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Denver McGarey
F. Denver McGarey
President & Chief Executive Officer

F. Denver McGarey has been involved in the development, planning, merchandising and leasing of major award-winning retail projects throughout the United States and Japan for over thirty-five years. Throughout his career, Denver has established himself as a leader in the planning and execution of highly-complex retail projects and mixed-use campuses.

During the first decade of his career, Denver had been directly responsible for the development of over twenty retail projects in Metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, as junior partner with Dunlap & Magee, and later as a partner with its affiliate companies, Arizona Building and Development and Charles Dunlap & Company. The company was vertically integrated, featuring in-house leasing, construction, finance, project accounting, legal, marketing and public relations.

In 1989, Denver relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, and became Managing Director of National Leasing for Hill Partners, where he was bottom-line responsible for a large portfolio of institutionally-owned specialty, power center, regional and entertainment-based retail projects throughout the Northeastern, Southeastern and Midwestern United States. These projects were in excess of six million square feet, covering seven states. As Managing Director, Denver managed every aspect of a project's operation, including leasing, marketing, asset/property management, staffing, financial modeling and budgeting, capital improvement programs, and disposition strategies and execution. Sample projects include Jackson Brewery in New Orleans, Louisiana, Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix, Arizona (strategic planning), and Worthington Mall in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1996, Denver was recruited by Herbert S. Miller of Western Development Corporation and W. Lehr Jackson of Williams Jackson Ewing to join their joint venture with the Soros Global Fund, known as American Malls International, in the development of major urban-oriented retail projects in Japan. Frequent international travel was required to assist in multiple disciplines of client relations, planning, leasing and marketing of existing redevelopment projects and ground-up development. Denver was responsible for transactional communication with major U.S., Japanese and European retail, restaurant, entertainment and manufacturing brands on behalf of the venture.

In 1998, Denver shifted his focus to the planning and development of Gallery Place, a $240M 650,000sf mixed-use development in Downtown Washington, D.C., which was a joint venture between Western Development and The John Akridge Companies. Working closely with Herb Miller and Chip Akridge, Denver was involved in all aspects of the planning, architectural development and economic modeling, and secured and negotiated all major leases to anchor the retail component of the project.

Denver with his wife and partner, Chris Jennings McGarey, acted as the Exclusive Retail Consultant for Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. Atlantic Station is a 138-acre mixed-use development featuring 1.7 million square feet of retail, multiple hotel properties, Class-A office, and 6,000 residential units. In concert, Atlantic Station will eclipse 14 million square feet at full build-out. The project has received international acclaim as a model of modern living and complex development execution. Today, McGarey Management Group is working in many of America's leading markets and is considered one of the foremost experienced and successful retail leasing and advisory companies in the shopping center industry.
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Chris McGarey
Chris Jennings McGarey
Chief Operating Officer

Chris Jennings McGarey serves as the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of McGarey Management Group, running all aspects of the company's business including contract negotiations, setting policies and procedures, information technology, human resources, economic and demographic modeling, research and corporate/project marketing. Chris is highly-trained in each aspect of the planning, leasing, and marketing disciplines of the development process. With an extensive background in project programming and reporting, Chris reviews and acts on editorial privilege over all merchandising and lease plans as they are developed for each project, and takes a particular interest and drive when it comes to the branding of developments and the overall marketing position related to demographic and competitive influences at play.

Chris attended Auburn University on a full athletic scholarship, having been a multiple year and event state track champion in Alabama, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Finance. Immediately following graduation, Chris worked for the prestigious Montag & Caldwell investment counseling firm in Atlanta, Georgia, in their Management Information Systems Division.

As one of the very few husband and wife teams in the shopping center industry, Chris joined Denver in an active role in the planning, merchandising and leasing of major-scale projects in Japan. While in Japan, Chris traveled extensively throughout Metropolitan Tokyo, tracking prospective Japanese retail, restaurant, and entertainment players for Projects under development, in addition to coordinating and conducting meetings with major US brands including, Disney, Costco, REI, Gap and NIKE.

Chris played a central role in landing the epic Atlantic Station development, and was a hands-on participant in all aspects of the work including planning, merchandising, marketing and leasing. Chris is also involved in the underwriting and research related to new projects and clients, and continues in that capacity today. Her leadership and style of management is an inspired and highly-respected aspect of the company's operation, both from an internal and external perspective.
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Whitney Leary
Whitney L. Leary
Senior Vice President-National Leasing

Whitney Leary is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Liberal Arts and an active member in both regional and national ICSC functions. Throughout her career she has been involved with development, coordination, anchor tenant leasing and has developed a refined ability for project branding and marketing strategy. Whitney directs, merchandises and leases the more than 3 million square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space in McGarey Management Group's portfolio.

Whitney anchors the company's Charlotte office, where she enjoys life to the fullest with her husband Brian and their two young daughters, dedicating passion and her time to the girls' preschool, including co-chairing for their annual fundraising auction. She is also serving for the second year on the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Gala Host Committee.

Prior to moving to Charlotte from Atlanta, Whitney was an active member in Junior League of Atlanta and Whitney and her husband, Brian, chaired the Atlanta Police Foundation's Annual Gala.
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Oliver McGarey
Oliver McGarey
Associate Vice President of Leasing

Oliver McGarey grew up in an environment that has at its center the art and labor of retail development, planning, marketing, and leasing. After graduating from Washington State University, Oliver found success in the Enterprise Management Training Program before joining the family business. He will be assisting the CEO and COO in leasing coordination, marketing support, and initiation work for projects of the company.
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Bridget McGarey
Bridget McGarey
VP of Leasing

Bridget McGarey has been an active member in the family business for most of her life. She formally joined the McGarey Management Group in 2015 and is now working on national leasing for projects in multiple states, in addition to assisting in corporate work with the CEO.

Bridget attended Auburn University of Montgomery and is a resident of Encinitas, CA.
About Us
“Their Knowledge, insight, experience
and wisdom for our industry is unsurpassed.”
Joseph M. Antunovich, AIA
Antunovich Associates


For over 30 years, the principals of McGarey Management Group have been internationally-recognized leaders in the comprehensive planning, advisory and core leasing of preeminent mixed-use retail projects throughout the United States and the world. The firm brings together the talents and unmatched experience of an influential network of professionals, responsible for a variety of landmark developments that have served as catalysts for economic and social revitalization across numerous and diverse communities. The company's principals and senior associates have an exemplary track record of performing under pressure and a reputation for unmatched results. Their unwavering integrity and drive has led to powerful strategic alliances related to all aspects of retail development.

McGarey Management Group consistently delivers results that stand the test of time for financial institutions, developers, retailers and consumers alike. We always begin with the end in mind. Our sole objective is to create value though our involvement in your project - from original ideas and tenacious negotiating to a conviction for the truth. You can count on McGarey Management Group to serve as a calming influence, dedicated collaborator or, when necessary, a heavy hand on the rudder that guides the mission to realization.


McGarey Management Group
West Coast Office
(619) 996-3126
PO Box 180729
Coronado, CA 92178
East Coast Office
(980) 266-1282
Charlotte, North Carolina