PMAT is a real estate development firm focused on value-add shopping center investments across the Southeast, Sunbelt, and Mid-Atlantic regions. Our firm was founded and is headed by Robert A. Whelan, a former Chief Financial Officer of Sizeler Property Investors, Inc., a NYSE-traded shopping center and multifamily REIT that owned several million square feet of retail properties and several thousand multifamily units.
In January 2003, Mr. Whelan left the REIT to form the PMAT Companies. Since that time the PMAT Companies have acquired and renovated over 40 primarily grocery anchored shopping centers with an aggregate value of over 1 Billion dollars consisting of 9 million square feet. PMAT investment strategy is to acquire value-add shopping centers and create long term value through redevelopment and re-tenanting of the assets.
Robert A. Whelan
Founder, ICSC Trustee
Robert Whelan formed the PMAT Companies in January 2003. Since that time PMAT has acquired and successfully renovated 38 primarily grocery anchored shopping centers with an aggregate market value of over $1.000,000,000 dollars consisting of over 5,500,000 square feet.
Prior to founding the PMAT Companies, Mr. Whelan was the CFO of the Sizeler Property Investors, Inc., a NYSE REIT; at 31 years old, he was the youngest CFO in Public REIT history. Always focused on real estate, Mr. Whelan began his career in public accounting in Los Angeles, CA where he worked for both Price Waterhouse and Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group concentrating on consulting some of the largest publicly traded real estate companies in the world.
Mr. Whelan graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Los Angeles and ranked in the top 1% in the national CPA examination. He is also currently enrolled in Seminary for a Masters in Practical Theology. Chosen as a top 40 executive in the New Orleans metropolitan area, Mr. Whelan has been a guest speaker at numerous public forums and a lecturer at Tulane
University MBA program. Actively involved in community service, Mr. Whelan has served as a Commissioner for Recreation
District #1for the State of Louisiana and a Board Member of the City of Miami Public Business Improvement District Board
as well as a Board Member of Next Generation which ministers to inner city High School students. Mr. Whelan is a 2020 Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Kevin L. Kush
Kevin Kush joined PMAT shortly after its inception and has been a Partner since 2010. In that time, Mr. Kush has been involved in more than $650,000,000 of acquisitions and dispositions on over 2,500,000 square feet. As the President of the PMAT Companies, Mr. Kush’s responsibilities include acquisitions, leasing, dispositions, asset management, construction management, capital markets, and investor relations.
A life-long entrepreneur, Mr. Kush previously completed numerous real estate projects in his home town of Nashville, TN and also consulted a New Orleans based non-profit in the creation of business development centers in underserved communities. His previous experience outside of real estate includes management of a portfolio of S&P 500 stocks and equity research analysis.
Mr. Kush attended Vanderbilt University and Tulane University where he was the valedictorian of the A.B Freeman School of Business and also recipient of the Wall Street Journal award for excellence in finance.
VP Acquisitions & Asset Management
Ben joined the PMAT companies in 2014. A native of Germany, Ben previously worked for GLL Real Estate Partners, a German real estate fund management company, in their Orlando office for several years. At GLL Ben worked in Asset Management for retail and office portfolios. In the past Ben has worked in such diverse places as Paris, France and Jakarta, Indonesia.
Ben, along with Kevin, is responsible for all day to day activities at the PMAT companies. His responsibilities include acquisitions, leasing, dispositions, asset management, construction management, and investor relations. Ben teaches the Argus Software workshop as part of Tulane's Summer Program Minor in Real Estate.
Ben attended WHU University in Vallendar, Germany and holds an MBA degree from Tulane Univeristy in New Orleans. He is fluent in German, English, and French.