Welcome to City Center Lehigh Valley, a dynamic new development that has transformed Downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, into one of America’s most vibrant urban communities and the region’s hub for business, culture and metropolitan living. In 2016, US News & World Report included Allentown in its “Best Places to Live” report , and the Urban Land Institute’s publication Reaching for the Future: Creative Finance for Smaller Communities profiled the city as a case study in successful, innovative urban revitalization. Allentown is a city on the move, and City Center is at the heart of the action.The City Center development envelops the new PPL Center hockey and events arena at Seventh and Hamilton streets and blends the best new and existing properties to create an exciting place to live, work and play. City Center includes three Class A office towers, the Renaissance Allentown Hotel, 170 STRATA Flats and The Shops at City Center along with upscale restaurant space and an innovative coworking space called Velocity. City Center’s current development projects include STRATA East, an expansion of STRATA Flats; Five City Center, a major mixed-use complex covering an entire block of Hamilton Street; and Tower 6, a 145,000-square-foot Class A office building with first floor retail on Hamilton Street.
Who we are
City Center Investment Corporation (CCIC) is a visionary real estate development and management company dedicated to regenerating great American cities by combining the best new and existing cultural, commercial and residential properties. Launched in 2011, CCIC is led by a highly successful, award-winning team of innovative national developers and real estate sales and marketing executives. This dynamic group has experience creating and managing award-winning lifestyle communities, garden apartments, urban spaces and revitalized historic high-rise properties. The company is headquartered in Allentown, Pa.
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Meet Our Leadership Team
J.B. Reilly, Founder & CEO
J.B. Reilly is founder and CEO of City Center, leading the fiscal and strategic direction of the company, including its finance, legal, operations, construction management, marketing communications and leasing functions. He is also a member of the board of directors of CrossAmerica Partners LP and of M-SPEX, LLC. J.B. has 30 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate development and planning, finance management and law. He is the founding partner of Landmark Communities, a family of high-end rental apartment complexes; Traditions of America, a nationwide award-winning 50+ community; and Traditions Capital, an investment fund providing capital to homebuilders throughout the United States. J.B. served as chairman of the board of trustees of Lehigh Valley Health Network from 2009 to 2011 and was a trustee from 2002 to 2011. He has been a member of the board of trustees of Lafayette College since 2008 and was a trustee of DeSales University from 2002 to 2011. J.B. has been active in various community and charitable organizations in the Lehigh Valley for more than 25 years. He is a certified public accountant and has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association since 1987.
Judy Borrelli, Chief Financial Officer
Judy Borrelli manages the company’s growing financial investment in Downtown Allentown. In her role of CFO, Judy focuses on developing, monitoring and evaluating overall corporate strategy and provides useful financial insight to help make informed decisions about formulating and executing strategy. Judy has 29 years of accounting and finance experience. Prior to joining CCIC in November 2015, she served as chief financial officer and vice president of operation for Macada Properties Management LLC, with responsibility for leadership and key decision making at the asset management company, which handles construction development, leasing and property management for more than 600,000 square feet across 23 locations. Judy spent more than 20 years in the real estate title industry with Land America Title Insurance Company and later with one of its agents, Family Abstract. In that role she had financial responsibility for the custody of funds, RESPA and financial compliance. She began her career as a senior accountant with Maillie Falconiero & Company, CPAs, and later became a senior auditor with Price Waterhouse.
Gene Marino, Director of Finance
Gene Marino brings more than 30 years of experience in financial management to his role as CCIC’s director of finance. He has responsibility for all banking relationships and for loan and NIZ compliance money and is integral to the day-to-day accounting operations of CCIC. His professional background includes company and departmental financial operations, cost accounting, inventory management, ERP systems implementation and acquisition integration. Prior to joining CCIC in 2012, Gene was chief financial officer – retail operations for Lehigh Gas Corporation, with responsibility for the finance and accounting of the company’s convenience store segment. Before that, Gene spent 10 years as chief financial officer of Lehigh Consumer Products, where he oversaw finance, accounting, credit and human resources for the multinational manufacturer and distributor. From 1989 to 1999, he served as vice president and controller for Philadelphia Mixing Solutions. Gene began his career as a corporate accountant.
