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Independent Director

Richard J. Smith

Mr. Smith served as the chief financial officer and secretary, Phillips Edison & Company and Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT I, Inc. from February 2010 to July 2013. He currently serves as a consultant, advising management teams in the development of strategic and financial plans, as well as improvements in systems, internal controls and financial reporting, recommend debt restructuring options and expanding lender relationships. From 1996 to 2009 he served as the chief financial officer and secretary of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, a self-administered, publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust that owns and manages a portfolio of 88 shopping centers, of which a large majority are anchored by grocery and/or value-oriented retailers.  In 1996 he served as the vice president of The Hahn Company, a full-service owner and developer of super-regional malls throughout the United States. From 1993 to 1996 he served as the chief financial officer and treasurer of the Glimcher Realty Trust, a self-administered, publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust that owns regional malls, community shopping centers and single-tenant retail properties nationwide. Mr. Smith holds a BBA in Accounting and Finance from Eastern Michigan University and is a certified public accountant. He is a board member of The Drees Company, one of the largest home builders in the United States, and The Michigan Legacy Art Park; and a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and the International Council of Shopping Centers.