Kevin D. Bennett
Boomer, North Carolina 28606(336) 467-0300KevBennett@Wilkes.net
Real estate and legal executive with outstanding record of leading real estate acquisition, development,construction and legal teams in achieving exceptional business results during periods of rapid companyexpansion. Innovative strategist in assessment of key real estate markets, analyzing relevantdemographic data, selection of premier retail sites, negotiation and documentation of transactions,securing complex governmental approvals, expediting development and construction processes anddirecting capital expenditures. Proficient leader in selecting, organizing, developing and motivatingprofessional teams which consistently beat store opening and capital budget goals.
COMPANIES, INC., North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (1995-2011)
Vice President, Real Estate Acquisition (2006-2011)Led staff of Acquisition and Site Development Managers and Directors in new store expansion activities,including: identification of potential markets and sites for new store locations; market demographicanalysis; negotiation of real estate transaction terms; performance of site due diligence activities(engineering, environmental assessments, zoning and governmental approvals); and management ofcapital budgets.
Achieved or exceeded Company annual southeastern U.S. expansion goals, resulting in openingan average of one hundred (100) new stores annually in
Southeast Region.Established and administered capital budgets for new store expansion in the Southeastern U.S.at or below annual amounts (which budgets approximated $175,000,000 for land andapproximately $250,000,000 for site development).Strategized and implemented full re-assessment of real estate transaction portfolios and storeopening plans to account for changing market conditions, including re-negotiation of pendingtransaction terms saving the company costs in excess of $10,000,000.Directed extensive reviews of Common Area Maintenance activity, costs and obligations for allstores in the southeastern U.S, resulting in 2010 cost savings in excess of $500,000.Vice President and Associate General Counsel (1995-2006)Organized and led Company new legal department section for all real estate related legal activitiesassociated with store, distribution center, and corporate office expansion (United States, Canada andMexico) and for all existing Company real properties, including excess property disposition, propertymanagement, construction and litigation matters.Established Legal Department real estate section, hiring ten (10) attorneys and five (5) paralegals(with East Coast and West Coast offices);Successfully achieved Company store expansion goals, opening approximately 1,300 new retailstores, six (6) contractor stores, and five (5) regional distribution centers in the years of 1995through 2006.Negotiated multi-million dollar incentive packages with local governmental authorities fordevelopment of new stores, corporate headquarters and regional distribution facilities.Supervised real estate related due diligence activities for acquisition of Eagle Hardware andGarden, Inc. which operated thirty-eight (38) stores in ten (10) western states.Devised systems and processes to effectively manage $12 million outside counsel fee budget and