First Industrial Realty Trust is a leading owner and operator of industrial real estate across major markets coast-to-coast. Since our founding in 1994, our buildings have been home to a range of companies from the Fortune 500 to small commercial firms.
First Industrial's portfolio offers access to the top industrial markets in the United States. We help implement multi-market strategies and provide our customers with economies of scale while working with a single national provider.
Our local market experts average more than 20 years of experience and have strong ties within their communities. They are authorities in the regions they serve and their proximity to customers enables them to respond quickly to customers' needs.
Through our platform, we focus only on industrial real estate, giving us a deep understanding of customers' needs so we can deliver superior customer service. We offer high-quality bulk and regional distribution centers and other facility types.
Mr. Sharpe joined First Industrial Realty Trust as a director in November 2010. He retired as president and CEO of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation, a position he held from 2000 through 2010. Previously, he held various other positions at the company, including serving as its executive vice president of operations. He currently serves as a director of Postmedia Network Canada Corp., Morguard Corporation and Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust.
Mr. Sharpe previously served as a director for Multiplan Empreendimentos Imobiliarios S.A., one of the leading developers, owners and operators of shopping centers in Brazil, as well as for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Legacy REIT. He was past chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the global trade association of the shopping center industry. He also previously served as chairman and board member of the Real Property Association of Canada. Mr. Sharpe earned his Economics and Business Administration degree with honors from Waterloo Lutheran University.