Chief Executive Officer and President
Daniel G. Harrington co-founded Becknell Industrial in 1990 and serves as Chief Executive Officer and President.
Dan oversees the strategic direction of all aspects of the Company including capital structuring, business development and property operations. He has created a full-service vertically integrated business platform at Becknell that provides development, construction, leasing and property management services.
Under Dan's leadership, Becknell has grown from one build-to-suit warehouse for Nabisco to 147 business distribution properties representing more than 18 million square feet, primarily for single tenant build-to-suit customers.
A twenty-year real estate industry veteran, Dan's development track record includes the development, construction and ownership of facilities in 32 states. He has been instrumental in the formation and ongoing management of key banking and institutional investor relationships, including multiple joint venture funds with an institutional partner.
Prior to joining Becknell Industrial, Dan served as a Partner in the law firm of Harrington and Tock and currently serves as Becknell’s Corporate Counsel.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and received his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Dan is a member of the Champaign County and Illinois State Bar Associations and the Florida Bar Association and is involved in a number of civic and community activities in Illinois and Florida.
Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer
Matt Cohoat was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Becknell Industrial on January 2011.
Mr. Cohoat oversees the capital management and analysis of capital structure of Becknell Industrial. He also is responsible for all accounting, financial reporting, human resources and risk management.
A twenty-year real estate industry veteran, Matt is widely recognized for his management of key banking and institutional investor relationships.
Prior to joining Becknell Industrial, Matt served for two years at The Estridge Companies in multiple positions. He also previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Duke Realty Corporation, where he was employed for over 18 years.
Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Purdue University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is Chairman of the Board at Cathedral High School, past Treasurer and current Board Member at United Way of Central Indiana, and is involved with St. Mary’s Child Center, Western Golf Association and various youth sports teams.
Executive Vice President - Chief Operating Officer
Mark Shapland was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Becknell Industrial in January 2011.
Mr. Shapland joined Becknell in 2008 and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Company's real estate portfolio, including new leasing, build-to-suit projects, acquisitions and portfolio management. He provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure the Company has the proper operational controls and people in place to promote financial strength and operating efficiency.
Mark is focused on strategic planning for the future and collaborates with Becknell's management team to establish initiatives, develop and implement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes and people designed to accommodate the rapid growth objectives of the Company.
A twenty year banking and real estate industry veteran, Mark is widely recognized for his real estate investment expertise and key institutional investor relationships.
Prior to joining Becknell Industrial, Mark spent 17 years in commercial real estate lending. The last eleven years he served as Senior Vice President - Credit Administration with Park National Bank, a $4 billion Chicago-based bank.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and received his M.B.A. in Finance from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1993. Mark is a member of the Board of Directors for the H Foundation and a community based charity founded to fight cancer.
Executive Vice President, Principal - Architecture & Design
Craig Kouri was named Executive Vice President, Principal – Architecture & Design of Becknell Industrial in January 2011.
Mr. Kouri joined Becknell in 2001 and has been the Company’s architect of record on more than 40 building projects across the United States.
He is responsible for providing and overseeing architecture services, job cost estimating, bid review and project management.
A licensed architect in 30 states, Craig brings more than 17 years of experience designing large and complex industrial buildings. He offers a unique perspective to the Company, handling all coordination with other project architects, engineers and construction managers.
Prior to joining Becknell, Craig began his career in Atlanta, Georgia working for a small architecture firm that focused on retail, commercial and corporate office projects. He also spent two years in Toledo, Ohio as an architect working on large institutional projects, including schools and university buildings.
Craig obtained his bachelor of architecture degree from Kent State and has previously volunteered his time to the Literacy Volunteers of America. He is currently active in his church, volunteering at various events throughout the year, serves as President on the Board of Directors of his condo association and coaches various youth baseball teams.
Executive Vice President, Principal - Investments
Pete Anderson was named Executive Vice President, Principal - Investments of Becknell Industrial in January 2013.
Mr. Anderson joined the Becknell team in 2011 and currently oversees the Company's property investment activities that are essential to the growth of the Company’s portfolio. His focus is to identify acquisition and development opportunities that complement the Company’s existing assets and allow Becknell to foster new relationships.
With more than twenty-years of commercial real estate and law experience, Pete’s skill set and market knowledge includes fifteen years of direct acquisition, leasing and development experience throughout the Midwest, Southeast and East Coast.
