BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Building on a tradition of innovation, integrity and imagination, CASTO’s Board and leadership team work together guiding the company to continued excellence and growth.

FRANK S. BENSON

Frank S. Benson, III joined CASTO in April, 1975 after graduating from the School of Management of Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Benson is a partner of CASTO and his field of expertise and specialization for the organization includes financing and management. His professional associations include membership of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Benson has served on the boards of Star Bank, The Buckeye Ranch, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), Columbus School for Girls and Babson College.

 

 

DON M. CASTO

Don M. Casto, III is a partner of CASTO. Prior to joining the organization in 1971, he was in the private practice of law in San Francisco, California. Casto is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School and holds a master’s degree in Natural Resource Law from George Washington University. He is actively involved in the company’s leasing and development activities. His professional associations include membership in the California and Ohio Bar Associations, the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has written a number of publications regarding retail commercial development. Casto serves on the board of the Columbus Airport Authority and is active in numerous other civic endeavors.

 

 

STEPHEN E. DUTTON

Stephen E. Dutton joined CASTO in 1995 and is a partner. He has an undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining CASTO, Dutton was a CPA with the international accounting firm of Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte) and also held executive finance positions with several private businesses. His primary responsibilities at CASTO include oversight of operations, asset and liability management, capital sourcing and investment activities.

 

 

 

PAUL G. LUKEMAN

Paul G. Lukeman, a partner at CASTO, heads up retail development. He joined the organization in 1989 and has been closely involved with its growth during his tenure. Lukeman received his bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. He previously practiced law as a partner in the Columbus, Ohio law firm of Chester, Willcox & Saxbe and began his development career with R.J. Solove & Associates, a Columbus-based real estate development firm.

 

 

ANTHONY A. MARTIN

Anthony A. Martin joined CASTO as president of State Street Capital, a division formed in 1995. Martin graduated from the University of Dayton in 1976 and obtained CPA certification in 1978. He entered the investment banking industry as a corporate finance professional for a large regional investment banking firm in Columbus, Ohio specializing in the financing, acquisition, sale and joint venture of retail and multi-family real estate. He currently splits his time throughout the year between CASTO’s Columbus and Sarasota offices. He is a long-time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

 

 

WILLIAM J. RIAT

William J. Riat joined CASTO in 1995 and is actively involved with the company's downtown and mixed-use development projects. He also heads the company's residential division and directs the development, construction and management of new multi-family projects and future single-family housing projects. Prior to joining CASTO, Riat served as president of Newtowne, Inc. and vice president of architecture for Borror Corp. Riat is a 1973 graduate of The Ohio State University School of Architecture.

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

JOHN CARR

President, Pace

John manages loan production in addition to administrative responsibilities for Pace. He has extensive commercial lending experience and has represented several life company investors as well as many developers in the central Ohio market. From 1988 through 1992 John originated commercial transactions for Chrysler and MetLife Capital. From 1992 through 1996 John originated loans for Vista Capital. Most recently, John was with Fifth Third Real Estate Capital Markets Group (formerly W Lyman Case and Company). John is a graduate of The Ohio State University and is active with the MBA.

SHANNON DIXON

Regional EVP, Development and Leasing CASTO Southeast Realty Services

Shannon joined CASTO in 2009 as Vice President of Leasing and Development for the Carolina operations. With over 20 years experience in the commercial real estate industry, Shannon’s prior roles included management of retail leasing, asset management and development. She is licensed in both North and South Carolina, holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation, and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Shannon holds a B.S. degree in Political Science from Radford University.

CRAIG DYER

Manager of Financial Reporting and Analysis

Craig joined CASTO in 2003 and focuses his time working within the Asset Management, Corporate Accounting and Construction Accounting departments. Craig earned his CPA certification in 2002. Prior to joining CASTO, Craig worked at Deloitte Tax LLP after graduating from Xavier University in 2001, where he holds a BSBA in Accounting and Finance.

NIKKI FISHER

Vice President, Asset Management

Nikki Fisher joined Casto in 2004. She is a Vice President of Asset Management and is responsible for our Columbus Realty Investments portfolio which consists of more than 30 retail centers, 8 multifamily communities and over 90 single tenant outparcels located primarily in central Ohio. She is a licensed real estate agent and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Nikki graduated from Miami University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Finance.

JASON FREEMAN

Director, Development

Jason joined CASTO in 2005 to oversee two portfolios co-owned with prominent institutional joint venture partners. His current responsibilities include joint management of the company’s commercial development activities for the Columbus office. Notable recent developments include participation in the completion of Park West Village, a 100-acre mixed use development in Cary, North Carolina, and Hamilton Quarter, a 170-acre mixed-use project in northeast Columbus, Ohio. Jason holds a B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering as well as an M.B.A. from The Ohio State University.

BRETT HUTCHENS

President, CASTO Southeast

Brett is the partner in charge of CASTO Retail Development in the southeastern United States. Brett received a business degree from Ohio University and law degree from Capital University. He practiced commercial law for several years prior to entering commercial retail development in the mid-1980s. Brett has been directly responsible for the development of 5,000,000 square feet of commercial retail properties in seven different states, including 1,000,000 in Florida since joining CASTO in 1995.

BRENT SOBCZAK

President, CASTO Communities

Brent has 10 plus years of commercial real estate experience. He started his career in commercial banking serving most of the developers in Columbus. He joined CASTO in 2012, as a member of the multifamily development team. His primary focus is on CASTO's financial activities throughout the development process. This includes identifying profitable projects and bringing them to market by finding alternative sources of equity, project finance, partnership structuring, and contract negotiation. Brent holds a B.S in Finance and Management from Marshall University and an MBA from Ashland University. Sobczak has developed 1,800 units with total project costs in excess of $250 million.

LINDA SWEARINGEN

Executive Vice President,  Asset Management

Linda is the Executive Vice President of Asset Management and a Partner for CASTO, a position she has held since 2002. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing the management and performance of the organization’s retail shopping center portfolio as well as acquisition, disposition and leasing activities. Linda’s background includes extensive experience in commercial real estate finance, management, and retail leasing. Prior to joining CASTO, she was Senior Vice President, Finance/Investor Relations for Konover Property Trust based in Cary, North Carolina and Assistant Vice President in the commercial real estate area of Bank One Dayton, now Chase. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green University in 1986. Linda serves as a Vice President and board member for the Columbus Children’s Theater and is a board member for Welcome Warehouse in the Dublin City School District as well as a member of the City of Dublin Cultural District Steering Committee.

C.H. WATERMAN

Vice President & Director, Legal

C.H. joined CASTO’s in-house legal team in 2006 following five years of private practice in a law firm setting. During his time with CASTO, C.H. has been involved with every aspect of the company’s legal function, including commercial leasing, acquisitions & dispositions, joint ventures, development & redevelopment, financing, economic incentives, corporate governance, risk management, collections, litigation, and compliance. As Director, Legal, C.H. oversees the company’s legal team, manages outside counsel, and provides legal and strategic advice to the company’s business units and principals. C.H. has a particular interest in identifying and implementing new technologies to reduce legal expense and increase the efficiency of CASTO’s legal team. C.H. received a Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of Arizona and earned his Juris Doctor degree, with Honors at Law, from the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.