Jill Wheeler, VP, Sales & Marketing
As vice president of sales and marketing, Jill Wheeler applies more than 20 years of experience to developing and implementing corporate strategy for marketing, advertising, communications, events and leasing. She joined City Center from Adams Outdoor Advertising, where she served as general sales manager with responsibility for managing all revenue generation and 20 employees. Prior to that, Jill was vice president and general manager of Klunk & Millan Advertising, overseeing operations, business development and integrated marketing strategies. She also served in various sales and marketing management roles at Stanley Vidmar, a division of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. While there, she led an initiative to rebrand the 40-year-old business, driving a 10-percent sales increase and business acquisitions that diversified the breadth of the company’s offerings. She later ran the business in North America and Asia. Jill began her career at RCN, where she helped drive the groundbreaking expansion of broadband into high-density U.S. markets.
Jarrett Laubach serves as City Center’s director of leasing, the key point of contact for companies exploring a move to City Center Lehigh Valley. He joined City Center in 2014 with 10 years of experience working within a prominent brokerage firm, negotiating and transacting nearly $50 million in commercial real estate sales and leases in and around the Lehigh Valley. In his role at City Center, Jarrett has helped secure leases with a variety of businesses, from the global financial-services firm Morgan Stanley to the privately held wireless-technology firm Velaspan to the restaurant grain. Today he oversees all leasing of the company’s Class A office space. A Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) & Designee, he also belongs to The Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley and is a board member of Easter Seals of Eastern Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Penn State University and the local program Leadership Lehigh Valley. Jarrett writes frequently about economic development and business on City Center’s Doing Business blog.
Jeff Vaughan, VP, Director of Public Relations
Jeff Vaughan brings 25 years’ experience to his role as vice president, director of marketing and communications for City Center. Jeff is also the founder and president of a full-service public relations firm, Vaughan Communications Group (VCG), which over the past 10 years has represented such organizations and brands as National Geographic, The Saturday Evening Post, Carpenter Technology Corp. (NYSE: CRS) and Bonefish Grill. Today his clients include the publicly traded companies National Penn Bancshares and CrossAmerica Partners LP and the AHL team the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, among others. Prior to launching VCG, Jeff was a public relations executive at NBC in New York and later at Rodale in Allentown, Pa., gaining more than 15 years of experience promoting high-profile national brands and personalities. Jeff has represented Today-WeekendEdition and Dateline NBC with Jane Pauley and Stone Phillips and also served as director of communications for Prevention magazine and executive director of corporate communications for Rodale.
Jane Heft, VP, Director of Project Design & Corporate Branding
Since 2011, Jane Heft has served as City Center’s vice president, director of project design and corporate branding, leading the company’s branding, building design and integration. She is also principal of her own brand design firm, enze, providing integrated solutions for organizations from nonprofits to Fortune 100s. With more than 100 design awards, Jane most recently designed the identities for Allentown’s new PPL Center and Miller Symphony Hall, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL team, Bethlehem’s Steel Stacks complex, the ArtsQuest brand and the United Way. She began her design career in 1985 in retail advertising for a 130-store women’s fashion chain then moved into the entertainment industry, where she worked with MCA, RCA and Elektra Records. In 1995, Jane joined the Donaldson Group, a Connecticut-based industrial and communications design firm. As a senior art director there, she worked with such prominent companies as 3M, Pitney Bowes, Kodak, Hasbro/Milton Bradley, The Hartford and Danskin.
Mitch Hanna, Leasing Representative
As leasing representative, Mitch Hanna is responsible for leasing City Center Lehigh Valley’s retail space and its coworking space, Velocity. He joined City Center in 2015 as events and marketing manager, having previously served as Hamilton District Main Street Program manager for the Allentown Chamber of Commerce. Mitch serves on the boards of several downtown Allentown organizations, including The Baum School of Art, Liberty Bell Museum and Friends of the Allentown Parks. He is also a member of the Old Allentown Preservation Association and a proud downtown Allentown homeowner, having participating in the city’s Live Near Your Work housing-incentive program, of which City Center is a sponsor. Mitch is a graduate of Muhlenberg College, where he took courses in urban planning and design, urban sociology, the history of cities and placemaking.