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Newsmakers: AZRE Magazine November-December 2010

Newsmakers In Arizona Real Estate

Newsmakers in the commercial real estate industry are featured each issue. Here are the movers and shakers for November – December 2010:

Cushman & Wakefield acquired Cowen Commercial, a real estate firm specializing in retail leasing, investment sales, shopping center repositioning and development. Owner and President Jonathan Cowen, Adam Madison, Joseph Hoye II and Shannon O’Keefe joined Cushman & Wakefield. Cowen will be a senior director.

Jamie Medress was promoted to senior vice president investments at Marcus & Millichap.

Cliff David was promoted to vice president of investments. He specializes in multi-family investment sales.

Michel Ayer, an attorney at Quarles & Brady’s Phoenix office, was elected to Habitat for Humanity’s Central Arizona board of directors. Ayer is a member of the firm’s real estate group.

GPE Management Services named Linda Tierney senior property manager of the company’s property management services. She will be responsible for the direct management of RJ Realty Investors’ Phoenix portfolio.

RiverRock Real Estate Group, which will manage an unnamed client’s 1.6 MSF Phoenix industrial portfolio, named Michelle Weber as property manager to oversee the portfolio.

Erik Marsh joined Grubb & Ellis as vice president, Industrial Group, primarily specializing in sales. Marsh joins Grubb & Ellis after spending six years with Marcus & Millichap.

Daniel Mercer joined Grubb & Ellis’ Financial Services Asset Management group as senior vice president. With 37 years of experience, Mercer will oversee the company’s distressed asset services in the Phoenix region.

Karl Abert joined Grubb & Ellis as vice president, Multi-Housing Group. His team will include David Cravath, vice president, who joined the company in June.

Laurel Lewis joined NAI Horizon’s Office Properties Group. She spent the past 10 years with Grubb & Ellis.

Geoffrey Harris was promoted to vice president capital markets with Mark One Capital. Harris began his career with MMCC in 2006, specializing in single-tenant/retail.

Tim Phillips joined GPE Commercial Advisors as associate vice president specializing in industrial, flex and office property sales and leasing.

Raul Abad rejoined the Phoenix office of Gust Rosenfeld and will focus his practice on commercial real estate transactions, including development, leasing, financing and acquisitions and dispositions. He was practicing law in Denver.

Mark Dillon was named designated broker for Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial. Dillon joined the firm in December 2006, and is adding to his current position as vice president and general counsel.

Faris Lee Investments, a retail investment firm, opened a Phoenix office and named David Wetta as senior member overseeing a 3-person team. Wetta previously was with Marcus & Millichap. Joining Wetta: Joseph Compagno, Paul Salinas and Nathan Hubbell. All 3 were formerly with Marcus & Millichap.

MODE Real Estate Management Services hired Gina Rouban as assistant property manager.

Quarles & Brady attorney Katea M. Ravega was elected treasurer of the U.S. Green Building Council Arizona Chapter. Ravega is a member of the firm’s Environmental Law Group and a LEED accredited professional.

AZRE Magazine November/December 2010

Newsmakers, AZRE Magazine September/October 2010

Newsmakers: AZRE Magazine September/October 2010

The newsmakers of September and October 2010.

Paul Klink, Alisa Timm and Sarah Searight joined the Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial property management division. Klink was named managing director Southwest Region; Timm was named associate vice president and Searight joined the company as property manager. Justin LeMaster joined the industrial group as senior associate. LeMaster previously was with NAI Horizon.

Dick Crowley was promoted to vice president of Kitchell Construction’s healthcare division. Crowley joined Kitchell six years ago as director of client services.

Neal Churney joined Johnson Capital as senior vice president. Prior to joining Johnson Capital, Churney was a director with Marcus & Millichap Capital, where he financed multi-family, office, industrial and retail properties.

Luke Snell joined Western Technologies as senior construction materials engineer. Snell formerly was with the Concrete Industry Management program at ASU’s Del E. Webb School of Construction.

Brian Ackerman joined Jones Lang LaSalle as senior vice president. He will specialize in the acquisition and disposition of office and industrial property throughout Arizona.

Anthony Lydon and Marc Hertzberg joined the industrial brokerage team as managing directors. Most recently with Cassidy Turley, the duo has a combined 50 years of experience in industrial real estate.

GPE Management Services added Mark Carrell and Shirley Hawley as senior commercial real estate professionals. Carrell is responsible for managing the 200,000 SF local portfolio of West Coast Capital Partners.

Grubb & Ellis expanded its Phoenix operation with the addition of the office and medical condo team of Sheila Bale, Colleen McPherson and Ryan O’Connor. David Cravath joined the multi-housing group as vice president. Also joining Grubb & Ellis are Steve Julius (senior associate) and Jesse Goldsmith (associate). Previously with Marcus & Millichap, they will specialize in retail investments.

ICSC appointed six Arizonans as volunteer officers for Arizona and New Mexico: Gordon A. Keig, Kornwasser Shopping Center Properties, state director; Jeff Manelis, The Pederson Group, Inc., government relations committee chair; Steven R. Helm, Macerich, alliance private sector co-chair; Jim Brennan, Vestar Development Co., operations chair; Dennis Barr, The Kroger Co., retail chair; and John C. Reva, SR Commercial Real Estate, next generation chair. All appointments are for the 2010-2011 term.

Dave Headstream and Mike Ratliff were named to the land services group of CB Richard Ellis in Phoenix. They join Jason Hyams, another CBRE first vice president, to form a new land services team.

James Abell, FAIA of James Abell & Associates Architects in Tempe received the Edward C. Kemper Award at the AIA convention in Miami. The Kemper Award is given annually to an architect who has contributed significantly to the profession through service to AIA.

Rowland Luxury Homes hired Mary Norton as director of marketing and business development.

MODE Real Estate Management Services hired Ryan King as tenant services coordinator to its commercial property management staff.

Voit Real Estate Services opened an Arizona regional office in Phoenix. Jason Quintel was named managing director for the area. Voit also announced the hiring of Robert A. Freund as COO. Phoenix is one of the operations he will oversee.

SmithGroup hired Michelle Romero as senior interior designer for the firm’s Workplace Studio. Romero formerly worked for Tempe-based DAVIS.

Brock Huttenmeyer was named director of pre-construction services for Haydon Building Corporation’s building division. Denise Arredondo joins Haydon’s building division as a junior estimator.

Boe Bergeson was named leader of business development in the Southwest Region for the Weitz Company. Bergeson will focus on mtunicipal, commercial, industrial, higher education, hospitality, federal, senior living, tenant improvements, renovations, retail and distressed properties.

CB Richard Ellis’ 12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale raised nearly $35,000 for Valley charities and local chapters of national nonprofit organizations. Three charitable organizations will receive a sizable portion of the money: Childhelp, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix.

The Phoenix Asset Services Division of CB Richard Ellis announced that Camelback Esplanade III achieved Gold certification under the USGBC LEED rating system for Existing Buildings (EB). The 218,254 SF building at 24th St. and Camelback Rd. is the third CBRE-managed office building to earn the LEED-EB rating.

AZRE Magazine September/October 2010