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“Our team is composed of innovative leaders with proven records of success and a growing portfolio of properties. Like our portfolio, we’ve grown our team organically through focus, hard work and commitment to values.”

BC Wood Properties was founded by Lexington native Brian Wood on a simple but powerful premise: Investing in shopping centers that serve middle-class America is not only good for community development, it’s good business.

Since 1994, Brian has pulled together an exceptional team to bring this vision to life: an attorney, a CPA, leasing managers, on-site maintenance crews … Together, we’ve transformed over 5 million square feet of under-utilized retail real estate into profitable investments.

Today, our occupancy rate is 4% higher than the industry average and we are ranked in the Top 60 of all retail real estate companies in the U.S. based on portfolio size.

Management
Brian C. Wood

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Brian gained his expertise in the construction and real estate industries the old-fashioned way: through hands-on experience. As a kid, working on the farm with his grandfather taught him important lessons about strong work ethic. When he was a teen, he began detailing cars, which led to owning his own carwash business. While in college, Brian worked in the construction industry, where he earned his role as a project manager for a large residential construction firm.

After obtaining his BA in Finance and Management from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY, Brian began building single-family residential and multifamily rental units for resale and investment. At just 22, he purchased a 31,000-square-foot retail shopping center, which he owned and managed while continuing to build and expand his construction business and residential rentals to 100 units. Through the process, Brian chose to focus on retail real estate and organized BC Wood Companies (later renamed BC Wood Properties) in 1994 to engage in the acquisition, ownership, management, and redevelopment of shopping centers. In 2001, Brian was one of the founders and largest shareholders of Royal Palm Bank. He grew the bank and sold it in 2006. For the past 22 years, Brian has overseen the growth of BC Wood Properties, and continues to have a hands-on approach to growth.

Brian is a Lexington native and is very active in the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Transylvania University and the Advisory Board for Central Bank. Brian loves sports and has competed in 4 half Iron Man competitions and 4 marathons. He is an avid supporter of University of Kentucky Athletics.

Brian supports many charitable endeavors and has received various service awards. This year BC Wood Properties was the presenting sponsor for the United Way 5K on the Runway, and the 1st Annual BC Wood Properties Golf Classic to benefit The Foster Care Council. Brian and BC Wood Properties continue to support these and other philanthropic organizations including: Lexington Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society, God’s Pantry, LexArts, Young Life, American Diabetes Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, 4-H, The Salvation Army, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, Fayette Alliance Foundation, and the Lexington Hope Center.

William N. Offutt, V

President and Chief Operating Officer

William ‘King’ Offutt officially joined BC Wood Properties in 2006 after having served as the company’s outside counsel, where he was heavily involved in acquisitions, financing and leasing since 2002. His work continues to include all aspects of leasing, financing, acquisition and operation of retail properties, as well as oversight of legal matters. Prior to joining the company, King practiced corporate and real estate law with Stites and Harbison, PLLC, a top-50-ranked law firm based in Kentucky. King obtained a BA from Denison University, obtained his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School, and has been a member of the Kentucky Bar since 2001.

During his tenure with BC Wood Properties, King has taken a lead role in the acquisition of over 40 shopping centers, including financing, with an aggregate value of over $600mm, and overseen the negotiation and finalization of hundreds of commercial leases.

King is a native of the Lexington area and remains heavily involved in the community. He is currently serving as Co-head of capital fundraising for the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center, a school and outpatient service program for children with hearing and speech impairments that serves over 1,400 Kentucky children annually; King is also past Board Chair of LHSC and oversaw its expansion from an 8,500 square foot facility to a 55,000 square foot facility.

King lives just outside Lexington with his wife and two children.

Mark A. Del Cotto

Chief Investment Officer

Mark joined BC Wood Properties as Chief Investment Officer in January 2012 after successfully serving the commercial banking market in Lexington, Kentucky for over 24 years. Over the last 12 years, Mark founded and developed a Lexington-based banking presence focused on commercial real estate for PBI Bank. During that time, Mark successfully closed in excess of $600 million in CRE loans and established over 125 core banking relationships with regional entrepreneurs and developers. From 1994 to 1999, Mark served as the CFO for Jaguar Oil & Gas, Inc., a Lexington, Kentucky-based oil and gas company that actively drilled in the Gulf region of the continental United States. Mark is a 1982 graduate of Murray State University with a degree in business and finance. Mark also earned a graduate banking degree in 1991 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Mark lives in Lexington, KY with his wife, Laura Day, and has three adult children.

Jason M. Gentner

Executive Vice President Operations/Leasing

As the Executive Vice President, Jason is responsible for the strategic direction of leasing and daily operations of BC Wood’s retail properties.  Jason has seen the Company’s portfolio grow from 2.4 million square feet to over 5 million square feet. During this growth he has been involved in all aspects of leasing, from anchor tenants to small shop spaces and renewals. Jason also plays a role in recruiting, training, and managing BC Wood’s leasing and property management teams. Prior to joining BC Wood, Jason spent nine years with the University of Kentucky Athletics Department, where he served as the Director of Fundraising. Jason earned his BA from the University of Colorado and attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky. Jason also earned his Principal Broker’s License in 2015 and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. 

Jason lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and two young children.

Julie A. Gill

Executive Vice President Accounting/Finance

As Executive Vice President Accounting/Finance, Julie oversees the financial management of BC Wood Properties. Prior to joining the company, Julie was the Controller at Carbon Landmark Construction in Richardson, TX that specialized in the construction and development of mixed-use properties. Prior to Carbon, Julie was the Assistant Controller and then Regional Controller for Prentiss Properties, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust headquartered in Dallas, TX. Julie earned her B.A. in Accounting from North Central College in Naperville, IL and is a Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years of accounting experience in the real estate industry.

Mike White

Construction Manager

In 2004, Mike joined BC Wood Properties as construction manager. Prior to joining our team, Mike was a general contractor in both the residential and commercial construction industry for many years. Mike is responsible for project resources, subcontractors, materials and equipment. In the last six years Mike has managed over 250,000 square feet in tenant fit-ups.

Destiny Wenning

Leasing Attorney

Destiny Wenning has joined BC Wood Properties as a Leasing Attorney. Prior to joining the team at BC Wood Properties, Destiny served as in-house Counsel for EnSiteUSA, Inc., an engineering firm in the natural gas industry, negotiating service contracts, managing dispute resolution, and providing oversight to the Human Resources department. Destiny began her legal career working in business transactions and litigation at Frost Brown Todd in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is licensed to practice law in both Indiana and Kentucky. In 2008, Destiny graduated cum laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University in 2001 and spending several years as a software development project manager.

Staff
Jim Whelan, Asset Manager
Sarah Moberly, Property Accountant
Lee Cowden, Property Manager
Ashlee Evans, Lease Administrator
Kathy Clark, Analyst
Jessy Biddle, Property Accountant
Sue Bate, Office Manager
Cindy Guckian, Executive Assistant
Andrew Weyer, Property Manager
Mallory Sikes, Marketing Specialist
Tabitha Hodges, Accounting Administrator
Catherine Owens, Paralegal and Property Administrator
Jennifer Loudermilk, Collections Specialist
Trevor Marshall, Investment Analyst

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