OUR TEAM

CenterCal Properties LLC is a team made up of over 120 diverse individuals who have come together to build and operate exciting commercial projects that reflect our collective core values. Our team is dedicated to creating projects that have a meaningful place in their respective communities and generate solid returns for our investor partner while maintaining a strong commitment to the community.

We hold steadfast the principles of fairness in all of our relationships, including fair labor practices and diversity in hiring. We create projects that become a meaningful and welcome part of the communities we serve, and lead our industry in creating sustainable retail technology and placemaking that will withstand the challenges of a changing and evolving marketplace.

12 OFFICES

20 SHOPPING CENTERS

120+ EMPLOYEES

5 STATES

FRED BRUNING

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN

Fred Bruning began his real estate career as legal counsel for Sears, Roebuck and Company in 1977 and was responsible for their real estate portfolio in the west which consisted of over 500 assets. After leaving Sears in 1983, Mr. Bruning served as Vice-President of Development for the Torrance Company in Torrance, California, then as Vice-President of Development for the John Price Development Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1985, Mr. Bruning joined the Alexander Haagen Company as a development partner. In his 13 years there, he was the key executive in charge of the acquisition and development of over 40 retail projects. Mr. Bruning was also instrumental in taking the company public in 1993, serving as the Wall Street spokesperson. In 1998, Mr. Bruning along with his partner Mr. Wardy, formed their own development company, CenterOak Properties, LLC, and in 2004 became CenterCal Properties, LLC. In his career, he has been actively involved in over 150 major retail developments in the western United States.

 

Mr. Bruning is a member of the California Bar Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers and has served on several corporate and charitable boards. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University in Los Angeles and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California. His hobbies include travel, archaeology, and flying his antique Stearman biplane.

Fred is married forever to his wife Brandace, who has had a very successful career in retail marketing, fashion and modeling.

 

JEAN PAUL WARDY

FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Jean Paul Wardy began his career in real estate while attending the University of Southern California. Mr. Wardy joined the Alexander Haagen Company in 1990, and by 1993 had been promoted to Vice President, Acquisitions. From 1993 through 1998, Mr. Wardy was the executive primarily responsible for the successful acquisition of over 20 shopping centers.

 

In 1998, Mr. Wardy co-founded CenterOak Properties with Fred Bruning, which became CenterCal Properties in 2004. Since that time, Mr. Wardy has committed his efforts toward creating successful retail driven projects that both enhance and elevate the communities they serve.

 

In the pursuit of his real estate career,  Mr. Wardy built upon the solid foundation of his family’s successful retail background in the Amen Wardy Stores and Amen Wardy Home Stores. Mr. Wardy is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute, and is a devoted husband and father.

Chris Byers joined CenterCal in 2010 with more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate. Ms. Byers oversees leasing of the growing portfolio of mixed-use centers and development projects for the Intermountain Region.
 

Prior to joining CenterCal, Chris worked as Director of Real Estate and was responsible for the strategic development and growth for national retailers such as Chico’s, White House Black Market, Soma, and Coldwater Creek. Her valuable relationships and experience from the retail side of the business has given her a unique view and perspective into the successful merchandising and leasing strategies across the CenterCal portfolio.
 

Ms. Byers attended the University of Utah and has been a member of ICSC for over 25 years. Chris was born and raised in Salt Lake City and is married with two children.

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, LEASING
CHRIS BYERS

Sean Dennison is CenterCal Properties General Counsel, overseeing the company’s legal affairs.  Mr. Dennison has been in commercial real estate for the past 18 years when he began as an Associate at ShawPittman LLP (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) in Washington, DC.  Since then, he has been with The Lerner Corporation, a leading Washington-area developer; The Gap, Inc., a leading retailer; Stanbery Development, LLC, a lifestyle center developer; and Federal Realty Investment Trust where, just prior to coming onboard at CenterCal, he spent 6 years working on projects such as Santana Row, Third Street Promenade, Plaza El Segundo and The Point.  

 

Mr. Dennison is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is active in ICSC.  Mr. Dennison and his wife live in Hermosa Beach with their two children and their Labrador.

GENERAL COUNSEL
SEAN DENNISON

Gary Hall has held the position of Vice President, Community Center Leasing for CenterCal Properties, LLC since 2011. Mr. Hall is responsible for co-captaining the Leasing Department efforts of a dynamic and growing portfolio of mixed-use and promotional power centers. He has had the good fortune to work on all but one of the assets within the CenterCal portfolio. 

 

Prior to joining CenterCal, Mr. Hall’s real estate career began as a Real Estate Manager for Albertsons. During his tenure there, Mr. Hall worked on multiple grocery store expansion projects and was part of the team that originally rolled out the fuel center program throughout the organization.  After leaving Albertsons, Mr. Hall joined the development side of the business as Director of Leasing for several development companies based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Mr. Hall received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Boise State University and has been a member of ICSC for over 24 years. He lives in Meridian, Idaho with his wife and overly needy Sheepadoodle. He also has two children currently attending college.

VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY CENTER LEASING
GARY HALL

Steven Hanna holds the position of Senior Vice President of Construction with CenterCal Properties, LLC. Prior to joining CenterCal, Mr. Hanna worked for Caruso Affiliated as Senior Vice President of Construction. Prior to joining Caruso Affiliated in 2007, Mr. Hanna worked for Steiner & Associates as Project Executive/Preconstruction Executive. Mr. Hanna’s earliest career experiences included Senior Project Manager for Corna Kokosing Construction Co. and Project Engineer for Turner Construction.

 

Mr. Hanna is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and is also on the Board of Trustees at The St. Sophia Cathedral Foundation. Mr. Hanna received his Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and an Associates Degree in Civil Engineering & Architectural Technologies from the University of Cincinnati.

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CONSTRUCTION
STEVEN C. HANNA

Peter Houck is Senior Vice President of Properties for CenterCal Properties, LLC. Mr. Houck is responsible for overall asset management, property operations and financial results for the portfolio. Mr. Houck joined CenterCal in September 2012 as General Manager at The Collection at Riverpark.  

 

Mr. Houck previously worked for Related Urban in several management roles including Time Warner Center in Manhattan, CityCenter of CityNorth in Phoenix and Anaheim GardenWalk in Orange County, CA. Prior to joining Related Urban, Mr. Houck held the role of Property Manager with Brookfield Properties. Also with Brookfield Properties, he was General Manager of 700 North Michigan Avenue. With Urban Retail Properties, Mr. Houck held management positions at Louis Joliet Mall, Fox Valley Mall, 730 North Michigan Avenue and Water Tower Place in the Chicagoland area.  

 

Mr. Houck received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from University of Iowa. He also holds a CSM designation from ICSC and a RPA designation from BOMA. Mr. Houck is married with two children.

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, PROPERTIES
PETER HOUCK

Deepa Janha has held the position of Vice President, Asset Management for CenterCal Properties, LLC since March 2019 where she is responsible for the overall asset management and financial performance of the portfolio.

 

Ms. Janha has been in the commercial real estate industry for over 23 years. Prior to joining CenterCal, she served as Principal for Hidden Park Advisors, a bi-coastal consulting company.  Earlier, Ms. Janha held the position of Senior Asset Manager with Equity One, Inc., where she and her team were responsible for the asset management of 50+ east coast retail properties. Ms. Janha also spent 12 years at AEW Capital Management, LP in various departments including Investor Relations, Asset Management, and Portfolio Accounting. Previous to AEW, Ms. Janha was a Consultant at Goldman Sachs in their Private Wealth Investment Management department.  

 

Ms. Janha earned her B.A. from University of Massachusetts – Amherst, her M.B.A. from Northeastern University, and she completed the Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate at Harvard University. Ms. Janha, her husband and two daughters to whom she is very dedicated reside in Los Angeles. In her spare time, Ms. Janha is also involved in philanthropy. 

VICE PRESIDENT, ASSET MANAGEMENT
DEEPA JANHA

Charles Rulick rejoins CenterCal as Executive Vice President of Development for CenterCal Properties, LLC. Mr. Rulick is responsible for strategic oversight of mixed-use development projects company-wide, all new California development projects, the California development team, and management of the company’s Investment Committee.

 

Mr. Rulick has 17 years of industry experience and previously worked as Principal of The Development Studio, Vice President of Development at CenterCal Properties and Miller-Valentine Group, and as Development Associate at Wood Partners and Forest City Enterprises. He has worked on development projects in 13 states throughout the Southeast, Midwest, West as well as the country of Jamaica. His primary expertise is in mixed-use development and he has managed the acquisition, financing, development and construction close-out of 3,200 housing units and 1.75 million square feet of retail space.

 

Mr. Rulick received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Clemson University. He is a licensed landscape architect and LEED Accredited Professional. Mr. Rulick is also an active full member of the Urban Land Institute and member of its Urban Development Mixed-use Product Council.

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT
CHARLES RULICK

Craig Trottier rejoins CenterCal as President, Intermountain Development, based out of the Station Park office in Farmington, UT. Since 2014, Mr. Trottier held the position of Senior Vice President, Retail Leader with Trammell Crow Company in Houston, TX.  Preceding that, from 2008-2014, Mr. Trottier was Vice President, Development with CenterCal Properties. During that time, Mr. Trottier led the successful development of Station Park as well as The Village at Meridian in Meridian, ID.  With more than 30 years’ experience in commercial real estate development, Mr. Trottier has held key leadership positions within the public and private sectors as well as national REITs.

