Our Leadership Team

 
Carmen D. Spinoso
Chairman, CEO

Carmen D. Spinoso

Chairman, CEO

Carmen D. Spinoso is the founder of SPINOSO Real Estate Group. In addition to leading all phases of business development, Mr. Spinoso also remains integrally involved in the company’s leasing organization and operations. With three decades of diverse experience, Mr. Spinoso has led numerous real estate developments, re-developments and re-positionings and has personally completed or overseen literally thousands of leases and other business transactions with the nation’s top retail, dining, hospitality, entertainment operators, service providers, financial institutions, real estate development firms, as well as countless third party consulting firms and vendors – and in the process has built a vast network of strong personal relationships.

Mr. Spinoso began his real estate career thirty years ago as a leasing executive with the Pyramid Companies. During his tenure with The Pyramid Companies, Mr. Spinoso rose to the position of Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Leasing with responsibility for all phases of Leasing, Expansions, Development, and Re-development for a portfolio of 20 million square feet as well as chaired Pyramid’s Real Estate Committee Meetings, held daily at 6:30 am, Monday through Saturday – overseeing and directing virtually every functional area of the company as well as providing focused training for the leasing staff.

Mr. Spinoso also held positions of Senior Vice President of Leasing and Senior Vice President of Development with Wilmorite, Inc., a Rochester, NY based shopping center developer with a portfolio of nearly 20 million square feet of retail property leading both development and re-development projects.

Over his career, Mr. Spinoso has had extensive capital markets experience – personally involved in financing transactions totaling in excess of $3 Billion.

Mr. Spinoso has vast experience in the due-diligence and acquisition process for a wide variety of regional shopping mall assets.

Mr. Spinoso is an active member of International Council of Shopping Centers.

 
David Jacobstein
Senior Advisor – Strategy and Business Development

David Jacobstein

Senior Advisor – Strategy and Business Development

David Jacobstein serves as Senior Advisor to Spinoso Real Estate Group (SREG) where he advises senior management on matters relating to strategy, capital markets, operations, business development, and human capital.

David has over 30 years of public and private real estate experience, including 8 years as President and COO of Developers Diversified Realty Corporation (NYSE: DDR), a leading owner, developer and manager of market dominant community shopping centers, and 13 years as Vice Chairman and COO of Wilmorite, Inc., a privately held enclosed mall developer based in Rochester, NY. Following his tenure at DDR in 2007, David served as Senior Advisor to Deloitte’s Real Estate Practice.

David serves on the Board of Trustees of Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC), a publicly traded office REIT focused primarily on serving the specialized requirements of the U.S. Government and defense contractors who are engaged in defense information technology and national security related activities. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Broadstone Net Lease, Inc., a private REIT focused on single tenant net lease real estate.

David holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a J.D. from George Washington University and began his career as a corporate and securities lawyer. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

 
Don Klaben
Chief Operating Officer

Don Klaben

Chief Operating Officer

Don Klaben holds the position of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Klaben is responsible for driving the day-to-day business and department operations. He has over 15 years’ experience in the Shopping Center industry specializing in due diligence, underwriting, finance, leasing, business development/management.

Prior to joining Spinoso Real Estate Group, Mr. Klaben spent 13 years at Pyramid Management Group working in several different areas including but not limited to: Big Box/Mall Shop Leasing, Corporate Finance, Underwriting, Development, Accounting – giving him the vast real estate knowledge that makes him a valuable asset to SREG.

Mr. Klaben holds a B.A. from the State University of New York and Oswego.

 
Chris Fiello
Director of Leasing

Chris Fiello

Director of Leasing

Chris Fiello joins Spinoso Real Estate Group as the Director of Leasing where his primary duties include leadership and management of all leasing activity. Mr. Fiello brings a diverse skill set of commercial retail real estate development experience, and a long history of deal making and strong tenant relations with big-box and anchor tenants.

Prior to joining SREG, Mr. Fiello was Vice President of Big-Box Leasing for Rouse Properties, Inc. where he oversaw and directed leasing of department stores, junior anchors, and big-box tenants across a national portfolio of 34 enclosed shopping malls. Mr. Fiello performed a similar role at Macerich, where he managed and executed the leasing of department stores, anchors and big-box tenants for the east and central regions of Macerich’s enclosed mall portfolio.

Mr. Fiello began his real estate career with Pyramid Management Group, Syracuse New York, where he initially held a position of Financial Officer prior to transitioning to the Leasing Department where he ultimately held the position of Senior Leasing Representative.
Prior to Pyramid, Mr. Fiello was Director of Accounting at Akamai Technologies, where he led in the integration of new systems and controls, budgeting, product line analysis, and revenue accounting and operations.

Mr. Fiello holds a B.S. in Accounting from Northeastern University.

 
Chuck Barnes
Director of Construction and Operations

Chuck Barnes

Director of Construction and Operations

Chuck Barnes holds the position of Director of Construction and Operations at Spinoso Real Estate Group, and is responsible for oversight of construction and maintenance at all of the Spinoso managed malls. Chuck brings an exceptionally diverse and experienced track record of leading significant retail construction projects over a career spanning 32 years. His work in all aspects of construction, from cost accounting and reporting to budgeting new and renovation projects provides support to the individual property management teams as well as the leasing operations at Spinoso Real Estate Group.

