Founding Partner & former CEO of CenterPoint Properties Trust
Michael Mullen is the retired CEO and a founding partner of CenterPoint Properties Trust (CNT: NYSE). CenterPoint was one of the top performing REITs in the United States, delivering shareholder returns in excess of 21% per year from 1993 until the company was acquired by CalPERS in 2006 for $3.5 billion. Mr. Mullen left CenterPoint’s Board in 2012 to become a Board Member and Senior Advisor to IndCor Properties, a Blackstone portfolio company that was sold to GIC for $8.1 billion in 2015.
Additionally, Mr. Mullen serves on the boards of Rouse Properties (NYSE: RSE), the Brazilian industrial development company Cone, Saudi Arabia based developer Tusdeer, and LMG2, LLC, the owner of the Millennium Parking Garages in Chicago. Mr. Mullen also serves as an advisor to GEM Realty Capital and Tur Partners, which are both based in Chicago.
Co-Founder, former Chairman and CEO of Crate and Barrel
Gordon Segal is Co-Founder, former Chairman and CEO of Crate and Barrel, an internationally recognized, multi-channel home furnishings retail chain. Mr. Segal led the company as Chief Executive Officer from 1962 until his retirement in 2008. Currently employing more than 8000 associates worldwide, the Crate and Barrel family of brands, which also includes CB2 and The Land of Nod, has 112 brick-and-mortar locations throughout North America, as well as franchise locations in Dubai.
Gordon and Carole Segal wanted to bring the simple, well-designed tableware they had seen on their European travels to the United States for other young couples like themselves, who had more taste than money. So in 1962, they opened a contemporary housewares store in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, selling out of packing crates and barrels. Their innovative concept changed the way Americans view housewares and transformed the American retail environment.
A former Chairman of the National Retail Federation and a graduate and Trustee of Northwestern University, Mr. Segal also serves on several civic boards, including The Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago Medical Center, the Chicago History Museum, Window to the World Communications, Inc. (WWCI), and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Segal is also a member of the Chief Executives’ Organization, the Civic Committee, and the Chicago Council of Global Affairs.
In 2007, Gordon Segal was inducted into the World Retail Congress’ Hall of Fame. Other recent awards include the Retailing Hall of Fame at Texas A & M, the Cooper-Hewitt’s Design Patron Award, House Beautiful magazine’s Giant of Design designation and the National Retail Federation Gold Medal Award, and induction into the American Furniture Hall of Fame.
Matthew A. Thornton
President and CEO of Thorntons Inc.
Matt Thornton has served as President and CEO of Thorntons Inc. since 2001. In this position, Mr. Thornton is responsible for leading Kentucky’s largest privately-held corporation which owns and operates 175 gasoline and convenience stores in the Midwest and Southeast.
Mr. Thornton currently serves as Chairman of the Waterfront Development Corporation and on the board of Overseers of the University of Louisville.
Mr. Thornton’s previous business, civic and charitable appointments include Chairman of Gallopalooza and Chairman of the Metro United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society. He has also served on the boards of PNC Bank of Kentucky, the Muhammad Ali Center, Jefferson County Public Education Foundation, Louisville Free Public Library Foundation, Louisville Community Foundation and the Crusade for Children Foundation.
Mr. Thornton graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Finance.