He grew up in Schenectady, NY and graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 2001. In 2012, he received an MBA from Vanderbilt University, graduating in the top 5% of his class. He currently resides in Westchester County with his wife and two children.
Jason Hess is a developer, attorney and licensed real estate broker. As a broker, Jason has represented multiple owners and tenants in leasing and sale transaction over his career. As an attorney, Jason maintains a private practice as a commercial real estate attorney focusing primarily on anchor leasing transactions, as well as the acquisition and disposition of shopping centers. As a developer, Jason has developed several shopping centers with various joint venture partners and has expertise in all areas of acquisition, construction, financing and leasing.
Prior to joining Charter, Jason served as Chief Operating Officer for a national retail shopping center owner, operator and developer, where he oversaw all aspects of the company’s leasing, legal, property management, development and construction.
After received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1995 and, Jason was an associate with Wolf Block LLP, a prominent Philadelphia law firm. Jason graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland in 1992, with a B.A. in Government and Politics.
Jason lives in Blue Bell, PA with his wife and two daughters, and when not spending time with his family, spends as much time on the golf course as possible.
Carol Hutchinson began working with Charter in the fall of 2011. She came to us with an extensive background consisting of over 20 years of experience in the retail real estate and shopping center industry. Her well-honed transactional skills, substantial market knowledge, as well as her accomplished aptitude for relationship building have made her a readily recognized industry leader. Her experience has been on both the tenant and landlord side, with both specialty and big box tenants, offering her a unique perspective.
Most recently Carol spent five years as Vice President of Leasing for Edens, a Columbia, SC based shopping center owner and developer with over a 120 owned properties located primarily on the east coast. During her tenure with Edens, while Boston based, she was active throughout the portfolio working on acquisitions, new development, redevelopment and existing properties regarding merchandise mix, marketing strategies, specialty and big box leasing. Representative deals executed included Trader Joe’s, Best Buy, TJMaxx, Petsmart, Cost Plus, Ashley Furniture and DeMoulas Market Basket.
Prior to her position at Edens, Carol was an AVP/Real Estate Director with the TJX Companies based out of Framingham, MA. Over the course of fifteen years with TJX her responsibilities included developing and implementing strategic expansion and relocation goals for the all of the companies’ chains including: TJMaxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, AJWright and Bobs. The bulk of her time was spent in the Northeast and Puerto Rico although she also worked the eastern half of the US for the HomeGoods chain initial roll out. She also pioneered and launched the initial strategy and rollout for the AJWright chain. She was responsible for well over 200 transactions.
Carol holds a Massachusetts real estate license and is an active member of the ICSC. She is a native of New Canaan, CT and for the past twenty years has resided in Wellesley, MA where she is a member of the Wellesley Women’s Business Network. She holds an AA degree from Cazenovia College, a BA from SCSU and an MS from SCSU.
Ms. Johnson joined Charter in the fall of 2001 to assist with the government approval process for Charter’s shopping center development program. Ms. Johnson has focused her efforts on land use permitting and project management and has over twenty-two years of experience in the field.
Prior to joining Charter, Ms. Johnson served as a Real Estate Development Manager for the Stop & Shop Company. In that position, she was responsible for project management with emphasis on schedule and budget for new store development in Connecticut, New York, and western Massachusetts. Ms. Johnson served as the primary company representative during the community outreach and public meeting phases of the permitting process. During her tenure at Stop & Shop, Ms. Johnson assisted with the approval and/or opening of fifteen superstores. Prior to Stop & Shop, she served as a Project Manager with VHB, an engineering and consulting firm, out of the Middletown, Connecticut office. Ms. Johnson focused on permitting and project management for land development and telecommunications clients. Ms. Johnson also worked as an analyst at Robinson & Cole LLP, a Hartford based law firm, where she worked in the land use section of the firm assisting with the due diligence and permitting process for commercial real estate and development clients. Ms. Johnson has also worked in local government, serving as a town planner for Brooklyn, Connecticut. She began her career in real estate with a residential developer in Mystic, Connecticut.
Ms. Johnson is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and received a Bachelors degree in Geography and a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Connecticut. She currently resides in Connecticut.
Lisa King joined Charter Realty & Development Corp. in 2010 to assist with risk and asset management. Ms. King is responsible for coordinating and managing all aspects of the insurance program for Charter properties. In her asset management role, she directs lease administration and tenant coordination activities. She is also a key participant in the diligence process evaluating new acquisitions.
Prior to joining Charter, Ms. King was Vice President at American Properties Corporation, a boutique private equity firm in New York City. She also served as Vice President and Treasurer of Atlas Group Inc, a telecommunications consulting company. Ms. King began her career at Nortel Networks. She spent ten years with the company in Canada, England and New York in a variety of financial roles. Her last position was Controller of the New York Sales Office.
Ms. King received a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Distinction and an MBA from Concordia University in Canada.
Mr. Ludden joined Charter Realty in November 2013. He is responsible for hands-on and day-to-day operations of multi-site, multi-state community and grocery-anchored shopping centers, as well as single tenant net leased properties. In addition, he is responsible for planning, controlling and directing the day-to-day operations of a portfolio of properties while maintaining effective and harmonious tenant relations in line with the financial objectives, value and integrity of the real estate.
Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Ludden spent over 13 years in commercial and residential construction in New England and Chicago, and 7 years as production manager in an industrial chemical manufacturing plant in Michigan.
