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 (PGI). 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.
Executive Vice President of Real Estate
Thomas A. Rumptz has served as Executive Vice President of Real Estate since June 1998. Mr. Rumptz’s role with Horizon Group Properties, Inc, (HGPI) 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 license.
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 and of the Urban Land Institute.
Executive Vice President
Andrew Pelmoter is Executive Vice President of Leasing for 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.
Managing Director, Business Development
James Harris is Managing Director, Business Development. 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 The Taubman Company. He served as COO of McArthur Glen and President of Ariel Preferred Retail Group.
Director of Marketing
Ms. Slechta,CMD/SCPM is the Director of Marketing and has been with Horizon Group Properties, Inc. since 1999. She has held executive marketing and management positions for over 35 years with some of the top shopping center developers in the United States. Prior to joining HGPI, Ms. Slechta was President of Creative Events and Productions, a full service-advertising agency specializing in retail and commercial properties. The firm provided marketing, temporary tenant leasing and special event services for companies in the shopping center industry including Heitman, Simon Group, Dial Properties, The Lund Company and First Management. Ms. Slechta was a regional marketing director for Westfield Group (ASX: WDG) directing marketing efforts for 6 regional malls totaling over 5.8 million sq.ft.. Prior to Westfield Group, she was VP Marketing for Dial Companies. Responsibilities with Dial included overseeing the corporate and day to day marketing for 2.3 million sq.ft. of regional and middle market shopping centers in 17 states. She was a General Manager/Marketing Director for Poag & McEwen and helped to develop the branding for the first lifestyle centers to be built in the United States. Ms. Slechta has served on regional boards for ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) for over 25 years and served as ICSC Director of Marketing for Iowa and Nebraska for three terms. During her last term, she helped research and write “Business Development for Small and Mid-Sized Counties”. This was a partnership of ICSC and NACO, National Association of Counties.
Horizon Group Properties
10275 Higgins Road
Rosemont, Il 60018