Michael K. Ward brings over 20 years of experience in retail real estate development, lease negotiations, acquisitions and dispositions to Clarion Consulting. His work and relationship with the Clarion team dates to 2010.
Mike began his commercial real estate career in the 1990’s at Grubb & Ellis where he leased and sold over a million square feet of commercial space. Next, Mike worked for over ten years for both a private and a public shopping center development and ownership company where he was responsible for development work and numerous acquisitions. He also spent five years as a retail investment sales broker, representing institutional and private investors.
Throughout his career Mr. Ward has specialized in retail leasing /tenant representation, investment sales, acquisitions, dispositions and the development & redevelopment of both small & large value-added shopping centers. He’s directed the acquisition process for numerous portfolios and one-off shopping centers across the US. Mike’s specific responsibilities included conducting all due diligence, proforma analysis, project design, tenant negotiations, city and county negotiations, entitlement processing and hiring and managing the various consultants and construction management teams.
Mike earned his B.A. and his Master’s degrees from University of Southern California. He is an active member of ICSC, ACRE, USC Alumni Association and USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.