Lyneir Richardson is co-founder and CEO of Chicago TREND. He is an experienced commercial and residential real estate developer with a track record of attracting retailers and businesses to urban areas.
Lyneir is a faculty member at Rutgers Business School and leads the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. He was recruited by former Mayor Cory Booker and served as Chief Executive Officer of the primary economic development corporation in Newark, NJ for over five years. He was also Vice President of Urban Development at General Growth Properties, Inc. where he led a national initiative to bring quality shopping centers to underserved neighborhoods in U.S. cities. Prior to General Growth, Lyneir founded Lakeshore Development & Construction Company and was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as “Illinois Young Entrepreneur of the Year”. He started his career as an attorney for the First National Bank of Chicago.
Lyneir is a graduate of Bradley University and the University of Chicago Law School. He is a member of Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers and International Economic Development Council. He has served on numerous non-profit and civic boards, committees and commissions.
Josi D. Gines
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION
Josi Gines has more than 15 years of experience in managing office operations, governance relations and talent development. Josi began her professional career as a Senior Project Accountant for Equity Properties and Development Company. She later worked for General Growth Properties, Inc. for 12-years and was promoted to various leadership roles in Accounting and Contract Administration, including Asst. Vice President, Contract Administration. Her team was responsible for managing greater than $2 billion in new mall development budgets, tenant allowance administration and administering approximately 2,500 contracts annually to support construction, design and tenant build-out work. Josi Gines also worked for National Louis University, as Provost Office Manager and the College Board, as Associate Director of Administration and Operations for the Midwest regional office.
Josi Gines earned her BA in Liberal Arts degree at Roosevelt University and MBA at Keller Graduate School of Management.
DIRECTOR OF RETAILER RELATIONS
Tina Taddei is a forth generation Chicago native with a passionate interest in the complexities and idiosyncrasies of the Chicago market. She began her retail leasing career at General Growth Properties, where she first became intrigued by the profound impact that the right combination of tenants brought to a project, an interest that has informed her work ever since.
Her focus on the strategic merchandising of retailers has had a number of notable successes over the years, both locally and nationally. During her tenure at GGP, she conceived and initiated the replacement of Lord and Taylor with American Girl at Water Tower Place, creating additional retailer synergy for both signature destinations. At GGP, she also initiated Akira’s expansion from a single street location to a successful mall retailer. Later, at Sears Holdings, Tina implemented an in-store leasing program that allowed the Sears brand to be strategically marketed alongside other prominent retailers. Her approach was not only adopted internationally, but increased the value of Sears real estate and led to partnerships with international brands, such as Primark.
Director of Business Development
Jeffrey Wright, a Chicago Native, has nearly 10 years of experience in financial services. As a senior commercial banker, Mr. Wright originated over $50 million in transactions. Throughout his career, he has originated, underwritten, managed and closed over 200 transactions. He has advised clients across diverse sectors.
Mr. Wright is deeply engaged and committed to giving back to the community. He serves on the Board of Directors of Chicago Jesuit Academy, The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund and the Chairman’s Advisory Council of Big Shoulders Fund. In 2014, Mr. Wright was appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the Chicago Community Land Trust. Mr. Wright is a member of the Business Leadership Council and the Economic Club of Chicago, in which he is an active member of the membership committee.
Mr. Wright graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business at Georgetown University, and earned a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.