Chris Salata is the Chief Operating Officer for Industrial Commercial Properties LLC. Mr. Salata oversees the daily operations of the Company and the work of its executives. In his role, he works closely with Owner, Chris Semarjian, to design and implement business strategies, plans and procedures. Mr. Salata is actively involved in all of the Company’s investments, acquisitions, corporate alliances, financings and expansion activities. He also plays a key role in managing the Company’s relationships with partners, tenants and vendors.
Mr. Salata was formerly Senior Vice President of Development at DDR Corp. (DDR), where he oversaw nationwide development and redevelopment initiatives for the publicly traded real estate investment trust. Prior to joining DDR, Mr. Salata was a Principal at Fairmount Properties and served as Chief Investment Officer and General Counsel. During his time at Fairmount Properties, Mr. Salata served as the lead project executive on Pinecrest, a $240MM mixed-use development project in Orange Village, OH. Mr. Salata started his career as an attorney with McDonald Hopkins LLC, practicing in the firm’s business department, handling matters related to real estate, finance and corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Salata has earned multiple professional awards, including induction into the Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame, Crain’s Cleveland C-Suite Award and “Forty Under 40” designation and also served as a Mentor in the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Partnership Forum. Mr. Salata is an active member of NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and serves on the Advisory Board for First American Title Insurance Company.
Mr. Salata holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Mr. Salata also serves as Head Basketball Coach at Benedictine High School in Cleveland.