Meet Mason Retail Group

Since 2000, Mason Retail Group has been dedicated to client success. This boutique firm offers an acute expertise in the United States retail market and a strong awareness of how varying economic conditions may affect a client's business. Our philosophy is centered in team collaboration and participation in each client relationship. The passion Mason Retail Group brings to these relationships is unprecedented. Whether developing unique and dynamic projects, re-merchandising existing ones, or helping retailers build their profitable store portfolio, the firm's steady commitment continues to be focused upon building long term business partnerships with our clients.   


Jeff Mason, Principal

Jeff Mason prides himself on providing individual attention to each and every client. With decades of experience in the retail real estate business including past corporate experience at Merry Go Round Enterprises Inc. and Garden Botanika. Jeff's unique abilities include strategic planning, site selection, merchandising, and lease negotiation. His breadth of knowledge has taken him all across the country and lead to tangible growth with companies such as, Lucky Brand, Guess, Club Monaco, Swatch, Alex and Ani, Gordon Biersch, The Summit Birmingham, and Bridge Street Town Center. He understands the retailer and developer thought process and utilizes these skills in his approach to deliver excellent locations with compelling economics. Jeff is passionate about growing with clients and building brands. His persistent enthusiasm is Jeff's trademark.



Nancy Ekelund, Principal

After more than 30 years in the retail real estate business, Nancy Ekelund launched Mason Retail Group alongside Jeff Mason. Her expertise in strategic decision making, budgeting, merchandising, and development stems from her tenure at General Growth Properties, Woolworth Corporation, and Tishman Speyer Properties. Nancy possess a keen understanding of the needs of specific markets and delivering retailers that would be appropriate for each of these shopping venues.


Kevin Kohnen, Vice President & Partner

Joining Mason Retail Group in 2001, Kevin Kohnen has been an invaluable asset to the firm. With over 18 years of experience in the shopping center industry, Kevin plays a prominent role in both the Landlord and Tenant Representation divisions of the company. Kevin has had integral roles in planning and execution of store locations, site selection, market analysis and lease negotiation for all clients. Kevin is a seasoned real estate professional and experienced in a wide range of transactions on both the Landlord and Tenant side of the business. Kevin's passion and expertise in negotiation paired with his dedication to our clients' objectives consistently provides impressive results.


Michael Thomas, Retail Real Estate Consultant

Mike is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and joined Mason Retail Group in 2015. Mike's background in mortgage lending heightened his financial skill set. Since his time at Mason Retail Group he has been an instrumental participant in the firm's active environment. Mike's intelligence and engaging personality make him an asset to the company.