Retail Street Advisors is a boutique consulting and brokerage firm specializing in customized retail solutions for complex developments and captivating brands.
Aaron Stephenson has been involved with many different aspects of the commercial real estate industry, including: retail leasing & merchandising strategies, place-making fundamentals, planning & design advisory, management consulting, feasibility analysis & market insight, and brand/project repurposing + repositioning initiatives.
Through various engagements and positions, Aaron has had the opportunity of working with: Deloitte & Touche, The Hahn Company, Simon Property Group, Edens & Avant, Prentiss Properties, Hillwood Properties, VanTrust Real Estate, JP Morgan Asset Management, Bank of America, KDC, DDR, RealFoundations, The Karahan Companies, Forest City Enterprises, Inland Western REIT, Invesco, Starwood Retail Partners, AMLI Residential, Gables Urban, Behringer, Provident Realty Advisors, Beck Ventures and Post Properties. This broad exposure to diverse and dynamic projects has allowed Aaron to provide comprehensive solutions that extend beyond traditional project advisory and leasing activities.
Most recently, Aaron has been involved with: the Shops at Legacy in Plano, Texas, where he has negotiated leases and renewals for over 85 retailers and restaurants; CityLine in Richardson, Texas, where he is assisting multiple developers with merchandising strategies; Preston Hollow Village in Dallas, Texas, where he is driving the leasing initiatives of Phases I & II; and Frisco Station in Frisco, Texas, where he is developing a retail action plan for a 242-acre mixed-use district.
Aaron has a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate from Baylor University, and an MBA in Information Systems Management from Baylor University.
John Giesler has extensive representation expertise with restaurateurs and specialty retailers in the United States and Europe. He also has provided in-depth analysis for corporate clients and real estate development projects.
John’s tenant representation and site selection clients include: Brian Grille, Cafe Express, The Capital Grille, Laduree, La Madeleine, and Restaurant Unlimited’s Palomino Euro Bistro. Specialty retail clients include: Alexander Julian, Bally Fitness, ESPRIT, Guess, Bacardi, The Kreiss Collection, Mont Blanc and Peacock Alley. In the project advisory segment, customers include: Argosy Gaming, Ashford Hospitality Trust, Crescent Real Estate Investment Trust, the City of Dallas Economic Development Office, Credit Suisse / First Boston, Equitable Real Estate, Forest City Enterprises, Granite Properties, The Hampstead Group, Hillwood Properties, KDC, Towne Properties, JP Morgan Asset Management, Trammell Crow Residential and TrizecHahn Shopping Centers.
John attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, with a Bachelors of Journalism degree, School of Communications. John is a longtime member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has served as a board and committee member for City of Dallas and is active with the Dallas Architecture Forum, Preservation Dallas and various other civic and cultural institutions.
Brian Adams brings a wealth of expertise in site selection, commercial transactions, and hospitality-related business practices to Retail Street Advisors. He has represented a diverse set of restaurateurs, retailers, hoteliers & real estate developers, and is also an active partners in multiple hospitality-related ventures. Recognized as a market leader in brand development, positioning, and growth strategies, Brian often finds solutions where others may not think to look. Before joining the Retail Street Advisors team, Brian served as Senior Vice President of Hospitality at bigInk Real Estate & Auction Services, establishing a real estate division on the company’s foundations of PR and marketing. He has also helped build and operate an entertainment company and an international import company.
Brian attended Southern Methodist University as a Hunt Leadership Scholar to study real estate finance at the Edwin L. Cox School of Business, as well as foreign languages & literatures (he is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Italian). Brian also earned an MBA at University of Missouri’s Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business and was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of its Alumni Association.
Brian is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and both the Texas and the Greater Dallas Restaurant Associations, and is also an initiate of the Chaine des Rotisseurs — the world’s oldest and largest food and wine society.
Aside from real estate & retail, Brian’s passions include hunting, fishing, and collecting & restoring first editions of titles by his favorite authors. He is a founding board member of both the Helping Friendly Foundation and the Dallas chapter of the Society of Young Philanthropists.
Annabelle Heady began her real estate career working for Lincoln Property Company as a leasing professional and partnering with Vintage Equities, L.P., an affiliate of Heady Investments.
Annabelle has spent the past several years building her portfolio working as a local wardrobe stylist for esteemed clients such as Neiman Marcus, DSV, Stanley Korshak, JC Penney, Mary Kay Cosmetics, D Magazine, and Women’s Wear Daily, and has worked in television as a prop stylist for the new “Dallas” television series.
Her experience in retail has provided Annabelle with a strong understanding of the shopping center industry, fashion trends and what influences consumer behavior. Her extensive fashion and market insight add another dynamic to the RSA platform, which supports better merchandising decisions and solutions.
Annabelle is currently engaged with the following mixed-use developments: Preston Hollow Village, The Shops at Willow Bend, Trammell Crow Center, Water Street and 2000 Ross.
Annabelle graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, where she received her degree in Political Science.