Diane is the Founding Partner of Cullinan Properties, based in Peoria, Illinois, with offices in Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri. Diane founded Cullinan Properties in 1988 after being in the real estate business since 1981, and is currently the Chairman. Today Cullinan Properties, Ltd. has evolved into a premier provider of real estate development & acquisitions focusing on commercial and mixed-use developments including retail, medical, office use, and multi-family nationwide. Cullinan Properties has developed over $1 billion in projects and has had a strategy that has successfully executed and delivered in recent turbulent economic times.
Diane is married to Doug Oberhelman and has four grown children: Kathleen Cullinan Brill, Maureen Cullinan Bennett, Alison Cullinan Unkovich, and Allen Cullinan. Doug is the Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc. She also has four grandchildren: Austin Brill, Michael Bennett, Hudson Brill and Avery Bennett.
Her leadership and board affiliations have included:
- Member, Federal Reserve Advisory Council of Chicago
- Chairman, Illinois Development Finance Authority
- Member, Illinois Economic Development Board
- Member, Ducks Unlimited Board of Directors
- Member, Kids Konnected Board of Directors
- Member, Multi-Ad Services, Inc. Board of Directors
- Member, Peoria Civic Center Authority Board
- Member, Susan G. Komen Board of Directors
- Co-chair, Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign 2004
Diane’s awards and recognitions include being honored as the 40 Leaders Under Forty Alumnus of the Year in 2015; induction into Junior Achievement’s Central Illinois Business Hall of Fame in 2006; the Boy Scout Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award for Central Illinois in 2005; the Central Illinois Volunteer of the Year Award in 2005; being named one of the 25 Women In Leadership in 2002; and receiving the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Athena Award in 1996.
Chris leads the Cullinan organization on a day-to-day basis with specific responsibility for
implementation of new developments, leasing, marketing and administration. He also heads the construction division of Cullinan Properties and has successfully completed the development and redevelopment of hundreds of millions of dollars in lifestyle and retail shopping centers.
He designed the master development plan for the entire 200-acre Grand Prairie Developments, as well as the redevelopments of The Shoppes at College Hills and East Court Village. He began his association with Cullinan Properties in early 2002 as the leader of Urban Retail Properties’ development of the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. After Urban’s acquisition in 2002, Chris formed CW Development Services to complete the Shoppes at Grand Prairie project for Cullinan.
Chris later joined Cullinan as Partner and Group President. As Vice President of Development with Urban Retail Properties, Chris spent 17 years developing, expanding and renovating more than 10 major projects nationwide. Chris pays particular attention not only to the flow and logistics of a development, but also to the special amenities which can set a project apart from its competitors. While cognizant of the budget constraints of any project, Chris is nationally recognized for his ability to inject unique features into his new development or redevelopment projects.
A partial listing of his current and past development projects include:
- The Levee District at East Peoria Downtown – East Peoria, IL
- Streets of St. Charles – Metro St. Louis, MO
- Shoppes at College Hills – Bloomington-Normal, IL
- Shoppes at Grand Prairie – Peoria, IL
- East Court Village – Pekin, IL
- Shoppes at Henry Crossing – Metro Atlanta, GA
- Burleson Commons – Metro Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
- Galleria at Roseville Promenade – Roseville, CA
- Dayton Mall Renovation & Expansion – Dayton, OH
- Orland Square Mall Renovation – Orland Park, IL
- River Oaks Expansion and Enclosure – Calumet City, IL
- Oak Brook Center Expansion – Oak Brook, IL
- Hawthorn Center Mall Renovation – Vernon Hills, IL
- Northridge/Southridge Mall Renovations – Milwaukee, WI
As Chief Investment Officer, Mike leads the investment activities of Cullinan Properties and ensures that the necessary capital stack is in place for all Cullinan projects from national, regional and local sources. During his time at Cullinan, Mike has been the point person on over $1 billion of construction, mini-perm and permanent financing.
Mike also leads Cullinan Properties’ Office and Medical Division. Currently, Cullinan Properties’ portfolio has in excess of $200 million of medical facilities. Including previous projects completed, Cullinan has developed over $300 million of office and medical projects in the last 10 years. Included in the projects completed are:
- The largest Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in the country, located in Austin, TX and completed in February of 2013.
- A 50-bed Long Term Acute Care Hospital in Peoria, IL built for a joint venture of Methodist Medical Center of Illinois (now affiliated with Iowa Health System/Unity Point Health) and Rehab Care Group (subsequently acquired by Kindred Healthcare).
