Mr. Cassella has more than 25 years of experience in the retail shopping center industry. Prior to forming Clifton Realty Management, he served as a limited partner with PA Associates, a joint venture with Acadia Realty Trust where he was responsible for all development and leasing activities for a retail portfolio located in the Greater New York City Metro area. During this time, Steve consulted for Acadia Realty Trust in the ground up leasing and development of City Point, a 1.6 million sf mixed use development in the heart of downtown Brooklyn. He also led the strategic leasing and development initiatives as Acadia Realty Trust entered new urban markets including Boston, MA and Chicago, IL and Miami Beach, FL. From 2006 to 2008 Steve was the Senior Vice President of Mall Retail for Vornado Realty Trust where his responsibilities including Leasing, Marketing, Specialty Leasing, Tenant Coordination and Lease Administration. Prior to Vornado, he was the Senior Vice President for Project Leasing for Westfield Corporation, Inc., where he directed the redevelopment and leasing activities for over $2.5 Billion and 3 Million square feet of small shop space for the East Coast and Midwest. Steve’s Regional Mall career began with the Richard E. Jacobs Group and first entered the Industry with the Mugar Group in Boston, MA a well-respected Strip Center Developer in the Greater Boston area.
Mr. Cassella received his bachelor’s degree from Babson College. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.