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CoStar's People of Note (Dec. 8 - 14)

This week, the following companies announced personnel moves: Avison Young, SouthStar Communities, Parmenter Realty, Colliers Int'l, CBRE, JLL, BECO Management, Cushman & Wakefield, Transwestern, Sonnenblick-Eichner, Bainbridge Companies, and Kidder Mathews.
December 13, 2013
It's time to update those contact managers with CoStar's People of Note, reporting news on significant new CRE hires and promotions. This week's issue includes the following markets: Atlanta, Las Vegas, Austin, South Florida, Indianapolis, San Diego, Milwaukee, Inland Empire, Washington DC, Orlando, New York City, Northern New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Portland.


Nash Named Newest Principal at Avison Young

By Matthew Davison

Longtime office and industrial tenant representation specialist Rick Nash has signed on with Avison Young in Atlanta, where he was named a principal.

Nash brings nearly 30 years of experience to the new position, having most recently worked as a senior vice president with DTZ after spending 22 years at CBRE. His client list includes AT&T, Frito Lay, Zurich Farmers Insurance, Alcate Lucent, Electrolux and Medline.

Before entering the commercial real estate industry in 1986, Nash was a space craft engineer with TRW’s defense and space systems group in Redondo Beach, CA. He holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Georgia as well as a Master's Degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master's in finance from Georgia State.


Clare, Young Join Avison Young in Las Vegas

By Frederick Ankenman

Liz Clare and Jacqueline Young (pictured, right) have joined Avison Young in Las Vegas - Clare as a principal and Young as a senior vice president. The experienced team will focus on retail in the market area while serving with Avison Young’s capital markets group. The duo joins the company from Cushman & Wakefield in Las Vegas.

"Liz and Jackie are two of the most respected professionals and industry leaders in the market," comments Joseph Kupiec, principal and managing director at Avison Young. "Their comprehensive commercial real estate experience, in-depth industry knowledge and longstanding client relationships are perfectly aligned with our commitment to provide best-in-class services to our valued clients."

CoStar's People of Note is published each Friday covering the latest commercial real estate executive level promotions and new hires. Click on the headline of each article to jump to full coverage. Follow the news on Twitter @TheCoStarGroup and @JSumner2.
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SouthStar Promotes Rutherford to COO

By Bryce Meyers

SouthStar Communities tapped Thad Rutherford as its chief operating officer, putting him in charge of operations for a $200 million portfolio consisting of eight residential development properties across Texas and the Southeast.

Rutherford previously oversaw day-to-day operations as senior vice president while also managing a 40-person real estate team.

Rutherford holds an MBA in international business from the University of Miami, and volunteers with the Urban Land Institute (ULI), United Way and the Real Estate Council of Austin.


Parmenter Promotes Bronner to Vice Chairman

By Bryce Meyers

Parmenter Realty Partners, a real estate investment, management, and development company based in Miami, tapped Stephen Bronner as its vice chairman. Bronner first joined Parmenter in 2002 as a managing principal in the company's Dallas regional office.

In his 30 years in the industry, Bronner has structured acquisitions and financed transactions totaling upwards of $1.7 billion with a clientele list that includes Stanford University, New York State Teachers Retirement Fund, The Alaska Permanent Fund, and California Public Employee Retirement System.

Prior to joining Parmenter, Bronner directed real estate acquisitions strategies as a senior acquisitions officer at Sarofim Advisors and Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel, Inc. He also spent time at IBEX Institutional Advisors, The Worthing Cos., Salomon Brothers, and Lincoln Property Co., where he first worked together with Darryl Parmenter in 1985.


Karozos Joins Colliers International

By Ashley Anderson

Jim Karozos joined Colliers International as a vice president of industrial services. In his new role, Karozos will identify and manage commercial opportunities in the Indiana Region.

Karozos previously served as a commercial real estate advisor at Lee & Associates. Before that he held senior level national account manager positions for Pepsi, Miller Brewing Co., and Red Bull.

"Jim is a great addition to our Industrial Services Team given his track record of success with large corporations and his focus on providing his clients with superior service," said Sean McHale, senior vice president and director of industrial services.


Powers Joins CBRE San Diego

By Adrian Robles

Chris Powers has joined CBRE's occupied services group in San Diego. In his new role, Powers will serve as a vice president with the firm, specializing in aiding tenants with their real estate needs, including relocations, renewals, expansions and other dispositions.

