Jeff Risom, President - Gehl Studio US
As managing director of Gehl Studio, Jeff strives to make thriving, dynamic public spaces in cities across the world. Driven by a passion to create real change in people's everyday lives, he views every project as an opportunity to make an equitable and diverse public realm that positively impacts our behavior and culture.
Jeff thrives working in multi-disciplinary collaborations, finding the most fulfillment when he can act as curator, advocate, and student all in one. He brings to projects the ability to simultaneously plan big strategic moves while keeping focus on the eye-level experience. With degrees in Architectural Engineering and City Design & Social Science, his diverse background and global project experience have greatly informed his holistic approach to leading projects.
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Robert S. Taubman is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Taubman Centers, Inc. He joined the Taubman organization in 1976, was elected executive vice president in 1984, chief operating officer in 1988, president and chief executive officer in 1990 and chairman in 2001. He has headed Taubman Centers and served on its board of directors since the company's initial public offering in 1992.
Mr. Taubman is a member of the board of directors of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA) and Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID). He serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and is a member and past chairman of the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, D.C. He is a member and past trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and founding chairman of ULI’s Detroit Regional District Council. He is also a member and past trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Among his many civic and charitable commitments, Mr. Taubman serves as a member of the board of directors of Business Leaders for Michigan and Beaumont Hospitals and as a trustee of the Cranbrook Educational Community, where he is chairman of the audit committee. He is a member of the board of directors of SEMCOG (Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments) and an advising member of the University of Michigan Investment Committee. He is also a past trustee of The Skillman Foundation. Mr. Taubman holds a B.S. degree in economics from Boston University.