Wally Hale joins Avison Young in Phoenix

David GenoveseAvison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company’s Phoenix office, announced today the strategic hiring of leading office tenant-representation specialist Wally Hale.

Effective immediately, Hale becomes a Principal of Avison Young. He will continue to focus on representing his occupier clientele and expanding on the footprint that he has established over many years. He will also work closely with Avison Young Principal Mark Seale, who directs local brokerage operations, to expand the company’s institutional tenant-representation advisory services and market share across the Phoenix region. Hale was most recently Managing Director for JLL in Phoenix.

“Mark and I are excited to have Wally join our Phoenix office and we welcome him as our newest Principal,” comments Genovese. “Wally is a proven, well-respected industry leader and recognized top producer in the Phoenix market. He has represented many marquee occupier clients and has successfully protected their interests while navigating all types of market conditions. That success, combined with his community involvement, strong work ethic and cultural alignment, brings us a valued and experienced leader who will assist us in expanding our Arizona operations.”

Hale brings 35 years of commercial real estate experience to Avison Young.

Corbins Electric promotes Justin Martin to president

Justin Martin
Mark Fleming

Corbins Electric announced the promotion of Justin Martin to President. After 32 years with Corbins, Mark Fleming will now serve as CEO.

Mark joined Corbins Electric in 1986 as an electrician and became owner in 2001. Under his leadership, Corbins Electric has grown from $15 million $90 million annually, as well as expanding into the New Mexico and Tucson markets as a regional contractor and developing its virtual construction and fabrication capabilities. In his role as CEO, Mark will focus on growing the business and nurturing strategic partnerships.

Justin joined Corbins Electric in 2012 as its Operations Manager. Leveraging his experience, laser-sharp focus, and strong leadership skills, he was promoted to COO in 2015 before becoming President. His commitment to innovation, culture, and developing those around him have helped grow Corbins to its current $90 million annual revenue. In promoting Justin, Mark said, “Since joining our team, Justin has proven himself to be an exemplary leader who dedicates the time and effort needed to develop leadership skills in his teammates. In other words, he makes everyone around him better.” In his role as President, Justin will continue forging strategic partnerships, promoting team development, and driving change in electrical construction.

Versant leader named to prestigious Sun Devil 100 list

Thomas Connelly, CFA, founder, president and chief investment officer of Versant Capital Management, Inc., was named to the prestigious Sun Devil 100 Class of 2018, which is sponsored by the Arizona State University Alumni Association. Connelly was honored on April 25 at a celebration on ASU’s Tempe campus.

The Sun Devil 100 celebrates the achievements of ASU alumni who own or lead businesses across the globe. Spanning industries and locations, the university has an impressive history of entrepreneurship and leadership from its students and alumni, and the Sun Devil 100 awards program invites these innovative leaders back to campus for a celebration in their honor.

Versant Capital Management, Inc. was founded in 2004, and provides customized wealth management and investment services for high net worth clients, including individuals, families and their related entities, trusts, corporate pension and profit sharing plans, closely held businesses, not- for-profit organizations, and other tax-exempt entities, with a focus on multi-generational and next- generation education. Tom Connelly graduated from ASU in 1985 with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

To be considered for the Sun Devil 100, companies must be Sun Devil-owned or -led, been in business for at least three years, shown revenues of $250,000 in a calendar year, and operate in a manner consistent with the ASU Charter.

To see a list of all honorees for this year’s class of the Sun Devil 100, click here.