AZ Big Spotlight: JLL, Avnet, BestCompaniesAZ, Enterprise

Business News | 13 Sep |

Brett Thompson joins JLL Phoenix office as SVP

The Phoenix office of JLL today announced the addition of Brett Thompson as Senior Vice President. Thompson brings nearly a decade of experience to the full-service real estate firm. He will focus primarily on landlord representation, expanding JLL’s local market presence in this sector.

Thompson was previously a Director for a leading global commercial real estate brokerage firm, where he served local and multi-market accounts in corporate leasing, expansions, relocations, acquisitions and dispositions.

In his new position, Thompson will work primarily with office leasing broker Ryan Timpani, who joined JLL in 2020, focusing on Class A office buildings.

“Brett puts the client experience as priority one and understands that tracking the fundamentals of a market – including the needs of its employees and employers – is the best way to create leasing success,” said JLL Senior Managing Director Pat Williams. “This is a great time to put those skills to work in Phoenix, as part of our JLL team. We’re very pleased to welcome him.”

According JLL research, Phoenix ranks second in the nation for pre- versus post-COVID office leasing activity. The fact that 74% of employees consider their ability to go into the office as fundamental has also supported lease volume

“As much as the pandemic has shifted how we work, it has also underscored the importance of the physical office as a place to connect and collaborate,” said Thompson. “Phoenix has embraced this with new, high-amenity office environments that are specifically designed to attract and retain employees. JLL takes a highly collaborative approach to matching tenants with these spaces. I’m thrilled to join them.”

Avnet appoints Ken A. Jacobson as CFO

The Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT) Board of Directors (BOD) voted to officially appoint Ken A. Jacobson as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) reporting to Avnet’s Chief Executive Officer Phil Gallagher.

Jacobson, age 44, joined Avnet in 2013 as Vice President and Corporate Controller and served as Avnet’s interim CFO in 2017-2018. As corporate controller, Jacobson had global leadership responsibility for the finance organizations within each of Avnet’s business units, as well as management oversight of Avnet’s global supply chain engagements.

“Ken is the ideal person to lead Avnet’s finance team into our next century of doing business,” said Avnet CEO Phil Gallagher. “He is experienced in developing strong, collaborative cross-functional relationships and balancing business objectives with financial outcomes.

Jacobson came to Avnet with 12 years of public accounting and industry experience working with a variety of public, private and international companies across various industries including technology, manufacturing and distribution. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Washington.

Kari Trummel jons BestCompaniesAZ

BestCompaniesAZ has welcomed Kari Trummel as vice president of client services and operations.

magazine layout New to market NovemberKari will assume a leadership role managing client services, marketing and operations for BestCompaniesAZ. Kari spent over 20 years in the marketing industry helping clients and companies grow their businesses.

Her expertise spans from technology and finance, to sports marketing and working with Fortune 100 companies. She has the experience to further elevate BestCompaniesAZ clients’ award winning brands.

She attended both Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University.

Enterprise Bank brings on Jimenez to boost CRA efforts

Enterprise Bank & Trust, the banking subsidiary of Enterprise Financial Services Corp (NASDAQ: EFSC), is pleased to announce the hiring of Rickey Jimenez Jr. as Senior Vice President, Director of Community Reinvestment.   

In this role, Jimenez will oversee the development and execution of Enterprise’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) strategy, which includes responsibility for community development, community relations, and philanthropic giving. He will also develop and maintain strategic alliances with community groups and governmental agencies.

An established banking professional with 20 years of experience, Jimenez brings a wealth of knowledge in Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending processes and regulations. He has a strong passion for creating impactful, mutually beneficial relationships between banks and community-oriented organizations that make a measurable impact.

Jimenez has served in various leadership roles throughout his career. He has an established track record developing, maintaining and continually assessing and revising CRA and fair lending compliance risk management programs with active oversight of operational risk, policies and procedures, and information systems for measuring, monitoring and risk reporting. This includes leading community outreach initiatives to monitor levels of community development lending, services and investments for banks.

 

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