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Port Selects Protea for San Diego Seaport Village Assignment

The Port of San Diego selected Protea Property Management, Inc. to manage and operate the 14-acre Seaport Village after the current lease expires on September 30, 2018. The San Diego-based entity is part of the same firm that won the bid to remake the nearly 40-year old shopping and recreation area.

Protea’s plans include completely remaking the village from a collection of quaint cottages into a revitalized waterfront destination with hotels, offices, an aquarium and a 480-foot observation tower. In late 2016, the Port Board picked the 1HWY1 team and its “Seaport San Diego” concept for the $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion redevelopment of the Central Embarcadero, which includes Seaport Village and surrounding areas.

Newport Beach-based TRC previously was the operator of the village, which currently includes roughly 70 specialty retailers and eateries, and on-site parking.


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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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