NewMark Merrill Companies Promotes Lisa Polis to Vice President of People Operations

Calabasas, CA. (March 9th, 2023) – NewMark Merrill Companies, Inc., a Calabasas, California-based retail shopping center owner and development company, is pleased to announce it has promoted Lisa Polis to Vice President of People Operations. She currently works out of the headquarters in Calabasas and previously served as Director of People Operations.

During her four plus year tenure with the company, Polis established the Human Resource function, strategically partnering with company leadership to build a culture aligned with the company’s mission and values. She also worked closely with company leaders to manage human resources programs and provide and promote staff development and retention by building strong relationships with the team. In this new role, Polis will be responsible for helping build and train the best team across the company’s management, acquisition, development, accounting, and technology verticals.

Our people are the heartbeat of our company,” stated Sandy Sigal, President and Chief Executive Officer of NewMark Merrill Companies. “Over the last 4 years, Lisa has provided leadership in both recruiting and in team development. From the crisis of COVID, to our rapid growth and evolution, Lisa has been an amazing leader and role model. Her desire to help every team member achieve their full potential and ensure the company’s culture and mission are always evolving has been a real difference maker for everyone she interacts with.”

Polis has 20+ years of diverse Human Resources Management experience in the Public Accounting, Education and Real Estate Sectors. As an established and accomplished Human Resources executive, Polis brings a broad set of skills and experience to NewMark Merrill Companies.

“COVID provided many challenges, and also provided many opportunities. Being able to create new ways to communicate, to inspire, and to pursue our mission in different ways gave us a fresh perspective that changed people’s lives for the better,” said Polis. “I am more excited than ever to combine an amazing team with the amazing mission of NewMark Merrill and continue to benefit our teammates, our communities, and the merchants we support and serve.”

About NewMark Merrill Companies

NewMark Merrill Companies, Inc. owns or manages a portfolio of over 95 shopping centers valued at more than $2 billion. Since 1987 President and Chief Executive Officer Sandy Sigal has led the company of shopping centers representing over 2,000 tenants and 12 million square feet in California, Colorado, and Illinois. The Company has founded and invested heavily in BrightStreet Ventures, its technology company, which is working on leading edge solutions for landlords and tenants to succeed in today’s retail environment. For more information, please visit