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Who IsBIG Shopping Centers USA, Inc.

BIG Shopping Centers USA, Inc. (BIG USA) is a subsidiary of the Israeli parent company BIG Shopping Centers, Ltd. (publicly traded in the Tel Aviv stock exchange, TASE: BIG). BIG USA is a shopping center owner and operator company headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. The company partnered with leading US shopping center operators and owners to locate and acquire quality shopping centers and retail portfolios across the United States. BIG USA owns interests in 18 shopping centers across the United States, totaling 5.2 million square feet with an aggregate value of $713 million (BIG USA’s share of ownership). Five centers are wholly owned by BIG and the remaining with partners. With a focus on lifestyle and neighborhood centers, BIG seeks assets in trade areas that offer long-term viability. Under strategic management, we ensure optimal performance of each property owned. Our diverse portfolio offers multi-market opportunities for established and new-to-market tenants to implement their expansion plans.

In Israel, BIG Shopping Centers, Ltd. is a fully integrated development, leasing, management, and marketing company known for its “gold standard”. This drive for excellence continues in the United States with a business model that varies from the Israeli parent company.

The BIG Group

BIG Shopping Centers Ltd. (BIG), Headquartered in Herzelia, Israel, was founded in 1994 by Yehuda Naftali with the vision of developing American styled open-air shopping centers in Israel. Today, the company operates in three countries – Israel, the United States, and Serbia – and has ownership (entire or partnership) in 69 projects, 53 of them operational shopping centers and 15 under development. In addition, BIG owns three logistic centers in France. BIG is a publicly traded company, traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and listed in the TA 125 Index (top 125 companies in the stock exchange). The company’s cap in December 2020 was $1.617 billion and its total balance sheet assets was $3.919 billion.

BOARD MEMBERS

Yehuda Naftali
Yehuda Naftali

Founder

Yehuda Naftali’s real estate career began in West Hollywood and the Los Angeles Westside. With more than 40 years of experience in the business Yehuda specializes in strategic site assessment, construction, and management.

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Yehuda Naftali’s real estate career began in West Hollywood and the Los Angeles Westside. With more than 40 years of experience in the business Yehuda specializes in strategic site assessment, construction, and management. With his expertise he pioneered the open-air shopping center concept in Israel.

Mr. Naftali founded Big Shopping Centers, Ltd. in 1994, and BIG Shopping Centers USA, Inc. in 2010. His accomplishments have led to great success and he continues to hold a role in BIG’s growth by navigating the company’s goals and strategies.

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Eitan Bar Zeev
Eitan Bar Zeev

Director

Eitan Bar Zeev is the Chairman of the Board and former Chief Executive Officer for Big Shopping Centers, Ltd. and a Director for BIG USA, serving as the principal leader for the implementation of BIG’s overall business strategies in all markets around the world.

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Eitan Bar Zeev is the Chairman of the Board and former Chief Executive Officer for Big Shopping Centers, Ltd. and a Director for BIG USA, serving as the principal leader for the implementation of BIG’s overall business strategies in all markets around the world. Under his leadership, BIG became one of the three largest retail real estate groups in Israel, and a worldwide shopping center group with investments in the United States, Serbia, and India. Since Mr. Bar Zeev joined the company in 2004, there was more than a tenfold increase in BIG’s net worth. This was accomplished primarily by restructuring the company’s debt and going public on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in 2006.

Prior to joining BIG, Mr. Bar Zeev functioned as President of the McDonald’s Corporation in Israel. Eitan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in retail marketing and brand building to BIG’s portfolio and continues to spearhead the company’s advancement.

Eitan Bar Zeev is an Economics graduate of the highly acclaimed Hebrew University of Jerusalem, known for their eight Nobel Prize winners throughout the last decade alone.

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Hay Galis
Hay Galis

Director

Mr. Galis serves as the Chief Executive Director for Big Shopping Centers, Ltd. and a Director for BIG USA. Mr. Galis joined BIG in 2003 and has been involved in almost every major deal the company had since.

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Mr. Galis serves as the Chief Executive Director for Big Shopping Centers, Ltd. and a Director for BIG USA. Mr. Galis joined BIG in 2003 and has been involved in almost every major deal the company had since. Mr. Galis has over 20 years of experience in retail real estate, with a focus on management, leasing and marketing.

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MANAGEMENT

Michael Bar
Michael Bar

President & Chief Executive Officer

Michael Bar serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for BIG USA. He relocated to the US in 2017 to implement distinctive strategies for BIG USA and optimize the value of the company’s portfolio.

