Maria Rita Aristone brings over 26 years of experience in retail leasing and tenant representation.
She began her career working for DePetris Realty Group in 1982 as administrative assistant to James J. and Michael DePetris. She also worked with Jim DePetris at KoDe Development, a shopping center development company that was formed in 1985. When the DePetris family formed Legend Properties, Inc. in 1990, Maria joined as a sales associate and was later named Vice President and partner in 1998. In September 2006 she was named President of Legend Properties.
She has been an active member of ICSC since 1982, and has been part of its PA/NJ/DE committee for over 10 years. She was Operations Co-Chairperson from 2002-2005. She has also moderated many panels for ICSC throughout the years.
She has had a stellar career representing both shopping center owners and tenants in the Delaware Valley and Central New Jersey regions. She enjoys strong, long time relationships in these areas for many years. As a listing agent she has leased hundreds of stores over the years. As a tenant representative she has handled such accounts as Bike Line, Michaels, AT&T Wireless, Old Navy, Starbucks, and Red Wing Shoes, just to name a few.
In her role as President, Maria oversees the Legend sales force, as well as the operations and marketing departments.
In addition to being a member of ICSC, she served on the Board of Directors for W.I.R.R.E.
She graduated from St. Maria Goretti High School in South Philadelphia, attended real estate and finance classes at Temple University, and graduated from The Paralegal Institute of Philadelphia in 1987.
Office Number: 856-231-1010 Ext. 202
As Vice President of Corporate Services, Jean coordinates and manages the executive team while assisting in the daily operations of all satellite offices. A team member since day one, she oversees the talent and guidelines of all offices, while making sure the nuts and bolts of the operation run smoothly. Jean is a 20 year member of the ICSC and is a licensed New Jersey agent.
Office Number: 610-941-4034 Ext. 110
Catherene Cardinale joined Legend Properties, Inc. in 2008. Her current responsibilities include the coordination of marketing activity for the Company. She designs marketing brochures and literature, maintains web content, coordinates email campaigns as well as advertising and public relations.
Office Number: 610-941-4034 Ext. 105
Jeff Carter joins the Legend team with over 40 years experience in commercial and industrial brokerage. He came to Philadelphia to head up the leasing program for 401 North Broad St. and 1309 Noble St and successfully negotiated leases for approximately 1.6 million square feet.
Prior to joining Legend, Jeff spent 21 years at the Albert M. Greenfield Company leasing and selling commercial and industrial real estate. Jeff has negotiated with the Federal Reserve of Philadelphia, SunGard, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Mitchell & Ness, Amtrak, Kinney Parking Systems and other large national companies.
Office Number: 610-941-4034 Ext. 123
A Licensed Broker-Salesperson and Principal of Legend Properties, Inc., David DePetris has over 19 years experience in retail commercial brokerage. David has an outstanding track record in leasing centers for Landlords and has also been successfully involved in a number of Tenant Representative accounts such as Ace Hardware, Arby’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Great Clips for Hair.
David is Office Manager of the Plymouth Meeting Office. He is also a member of the company’s Executive Management Team. He is a member of ICSC.
Prior to joining Legend Properties, Inc., was a CPA with Ernst and Young and Bowman and Company. David graduated from Villanova University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.
Office Number: 610-941-4034 Ext. 107
As Chief Executive Officer and Broker of Record of Legend Properties, Inc. James DePetris brings over 31 years experience in retail leasing and development to his leadership of the company.
He began his own brokerage company, DePetris Realty Group, Inc in 1980, leasing for major Landlords in eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, New England and Florida, and doing site development work for expanding national chains. As a general partner in KoDe Development, he began developing shopping centers in 1985, completing 16 projects totaling over 1.5 million square feet of retail space.
In 1995 Jim DePetris became Chief Executive Officer of Legend Properties, Inc. and he has since led the company to phenomenal growth, successfully establishing Legend Properties, Inc. as a dominant company in the retail brokerage business. Besides expanding the company to three locations, he launched Legend Properties, Inc. into the property management business with Legend Management Services, Inc.