 

Mr. Trottier’s expertise spans throughout all phases of real estate development where he takes projects from concept to cash flow. He has effectively assembled and led development teams throughout the country and been responsible for the development of almost $2 billion of completed retail and mixed-use projects. He has also leased millions of square feet of retail and office space to world class tenants. Craig received his Associate of Science, Sales and Retailing and Bachelor of Science, Finance Degree’s from Weber State University in Ogden, UT and his MBA in Marketing and Finance from Utah State University in Logan, UT.

 

Mr. Trottier, his wife and their 3 sons will be relocating from Texas back to Utah.

PRESIDENT, INTERMOUNTAIN DEVELOPMENT
CRAIG TROTTIER

Eric Wilson is Vice President, Construction with CenterCal Properties, LLC and oversees the organization’s construction work within the state of California. Mr. Wilson has more than 34 years of industry experience. Prior to joining CenterCal in early 2016, Mr. Wilson spent over 16 years with Westfield LLC where he worked in the construction department overseeing the activities of their west coast portfolio. During his tenure at Westfield, he was responsible for the creation of the company’s construction estimating, scheduling and special projects divisions.

 

Mr. Wilson received his Bachelors of Science in Business and Management from the University of Redlands School of Business. In addition, he is a longtime member of ICSC and has completed Leadership Development and Management programs through that organization as well as Westfield Foundational Leadership. Mr. Wilson lives in North Los Angeles County with his wife and two children.

VICE PRESIDENT, CONSTRUCTION
ERIC WILSON

ACCOUNTING, FINANCE & IT

CORPORATE ACCOUNTING

Accounting Manager
Project Accountant
AP/AR Accountant
Corporate Controller / Treasurer
Project Controller
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PROPERTY ACCOUNTING

Property Accountant
Accounts Receivable / Collections Analyst
Property Accountant
Vice President, Property Accounting
Senior Property Accountant
Accounts Payable Clerk
Property Accountant
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FINANCE

Consultant
Finance Director
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LEGAL & CONTRACTS

LEGAL

Legal Assistant
General Counsel
Deputy General Counsel
Associate General Counsel
Senior Manager, Legal and Leasing
Lease Administrator
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CONTRACTS

Contracts Manager
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ASSET MANAGEMENT

Vice President, Asset Management
Senior Asset Manager
Senior Financial Analyst
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DEVELOPMENT & ACQUISITIONS

Entitlements & Project Design Manager
Project Manager
Development Associate
Development Associate
Acquisitions Analyst
Executive Vice President, Development
Project Coordinator
Development Associate
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CONSTRUCTION

Project Executive
Project Executive
Senior Vice President, Construction
Construction Coordinator
Project Executive
Project Coordinator
Project Coordinator
Project Manager
Assistant Project Manager
Project Manager
Vice President, Construction
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LEASING

Specialty Leasing Manager
Senior Vice President Leasing
Portfolio Manager, Leasing
Leasing Representative
Vice President, Community Center Leasing
Leasing Director
Project Manager, Leasing
Senior Lease Analyst
Leasing Director
Project Manager, Leasing
Senior Leasing Director
Senior Leasing Director
Project Manager, Community Centers Leasing
Senior Leasing Director
Senior Leasing Director
Senior Leasing Director
Project Manager, Leasing
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GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

HUMAN RESOURCES

Executive Assistant
Front Office Administrator
Executive Assistant
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TENANT AND DESIGN SERVICES

Talent Acquisition Manager
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TENANT SERVICES

Tenant Services Project Coordinator
Director Tenant Services
Tenant Services Project Coordinator
Project Manager, Tenant Services - Intermountain
Director Tenant Services
Project Manager, Tenant Services - Washington
Project Coordinator, Tenant Services
Director Tenant Services
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DESIGN SERVICES

Design Manager
Senior Design Director
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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, GENERAL

CAM Manager
General Manager
Property Management Assistant
Office Manager
General Manager
Property Management Administrator
General Manager
General Manager
Operations Manager
Property Management Assistant
General Manager
Senior Vice President, Properties
Assistant General Manager
General Manager
General Manager
Front Office Administrator
Marketing and Business Development Coordinator
General Manager
Property Management Assistant
Property Management Assistant
Property Management Assistant
Office Manager / Bookkeeper
Property Management Assistant
Assistant General Manager
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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, MARKETING

Marketing Manager
Regional Marketing Director
Marketing Manager
Marketing Assistant
Marketing & Business
Development Coordinator
Senior Marketing Manager
Marketing & Business
Development Coordinator
Marketing Manager
Vice President, Marketing
Marketing & Business Development Manager
Marketing Manager
Senior Marketing Director
Marketing & Business Development Coordinator
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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, MAINTENANCE

Operations Manager
Maintenance Technician
Operations Manager
Operations Manager
Operations Manager
Maintenance Technician
Lead Maintenance Technician
Operations Manager
Senior Director of Operations
Lead Maintenance Technician
Lead Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Technician
Operations Manager
Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician
Lead Maintenance Technician
Engineering Operations Manager
Maintenance Technician
Lead Maintenance Technician
Lead Maintenance Technician
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