Newmark hires Capital Markets experts Barry Gabel and Chris Marchildon

Newmark announce that capital markets experts Barry Gabel and Chris Marchildon have joined Newmark’s Phoenix office as Executive Managing Directors, bringing more than 50 years of combined experience, specializing in high-profile office investment sales throughout Arizona. 

Barry Gabel
Chris Marchildon

Gabel and Marchildon, who will partner with CJ Osbrink, Newmark Executive Managing Director and a member of the West Coast Capital Markets team, are joined by professionals Ryan Reading, Jamie Altholz, Amy Alschlager and Ada Rose Mancusi providing financial and market analysis, marketing and client services. 

“Barry and Chris, working closely with Newmark’s CJ Osbrink, create a formidable capital markets team in Phoenix,” said Kevin Shannon, Co-Head of U.S. Capital Markets at Newmark. “The addition of these two seasoned producers to our team is a testament to the unwavering expansion and influence of our national platform, which consistently attracts and retains industry-leading talent.”

With a career spanning more than four decades, Gabel is recognized as a prominent industry advisor in the Phoenix market, having completed over 500 transactions totaling over $8.3 billion in value on nearly 37 million square feet. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including NAIOP Arizona Investment Broker of the Year seven times, Commercial Executive Magazine’s Broker of the Year six times as well as Broker of the Decade in 2021. 

“Joining Newmark and utilizing the company’s extensive platform allows us to deliver best-in-class services to our clients, expanding our commitment to excellence,” said Gabel. “We are excited for new growth opportunities and to further build our client service throughout Phoenix.” 

Marchildon joined Gabel’s team in 2010 and has since partnered together to complete over 219 transactions totaling $4.9 billion in value. He was awarded NAIOP Arizona Emerging Broker in 2017 and NAIOP National Developing Leader of the Year in 2016. Prior to joining Newmark, Gabel and Marchildon led a comprehensive capital markets team at CBRE.

Some of the team’s most recent notable transactions include Chandler Viridian, which traded for $102 million, Terra Verde I and Tower at Scottsdale Landing, the Promenade Corporate Center office building in north Scottsdale and 27 Camelback in the Camelback Corridor.

Laurent Badoux rejoins Littler as shareholder

Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has added Laurent Badoux as a shareholder in its Phoenix office. Badoux, who was an attorney and shareholder with Littler from 2002 to 2013, rejoins the firm from Buchalter, where he led the Arizona Labor & Employment practice group.

Laurent Badoux

“Laurent brings more than 25 years of experience counseling employers on both domestic and international labor and employment matters, which directly aligns with our focus on being local everywhere and serving as a first-stop shop for clients in the many jurisdictions in which they operate,” said Erin Webber, Littler’s managing director and president. “We are always happy when we can welcome people back ‘home’ to Littler and are thrilled to have Laurent rejoin us.  We know that our teams in Phoenix and offices around the globe will benefit from his skills and insights.”

Badoux advises private and public sector employers in a range of employment law matters, including compliance with wage and hour and employee compensation laws, labor management relations, and human resources issues that come with movement of personnel across borders. His international practice includes conducting compliance audits and preventive training, as well as drafting employment policies and domestic and foreign employment and consultancy agreements. Domestically, Badoux also conducts workplace investigations and counsels clients on various matters that arise in the employer-employee relationship, such as wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, and breach of contract. 

“As Phoenix continues to see significant economic growth, the addition of accomplished lawyers like Laurent further bolsters our offerings not only to local employers, but to those relocating their operations in Arizona,” said Kristy Peters and Andrea Lovell, office managing shareholders of Littler’s Phoenix office, in a joint statement. “We join our colleagues in Phoenix and worldwide who worked with Laurent during his previous tenure at Littler in celebrating his return to the firm.”

In addition to his counseling practice, Badoux is an experienced litigator who defends clients in class and collective actions, collective bargaining agreement arbitrations and negotiations, and unfair labor practice trials. He regularly appears in state and federal courts at the district and appellate levels, and also represents clients before numerous regulatory agencies, including the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. His clients include governmental entities and businesses in a broad array of industries, from start-up companies to multinational organizations.