Mr. DePetris has been an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers since 1979. A frequent mediator at ICSC retailer panels, Mr. DePetris has also been a spokesman for the Urban Land Institute and the American Appraisal Institute.
As a retail tenant representative, Jim handles a number of clients including: The Big M divisions: Annie Sez and Mandee, Michaels Crafts, Chili’s (Quality Dining) and Modell’s Sporting Goods. While his focus has been on retail brokerage in past years, his development experience has been extremely instrumental in finding sites for shopping centers, leasing retail space, development consulting and arranging joint ventures.
In 2002 he launched his development company DEPG Associates. which has been developing shopping centers in the Pocono Mountains area of PA, Coatesville, PA, Schnecksville, PA and Dennis Township, NJ.
Office Number: 610-941-4034 Ext. 108
Michael is a Principal of Legend Properties, Inc. and manager of Legend’s Center Philadelphia Office. Mike was one of the founding members of Legend Properties when it opened for business in 1990.
Mike is a member of ICSC, He specializes in Center City, Philadelphia leasing along with handling leasing, sales, listings on the Main Line and throughout Pennsylvania. Mike has done tenant representation, representing such clients as Aaron Rents, Micro Center and Urban Bricks Pizza.
Office Number: 610-941-4034 Ext. 135
Steven DePetris is a Principal of Legend Properties, Inc and manager of its Cherry Hill Office. One of the founding partners of Legend Properties, Inc., DePetris is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and a member of the Southern New Jersey Development Council and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Steven’s areas of expertise are tenant representation and site selection. In particular, he has excelled working with restaurant/retail chains at various stages of expansion, and most enjoys the task of bringing a newly expanding chain into the Philadelphia marketplace.
Understanding the dynamics of developing and implementing a strategic market plan for multiple sites has been the key to many successful expansions. Mr. DePetris currently represents Petco, Yogurtland, Chili’s and TD Bank. Retailers as diverse as Friendly’s, Boston Market, Best Friends Pet Resorts and Salons, Bertucci’s, Fuddruckers, Lost City, Einstein Bagels, Arby’s, Eckerd Drugs, and Save-A-Lot have also looked to Steve for his brokerage abilities and knowledge of the marketplace.
In the area of restaurant dispositions, Mr. DePetris has handled the disposition of approximately 35 Roy Roger Restaurants, 41 Pizza Hut Restaurants, 8 Surplus MRO-Mid Atlantic Fast Food properties, 5 Boston Market Properties, 3 Taco Bell Properties, 3 KFC Restaurant properties, and 2 Shoney’s Properties.
In the area of retail leasing, Mr. DePetris’ experience includes The Shops at Liacouras at Temple University, Temple University’s Entertainment & Community Education Center, Greater Germantown Housing Development Corporation redevelopment project at Chelten & Wayne Avenue in Philadelphia, Mount Airy USA retail and mixed use projects on Germantown Avenue; Teres Holding projects at 40th & Chestnut, 4001 Chestnut Street, and 104 40th Street at University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to Legend Properties, Inc., Mr. DePetris was Mid Atlantic Director for KoDe Development Associates in Norfolk, Virginia. In that position he gained extensive development experience in land assemblage, contract/leasing negotiation, pro-forma analysis, project management, and CAD programs.
After graduating in 1982 from the U. S. Naval Academy with a major in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. DePetris spent six years in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program serving on the USS Virginia and the Nuclear Mobile Training Team.
Office Number: 856-231-1010 Ext. 203
Alan’s real estate career has expanded over the last twenty plus years.
He began his career in the parking garage/lot development field. He traveled from Boston to Florida developing parking structures for two major operators on the East Coast.
He also did a short stint developing retail sites for a local developer before venturing into the retail end of the business.
Alan also owned and operated a small chain of video stores located in the Delaware County area. After selling his business, he went into the brokerage field with Colliers Lanard & Axilbund and then on to Legend Properties, Inc.
