Established by Blackstone in 2019, Link is a next-generation logistics real estate owner operator designed to meet the needs of the modern supply chain. With more than 5,800 customers and 400 million square feet of space across the U.S., Link has the scale, geographic footprint and logistics expertise as well as a heightened focus on sustainability to power the supply chain of tomorrow.
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million square feet of logistics facilities serving major U.S. distribution markets
“Welcome to the family” LUKE PETHERBRIDGE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
At Link, we are proud to foster an entrepreneurial and collaborative culture that prioritizes helping our customers move faster and more efficiently than ever before. With more than 500 employees across the U.S., our on the ground leasing teams located in each of our key markets deliver local operating expertise and institutional quality support, and our geographic footprint is strategically picked with our customers’ needs in mind. We are committed to driving innovation in the supply chain in a way that is sustainable and beneficial for our customers, the communities we operate in and the future of our economy.
Luke Petherbridge Chief Executive OfficerFull bio
Luke Petherbridge was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Link Logistics in September 2020.
Luke has over 15 years of financial and global real estate management experience, most recently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Shopcore and LivCor properties.
Luke previously held the positions of Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer of DDR Corp., one of the largest owners of shopping centers in the United States. While at DDR, he served in various roles and held responsibilities including capital raising activities, balance sheet management, lender relations and execution of various corporate level transactions.
Prior to DDR, Luke served as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of shopping center owner EDT Retail Trust (formerly Macquarie DDR Trust) and as Director of Transactions with Rubicon Asset Management, where he oversaw approximately $5 billion of transactions across the United States, European and Japanese real estate and real estate structured finance markets.
Luke received a Bachelor of Commerce from Macquarie University. He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the ICSC Open Air Conference Committee and the ICSC Nexus Conference Committee.
Nicholas L. Pell President and Chief Investment OfficerFull bio
Nicholas L. Pell is President and Chief Investment Officer of Link Logistics.
Prior to the formation of Link in 2019, Nick served as Chief Investment Officer at Gramercy Property Trust (previously NYSE: GPT), an investor and asset manager of industrial and office real estate. He played an integral role on the leadership team that grew the company from an enterprise value of approximately $200 million to over 80 million square feet of real estate before it was acquired by Blackstone for $7.6 billion in 2018.
Nick has also served as a Director in the Investment Department at W. P. Carey & Co., as a Director of Business Development at Sony Pictures Entertainment and as an analyst at J.P. Morgan & Co.
Nick received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Nick is a National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and Urban Land Institute member, and he also serves on the board of the Newport Festivals Foundation, which produces both the Newport Folk and Newport Jazz Festivals.
Matthew Ostrower Chief Financial OfficerFull bio
Matthew Ostrower is Chief Financial Officer of Link Logistics.
Prior to joining Link in 2019, Matt served as Chief Financial Officer of various REITs including SITE Centers (NYSE: SITC), which invests in shopping centers; Retail Value Inc. (NYSE:RVI), among the largest owners and managers of value-oriented retail real estate in the US; and Equity One, an owner of coastal shopping centers which merged with Regency Centers in 2015.
Matt has also held the positions of Managing Director and Associate Director of Research at Morgan Stanley and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE: RPT), a publicly traded retail REIT, from 2010 to 2015.
Matt received a Bachelor of Arts in American History from Tufts University and a dual Master of Science in real estate and city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sonya A. Huffman Chief Administrative OfficerFull bio
Sonya Huffman is Chief Administrative Officer of Link Logistics.
Previously, Sonya served as Managing Director of Operations at Gramercy Property Trust (previously NYSE: GPT), a publicly traded REIT. She has also held the role of Senior Vice President of Operations at American Financial Realty Trust and began her real estate career with Rite Aid Corporation.
Sonya received a Bachelor of Science from University of Delaware.
