President – Select Development Group
Mr. Bessey is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Development Group. Prior to Select Strategies, Mr. Bessey joined Phillips Edison in 1999. He served as Co-President and Chief Investment Officer for Phillips Edison Grocery Center REITs I and II from 2009 to 2015, where he was instrumental in raising over $3.0B. He served as Chief Investment Officer for Phillips Edison from 2005 to 2009. During that time he managed the placement of over $1.2 billion in 140 individual shopping centers comprising over 14,000,000 square feet. From 1999 to 2005, he was Phillips Edison’s Vice President of Development, starting the ground-up development program for the company and completing more than 25 projects which included Walgreens, Target, Kroger, Winn Dixie, Safeway and Wal-Mart. Prior to joining Phillips Edison, Mr. Bessey was Director of Leasing for Kimco Realty Corporation from 1995 to 1999; Director of Retail Leasing and Development for Koll Management from 1991 to 1995; and Leasing Manager for Tipton Associates from 1989 to 1991.
He previously worked in the hospital industry as Convention Sales Director for the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau and for Hyatt Hotels in a number of sales management positions in Minneapolis and Cincinnati.
Mr. Bessey received his bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1981.