Photo of the spectacular 311 gram lunar meteorite (NWA 7611) on display in ASU’s Center for Meteorite Studies. The cut and polished surface uniquely shows the great diversity of rock types on the lunar surface. Photo by Laurence Garvie.
Paul Sweetland has been named Senior Director in the Industrial Properties Division of Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, Inc.
Sweetland leases and sells industrial properties with a specialization in freestanding owner/user buildings and multi-tenant developments. Clients served by Sweetland include Western Refining, Harsch Investment Properties, Westcore Properties, Washington Federal, MDI Capital, Panattoni Development, Equity Building Services, City National Bank and GE Capital.
Sweetland brings to Cushman & Wakefield more than 16 years of experience in the industrial real estate market. He spent 13 years practicing in the Las Vegas market and has worked in the Metro Phoenix area for the past three years.
“We are thrilled to have Paul join us as we continue to grow our industrial presence in the greater Phoenix market,” commented Joe Cook, C&W’s COO, U.S. Markets.
Sweetland holds the designation of Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He earned real estate licenses from both the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business and the Nevada School of Real Estate and Business.
Washington Federal announced Debbie Hernandez has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager. Hernandez has been with Washington Federal for more than 12 years.
In her position, Hernandez is responsible for increasing loan production and client base by growing the business checking and savings accounts and consumer checking and savings accounts. She is also responsible for increasing Washington Federal’s presence in the West Valley. Prior to joining Washington Federal, Hernandez was an insurance agent in Ohio.
“Debbie is a huge asset to our team here at Washington Federal,” said Trevor Bush, senior vice president and manager of Arizona retail banking division. “We are excited to see her continue to expand the presence and reach of Washington Federal.”
Hernandez earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in business from the Trumbull Business College in Warren, Ohio. She is also involved with the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is a volunteer for St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Washington Federal has announced that Justin Roberge has joined the bank as branch manager of the Sun City Branch.
In his new role, Roberge will be responsible for providing leadership through employee motivation and development as well as managing the overall success of the branch. He will also be responsible for business development, deposit growth and promoting and selling additional bank products and services at the branch.
Prior to joining Washington Federal, Roberge held several other banking and management positions. Throughout his career, he has helped lead more than 150 employees through new product launches and was responsible for overseeing at risk banking locations, helping them become top producers.
When he’s not working, Roberge remains active in his local community as a volunteer with Hospice of the Valley as a social worker and bereavement counselor.
Washington Federal has announced that Todd Hatch has joined the bank as assistant vice president/regional sales manager. With over 14 years in corporate banking, he brings extensive experience to his new position, including a strong background specializing in the financing of transportation and construction equipment.
In his new role, Hatch will oversee equipment finance business development in a variety of markets, including healthcare, transportation, manufacturing and heavy commercial equipment.
Hatch received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish with minor in Latin American literature from Brigham Young University.
Washington Federal has announced Brian McCrea as its newest business banking credit analyst. McCrea’s primary focus will be to assist with the origination of business loans to new and existing clients.
McCrea’s prior experience includes serving as a consumer loan underwriter at a major bank in both Des Moines, Iowa and Tempe. He has a breadth of knowledge in consumer loan modification workouts and refinancing, home lending, credit analytics and analysis.
McCrea received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Iowa.