Arnie Meranski

President

Arnie Meranski moved to Denver from Miami, Florida in 1984. Specializing in retail investment, Arnie became a top income producer for some of the largest commercial real estate firms in Denver. Transitioning from brokerage to private equity ownership, Arnie formed Western Centers, Inc. in 1991. Since its formation, Western Centers has become a leading player in all areas of Shopping Center investments, acquisitions, leasing, and management. In the 2000’s, Arnie led Western Centers in the direction of a highly successful expansion. His reach is now global, with industry leading innovation in commercial shopping centers, general contracting companies, bowling alleys, boutique hotels and restaurants, and housing for corporate or large family retreats. Arnie’s unique vision continues to drive Western Centers to be a powerhouse and leader among multiple industries.

Direct Line: 303-676-8205
Email:
arnie@westerncenters.com

Brian Pesch

Chief Operating Officer

Brian joined Western Centers in 2010 and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the commercial real estate industry. His extensive background includes retail redevelopment, communication and marketing, leasing, project management, and more. As the COO for Western Centers, Brian provides big picture analysis to both the asset and property management teams, leads the accounting division, and handles HR duties. Brian is a highly accomplished individual and Western Centers is extremely lucky to have him on the team!

Direct Line: 303-676-8205
Email: brian@westerncenters.com

Corey Wagner

Executive Vice President

Corey joined Western Centers in January 2014, after spending nearly 14 years in the banking industry. He brings a vast financial background to Western Centers and has been a key asset in helping the Executive team with placing debt, strengthening banking relationships and providing a different perspective on new and existing opportunities. Corey is a Colorado native and became familiar with Western Centers as one of his first commercial loan clients.

Direct Line: 303-676-8211
Email: corey@westerncenters.com

Rick Erickson

Vice President of Design and Construction

Rick joined Western Building Services in 2018 with a 25+ year career of extensive renovation experience as a general contractor, design project manager, owner’s representative, construction manager and due diligence consultant. Rick also specializes in determining the remaining useful life expectancy of major building components and develops the scope of the renovation and sees it through implementation.

Direct Line: 720-799-9104
Email: rick@westerncenters.com

Sara Mendoza

Vice President of Property Management

Sara joined Western Centers in 2003 as an Administrative Assistant. During her time at Western Centers, she has been involved in every aspect of the company and is now the Senior Property Manager. Sara handles tenant relations, lease renewals, and oversees all shopping center projects from new roofs to new parking lots. Her wealth of knowledge and experience of the Western Centers portfolio provides the company with well-informed insight and expertise.

Direct Line: 303-676-8210
Email: sara@westerncenters.com

Cheri West

Property Manager

Cheri joined Western Centers in December 2015 with 15 years of real estate experience. Cheri worked as a property manager for Alberta Development Partners, and was a development and leasing assistant for CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. She currently works with the Senior Property Manager to administer projects from start to finish. “Since the first day of employment at Western, I knew this was the place for me. Every employee is dedicated to excellence." She loves to spend her spare time with her three children and grandson.

Direct Line: 303-676-8207
Email: cheri@westerncenters.com

Garret Walls

Vice President of Operations

Garrett joined Western Centers in April of 2016. Since 2010 he has worked extensively in commercial leasing. Garrett attended the University of Denver with major concentrations in Public Policy, Political Science, and International Studies. As an owner and operator of multiple businesses, Garrett has a unique perspective that enables him to protect and assist all of our clientele. Garrett also leads the La Sagesse Boutique Hotel and Restaurant side of the WCI portfolio. As a Colorado Native, Garrett enjoys spending time hiking and recreating throughout the year with his spouse and two adorable Maltese Poodles.

Direct Line: 303-676-8206
Email: garrett@westerncenters.com

Joel A. Meranski

Vice President / Partner

Joel joined Western Centers in May 2016, bringing with him a great amount of real estate experience. Joel received his real estate license at 17 years old and has since worked at some of the top real estate firms in the country, including Colliers International. As an investment and leasing broker, he focused on retail, industrial and land, with a specialization in the cannabis industry. Joel is focused on asset management for the fast-growing Western Centers portfolio, bringing a young, creative and diverse perspective to the team and its projects.

Direct Line: 303-676-8560
Email: joel@westerncenters.com

Meryl Meranski

Vice President of Marketing / Partner

Meryl joined Western Centers in March 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Peace Studies from Chapman University. After spending multiple years in the non-profit world writing grants for 501(c)3 organizations, she got her Brokers license and joined the Western Centers team. Spending her first couple years in property management, asset management, and investor relations, she is now focused on creative marketing endeavors for the company, and runs all of the Western Centers online platforms. Outside of Western Centers, Meryl is an owner and teacher at Outlaw Yoga Littleton – featured in the Denver A-List and Best of the Best winners every year.

Direct Line: 720-799-9102
Email: meryl@westerncenters.com

Holly Abes

Project Coordinator

Holly joined Western Centers in 2018 with a unique background in sales, management, and design. Her real estate experience extends from commercial property maintenance to new home sales for the Writer Corporation. Holly has owned and operated various retail stores that offer high quality art, accessories, and design. For the past 5 years, Holly was a Design Consultant in Florida at an international award winning store in the rug and design industry every year. Holly recently moved back to Colorado to be closer to her family, and to share her knowledge in these areas that benefit the WCI portfolio.

Direct Line: 720-299-9101
Email: holly@westerncenters.com

Pamela Hathaway

Property Accountant

Pam has been with Western Centers for over 18 years. In 1991, she started in the real estate industry with a background in sales and property management. Her prior experience in these areas brings a well-rounded accounting knowledge to work on both the Landlord and Tenant sides for Western Centers. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors with her husband and her puppies.

Direct Line: 303-676-8201
Email: pam@westerncenters.com

Michael Madden

Property Accountant

Michael joined Western Centers in February 2017 after relocating to Colorado from his native Houston, TX. Michael graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Real Estate Finance, and brings with him a tremendous amount of property accounting experience from his time at Jones Lang LaSalle. As a new resident to Colorado, Michael enjoys frequenting Red Rocks, and other venues, for live music and exploring the city with his dog, Abigail. In the Winter, he loves to try to snowboard.

Direct Line: 303-676-8208
Email: michael@westerncenters.com

Daphne Carias

Administrative Assistant

Daphne joined Western Centers in June of 2018 as an Administrative Assistant. Daphne earned an Associate Degree of Applied Science in General Business and has had a variety of positions over the years including bank teller, loan officer, and child care provider. Daphne re-entered the workforce after six years of being a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful kids. In her free time, she enjoys making memories with her kids.

Direct Line: 303-676-8200
Email: daphne@westerncenters.com

Gabriella Torch

Administrative Assistant

Gabbi joined Western Centers in 2018 and provides a helping hand in all areas of the company, most extensively with the Western Building Services division. Gabbi has strong experience in the hospitality industry and earned her Cosmetology degree from Aveda in 2017. Most recently, Gabbi has been furthering her education in business and sales courses, and is aimed at studying Interior Design.

Direct Line: 303-676-8200
Email: gabbi@westerncenters.com