Management

M. Andrew Franklin, Chief Executive Officer

M. Andrew Franklin

M. Andrew Franklin has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2021. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Chief Operating Officer since 2018 where he oversaw the acquisitions/dispositions, leasing, property management and lease administration departments for the portfolio with additional responsibilities include the management of all property level debt and financing.

Prior to joining Wheeler, Andrew was a Partner with Broad Reach Retail Partners where he ran day-to-day operations of the company, managing the leasing team as well as overseeing the asset, property and construction management of the portfolio.

Additional previous industry experience includes serving as an Acquisitions Officer in the Midwest for Phillips Edison and Company, Principal at PPM Consulting, a boutique Asset Management and Brokerage Company in Maryland. He began his career at The Holladay Corporation, a mix-use development company in Washington, DC.

Andrew is a graduate of the University of Maryland, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Crystal Plum, Chief Financial Officer

Crystal Plum

Crystal Plum has been with WHLR since 2016 and holds the position of Chief Financial Officer. She brings to Wheeler over eleven years of experience in public accounting with an emphasis in the real estate and financial institution industries. She oversees corporate accounting, manages internal and external financial reporting and SEC compliance. She previously served as the Vice President of Financial Reporting and Corporate Accounting.

She has experience reviewing and performing audits, reviews, compilations and tax engagements for a diverse group of clients, as well as banking experience. She has written two financial based real estate articles that have been published, hosted real estate focused networking events and was named to Inside Business’ 2016 Top 40 Under 40. Prior to joining WHLR, Crystal was with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP(DHG).

Crystal graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration – Accounting and Finance and is Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Angelica A. Beltran, Vice President of Project Management & WHLR Corporate Secretary

Angelica A. Beltran

Angelica Beltran joined Wheeler in 2001, and currently serves as Principal Broker for Wheeler Real Estate, LLC & Wheeler Real Estate Company, and as the Vice President of Project Management & Corporate Secretary for Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust (WHLR). She has over eighteen years of experience in commercial real estate primarily with leasing and developing grocery-anchored shopping centers and retail strip centers.

She co-manages the leasing team and is responsible for the lease documentation and marketing for Wheeler’s portfolio. Additionally, she oversees the company’s real estate licensees and third-party client relations. Angelica’s in-depth transaction experience with properties owned by Wheeler and by multiple third-party clients includes millions of square feet of independent and national tenants such as Starbucks, Food Lion, TJ Maxx, Verizon, Jenny Craig, Fresenius Medical, Papa Johns, Sentara Medical, Family Dollar, Anytime Fitness, Jimmy Johns and the like.

Angelica is licensed as a real estate broker in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and served on the Virginia ICSC Next Generation Planning Committee. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Old Dominion University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and a minor in Business Administration.

Elizabeth Hedrick, Vice President of Human Resources & Administration

Elizabeth Hedrick

Elizabeth Hedrick joined WHLR in March of 2018.  She has previously worked with privately held and publicly traded Fortune 100 and 500 companies, with multi-state and multi-national operations.  With over 15 years of diverse human resources expertise, she has been able to build the Human Resources department from almost ground up within our company. As an HR professional, Elizabeth brought her knowledge of compensation practices, payroll, benefits, process and policy development, employee engagement, talent acquisition, workforce planning, compliance, liability and safety, and management to our company.

As the Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, Elizabeth is responsible for all our human resource functions, as well as our daily operations as a company.  She is responsible for our information technology and security programs, facilitating communication throughout our company, developing and assisting in procedures to make our workflows more efficient, and overall coordination of our company’s administration system.  Elizabeth continues to successfully navigate our company through ever-changing guidelines and unprecedented challenges.

Elizabeth holds the Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional certification (SHRM-CP).  She also serves on her regional council of government commission’s Board of Delegates as a Member at Large, as well on her local Planning and Zoning Board.  She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Hampton Roads Society for Human Resources Management (HRSHRM), National Human Resources Association (NHRA), Human Capital Institute (HCI), the American Payroll Association (APA), and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Denbeigh L. Marchant, Vice President of Leasing

Denbeigh L. Marchant

Denbeigh L. Marchant joined Wheeler in June 2008 and is responsible for leasing a large portfolio of grocery anchored shopping centers throughout Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia, as well as, land development and redevelopment projects. Denbeigh also specializes in third party Landlord and Tenant Representation throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Denbeigh is based out of the corporate headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Denbeigh’s retailer transaction experience includes: Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Save-A-Lot, West Marine, Harbor Freight Tools, Farmer’s Furniture, Northern Tool, Stein Mart, Shoe Show, Starbucks, Planet Fitness, Snap Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Metro PCS, Cricket Wireless, First Virginia, Sushi King, Buddy’s Home Furnishings, Fresenius Medical Care, Bon Secours, Firehouse Subs, Subway, Shoe Show, Papa John’s, and Little Caesar’s as well as working with retailers local to their area.

Denbeigh is a licensed real estate agent in North Carolina and Virginia. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) having served on the Virginia ICSC Idea Exchange Planning Committee and Virginia ICSC Next Generation Planning Committee. Denbeigh graduated Cum Laude from Old Dominion University and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Geography with certifications in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments.

In 2021, Denbeigh was promoted to Vice President of Leasing as a direct result of his his strong and consistent leasing performance.

Rebecca Schiefer, Director of Accounting

Rebecca Schiefer

Rebecca Schiefer joined Wheeler in November 2003 and has over 18 years of accounting experience in commercial real estate.

She oversees the Corporate and Property Accounting Departments. Prior to joining Wheeler she was the Corporate Accounting Supervisor of Advantis Real Estate Services Company, a subsidiary of the St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE).

Rebecca graduated from Radford University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Patrick Gundlach, Director of Financial Reporting

Patrick Gundlach

As the Director of Financial Reporting, Patrick Gundlach is primarily responsible for managing the external financial reporting process, overseeing the Company’s internal control compliance, external financial audits, and SEC compliance. Joining the team in 2018, Patrick brought eight years of experience in public accounting, performing audits, reviews and tax engagements, and six years of accounting management within privately held companies.

With his extensive background, Patrick brings a mixture of expert accounting knowledge, internal training, and financial reporting. In addition to his accounting management experience, Patrick also worked closely with a fuel risk management and trading group serving as the internal control liaison of pipeline sales, purchases and fuel inventory reconciliations.

Initially beginning his accounting career, Patrick was employed by Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP where he specialized in audits within a variety of industries including real estate, manufacturing, non-profits, and health care.

Graduating from James Madison University, Patrick holds his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Certificate of Public Accounting (CPA).

Amy Sliker, Director of Property Operations

Amy Sliker

Amy Sliker has over 24 years of experience in commercial real estate and is currently Director of Property Operations where she manages property management, lease administration, collections and is the risk manager for assets within the Wheeler portfolio and for third party clients. Amy provides oversight in the delivery of asset services, as well as support Wheeler’s real estate professionals with a focus on continuously strengthening the property operations platform. Her strength lies in her ability to drive results and improve efficiencies. She previously served as the Director of Lease Administration and Risk Management.

Prior to joining Wheeler, Amy ran day-to-day operations of a mixed use public – private development, managing property management, facilities, maintenance and security teams. Additional previous industry experience includes Regional Director of Property Management.

Amy holds the Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM) and a Real Property Administrator (RPA) certifications currently.

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