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What we do

Poline Associates is an executive search firm specializing in the shopping center industry. Owners, developers, and retailers trust us to match them with remarkable talent that can help them grow. We facilitate every step of the placement process, bringing decades of combined shopping center experience to bear on behalf of companies and candidates alike.

Why we are the best

Our specialized approach is the foundation of our recruitment success. By focusing on retail real estate, we understand the specific needs of companies and the unique capabilities of candidates. Our time-honed process adds value for clients by minimizing the time, cost, and risk involved in hiring. We do this by seeking out the most qualified candidates—even the ones not currently looking for a job—and matching their profiles with the critical success factors companies need.

Who we know

Poline Associates has been building relationships in the global shopping center industry since 1979. Center owners and developers are among the core clients who regularly use our services, and we also work extensively with retailers (both national and regional), general contractors, law firms, and architecture and design groups. In addition, we stay in close contact with tens of thousands of candidates who know us for our long track record of integrity and client satisfaction.

Who we place

Our team recruits for positions from C-suite to the front lines. Since 1979, we have placed people in the following roles across the country and around the world:

Asset and Property Management (605 positions)
Leasing (640 positions)
Marketing (140 positions)
Development (145 positions)
Construction/Architecture/Design (230 positions)

Retailer (115 positions)
Acquisitions/Dispositions (45 positions)
Legal/Accounting (70 positions)
Total Placements: 1,990+

The company we keep

Below are some of the shopping center industry leaders who trust Poline Associates with their talent recruitment needs.

Who we are

Poline Associates has a seasoned, specialized team wholly committed to client satisfaction.

David Poline

David Poline

David serves as President and CEO of Poline Associates’ Atlanta headquarters and directs the overall strategy of the company as well as client relations. David actively manages the recruitment and placement process aligning companies with appropriate talent. He is recognized as a trusted partner in the shopping center industry with access to a broad network of retail real estate professionals.

Prior to joining Poline Associates in 2011, David was the first Real Estate Associate in the New York office of the international law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, where he represented developers, owners, retailers, and lenders in a wide variety of real estate transactions. Before law school, David also worked as a Real Estate Manager for The Sembler Company where he worked in both an acquisitions role for the company’s build-to-suit program as well as helping to manage shopping center outparcel dispositions in Sembler’s Atlanta office.

David holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

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Rich Poline

Rich Poline

Rich launched the Atlanta office of Poline Associates in 1985 to establish an East Coast presence and served as Principal through 2014. As a leading 30+-year veteran in the shopping center executive search industry, he has successfully placed over 1,300 candidates in every retail real estate discipline.

Rich’s solid foundation of sales, marketing and management experience has expertly positioned him to connect companies and candidates effectively as well as to grow Poline Associates into a national leader in the industry.

Rich earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Purdue University.

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Terri Kevehazi

Terri Kevehazi

Terri serves as administrative assistant and utilizes her skilled background in office management and human resources to support the daily operations of Poline Associates.

Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Terri held several office and human resource management positions in a variety of industries.

Terri holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology from the University of Toledo.

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What we Believe

We believe that the shopping center industry should reflect the myriad of consumers it serves and that the best results are delivered when decision making includes input from an array of professionals with different perspectives.
As the inaugural executive search firm partner with Project REAP and a member of ICSC’s Diversity & Inclusion Working Group, we are committed to advancing Diversity & Inclusion and helping our clients create a workplace culture that embraces an array of perspectives and creates opportunities for women, minorities and other underrepresented professionals to excel.