Dr. Andrew Strenk
Dr. Andrew Strenk is President of Strategic Planning Concepts International and brings 26 years of real estate strategic planning, site assessment, demographic analysis and asset analysis to his assignments. His specialty is particularly in the assessment of retail locations and trade areas in diverse, multi-cultural areas. He is able to draw upon diverse cultural experiences gained from an additional eighteen years of work as a researcher, writer, historian and news reporter in Ecuador, Germany, France, Russia, México, South Korea and Singapore.
Dr. Strenk earned a Ph.D. in Modern European Politicl History at the University of Southern California in 1983. As an undergraduate at USC, he was a Phi Beta Kappa history scholar. He was a German Academic Exchange Scholar at the University of Wuerzburg in the Federal Republic of Germany from 1972-1974, where he earned a master's degree degree in East European History. His exposure to México began as a member of the U.S. swimming team at the 1967 Pre-Olympics and 1968 Olympic Games in México City. Following several years as a journalist and as a lecturer in history at USC, he worked at the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee from 1983-1984 as a staff writer and researcher.
From 1985-1990, Dr. Strenk worked with The Fransen Company of Santa Monica, California, a well-known international retail and real estate consulting firm with clients among the USA's largest retail developers and department stores. Activities included a wide variety of research and consulting projects involving regional fashion malls, community shopping centers, resorts, commercial office buildings, sports and recreational facilities and mixed-use projects. Since 1986, he has worked consistently with El Puerto de Liverpool in assessing many markets and sites in México. In that time frame, Liverpool has grown from a small regional department store with ten stores, mostly in México City, to a national chain of some sixty department stores.
In addition to his work with Liverpool, at SPCI, Dr. Strenk has worked with AutoZone, KMart de México, HEB, Hechinger, Home Depot, Ross Dress for Less, Smart and Final, Warner Brothers and other US companies interested in the Mexican market, as well as foreign companies including Auchan, C&A, Hoyts and Metro. SPCI assisted AutoZone locate its first 21 stores in México. SPCI has performed studies for various development companies including Abita, Accion, Acosta Verde, ARYBA, ARCO, AXO, Consorcio ARA, Depromesa, Desarrollos Delta, Desarrolladora Mexicana de Inmuebles, DICSA, Escala, GE Capital de Mexico, GMI, GICSA, GMI, Gravi, Hines de Mexico, HTN Construcion, IDISA, Interdiseños, Lamosa, Questro, Roma, Sordo Madaleno, Tribasa, Urbanizadora U-Calli, Urbi and Vesta. Other clients for whom SPCI has done work include Cushman and Wakefield, Kimco, O'Connor Capital, The Staubach Company, Trinity Capital and Vaupen Financial.
Within the USA, SPCI has worked with a number of shopping center developers including Buddy Herring, Crumpler and Kruger, Donahue-Schriber, Fenton-Western, Forest City, The Hahn Company, The Irvine Company, Kornwasser-Friedman, The Lundin Company, MaceRich and Urban Retail Properties.
Dr. Strenk is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Koroibos Foundation. He has traveled and worked in over forty countries, speaks and writes excellent German and has a working knowledge of French and Spanish. He is a resident of North Tustin, California.