Gary J. Skoien has been the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Group Properties Inc. since June 1998. Since 1994, Mr. Skoien served as an Executive Vice President and the Chief Operating Officer of The Prime Group, Inc. where he is responsible for the land development division and corporate management functions. Mr. Skoien served as a Senior Vice President and the Chief Operating Officer of the Retail Division of Prime Retail, Inc. from 1992 to 1993. In this role, he oversaw strategic planning, development and management of the rapidly growing division. From 1983 to 1991, Mr. Skoien was the Executive Director of The Illinois Capital Development Board and from 1980 to 1983, Mr. Skoien was an Assistant to the Governor of the State of Illinois. Mr. Skoien is Vice Chairman of the Board of Northern Illinois University and on the Boards of Directors of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Vice Chairman of Civic Federation. He served as a Director of Prime Retail Inc. since December 5, 2002. Mr. Skoien received his A.B. Degree from Colgate University and received his Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.