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Jason Tompkins is president & chief operating officer at Asana Partners, a real estate investment company that creates value through acquisition, enhancement, and operation of distinctive retail properties in dynamic urban markets in the United States. He was formerly chief financial officer of EDENS, a national retail real estate investment trust. He has overall responsibility for capital markets, investor relations, finance, accounting, tax, technology, and portfolio operations. Prior to joining EDENS, he was a vice president with Wachovia Securities' Real Estate Investment Banking group in Richmond, Virginia; a director with Arthur Andersen's Real Estate Corporate Finance Group in Washington, D.C.; and a vice president of European Mergers and Acquisitions for GE Capital Real Estate in Paris, France. Tompkins is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Real Estate Roundtable's Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee, and the Urban Land Institute. He also serves on the boards of Hammond School, Providence Hospital, and Epworth Children's Home in Columbia. Tompkins received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech and has completed executive management coursework at the Wharton School, the Aspen Institute, the University of Connecticut, and INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Jason is a Fellow of the 11th class of the Liberty Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.