Office Number: 954-414-8099
Cell Phone: 610-420-1600
Since 2001, Nicole has been Administrative Assistant for both Legend Properties and Legend Management LLC. Nicole assists both management and sales agents with daily needs and marketing material.
Office Number: 610-941-4034 Ext. 100
Jamar A. Gordon, Sales & Leasing Associate joined Legend Properties Inc. in 2013, with more than 16 years of combined real estate experience. Jamar’s area of expertise and primary focus is Retail Sales & Leasing. This allows him to work diligently for tenants, landlords, developers, seller, and buyers throughout Central Pennsylvania.
Since his association with Legend, Jamar has successfully collaborated with Senior Brokers on the following accounts: Amelia’s Grocery, Great Clips, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Ace Hardware, Popeye’s, Arby’s, and Dunkin Donuts throughout Central Pennsylvania.
Some of Jamar’s notable transactions include: Just Cabinets (Dickson City, Pa), Great Clips (Dickson City, Wilkes Barre, Lewisburg, St. Clair, & Williamsport, Pa), Dunkin Donuts (Leesport, Allentown, & Fleetwood, Pa), Plato’s Closet (Lancaster, Pa), as well as, Old Castle Concrete and Lift Inc.
Jamar believes in placing the client’s needs first and providing the highest level of customer service & integrity.
Office Number: 610-940-4034 Ext. 126
R. Douglas Olmstead, Jr., P.E. joins DEPG with over 40 years experience in development management. Focusing primarily on the Pocono region, Mr. Olmstead offers expert oversight on developments such as, Smithfield Gateway, Summit Square, Route 611 Plaza, Mary Ann’s Plaza and Butler Plaza.
Doug is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in Civil Engineering with additional focus in Transportation and Environmental studies in post-graduate work. Throughout his career, he has been involved in the planning, design and construction of numerous residential and commercial projects throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. The depth of his design experience has involved all facets of a project from initial planning to detailed design of the stormwater, water, sewerage systems, as well as the permitting, public presentation and construction observation of the project. His experience also extended to both the private and public sector.
Public service is a key element in Mr. Olmstead’s career which has ranged from the Rotary Club, Dale Carnegie, United Way, the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce and the Pocono Health System to professional service organizations such as Monroe CARE and the Monroe County Vocational and Technical Institute.
Phone: 610-941-4034 Ext. 141
Bringing over 40 years of diverse commercial property management experience, Paul will be responsible for all day to day activities and identifying capital projects in the portfolio.
Prior to joining Legend, Paul was Vice President of a large commercial real estate firm that is owned and managed 12 million square feet of retail space. As Vice President of Property Management, Paul managed over 80 shopping centers. In this role, he was instrumental in improving operational and financial controls by promoting energy reduction and expense management. Programs that Paul established during his career have been awarded the EPA’s Energy Star Label as well as the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
During his career, Paul commissioned over 3.5 million square feet of new or retrofitted corporate headquarters space and multi-tenanted office buildings.
He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and previously a member of The Building Owners and Managers Association of Philadelphia (BOMA), where he earned the Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation. He chaired the Philadelphia Suburban Committee in 2004 and 2005 and served on the Board of Directors between 1990 and 1993 and again from 2006 to 2009.
Phone: 610-941-4034 Ext. 125
Joseph Whitelock joins Legend as Senior Vice President of Finance. Mr. Whitelock has over 30 years of corporate real estate financial and accounting experience. As Senior Vice President of Finance, he will be responsible for negotiating and acquiring real estate financing, procuring private equity, and maintaining relationships with financial institutions and investors.. He will assist the firm principals in acquisition and development projects while overseeing all property management operations for Legend Management Services.
Prior to joining Legend, Joe served as Chief Financial Officer for MRA Group, located in Horsham, PA. He also served as controller and treasurer for Kahn & Company, a Philadelphia-based real estate firm.
Mr. Whitelock has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and is an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service.He also holds a Pennsylvania Real Estate license and is a member of the board of directors for the Gloria Dei Communities Corporation. Joe resides with his family in Towamencin Township where he has served the community as Township Auditor.
Phone: 610-941-4034 Ext. 102