ImageSteve Backman has joined VanTrust Real Estate, LLC as Vice President, Development. Mr. Backman’s new affiliation with VanTrust will further enable the Phoenix office to continue to grow.

“I am truly excited to be joining the VanTrust Real Estate Team. The culture of the company, the exceptional team they’ve assembled and their desire to grow the Phoenix office were all factors in my decision,” says Steve Backman.

Mr. Backman was previously with Cardon Development Group, a Phoenix-based development company, where he served as President overseeing daily operations and development, including the notable, 75-acre Aspera mixed-use development in Glendale which includes multi-family, senior housing, a retail center and Banner Health Center. Prior to Cardon, Mr. Backman spent nine years with Red Development overseeing the development of over 5 million square feet, across the Midwest and Southwest.

“The addition of Steve Backman to the Phoenix VanTrust Team not only strengthens our development team, it refines and enhances our expertise in all areas of commercial development,” says Keith Earnest, Executive Vice President & Market Leader of VanTrust Real Estate.