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Executive Team

F. Kemper Freeman Jr.
Chairman and CEO

As principal owner and hands-on leader of the development team, Mr. Freeman has earned a national reputation as a civic leader and businessman with integrity and a win-win philosophy. He has been engaged in real estate development in Bellevue since the 1960s. Mr. Freeman is also active in political affairs and issues on a local, regional, and national level. He was elected to three terms in the state legislature and also served as chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) in 1994–95.

Jim Melby

Mr. Melby joined the company in 1990. Prior to his promotion to president, he served as chief financial officer for the company. He has worked on all of the companyís financing, land deals, office leasing, major retail tenant negotiations, and hotel asset management issues as well as a broad range of operational issues. Prior to joining Kemper Development Corporation, Mr. Melby was a senior manager with the CPA firm of Deloitte & Touche.

Dan Meyers
Sr. Vice President Design and Construction

Mr. Meyers has been with the company since 1997. His previous employer, Sclater Partners, has been the architectural firm for the company for many years. He worked as lead architect on several different KDC projects prior to coming in-house with the organization.

Fritz Walter
Director of Construction

Since joining the company in 2003, Mr. Walter has been responsible for oversight of all major construction on the Lincoln Square site. Prior to joining KDC, Mr. Walter worked for Castle & Cooke in Hawaii. He oversaw all construction on the island of Lanai, 98 percent of which is owned by Castle & Cooke. He was responsible for more than $800 million in projects there including two five-star resorts, several high-end residential developments, and substantial infrastructure projects on the island.

Kevin Schreck
Vice President Leasing and Development

Mr. Schreck has been with the company since 1998 after working in the sales divisions of other companies for a number of years. As leader of our leasing efforts, Mr. Schreck has been instrumental in identifying and procuring the best tenants in the market. He is also responsible for all Bellevue Square development projects.

Howard McQuaid
Vice President Leasing and Development

Mr. McQuaid has been with the company since 1991. After joining the company as controller, Mr. McQuaid has been leasing retail and office space for the company and has worked on several of KDCís largest transactions in recent years.

Kris Allan
Vice President Leasing and Development

Ms. Allan comes to us with an extensive retail, customer service and leadership background with Nordstrom for 22 years. Most recently as the store manager of the Nordstrom Flagship Downtown Seattle store and prior at our Bellevue Collection Nordstrom. Ms. Allan’s passion for creating a world class customer experience, insights into the retail sector and industry knowledge; brings a new dynamic to our leasing team. She is responsible for identifying and procuring tenants as well as mentoring retail tenant performance.

Christa Chambers
Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Chambers joined the company in 2012. Prior to joining Kemper Development Company Ms. Chambers was with KeyBank where she most recently held the title of Senior Vice President and NW Regional Executive of the Commercial Real Estate Group.   Ms. Chambers started at KeyBank as an Analyst and later found her way into the Commercial Real Estate Group; she then became Manager of the NW Region which worked directly with private commercial real estate owners and developers in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

Paul Cronkite
Assistant Vice President Finance

Mr. Cronkite, a CPA, joined the company in 1998 as controller and quickly demonstrated a solid understanding of the companyís businesses. This led to a new role doing much of KDCís computer modeling and forecasting. He has been deeply involved with the rest of the project team on analysis and forecasts for Lincoln Square.

Jennifer Leavitt
Vice President of Marketing

Ms. Leavitt joined our company in 1985 as the assistant marketing director. Ms. Leavitt received her CMD from the ICSC for marketing and soon after that became the Director of Marketing. Ms. Leavitt has grown her scope of responsibilities as the company has expanded and now oversees marketing, public relations, special events, media buying and creative, web development and company communications.

Clark Rice
Vice President of Security

Mr. Rice joined the company has been a team member with Mr. Freeman for over 25 years.  Mr. Rice brought his considerable expertise as a past military reserves as well as time as an officer with the Bellevue Police department.  Mr. Rice oversees all security and traffic management issues. 

Robert Dallain
Sr.Vice President and General Manager-Bellevue Square

Mr. Dallain first worked with our team in 1989 when he opened and managed the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in our first mixed-use project at Bellevue Place.  Mr. Dallain then moved on to VP of Food and Beverage for  the entire Hyatt corporate chain for 5 years.  Mr. Dallain recently joined our company after managing  and redeveloping the 5-star Hyatt Resort at Beaver Creek.  Mr. Dallain now brings his experience in exceptional guest experiences to KDC as well as his breadth of knowledge and expertise of the luxury hotel, restaurant and guest relations industry.

Doug Polonis

After graduating from Seattle University with a degree in Accounting and obtaining his CPA, Mr. Polonis spent over six years in public accounting with Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young) and Voldal Wartelle & Company. Following his public accounting career, he joined United Way of King County where he spent approximately seven years as Assistant Controller and Controller.  After United Way he spent almost two years with a publicly traded high-tech consulting company as Assistant Controller and Controller.  In 2001, he moved to Trammell Crow Company (TCC) as Vice-President, Senior Controller in their Bellevue Client Reporting Center.  In 2006 after TCC closed its Bellevue Client Reporting Center, he moved to Kemper Development Company.

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