Del Mar, CA, May 02, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Following his success as the Director of Real Estate for Walmart, Robert M. Bedard joins Gatlin Development Company, a well-known and respected development business that specializes in retail shopping centers, as Senior Vice President of Development.
For more than twenty years, Bedard has been involved in the real estate business, and has carved out quite an illustrious career. As a graduate from Arizona State University, with a major in Real Estate, he was chosen the "Outstanding Real Estate Graduate" of his class, and then became a real estate representative for Sherwin-Williams and Montgomery Ward. Moving forward, Bedard worked for Vestar Development in the latter part of the 1980's as their Manager of New Markets, where he successfully helped them expand into California from their home base in Phoenix. For eighteen years, he worked for Walmart, developing nearly 850 Walmart projects worth $10 billion.
"Having Robert come on board has proved to be a great addition to our already extremely talented and experienced team," says Frank Gatlin III, Chief Executive Officer of Gatlin Development Company based in Dickson, TN. "Robert helped develop and implement Walmart’s Supercenter expansion strategy for the western United States, and developed their initial market entry strategy for major metropolitan markets such as Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, Phoenix, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Loren Van Der Slik, President of Gatlin, states, "We're glad to have him on board. It's been a natural fit."
Gatlin Development Company has developed in excess of 10% of the Walmart-anchored shopping centers in the entire state of California—a record currently unmatched by any other developer.
Despite adverse economic conditions, Gatlin Development Company has developed an impressive portfolio of anchored shopping centers with an overall occupancy rate of 98%, and a value in excess of $200 million. With offices in California and Tennessee, Gatlin is set to continue developing shopping centers and acquiring real estate assets from coast to coast.
Gatlin Development Company, Inc is located in Dickson, TN and can be contacted at 615-446-7104.