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Cohen expands Southwest presence with two new hires

GetFileAttachment-4Cohen Financial, a national real estate capital services firm, has announced that it has hired Kevin Sellers, Director of Capital Markets, and Krisie Holdaway, Associate, in the company’s Phoenix office.  Mr. Sellers and Ms. Holdaway report to Manny Brown, President of Capital Markets. In May 2015, Neal Churney joined Cohen Financial to lead the Phoenix office.

“We are quickly renewing Cohen Financial’s presence in the Southwest,” said Manny Brown, President. “Neal, Kevin and Krisie are all outstanding CRE professionals who will again bring our well-regarded mortgage banking services to current and new clients in this marketplace, as well as facilitate client access to a variety of direct lending programs via our partnership with Pillar.”

GetFileAttachment-5Prior to joining Cohen Financial, Mr. Sellers was the Arizona Market President for First Fidelity Bank where he led the Arizona commercial lending team and served on the Senior Management Committee and Senior Loan Committee. Mr. Sellers experience includes leadership and business development positions in commercial real estate lending, private banking and small/middle market business lending.

Mr. Sellers earned a B.S. in Finance from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is a graduate of the Chandler (AZ) Leadership Institute and Leadership Tulsa. Mr. Sellers is a Board Member of the Arizona Commercial Mortgage Lenders Association. He is a former Board Member and Secretary of Southwestern Business Financing Corporation, a Certified Development Company authorized to originate and service SBA 504 loans. Additionally, Mr. Sellers serves on the Board of Directors of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Cohen Financial has a long-standing, excellent reputation in this market, and I look forward to expanding the company’s brand and to working with Neal and Krisie,” said Mr. Sellers.

Prior to joining Cohen Financial, Ms. Holdaway was an Assistant Vice President, Capital Markets at Walker & Dunlop, LLC for 9 months. Prior to Walker & Dunlop, LLC, she worked for Johnson Capital for more than 10-years, serving as Vice President of Commercial Loan Closing.  Ms. Holdaway has closed more than $800 million in transactions since 2011 in loans ranging in size from $500,000 to $65 million. Ms. Holdaway has studied at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, and College of the Desert.

Neal Churney

Neal Churney joins Cohen Financial

Cohen Financial, a national real estate capital services firm, announced that it has hired Neal Churney, CCIM, as managing director of Capital Markets to lead Cohen Financial’s Phoenix office, which serves the Southwest commercial real estate marketplace. Churney is a well-known executive in this market with more than 17-years of experience in lending and banking. He will report to Manny Brown, President of Cohen Financial Capital Markets.

Churney has arranged more than $1 billion in commercial real estate financing to date. He joins Cohen Financial from Walker & Dunlop, which acquired Johnson Capital in 2014. During his tenure with Johnson Capital, Churney specialized in successfully delivering financing programs that best met his client’s commercial real estate financing objectives. Prior to Johnson Capital, he was employed at Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation as a Director in the company’s Phoenix office. Churney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Central Arizona CCIM Chapter.

“Neal brings a keen awareness of how to blend the transaction and relationship sides of our business,” said Brown. “He will be instrumental in expanding our reach across the Southwest and will bring a seasoned strategic and creative approach to our entire group of clients served by Cohen Financial’s Phoenix office.”

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