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WILLIAM W. HUGHES, JR. - Mr. Hughes is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a J.D. degree in Law. Since 1963, Mr. Hughes has been involved in the real estate development business.

His career has included involvement in the Real Estate Departments of Security First National Bank and Vons Grocery Company with responsibilities in location search, market analysis and lease/purchase negotiations. In 1967, he joined E. F. McDonald Shopping Bag Food Stores as Manager, Real Estate Division, and Attorney, where his responsibilities included development of company properties, lease/sale negotiations and legal documentation for all real property matters. Mr. Hughes joined Santa Anita Development Company, a neighborhood shopping center firm in 1970.

Mr. Hughes serves as the Chairman and President of Hughes Investments. In this capacity, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the Company and has direct supervision of all acquisition, development and leasing activities.

Mr. Hughes is a member of California Business Properties Association - having served as its President and as Chairman of the Board of the Political Action Committee, Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers, and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. He is also a member of the California Bar Association (Inactive).



JOHN B. POTTER - John Potter is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English. Mr. Potter began his professional career in 1978 when he joined the Brooks Company of Newport Beach, a family company involved in ranching and real estate development.

After joining Hughes Investments in 1980, Mr. Potter served as Director of Leasing, with responsibility for all Hughes Investments projects. In 1986, he became a Partner responsible for new development projects. His responsibilities include, acquisitions, major tenant negotiations, procurement of entitlements and overall responsibility for design, leasing and property management. He is currently an Executive Vice President with responsibility for Development. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.



ELIOT B. HAYES – Mr. Hayes attended St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University and the University of California at Berkeley, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the latter. He began his career in 1992 at a family office involved in developing industrial real estate and in public equities analysis. Beginning in 2002, he worked at a Los Angeles based investment manager as an analyst and equity portfolio manager.

Mr. Hayes primary areas of responsibility are overall financial management, accounting and financial reporting, finance and operations. He also has expertise and responsibilities in equity and fixed income portfolio management, as a CFA charter holder, and an active member of the CFA Society of Los Angeles and of the CFA Institute. He has served as a past president of the CFA Society of Orange County.



ALAN JOHNSON - Alan attended Mount Royal College in his native Calgary, Canada and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. After graduation in 1983, he joined Coldwell Banker now CB Richard Ellis, as a retail specialist, transferring to the Anaheim, California office in 1985. In 1989 Alan was hired by Hughes Investments as Vice President - Leasing. After nine years with Hughes Investments, Mr. Johnson joined The Irvine Company as Director of Leasing and concentrated on the development and leasing of several ground-up projects including The Market Place - Irvine, Northpark Plaza, Quail Hill, Trabuco Grove, Oakcreek Village, Irvine Spectrum Pavilion, Newport Coast, The Bluffs and several other projects throughout Irvine and Newport Beach. Alan completed transactions and formed relationships with Albertsons, Sav-on Drugs, Lowe’s, Target, Kohl’s, Office Depot, Ralph’s, Ethan Allen, Vons, Sears and many other national tenants.

In September of 2003 Alan left The Irvine Company to serve as Senior Vice President, Development with Hughes Investments. Mr. Johnson is responsible for all phases of acquisition and development of shopping centers throughout California, Utah, Washington and Idaho. Alan is a member of ICSC and has attained his Senior Certified Leasing Specialist “SCLS” credential.



GEOFFREY B. REESLUND, AlA - Mr. Reeslund is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture. A registered Architect since 1977, for over 21 years Geoff worked for SGPA Architecture and Planning, one of the foremost retail/commercial architectural firms in the country. A Principal with SGPA since 1986, he provided leadership in the planning, design and entitlement processing of over 200 community, specialty, regional and entertainment centers throughout California and other Western states, including nine projects for Hughes. In addition, he served as SGPA’s Southern California Marketing Director from 1993 to 1997, helping to expand their presence and Client base in the region.

As Director of Design and Construction at Hughes Investments, Mr. Reeslund oversees all aspects of project planning, design, governmental approvals, and construction. He assembles and manages the project consultant teams, works closely with tenants and their consultants, and coordinates the construction process to a successful completion.

Mr. Reeslund is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and is actively involved in the International Council of Shopping Centers