Scott A. Anderson Chief Accounting OfficerFull bio
Scott A. Anderson serves as Link’s Chief Accounting Officer providing strategic leadership and oversight of our company’s accounting department, including property and corporate accounting, internal financial reporting and compliance, fund reporting, and financial controls. Scott has over 25 years of financial and accounting experience serving companies in the real estate industry with investments in hotels, multi-family, and healthcare assets. His leadership roles and experience include the management of accounting, tax, financial planning & analysis, and information technology business functions.
Before joining Link, Scott served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer of HCP, Inc. (NYSE: HCP). Scott also held various leadership roles, including Senior Vice President of Financial Risk Management, with Apartment Investment Management Company (NYSE: AIV). Scott earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Scott and his wife, Tracey, have three children. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, golf, and traveling.
Clark Ardern Chief Technology OfficerFull bio
As Chief Technology Officer, Clark is responsible for Link Logistics’ technology strategy as well as implementation and support of its employee, partner, and client facing real estate digital products and services.
Prior to joining Link, Clark served as the Chief Technology Officer at JLL for ten years. During his time at JLL, Clark led several major transformation initiatives including real estate digital product development, global IT operating model design and implementation, employee and client productivity enablement, standardization of application and technology platforms, cyber security and IT risk management, and support for mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to JLL, Clark was head of Technology Architecture and Strategy for CNA Insurance.
Clark received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Kalamazoo College. In his spare time, Clark enjoys snowboarding, surfing, golfing, seeing live music and spending time with his family and friends.
Maria Naidicz Kappel Chief People OfficerFull bio
Prior to joining LLRE, Maria was most recently with Walgreens Boots Alliance where she was a Director, in the Global HR Strategy and Solutions team. Prior to WBA, Maria spent 10 years as the Head of Human Resources at Ronin Capital, LLC where she led the HR function. Her previous experience also includes leadership role at UBS Global Asset Management, Abbott Laboratories, and Citadel Investment Group. Maria graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Political Science.
Britton Winterer Executive Vice President, Head of DevelopmentFull bio
Britton is Executive Vice President, Head of Development of Link Logistics.
Britton Winterer leads Link’s Development Platform. Prior to joining Link’s predecessor company, Gramercy Property Trust, in October 2014, Britton ran the development business for RREEF on the east coast for six years. From 2000 to 2006, he developed suburban office buildings and industrial properties for Catellus Development and its subsequent company Prologis.
Britton received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Williams College and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.
Brandon Page Executive Vice President, Head of LeasingFull bio
Brandon is Executive Vice President, Head of Leasing of Link Logistics.
Previously, Brandon served as Senior Vice President at Blackstone-backed Gateway Industrial Properties from its founding in 2017 until the formation of Link in 2019. At Gateway, he oversaw leasing and asset management nationwide. In 2013, Brandon joined Blackstone’s previous industrial real estate platform, IndCor Properties, where he served as Senior Vice President until IndCor’s eventual sale to GLP in 2015, after which he became Regional Director overseeing the Western US. Prior to IndCor, he served as Vice President, Market Officer of the San Francisco Bay Area for Prologis (NYSE:PLD).
Brandon received his Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Utah.
Jim Van Sickle Senior Vice President, Head of ConstructionFull bio
As the Senior Vice President Head of Construction, Jim is responsible for all construction operations and procurement in Link’s existing assets.
Previously Jim served as the Senior Vice President of Construction for both Indcor and GLP from 2013 until GLP was purchased in 2019 by Link Logistics. While at Indcor and GLP, he oversaw all construction in both existing assets and new ground up construction.
Prior to joining Indcor, Jim served as a Vice President of Development at Aimco where he led the northwest redevelopment sector and before that he was Vice President at Catellus Development where he supervised all construction operations.
Jim received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Management from Long Beach State University and holds a California Contractors State License.
Chelsie Petereit Senior Vice President, MarketingFull bio
As Senior Vice President of Marketing, Chelsie Petereit manages Link Logistics’ brand strategy, as well as the design and execution of its marketing across media platforms.
