pier park panama city beachPANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (March 5, 2013) – 
Pier Park, Panama City Beach’s premier open-air shopping destination with more than 125 popular retail and dining choices, recently welcomed two new additions to its management team, Brent Gardner as the General Manager and Cricket Johnson as the Director of Mall Marketing and Business Development. The announcement was made by Mike Hupp, Senior Vice President of Property Management Community/Lifestyle Centers Division, of Simon Property Group.

 “We’re excited to have Gardner and Johnson as integral members of our dynamic team,” said Mike Hupp, Senior Vice President of Property Management Community/Lifestyle Centers Division, of Simon Property Group. “Their combined experience in management, business development, retail and marketing will be an asset to Pier Park as the property continues to grow as one of the leading shopping destinations in the region.”

 As general manager, Gardner will be responsible for all aspects related to the continued success of Pier Park, including mall operations, tenant relations, leasing, marketing, business development, security and customer service. Gardner joins Pier Park after serving as mall manager and assistant mall manager for various Simon properties throughout Louisiana, Florida, Texas and New Mexico.

Johnson will be responsible for advertising sales, sponsorship development, promotional events, PR and marketing campaigns, community programs and tourism related efforts. Prior to joining Pier Park, Johnson served as the Sales Coordinator at the Walton County Tourist Development Council.

As a team effort, they will be focused on maintaining the growing popularity of Pier Park, attracting local residents and visitors from throughout Florida and nearby states. Their focus will also include presenting Pier Park’s annual Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve, as well as a host of other family friendly events throughout the year.

Pier Park Sales Team

About Pier Park

Pier Park is Panama City Beach’s premier open-air shopping destination with more than 125 retail and dining choices. This one-of-a-kind beachfront family-friendly attraction with resort style, island-inspired architecture features a variety of popular stores, including Dillard’s, jcpenney, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Target, Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, Old Navy, LOFT and more. Shoppers enjoy numerous eateries like Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Rum Runners Tropical Grill, Tootsie, Shoney’s, Red Robin and Five Guys Burgers and Fries, as well as a Grand IMAX Theater and activity packed Miracle Strip. Pier Park is located at 600 Park Drive in Panama City Beach. For more information on Pier Park, call (850) 236-9979 or visit www.simon.com/mall/pier-parkwww.facebook.com/ShopPierPark orwww.twitter.com/PierPark.

 About Simon Property Group

Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG) is an S&P 100 company and the largest real estate company in the world.  The Company currently owns or has an interest in 331 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising 241 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at www.simon.com.

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