Earthworks Environmental announces promotions

Continuing a trend of organic growth as its compliance and consulting footprint now reaches 24 markets, Earthworks Environmental announced five promotions, including three new Regional Managers.

Kimberly Famiglietti

Earthworks Environmental promoted Johnathan ClaytonBlake Curran, CPESC; and Matthew Trygg, to Regional Managers.

Clayton was formerly Lead Compliance Manager in Florida and will oversee Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Clayton joined Earthworks Environmental in 2018.

Curran was promoted from Lead Compliance Manager in Colorado. He will oversee Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Curran joined Earthworks Environmental in 2019.

Trygg was Lead Compliance Manager in Illinois and will oversee Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Trygg has been with Earthworks Environmental since 2018.

All three will lead the compliance managers in their respective markets as well as train new and existing employees to ensure the company continues to serve its clients.

Braxton Gries

“With our markets expanding so rapidly, this new level of management will ensure that Earthworks continues to run smoothly and precisely,” said company founder and CEO Cherie Koester.

Earthworks Environmental announced two additional promotions.

Kimberly Famiglietti was promoted from Compliance Manager in Texas to Business Development Manager. She is in charge of the business development and will collaborate with Koester in developing, establishing, and retaining long-term relationships with the company. Famiglietti has been with Earthworks for almost 2 years.

Braxton Gries was promoted from Senior Compliance Manager to Lead Compliance Manager. Gries will coordinate and manage his stormwater and dust regulations teams on all Metro Phoenix projects. He will manage the Arizona East Valley team of compliance managers. Gries has been with Earthworks since it was founded more than 7 years ago.

     “Adding this much-needed layer of Regional Managers will help Earthworks Environmental with our exponential growth,” Koester said. “We need all hands on deck to keep up with our need for training, quality control, and maintenance of local relationships. We have no plans to slow down.”

Madison Brake promoted at Bell Bank in Phoenix

Madison Brake has been promoted to VP/treasury management team lead for Bell Bank’s Phoenix market. Brake offices at Bell’s Arrowhead location in Peoria, Ariz.

Brake joined Bell in early 2021 as a treasury management officer. In her new role, she manages a treasury management team providing technology and services related to commercial deposits, helping businesses optimize cash flow and maximize efficiency in their financial operations.

Brake said she enjoys talking with businesses and understanding their industry. During the time she has been with Bell, she has formed strong relationships internally and externally.

“I concentrate on building relationships,” Brake said. “In working with a range of customers in the professional and commercial and industrial (C&I) spaces, I provide value by bringing my knowledge of the industry to how I can help them with their finances.”

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Brake is a graduate of Kutztown University.

NAI Horizon elevates 14 professionals to new leadership roles

NAI Horizon announced it has elevated 14 brokerage professionals to new leadership roles, including promoting three industry experts to the title of Executive Managing Director.

The promotions honor and highlight each individual for their commitment and dedication to the success of the firm as the commercial real estate industry and the Arizona economy emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Denise Nunez, Isy Sonabend, and Russ Warner were promoted to Executive Managing Director. Matt Harper, CCIM, Laurel Lewis, and Mark Wilcke were promoted to Managing Director. Jeff Adams was promoted to Executive Vice President.

Nunez, who has been with NAI Horizon for 7 years, leads the Nunez Self Storage Group. She possesses more than 28 years of self-storage expertise and closed more than $140 million in deals in 2021. She was also the 2021 Top Producer at NAI Horizon and finished No. 77 among NAI Global’s top 125 agents for 2021.

Sonabend, an industrial expert, was No. 111 on the NAI Global list. Sonabend was No. 2 Top Producer for NAI Horizon in 2021 with one of his most significant deals of

2021, representing Carvana in the $25 million purchase of 148 acres in Surprise, Arizona. 

Warner has been with NAI Horizon for almost 9 years and runs the Manufactured Housing Group. He is focused on the disposition of self storage, RV park and mobile

home park investment properties, as well as land suitable for development of these property types.

“These well-deserved promotions reflect the continued growth in experience and titles for our agents in multiple specialties,” said NAI Horizon CEO/Designated Broker Terry Martin-Denning. “These promotions run the gamut from our experienced brokers to the young professionals with whom they work and mentor.”

Wilcke, Harper, Lewis, and Adams finished Nos. 3 through 6 among NAI Horizon’s 2021 Top Producers. Wilcke is an industrial and land specialist; Harper is a retail specialist; Lewis is an office specialist; and Adams is an industrial and land specialist.    

Other promotions and their specialty:

To First Vice President: Victoria Filice, CCIM, self-storage; Kevin Higgins, office; Joan Krueger, office/retail/light industrial; and Christopher Lewis, industrial/land.

To Vice President: Dylan Whitwer, office.

To Associate: Drew Eisen, industrial; and Cole Neville, investment sales.


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