Executive Team
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David Lukes

Chief Executive Officer
has served as CEO of Equity One since June of 2014. Prior to joining Equity One, he served as President and CEO of Sears Holdings Corporation affiliate Seritage Realty Trust. Mr. Lukes’ past experience included serving from 2010 to 2012 as the President and CEO of Mall Properties, Inc., a privately owned real estate firm based in New York. From 2002 to 2010, he worked in various senior management positions at Kimco Realty Corporation, the largest owner and operator of retail shopping centers in North America, including serving as its Chief Operating Officer from November 2008 to April 2010.

Mr. Lukes holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University, a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.
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Thomas Caputo

President
serves as President of Equity One. He is responsible for acquisitions and dispositions, property management, leasing, as well as our investment management program. Prior to joining Equity One, Mr. Caputo was an Executive Vice President at Kimco Realty Corporation where he headed Kimco’s acquisitions group and was responsible for new investments in excess of $10 billion dollars, including three mergers with public companies (Mid-Atlantic Realty Trust, Price Legacy and Pan Pacific). In addition, he was responsible for Kimco’s portfolio management group which oversees Kimco’s numerous joint ventures with institutional partners (assets under management $14 billion). Previously, he was a principal with RREEF, a pension fund advisor, overseeing nationwide retail acquisitions and dispositions, and was a member of its investment committee.

Mr. Caputo received a Bachelor of Arts from Randolph Macon College.
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Michael Makinen

Chief Operating Officer
serves as Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for all operations including the leasing and property management functions.

Makinen most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of Olshan Properties, formerly known as Mall Properties, Inc., a privately owned real estate company with a portfolio of over 16 million square feet of retail, residential and office properties. In his role as COO of Olshan Properties, Mr. Makinen oversaw all aspects of operations, marketing and asset management. Mr. Makinen joined Olshan Properties in 2010 having previously served as the head of real estate and development with several major retailers.

Makinen graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Geography and holds an MA in Geography from Indiana University Bloomington.
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Matthew L. Ostrower

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Equity One.

Prior to joining Equity One, Mr. Ostrower worked for Morgan Stanley Equity Research in London as Associate Director of Research for Europe. He currently sits on the board of directors for Ramco Gershenson Properties Trust and the Morgan Stanley International Foundation.

Previously, Mr. Ostrower worked as an analyst in Morgan Stanley's Equity Research department from July of 2000 until April of 2008. He was initially responsible for coverage of retail real estate investment trusts (REITs), publishing research opinions and investment recommendations from 2000 until 2006, when he assumed leadership of the REIT research group and initiated coverage of a wider range of companies.

He left Morgan Stanley in 2008 to help found Gerrity Group, a real estate investment organization focused on retail assets. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Matthew served as the portfolio manager of Pioneer Real Estate Shares mutual fund. He has a Masters of Science in Real Estate and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from Tufts University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
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Aaron M. Kitlowski

Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
has served as our general counsel and corporate secretary since February 2012, our deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary from March 2011 to January 2012 and a vice president since joining us in March 2011. Prior to joining us, Mr. Kitlowski served as a Chief Counsel of CIT Group Inc., a finance company, from September 2005 to March 2011. From 1997 to 2000 and again from 2001 to 2005, Mr. Kitlowski was an associate with the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, New York. Mr. Kitlowski received a B.A. from Duke University and a Juris Doctorate from Duke University School of Law.
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Michael Berfield

Executive Vice President of Development
is currently Executive Vice President of Development based out of the New York City office. His responsibilities include the development of the 330,000 sq. ft. Gallery at Westbury Plaza, a new development adjacent to the existing Westbury Plaza Shopping Center, as well as handling acquisitions of other assets in New York. Prior to this position, Michael was a principal in a joint venture with one of the largest residential owners in New York City and, before that, worked for Vornado Realty Trust where he oversaw development of several retail projects in New York City including a million square foot development in Rego Park, Queens.
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William L. Brown

Executive Vice President of Development
serves as Executive Vice President of Development responsible for the redevelopment of Serramonte Center as well as additional assets through-out the Equity One portfolio.

Prior to Equity One, Mr. Brown spent the past ten years with Kimco Realty Corporation in various roles including; President of KDI, its merchant build entity and Senior Vice President of Kimco’s redevelopment group. Mr. Brown’s past experience also includes senior development positions with Schnitzer Northwest in Seattle and Myers Development in San Francisco.

Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California.
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Angie Valdes

Chief Accounting Officer
serves as Vice President - Chief Accounting Officer for Equity One. She is responsible for all company financial matters including accounting, tax and SEC reporting. Ms. Valdes joined Equity One in 2010. Prior to joining Equity One, Ms. Valdes served as Vice President - Chief Accounting Officer for TOUSA, Inc. and spent over eleven years at Ernst & Young LLP in the assurance practice specializing in real estate.

Ms. Valdes is a Certified Public Accountant and received her Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Miami where she graduated Cum Laude.
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Sandy Mechael

Vice President, Chief Information Officer
serves as Vice President - Chief Information Officer for Equity One, Inc. She is responsible for all of the company's technology matters including but not limited to infrastructure and applications. Ms. Mechael joined Equity One in November of 2012. Prior to joining Equity One, Ms. Mechael served as the Senior Director of International IT Operations for Tishman Speyer for over eight years. She was responsible for all business intelligence applications supporting users worldwide. She also managed the development of numerous projects that were designed to enhance tenant and third party satisfaction with internal applications and web portals. Prior to Tishman Speyer, she spent nine years in various IT consulting roles (developer, business analyst, project and program manager) working for clients such as Kmart, UBS PaineWebber, and Bowne.

Ms. Mechael holds a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science and is a LEED Green Associate.