- One Technology Plaza, a mixed use development which incorporates a municipal owned 1,000+ car parking deck, retail and office in a CBD setting. The project involved the acquisition of multiple properties, and their demolition and construction of a building for four distinct, divergent stakeholders.
- Morton Commerce Park is a 100+ acre distribution and office park located along Interstate 74 near its intersection with Interstate 155.
- Glen Avenue Corporate and Medical Park which is a 20-acre infill project in north-central Peoria, IL consisting of 10 office and medical office buildings.
Prior to joining Cullinan Properties in 1995, Mike was a Senior Financial Analyst and Property
Manager for Equitable Real Estate Investment Management (EREIM) in Chicago, a third party asset manager where Mike maintained an asset portfolio in excess of $300 million. Mike was also a
Senior Property Manager for EREIM’s sister company, Compass Property Management, with responsibility for Commerce Point in Arlington Heights, IL.
In 1988, Mike began his career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) at Grant Thornton, a
Chicago-based public accounting firm as a Senior Auditor where he performed audits for a variety of clients including municipal, manufacturing, financial and real estate clients. Mike is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Michael is responsible for the financial modeling of various projects, company cash flow projections and cash management, insurance risk management, as well as involvement with various tax and other finance matters.
With a career that began at Price Waterhouse, Mike earned his CPA designation and worked as a senior tax accountant. He then made the transition into the private sector to become CFO, and subsequently, the president of an ICC Class I transportation company.
After successfully operating and later selling that firm, Mike became the financial executive for one of the nation’s largest direct-marketing companies. There he was involved in numerous strategic activities, including mergers and acquisitions and business divestitures. In addition, his responsibilities extended to product pricing matters, international risk management, complex tax planning initiatives, and employee incentive arrangements. Most recently, Mike operated his own tax, financial, and estate planning business where he was responsible for $100+ million in client assets.
Mike earned a BS in Accountancy from Bradley University and an MBA from the University of Illinois.
As President of Acquisitions and Director of Community Relations, Sean Garrett oversees all aspects of the acquisition process, including financial analysis, due diligence and underwriting, while also developing and maintaining important relationships with Cullinan Properties’ community partners. Sean regularly makes investment presentations to senior management, investors, lenders and municipalities. Sean also provides daily guidance to the leasing and construction departments to help guide potential opportunities from inception to reality. While at Cullinan, Sean has successfully sourced and structured $75 million in debt and equity for new developments, refinancings and acquisitions.
Sean joined Cullinan Properties in 2011. Prior to joining Cullinan, he was a Development Associate in Washington, DC at Western Development Corporation, where he coordinated the pre-development of over 1 million square feet of retail and mixed-use projects. Sean was also a contributing team member at Western during the founding of Fundrise.com, which is now one of the leading real estate crowdfunding platforms in the country.
Sean is actively involved in the Peoria community. He presently serves on the board of the Central Illinois BizPAC, is a member of the Peoria CEO Council, and is on the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Strategic Action Committee. Sean is a regular volunteer for the Heart of Illinois United Way, where he has served on the Agency Audit committee and as a cabinet member for the 2013 United Way Campaign. As a Generation United co-chair, Sean helped establish the BoardSERVE educational program which helps prepare young leaders for the local non-profit board services. In 2014 Sean was recognized by InterBusiness Issues as one of Peoria’s 40 Leaders Under Forty.
Sean graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
As Vice President of Development and Tenant Coordination for Cullinan Properties, Ltd., Stephanie brings in excess of 15 years of construction, administration and project management experience to her position. She is responsible for the oversight of the development and tenant coordination department.
Stephanie is detail oriented and prides herself with organizational skills and positive proactive communication to ensure project fluidity and success. She enjoys being a part of all aspects of a project including acquisition due diligence, conceptual site layouts, schedules and budgets, RFP preparation and solicitation, timely construction and opening and project close-out.
Prior to joining Cullinan, Stephanie was a Construction Project Manager for a Peoria area general contractor. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Bradley University and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). She also is a member of the Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria. Stephanie currently serves as the Town Architect for the Streets of St. Charles and on the Board of Directors for the Streets of St. Charles Community Improvement District (CID). A partial listing of Stephanie’s current and past development projects include:
- Methodist College Student Housing – Peoria, IL
- Streets of St. Charles – St. Charles, MO (Metro St. Louis, MO)
- Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic – Austin, TX
- Apartments at Grand Prairie – Peoria, IL
- Plaza at Grand Prairie – Peoria, IL
- Plaza West – Peoria, IL
- Shoppes at Grand Prairie – Peoria, IL
- Shoppes at College Hills – Normal, IL
- Shoppes at Henry Crossing – McDonough, GA (Metro Atlanta, GA)
Kathleen is responsible for new development and existing property leasing and sales at properties owned and/or managed by Cullinan Properties including The Levee District at East Peoria Downtown (East Peoria, IL), Grand Prairie Developments (Peoria, IL) and Streets of St. Charles (Metro St. Louis, MO).
