John Bucksbaum - Panelist Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC - CEO and Founder
John Bucksbaum, CEO and founder of Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC, a private real estate owner and developer of shopping centers and mixed-use projects. He previously served as chairman and CEO of General Growth Properties, Inc., which had ownership and management interest in over 200 regional and super regional shopping malls in 44 states. The company portfolio totaled approximately 200 million square feet of space.
Bucksbaum received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado in 1978. Professional affiliations include the following: past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); past Chairman of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School; Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). In addition Bucksbaum serves on the boards of The Bucksbaum Institute at the University of Chicago, The Field Museum, Navy Pier, Inc., U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team, USA Cycling and is a member of the Paralympics Advisory Committee to the U.S. Olympic Committee, Chicago Sports Commission, Young Presidents Organization and is the Campaign Chair for the Chicago Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.
John and his wife, Jackie, are the parents of Max and Eli Bucksbaum.