Mr. Bieri earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University, and a law degree from the Detroit College of Law. Mr. Bieri has provided a variety of services from business expansion planning to project leasing for some of the world’s most renowned retailers.
Mr. Bieri holds the designation of International Council of Shopping Centers Senior Certified Leasing Specialist, and is a member of various professional, educational and civic organizations including the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and its Commercial Leasing Subcommittee, and Urban Land Institute. He serves as Co-Chair of the Detroit Land Institute District Council. Mr. Bieri has served as the Detroit Athletic Club Secretary and is a member of the Country Club of Detroit.
Mr. Bieri is a frequent speaker at retail real estate events, and is often quoted in various retail and business publications.
Upon graduating cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1987, Mr. Ames worked at the law firm of Schwartz, Kelm, Warren & Rubenstein. During his five years there, Mr. Ames worked primarily in the real estate division, concentrating on commercial leasing and general business law. A majority of his time was spent negotiating leases for the Limited, Inc., The Art Works, Art Explosion and The Steak Escape as well as other regional retailers.
In February 1992, Mr. Ames became General Counsel and Director of Real Estate and Franchise Development for Escape Enterprises, Inc., the franchisor of the Steak Escape restaurants. While with Escape Enterprises, Mr. Ames directed the growth of the company from a 70-unit chain to 110 stores nationwide and completed the sale of a Master Franchise in Singapore. He was also instrumental in helping the company evolve its franchise concept from one that was almost exclusively located in regional mall food courts, to one that is now expanding in airports, strip centers and other non-traditional locations.
Commencing in November, 1994, Mr. Ames joined Stokas Bieri as General Counsel. Mr. Ames is also a member of the law firm Bieri & Ames which performs legal services for the retail clients of Stokas Bieri. The diversifed business experience Mr. Ames gained in his prior positions has been drawn upon extensively since joining the company.
Mr. Ames is licensed to practice law in Michgan and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Michigan. He is a member of the Michigan Bar Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Ames also serves as a member of the Executive Committee for Community Learning Connection and on the Investment Committee for the Lenawee Community Foundation.