Mr. Ludden has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from National University of Ireland (Galway). He is a Licensed Construction Supervisor by the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety Board of Building Regulations and Standards and a LEED Accredited Professional by the Green Building Certification Institute. He resides in Worcester, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.
Mr. Levine’s focus is landlord and tenant representation in the New York Area. His extensive list of diverse national and local clients has enabled him to execute transactions across a wide range of commercial sectors including retail, restaurant, office and hotel.
Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Levine had spent ten years at Equinox Fitness Clubs, a leading operator of luxury fitness clubs throughout the United States, where he was the Senior Director of Real Estate and instrumental in the company’s national real estate expansion. During his career at Equinox, he developed extensive relationships within the real estate industry and a deep understanding of various markets throughout the New York Tri-State Area, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, South Florida, Northern and Southern California and Atlanta. In addition, he was tangentially involved in the company’s real estate activities in the Washington D.C., Toronto, Phoenix/Scottsdale and Seattle markets.
Mr. Levine began his career as an investment banker in the High Yield Finance Group at Merrill Lynch and later joined Regional Health Group, a New York based health care provider, where he served as a Vice President.
Mr. Levine is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and currently resides in Fairfield County Connecticut with his wife and children.
Ms. O’Brien joined Charter Realty & Development in 1999. She is responsible for banking and accounting related activities, including the management of the accounting platform.
Prior to joining Charter, Ms. O’Brien worked for Nine West Group in the Real Estate & Store Planning division. Before her switch into the Real Estate field, Ms. O’Brien worked in the Banking and Financial Service Industry where she held positions in both operations and sales. Ms. O’Brien received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Connecticut State University.
Ms. O’Brien currently resides in Fairfield County Connecticut.
Mr. Ostroff joined Charter Realty in February 2011. He is focused on providing high touch property and facilities management services for the Charter owned shopping center portfolio. His responsibilities include project management, tenant relations, vendor oversight, common area maintenance and repairs, as well as all other property management functions.
Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Ostroff spent three years in residential property management for Barkan Management Company. While at Barkan he managed a portfolio of five Boston area community associations. Mr. Ostroff spent six years as a division manager for Francisco Tavares Inc. where he oversaw daily operations of a large high-end landscape construction and maintenance company.
Mr. Ostroff received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rhode Island in 1992, is an active member of the Institute of Real Estate Management and is a Certified Property Manager Candidate. He resides in Massachusetts with his wife and family.
Angelo B. Pappas has been in the commercial real estate field for over 20 years. Mr. Pappas joined Charter Realty & Development Corp. in 2006 focusing on retail leasing, sales, and development.
He has completed several transactions throughout New England, in all fields of commercial real estate including the sale of land and property, leasing of retail, general office, medical office and industrial space. Mr. Pappas has represented clients such as Mass Mutual Life Insurance (Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass., WP Realty, Regency Centers, Supervalu, Citizens Bank, Mass General Hospital, Partners Healthcare, Marshall Contractors, The Disney Company, The Northland Companies, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Pappas was involved in the analysis, reposition and sale of the VFW Post in Waltham, Mass. He was successful in achieving over $1 million per acre for the Veterans. Mr. Pappas has also completed deals with Boston Interiors, Ben & Jerry’s, Olan Mills, Radio Shack, Dunkin Donuts, Adia Temps, Pete’s Coffee, and Pier 1, to name a few. Although Mr. Pappas has completed deals in all aspects of commercial real estate, his most significant achievements have been representing retail landlords with difficult projects. ”When it comes to leasing tough retail space”, Pappas says, “stay focused, be persistent with the cold calls and think out of the box by contacting quasi-retailers”. Mr. Pappas has also been successful in leasing enclosed mini-malls by rethinking the usual tenant theme and grouping various cultural community businesses.
Prior to Mr. Pappas joining Charter, he was with Richard Bendetson at Diversified Funding, Eliot Ravech and Peter Brown at Peter Eliot & Co., and Milestone Associates Inc.
Mr. Pappas graduated with a B.S. from Suffolk University in Boston, Mass., and resides in the Boston area.
Mr. Rosa joined Charter Realty & Development in January 2014. He is responsible for a variety of marketing and graphic design projects, including visual design packages and client materials. In addition, he is responsible for conducting market research for custom client reports, detailing information on specific geographical real estate markets.
Prior to joining Charter Realty & Development, Mr. Rosa worked for a international realty firm and as a freelance graphic designer specializing in creative design, marking and promotional materials.
Mr. Rosa grew up in the Westchester County, NY area and graduated from Franklin Pierce College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Communications. He currently resides in Fairfield County with his fiancé.
Lynn joins Charter with over 30 years of retail real estate experience. Most recently Lynn owned and operated Swain Retail Leasing, Inc. where she served an integral part of deal sourcing, brokering, design, construction and marketing of numerous projects. Her well regarded professionalism has enabled her to deal successfully with big box and specialty tenants, including Lowes’, Stop & Shop, TJ Maxx, Staples, JC Penney, Old Navy and The Gap. She has been active in trade associations; serving as State Director for the International Council of Shopping Centers, an ICSC National Convention Speaker, a teacher at the ICSC University of Shopping Centers, a board member of the National Retail Merchants Association and a current member of Gallatin Association of Realtors, the Montana Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.
Lynn began her career as Vice President of Leasing for The Bronson & Hutensky Companies, a large Retail Developer, and also served as the Director of Real Estate for D&L, The Weathervane and J. Putnam Stores.
Lynn, who currently resides in Bozeman, enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle. She maintains her professional licenses as a Real Estate Broker in both Montana and Connecticut.