Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS) and Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX)
B.A. Washington and Lee University
Licensed Real Estate Broker
As President and majority stockholder in Hill Partners, Inc., Mr. Spratt focuses on new business development and oversees the entire company’s portfolio including The Town Center at Levis Commons, a mixed-use lifestyle center in Perrysburg, Ohio; Specialty Shops SouthPark, a lifestyle center in Charlotte, North Carolina; Promenade at Coconut Creek, a mixed-use lifestyle center in Coconut Creek, Florida; and several other centers nationally. Mr. Spratt has spearheaded over one million square feet of national, regional, and local leases and has managed the development, redevelopment, and remerchandising/leasing of more than two dozen centers nationally.
Mr. Spratt joined the company in February 1990. At Hill Partners, he was previously the General Manager at MarketFair, a value-oriented enclosed mall in North Carolina. During its redevelopment and re-leasing efforts, which included a comprehensive renovation and the addition of Hamrick’s Department Store, Hancock Fabrics, Dress Barn Women, and numerous other retailers, the occupancy level increased from 44% to 93%.
In mid-1992, Mr. Spratt became General Manager of Worthington Mall, a 225,000 square foot community center, in Columbus, Ohio, in which he oversaw all aspects of the property’s marketing, operations, and leasing during its transformation from a community center through a multi-million dollar renovation and remerchandising into an upscale, fashion-oriented, lifestyle center. He concluded transactions with Ann Taylor, Talbots Petites, Victoria’s Secret, GAP and Polo/Ralph Lauren to start the remerchandising process, and, subsequently, concluded transactions with numerous other notable national, regional, and local specialty merchants, including Ohio’s first Talbots Accessories and Shoes and Talbots Men stores.
In mid-1994, Mr. Spratt became Vice President – Managing Director overseeing the company’s Specialty Center Division. In this capacity, he spearheaded the continuation of the redevelopment of Worthington Mall, the redevelopment of Jackson Brewery, an urban entertainment center, located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the redevelopment and remerchandising of Cotswold Village Shops in Charlotte, North Carolina; the remerchandising of Barefoot Landing, a Seaport Village in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; the remerchandising of Streets of Mayfair in Coconut Grove, Florida; and the creation of a strategic repositioning plan for the Old Post Office Pavilion, in Washington, DC.
Mr. Spratt is a noted leasing specialist, having obtained the certified leasing specialist designation from the International Council of Shopping Centers. His significant leasing transactions include Gap, Banana Republic, The Finish Line, Food Lion, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, Johnny Rockets, Arhaus Furniture, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Chili’s Southwestern Grill, Talbots, Talbots Petites, Talbots Kids, Talbots Woman, Talbots Shoes & Accessories, Ann Taylor, LOFT, Planet Hollywood, Virgin Megastore, Nine West, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Chico’s, Anthropologie, Paper Source, Carmine’s Gourmet Market & La Trattoria Ristorante, J. Jill, Showcase Cinemas, Williams-Sonoma, J. Crew, Brighton Collectibles and numerous other national, regional and local retailers, restaurants, and entertainment uses.
Prior to his affiliation with Hill Partners, Inc., Mr. Spratt was associated with Great Western Mortgage, a subsidiary of Great Western Bank, as a mortgage consultant, where he was the top producing consultant in one of the suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offices.
Executive Vice President
B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
Licensed Real Estate Salesman
As Executive Vice President, Mr. Tanneberger oversees the property management, development management, and construction management activities for the company’s offices in North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida. In addition, he supervises the accounting and benefits departments and corporate affairs out of the corporate office in Charlotte.
With more than 23 years of experience in retail development, management, renovation, and construction, Mr. Tanneberger has an extensive knowledge of numerous aspects of the retail industry on a local, regional, and national level. While at Hill Partners, Inc., he has directed more than $260 million in construction and renovation projects. Under his guidance, the company has managed more than 60 properties nationwide. He has created redevelopment concept strategies based upon value enhancement, superior project design, tenant design, and well-integrated signage programs.
