Maley Team

The Maley Co. is a retail real estate advisory that gives shopping environments a unique point of view. Our fresh perspective on retail brands enables us to curate collections of  shops and restaurants that speak to the needs, dreams and desires of the local shopper. By applying an innovative mix of art and science to our assignments, we create real value for ownership.

Founder & Principal

A leader in the retail real estate industry, Tisha Maley is known for her innovative merchandising approaches, ability to identify and secure emerging fashion retailers, and value creation strategies. In 2013, she founded The Maley Co. to connect the next generation of retail brands with unique shopping environments and deliver valuable interactions with their core customers.

Previously, Tisha worked for Simon Property Group, one of the largest REITs in the country where she oversaw a portfolio of 1.7 million square feet of retail space in Atlanta and Charlotte, was consistently ranked as one of the top performing leasing representatives and brought 23 new retailers into the REITs portfolio. Tisha’s remerchandising strategy and volume of closed leasing transactions at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza resulted in double-digit rent growth at these two prized assets during the depth of the recession (2008-2011).

During her 20 years at Simon and now as principal of The Maley Co., Tisha continues to cultivate relationships with leading luxury, contemporary and emerging retail brands. She maintains a broad and deep network of relationships with real estate decision makers at global and national retailers including: Arhaus Furniture, Bottega Veneta, C. Wonder, Facconable, Intermix, Jack Rogers, JOE’S Jeans, Kate Spade, Legoland Discovery Center, LK Bennett, Nike, Prada, Rebecca Taylor, Tory Burch, Trina Turk, UGG, Versace, Vineyard Vines and Zara.

Tisha attributes her success to thinking like a retailer and studying their ever-evolving customers while acting like a portfolio manager and strategically positioning her assets to realize their greatest potential. Throughout her career, Tisha has worked on and improved the performance of some of the most prestigious retail properties in the  country including: Lenox Square, Ponce City Market, Phipps Plaza and Westside Provisions District in Atlanta, GA; Southpark Mall and The Village at Southpark in Charlotte, NC; Dadeland Mall in Miami, FL; The Galleria in Houston, TX; and 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago, IL.

Her unique mix of east and west coast style and sensibilities stems from growing up in California, graduating from San Jose State University in San Jose, CA with a B.A. in Economics and raising her family in Atlanta since 2002.

A detailed description of Tisha’s current assignments, recent case studies and notable transactions are included here.

Senior Director of Leasing, West Coast

With over 20 years of shopping center leasing experience, Jill Bryant specializes in the lease up of retail redevelopment projects involving expansions and renovations. Throughout her career she has worked on projects coast to coast, from Miami International to Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego. She has long-standing relationships with national, regional, local retailers, restaurants and brokers in key markets. Her expertise in redevelopment and expansion projects has led to dozens of successful strategic repositioning and re-tenanting of challenging centers in their respective marketplaces.

Most recently, Jill served as vice president of leasing with Rouse Property Group where she leveraged her experience to assist in the post-recession retooling of the REIT’s key assets in the Northern California and San Diego areas. While in this role, Jill produced over $50 million of revenue and value at four properties involving repositioning/redevelopments. Additionally, she brought many new relationships to the Rouse portfolio including: Zara, Paper Source, Pandora, Pieology, Fatburger/Fatbar, Texas Roadhouse, and G by Guess, just to name a few.

Jill began her career with Simon Property Group and during her 17-year tenure rose to senior leasing representative. She consistently achieved her leasing goals by successfully increasing rent revenue and net operating income by 5% in 10 out of 11 years. On an annual basis, she was directly responsible for leasing an average of 2.5 million square feet of retail space in four enclosed regional malls. During her time with Simon, her portfolio included: Stanford Shopping Center (Palo Alto, CA), Fashion Valley Mall (San Diego, CA), Brea Mall (Brea, CA), Miami International Mall (Miami, FL) Tacoma Mall (Tacoma, WA), Cielo Vista Mall (El Paso, TX) and The 5th Avenue Mall (Anchorage, AK).

Jill grew up loving the outdoor lifestyle of northern and southern California as well as Hawaii. After graduating from Alliant International University, where she played for the women’s volleyball team, studied abroad in England and Kenya and got her MBA, Jill moved to Indiana where she met her husband and started her family. In 2007, she returned to SoCal and resides in Solana Beach.

It is her broad experience in Class A shopping centers as well as challenged assets that enables her to bring a diverse, yet solutions-oriented perspective to today’s ever-changing retail leasing landscape.

Senior Director of Leasing, Midwest

With over 15 years in the shopping center industry, Kitsy Ritter has had the opportunity to learn both the landlord and retail sides of the business giving her a unique perspective to retail properties. Kitsy was most recently Director of Real Estate for Gap Inc., representing all Gap brands including: Athleta, Banana Republic, Gap, Intermix, Old Navy and outlet. Prior to Gap, Kitsy was a Senior Leasing Representative at Mid-America Real Estate Corporation, the Midwest’s leading brokerage firm. She is actively involved in ICSC and was a former Retail Co-Chair for the State of Illinois.

While at Gap, Kitsy managed a portfolio of 4M square feet of GLA across 350 stores generating volume of $1B+. Kitsy drove Athleta’s entry into the following markets: Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin., Totaling 16 openings, she was responsible for overall market plan, site selection, deal negotiation, construction management and ongoing relationship management with Landlords and brand.

She consistently delivered stores that exceeded sales projections with multiple said openings representing some of the highest volume stores in the chain.

Kitsy was recognized as a top negotiator by saving an average $2M+ per year through lease renewal negotiations.

While on the Landlord side at Mid-America, Kitsy acted as 3rd party agent on over 100 retail shopping centers across a wide variety of product types and geographies. Given her personal interest in fashion and knowledge of the retail business, her focus lied in high-end lifestyle centers and suburban downtowns. Notable clients included: Alecta Investment Management, BlackRock, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors, Costco Wholesale, Falcon Real Estate Investments and GE Capital. High-profile leasing assignments included: Geneva Commons / Geneva, IL, Renaissance Place / Highland Park, IL, various storefronts on Michigan Avenue, The Glen Town Center / Glenview, IL, various projects in Clybourn corridor / Chicago, IL, Woodbury Lakes / Woodbury, MN.

Kitsy was recipient of the 2008 CoStar Power Broker Award ranked among Chicago’s Top Brokers by CoStar Group based on retail leasing transaction volume.