Board of Directors

Jeffrey S. Edison

Jeff Edison co-founded Phillips Edison & Company and has served as a principal since 1995. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO. Mr. Edison received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Colgate University in 1982 and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1984. Mr. Edison also serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT III, Inc.

Leslie T. Chao
Independent Director

Mr. Chao has been one of our directors since July 2010. Mr. Chao retired as Chief Executive Officer of Chelsea Property Group (“Chelsea”), a subsidiary of Simon Property Group, Inc. (“Simon”) (NYSE: SPG), in 2008. Previously he served in various senior capacities at Chelsea, including President and Chief Financial Officer, from 1987 through its initial public offering in 1993 (NYSE: CPG) and acquisition by Simon in 2004. Chelsea was the world’s largest developer, owner and manager of premium outlet centers, with operations in the United States, Japan, Korea and Mexico. Prior to Chelsea, Mr. Chao was a Vice President in the treasury group of Manufacturers Hanover Corporation, a New York bank holding company now part of JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he was employed from 1978 to 1987. Since January 2009, he has served as a non-executive director of Value Retail PLC, a leading developer of outlet centers in Europe, and from 2005 to October 2008 he served as an independent director of The Link REIT, the first and largest public REIT in Hong Kong. Mr. Chao co-founded and, since February 2012, has served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Value Retail (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., a developer of outlet centers in China. He received an AB from Dartmouth College in 1978 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1986.

Paul J. Massey, Jr. 
Independent Director

Mr. Massey has been a director of PECO since July 2010. Mr. Massey also served as a director of PE REIT II from July 2014 to August 2017. Mr. Massey began his career in 1983 at Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Services in Midtown Manhattan, first as the head of the market research department, and next as an investment sales broker. Together with partner Robert A. Knakal, whom he met at Coldwell Banker, he then founded Massey Knakal Realty Services, which became New York City’s largest investment property sales brokerage firm, of which Mr. Massey served as Chief Executive Officer. With 250 sales professionals serving more than 200,000 property owners, Massey Knakal Realty Services was ranked as New York City’s #1 property sales company in transaction volume by the CoStar Group, a national, independent real estate analytics provider. With more than $4.0 billion in annual sales, Massey Knakal was also ranked as one of the nation’s largest privately owned real estate brokerage firms. On December 31, 2014, Massey Knakal was sold to global commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., for which Mr. Massey served as President - New York Investment Sales through April 2018. In July 2018, Mr. Massey founded B6 Real Estate Advisors, a real estate brokerage firm in New York City, and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. In 2007, Mr. Massey was the recipient of the Real Estate Board of New York’s (“REBNY”) prestigious Louis B. Smadbeck Broker Recognition Award. Mr. Massey also serves as Chair for REBNY’s Ethics and Business Practice Subcommittee, is a director on the Commercial Board of Directors of REBNY, is an active member of the Board of Trustees for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and serves as a chair or member of numerous other committees. Mr. Massey graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. Among the factors that led to the PECO Board’s recommendation that Mr. Massey serve as a director of PECO are Mr. Massey’s integrity, judgment, leadership skills, extensive commercial real estate expertise, and independence from management and PECO’s sponsor and its affiliates.

Stephen R. Quazzo
Independent Director

Mr. Quazzo has been one of our directors since November 2013. Mr. Quazzo is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pearlmark Real Estate, L.L.C. From 1991 to 1996, Mr. Quazzo served as President of Equity Institutional Investors, Inc., a subsidiary of investor Sam Zell’s private holding company, Equity Group Investments, Inc.  Mr. Quazzo was responsible for raising equity capital and performing various portfolio management services in connection with the firm’s real estate investments, including institutional opportunity funds and public REITs. Prior to joining the Zell organization, Mr. Quazzo was in the Real Estate Department of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was a Vice President responsible for the firm’s real estate investment banking activities in the Midwest.  Mr. Quazzo holds undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard University, where he serves as an HAA Director and a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors for the business school. He is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Chair of the ULI Foundation, a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, and is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois. In addition, Mr. Quazzo serves as a director of ILG, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILG), a Trustee of Rush University Medical Center,
and an Investment Committee member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra endowment and pension plans. Mr. Quazzo has served as a Trustee of The Latin School of Chicago since 2001 and since 1994 has been a Chicago Advisory Board member of City Year, a national service organization.

Gregory S. Wood
Independent Director

Mr. Wood has been one of our directors since April 2016. Mr. Wood has been Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of EnergySolutions, Inc., a leading services provider to the nuclear industry, since June 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Wood held the role of Chief Financial Officer at numerous public and private companies, including with Actian Corporation, Silicon Graphics (filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2009 in order to effect the sale of its business to Rackable Systems), Liberate Technologies and InterTrust Technologies. Mr. Wood was a director of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. from October 2011 to October 2013, where he also served as Chair of the Audit Committee.  Mr. Wood, a certified public accountant (inactive), received his bachelor of business administration in accounting degree from the University of San Diego and his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

John A. Strong
Independent Director

Dr. Strong joined the PECO board in November of 2018. Previously, Dr. Strong served as an independent director of Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT II, Inc. since May 2017. Since July 2010, Dr. Strong has served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Bankers Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services company for outsourcing solutions for claims, policy and flood products for insurers; insurance tracking for lenders; human resources solutions for small business; warranties for consumer electronics and new homes; insurance and maintenance services for properties, businesses and builders; and surety bonds for bail. Since 2007 he has served as a board member of Bankers Financial Corporation. From 2005 to 2010 he served as the president and managing partner of Greensboro Radiology. Dr. Strong holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine as well as his Residency and Fellowship in Radiology from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics degree from Duke University.

David W. Garrison
Independent Director

Mr. Garrison joined the PECO board in November of 2018. Most recently, Mr. Garrison served as an independent director of Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT II, Inc. (REIT II) until the merger between PECO and REIT II. Mr. Garrison currently serves as a director of SonicWALL, Inc. since January 2003. Mr. Garrison is currently president and chief executive officer of STSN, a provider of broadband services for hotels and has served in such position since October 2002. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Garrison was chairman and chief executive officer of Verestar, a satellite services company, where he also served on the board of Verestar’s parent company, American Tower. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Garrison was chairman and chief executive officer of Netcom, a pioneer Internet service provider. Mr. Garrison has served as an independent director on more than a half dozen boards of private and public companies, and he is currently a member of the board of directors of Ameritrade, where he is the chair of the independent directors committee. Mr. Garrison holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and an MBA from Harvard University.