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Todd Scheffler

B.Arch, Registered Architect, ULI

Vice President, Retail Repositioning

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Professional Summary

Todd Scheffler brings over 35 years experience in all areas of real estate to Colliers International but his expertise is commercial retail property.  He began his career as a project architect and designer working for several notable architectural firms in Chicago specializing in shopping centers. As an architect, Todd helped design, plan, and build numerous shopping centers, retail buildings, stores, and other commercial projects throughout the country. Through this experience, he became interested in the science and psychology of retail business and consumer behavior. This led to his practicing real estate with the desire to understand how buildings function not just structurally, but economically and financially as well. Todd worked with several notable real estate firms acquiring, analyzing, developing, redeveloping, leasing, and managing real estate assets totaling over $1bn.

Before joining Colliers, Todd was as Director of Real Estate for Macy’s, Inc; managing all real estate business for 135 stores, offices, fulfillment centers, and other support businesses. Prior to this responsibility, he was the Director of Site Development for Federated Department Stores overseeing all development for the company’s 650 property portfolio. During the last two years of his tenure with Macy’s, he helped develop an initiative to methodically analyze all Macy’s real estate for value-creating opportunities and/or disposition equaling over $500M in incremental value to the company.

Todd’s role at Colliers is to help expand the business by offering clients new and alternative ways to reposition the commercial retail property. Todd’s combined experience as both an architect and real estate analyst provides Colliers with a unique ‘left/right’ brain approach to solve problems and expedite solutions for clients across the country. Todd envisions without limitation, expanding and integrating national and local databases of information including GIS, employing financial modeling early in the feasibility process, focusing on opportunity zones and shifting markets, and exploring innovative ways to transform and reposition assets.​


2018 - Present



Started real estate advisory company focusing on repositioning  Class 'C' and 'D' real estate assets located in Opportunity Zones using a systematic method to create incremental value for property owners and investors.  


2006 - 2018

Macy’s, Inc.

Director of Real Estate

Responsible for real estate asset management, dispositions, acquisitions, development, business negotiations, and documentation for 130 department store, office, fulfillment, and other supporting properties in the Northwest region of the country.


1997 - 2006

Federated Department Stores, Inc.

Director of Site Development

Responsible for site planning and development for approximately 700 department store, fulfillment, and supporting properties nationally 


1992 - 1997

Heitman Financial, LLC

VP Design and Construction

Responsible for the entitlement, planning, development, business and contractual negotiations, and documentation for shopping center assets within the Heitman Retail Properties Investment portfolio


1991 - 1992

Joseph Freed and Associates

Property Development and Management

Developed repositioning  strategies for 4 retail shopping centers

Property Manager for 12 retail properties


1986 - 1991

Equity Group Investments (EGI-Zell/Lurie)

Director Tenant Coordination

 Project Manager; Construction

Responsible for creation, organization, and management of Equity Properties and Development's Tenant Coordination Department

Responsible for design and construction project management for 23 shopping center properties


1982 - 1986

 Anthony Belluschi Architects

 Project Designer and Architect

Responsible for planning, design, project management, and preparation of contract documents for regional shopping centers and other large-scale commercial properties



The University  of Pennsylvania -  Masters in Architecture

The University of Illinois - BS Architectural Engineering

Purdue University - Applied Mathematics 

Memberships & Involvements

American Institute of Architects

Urban Land Institute

International Council of Shopping Centers

Retail Professionals Association of America

National Retail Federation

National  Association of Independent Artists


Equity Retail Properties

Heitman Financial

 Macy’s Inc.

Macy’s Logistics

 Simon Retail Properties

The Macerich Company

Target Corp.

Seritage  Growth Properties

The Rouse Cos.

Starwood Capital

 Cook County Hospital

Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital

University of Pennsylvania   

Joseph Freed and Associates

Lesso Home Group (China)




Asset Management, Consultancy Services, Distribution Centres, Financial Analysis, Land Sales, Location Advisory and Incentives, Parking, Planning, Project Leasing, Property and Facilities Management, Shopping Centres

Property Type

Industrial, Land, Office, Retail

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