The Team

Stephen G. Leeper, President & Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Leeper was appointed President & CEO of Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) in April, 2004. He leads 3CDC's efforts to revitalize Cincinnati's Center City including the financing, development and management of real estate within Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine (OTR). Leeper's responsibilities also include the management of $250 million in local, corporately-funded, revolving loan funds. Since 2004, Leeper has managed 3CDC's investment of $1.1 billion in Downtown and OTR.

Prior to joining 3CDC, Leeper served as executive director of the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (SEA) from September 1998 - April 2004, responsible for the development and financing of PNC Park, Heinz Field, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the North Shore Riverfront Park, public parking facilities and related road infrastructure. These developments represent over $1.1 billion in private and public funding and have resulted in new mixed use development for the city of Pittsburgh. Leeper has also served as director of development for the City of Pittsburgh and director of the Department of Housing for Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Leeper is a native of Pittsburgh. He received his bachelor's degree from Ohio University and a master's degree from the Ohio State University.

Adam Gelter, Executive Vice President, Development

Adam Gelter joined 3CDC in 2005 as an intern while working on a Masters in Community Planning. Gelter later assumed the position of Development Manager, then Vice President of Development and, in 2013 was promoted to Executive Vice President of Development. In his current role, Gelter leads the development staff with the main priority of developing strategies and implementation plans for underutilized real estate within Cincinnati's center city. Gelter has recently overseen his team in the completion of the $140 million 84.51° building project, the $42 million Homeless to Homes project, and 3CDC's latest phase of redevelopment in OTR, including the $62 million Mercer Commons project and seven other scattered sites totaling another $26 million.


Tim Szilasi, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Tim Szilasi joined 3CDC in 2012 as an Accounting Manager, after spending 2 years as a member of the organization's audit team. Soon after, he was promoted to Senior Accounting Manager, spending several years in this role. In late 2015, Szilasi served as interim CFO for a period of four months before being appointed Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at 3CDC in February of 2016. At the start of 2017, he was promoted to Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.

Szilasi is responsible for the financial and administrative functions of the organization, including budget development and management, accounting and reporting, audit management and oversight, internal controls, tax compliance, capital management, loan portfolio management, human resources, risk management, and information technology.

Prior to joining 3CDC, Szilasi obtained his CPA license and spent seven years as an auditor with accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati.


Deana Battle, Vice President,
Human Resources

Deana Battle joined the 3CDC team in 2016 as Senior Human Resource Manager, and in January of 2017 was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources. In her current role, Battle leads the HR department, overseeing all aspects of 3CDC’s HR function, as well as the company’s IT needs. Battle’s focus is ensuring that all HR practices and procedures support the needs of the organization and the proper implementation of its strategy and objectives. Her responsibilities include payroll and benefits, recruitment, performance management, employee relations, employee engagement, training and development, and talent management.

Prior to joining 3CDC, she received an Associate’s Degree in Information Technology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management and a Master’s Degree in Labor and Employment Relations, all from the University of Cincinnati. Battle also earned a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM-CP.


Lann Field, Vice President, Development

Lann Field joined 3CDC in 2008 as a Development Officer after earning her Masters in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. She was subsequently promoted to Senior Development Officer, then spent two years in the role of Development Manager prior to being named Vice President of Development in 2015. In her current role, Field wears many hats, as she is responsible for overseeing aspects of everything from property acquisition and project planning to real estate finance and construction management.

During her tenure, Field has overseen or worked on projects totaling $130 million, highlighted by the $49 million Mercer Commons project.

Prior to joining 3CDC, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee, and a diploma in Alternative Design Studies from Archeworks, a multidisciplinary design school in Chicago.


Jeff Martin, Vice President, Project Management

Jeff Martin joined 3CDC in 2005 as a Development Officer, managing the $49 million renovation of Fountain Square. He was eventually promoted to Senior Development Officer, and was elevated to Development Manager prior to overseeing the $48 million renovation of Washington Park. Martin oversaw the entire remodel of the public park, including its expansion from 5 to 8 acres of space and the addition of an underground parking garage.

Most recently, Martin managed the construction of the 84.51° building in Cincinnati’s Central Business District, a $140 million project that included the construction of office and retail space, as well as a 1,000-space parking garage.

In 2015, Martin was named Vice President of Project Management. In this role, he oversees the design, consultants, permits, zoning, approval and the entire construction process – including the management of highly detailed budgets and schedules – for large-scale projects. He is currently managing the $135 million renovation of Music Hall.

Martin earned both his Bachelor of Architecture and his Master of Architecture from Miami University.


Christy Samad, Vice President,
Event Management

Christy Samad joined 3CDC in 2008 as part of the Communications Team after earning her Bachelors in Marketing & International Business from the University of Cincinnati. Following a four-year stint in her initial role, Samad transitioned to the Events Team, where she remains today. At the start of 2017, she was promoted to Vice President of Event Management, a role in which she provides the leadership, direction and focus necessary to ensure 3CDC’s vision for civic spaces is achieved.

Currently and throughout her tenure, Samad has managed the programming of 3CDC’s civic spaces which include Fountain Square, Washington Park, Memorial Hall and Ziegler Park (opening Summer 2017). She oversees all aspects of the programming, staffing and financial management that allow each of 3CDC’s civic spaces to thrive. In addition, Samad works closely with the Communications and Operations teams to make certain the venues are promoted properly, and safely and actively managed.