Benjamin Miller, Principal
Ben was President of Western Development Corporation from 2007 to 2010, after joining the company in early 2003 as a board member and then as COO. Under his stewardship, Western Development more than doubled in size, and expanded projects under ownership and development to more than 3 million square feet. Ben also co-founded US Nordic Ventures, a private equity and operating company that partners with Scandinavian green building firms to penetrate the US market. Ben has worked as an analyst at a +$500 million private equity real estate fund, Lubert-Adler, and for venture capital firm IL Management. Ben was part of the founding staff of Democracy Alliance, a progressive investment collaborative. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Daniel Miller, Principal
Daniel previously worked at Global Environment Fund, a $2 billion private equity fund focused on emerging markets and clean technology, where he focused on energy efficiency and energy management technologies. Daniel also spent time with Credit Suisse’s Real Estate Private Fund Group, assisting in the fundraising of a $1 billion China-only real estate fund. As Assistant Project Manager for Western Development Corporation, Daniel worked on the acquisition and redevelopment plan of Towson Commons, a 250,000 square foot Class A office and retail complex in Towson, Maryland. Daniel graduated with a B.S. and M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kenny Shin, Chief Technology Officer
Kenny has been a Software Engineering Consultant serving civil, defense and financial services clients since 2002. As an independent consultant from 2005, he has served clients with technical expertise in software architecture and implementation including Lockheed Martin, Oracle, BEA Systems and Computer Sciences Corporation. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Kenny worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a consultant focused on Service-Oriented Architecture technologies and was engaged in research and development projects with the Department of Defense. Kenny also worked at American Management Systems in the Financial Services division focused on software for the secondary mortgage market. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Brandon Jenkins, Director of Real Estate
Brandon Jenkins previously worked as an investment broker and advisor at Marcus & Millichap, the largest real estate investment brokerage firm in the country, completing in excess of $13 billion in transactions annually. As a specialist in the Washington, DC metro markets, Brandon focused on urban retail and mixed-use projects, assisting both institutional and private clients in the acquisition and disposition of properties ranging from multi-million dollar mixed-use developments to single-tenant net-leased assets. Prior to his time in brokerage, Brandon worked with Westfield Shopping Centers’ Mid-Atlantic Regional Development Office on the planning and redevelopment of Montgomery Mall, one the region’s premier shopping destinations. Brandon also spent time as an assistant to the Legislative Director for Economic Policy in the office of United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, conducting research and drafting policy memos on the subprime mortgage crisis and predatory lending practices. He received his B.A. in Public Policy and Economics from Duke University.
Max Kirschenbaum, Associate
Max has been an Associate at WestMill Capital Partners since December of 2011. Prior to working at WestMill Capital, Max worked as a financial planner at Northwestern Mutual. Max is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
Herbert S. Miller, Chairman Emeritus
Mr. Miller founded Western Development Corp. (WDC) in 1967, and serves as its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Stockholder. A graduate in Urban Planning from George Washington University, Mr. Miller’s activities at WDC began with the development of six office buildings in Washington, DC, from 1967 to 1985. During this time he guided the firm into retail development and led the company to develop twenty open-air neighborhood and community centers in eleven states from 1975 to 1987.
Miller’s on-going interest in his hometown led him back to Washington and a series of complex mixed-use projects: Georgetown Park, an award winning retail, office and residential project; Washington Harbour, the only privately developed project on the Potomac River; and Market Square, two mixed-use buildings with office space, retail space, and residential units along Pennsylvania Avenue.
Intrigued by the changes sweeping U.S. retail in the mid-1980s, Mr. Miller led WDC to create the Mills Concept: the value oriented super-regional mall, based on the Potomac Mills (Woodbridge, VA) prototype, opened in 1985. WDC soon expanded the concept to other major metropolitan areas, opening Franklin Mills (Philadelphia) in 1989, Sawgrass Mills (Ft. Lauderdale) in 1990, and Gurnee Mills (Chicago) in 1991. In 1993, Mr. Miller listed The Mills Corporation on the NYSE with an initial capitalization of $1.3 billion. Mr. Miller retired from The Mills Corporation in 1995 to pursue other development opportunities in his hometown of Washington, DC.
Between 1995 and 1996, Mr. Miller led the Mayor’s Interactive Downtown Task Force, a 100-member committee charged with revitalizing Washington’s central areas. His involvement led him to develop Gallery Place in Spring 2004, which combined equal portions of retail/entertainment, residential, and office space on a site bridging the Verizon Center and Washington’s Chinatown.
Mr. Miller is actively involved in civic affairs, including his memberships on the Boards of the Third Way and the Chesapeake Crescent. In 2006, Mr. Miller was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame.
Western Development Corporation
Western Development Corporation (WDC) is a Washington D.C.-based development and management organization with a thirty-seven year history of innovative mixed-use development. Founded in 1967 by Herbert S. Miller, WDC focuses on mixed-use and retail projects and has consistently found value in non-traditional solutions based on thorough research and unique market insight.
Over the years, WDC has secured over $3 billion in funding and developed over 20 million square feet of retail, commercial, and residential space. WDC’s track record of success has helped reinforce the attraction of the urban lifestyle in the nation’s capital. In both our urban and suburban projects, Western has succeeded in creating opportunity on difficult sites and in transforming that opportunity into reality and profitability through creative public/private relationships.
These twin interests in urban redevelopment and retail projects combine in WDC’s mixed-use flagship projects: Market Square, Georgetown Park, Washington Harbour and Gallery Place. Each presented unique site development challenges and required innovative collaborations between WDC and agencies of both the local and national governments. These projects have helped WDC develop a deep understanding of the development process in general and in the District of Columbia specifically.