ENCINO, CA-Industry veteran Gwen MacKenzie hasbeen named SVP of investments at illi Commercial RealEstate to head the firm's investment advisory servicesdivision. MacKenzie will provide clients with local marketknowledge and product-specific expertise to acquire, develop,reposition and sell their assets for optimum returns, according toan illi announcement.

MacKenzie founded Shopping Center InvestmentsInc., a commercial real estate firm that specialized insourcing off-market investments for a select group of institutionalclients. Before launching that firm, she was senior director ofWest Coast acquisitions for national REIT Federal RealtyInvestment Trust, where she was tasked with acquiringretail and mixed-use properties and development opportunities.During her tenure, she sourced, underwrote and made offers foralmost $1 billion of commercial real estate properties on behalf ofthe REIT.

In addition, MacKenzie was previously SVP of retail investmentsfor Sperry Van Ness, where she closed over $300million in sales of grocery-anchored, community and power centersand garnered numerous awards as a top producer. Before Sperry VanNess, she was senior leasing representative for private REITDonahue Schriber, where she was responsible forleasing over three million square feet of shopping centers. Herother experience includes serving as director for EquitableReal Estate Investment Management, handling assetmanagement, leasing and marketing of commercial real estate andhospitality properties.

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