Theodore A. Spitzer
Theodore Spitzer is a nationally recognized expert on food markets and alternative local food systems. His core competencies include feasibility analysis, market research, urban planning, and program evaluation.
For 25 years Ted has helped communities throughout the country to develop, revitalize, and improve their public markets and the neighborhoods around them. He led the team that assessed the feasibility of a new wholesale farmers’ market in New York City, work that included ground breaking research in demand for locally grown foods among buyers in New York City and potential supply from regional farmers. Mr. Spitzer has recently directed consulting efforts in Grand Rapids, Fort Wayne, Boise, Fort Collins, Louisville, Salt Lake City, Lynchburg, New Haven, Baltimore, Toledo, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. He is currently helping to revitalize historic public markets in Rochester and St. Louis and exploring the feasibility of a “food hub” in Northern Michigan.
Ted led the planning and predevelopment efforts for the new Grand Rapids Downtown Market, including the initial feasibility study and concept plan. This mixed-use market facility includes an outdoor farmers’ market shed, a 21 vendor indoor market hall, two restaurants, 31,000 sf of commercial lease space, and a 5,100 sf shared commercial kitchen/ incubator. The project also includes rooftop greenhouses, a large demonstration kitchen and special event space, and the country’s first Kid’s Kitchen cooking lab with adjustable height cooking surfaces to accommodate six year-olds to adults. Ted played a central role in fundraising for the $29.6 million project and is currently developing community partnerships to enhance the Market, focusing on the education and medical sectors. Construction began in January 2012 and the Downtown Market opened in May 2013.
Most recently, Ted led the master planning effort for historic Lexington Market in downtown Baltimore. Following the plan's adoption in January 2015, Ted is helping to guide implementation by supporting the Market's board and executive staff through design, fundraising, partnership development, and organizational efforts. READ MORE
Hugh A. Boyd, FAIA
Hugh Boyd Hugh Boyd, FAIA, is principal of Hugh A. Boyd, Architects, a specialty architecture firm based in Montclair, New Jersey, that he founded in 1987. Mr. Boyd has extensive experience in retail and commercial space design, merchandising, and graphic concepts, with particular expertise in the programming and design of public markets. Recently the firm designed the very successful Market at Grand Central Terminal, New York, the redevelopment of Cincinnati's historic Findlay Market, and new public markets in Portland, Maine and Charleston, West Virginia. Mr. Boyd's expertise also extends to the study and design of roadside markets around the country, including the highly successful expansion and renovation of Atkins' Farmers Country Market, in Amherst, MA. READ MORE
Paul Steinke is General Manager of Philadelphia's historic Reading Terminal Market, among the premier public markets in North America. Among his accomplishments are negotiating new long-term leases with over 75 merchants, recruiting dozens of new vendors, making numerous facility improvements, and introducing Sunday hours for the first time in the Market's 100+ year history.
Prior to running Reading Terminal, Paul was Executive Director of the University City District, a business improvement district with a staff of 80 and a $4.5 million budget.
Paul brings unparalled hands-on management experience to Market Ventures and a long track record of success.