Richard D. “Skip” Bronson, Founder/Chairman
Since 2000, Mr. Bronson has been the Chairman of The Bronson Companies, LLC, a real estate development, investment and advisory company based in Beverly Hills, California. For over thirty years, Mr. Bronson has been involved in the development of myriad commercial properties throughout the United States.
Mr. Bronson serves as a Director of Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), the largest commercial mortgage real estate investment trust in the United States. He is also a Trustee of Colony Starwood Homes (NYSE: SFR), a real estate investment trust focused on the single‑family residential business based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Mr. Bronson previously was the President of New City Development, an affiliate of Mirage Resorts, where he oversaw the company’s new business initiatives and activities outside of Nevada. He was also a Director of Mirage Resorts and a former Director of TRI Pointe Homes, Inc., a homebuilder based in Irvine, California.
Mr. Bronson is on the Board of the Neurosurgery Division at UCLA Medical Center and is the past Chairman of The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles.
Mark J. Rivers, President
Mr. Rivers is the President of The Bronson Companies and, leads the company’s development, investment and strategic advisory practice in retail, hospitality and mixed-use real estate, with a particular focus on urban redevelopment, entertainment, sports and hospitality. He has a well-known expertise in setting and enacting vision, engaging unique partnerships and in packaging and organizing the place-making that creates projects of distinction and value.
Mr. Rivers was the award-winning developer of a number of game-changing projects, including BoDo in Boise, Idaho, the transformative project that was the 2009 International Economic Development Council’s worldwide recipient for “Best Redevelopment and Reuse.”
Mr. Rivers had a long career with major real estate corporations. He was the Chief Strategic Officer of The Mills Corporation, at the time, an international NYSE real estate investment trust with a market cap in excess of $3 billion. He led myriad development, leasing and partnership activities in the US, Canada and Europe. He oversaw retail merchandising and leasing for a nearly 15-million square foot international portfolio, with a myriad of tenant relationships including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman-Marcus, Nordstrom, Ikea, H&M, Bass Pro Shops and others. The industry’s first-ever naming rights of a shopping center – Discover (Card) Mills in Atlanta – was his vision and execution.
Earlier in this career, he was Vice President of New City Development, the development arm of Steve Wynn’s Mirage Resorts and was a Vice President of DeBartolo Realty and DeBartolo Entertainment, a privately-held real estate interest.