On the move at P.B. Bell, IPA, Phoenix Symphony, Land Advisors

Business News | 27 May |

P.B. Bell welcomes human resources director

P.B. Bell, a leader in multifamily housing development, management and acquisitions, recently hired Nicole Gernux, a 21 year HR veteran, to its growing team as its human resources director. 

In her new role, Gernux is responsible for directing the full scope of human resources initiatives, including policies and procedures, benefits and payroll, talent recruitment and retention, development and training, employee relations, and company culture and growth.

“I’m very excited to dive into my new role here with P.B. Bell,” Gernux said. “I highly value the idea that hiring and retaining quality employees, along with providing opportunities for growth, creates a strong work environment which is exactly the kind of culture that P.B. Bell upholds.” 

Prior to P.B. Bell, Gernux directed human resources efforts, including strategic planning, performance management, federal and state law compliance, employee relations and payroll, within the civil construction and restaurant industries. Gernux believes HR is a balance between constantly supporting both the company and the employee. 

Gernux is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). In her free time, Gernux enjoys spending time on the lake with family, exploring the culinary offerings throughout Scottsdale and Phoenix, and volunteering her time with HopeKids.

For more information about P.B. Bell, visit www.pbbell.com.

Institutional Property Advisors expands

Institutional Property Advisors (IPA), a division of Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), announced that veteran commercial real estate brokerage team Peter Bauman and Tivon Moffitt joined IPA as senior vice presidents in Phoenix, Arizona. Formerly with JLL, Bauman and Moffitt are accomplished industry veterans with extensive institutional and private client relationships built by helping investors execute acquisitions, dispositions, sale-leasebacks, and recapitalization of industrial and office properties.

“The expansion of IPA’s office and industrial coverage throughout North America is one of our primary strategic growth initiatives as a company,” said Alan Pontius, national director of IPA Office and Industrial. “The addition of Peter and Tivon is a reflection of the strategy to grow by attracting highly-skilled senior-level investment sales and financing advisors. Expanding in Phoenix with Peter and Tivon gives us the ability to extend our custom-tailored investment services to institutional and major private office and industrial investors in Arizona and throughout the broader Southwest.” Together, Bauman and Moffitt have sold over $1.5 billion in commercial real estate assets.

“Tivon and Peter bring extensive leadership to our institutional office and industrial clients,” stated Ryan Sarbinoff, vice president and regional manager of Marcus & Millichap’s Phoenix office. “Their influential relationships, combined with our collaborative platform, provide a unique opportunity for continued expansion of this important division for us.”

An award-winning industry leader, Bauman has 11 years of experience and is a member of the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association. Moffitt brings 17 years of experience to IPA, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and earned the Master of Corporate Real Estate designation from CoreNet Global. He is a member of NAIOP and served on the board of directors for NAIOP South Florida and CoreNet Global’s Arizona chapter.

Phoenix Symphony welcomes chief development officer

The Phoenix Symphony has named veteran arts administrator Kate Francis to join the organization’s senior leadership team as Chief Development Officer. 

Francis will work closely with The Phoenix Symphony President and CEO Suzanne Wilson and the Board of Directions to provide strategic direction and leadership for all fundraising initiatives including the annual fund; major, corporate and foundation gifts; planned giving and events. 

“We are pleased to welcome Kate to The Phoenix Symphony,” said Wilson. “Her breadth of experience as a seasoned fundraiser and working in the world of performing arts will be a tremendous asset in guiding our organization to a new level of financial strength and philanthropic support.”

“I am excited to return to Arizona and thrilled to part of Arizona’s largest performing arts organization,” said Francis. “ I look forward to getting to know the Symphony’s dedicated patrons as well as working with Suzanne, Board Chair Molly DeFilippis, Music Director Tito Muñoz, and the talented musicians and staff as we fulfill the mission of creating high quality musical experiences that enrich the lives of our community and next generation of patrons.” 

Francis has held a variety of arts management positions including President and Managing Director of the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, Illinois and Director of Development and Marketing for Jazz St. Louis.

Land Advisors Capital announces expansion with addition of Michael Zarola

Land Advisors Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of Land Advisors Organization, announces the expansion of its capital advisory services with the addition of Michael Zarola, who will serve as its managing director in Land Advisors’ Austin office.

Zarola will lead the Land Advisors Capital team and its nationwide advisory services, including the introduction of various tools that can provide builders and developers liquidity, with examples such as a model home sale leaseback; project and/or company level capitalization and consulting services; non-traditional loans on land; and development infrastructure investment funding.

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