Mr. Tanneberger joined Hill Partners in 1991 as Director of Capital Programs leading the design and construction of the $24 million redevelopment of Loehmann’s Fashion Island in Aventura, Florida. In 1995, this project received a SADI award from Shopping Center World for superior design of a renovated center.
Other significant projects include Worthington Square Mall in Worthington; Ohio; Jackson Brewery in New Orleans, Louisiana; The Streets of Mayfair in Coconut Grove, Florida; and Cotswold Village Shops in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to managing comprehensive redevelopment programs, Mr. Tanneberger has managed tenant coordination for AMC Cinema, Virgin Records, Barnes & Noble, Planet Hollywood, Ralph Lauren, Benetton, Smith & Hawken, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Talbots, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Ann Taylor, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, GAP, and Loehmann’s as well as more than 250 other tenants.
In 1996, Mr. Tanneberger was promoted to Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Hill Partners, Inc. He managed corporate budgets, contracts, receivables, and payables.
In 1997, Mr. Tanneberger was promoted to Senior Vice President and became involved in the corporate supervision of property management. His responsibilities included yearly budgets, owner monthly reports, compliance with corporate policies and procedures, maintenance, and property accounting. He became General Manager of Cotswold Village Shops in 1998 in order to develop a more in-depth understanding of daily management. He has also leased the Summit Brickell and Brickell View retail shops in Miami, Florida.
Prior to his affiliation with Hill Partners, Inc., Mr. Tanneberger was a Senior Project Manager with McDevitt & Street, a nationally-recognized construction company with whom he built the First Citizens Bank tower in downtown Charlotte; The Sweeney Co.; and Whiting Turner Contracting Co., with whom he directed construction of the Baltimore Aquarium
Vice President - Leasing
B.A. Business Administration St. Michael’s College
Licensed Real Estate Broker
Mr. Rooney rejoined Hill Partners in October 2006 as Retail Leasing Manager, having previously held the same title from 1999-2001. Mr. Rooney’s current responsibilities as Vice President – Leasing include canvassing the local, regional, and national markets. His goal is to find prospective retailers and restaurants to enhance the merchandising of Hill Partners’ projects. His specific areas of focus are The Town Center at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, Ohio and Specialty Shops SouthPark in the Charlotte, North Carolina market.
While previously with Hill Partners, Mr. Rooney was responsible for leasing more than 1 million square feet of retail property and third-party management contracts, including; Worthington Mall in Columbus, Ohio; Cotswold Village Shops in Charlotte, North Carolina; Eton Collection in Cleveland, Ohio; and Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Prior to re-joining Hill Partners, Inc. Mr. Rooney served as a Director of Leasing with Sheild Properties located in Charlotte, North Carolina. As Director of Leasing with Sheild Properties, Mr. Rooney was responsible for the leasing of multiple retail properties, including Ballantyne Village, a new 300,000 square foot mixed-use lifestyle center that opened in 2006. He negotiated deals with national, regional, and local tenants as well as being responsible for all facets of deal making from canvassing to store openings.
Mr. Rooney also served as Leasing Manager for the Harris Group in Charlotte, North Carolina from 1996- 1999During his tenure there, he was responsible for leasing and managing Phillips Place and Ballantyne Commons in Charlotte, North Carolina from the ground up. Tenants included Dean & Deluca, Restoration Hardware, PF Chang’s China Bistro, The Palm Restaurant, Smith & Hawken, Harris Teeter Supermarket, Eckerd Drug and Blockbuster Video. Leasing responsibilities included prospecting, negotiating, and implementing all anchor and small shop transactions.
From 1992-1996, Mr. Rooney served as Project Manager for The Flatley Company in Boston, Massachusetts, where he leased and managed three retail properties totaling more than 900,000 square feet. Mr. Rooney also supervised the leasing, operations, and marketing of 30+ employees. Leasing consisted of new deals and renewals involving Circuit City, Blockbuster Video, Shaws Supermarket and others. In each case Mr. Rooney maintained an occupancy rate above 98%. He also developed leasing strategies for the major remodeling of the existing center for the owner, directed lease administration, operations, marketing functions, and created and implemented a specialty leasing program to increase NOI.
