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Ken Stern

First Vice President

Ken Stern First Vice President
Cleveland 950 Main Avenue
Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44113

Professional Experience

Ken Stern is a First Vice President of Retail Leasing Services at CBRE, and is a leader of the firm’s Restaurant Practice Group.

Prior to joining CBRE, Ken was with DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) for 23 years. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Peripheral Development, where he was responsible for managing, supervising, and strategically planning the entire U.S. platform of DDR’s peripheral land opportunities, which at its peak had over 700 retail properties comprising nearly 200 million square feet. Ken has negotiated over 500 transactions totaling $700 million dollars in realized income value. He has implemented leasing strategies, and ultimately analyzed, negotiated and executed leases in power centers, community centers, specialty centers, and lifestyle centers. Ken’s hands-on approach was instrumental in leasing over 25 ground-up shopping center developments and numerous re-developments throughout DDR’s portfolio where he also contributed to design, layout, financial budgeting and financial feasibility analysis in order to maximize returns for the developments.

In his 23 years at DDR, Ken established extensive national restaurant and entertainment relationships, brought in some the nation’s most recognizable chains as junior anchors, and has provided these clients with a platform for national expansion throughout the DDR portfolio. Ken has also negotiated land sales with many other types of users, including many well-known banks and hotels.

Additionally, Ken has worked with some of the pre-eminent JV partners in the industry, including Blackstone, DRA Advisors, Madison Capital, MetLife, Ohio State Retirement Pension Funds, State of Utah Pension Funds, Macquarie Bank/Capital (MDT) 

Professional Affiliations

Ken is active in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Boards, where currently he sits on the Executive Board for the Food for Thought Committee, which is the industry’s own ICSC conference dedicated to the food/beverage retailers—a national conference where Ken is a guest speaker and moderator.

Notable Clients

Restaurant Experience

  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
  • Blaze Pizza
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Cava
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chili's
  • Chipotle
  • Firebirds
  • Five Guys
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • LongHorn Steakhouse
  • McDonald's 
  • Miller's Ale House
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panda Express
  • Panera Bread
  • P.F. Chang's
  • Pollo Tropical
  • Portillo's
  • Raising Cane's
  • Red Robin
  • Rock & Brews
  • T.G.I. Friday's
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Zoe's Kitchen

Entertainment Experience

  • i-FLY
  • Main Event
  • Pinstripes
  • Alamo Drafthouse
  • Bowlmor
  • Legacy Food Hall
  • Punch Bowl Social

Bank Experience

  • Navy Federal
  • PNC
  • TD Bank

Hotel Experience

  • Comfort Inn
  • Hilton
  • IHG
  • Marriott
  • Starwood

Shopping Center Experience

  • The Shoppes @ Midtown Miami | Miami, FL | 645,000 SF
  • Riverdale Village | Coon Rapids, MN | 1,000,000 SF
  • Centerton Square | Mt. Laurel, NJ | 700,000 SF
  • Flat Acres Marketplace | Parker, CO | 600,000 SF
  • Freehold Marketplace | Freehold, NJ | 360,000 SF
  • Shoppers World | Framingham, MA | 785,000 SF
  • The Village at Stone Oak | San Antonio, TX | 650,000 SF
  • Merriam Town Ctr/Merriam Village | Merriam, KS | 750,000 SF
  • The Pike Outlets | Long Beach, CA | 400,000 SF
  • Gateway Center | Everett, MA | 355,000 SF
  • Homestead Pavilion | Homestead, FL | 300,000 SF
  • Meridian Crossroads | Meridian, ID | 530,000 SF
  • Belgate Shopping Center | Charlotte, NC | 800,000 SF
  • Lee Vista Promenade | Orlando, FL | 400,000 SF
  • Hamilton Marketplace | Hamilton, NJ | 970,000 SF
  • Seabrook Commons | Seabrook, NH | 300,000 SF
  • Ahwatukee Foothills | Phoenix, AZ | 700,000 SF
  • Apex Crossings & Promenade | Apex, NC | 600,000 SF
Ken Stern First Vice President
Cleveland 950 Main Avenue
Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44113