Prior to joining Link, Chelsie spent more than 25 years working as a marketing executive in the commercial real estate space. In Senior Director roles at ShopCore Properties and Starwood Retail Properties, she led both tenant-focused B2B campaigns and traffic-generating B2C campaigns, with a deep, analytics-driven focus on integrating efforts across social, mobile, out-of-home, web, tradeshows, and PR.
Chelsie received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Communications from St. Thomas University. An avid snowboarder and Peloton user, she lives with her husband and three children in Chicago’s northern suburbs.
Joe Lopez Senior Vice President, Property OperationsFull bio
Joe Lopez currently serves as Link Logistics’ Senior Vice President of Property Operations, a position he assumed in January 2021. Mr. Lopez oversees the national property operations and customer experience functions for Link. Prior to joining Link Logistics, Mr. Lopez served as Senior Vice President of Operations for SITE Centers, a shopping center REIT, from March 2017 until December 2020, where he supervised property operations, specialty leasing and corporate responsibility and sustainability. Mr. Lopez also served as Senior Vice President of Property Management for Equity One, a shopping center REIT, from November 2002 until March of 2017, where he supervised property management and corporate responsibility and sustainability. Mr. Lopez is a Certified Property Manager (CPM).
Patrick Kassen General CounselFull bio
Patrick Kassen is the General Counsel of Link. Prior to Link, he was Managing Director and CCO of the 150+ billion AUM Blackstone Real Estate group, where he handled legal and compliance affairs for the firm’s opportunistic and core+ real estate equity funds, real estate credit funds and non-traded REIT. Prior to Blackstone, Patrick was the General Counsel, CCO and head of tax planning of Equity International, a private equity fund manager founded by Sam Zell. He began his career in private legal practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Mayer Brown.
Melissa Sachs Senior Vice President, CommunicationsFull bio
Melissa Sachs is SVP, Communications for Link Logistics and is responsible for corporate reputation, brand equity and the company’s narrative across all audiences.
Prior to Link, Melissa was VP, Head of Global Corporate Communications at Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD). Melissa was responsible for the company's reputation and visibility globally, leading strategic planning and execution of corporate, external and internal communications initiatives. Previously, Melissa was VP, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations at DCT Industrial Trust (NYSE: DCT) where she built and led corporate communications, investor relations, marketing and branding for eight years until the company was acquired.
Prior to DCT, Melissa was the director of communications for Western Union’s Americas region (NYSE: WU). She spent more than five years with International Flavors & Fragrances (NYSE: IFF) in New York, where she managed executive, external communications and media relations globally. Melissa also worked for several boutique PR agencies earlier in her career.
Melissa holds a Master of Science in Strategic Communication from Columbia University in New York, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Miami, Florida.
Melissa serves on the board for Special Olympics Colorado, and is a member of the Arthur Page Society and CHIEF.
Bud Pharris Senior Managing Director, West RegionFull bio
As the Senior Managing Director & Head of Development, West Region, Bud has more than 25 years of commercial real estate experience and focuses primarily on industrial ground-up development, value-add projects and leasing. During his career, Bud has sourced nearly $1B in capital deployment and development deals with an additional $700M+ in regional transaction oversight throughout the West.
Previously, Bud held roles including Senior Vice President and Partner with oversight of the Western region for CRG Real Estate and Managing Director, West Region for DCT Industrial Trust (NYSE: DCT). Bud also served as an executive team member at DCT prior to its merger with Prologis in 2018. Prior to joining DCT, Bud served as a senior development manager at Panattoni Development. Across these roles, Bud has held responsibility for development, capital deployment, portfolio management and operations.
Bud received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from California State University, Sacramento. He is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties’ Industrial Development Forum VII; and Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He serves as the Men’s Committee Chair for the national charity, Childhelp.
Jack Hennessey Senior Managing Director, Central RegionFull bio
As the Senior Managing Director of Link’s Central Region, Jack is responsible for overseeing regional operating performance, including leasing, property operations and construction for the 140 million square foot region.
