Jerry Garner

Jerry Garner


Work experience

Work experience
2008 - Present


Fountainhead Development

Execute strategies to expand the development project pipeline for this full service real estate development firm specializing in retail development, focusing on the tenant relationship and tenant-driven activities.

Clients include McDonald’s, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Panda Express, Fresh & Easy, CVS Drugs, Walgreens, Staples, Wendy’s, Applebee's, T Mobil, Jack in The Box, Quiznos Sub, Subway, Jiffy Lube, KFC, Washington Mutual Bank, and Firestone Tire Store.

• Create equity value leveraging relationships with brokers, tenants, owners, and cities; advance qualified opportunities; and identify, underwrite, close on, and execute new development opportunities.

1997 - 2008


The Festival Companies

Award-winning full service commercial real estate developer of retail and mixed-use properties, nationally recognized for its “Total Concept” approach, integrating deep expertise with strategic vision, creativity, and passion.

Clients included The Goldman Sachs Group, Kamehameha Schools (HI), Capri Capital Advisors, Estate of James Campbell, Teachers Retirement System of Illinois, Faris Lee Investors, and Pritzker Realty Group.

VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT (2000-2008) Benchmarked a seamless client experience leading teams for all development, entitlement, and construction projects, leading to strong client and tenant relationships in both public and private sector development for hire business. Innovated solutions and strategic planning for large scale urban redevelopment projects.

• Secured hard-won approvals in competitions with painstakingly crafted private and public sector RFPs.

• Festival’s point person for all government approvals and funding, and with all partners, clients, and owners.

Landed and directed major complex projects including:

• $170 million (1.2+ million SF) El Centro Huntington Park (CA) retail urban renewal project. (In-house).

• $47 million (227,200 SF) El Monte (CA) mixed-use urban renewal project (In-house).

• $21 million (210,000 SF) Park Place (CA) Shopping Center with pad building (For Hire).


Controlled construction budgets up to $65 million, scheduling, government approvals (incl. EIRs, CUPs, Site Plan Reviews), planning, design, early leasing strategy, and construction for in-house and for-hire projects.

• Key point person with big box retail tenants in negotiating site plans, lease exhibits, store or pad cost, store layout, store design, construction schedule, build out, and store turnover.

• Drafted and refined preliminary soft and hard cost development pro formas and budgets.

Project management included:

• $2.4 million for 3 new pad buildings for 45,000 SF Franciscan Metro Center (CA).

• $1.2 million HomeGoods upgrade/expansion for 203,000 SF, 27-acre Festival at Hyannis (MA) retail center.

• $1.8 million TGIF pad for 625,000 SF, 25-acre Janns MarketPlace (CA) - open-air retail mall.

1993 - 1997


GCA/REES Associates Inc.

Improved firm’s marketing strategy, identified long-term emerging market opportunities, and re-positioned this architectural firm specializing primarily in commercial and health care design for new revenue generation.

• Landed $61 million Disney/ABC project – the new West Coast facilities for KABC-TV.

• Built lasting, profitable client relationships and formed collaborative alliances with other top firms for increased market penetration.

• Negotiated contracts with U.S. and international clients.

• Innovated esthetic design critique service for cities without full-time architectural staff.

1987 - 1993


GC/A Inc.

Drove strategic planning, marketing, and operations management for small architectural firm, primarily focusing on governmental processing, architectural project management, and client contact.

• Identified and negotiated new business partnership adding world-class health care and high tech design capabilities and consulting to service offerings. Increased manpower, created positive technology transfer, and led the way to pursue larger projects.

• Reduced fixed overhead 40%. Brought overhead factor to 1.34 compared to industry national average of 1.7+ for same time period.

1978 - 1986


Jerry N. Garner & Associates, Architects, AIA

Led strategic planning, marketing, and operations management for 6 person firm specializing in housing and retail projects.

• Identified and negotiated new partnership adding to core team and driving penetration of lucrative Southern California market place.

• Progressed firm from single family housing to multi-family projects, then commercial retail tenants and small shopping centers, to institutional health care projects.

1977 - 1978


Skidmore Owens & Merrill

Entry level position in a global AE firm producing mid and high rise office buildings in the U.S. Project leader of team of architects and engineers working on large-scale projects ($40+ million).

1975 - 1977

Caudill Rowlett & Scott

Entry level position in a global AE firm producing high density housing, school and hospital projects in the U.S. and Middle East.





Licensed Architect

State of Texas


American Institute of Architects


Urban Land Institute


Association of Commercial Real Estate


Long Beach Rescue Mission


UCLA Alumni Association

Licensed Architect

State of California


International Council of Shopping Centers