The individual members of our executive and center management staffs are all highly qualified professionals, selected for their talent, knowledge and experience in retail and outlet management. Led by Stanley K. Tanger, founder, and Steven B. Tanger, president and chief executive officer, Tanger management operates in a cordial, caring and competent manner. This has earned them the respect of the industry and gained them loyalty - and friendship - of our merchant partners.
President & CEO, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.
Mr. Tanger is a director of the Company and was named President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2009. Mr. Tanger served as President and Chief Operating Officer from January 1, 1995 to December 2008. Previously, Mr. Tanger served as Executive Vice President from 1986 to December 1994. He has been with Tanger-related companies for most of his professional career, having served as Executive Vice President of Tanger/Creighton for 10 years. Mr. Tanger is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Stanford University School of Business Executive Program. Mr. Tanger is the son of Stanley K. Tanger, founder of the Company.
Managing Partner, Evolution Partners, LLC
Director of the Company since June 4, 1983. Mr. Africk has been a Managing Partner of Evolution Partners, LLC since June 1993. He is a Director, since 1997, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, since 2007, of North Atlantic Trading Company (“NATC”), which, through its subsidiaries manufactures, distributes and markets tobacco products. He is also Director, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of North Atlantic Holding Company, Inc. (“NAHC”), the parent company of NATC, simultaneously. Mr. Africk previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of both NATC and NAHC in 1998. His long tenure on our Board gives him extensive knowledge of our Company.
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Salem Senior Housing, Inc., Diversified Senior Services, Inc., Benton Investment Company
Director of the Company since June 4, 1993. Mr. Benton is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Salem Senior Housing, Inc., a senior living facility operator, since May 2002. Since May of 1996, he is also Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Senior Services, Inc., and he is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Benton Investment Company since 1982. From 1987 to 1994, Mr. Benton was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Health Equity Properties, Inc. His long tenure on our Board gives him extensive knowledge of our Company.
Chief Executive Officer, Victoria’s Secret Direct, LLC
Director of the Company since January 1, 2009. Ms. Ryan Berman is currently Chief Executive Officer of Victoria’s Secret Direct, LLC, the online and catalogue division of Victoria’s Secret, a specialty retailer of women’s intimates, beauty, apparel, and accessories. She was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Giorgio Armani Corporation and Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Apple Computer Retail. Ms. Ryan Berman also held various executive positions with Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, including Group President of Polo Ralph Lauren Global Retail . She served in various capacities at May Department Stores, Federated Department Stores, and Allied Stores Corporation. As an independent consultant, she has also advised clients in the retail, wholesale, and financial investment sectors providing strategic planning, business development, and executive coaching services. In addition, Ms. Berman is a former member of the board of directors, and served on the audit committee for J. Crew Group, Inc.
Founder and Chairman, Casablanca Capital LLC
Director of the Company since March 3, 2011. Mr. Drapkin is the Founder and Chairman of Casablanca Capital LLC and has been a principal of the Casablanca Special Opportunities Fund I, LLC since 2010. He was Vice Chairman of Lazard International and Chairman of Lazard’s Investment Committee from 2007 until 2010. Mr. Drapkin was Vice Chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. and a number of its affiliates from 1987 to 2007. He was previously a partner in the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association. Mr. Drapkin serves on the Board of Directors of Brandeis University, Lincoln Center Theater, The Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc. and he is a member of the Dean’s Council of Columbia Law School.
Owner, Red Dog Ventures, LLC
Director of the Company since July 26, 2010. Formerly the Chief Executive Officer of LendingTree.com, and Richard Petty Motorsports, Mr. Reddin has close to 30 years executive and management experience in consumer marketing and e-commerce. Mr. Reddin spent 17 years in the consumer packaged goods industry at Kraft Foods and Coca-Cola USA in various brand management and finance capacities. Currently, he is the owner of Red Dog Ventures, a venture capital and advisory firm in the digital arena. Mr. Reddin has served on the Board of Directors of Premier Farnell plc since September 2010, Deluxe Corporation since February 2014, Asbury Automotive Group since May 2014, and previously served on the Board of Directors of Valassis Communications Inc. from July 2010 to February 2014 and R.H. Donnelley from July 2007 to January 2010.
Senior Advisor, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company
Director of the Company since January 21, 1994. Mr. Robinson is currently a Senior Advisor of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company (formerly Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc.), a financial services firm. He served as Managing Director for Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc., and its prior affiliate Legg Mason, from June 1997 to March 2009. Previously, he was a Director, President and Chief Financial Officer of Storage USA, Inc. Mr. Robinson serves on the Board of Directors of BRE Properties, and is a former trustee of CenterPoint Properties Trust. He is also a former member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT"), from whom he received an Industry Achievement Award in 2009 for his wisdom, expertise and service to the REIT industry.
Chairman of the Board, Schwan Food Company
Director of the Company since August 23, 2004. Since 2008, Mr. Schuman has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Schwan Food Company, a provider of fine frozen foods. He was previously Chairman of the Board from January 2000 to May 2006, President and Chief Executive Officer from March 1995 to July 2004, and President and Chief Operating Officer from August 1992 to March 1995 of Ecolab, Inc, a provider of cleaning, food, safety and health protection products. Mr. Schuman sits on The University of Minnesota Carlson School Board of Overseers, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and on the MRAEF Board of Trustees.