Previously, Jack served as Senior Vice President of the East Region at Blackstone-backed, Gateway Industrial Properties from its founding in 2017 until the formation of Link in 2019. At Gateway, he oversaw asset management and acquisition integration for the eastern half of the U.S., as well as two operating joint ventures. In 2011, Jack joined Blackstone’s previous industrial real estate platform, IndCor Properties, where he served in multiple roles until IndCor’s eventual sale to GLP in 2015, after which he became Senior Vice President in charge of GLP’s Midwest region. Prior to IndCor, he held roles at Prologis and PwC.
Jack has a Bachelor of Science in Business and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties’ Chicago Chapter and serves on the Advisory Board for Indiana University’s Center for Real Estate Studies.
Glenn Wylie Senior Managing Director, East RegionFull bio
Glenn Wylie is the Senior Managing Director, East Region for Link Logistics.
Glenn is responsible for overseeing regional operating performance, including leasing, property operations and construction for the nearly 160 million square feet region. Previously, Glenn served as Managing Director of the South East region managing the leasing for approximately 105 million square of industrial assets.
Prior to Link, Glenn served as Senior Vice President for Gramercy Property Trust, an investor and asset manager of industrial and office real estate. In this position, Glenn was integral in the leasing and management of nearly 40 million square feet of real estate. From 2008 through 2015, Glenn held multiple positions including Vice President of Chamber Street Properties (NYSE:CSG) and before that held the position of Vice President of leasing at CB Richard Ellis Realty Trust.
Glenn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston and an MBA from The Citadel.
Phil Hawkins Executive ChairmanFull bio
Phil Hawkins is the Executive Chairman of Link Logistics.
Phil previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of DCT Industrial Trust (NYSE: DCT), a leading owner, developer and operator of high-quality logistics assets in the U.S. from July 2006 until the company merged into Prologis in August 2018.
During his time at DCT, Phil led the company’s initial public offering and led an aggressive capital deployment and asset sales program, transforming DCT’s portfolio of commodity, lower-growth assets to a high-growth portfolio of infill assets in the best distribution markets in the U.S.
Prior to joining DCT, Phil served in various roles including President and Chief Operating Officer of CarrAmerica Realty Corporation (formerly NYSE: CRE) and Director, Board of Directors with LaSalle Partners, now known as Jones Lang LaSalle.
Phil received a Bachelors degree from Hamilton College and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He currently serves on the board of Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC) and as a trustee of Hamilton College.
Grace Vandecruze Founder and Managing Director of Grace Global Capital LLCFull bio
Ms. Vandecruze is the Founder and Managing Director of Grace Global Capital LLC, a financial services firm specializing in financial advisory, restructuring, and valuation services to corporations and organizations worldwide. Throughout her career, Ms. Vandecruze has executed over $25 billion in M&A and financing transactions. She brings extensive expertise in mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising in both the private and public markets for financial institutions. From 1999 to 2006, she served as Managing Director at Swiss Re, responsible for the firm's regulatory advisory practice in the insurance and financial services industries. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Ms. Vandecruze was a Vice President at a private equity firm specializing in the insurance industry and an Associate in the Financial Institutions Group at Merrill Lynch.
She is a thought leader and keynote speaker and has been featured in numerous publications including the books Doing it for Ourselves: Success Stories of African-American Women and Be Happy at Work: 100 Women Who Love Their Jobs, and Why. In addition, she is the author of the book, Homeless to Millionaire, 6 Keys to Financial Abundance. Ms. Vandecruze was awarded “Woman to Watch” by Business Insurance magazine in 2019 and “Corporate Woman of the Year” by Pace University in 2018.
Ms. Vandecruze serves as a director at M Financial Group, serving on the Audit Committee, and a director at The Doctors Company. She also serves on the Wharton Graduate Executive Board. Ms. Vandecruze received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Pace University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the AICPA.
