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Westlake Reed Leskosky promotes well deserved staff

April 25, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Blogs | Newsmakers

In its 111th year of operation, Westlake Reed Leskosky continues its tradition of design and technical excellence led by its talented and dedicated staff.  In recognition of outstanding performance and contributions that enhance the firm’s fully integrated services and thought leadership, Westlake Reed Leskosky promoted the following individuals: Shawn P. Carr, PE to Principal, Director… Read More →

Denyse Airheart joins City of Maricopa executive team

April 24, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

Denyse Airheart has been named Interim Director of Economic Development for the City of Maricopa. In this role Denyse is responsible for attracting new industry, business, and investments to the City of Maricopa and coordinating economic development activities with other City divisions, departments, and the community. “I am pleased to have Denyse Airheart join our… Read More →

Kristie Jones appointed new role at GPE Management

April 22, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

GPE Management Services announced the appointment of Kristie Jones as designated broker. In this new role and as director of operations, she will ensure GPE runs smoothly and is compliant with all real estate regulations.  In addition to being involved in company decisions and strategic planning, Kristie establishes and monitors corporate as well as property… Read More →

Gee Gee Entz joins Cresa Phoenix as a Senior Vice President

April 20, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

Gee Gee Entz brings over 28 years of experience in commercial real estate, specializing in office tenant representation to Cresa Pheonix. Prior to joining Cresa, Ms. Entz worked at Heiple Travers Realty as a Senior Vice President and was consistently ranked among the top producers during her tenure Commitment to achieving the highest and best… Read More →

Ben Cooper joins Rose Law Group

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April 18, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

Scottsdale based Rose Law Group pc recently hired Ben Cooper, an experienced business consultant and former member of the Gilbert Town Council and Vice President of Business Development for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). Cooper joins Rose Law Group as a Senior Project Manager. “It’s an honor to join Jordan Rose and her innovative… Read More →

Mike Hammond named to State Transportation Board


Governor Doug Ducey appointed Michael S. Hammond to the State Transportation Board, representing the Pima County region in the planning and development of Arizona’s transportation network. The seven members of the State Transportation Board serve six-year terms while representing local communities throughout Arizona to prioritize transportation needs, projects and funding. “As someone who has lived… Read More →

Spongberg joins CBRE’s Phoenix office as first vice president

April 17, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Featured | Newsmakers

CBRE announced that LeDonna Spongberg, a retail leasing professional, has joined the company’s Phoenix office as a first vice president. Ms. Spongberg comes to CBRE to join regional retail leaders from the United Commercial Realty (UCR) Urban Leasing team. Dallas-based UCR was acquired by CBRE earlier this year. Locally Ms. Spongberg will partner with Vice… Read More →

Mike Medici moves to SmithGroupJJR’s corporate leadership team


Michael L. Medici, AIA, Russell P. Sykes, PE and Troy D. Thompson, AIA will assume managing partner roles for SmithGroupJJR effective May 18, 2015 upon their election by the Board of Directors. The three promotions represent an internal succession process started six years ago, and marks the continued evolution of the culture and organization of… Read More →

SimonCRE team adds Joe Acker to General Counsel

April 16, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

Commercial real estate developer SimonCRE announced the addition of Joe Acker as General Counsel to the thriving SimonCRE team. Joe Acker has built a reputation as an experienced and knowledgeable commercial real estate and corporate transactional attorney. He brings a myriad of skills to SimonCRE including a broad knowledge of real estate law and a tenacious… Read More →

Westwood forms water resources group

April 12, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

Westwood Professional Services, Inc. (Westwood), a national multi-disciplined professional surveying and engineering services firm, has formed a water resources group. The water resources group enhances the firm’s engineering services with permitting and technical support for construction and permanent stormwater management on land and power generation projects nationwide. Westwood’s newly appointed Water Resources Manager, Tom Miller, credits… Read More →

SmithGroupJJR gets new health studio leader

April 11, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

SmithGroupJJR, an architecture, engineering and planning firm, has promoted Craig Passey, AIA, to leader of the Health Studio at its Phoenix office. He succeeds Mark Patterson, who recently was elevated to become the firm’s international Health Practice leader. Passey has over 20 years of experience in architectural planning and design and is recognized for his… Read More →

HKS Phoenix principal Mo Stein promoted

April 11, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

Morris “Mo” Stein, FAIA, FACHA, principal and senior vice president, has been promoted to regional director for the Mountain State offices of HKS, Inc. Stein has maintained his position on the HKS Management Council. As regional director, Stein will manage the overall growth and efforts of HKS’ Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Denver offices. He… Read More →

Tracy Hammer joins VanTrust

March 31, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

VanTrust Real Estate, LLC announced that Tracy Hammer has joined the firm as its new Senior Director of Development Services, supporting VanTrust Real Estate’s projects across the southwest. Prior to joining VanTrust, Hammer spent ten years with McShane Construction Company as Vice President overseeing their western region including expansion into California and Nevada.  His 28 years… Read More →

Johnson Carlier hires two

March 31, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

Johnson Carlier announced Tina Bark-Roy and Kendall Chadwell have joined the company as director of client development and marketing director. Bark-Roy will be bringing a diverse background of entrepreneurship, global travel, hospitality sales and customer service to her new role. Chadwell has worked in the architecture, construction and engineering (AEC) industry for five years, focusing… Read More →