Prior to joining Becknell Industrial, Pete served for three years as a top ten broker at Cassidy Turley in Indianapolis. He also previously spent more than 13 years at Duke Realty Corporation, where he held numerous positions relating to the acquisition, development and leasing of Duke’s industrial, office and medical office portfolio. During his tenure, Duke’s portfolio grew from five cities and approximately 15 million square feet to 14 cities and more than 100 million square feet.
Pete is a graduate of Purdue University and received his JD/MBA from Indiana University. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Booth Tarkington Civic Theater and is President of the Hoosier Fellows Leadership Program Alumni Association.
Senior Vice President - Development
Dan Fogarty was named Senior Vice President - Development of Becknell Industrial in June 2015.
Mr. Fogarty is responsible for identifying, pursuing and directing new build-to-suit and speculative development opportunities across the U.S. In this capacity, Dan maintains a strong network with national and local brokerage firms and is responsible for directing all relationships with stakeholders involved in each project.
A 20-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, Dan has extensive experience in acquisitions, leasing, asset management and ground-up development.
Prior to joining Becknell Industrial, Dan served for eight years as Vice President and Market Officer at Conor Commercial Real Estate in Rosemont, IL where he was charged with the management of all existing industrial and office projects within the Midwest, as well as identifying new investment opportunities. Prior to his tenure at Conor, he also worked as a Vice President at InSite Real Estate in Oakbrook, IL and Director of Leasing at First Industrial Realty Trust in Chicago, IL.
Dan is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and received his MBA from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. He is a associate-member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE) and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Nelson "Fritz" Hartrich
Nelson (Fritz) Hartrich co-founded Becknell Industrial in 1990 and continues to serve as a valued team member, leveraging his construction experience to maintain the high quality of work for which the company is known. Mr. Hartrich's long-standing relationship with Nabisco, was instrumental in establishing Becknell as one of their preferred developers and has continued to foster new business with Kraft Foods and other key customers.
With more than 50 years construction experience, Nelson provides extensive knowledge in value engineering, cost savings and field expertise. He continues to be active with business development, cost estimating and oversight of the bidding and buyout process.
Nelson also volunteers his time at the Standing Tall Foundation, a non-profit scholarship fund that assists impoverished youth and their families in the Chicagoland area who do not have access to schools, offering children an environment where a well-rounded education can be obtained.
Vice President - Marketing and Communications
Shona Bedwell was named Vice President – Marketing and Communications of Becknell Industrial in January 2011.
Ms. Bedwell is responsible for all aspects of corporate marketing and communications including the development of all in-house marketing materials, graphic design, website, internal and external communications, budget and administration oversight, event management and community outreach.
In this capacity, Shona works closely with management and individual departments to support business development, existing account management, brand expansion, and client service excellence.
Prior to joining Becknell Industrial, she served as Assistant Vice President – Investor Relations for Duke Realty Corporation where she was responsible for managing the strategic planning, on-going development and coordination of all investor relation activities to broaden and increase the shareholder value and enhance the company image with the investment community. In addition to developing investor relations communications and serving as the primary point of contact for investor issues, Shona also developed overall investor relations policies and procedures.
Shona received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Indiana University.
Vice President - Investments
Derek Hawkins was named Vice President – Investments of Becknell Industrial in January 2015.
Mr. Hawkins joined the Becknell team in 2012 and is responsible for the execution of both acquisition and development opportunities that help drive the growth of the Company’s portfolio. His focus is on leasing of speculative warehouse space, build-to-suit pursuits, coordination of due diligence activities, financial analysis and serving as a liaison between the Company and its capital partner. During Derek’s tenure at Becknell, he has been involved in the execution of transactions in excess of $360 million and 6.9 million square feet and has negotiated leases with a total value in excess of $46 million.
Prior to joining Becknell, Derek spent 8 years in commercial real estate financial planning and analysis. The last 6 years he served as a Senior Financial Analyst at Simon Property Group, a Real Estate Investment Trust with a market capitalization in excess of $60 billion. His primarily responsibilities included financial analysis and investment committee presentations for redevelopments of regional malls within the portfolio along with underwriting of acquisitions of new malls. Derek started his real estate career in 2001 with Beazer Homes as a Controller for land acquisition and development activities.
Derek is a 2001 graduate from Ball State University with a bachelor of science in accounting. He is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and is involved with St. Mary’s Child Center and the United Way of Central Indiana. Derek was a finalist for the 2016 Junior Achievement of Central Indiana “Indy’s Best and Brightest” award, recognizing next generation leaders in the Indianapolis community.