Dan Shallit, a retail development professional for over 25 years, started his career with notable brands such as GNC & Macy’s prior to joining Starbucks in 1999. After ten years with Starbucks, Dan left the company to gain experience from the landlord perspective. In 2009, he joined Acadia Realty Trust as the VP of leasing. While the experience was meaningful, his heart was still on the retail side of development. After a small stop at Sports Authority as Director of real estate, Dan rejoined the Starbucks global development team in 2012. He was hired to manage store development in New York City and supported expansion of emerging brands and concepts. The most notable concepts include the company’s first Pickup Store, Teavana Café, express store, delivery store, Reserve bar and the iconic Starbucks Roastery located at 15th & 9th Ave in Manhattan. Dan also managed the existing Starbucks portfolio, inclusive of market strategy, new store forecasting and reviewing options for expanding & relocating traditional Starbucks locations. After four successful years, Dan earned his promotion to director of store development in 2016. As the director of global store development for New York City, Long Island and New Jersey, he is responsible for both Starbucks and Princi Italian Bakery real estate/development along with accountability for construction. Dan has an extensive history of public speaking & teaching. He’s a long-time guest teacher/speaker for a NYU restaurant/real estate program and participates in multiple real estate panels and classes for great organizations and universities such as ICSC, REAP, Columbia University, Hunter College, Bisnow, REBNY, Green Pearl, Commercial Observer and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Touro College Graduate School of Business’ REEP program. Dan lives in Rego Park, Queens with his wife, and has one son.