Gershenson Realty & Investment, LLC (“GRI”) is vertically integrated, with demonstrated capabilities in the following areas:
GRI is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is an industry leader in the area of asset and property management. We are equipped to respond quickly and effectively to our clients’ needs.
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
Gary N. Cooper
Director of Construction
Traci L. Hytower
Suzanne A. Bates
Director of Tax/Controller
Bruce is a recognized expert in commercial retail development. Formerly, as a member of Ramco-Gershenson’s Senior Management Team, he directed all affairs of the company and participated in the development of more than 70 shopping centers ranging from freestanding single use destination-oriented retailers to a super-regional enclosed mall of more than 1.4 million square feet. In 1996, Bruce became Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, a newly formed Real Estate Investment Trust traded on the New York Stock Exchange. He also became president of Ramco-Gershenson, Inc., the management subsidiary of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust. His chief role with the company was Vice President of the Acquisition Department, which was responsible for acquiring 32 centers in the first three years. With a wealth of over 40 years of experience and knowledge in the commercial real estate industry, he has excelled in creating successful business initiatives and partnerships throughout his career.
Rick brings over 40 years of expertise in the grocery industry. His knowledge in the development and operation of supermarket stores is further enhanced by 30 years of experience in corporate real estate for the Kroger Company. Rick became the Director of Real Estate for the Kroger Company of Michigan. His familiarity with the multiple markets in the United States in which Kroger operates provided Rick with valuable knowledge in his principle role as the head of acquisitions for Gershenson Realty & Investment.
Tom is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Business Education, Colorado State University with a Masters of Accountancy in Taxation and is a Certified Public Accountant. As a senior tax manager for Deloitte & Touche, he was involved in tax compliance and planning for a wide range of clients, from publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts to smaller closely held companies. Tom is responsible for arranging debt and equity capital, handling investor relations, financial analysis of potential acquisitions, as well as tax planning of the company’s real estate entities.
For over 40 years, Gary has enjoyed being actively involved in all facets of the construction industry. With three different Michigan-based national building and development firms (involved in single and multi-family homes, retail development/management, and mixed-use design, development and construction), Gary has served in various capacities including company officer, partner and director of development and construction. Gary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Building and Construction Management from Michigan State University and pursued further graduate studies at Lawrence Technological University and Wayne State University.
Gary is a licensed professional builder and a member of the Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan, ICSC and the Urban Land Institute.
Traci has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Wayne State University and a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. In addition to Traci’s educational background, she also possesses a Real Estate Salesperson license. Prior to joining GRI, Traci focused primarily on Landlord/Tenant disputes at the district court level and assisted in the many facets of asset management. Traci is responsible for assisting with the due diligence phase of potential acquisitions, leasing, tenant coordination, database management and the drafting and revision of legal documents.
Suzanne has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Western Michigan University, a Masters in Taxation from Walsh College and is a Certified Public Accountant. As a senior tax manager for Deloitte Tax LLP, she was involved in the tax compliance and planning for a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust as well as other real estate partnerships and smaller closely held companies. She is responsible for the tax compliance and tax planning as well as the tax return filings, tax projections, and quarterly and year-end financial filings.