Biz Buzz: Roseville Galleria gets new general manager

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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Westfield announced last week that it has named a new general manager for the Westfield Galleria at Roseville. Eddie Ollmann joins the Westfield Galleria after six years with the company, having most recently served as general manager at Westfield Palm Desert. Ollmann began his post on March 5 and said his goals are to develop even better and more strategic relationships with the Galleria’s anchor stores and to enhance the customer experience at the mall. “We don’t want people to come here and just shop and leave,” he said. “We want them to have a great time and have it be memorable.” Ollmann replaces former Galleria general manager Gavin Farnam, who led the expansion and rebuild after an arson fire destroyed a major portion of the mall on Oct. 21, 2010. Farnam left the position in January and will be overseeing the Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose. Ollmann said one of the challenges in taking over the center is “stabilizing a great mall that has gone through a lot over the last couple years.” “If we could fill the mall with an ever-expanding selection of great retailers, that would be first on the list,” he said. Ollmann has worked in the real estate industry for more than 12 years, specializing in management, leasing, real estate and construction oversight, according to a statement. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom with the U.S. Army and a graduate of California State University Fullerton. “(Ollmann) has proven to be a tremendous asset to Westfield throughout his time with the company,” said Matt Ehrie, regional vice president of Center Management Northwest, in a statement. “His experience in Palm Desert, coupled with his diverse retail background, made him a natural choice to fill this important role.” Acquired by the Westfield Group in 2002, Westfield Galleria at Roseville has expanded to become the Sacramento region’s largest shopping center, offering more than 250 stores and restaurants in more than 1.5 million square feet. Ollmann said one of his first orders of business was to shave his head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation last week, which he said brought back memories of Army boot camp. “It still feels weird,” Ollmann said. “But it is for a great cause and a great organization, so if that’s what it takes for me to connect with this great community, I’m more than happy to do that.” Toby Lewis can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.