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Born in South Dakota, Russ Pratt moved with his family to Southern California in the 1950’s. After receiving his Bachelor and Law degrees from UCLA, he practiced law in Los angeles for 8 years. In 1968, he joined the Peace Corps and moved his family to the Southern African nation of Botswana where he became country director. After 3 wonderful years, Russ and the family relocated to Northern California, where he began working in the Real Estate industry as a broker. He then joined forces with Merrit Sher as president of Terranomics until 1982, at which point he formed the Pratt company. Over the past 35 years Russ has completed more than fifteen (15) shopping centers, totaling over 2,000,000 square feet of retail space in addition to completing three (3) self-storage facilities with over 230,000 square feet. In addition, he is a past trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers, with which he remains very active. He continues developing to this day with the same love for the game that he's always had.