Valerie Cotner has over 25 years of design and construction management experience. With more than 28 Grand Openings to her credit, she has guided local boutiques as well as international fashion houses through the process of dovetailing retailer identity into the overall aesthetic of a project. Val’s responsibilities includes Tenant Coordination Team Management, project quality assurance, and managing the design, construction and delivery of numerous complex retail and mixed-use projects. Her expertise includes construction management and delivery of department stores, full service restaurants, Jr. anchors, grocery stores, and specialty in-line retailers, office and retail turn-keys.

Valerie has worked extensively with repeat clients including Simon Property Group, Poag & McEwen, New England Development, The Jacobs Group, Urban Retail Properties, Westfield, CBL, DDR, etc. Her resume of national high profile projects includes: Perkins Rowe (LA), Opry Mills Mall (TN), Palm Beach Outlets (FL), Front Range Village (CO), Asheville Outlets (NC), Westgate Redevelopment (OH) and many more.

Valerie also served as Project Manager for Chagrin Highlands; 280,000 sf of new office buildings anchoring a large mixed use campus in Cleveland. She also served as owners representative for Bellefaire JCB (Children’s Service Campus) and Eaton Center; 600,000 SF North American Corporate Headquarters. Additionally, Ms. Cotner provided project management services for the Jacobs Group Hotel Development Portfolio, constructing various Marriott ground-up corporate concepts.

As a Project Manager for 13 years with the The Richard E. Jacobs Group, Valerie administered all phases of building construction and site-work for of the owner’s regional mall portfolio, including major renovations and expansions of multiple property locations.

A graduate of Bowling Green State University, her degree included an emphasis in design and construction management, a skill set balanced equally well with her outstanding tenant relations skills.