Horizon Group Properties

Meet the Team



Chairman of the Board,Chief Executive Officer

Gary Skoien is Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Group Properties, Inc. From 1993 to 2005 he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Prime Group. Prior to his roll as COO of PGI, Gary served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Retail Division of PGI (Currently Prime Retail, Inc.) from 1992 to 1993. In this role, he oversaw strategic planning, development and management of the rapidly growing division. From 1983 to 1991, Gary was the Executive Director of The Illinois Capital Development Board, and from 1980 to 1983, he was an Assistant to the Illinois Governor. Gary is the former chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University, former Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Civic Federation, former member of the board of Prime Retail, Inc. (NYSE: PRT), and served on the Board of Directors of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. 


Thomas Rumptz

Senior Vice President of Real Estate

Thomas A. Rumptz has served as Senior Vice President of Real Estate since June 1998.  Mr. Rumptz’s role with Horizon Group Properties, Inc, includes responsibility for development, construction and disposition of residual land.  For eight years prior to his employment at Horizon Group Properties, Inc, Mr. Rumptz worked for the predecessor company, Horizon Group, Inc., where he held many different positions including Controller, Vice President of Finance, and most recently, Vice President of Real Estate.  Prior to working for HGPI, Mr. Rumptz served as Manager of Investment Real Estate for Foremost Insurance.  Mr. Rumptz received his MBA from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.  Mr. Rumptz is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and possesses a State of Michigan real estate licen


David Tinkham

Chief Financial Officer

David R. Tinkham has served as Chief Financial Officer since June 1998. For fifteen years prior to his employment with Horizon Group Properties, Inc., David was responsible for capital markets access, treasury, accounting, tax, insurance, investor relations, information technology and SEC compliance at The Chicago Dock and Canal Trust where he served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining The Chicago Dock and Canal Trust, he was a Senior Tax Accountant at Arthur Andersen & Co. David received his Masters of Management degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from The University of Michigan. David is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Economic Club of Chicago, and a member of the Urban Land Institute



Andrew Pelmoter

Executive Vice President

Andrew Pelmoter  is the Executive Vice President of Horizon Group Properties and has been with the company  since February 1999. Prior to his employment with Horizon Group Properties, Inc., Andrew was Director of Leasing for the predecessor company.  This company owned 44 outlet centers comprised of over 10 million square feet of leasable space.  Prior to joining Horizon Group Properties, Inc., Andrew was employed for 11 years with The Mills Corporation, where he was Director of Leasing and Lease Administration.


David Nelson

Director of Operations

 David Nelson is the Director of Operations for Horizon Group Properties. David has been in the shopping center industry for more than 15 years. He has experience in the management, leasing, marketing, financing, acquisition and sale of factory outlet centers, enclosed regional malls, open air lifestyle centers, power centers, and community shopping centers. David has extensive relationships with U.S. retailers and with professionals involved in the operation of top tier retail shopping centers. David specializes in building high growth companies within the retail real estate industry.  From 2003 through 2010, David was a Senior Vice President with Cousins Properties, a public REIT based in Atlanta, U.S.A. At Cousins, David was the head of retail asset management. In this capacity, he was instrumental in building a company that successfully developed multiple lifestyle centers, power centers, and grocery anchored community centers. While David was at Cousins, the company was able to develop to double in size in a short period of time. David was in charge of joint venture relationships, management, marketing, and accounting. He also served on the company’s Lease Committee managing the leasing process for the entire portfolio of shopping  


James Harris

 James Harris has been Managing Director since 2007.  James has worked for more than two decades in the outlet industry as a senior executive and partner.  He has been involved in the development, leasing and operation of more than 50 outlet centers both domestically and internationally.  Prior to joining Horizon Group Properties, Inc, James worked for leading retail and shopping center developers including Federated Department stores and Taubman Company.  He served as COO of McArthur Glen and President of Ariel Preferred Retail Group. 


Connie Dyer

Senior Vice President of Marketing

   Connie Dyer is Senior Vice President of Marketing for Horizon Group Properties. Prior to joining Horizon, she was Deputy Director for Marketing and External Affairs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She also served at Vice President of Field Marketing at General Growth Properties, responsible for the overall marketing strategy and branding for 124 regional and super-regional, malls including Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, Water Tower Place in Chicago, IL and Fashion Show in Las Vegas, NV.  She also worked at Urban Retail Properties for ten years, and The Taubman Company for eight years.  Connie has been involved in tourism marketing for twenty years promoting shopping as the number one activity for tourists.

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Horizon Group Properties
Phone 847.292.1870
10275 Higgins Road
Suite 560
Rosemont, Il 60018