In every generation there are those who strive to make a difference. And surely, the retail real estate industry teems with opportunities for talented people. The recipients of ICSC’s third annual 4 Under 40 Awards can be said to have embraced the possibilities with gusto. This year’s honorees are Sam Ankin, co-founder and a managing principal of Northpond Partners . . .

Meet four young executives who are shaping retail real estate

The winners’ stories are at once diverse and enlightening. “This group was chosen because they individually and collectively are recognized by their ICSC Next Generation peers as leaders in our retail real estate industry,” said Whitaker Leonhardt, chairman of the Next Generation Leadership Board and an associate director in the Orlando, Fla., office of commercial real estate capital firm HFF. “Also, they embody the characteristics and follow crucial lessons that are important for other young leaders to learn from: work hard, be creative, be decisive, treat others the way you want to be treated, return phone calls and emails promptly, lead by example, give back to others in the industry, seek mentors, embrace technology — the list goes on and on.”

The 4 Under 40 Awards have become a cornerstone of ICSC’s Next Generation program, Leonhardt says. “With our third annual 4 Under 40, ICSC Next Generation has established this program as a tradition of honoring our peers and highlighting those individuals who best represent our contingent within ICSC, those that are seeking education, networking and mentorship and looking for ways to advance their careers, and especially those who give back, volunteer their time and resources and serve the industry.”

You can read more on the group of 4 Under 40 honorees in the July issue of SCT here

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