Our Classroom Live program features three outstanding presenters who are highly regarded as industry experts in the commercial lease auditing field.

NRTA is a leading source of lease administration education for commercial office and retail real estate lease professionals who are responsible for retail real estate lease administration and operating costs.

Michael CavellMichael Cavell
Senior VP Lease Administration and Lease Audit, Hughes Marino, Inc.

Michael Cavell is a lease audit expert bringing over 37 years of small business and large corporate experience to the NRTA.

In 2013, Michael joined Asset Strategies Group (ASG) as its Director of Lease Audit serving many national retail clients. Last year Michael transitioned to his current role as Senior Vice President Lease Administration and Lease Audit for San Diego based Hughes Marino, Inc. working mainly with office tenants, but also retail.

Accomplishments over the span of Michael’s extensive career include managing teams who achieved recoveries and cost avoidance exceeding $250M. In addition, he has served as an expert lease/operating expense witness, reviewed thousands of leases and related documents, negotiated multi-million-dollar disputes.

Michael has conducted many training classes for national tenants, including teaching and/or participating at the NRTA since 2000. His experience with all types of retail tenants, national Landlord entities and a wide variety of leases makes him one of the most seasoned and experienced lease audit experts in North America today.


Jessica Mihm Jessica Mihm
Director of Lease Administration, The Buckle, Inc.

Jessica Mihm is the Director of Lease Administration for The Buckle, Inc. located in Kearney, Nebraska. The Buckle, Inc. operates approximately 450 locations in 43 states. Jessica started with Buckle over 16 years ago as a part of the Finance team. She built the Lease Administration Department and in 2006 brought the lease negotiations in house. Jessica is responsible for drafting and managing all leases, amendments, and other lease documents, as well as overseeing the Lease Administration Department, which is responsible for all rent payments, auditing, lease accounting, lease reporting, estoppels & SNDAs, and all other communications with landlords and other lease related areas.

Jessica has an Associate Degree from Hutchinson Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business from Kansas State University. Jessica has been a member of the NRTA since 2003 and is a member of the Membership Committee.


Kimberly WilliamsKimberly Williams, Esq.
Director of Lease Management, Genesco, Inc.

Kimberly Williams, Esq. has been with Genesco, Inc. for 15 years. She started as the Manager of Lease Accounting in 2005 and has grown her department over the years by optimizing ideas learned through her involvement with the NRTA. She currently serves as the Director of Lease Management, managing a portfolio of approximately 1,400 stores and 500 equipment contracts for multiple mall-based concepts.

Kimberly is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Accounting. She obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law in 2015 and her Tennessee Law License in 2017.

Kimberly has been a member of the NRTA since 2005 and was voted in as a Board Member in 2020.