Prior to joining Cullinan Properties in 2006, Kathleen was a Real Estate Agent with WestTown Realty, now InCommercial Property Group. She has successfully completed over 1,000,000 square feet of transactions with Cullinan Properties, including big box and junior anchor retailers, such as Target, Costco, Gordmans and Hy-Vee, as well as numerous national and regional small shop tenants and restaurants. Kathleen is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is based out of Cullinan’s Chicago office.
Kathleen is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Business and studied abroad at the American Intercontinental University in London, England. She is co-founder of the Peoria-area Kid Konnected, a support group for children of parents with cancer.
From 2008-2013, Kathleen served as Auxiliary Board President for the Sue Duncan Children’s Center, a safe haven for children, where staff and volunteer tutors work closely to strengthen core academic skills, while also developing self-esteem, respect for others and a renewed sense of hope. She continues her affiliation with the organization as a member of the board. Additionally, Kathleen served on the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2012 – 2014.
As Senior VP of Development, Anchor Leasing, Vic Pildes is responsible for development and entitlement related activities for new projects in the Cullinan portfolio. He leads anchor leasing efforts throughout Cullinan’s portfolio and participates in the identification of new acquisition opportunities. Vic brings with him over 25 years of development, project management and leasing experience, in addition to having extensive real estate knowledge and strong anchor relationships.
Prior to joining Cullinan Properties, Vic served as Senior Vice President of Development & Construction for Glimcher Realty Trust/WP Glimcher in Columbus, OH, where he managed a $1 billion development pipeline and completed several large mixed-use projects, including the $220 million expansion of Scottsdale Quarter in Scottsdale, AZ. Vic previously served as Vice President at Centrum Partners, where he led the development of Roosevelt Collection, a $240 million mixed use project in Chicago’s South Loop. Vic spent 6 years with Westfield as Senior Vice President, leading a regional development office that completed over $500 million of re-development of Westfield’s retail assets. Vic also served as Senior Vice President, Development at JMB/Urban Retail Properties Company, where he led development efforts on several mixed use projects including The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.
Vic earned his BA in Urban Geography, BS in Architecture and Masters of Architecture with a concentration in Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan. He is a licensed architect and a member of ICSC.
Scott D. Fitzgerald, Vice President of Leasing and Development joined Cullinan in 2015. Scott brings 15 years of leasing, development, property management and accounting experience to the Cullinan team, and is based in Cullinan’s Chicago office.
As Vice President of Leasing and Development, Scott manages all stages of the leasing and development process for assigned projects, including underwriting, due diligence, leasing and financing. Currently, those projects include Waller Town Center in Waller, TX, as well as other new development opportunities sought by Cullinan. He is also responsible for leasing and sales at properties currently owned and/or managed by Cullinan including The Levee District at East Peoria Downtown in East Peoria, IL, Quincy Mall in Quincy, IL and the Grand Prairie Developments in Peoria, IL.
Prior to joining Cullinan, Scott was the Leasing Manager at Tri-Land Properties, Inc., where he successfully completed over 650,000 square feet of transactions. In that role, he was primarily responsible for leasing, marketing and development of the company’s Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis/St. Paul portfolios. In addition, he played a support role in the refinancing efforts of properties in Tri-Land’s portfolio, including evaluating financial performance of those properties and assisting in revising the forecasted rental streams, and capital improvement budgets.
Prior to Tri-Land, Scott served as a senior accountant at BDO Seidman in Chicago. Fitzgerald is a graduate of Illinois State University and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
As Vice President of Operations and Marketing for Cullinan Properties, Ltd., Ginger brings over 20 years of operational management and marketing experience to the Cullinan Properties team. She is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of operations, marketing and administration and works closely with ownership on implementing business plans. Ginger has been integral in the pre-development activities for the Levee District at East Peoria Downtown, East Peoria, IL, the Streets of St. Charles, Metro St. Louis, MO and Rock Run Crossings in Joliet, IL.
Prior to joining Cullinan Properties, Ginger was the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at CPM Marketing Group, Inc., a Customer Relationship Management and database marketing provider for the healthcare, financial services and telecommunications industries.
Ginger serves on the board of the Neighborhood House Association, is an East Peoria Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. She is a graduate of Midstate College.