Atlanta based Halpern Enterprises Inc., a leader in the city’s commercial real estate industry for more than half a century, has hired its first non-family member to assume the role of President. Bill Brown, formerly Co-Founder and Managing Member of Forum Development Group, has been selected to lead the company during the next phase of its growth and development. Current President, Jack Halpern, will assume the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Carolyn Halpern Oppenheimer will continue in her role as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Brown brings to the job extensive experience in the development and leasing of high quality retail projects, including mixed use, community, and power centers. He has strong leadership, management, and operational skills, along with a proven development track record, solid reputation, and long-standing relationships throughout the shopping center industry.
Hiring Brown at this time helps to support Halpern’s long-term strategy, enabling the company to expand its portfolio of properties from its base in Atlanta and pursue growth opportunities throughout Georgia and the southeast. Halpern currently owns more than 30 different shopping centers throughout the greater metropolitan area, containing over 3 million square feet of retail space.
Halpern Enterprises was founded by the late Bernard Halpern in the 1950’s. The sound business practices that he established – viewing real estate as a long-term investment, dealing fairly with tenants, brokers, lenders, business associates, and all others – are traditions that have been carried on by Jack and Carolyn over the past 25 years.
“Bill Brown has an impeccable reputation for honesty and integrity, which makes him a wonderful fit for our company,” said Jack. “We are excited to have him join our team of outstanding associates, who have helped Halpern Enterprises prosper and grow throughout the years. While these are certainly challenging times in the real estate business, we believe that Bill’s expertise and relationships within the shopping center industry will help position our company for the next phase of its expansion.”
Brown will begin his new position in October.