Jack co-founded Terra National in 2001. As a 28-year veteran in the real estate industry, today Jack serves as a strategic partner to all Terra National clients while maintaining a specialization in disposition services and lease restructuring.
Mr. Barson began his career at Developers Diversified Management Inc. and spent seven years handling the leasing of the entire portfolio of shopping centers and enclosed malls covering 18 states up to and through the company’s formation of a Real Estate Investment Trust. He then joined Doppelt & Company, the preeminent national tenant representation firm in the country, where he worked primarily for OfficeMax to establish and implement a strategic real estate program in a 20 state region. Additionally, he was part of the team responsible for the expansion for Riser Foods and their Rini-Rego chain prior to being acquired by Giant Eagle, later providing disposition services for Giant Eagle and overseeing the entry and expansion of the GetGo fuel stations throughout northeast Ohio and Columbus. While at Doppelt & Company, which later became Trammell Crow Company, he also had the opportunity to be part of the team working on the Hechinger/Builder’s Square bankruptcy disposition of assets.
Prior to and subsequent to founding Terra National, Mr. Barson, along with partner Rob Solganik worked as the national strategic real estate partner to OfficeMax, Inc. He focused primarily on the disposition of roughly 240 leased properties nationwide from 2001 through 2008. At Terra National, Mr. Barson was part of the team that worked as the real estate representative for Office Depot throughout the Midwest and Pacific Northwest handling all of their real estate needs, as well as special projects on a national level, executing on a considerable amount of lease restructuring. This saved the company tens of millions of dollars in rent relief on stores in 27 states.
Currently, Mr. Barson uses his direct knowledge of markets throughout the country to spearhead the team which is a national provider of disposition, lease restructuring and special project services to Advance Auto Parts stores. To date, Terra National has saved Advance Auto Parts over $30,000,000 in lease obligations and that number grows on a weekly basis. He is also part of the team bringing Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Pet Valu, Take 5 Oil Change, and Target’s new flexible format stores to Northeast Ohio.
Mr. Barson is a graduate of Indiana University and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. On occasion, his expertise has been drawn upon as a leader of roundtable discussions at regional industry meetings and he has been engaged as an expert witness in several legal proceedings.