Mr. Rooney worked for Equity Properties and Development Company from 1989-1992 as Mall Manager for Monmouth Mall in Eatontown, New Jersey. While in charge of the 1.5 million square foot regional mall, he was responsible for managing the $2.5 million dollar operating budget. Mr. Rooney maintained a 98% occupancy rate of in-line space and oversaw the leasing of a 25-kiosk specialty-leasing program generating over $1,000,000 of additional income for the company. He also coordinated the construction of 40 new and remodeled stores and coordinated the opening of Lord & Taylor and an eight-restaurant food court.
Vice President - Marketing
B.S. Fashion Merchandising
As Vice President – Marketing with Hill Partners, Inc., Ms. Caputo is responsible for developing and maintaining the company’s branded image and directing the day-to-day marketing operations for the portfolio, focused on increasing customer loyalty and sales revenue through innovative multi-channel marketing campaigns.
Ms. Caputo is an accomplished marketing executive with more than 20 years’ experience working with a number of commercial retail and residential real estate developers. Ms. Caputo previously held the position of Vice President, Marketing for Forest City Enterprises where she oversaw all marketing initiatives for the commercial portfolio and helped launch seven new and award-winning, multi-million-dollar commercial real estate developments for the company.
Prior to joining Forest City, she was with Urban Retail Properties, Co. and its predecessor companies from 1993 until 2005 with primary responsibilities of growing the company’s third-party management portfolio and directing on-site marketing managers throughout the country. Ms. Caputo’s on-site marketing positions include marketing manager for Water Tower Place on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
Ms. Caputo has been an ICSC member for 20+ years, receiving dozens of MAXI Awards for driving high-impact marketing programs for NOI enhancement, sales promotions, cause-related marketing, public relations, and new media and emerging technology. She has also served as a MAXI judge.
Director of Accounting
M.B.A. Kennesaw State University
B.S. University of Alabama
Mr. Breland joined Hill Partners in February 2021. As Director of Accounting for the company, he oversees all corporate and property accounting, including financial reporting, audits, payroll, and statutory compliance and returns.
Mr. Breland has more than 20 years’ experience in real estate finance and accounting. Prior to joining Hill Partners, he held portfolio analyst positions at FCA Partners, LLC (formerly Faison Capital Advisors,) and senior associate positions at PwC and CohnReznick, LLC.
Mr. Breland holds a CPA license in Georgia and North Carolina and is also a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina.
A.A. Degree in Accounting, King’s College, Charlotte, NC
Lydia Lowe joined Hill Partners Inc. in January 2020 as an Accounting Assistant based at the Charlotte, NC corporate office. In this role, Ms. Lowe assists the Director of Accounting and provides accounting support to the senior management team. Ms. Lowe’s day-to-day responsibilities include AP and AR, bank reconciliations, rent rolls, creating and maintaining spreadsheet reports, providing assistance with a variety of financial reports, and regular communication with tenants.
Ms. Lowe is a native Charlottean and she has more than 30 years’ accounting experience in the real estate industry, representing residential, retail, and commercial properties in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Property Administrator- Property Construction and Corporate Management
B.S. Computer Information Systems, Strayer University
Ms. Thompson joined the Hill Partners corporate team in February 2017 as Property Administrator. Her responsibilities include property liaison for all tenant compliance and communication, maintaining current and accurate COIs for all tenants and vendors, maintenance logs, daily security/incident reports, and vendor management. Ms. Thompson also assists the leasing team with marketing materials and follow-up, in addition to overseeing a variety of office management responsibilities.
Prior to joining Hill Partners Inc., Ms. Thompson worked in Washington, D.C. as an Assistant Property Manager /Retail & Commercial Management at Jamestown Commercial Management Company where she achieved 100% retail occupancy in the upscale Georgetown/M Street N.W. area. Other roles included serving as the Executive Assistant to the Managing Partner of Ian Reid LLC. Government & Public Affairs Firm, and as the Executive Office Coordinator for Lucas Group Inc, in Washington, DC. where she oversaw the day-to-day operations and administrative support to the Managing Partner of Accounting and Finance.
General Manager, Promenade at Coconut Creek
B.S. University of Florida
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
Karen E. Matroni joined Hill Partners, Inc. in 2017 as the General Manager for Promenade at Coconut Creek. Ms. Matroni welcomed the chance to oversee this luxury outdoor mall and help it to maintain its place as the premier shopping destination in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Previously, Ms. Matroni worked for NAI Merin Hunter Codman as a Senior Property Manager for a 700,000 square foot portfolio of shopping centers and office buildings. Before moving to south Florida, Ms. Matroni held the position of Vice President of Property Management for Prime Site Realty, a shopping center development, leasing, and property management company located in central Florida. During that time, Ms. Matroni earned her Certified Shopping Center Manager designation from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Ms. Matroni has been in the commercial real estate field for the past 24 years. She has extensive experience in interacting with city officials, politicians, and public servants in a business capacity. She served for ten years on the ICSC’s Governmental Affairs committee, raising awareness and lobbying for change to a number of laws affecting real property owners in the state of Florida. She has also volunteered her time with a number of organizations, including the Brevard Public Library and Space Coast Therapy Dogs. She has recently been asked to serve on the Board of Directors for Do the Right Thing of Coconut Creek, Inc., and the Coconut Creek Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors.
Property Administrator, Promenade at Coconut Creek
Susan Correa joined the Hill Partners, Inc. team at the Promenade at Coconut Creek in 2017 as the Property Administrator. Ms. Correa handles the day to day administrative duties including lease abstracting, tenant billing, tenant relations and systems maintenance compliance.
Prior to joining Hill Partners, Ms. Correa had acquired over ten years of marketing, web design and architectural design experience. Previously, Ms. Correa worked for NAI Merin Hunter Codman as a Marketing Assistant, redesigning the website, aiding brokers with flyers, online listings and coordinating broker events. Ms. Correa also spent 5 years traveling around the world with Spurs Marine scheduling and attending boat shows as the Director of Marketing.
Facility Manager, Promenade at Coconut Creek
Mr. Cunningham is the facility manager at Promenade at Coconut Creek in Coconut Creek, FL, a position he has held since 2014. Promenade at Coconut Creek is a mixed-use property that sits on a 23-acre site and includes 297,500 square feet of both retail and Class A office spaces. His responsibilities encompass safety, security, managing the capital improvements budget, overseeing the grounds maintenance, and working closely with the General Manager and vendors in the day-to-day operations. Mr. Cunningham also coordinated the annual capital improvement budget for 2017. His duties include tracking work requests and monitoring/controlling facility operating costs, contract expenditures, and future upgrades.
General Manager, The Town Center at Levis Commons
Certified Retail Executive (CRX), Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM,) and Certified Marketing Director (CMD)
A.S. Fashion Merchandising, Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
B.S. Business Administration, Stockton University
Ms. Nelson is the General Manager for The Town Center of Levis Commons. Ms. Nelson has welcomed the opportunity to oversee the mixed- use lifestyle Center and see it continue to be the preferred shopping destination in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Previously, Ms. Nelson worked at The Woodmont Company as a Senior Property Manager for a portfolio of 22 third-party retail assets and directing on-site General Managers throughout the country.
Ms. Nelson brings more than 20 years of management experience, operational leadership, and management team development.
Throughout Ms. Nelson’s career, she has acquired a wide variety of skills applicable to the field of management, marketing, operations, security, finance, and leasing. She has extensive experience managing super-regional, regional, outlet, office, and mixed -use projects. In addition, her experience covers many aspects of property management that includes operations, leasing, remodeling, and construction of shopping projects within malls.
Ms. Nelson currently holds three designations from the International Council of Shopping Centers that include CRX (Certified Retail Executive), CSM (Certified Shopping Center Manager,) and CMD (Certified Marketing Director). In addition, she has a Michigan Brokers License and has served on the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce where, as a board member, she was actively involved in the community and supporting many initiatives on behalf of the Chamber.
Ms. Nelson has two precious sons, R.C. and Brendan, a wonderful husband, Keith. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, swimming and biking; and to really unwind, she loves enjoying a good book.
The University of Toledo
Bachelor of Business Administration
Ms. Sams joined the Hill Partners team in January 2020, as an Office Administrator, and was promoted in January 2021 to Executive Assistant. As the Executive Assistant at The Town Center of Levis Commons, Kris works to assist the team of managers on property. Responsibilities include compliance and communication with current tenants, selling gift cards, answering phone inquiries from customers and tenants, as well as, accounts payable, check reconciliations, budgeting, and generating and reviewing all financial reports for monthly property reporting.
Prior to joining Hill Partners Inc., Ms. Sams worked for 32 years as the Office Manager for a multi-million-dollar company. She has a background in accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, payroll, financial review, customer service and marketing.
Kris has been a Perrysburg, OH resident for more than 20 years and has had the pleasure of seeing The Town Center at Levis Commons develop and grow into a thriving mixed-use lifestyle center.
Facility Manager – Tenant Coordinator, The Town Center at Levis Commons
Mr. Stanton joined Hill Partners in 2004 as the Facility Manager/Tenant Coordinator for The Town Center at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, Ohio. Mr. Stanton’s responsibilities include all aspects of the daily operation of the retail/office lifestyle center, including all mechanical and utility systems. As Tenant Coordinator, Mr. Stanton oversees construction of new tenant spaces and renovations of existing spaces from start to finish.
Before joining Hill Partners, Mr. Stanton was employed with Michael Realty Company as the Building Superintendent of the Edison Plaza Building, a 250,000 square foot, 17-story office building in downtown Toledo. There, he was responsible for the daily operations of all mechanical and life safety systems as well as overseeing all tenant construction projects.
Prior to that, Mr. Stanton was employed for three years at the Toledo Museum of Art as the Facility Manager where he was responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of mechanical systems and oversaw the operations of the janitorial and grounds staff.
Marketing Director, The Town Center at Levis Commons
Mrs. Best joined Hill Partners in 2014 as the Marketing and Operations Assistant for The Town Center at Levis
Commons in Perrysburg, Ohio. Being responsible for monthly reporting, special events, creative and signage
work, gift card purchases and tracking, and general tenant assistance provided Mrs. Best a natural transition
to Marketing and Graphics Design in 2016. Mrs. Best was promoted to Marketing Director in 2019.
Mrs. Best brings to the Marketing Department more than 25 years of promotions, community engagement,
EDI reporting, marketing and sales, special event management, and social media experience. Previously
owning her own brick-and-mortar business, Mrs. Best comes to the Marketing Director role with strength in
ROI and a value-added sales approach to business.
Prior to joining Hill Partners, Mrs. Best logged countless hours as a volunteer and community supporter for
Perrysburg Main Street, Inc (now Downtown Perrysburg, Inc), Historic Perrysburg Board of Directors, Spafford
House Museum (Perrysburg Area Historic Museum), Perrysburg Youth Lacrosse programs for boys and girls,
Perrysburg High School Varsity Lacrosse, and volunteer for Perrysburg Area Chamber of Commerce, American
Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Board of Directors, Perrysburg Convention and Visitors
Bureau, Perrysburg Area Arts Council, St. John XXIII weekly announcements personality, St. John XXIII Mixed
Choir and Christmas soloist, Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, and the Perrysburg Orchestra programs.
Happily married for more than 25 years to her husband Scott, Mrs. Best has two children Faith and Ethan, and
an Aussie Golden rescue dog named Biscuit.