With a seasoned management team in place, Real Estate Investment has become one of the fastest growing real estate firms in the country. Real Estate is relationship driven and hands on, with a team of well qualified associates who bring experience, creativity, and flexibility to all of our projects – as well as the skilled market knowledge needed to provide significant return on investment.
Our associates truly are our most valuable resource.
David Kelly, Chief Executive Officer and PresidentEmail
Mr. Kelly has over twenty eight years of experience in the real estate industry and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President for Wheeler REIT. Prior to joining Wheeler in 2013, Mr. Kelly was the principal of Kelly Development, LLC. Kelly Development specialized in the acquisition and management of retail properties primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. Mr. Kelly served as Director of Real Estate for Supervalu, Inc., a Fortune 100 supermarket retailer, for over 13 years focusing on site selection, acquisition and disposition from New England to the Carolinas. Over the course of his long career, he has completed transactions totaling over one billion dollars. Mr. Kelly also serves on the board of the Norfolk, Virginia SPCA and has a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from Bentley College, now Bentley University.
Mr. Kelly was selected as a director because of his years of experience in the real estate industry, as well as, his experience in real estate management at a publicly traded company.
M. Andrew Franklin, Chief Operating OfficerEmail
Mr. Franklin has over 19 years of experience in retail real estate and is currently Chief Operating Officer where he oversees the property management and lease administration for select assets within the Wheeler portfolio.
Prior to joining Wheeler, Andrew was a Partner with Broad Reach Retail Partners where he ran the 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.
Mr. Franklin is a graduate of the University of Maryland, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.
Rebecca Schiefer, Director of AccountingEmail
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.
Angelica A. Beltran, Principal Broker and WHLR Corporate SecretaryEmail
Angelica Beltran joined Wheeler in 2001, and currently serves as the principal broker for Wheeler Real Estate Company and as 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.
Wesley Forehand, Portfolio Manager, Acquisitions ManagerEmail
Wesley G. Forehand joined Wheeler in September of 2011. Wesley currently serves as the Acquisitions Manager in Wheeler’s regional office located in Charleston, SC. He has helped to close multiple transactions since 2011 in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia totaling over 1.6 million square feet of retail shopping centers. Wesley’s responsibilities include the identification of new acquisition opportunities, underwriting of those opportunities, and participation in due diligence processes.
Additionally, Wesley is responsible for the management of Wheeler’s affiliated self-storage facilities. Wesley is a licensed real estate salesperson in the states of Virginia and South Carolina. Additionally he is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) having previously served on the Southeastern Virginia Next Generation Planning Committee. Wesley graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2011 with a B.S.B.A in Management and Marketing.