John Ahle Jr. named new GM at Franklin Mills shopping complex


John Ahle Jr., has been named the new gen­er­al man­ager of Frank­lin Mills.

On Dec. 11, the sprawl­ing out­let mall and en­ter­tain­ment des­tin­a­tion in Park­wood an­nounced Ahle’s ap­point­ment. He suc­ceeds North­east nat­ive and George Wash­ing­ton High School alum­nus Joe Bind­er. The mall or its par­ent com­pany, Si­mon Prop­erty Group, did not dis­close Bind­er’s status with the com­pany.

Si­mon, the na­tion’s largest real es­tate in­vest­ment trust, owns the mall and man­ages it through a sub­si­di­ary known as The Mills.

Ahle, 53, has more than 25 years ex­per­i­ence in re­tail and com­mer­cial real es­tate man­age­ment, the com­pany said in a writ­ten state­ment. 

“John will be a great as­set to Frank­lin Mills as we en­hance the shop­ping ex­per­i­ence at this lead­ing re­tail des­tin­a­tion,” said Paul Fickinger, ex­ec­ut­ive vice pres­id­ent of prop­erty man­age­ment for The Mills, which op­er­ates sim­il­ar prop­er­ties in the Bal­timore, Chica­go, Dal­las, Los Angeles, Nashville, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and Miami/Ft. Laud­er­dale areas. “His man­age­ment ex­per­i­ence, in­dustry know­ledge and lead­er­ship skills will be key to the prop­erty’s con­tin­ued suc­cess.”

Ahle will man­age day-to-day op­er­a­tions at Frank­lin Mills. He will be re­spons­ible for leas­ing, con­tract ne­go­ti­ation, budget­ing, ten­ant re­la­tions and mar­ket­ing, the mall said.

Ahle most re­cently was pres­id­ent of Pet­tin­aro Man­age­ment LLC for Pet­tin­aro Real Es­tate Com­pany in Wilm­ing­ton, Del. He pre­vi­ously was vice pres­id­ent of as­set and prop­erty man­age­ment for WP Re­alty Inc. and seni­or vice pres­id­ent of as­set man­age­ment and cor­por­ate op­er­a­tions for Pre­ferred Real Es­tate In­vest­ments Inc.

He holds a bach­el­or’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from James Madis­on Uni­versity and is a seni­or cer­ti­fied shop­ping cen­ter man­ager as a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tion­al Coun­cil of Shop­ping Cen­ters.  ••


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