Jay Gardner- Executive Director
Surplus Property Roundtable
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Jay Gardner presently is Executive Director, Surplus Property Roundtable, and was one of four founding members. He assumed this position in 2015 after retiring from CBRE and Ford.
Jay joined Ford with an MBA in Finance, University of Michigan and held numerous jobs at Ford in finance, product development, marketing, manufacturing, and planning before transferring to international operations. Jay was appointed Finance Director, Ford Japan and Strategy Director, Northern Asia Pacific headquartered in Hiroshima Japan. Ford Japan was a $2 billion subsidiary exporting parts to Ford operations throughout Asia Pacific.
Jay joined Ford Land as Vice President, Finance and Treasurer. At the time, Ford Land was the real estate development arm of Ford. Jay worked on a number of redevelopments including converting the shell of a former assembly plant into the Great Mall of the Bay Area in San Jose, CA. Jay helped transition Ford Land from a surplus land developer role to a full-service provider of all real estate, construction and facility services for Ford worldwide.
In 2000, Jay was appointed Director, Ford Land Europe, based in Cologne, Germany. Some of the major projects included converting an old submarine plant in St. Petersburg, Russia to a modern assembly plant and building a new diesel engine plant in Dagenham, England, largely powered by wind turbines.
As Director, Real Estate, Ford Land, Jay was responsible for Corporate, Dealership and Commercial real estate transactions. Dealership included a portfolio of Company-owned dealerships in the US; Commercial included 5 million square foot portfolio in SE Michigan. Corporate included Ford’s entire portfolio of owned and leased facilities (275 million square feet). Major activities included the decommissioning and disposition of large industrial facilities – 9 plants sold since 2006 representing about 22 million square feet.
In 2007, Ford Land consolidated outside services and transitioned many of its strategic and tactical jobs to CBRE. Jay joined CB in 2007 and held the same position at Ford Land as he did before the transition.
Jay received his BA from Brown University and lives in Ann Arbor, MI with his family.