Aviation CEO named to CEO of the Year List

Mike Bianco, CEO of AvAir, an industry-leading inventory solutions provider for the aviation aftermarket, has been named to Airline Economics’ “CEO of the Year” List. Bianco was ranked five out of the 10 CEOs on the list.

Mike Bianco

The 2023 list is comprised of the industry’s leading talent. The CEO of the Year is judged on the performance of the company over the past 12 months, personal involvement with deals, expansions, agreements and suppliers. Recipients of the award are nominated via votes cast by clients and colleagues. Bianco has been named to the list two years in a row and was also one of Airline Economics’ ‘40 Under 40 recipients in 2020.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead at AvAir and to work with an incredible team,” said Bianco. “I credit this recognition to them. It’s also humbling to be acknowledged by my peers and join the other esteemed CEOs on this list.”

Bianco has a long and unique history with AvAir. He began in 2000 working in the warehouse shipping and receiving parts. During his time with the company, he has held many positions, including director of sales, vice president and president. Bianco’s changing roles over the last 20 years at AvAir gives him a unique perspective to understand the inner workings of the company and industry. The company has celebrated great growth under his direction and was also awarded the Parts Supplier of the Year for the past three years by Airline Economics. 

AvAir, now in its 22 year in business, offers customized solutions for customers and suppliers to buy, sell, exchange, loan, lease, or consign inventories with more than 26 million in-stock components. The company is ISO 9001, AS9120, and ASA 100 certified and adheres to the highest quality standards in all phases: purchasing, receiving, stocking, sales, and shipping.

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Platinum Living Realty welcomes team of 12 agents

Platinum Living Realty (PLR), an independent luxury real estate brokerage in Arizona, announced that The Ellens Team, led by locally acclaimed and award winning agent Torie Ellens, has joined their growing brokerage. Ellens has been in the industry for 23 years, bringing with her a team of 12 agents as well as her support staff.

“At Platinum Living Realty, we intentionally bring on agents who are not only leaders in their respective offices, but also in the industry,” says Michelle Macklin, co-owner of Platinum Living Realty. “We are honored that Torie has decided to bring her team over to Platinum Living Realty, as the culture of her client-focused team is one that resonates with our mission at PLR.”

This latest team to join Platinum Living Realty is a result of the company’s successfully evolved business model and independent brand. So far in the last, PLR has attracted more than 50 new agents in the fastest-growing county in the nation. With Phoenix real estate market trends estimated to be 30-90 days ahead of the rest of the country, PLR’s focus on luxury homes is setting an industry standard nationally.

“I built my team with a strong belief that there is a better way to do real estate,” says Ellens. “Years ago, when I met the owners, Jay and Michelle Macklin, I had a tremendous amount of respect for their dedication to the same values I have, along with their commitment to growth and client focus. The time is now perfect for me to join PLR and I cannot wait to see the continued growth and success we will achieve together.”

PLR has been recognized as a leader in the industry by numerous media outlets, realty groups, and independent organizations. Its brand cannot be reproduced in any franchise and encompasses a wholly unique offering not available in any other brokerage. At the center of the brand is co-founder Jay Macklin’s proprietary 5 Pillars System, which maximizes resources, generates new leads and helps home buyers and sellers realize their dreams.

“The timing of The Ellens Team joining our group, synonymously at the start of the spring/summer housing market, could not be more perfect for Platinum Living Realty,” said Jay Macklin, co-owner of Platinum Living Realty. “Torie shares the PLR passion of inspiring others on our team through opportunities to mentor fellow agents.”

Like the Macklins, at the center of Ellen’s success is the strong client relationships that have resulted in multiple repeat transactions and referrals. Her accolades include the successful completion of Arizona Real Estate brokerage licensing. Ellens is consistently ranked within The Top 100 Agents of Arizona, as well as Top 3 in her previous brokerage. In addition, she is proficient in American Sign Language and loves having the ability to not only work with deaf clients, but support organizations with the same focus. Her philanthropic efforts also include donating time to several charities and sponsoring several children and a school in Africa through Garments of Praise.

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