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07/13/2022 | by Diane Rusignola

DJ Busch, CEO and president of InvenTrust Properties Corp. (NYSE: IVT), participated in a video interview in conjunction with Nareit’s REITweek: 2022 Investor Conference in New York on June 7-9.

Busch said that as InvenTrust was preparing to go public in 2021, it was very important to distinguish itself amid the competitive shopping center sector.

“90% of our income comes from Sun Belt cities, which we think is a differentiator for us, and a good one because of the strong demographic trends that we continue to see in the markets where we operate,” Busch said.

Busch said that a commitment to ESG initiatives has been a focus of InvenTrust for the past decade, including having been a participant in GRESB since 2013. He noted that some of the REIT’s sustainable practices include LED lighting, maintaining energy management systems, and ensuring that its locations have green space.

Turning to talent and growth within the organization, Busch said career development is an important part of preserving InvenTrust’s culture.

“I think we’re still learning about all of the opportunities in the hybrid work environment to make sure we’re giving our employees opportunities to continue to develop, either with InvenTrust or further on in other parts of their career,” he said.