Diane M. Morefield Retired Chief Financial OfficerFull bio
Diane Morefield is a financial and operating executive with over 35 years of experience in Chief Financial Officer and corporate executive roles, primarily of publicly traded real estate companies (REITs). She has successfully led all aspects of finance organizations and has extensive experience in M&A, having been involved with multiple acquisitions and divestitures over the course of her career. Ms. Morefield’s career also includes public accounting, consulting and commercial banking.
She currently serves on the boards of two S&P 500 companies: Copart (NASDAQ: CPRT) where she is Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee; and UDR (NYSE: UDR) where she serves on the Audit and Governance committees. She also serves on the board and is Audit Chair of Link Logistics Real Estate, a Blackstone portfolio company. In addition, she served six years on the board of Spirit Realty (NYSE: SRC) and as their Audit Chair. She has served on several other advisory and non-public boards.
Ms. Morefield retired at year-end 2020 as EVP and Chief Financial officer of CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE), a publicly traded global data center REIT with revenue over $1 billion and a total enterprise value in excess of $12 billion. Her responsibilities included accounting, finance, capital markets, tax, procurement and investor relations. During her tenure, she raised in excess of $13 billion of capital in numerous capital markets transactions and achieved an investment grade bond rating for the company. She served on the executive leadership team that set strategy and oversaw the global expansion.
Prior to CyrusOne, Diane served as EVP & CFO of Strategic Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: BEE), a publicly traded hotel REIT that was sold to the Blackstone Group in 2015. She spent 12 years at Equity Office, the largest publicly traded REIT at that time, and Equity International, a private equity company controlled by Sam Zell. She was CFO of Equity International and her roles at Equity Office included SVP operations with P&L responsibility for the Midwest region, and SVP – Investor Relations prior to her operating role. Previously she worked at Barclays Bank as a real estate banker, and started her career in public accounting.
Diane earned her BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and is a CPA. She has her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Ms. Morefield has received several awards, including The World’s 50 Most Powerful Women in the Data Economy, and CFO of the Year Award from the Finvest 2020 global awards.
Mike Mullen Retired CEO and a founding partner of CenterPoint PropertiesFull bio
Mike Mullen has four decades of experience developing distribution centers, logistics parks, air freight facilities, intermodals and port related logistics facilities on three continents. Mike is the retired CEO and a founding partner of CenterPoint Properties ( CNT:NYSE) , now owned by CalPERS . He is the past Chairman of Tradepoint Atlantic, and a Senior Advisor to Redwood Capital Investments. He is an also an Advisor to AMP Capital’s Infrastructure Equity Fund in North America.
Mike is a former Board member of Rouse Properties ( RSE:NYSE) , and served as a Board Member / Senior Advisor to IndCor Properties, another Blackstone portfolio company, as well as Boards of logistics companies in Brazil and Saudi Arabia. He was the national Chairman of NAIOP in 2007, and accepted the Developer of the Year award from NAIOP in 2011 on behalf of CenterPoint.
Mike is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago , and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s Advanced Executive Program.
Tim Beaudin Former CEO of P3 Logistics ParksFull bio
Tim is the former CEO of P3 Logistics Parks (a wholly owned GIC entity) based in Prague, Czech Republic, and he was P3’s Chairman of the Board since 2018. Before P3, he was the President and CEO of IndCor Properties (a wholly owned Blackstone entity) from 2011 until its acquisition in February 2015 by GIC and GLP. Before IndCor, Beaudin was with Aimco from 2005 to 2010, departing as COO. Prior to that, he was EVP of Catellus Development and has worked for multiple companies (such as KPMG and CBRE) in various financial services roles. Beaudin earned his B.A. in Economics and Business from Westmont College. He is currently on the board of LivCor, a US multi-family apartment operator in addition to Link (both are fully owned by Blackstone).
“We help our customers move faster and more efficiently than ever before” LUKE PETHERBRIDGE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER