St. John Properties Selects William Russell for New Position as Director – Harrisburg Mall

BALTIMORE, MD (June 27, 2012) – St. John Properties, Inc. has selected William (Bill) Russell for the new position of Director, Harrisburg Mall, a one million square foot regional retail project situated in the Harrisburg East submarket of Pennsylvania. In a joint venture partnership with Petrie Ross Ventures, St. John Properties recently acquired the property, which is located on Paxton Street off exit 45 of Interstate 83. Mr. Russell was formerly Vice President of Property Management and Development for Hill Management Services, Inc.

In his new role, Mr. Russell will oversee the comprehensive asset management functions for Harrisburg Mall, which includes implementing major renovations and capital improvements to the regional mall in an effort to re-position the asset. His other responsibilities involve managing day-to-day operations, maintenance protocols and tenant and community relations; preparing and overseeing budgets; and negotiating and supervising service contracts. Mr. Russell will also play an active role in identifying new tenant prospects for Harrisburg Mall, as well as assisting with marketing and community outreach strategies.

Mr. Russell brings more than twenty-seven years of diversified property management and real estate experience to St. John Properties, highlighted by his management of a 4.5 million square foot commercial office, mixed-use and residential portfolio in Maryland and Pennsylvania. He also has extensive knowledge in the areas of development, property disposition and leasing.

Harrisburg Mall has approximately 70 tenants, including Aeropostale, Bath & Body Works, Champs Sports, Claire’s, Express, Foot Locker, Kay Jewelers, New York & Company, Radio Shack, Victoria’s Secret and others. Free-standing Toys “R” Us and Applebee’s are also part of the tenant mix. One anchor store location — previously occupied by Boscov’s until their corporate bankruptcy in 2008 — remains available for lease. Originally developed in 1969, the mall received a $60 million exterior and interior renovation approximately five years ago.

“Bill is a seasoned real estate professional and the ideal candidate to implement the ambitious capital improvement, repositioning and re-tenanting strategy planned for Harrisburg Mall,” stated Jerry Wit, Senior Vice President, Marketing for St. John Properties, Inc. “His demonstrated success in mobilizing and integrating various audiences will be a key attribute in our long-term plan to significantly improve the shopping experience at this important project.”

Mr. Russell Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Towson State University with a concentration in Marketing and Personnel Management and is a licensed real estate agent in the State of Maryland. He resides in Finksburg, Maryland.

About St. John Properties
St. John Properties, Inc., founded in 1971, owns and has developed approximately 17 million square feet of office, R&D/flex, retail and warehouse space in Maryland, Colorado, Louisiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. For more information about the company, visit

For more information, contact:
Al Cunniff, Director of Marketing, St. John Properties, Inc.