On the move at TCC, SynCardia, Colliers, UA, MJ Insurance, Platinum Living

Business News | 8 Mar |

Thuringer appointed head of Trammell Crow’s Phoenix office

Trammell Crow Company (TCC) announces that Cathy Thuringer has been promoted to Business Unit Leader for the firm’s Phoenix Business Unit, effective March 31, 2019. Previously serving as Principal, Thuringer will assume responsibility for all development and acquisition projects, sourcing new pursuits, finance and overall day-to-day operations of the office. She will also set the strategic direction of the business and oversee the financial, risk management, and human resource functions. She assumes the role from Jim Mahoney, who will continue to serve as a Principal, responsible for exploring new product lines and continuing to pursue development and investment opportunities throughout the Phoenix area. 

“Cathy is an accomplished deal maker, developer and mentor who is highly respected amongst her peers, our partners and local municipalities,” said John Stirek, President of TCC’s Western Operations. “I am confident Cathy will continue to lead our Phoenix operations and exceptional team as Jim Mahoney has successfully done, while maintaining our role as a premier developer throughout Phoenix. Jim’s over 40 years in the business and deep knowledge of the industry and the Phoenix area will help us to successfully expand into new product disciplines and position our operations for continued growth.” 

A 31-year industry veteran, Thuringer began her career in commercial real estate in 1988 with Trammell Crow Company in Phoenix.

SynCardia promotes of Don Webber to CEO

SynCardia Systems, LLC, manufacturer of the world’s only clinically-proven and commercially approved total artificial heart, announced that Don Webber has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Webber joined SynCardia in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer (COO), leading Manufacturing Operations and Engineering, Quality and Supply Chain Logistics for the SynCardia product line, which includes the 70cc temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH); the smaller 50cc TAH* designed to fit more women and adolescents; the Companion 2 Hospital Driver; and the Freedom® Portable Driver, which allows stable TAH patients to be discharged from the hospital.

Colliers adds environmental due diligence services

Colliers International in Greater Phoenix is expanding its client services to include Environmental and Building Due Diligence Services.   The new offerings will be available to property management, landlord and investor clients of the company as part of Colliers’ full-service approach to commercial real estate.

“Environmental assessments are an integral part of commercial real estate transactions, especially in the case of investment sales and debt and equity placements,” says Bob Mulhern, senior managing director of Colliers International in Greater Phoenix.  “Our investor and landlord clients, as well as property management customers, are committed to insuring that properties are free from hazards and provide healthy environments.  This new specialty group at Colliers will provide a full range of consulting and due diligence services, offering a streamlined approach.”

These new services will be offered nationwide to Colliers clients through the company’s commercial real estate professionals.  Lee Morris, a registered geologist and expert in environmental consulting, will be the first professional within the group and others will be added as the practice expands. 

UA’s Dr. Cecilia Rosales named interim associate dean

Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, associate dean of Phoenix Programs and professor of public health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has been appointed interim associate dean of community engagement and outreach programs.

Dr. Rosales replaces Jill de Zapien, who served as associate dean of community programs for 16 years before retiring in 2018. Ms. de Zapien has been involved in community-based public health interventions, policies and research in Arizona and throughout the Southwest and Mexico for more than 30 years. 

In her new role, Dr. Rosales will provide mentoring and support for UA Zuckerman College of Public Health faculty members, staff, students and prospective students to develop and engage in community-based programs, service-learning activities and research. In addition, she will communicate the importance of community-public health partnerships to a diverse set of partners, including community members, academic affiliates, government agencies and both public and private organizations with a focus on health equity and social justice.

MJ Insurance continues to grow

MJ Insurance, a leading insurance agency for more than 50 years, continues to expand its Phoenix team with the addition of Kayla Berg as graphic design specialist for the Benefits Consulting department.

Berg previously worked as a graphic designer at Design Streak of Illinois State University.

Her diverse expertise in graphic design will assist her in designing employer health and wellness brands, communications materials, and other creative solutions to increase employee enrollment, activation and utilization of healthcare benefits for MJ’s Benefits Consulting clientele.

“We are excited to welcome Kayla to the team as we expand our Benefits Consulting value-added resources,” said Michael H. Bill, chief executive officer at MJ Insurance. “Her extensive graphic design experience will support our client’s specialized employee benefit programs.” 

Mother-daughter team joins Platinum Living Realty

Platinum Living Realty, an independent luxury real estate brokerage with four offices across Arizona, announced that Michelle and Brandi Parker have joined The Grandon Group at Platinum Living Realty. Based out of Platinum Living Realty’s DC Ranch office in Scottsdale, the mother-daughter realty team bring a combined 4 years of experience to assist those looking to buy or sell a home.

“We are thrilled to have Michelle and Brandi join Platinum Living Realty,” said Michelle Macklin, co-owner of Platinum Living Realty. “Their partnership will bring a huge value to our DC Ranch office as we continue to grow in Scottsdale and across the Valley.”

“When working with family members, it’s critical to find the right environment that supports our unique relationship,” said Michelle Parker. “The Grandon Group at Platinum Living Realty offers just that, an extremely supportive environment that will give me and Brandi the opportunity to grow our current business and learn from some of the best in the industry.”

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