Senior Vice President, Leasing & Asset Management
Bret M. Nielsen is proud to have earned and developed strong relationships with leading international, national, and regional fashion brands and retail concepts with over 25 years of development, redevelopment, asset management, leasing and investment expertise and industry credibility.
For over twenty years, Bret M. Nielsen has held executive positions at Caruso. Since 2010, Mr. Nielsen has held the position of Senior Vice President of Leasing and Asset Management for Caruso, and involved with all Caruso projects. Prior positions have included Senior Vice President of Leasing, Vice President of Leasing & Acquisitions and Director of Leasing & Acquisitions.
As Senior Vice President of Leasing and Asset Management for Caruso, Mr. Nielsen is primarily responsible for the leasing and asset management of new and existing projects for the entire portfolio by managing the leasing activity, and responsible for the overall portfolio revenue and capital expenditure budgeting and strategy to maximize long-term growth for the properties.
Nielsen has strong, broad-based industry experience in retail leasing, investment and development. Prior to joining Caruso in 1997, he was a member of the prestigious Real Estate Advisory Services Group of Arthur Andersen, LLP, Los Angeles, specializing in a wide variety of real estate functions both domestically and internationally. Responsibilities included strategic planning, market analysis, feasibility studies, acquisitions, due diligence, underwriting, debt and equity financing, and financial analysis.
Nielsen received his Bachelor’s degree in 1993 in Urban Planning and Development, and in 1995 received his Master’s degree in Real Estate Development, both from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Since 2008, Nielsen has been an Adjunct Professor at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.