Mr. Marchisello was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April 2003 and was additionally named Secretary in May 2005. Previously he was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 1999 after being named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in November 1994. He served as Tanger’s Chief Accounting Officer from January 1993 to November 1994. He was employed by Gilliam, Coble & Moser, certified public accountants, from 1981 to 1992, the last six years of which he was a partner of the firm in charge of various real estate clients. Mr. Marchisello is responsible for the company's financial reporting processes, as well as supervisory responsibility over the senior officers that oversee the company's accounting, finance, corporate communications and information systems functions. Mr. Marchisello is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a certified public accountant.
Mr. McDonough was named Chief Operating Officer in August, 2011. He has held the position of Executive Vice President of Operations since joining the company in August 2010.Previously, he was the Co-Founder and Principal of MHF Real Estate Group, a real estate asset management firm, from September 2009 to August 2010. He served as Chief Investment Officer and was a member of the Investment Committee at Equity One, Inc. from July 2007 to April 2009. From April 2006 to July 2007, Mr. McDonough was a partner at Kahl & Goveia, and from February 1997 to April 2006, he was employed by Regency Centers Corp., and its predecessor, Pacific Retail Trust, as the national director of acquisitions and dispositions. Previously, from July 1984 to January 1997, Mr. McDonough served in various capacities, including partner and principal, with Trammell Crow Company. Mr. McDonough has supervisory responsibility over the senior officers that oversee the company's operations, construction and development, leasing and marketing functions. Mr. McDonough is a graduate of Stanford University and holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Perry joined the Company in December 2011 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of LPL Financial Corporation from May 2006 to December 2011. From January 2005 to April 2006, he served as Senior Corporate Counsel of EMC Corporation. Previously, Mr. Perry was a Senior Associate of international law firm Ropes & Gray from September 1997 to January 2005. His responsibilities include corporate governance, compliance, and other legal matters, as well as management of outside counsel relationships and the company’s in house legal department. Mr. Perry is a graduate of Princeton University, holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University, and is a member of both the Massachusetts and California bar associations.
Ms. Geldner was named Chief Marketing Officer in January 2012. She was named Senior Vice President - Marketing in May 2000. Previously, she held the position of Vice President — Marketing from September 1996 to May 2000 and Assistant Vice President - Marketing from December 1995 to September 1996. Prior to joining Tanger, Ms. Geldner was with Prime Retail, L.P. for four years where she served as Regional Marketing Director responsible for coordinating and directing marketing for five outlet centers in the southeast region. Previously, Ms. Geldner was Marketing Manager for North Hills, Inc. for five years and also served in the same role for the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. for two years. Her major responsibilities include managing the company’s marketing department and developing and overseeing implementation of all corporate and field marketing programs. Ms. Geldner is a graduate of East Carolina University.
Manuel O. Jessup, age 56, is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources of Tanger Properties, LP. Mr. Jessup, a native of North Carolina and graduate of University of South Carolina, completed his graduate work at Wake Forest University Babcock School of Business. Mr. Jessup has over 32 years of human resources experience with 14 years at the executive level. Mr. Jessup’s experience extends over four industries including manufacturing, wholesale, retail and banking. He served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Sara Lee Branded Apparel from 1997 through 2006. While at Sara Lee Branded Apparel, Mr. Jessup held numerous leadership roles in human resources with responsibility for domestic and international operations in Asia and Latin America. In 2006, Mr. Jessup moved to Fort Myers, Florida to work with Chico’s FAS, Inc. as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and in 2007 he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Chico’s FAS, Inc. In 2010, Mr. Jessup worked with Fine Mark National Bank & Trust as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources. In September 2012 Mr. Jessup joined Tanger Properties, LP as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Mr. Jessup is also an ordained minister and, for the last seven years, has had pastoral responsibility for churches in North Carolina and Virginia.
Ms. Morrison was named Senior Vice President — Leasing in August 2004. Previously, she held the positions of Vice President — Leasing from May 2001 to August 2004, Assistant Vice President of Leasing from August 2000 to May 2001 and Director of Leasing from April 1999 until August 2000. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Morrison was employed by the Taubman Company, Trizec Properties, Inc. and Nelson/Ross Properties where she served as a leasing agent. Previously, she was a marketing coordinator for Mutual Service Corporation. Her major responsibilities include managing the leasing strategies for our operating properties, as well as expansions and new developments. She also oversees the leasing personnel and the merchandising and occupancy for Tanger properties. Ms. Morrison is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds an MA degree, also from Michigan State University.
Ms. Summerell was named Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary of the Company in May 2011. Since joining the company in August 1992, she has held various positions including Vice President, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Director of Finance. Her major responsibilities include developing and maintaining banking relationships, oversight of all project and corporate finance transactions, management of treasury systems and the supervision of the Company's credit department. Prior to joining the company, she served as a Vice President and in other capacities at Bank of America and its predecessors in Real Estate and Corporate Lending for nine years. Ms. Summerell is a graduate of Davidson College and holds an MBA degree from Wake Forest University.
Mr. Williams was named Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller on March 1, 2013. Mr. Williams joined the company in September 1993, was named Controller in January 1995 and was also named Assistant Vice President in January 1997 and Vice President in April 2004 and Senior Vice President in February 2006. Prior to joining the company Mr. Williams was the Financial Reporting Manager of Guilford Mills, Inc. from April 1991 to September 1993 and was employed by Arthur Andersen from 1987 to 1991. His major responsibilities include oversight and supervision of the company's accounting and financial reporting functions. Mr. Williams is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a certified public accountant.