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Madison Marquette’s Retail Solutions Team Expands Expertise


Madison Marquette, a national private fully-integrated real estate services provider and investment manager, has expanded its retail solutions group with the appointment of three new team members. These new positions will lead the leasing efforts at several of the company’s transformative projects in the Washington DC metro region and Seattle, Washington.

“I am pleased to reveal these three new appointments to our Retail Solutions group,” said Tom Gilmore, Chief Strategy Officer, Retail Solutions for Madison Marquette. “Their combination of retail and merchandising expertise will be instrumental in moving our leasing efforts forward in some of our most exciting projects, including the Wharf D.C. and Pacific Place in Seattle.”

The new Retail Solutions members include:

Daniela Hughes, Vice President/Retail Solutions    

Daniela will be responsible for managing the retail leasing process and leading the merchandising strategy for The Wharf DC in Washington. She will work with the property’s existing tenants identifying strategies to maximize sales performance, ensuring the full integration of activation, leasing and operations at the property.

Daniela brings over 20 years of real estate experience, including roles at both suburban and high street retail properties. Most recently, she oversaw leasing for Emmes Asset Management/Vanbarton Group, and managed leasing for a 40 million SF portfolio for a large REIT.  She has completed over $1 billion in new deals in over 43 states. Previously based in Chicago, she has worked with buyers, landlords and tenants throughout the country and worked on the sale of several shopping centers in the Chicago area.

Daniela will be based in the Washington DC office.

Gary Block, Senior Director of Leasing/Retail Solutions

Gary will be responsible for leading the leasing at The Shops at Waldorf Center, a 497,000 SF neighborhood/community open-air retail development in Waldorf, MD.  His focus will be on the lease up of existing spaces, while concurrently developing plans for several large box spaces in Phase 1 as well as for alternative schemes for the development of Phase 2 of the project.

Gary’s 30 years of retail real estate experience includes leasing, strategic planning, development, management and financial analysis. Prior to joining Madison Marquette, he served as Senior VP of Leasing East Coast at Combined Properties, a Washington, DC-based retail investor, developer and operator. He also served as Principal at Block Development Group, where he provided consulting services for developers on leasing, development and redevelopment strategies. Previous to those positions, he was Vice President of Leasing (Canada) for Tanger Outlets, Vice President at The Cordish Company and Senior Vice President of Leasing at Prime Retail.

Gary will be based in the Washington DC office.

Ross Peyton, Vice President/Retail Solutions

Ross will be responsible for the day-to-day management and execution of the leasing plan for Pacific Place, a 339,000 SF landmark urban/specialty retail redevelopment in downtown Seattle.  Ross will work with the Pacific Place Project Team to recruit and secure a more contemporary mix of better priced emerging and established lifestyle retail and services brands, as well as destination dining and entertainment tenants. The re-leasing effort will result in a new mix of tenants in over 50% of the project’s gross leasable area.

Ross has over 20 years of leasing, marketing, asset management and strategic planning experience, working on behalf of institutional clients including JP Morgan, Laird Norton, INVESCO, Spaulding & Slye Investments, Federal Aviation Association, New York Life, Broadreach Capital, LaSalle Investment Management and the University of Washington. Most recently, he served as an Associate Director with CBRE, managing multiple client portfolios totaling over 5 million SF in Seattle and Bellevue for clients including SECO Development, INVESCO, Pembroke, Ivanhoe Cambridge, Vulcan Real Estate, RFR Realty and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).  Ross previously held senior leasing positions with Hudson Pacific Properties and Unico Properties.

Ross will be based in the Seattle, WA office.

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