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.