Almost anyone who’s active in the
retail business has come across Karen
Bellantoni. If they haven’t worked with
her—or the company for which she’s a
vice chairman, Robert K. Futterman &
Associates—directly, they’re likely
aware of her reputation as a retail leasing powerhouse. Throughout her
30-year career in the industry, she’s
cultivated relationships with such
retailers as Apple, BCBGMAXAZRIA,
Build-A-Bear Workshops, the Frye Co., Godiva, lululemon athlet-ica, Rag & Bone, Restoration Hardware and Tumi.
Throughout the US, Bellantoni has completed more than 25
transactions for Intermix and secured multiple locations for
Kiehl’s and Elie Tahari. In her home base of New York City alone,
she’s serving as consultant to the Related Cos. on the Time
Warner Center; as the executive leasing agent for Grand Central
Terminal on behalf of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority;
and advising the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for the
World Trade Center redevelopment.
But no deal is too small for Bellantoni to see its value. On the
tenant side, she can build a portfolio of stores for any retailer, or
carefully curate the right mix of tenants as a landlord agent. While
specializing in retail leasing, Bellantoni also handles investment
sales and consulting for both space users and owners. In some
cases, she seeks a single tenant to fill a space; in others, she works
to secure multiple locations for an international retail chain.
Outside of real estate, she’s passionate about charitable
endeavors as an active supporter for Cycle for Survival to help
fight cancer, and contributes substantial time and efforts volunteering to the Wounded Warrior Project.
In 2012 at the age of 31, Anthony
Campagni left a local boutique firm as
vice president, bucked the trend of
joining one of the large institutional
brokerage firms, and harnessed his
entrepreneurial drive to open, build
and lead Robert K. Futterman &
Associates’ seventh US office in the
nation’s third largest city. Throughout
the past four years, he’s leased more
than 35 properties and secured over
100 agency assignments, helping to secure the firm’s position as
one of the city’s top retail brokerages.
Instrumental in building RKF’s presence in the Chicagoland
area, Campagni manages a dynamic team of retail leasing specialist. Clients rely on and trust his deep industry knowledge and
unparalleled expertise in Chicago submarkets. His strategic
counsel has helped numerous retailers and property owners successfully roll-out first-to-market locations and expand regionally.
Among Campagni’s significant accomplishments are the relo-
cation of Apple’s Chicago flagship location from to 401 N.
Michigan Ave.; a 10,500-square-foot Downtown Chicago lease for
the Smith, a New York restaurant; a 22-000-square-foot deal for
Target at the Emerson in Oak Park; a 21,000-square-foot space for
H Mart’s first Chicago store in the West Loop; and securing a flag-
ship location in Wicker Park for the new Adidas Originals. Also
on his client list are Dylan’s Candy Bar, FedEx Office and
Starbucks Coffee, as well as Oxford Capital Group, Angelo,
Gordon & Co, Newcastle Ltd. and CIM Group.
Campagni has also been a key player in the evolution of
Chicago’s Fulton Market District. He advised Australian-based
beauty retailer Aesop on its first Chicago location in 2016 and,
after a successful debut, secured a second location in 2017, this
time at 936 West Fulton Market. He’s also helped to enhance the
neighborhood’s dining scene, bringing New York steakhouse
Quality Eats to Chicago with a 7,800-square-foot restaurant scheduled to open at 1001 West Fulton Market.
FAITH HOPE CONSOLO
Recognized worldwide as the “Queen
of Retail,” Faith Hope Consolo is
renowned for her expertise as a consul-
tant and retail broker who has helped
revitalize and sculpt retail corridors
across the nation and globally. Known
for her mantras, such as “Fashion is my
passion” and “Retail is my detail”, she
uses these principles for positive posi-
tioning. Her clients—from brands
across the retail spectrum to private
and public investors, entrepreneurial owners and real estate devel-
opers—will all attest that if you have retail, “You Need Faith.”
As chairman of the retail leasing, marketing and sales division
of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, New York City-based Consolo
approaches her work with a storyteller’s eye. Working with differ-
ent types of brands, she finds each of their unique stories to tell,
gaining an understanding of the companies’ cultures and their
long-term objectives to support their goals of finding the best
retail space for their brand.
Consolo has helped to transform and revitalize several neighborhoods throughout the city. She was the sole retail consultant
to the Economic Development Corporation and was instrumental in the revitalization of Times Square and Penn Station. She’s
also been a key player in Fifth Avenue’s return as the “Luxury
Walk” and Madison Avenue’s once again achieving its glitter as
the “Golden Mile.” Uptown, she’s inked more than 100 leases
throughout Harlem, playing a key role in its renaissance.
Recently, she brought the first food hall to Fifth Avenue, with
Frame on Fifth, an epicurean food destination directly across
from the Empire State Building. It was a coup for the brand,
thanks to Consolo’s market knowledge—she knew it was the first
time the space had become available in 50 years.
Her savvy marketing skills keep her at the forefront of the
industry. Consolo has taken leadership roles with the CREW
Network and ICSC, and she regularly shares her expertise in several national publications and television programs. Integration of
social media into every facet of her business has enabled Consolo
to catapult into different retail arenas, reaching a vast market,
reinventing her business as needed with a personal touch.
With brick and mortar experimentation, she brought to New
York City international brands such as the Paris designer footwear
brand Robert Clergerie, Asian teahouse Debutea and Sydney-based lifestyle brand TDE—companies who never before contemplated entering the world’s most competitive market. She’s also
developed a reputation for assisting brands in setting up pop-up
shops, making another mark in repainting the landscape and earning yet another moniker: the “Go to Girl for Pop-Up Shops.”