Peter Gikas, JD
Vice President of Real Estate Operations
Peter has been in the real estate management and investment business for over 25 years. He started his career at Schostak Brothers & Co. where he was actively involved in the management of class A suburban office and retail space in excess of three million square feet. Prior to joining First Commercial 15 years ago, he worked as an investment broker at the Deitz Organization specializing the sale of medical office buildings and shopping centers with transactions over ten million dollars.
Peter has been overseeing the third party management operations from its infancy to today’s portfolio of 2.3 million square feet. As Vice President of Real Estate Operations, he oversees all aspects of the management of the portfolio, including due diligence, day to day administration, risk and crises management, employment, planning, tax and financial analyses, contract negotiations, lease compliance, tenant collections and retention, repair and maintenance, accounting and all legal matters serving as in-house counsel having negotiated in excess of 500 lease transactions.
Peter is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has participated in a number of local downtown development authorities have been an active member of the DDA’s for Royal Oak Township and Inkster. Peter has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from University of Detroit, School of Law.
Peter’s success has been combining his unique background in business and law to bring in depth knowledge and experience to managing and enhancing the value of retail real estate.