Candace Gray

For more than twenty-two years Candace Gray has brought a multifaceted
approach to the retail industry. In 1991, Mrs. Gray founded Gray & Associates Inc.,
a premier boutique commercial real estate firm in Portland, Oregon designed to provide acquisitions, dispositions, merchandising, leasing and advisory services to investment groups, developers, landlords, municipalities and retailers. She has facilitated the expansion strategies for her longtime national retail clients including Regal Entertainment Group, GAP, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Chico’s and many more. Prior to forming Gray & Associates, Mrs. Gray served as the regional leasing VP for The Rouse Co. in the Northwest. She has also played a leading role in the implementation and execution of both the pre-development and redevelopment strategies for the merchandising and leasing of over 3 million sq. ft. of Premier Street, a lifestyle and mixed-use shopping center development on the west coast. In 2006, Mrs. Gray received
an Orchid Award from the Portland Business Journal. She is an active member of ICSC and has served as a panelist for CREW.

Peter Rusnak

Peter Rusnak has spent twenty-six years in the real estate business.  His prior experience includes being a principal in Rusnak Schaaf Associates which consulted for numerous national retailers on their real estate strategies, VP of Leasing for City Center Retail Trust, a private REIT owned by Security Capital Group, and Director of Real Estate for Crate & Barrel, where Mr. Rusnak also served on the Development and Operations Committees.  During his career, Mr. Rusnak has participated in hundreds of lease transactions in malls, lifestyle centers, strip centers and street locations in cities including Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Mr. Rusnak has been responsible for national expansion strategies for retailers in both the United States and Canada.  Mr. Rusnak is an active member of the ICSC and has participated as a panelist for the ULI and he is a member of the AHC Metro Realty Funds Investment Advisory Board.  Mr. Rusnak has also consulted for institutional clients who include Hines Global REIT, JP Morgan, and Madison International.

John Roper

For thirty years, John Roper has been active in commercial real estate as
a broker, developer, advisor , instructor and corporate representative. Beginning in 1987, Mr. Roper focused his real estate career in providing professional services to movie theatre exhibitors. Beginning in its formative years and for seventeen successive years, he was affiliated with Regal Entertainment Group, from which he retired in 2007 as Senior Vice President of Real Estate - a position in which he directed the day-to-day development/redevelopment, acquisitions/dispositions and property management of Regal’s real property portfolio. During this tenure, Regal Entertainment Group expanded to the largest movie exhibitor with more than 540 movie theatres and 6,000 screens. In addition to his experience, Mr. Roper’s formal education includes a bachelors degree in economics and a masters degree in business and economics, and he is an active member of ICSC and a former panelist for the ULI.

Jim Dix

Jim Dix has been providing Tenant and Landlord Expertise for over 25 years. He
has implemented strategic growth for all non mall deals in the Portland Market of many of the Lifestyle Tenants including Gap, Banana, Old Navy, California Pizza Kitchen Coldwater Creek, Zao Noodle Bar and Tutto Bene Care. Also Jim has consulted with numerous landlords on the repositioning of their projects. Mr. Dix’s prior experience on the Tenant side was national Roll out for Johnny Rockets, and Rampage. On the Landlord side he spent several years as Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Leasing for the Yarmouth Group where he managed the leasing and paralegal staff on the leasing of 22 super regional shopping center nationwide. He was also Senior VP for Leasing at the Debartolo Company early on in his career. Most recently one of our clients, General Growth Properties, has hired Jim; however Jim remains a partner in Envision Realty Advisors, LLC.