Jaburg Wilk partner named chair of Child Crisis Arizona

Lawrence Wilk, shareholder and bankruptcy litigation attorney, at the Phoenix law firm of Jaburg Wilk was recently named the chairman of the board of Child Crisis Arizona.  In addition, Jaburg Wilk continues to support Child Crisis and was a Strong Sponsor of their signature fund raising event 2020 A Night in Morocco Gala

More than 40 years ago, Child Crisis Arizona created their emergency children’s shelter for children up to age 10.  Since then they have provided emergency shelter, foster care, adoption programs, Early Head Start programs, education for families, home visitation, and counseling.  Their vision is safe kids and strong families. 

Larry Wilk, CCA Board Chair, said “Child Crisis Arizona is a stellar non-profit helping at-risk children.  Not only by providing emergency shelter but also through education, prevention and – when needed – intervention. I am proud to be the board chair of such a vital organization.”

Jaburg Wilk expands Construction Litigation Practice

The law firm of Jaburg Wilk announced that Nathan M. Gallinat joined the firm as an attorney in their construction defect litigation group.  Before joining Jaburg Wilk, Nate represented clients in insurance defense, commercial litigation and construction defect litigation. 

“I’m very excited that Nathan has joined the firm and our construction law group,” said Construction Defense Practice Group Leader Cole Crabtree.  “His commercial litigation and insurance law experience provides our insurance and construction clients with another well- rounded attorney.”

Nathan earned his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and his bachelor’s degree. from Gonzaga University.  He is admitted in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Rob Taylor named  SRP chief public affairs executive

Salt River Project has named Rob Taylor as the new Associate General Manager and Chief Public Affairs Executive. Taylor will oversee federal, state and local government relations as well as federal and state regulatory matters, including reliability, compliance and consumer affairs.

Taylor rejoined SRP in October 2019 after spending nearly two years as the Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs and Compliance at Arizona Public Service (APS). Prior to his service at APS, he spent 14 years at SRP in multiple roles, including leading the SRP regulatory team.

“I am incredibly excited to be back at SRP in this role,” said Taylor. “SRP has played a critical role in the Valley’s history, and much of that role has been defined in the legislative and policy arena.”

Taylor’s career also includes practicing law at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, where he focused on energy, public utility law and commercial real estate. Additionally, he served as legal counsel for the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee; as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. John McCain; and as a judicial law clerk in the Arizona Court of Appeals. Taylor received both his law and undergraduate degrees from Arizona State University.

Buesing names new president and COO

Buesing Corp. announce Bryon Matesi is now its president and chief operating officer (COO).

Matesi has been with Buesing for 15 years and previously held the position as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Construction. Matesi graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) with a BS in Construction Management in 1989. His career prior to Buesing also included civil-related construction experience.

As Buesing celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2020, Matesi will be the President and lead company operations as COO.

NAI Horizon adds CRS practice leader

NAI Horizon has hired an industry expert who will help its office aggressively target the church and religious facilities market in order to deliver a more strategic and purpose-driven set of professional real estate services.

Thomas Smith joins NAI Horizon as a Senior Vice President during a period of dynamic growth for the Arizona firm and sees his primary mission in serving church leadership teams as enabling each church to “link real estate with ministry.”

As a former leading broker and later Executive Vice President with CB Commercial (CBRE) where he developed CB University and also led Corporate Communications/Marketing, Smith has used that experience (along with a successful track as a partner in the worldwide real estate practice at Arthur Anderson) to develop a strategic consulting based sales and marketing platform to now serve churches and their religious facilities.

“We are pleased to have Thomas join our team and lead this new market segment,” said NAI Horizon CEO and Designated Broker Terry Martin-Denning. “Thomas’ strategic approach to client service aligns perfectly with the NAI brand and our objectives.”

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