Prior to joining Spinoso Real Estate Group, Chuck founded and operated G.C. Barnes & Associates, a construction management and tenant coordination consulting firm. For nearly 21 years, the company successfully represented developers such as Catellus Development of Oakland, CA; MarketPlace Development of Boston at the Philadelphia International Airport, Developers Diversified Realty, The Goodman Company, Tanger Outlet Centers, Blumenfeld Development and JSS Advisors. Chuck’s roots on the tenant side of the business have kept the company firmly engaged with clients including Saks Fifth Avenue and Off Fifth, Linens ’N Things, GAP, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, Carters, Starbucks, and Chipotle Mexican Grill. Prior to G.C. Barnes & Associates, Chuck held the position as a project manager at McCrory/Newberry Stores, a chain of consumer value “5 & dime” stores based in York, PA. In 1995, Chuck was recruited to head the construction and store planning group at start-up retailer Zany Brainy in Philadelphia, PA. The year 1992 saw his move to a multi-divisional retail giant Melville Corporation in Rye, NY as Director of Construction.

Chuck’s professional affiliations include a long relationship with ICSC and the Centerbuild Conference, as well as Chain Store Age Magazine and the SPECS conference, where Chuck was a member of the Specialty Retail Advisory Board from 1993 to 2002. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Retail Contractors Association.

Chuck was educated in the state university system in Pennsylvania, awarded both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Shippensburg University.

 
Andre Ivanchuk
Director of Marketing & Brand Strategy

Andre Ivanchuk

Director of Marketing & Brand Strategy

André Ivanchuk holds the position of Director of Marketing & Brand Strategy at Spinoso Real Estate Group and is responsible for directing and developing the marketing vision and strategy for Corporate and Field marketing programs.

Mr. Ivanchuk oversees and manages SREG’s corporate marketing initiatives for leasing and business development, including brand-building campaigns through content development, digital and relationship marketing.

He is also responsible for developing field-level marketing programs and events including communication, distribution and technology best-practice and strategy.

Additionally, Mr. Ivanchuk founded and leads BrandX, a comprehensive SREG retailer marketing support initiative designed to proactively cultivate and nurture landlord-tenant relationships through strategic collaboration, creative planning and on-site engagement for existing and new-to-mall retailers.

Prior to joining Spinoso Real Estate Group, Mr. Ivanchuk acted as a Brand Consultant for Spinoso Real Estate Group - developing, building and setting course for the organization’s marketing strategy. Mr. Ivanchuk has over 15 years of Marketing, Branding, Events, and Multi-Disciplinary Design experience. He holds a BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase, White Plains, with concentration in multi-disciplinary design and ideation methodologies. He is continually involved in studies in Human Centered Design and Design Thinking.

He is an active member of ICSC and The Designer’s Accord; a global coalition of creative thinkers working together to create positive environmental and social impact and implementing the power of systems thinking and design thinking to higher-order strategic challenges.

 
Leigh VanSanford
Corporate Controller

Leigh VanSanford

Corporate Controller

Leigh VanSanford holds the position of Corporate Controller at Spinoso Real Estate Group. Ms. VanSanford’s duties within Spinoso Real Estate Group include oversight of the corporate accounting functions including financial analysis, financial reporting, cash flow analysis, accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Prior to joining SREG, Ms. VanSanford worked for Pyramid Management Group where she most recently held the position of Supervisor of the Accounting Department/Audit Coordinator where she was responsible for the daily oversight of all accounting department functions as well as facilitating and overseeing the yearly audit process. Earlier in her tenure at Pyramid Ms. VanSanford began as a Revenue Analyst and a Staff Accountant where she was responsible for of all billing, collection, budgeting, forecasting and daily accounting for all properties in the company’s portfolio.

Ms. VanSanford holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from State University at Buffalo and a M.S. in Education from American Intercontinental University.

 
Clarissa Melita
Manager of Asset Management and Accounting

Clarissa Melita

Manager of Asset Management and Accounting

Clarissa Melita is the Manager of Asset Management at Spinoso Real Estate Group, overseeing the team of property accountants and lease administrators for mall management. Mrs. Melita specializes in financial analysis, reporting, lease administration, and business process improvement initiatives as they relate to these functions. Prior to joining Spinoso Real Estate Group, Mrs. Melita worked for Pyramid Management Group for 12 years holding various positions in different areas including Revenue, Finance, Corporate Finance and business analysis, giving her valuable experience and insight into the financial side of the real estate industry. Mrs. Melita holds a MBA from LeMoyne College, a B.S. from SUNY Oswego and is a designated CMA.

 
Bill Hamilton
Director of Property Management

Bill Hamilton

Director of Property Management

Bill Hamilton holds the position of Director of Property Management for Spinoso Real Estate Group.  Bill is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of Spinoso portfolio which includes providing leadership to the local management teams and overseeing the value enhancement of the assets.  

Bill brings more than a dozen years of shopping center experience to the team.  He has held various positions within the industry for companies that operate both enclosed malls and open-air centers.  His diverse background includes experience in finance, operations, management, and leasing.  Bill has hands-on experience driving marketing initiatives and creating, implementing, and leading various pop-up collaboration and activations.

Bill holds a degree in Finance from the State University of New York at Oswego.  He received Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) from the International Council of Shopping Centers.