Meet The Disruptors: Ward Kampf Of Northwood Retail On The Three Things You Need To Shake Up Your Industry

Authority Magazine Editorial Staff
Authority Magazine
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9 min readJul 1, 2021


I believe people who are successful, high achievers can process what is coming in, synthesize what is important, and leave the rest. If you never see volume, you can never scale your business.

As a part of our series about business leaders who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ward A. Kampf.

Ward A. Kampf serves as President of Northwood Retail. Since joining the organization in 2014, he has been responsible for developing and implementing the company’s strategic vision, building trusted relationships with regional and national retailers, and managing Northwood Retail’s long-term leasing ventures. Always seeking to be on the vanguard, Ward has an envelope-pushing intuition and forward-thinking mindset that has propelled Northwood Retail’s portfolio to contain 71 first-to-market tenants and 28 digitally native brands throughout its properties, which span from California to Texas and the Carolinas. Ward has been instrumental in creating dynamic assets such as Domain NORTHSIDE in Austin, Texas and Freshfields Village in Kiawah, South Carolina.

With over 30 years of industry experience, Kampf previously served at a senior level within Glimcher Realty Trust, holding the positions of Senior Vice President of Strategic Investments and Senior Vice President of Retail Strategies. During his tenure, he was responsible for leading the retail leasing strategy for Scottsdale Quarter in Scottsdale, Arizona. From 2005 to 2009, he served as President of Retail for Thomas Enterprises, Inc., where he directed the leasing and management of several esteemed retail developments such as The RIM in San Antonio, Texas and The Forum in Carlsbad, California. In addition to these past achievements, he also held senior leadership roles at General Growth Properties and Gap Inc. Kampf received a BBA in Business from Southern Methodist University.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dig in, our readers would like to get to know you a bit more. Can you tell us a bit about your “backstory”? What led you to this