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What Retail Looks Like Post Pandemic – Tammy Fate and Cleo Rajon
Tammy Fate, Senior Manager of Retail Development and Recruitment for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber has over 15 years of experience in the economic development sector. Fate graduated from Northeastern State University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She currently serves as past president of CREC, ULI Advisory Board and the ICSC Oklahoma State Director. Previous experience includes loan officer specializing in SBA 504 lending and business development. Tammy has served as an adjunct professor teaching various classes ranging from marketing & management to advertising and design.
Cléo Rajon is the Executive Director of the Independent Shopkeepers Association, a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization for local shops in the state of Oklahoma. Since the launch of the association in January 2020, ISA has grown to 70 members statewide, playing a key role in supporting them through the crisis.
Prior to ISA, Cléo worked closely with local shops for seven years, including through the management of the Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown. She also worked as the Internal Communications Coordinator for the City of Oklahoma City’s Public Information Office for five years. Cléo was born and raised in France and moved to Oklahoma City in 2011.
Chuck Wiggin has managed the design, development, construction, leasing, sale, acquisition, financing and operation of many large commercial real estate projects, predominantly in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Boston. He founded Wiggin Properties in 1981 and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer.
Wiggin Properties began as a developer of office buildings. By the mid-1980s it was an active provider of both corporate representation services, and property management and leasing services. In 1985 the company opened its Tulsa office. In the late 1980s and early 1990s the firm served as the manager/leasing agent and subsequently disposition strategist for most of the institutional investors active in Oklahoma. Its services expanded in the 1990s to include repositioning, redevelopment, investment, development, and consulting for a wide range of properties and clients. In 1996 the firm became a founding member of the CORE Network. In 2002 a sister company became certified in the New Markets Tax Credit program, and has since invested four subsequent allocations from the CDFI Fund of the US Treasury Department totaling $132 million in projects with a total cost of $274 million. The company has created approximately thirty investment partnerships which have purchased, operated, and in some cases sold office, retail,industrial, and mixed use properties. The firm has also developed and financed a number of urban redevelopment projects requiring public-private partnerships and innovative financing in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Wiggin began his business career with Spaulding and Slye in 1973 as a project manager in its home office in Boston. As Senior Vice President of Development, he managed the firm’s development activities in suburban Boston and later, as Southwest Regional Manager, its development, construction, brokerage and management activities in Oklahoma City.
Wiggin was founder of Oklahoma City Commercial Real Estate Council, a chapter president of NAIOP, a founding sponsor of the Oklahoma Council of the Urban Land Institute, and an alumnus of Leadership Oklahoma City and Leadership Oklahoma. He is also a director of InterBank, Advanced Instruments, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Oklahoma Philharmonic Affiliated Fund, the Friends of the Oklahoma History Center, the Downtown OKC Business Improvement District, and Downtown OKC Inc. He is active in numerous other civic and cultural organizations, recently serving as President of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, Chairman of the Rotary Club 29 Foundation and Oklahoma’s Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany. A graduate of Harvard College, Wiggin has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Harvard Law School, and has served as a regional director of the Harvard Alumni Association.