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Michael Bar serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for BIG USA. He relocated to the US in 2017 to implement distinctive strategies for BIG USA and optimize the value of the company’s portfolio.

Before relocating to the US, Mr. Bar served as the first Vice President of Overseas Business Development for the BIG group. He navigated the company’s business in the United States, India, and Serbia, and was highly involved in all BIG’s transactions in those countries. These transactions included over fifteen acquisitions, joint ventures, and dispositions. Divestitures ranged in size from $10 million to $100+ million per transaction.

Prior to joining BIG in 2008, Mr. Bar practiced law at Fisher, Behar, Chen, Well, Orion & Co. (FBC), one of Israel’s largest law firms.

Michael Bar holds a European Master’s in Law and Economics, LL.M. (EMLE program, Universities of Rotterdam, Bologna and Aix-en-Provence), as well as an MBA (Finance and Marketing), a Law degree (LLB) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tel Aviv University.

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Elad Pedy
Elad Pedy

Chief Financial Officer

Elad Pedy serves as Chief Financial Officer for BIG USA. In this role, he oversees accounting, external reporting (mainly to the Israeli publicly traded parent company), financial planning & analysis, treasury and IT functions, as well as communication with lenders and JV partners.

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Elad Pedy serves as Chief Financial Officer for BIG USA. In this role, he oversees accounting, external reporting (mainly to the Israeli publicly traded parent company), financial planning & analysis, treasury and IT functions, as well as communication with lenders and JV partners.

Before relocating to the US in 2015 and becoming the CFO of BIG USA and BRAM, Mr. Pedy was Controller for BIG Israel. He was responsible for all global reporting, accounting (IFRS & U.S. GAAP), and financial planning & analysis.

Prior to his tenure for the BIG group, Mr. Pedy worked with Ernst & Young.

Mr. Pedy has a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from The Hebrew University, an MBA with a Finance emphasis from The College of Management Academic Studies and is a Certified Public Accountant in Israel.

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Eran Levy
Eran Levy

Chief Operating Officer

Eran Levy serves as Chief Operating Officer for BIG USA. He is responsible for overseeing all real estate operations, including the company’s asset management, portfolio management, property management, marketing, and leasing.

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Eran Levy serves as Chief Operating Officer for BIG USA. He is responsible for overseeing all real estate operations, including the company’s asset management, portfolio management, property management, marketing, and leasing.

Before relocating to the US in 2017 as COO, he served in several senior operation roles for BIG Israel since 2007. These roles include Manager of BIG’s first mall in Serbia, which is the largest shopping center in BIG’s portfolio outside the US, and Director of the company’s portfolio in the southern region of Israel.

Eran Levy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from Ben-Gurion university in Israel.

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TEAM

Analysts and Administration

Tamar Feinson
Tamar Feinson

Office Manager

Accounting

Winnie Dinka
Winnie Dinka

Assistant Controller

Stephanie Schubert
Stephanie Schubert

Senior Property Accountant

Phuong Thai
Phuong Thai

Controller

Brian Thiessen
Brian Thiessen

Assistant Controller

Property Management

Ivette Gall
Ivette Gall

General Manager, California Region

* Photos by Everardo Keeme, Photo Fusion Studio www.photofusionstudio.com.

The BIG Difference

Strategic

Strategic

BIG USA is a strategic equity partner for U.S. owners and operators of shopping centers.

Collaborative

Collaborative

BRAM provides expertise and collaboration with our partners to maximize asset value.

Efficient

Efficient

BIG USA is nimble and predicated on efficient entrepreneurial decision making and execution.

Sustainable

Sustainable

BIG USA is well positioned to invest in shopping centers for long-term growth with the strength of our parent company behind us.

Global

Global

BIG USA is part of an international brand with a commitment to providing consumers with an enjoyable shopping experience.

Growth

Growth

We are pursuing interests in individual and portfolio opportunities to grow our market share in the United States.

Address

  • BIG Shopping Centers USA, Inc.
    BIG RED Asset Management, LLC.
  • One East Washington Street
  • Suite 430
  • Phoenix, AZ 85004

BIG Shopping Centers, Ltd. (BIG)

  • Last Price: 48,100
  • Company Value: 9,807
  • Total Volume: 15,724
  • High: 48,480
  • Low: 48,010

  • Last Updated: Nov 22 2021 5:24PM