William A. Leitner III (Bill Leitner)
Principal, Merchant Retail Partners and Real Estate Capital Strategies, LLC (RECS)

Bill Leitner spent the previous ten (10) years with Colonial Properties Trust (NYSE: CLP). As Executive Vice President of the Colonial Properties Trust retail division, Bill had full accountability and responsibility for all retail development activities for Colonial and developed and acquired more than 8 million square feet of retail space with a total cost of more than $750M and approximately $1B exit valuation. These projects spanned from Texas to Florida and up through the Mid Atlantic to Virginia. In addition, Bill Leitner had responsibility for the operation of Colonial’s retail portfolio including community centers (Target, JCP, Kohls, Publix, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy et al) and Colonial’s Pinnacle projects – Colonials’ best in class open-air specialty centers. The Pinnacle projects are occupied by premier national retailers such as Chico's, Banana Republic, American Eagle, Regal Theatres, and Victoria Secrets. These developments received several awards for design and functionality from the International Council of Shopping Centers, won several “Best of ….” Awards from the Birmingham Business Journal, and Target Corporation awarded The Grand Slam for the perfect execution of four (4), major shopping center deployments in Tennessee and Alabama.

After graduating from Washington & Lee University and Alabama Law School, wherein Bill received a Master of Laws in Taxation (L.L.M.), Bill worked in the Real Estate Capital Markets. He was Managing Director of AmSouth Bank’s Capital Markets Group and was Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette’s top mortgage banker in the Southeast in 1998. Prior to AmSouth, Bill worked in Washington, D.C. for Riggs National Bank. Bill is the recipient of the ICSC’s CDP designation as someone who possesses in-depth experience and understanding of the development, design, construction and operations of shopping centers and other retail-related facilities.