Valley Partnership has announced the topic for its upcoming monthly breakfast on Friday, Aug. 22. This month’s program will feature an update on current real estate conditions in Scottsdale, Ariz. Panelists will discuss what’s been happening in “The West’s Most ‘Western’ Town” as well as future opportunities for the commercial real estate and development community.
The Scottsdale update panel will feature Danielle Casey, economic development director for the City of Scottsdale; Jim Keeley, senior vice president with Colliers International; and Jonathan Keyser, founder of Keyser Co. City of Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane will also be the featured “Mayor’s Minute” panel and will give a brief update on current development projects within the city.
“The City of Scottsdale is one of the most dynamic centers of economic development within the Valley,” said Richard Hubbard, president and CEO of Valley Partnership. “Scottsdale has proven to be a desirable location for companies looking to locate and/or expand within the Valley, and as the economy continues to improve it is important the commercial real estate and development communities are educated on potential opportunities and challenges that will come from Scottsdale’s business growth.”
In addition to the panel the Community Project Committee will feature a “hands on” display of instruments to be installed in the sensory section at the site of this year’s recipient, Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped. Members may also order engraved bricks.
The Valley Partnership Monthly Breakfast will take place Friday, August 22nd at the Phoenix Country Club located at 2901 North 7th St. in Phoenix. Registration begins at 7 a.m.; program begins at 7:45 a.m. To register, visit www.valleypartnership.org and click on the “Monthly Breakfast” tab.
Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, Inc. negotiated leases totaling 24,486 square feet for a commercial real estate advisory firm and a medical care company at 4141 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Fresenius Medical Care of Waltham, Mass., signed a 12-year lease for 15,317 square feet. Fresenius provides dialysis treatment through a network of more than 1,800 facilities nationwide. Keyser signed a 6-year lease for 9,169 square feet. It is relocating from 1048 N. 48th St. in Phoenix.
“Both tenants saw an opportunity to plant a flag in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale,” said Chris Latvaaho. “Scottsdale continues to attract innovative companies that see the value of locating their business in what has been branded as the live-work-play that is unique to Scottsdale and not easy to replicate anywhere else in the Valley.”
The anchor tenant is Aetna Life Insurance. With the two leases, occupancy will be 89 percent.
Latvaaho and Tim Whittemore of Cushman & Wakefield represented the landlord, an entity owned by certain affiliates of Westport Capital Partners LLC. Keyser was represented by company owner Jonathan Keyser. Fresenius was represented by Pete Wentis and Jim Greene of CBRE.
Keyser announces new team member
Keyser, an innovative commercial real estate advisory firm providing global real estate services to tenants of office, industrial, retail, healthcare, and educational space, announced that Robert Harding has joined the growing firm.
Robert Harding, Keyser
“I am very pleased to be able to welcome Robert to the team,” stated founder Jonathan Keyser. “His service orientation and strong work ethic make him a perfect fit for our culture, and his contributions will help to ensure that our clients continue to receive best in class service on each and every transaction.”
Robert will be working as a partner to Clint & Blake Hardison in helping clients make strategic real estate decisions that align with their business goals and objectives. Robert is an expert at researching companies and identifying new business opportunities, and will also support the team by helping to analyze client lease agreements, research property availabilities, manage client and prospect databases, and create and produce customized client deliverables.
“I chose Keyser because their principals drive me to be greater,” stated Robert. “At Keyser, each individual member of the team is committed to selflessly serving at all times. We are committed to not only giving best in class real estate service, but changing the lives of those we work with in every interaction. I couldn’t think of a better place to invest my time and talents.”
McMillan Commercial Real Estate, a leading Arizona commercial real estate firm exclusively representing tenants and corporate space users, announced today that they have entered into an agreement to merge with Keyser to lead the firm’s growing Educational Practice Group.
“I am very pleased to be able to announce this merger,” stated Andy McMillan, CEO of McMillan Commercial Real Estate. “After working together for some time and really getting to know the Keyser team, it became clear that we have a strong philosophical alignment as well as the unique opportunity to create extraordinary synergies. Merging simply made sense and will be a benefit to both of our respective clients.”
The newly combined entity will operate under the Keyser brand, and the McMillan team’s focus will be to lead and grow Keyser’s Educational Services Division.
“McMillan Commercial Real Estate has a strong local reputation for client advocacy and service, and we are very pleased that they have chosen to join our growing firm,” said Jonathan Keyser, Founder of Keyser.
“We have been searching for the right fit to lead our educational services division. The McMillan team’s experience will further bolster our capabilities in the educational space and ensure that we have the right leadership and expertise to support our clients with their educational requirements going forward.”