Matthew Mason spearheads Conway MacKenzie’s Real Estate industry vertical. He is accomplished in assisting institutional clients, lenders, and private investors with distressed real estate and has served as a court-appointed Receiver for more than 200 retail, office, multi-family, and mixed-use projects.
He has significant expertise with large retail and office assets, including enclosed regional malls, multi-state portfolios, and open-air lifestyle centers throughout the country. Mr. Mason has extensive experience with acquisitions, dispositions, and lease negotiations, having completed 14,000,000 square feet of leases with a value in excess of $885,000,000.
He is a member of the Michigan State Bar, serving on both the Commercial Leasing and Management and Commercial Real Estate Finance committees. His professional affiliations include the prestigious designation as a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and membership in the CRE Finance Council (CREFC) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Prior to joining Conway MacKenzie, Mr. Mason was Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate and Special Advisor to the CEO at McKinley, Inc., where he managed a 21 million square foot, $1 billion portfolio of retail, office, industrial, and mixed-use properties throughout the United States. He previously served as Real Estate Counsel for the Kmart Corporation/Sears Holdings Corporation, where he oversaw real estate and legal matters pertaining to the retailer’s 3,000+ stores. During his tenure at Kmart/Sears, Mr. Mason completed real estate transactions in excess of $1.2 billion. Mr. Mason began his career in retail real estate as the Director of Acquisitions for The Velmeir Companies, a preferred developer for CVS/pharmacy, where he was responsible for the site selection and acquisition of retail properties throughout the Midwest. In addition, he led a team of site acquisition specialists in the identification of retail locations, analyzed market conditions and tailored development strategies to maximize returns.