Butch Knerr

Butch Knerr

PRESIDENT IRVINE COMPANY RETAIL PROPERTIES

WHY: Responsible for Irvine Co.’s portfolio of 43 retail centers, as well as space at Irvine Co.’s apartment communities. Group operates nearly 10M square feet of retail across California, including Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, and The Market Place in Irvine and Tustin.

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“A Breath of Fresh Air” marketing in June played up company’s open-air centers; 163K-square-foot Mathis Brothers furniture lease at Market Place in 2019 made it the largest retail deal in OC in a few years. Amazon Fresh opened nearby in October.

NOTABLE: Joined the company in 2017; previously with retail REIT Washington Prime Group.