Milton Cooper is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Company. Mr. Cooper served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from November 1991 to December 2009. In addition, Mr. Cooper was Director and President of the Company for more than five years prior to November 1991. In 1960, Mr. Cooper, along with a partner, founded the Company's predecessor. Mr. Cooper led the Company through its IPO and growth over the past five decades. In addition, Mr. Cooper received a National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT") Industry Leadership Award for his significant and lasting contributions to the REIT industry. Mr. Cooper is also a director at Getty Realty Corporation. Mr. Cooper graduated from City College in New York and Brooklyn Law School.
Conor Flynn was appointed President of the Company in August 2014 and continues to serve as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s shopping center business including the supervision of all regional personnel handling leasing, property management, construction, asset management and value creation activities, as well as, guiding new investment decisions for the organization. Mr. Flynn joined Kimco in 2003 as an asset manager and has held a variety of senior leadership roles over the past 11 years, including President, Western Region. Mr. Flynn received a B.A. degree from Yale University and a Master's degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. Mr. Flynn is a licensed real estate broker in California, and a member of National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Richard G. Dooley has been a Director of the Company since December 1991. Mr. Dooley currently serves as the Lead Director, the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Audit and Executive Compensation Committees. From 1993 to 2003, Mr. Dooley was a consultant to, and from 1978 to 1993, served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Mr. Dooley is also a Director, Chair of the Compensation Committee, and member of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees of Jefferies Group, Inc., a major global securities and investment banking firm listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Dooley holds a B.S. degree from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Philip E. Coviello has been a Director of the Company since May 2008 and currently serves on the Audit, Executive Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Coviello was a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, an international law firm, for 18 years until his retirement from that firm in 2003. In addition, since 1996, Mr. Coviello has been a Director of Getty Realty Corporation, where he serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of its Compensation and Governance and Nominating Committees. Mr. Coviello holds an A.B. from Princeton University, an L.L.B. from the Columbia University School of Law and an M.B.A. from the Columbia University School of Business.
Joe Grills has been a Director of the Company since January 1997 and is the Chair of the Executive Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Grills was employed by IBM from 1961 to 1993 and held various positions in financial management in both IBM's domestic and international businesses. Mr. Grills served as a member (1994-2007) and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors (2002-2007) of a cluster of BlackRock (Merrill Lynch) Mutual Funds from 1994 to 2007. He is also a Director, was Vice Chairman, and currently is Chairman of the Montpelier Foundation. He is on the Investment Advisory Committee of the Virginia Retirement System, Vice Chairman (2002-2005) and Chairman (2005-2009). In addition, Mr. Grills is a Trustee and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Woodberry Forest School and a Trustee and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mr. Grills is on the Individual Investment Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange. He is a former Chairman and member of the Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets of the Association of Financial Professionals. Mr. Grills also participates in research and study sponsored by Russell 20/20. Mr. Grills holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Frank Lourenso has been a Director of the Company since December 1991. Mr. Lourenso has been an Executive Vice President of JPMorgan Chase & Co. ("J.P. Morgan," and successor by merger to The Chase Manhattan Bank and Chemical Bank, N.A.) since 1990. Mr. Lourenso was a Senior Vice President of J.P. Morgan for more than five years prior to 1990. Mr. Lourenso is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph's College. Mr Lourenso holds a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. from Baruch College.
Richard Saltzman has been a Director of the Company since July 2003. Mr. Saltzman is a member of the Executive Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Saltzman has served since May 2003 as the President of Colony Capital LLC, a global real estate investment management firm where Mr. Saltzman shares responsibility for the firm's global operations and guides the strategic planning, acquisition and asset management activities of Colony and oversees new business initiatives. Mr. Saltzman has been the CEO, President and a Director of Colony Financial Inc. (NYSE listed-CLNY) since September 2009. Prior to joining Colony Capital LLC, Mr. Saltzman was a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch's investment banking division and held various other positions at Merrill Lynch for more than five years prior to that time. Mr. Saltzman has a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Colombe M. Nicholas has served as a consultant since 2002 to Financo Global Consulting, the international consulting division of Financo, Inc., focusing on identifying expansion opportunities and providing growth advice to companies. Ms. Nicholas' retail experience includes Bonwit Teller, Bloomingdales's and R.H. Macy. From the 1980s to 2000, Ms. Nicholas has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Anne Klein Group, President and Chief Executive Officer of Orr Felt Company, President and Chief Operating Officer of Giorgio Armani Fashion Corporation and President and Chief Executive Officer of Christian Dior New York. While at Christian Dior New York, Ms. Nicholas led sales growth from $125 to $425 million. Ms. Nicholas has previously served on the Board of Directors of Oakley, Inc. and The Mills Corporation. Ms. Nicholas currently serves on the Board of Directors of Tandy Brand Accessories and Herbalife International and on the Business Advisory Board of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Ms. Nicholas has a B.A. from the University of Dayton, a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and an honorary doctorate in business administration from Bryant College of Rhode Island.