Prior to joining CBRE, Powers was a vice president and tenant representation specialist at Cresa in San Diego. During his tenure in the commercial real estate industry, he has represented clients such as Wells Fargo, Rockwell Collins, XO Communications, and Charlotte Russe.

"We are extremely excited to be welcoming a professional of Chris’ caliber to CBRE", said Paul Komadina, CBRE managing director. "Chris’ unique and extensive experience in the San Diego real estate community makes him very well suited to represent San Diego’s finest companies and strengthen CBRE’s tenant representation practice."


JLL Hires Packee in Brookfield

By Joel Wiseman

Jon Packee has joined Jones Lang LaSalle as a vice president for the firm's industrial group, based in the firm's Brookfield, WI office.

Packee brings more than 13 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, with a focus on manufacturing and warehouse properties. His areas of expertise include tenant and agency representation and industrial investment and land sales.

Packee received his degree in marketing with dual minors in economics and political science from Marquette University. He is a licensed commercial real estate broker in Wisconsin and member of the Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin (CARW), as well as the Wisconsin Realtors Association.


CBRE Hires New Multifamily VP

By Brian Barga

CBRE's Ontario office hired Eric Chen as a vice president to join the firm's private capital group focusing on multifamily acquisitions and dispositions in the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley market area.

Prior to joining CBRE, Chen was an associate director with Marcus & Millichap's national multi-housing group. Chen has closed more than 75 transactions valued over $150 million since 2008.

"Eric is well-recognized as an industry leader within the private capital market," remarked Joe Cesta, managing director for CBRE. "He is a driven, smart, and unique individual. With his unique life experiences and established relationships in the market, combined with CBRE’s global services platform and world-class market research, Eric is well-positioned to become one of the industry’s top performers."


BECO Promotes Gresinger, Expands Team

By Michael Horwitz

BECO Management, Inc. of North Bethesda, MD promoted long-time director of leasing Amy Gresinger to vice president of leasing.

The move complements BECO's expansion of its leasing team. New team members Moshe Crane, Joseph Ely and Yanky Scheinfeld will support Gresinger and the rest of the executive team in achieving BECO's future goals.

Gresinger joined BECO Management, Inc. in 2004. Prior to joining BECO, Gresinger served as a transaction manager for Public Properties LLC. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.


CBRE Hires Wonus in Orlando

By LaToya Thomas

CBRE has hired Monica Perez Wonus as an associate broker in the firm's industrial services group. Based in the Orlando office, her new responsibilities will include building sales and business developments and working on leasing assignments throughout Central Florida.

Prior to joining CBRE, Wonus served as vice president - relationship manager with the corporate and institutional group at PNC Bank, where she handled managing and developing key commercial banking relationships in Central Florida. Wonus has more than nine years of experience in the real estate industry and has also worked with The Rosen Group, Wells Fargo, Mercantile Commercial Capital, and GE Capital.

Wonus received her CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation in 2010, and has been a licensed real estate sales associate in Florida since 2005.


Cushman & Wakefield Promotes Fales

By Richard Bryan

Cushman & Wakefield has promoted Jon Fales to head of the firm’s strategic agency services in its New York City office, where he will manage the group's delivery of services across the firm’s portfolio in New York.

Fales brings more than 17 years of agency leasing experience, completing more than 4 million square feet of leasing transactions and representing multi-building portfolios on behalf of property owners throughout New York during his career.

A graduate of James Madison University, Fales is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and sits on its Building Agents Rental Committee.

Transwestern Hires Germano to Lead Southeast Development
By CoStar Research

Trent Germano has joined the Atlanta office of Transwestern as managing director of development for the Southeast. Seeking to capitalize on the early recovery cycle in commercial real estate...

Cushman & Wakefield Promotes Brennan
By Bailey Putnam

Cushman & Wakefield has named Kimberly Brennan as its New Jersey market leader - the highest management role within the firm's three-office Garden State branch...

Derderian Joins Sonnenblick-Eichner
By Jooyoung Kim

Tina Derderian has joined Sonnenblick-Eichner, a commercial real estate investment banking firm specializing in capital for institutional commercial real estate, as a managing director...

Brown Joins Bainbridge Cos
By Justin Sumner

Sandy Brown has joined The Bainbridge Companies, a fully-integrated group of multifamily real estate companies, as development director for the southeast. In his new role...

Gies Joins Kidder Mathews
By Justin Tochtermann

Jessica Gies has joined Kidder Mathews as a senior property manager in the firm's Portland office. Gies will manage a portfolio of industrial parks in the Portland metro area...

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