Founder, President and CEO, LAB Holding, LLC
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Following a successful career in the fashion industry including Executive VP Corp, Gotcha Sportswear and President of surfing giant Quiksilver, Shaheen has taken his expertise to the unconventional place of niche retailing and community development. His initial project, the LAB Anti-Mall, nearly 30 years "young", continues to garner international acclaim.
In 2002 Shaheen established the first "green" retail center, the CAMP, including the innovative anchor eco product store, SEED People's Market. Shaheen established the SoBeCa Arts District in Costa Mesa in 2002. Other projects include the restoration of the historic Casino San Clemente, the revitalization of downtown Anaheim including the renewal of Center St. Promenade, and the creation of the Packing District Community which includes the Packing House, the Packard Building, Farmers Park, the Make Project and Modern Times Leisure Town all in Anaheim. Projects under development include San Marcos, Garden Grove, Long Beach, and Costa Mesa among the current 46 developed projects the company owns and operates.
Awards: Mayor’s Hall of Fame Award from Costa Mesa, Developer of the Year, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, Gold Nugget award 5 times for PCBC Project of the Year and international recognition by the BBC, NY Times, London Financial Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal, who called Shaheen “retail royalty”. Shaheen is a frequent speaker at TED.
Shaheen holds a BA degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and the Executive Finance program from Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts.