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CoStar's People of Note (Jan. 11)

The following companies announced personnel moves this week: Harbert Realty, FSRES, CBRE, NGKF, Cushman & Wakefield, Douglas Elliman, HFF, Kidder Mathews, Chas. Hawkins, and Woodmont Industrial.
January 8, 2016

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: Alabama, Tampa / St. Petersburg, Raleigh / Durham, NC Triad, Chicago, New York City, South Florida, Dallas / Ft. Worth, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville, Austin, and Northern New Jersey.


Harbert Realty Promotes Williams to President, CEO

By Brett Evans

Harbert Realty Services (HRS) has selected executive vice president and COO David Williams to succeed Harry Lynch as its president and CEO.

Williams originally joined Harbert in 1998 as vice president and national accounts manager before being promoted to executive vice president and managing director of corporate services in 2000. He was named executive vice president and COO in 2005.

Williams graduated with a degree in architecture from The University of Michigan and earned his Master's Degree in real estate finance from Georgia State University.


Keaton Moves to Franklin Street

By Thomas Wojehowski

Kurt Keaton has joined Franklin Street Real Estate Services as president of the real estate and management services divisions.

Based in Tampa, FL, Keaton will be in charge of growing the divisions and leading the development of each business line. Keaton was previously at JLL for 16 years, where he served as a market director for the firm's Florida region.

Keaton earned his bachelor's degree in general engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and holds a Master's in Commercial Properties (MICP) designation from the Lipsey School of Real Estate Institute.

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CBRE Makes Round of Regional Promotions

By Bailey Jennings

CBRE|Raleigh and CBRE|Triad made several key leadership promotions within their respective offices. Pictured from left to right are:
  • Tom Fritsch, who has served as managing director of CBRE|Raleigh since 2013. He will now hold title as COO for the Raleigh/Triad region, focused on further aligning the offices in the Raleigh/Triad region...
  • Charlie Coyne, who has served as retail services leader for CBRE|Raleigh since 2008. He will serve as regional director of retail services for the Raleigh/Triad Region and will focus on the retail...
  • Dodson Schenck, CCIM, SIOR, who joined the CBRE|Triad office in Greensboro in 2004 as managing director and an industrial leasing specialist. He will serve as regional director of industrial services for...


NGKF Hires Pair of Senior-Level Tenant Reps in Chicago

By Bryce Meyers

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank has hired former Colliers International principals Bob Chodos and Steve Levitas as executive vice chairman and vice chairman, respectively.

Chodos, SIOR is a 33-year industry veteran who over the course of his career has completed more than 13 million in transactions valued at more than $7 billion. He spent the last 11 years with Colliers, most recently as a principal and executive vice president. Additionally, he led Colliers' tenant rep practice group for the Americas, a division comprised of 55 tenant representatives in 25 offices across the U.S., Canada and Latin America, as chairman.

Levitas (pictured, right) brings nearly 20 years of tenant rep experience to NGKF. During that time, he has brokered nearly nine million square feet in lease transactions valued at more than $4 billion. Before joining Colliers, Chodos and Levitas both worked in the strategic advisory group for The John Buck Co.


Weiss Joins Cushman & Wakefield

By Ashlyn Mccurley

Mark S. Weiss has joined Cushman & Wakefield’s New York office brokerage group as executive vice chairman.

Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Weiss worked at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank as vice chairman, where he headed the tenant representative practice. He completed more than 1,800 transactions in his career, winning the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award, twice.

In 2015, Weiss led teams to secure two noteworthy land assemblages for healthcare institutions. He represented the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Hunter College to secure most of a city block for their new campus. He also represented the Proton Beam Research and Therapy Center to secure a city block in Harlem.

NGKF Strikes Again: Recruits Top Office Investment,
Retail Teams from Rivals CBRE, Cushman

By Randyl Drummer


Douglas Elliman Expands Broker Division

By Ernest Rodriguez

Douglas Elliman boosted its broker division with two new hires in Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach.

Paula Silberberg (pictured, left) was named the managing broker for the Fort Lauderdale region. She previously worked for Berkshire Hathaway in St. Petersburg as the market president and managing broker. She is also the chairman of the Master Brokers Forum in Palm Beach County and served on the board of directors of the Realtor Association of South Broward for three years.

Tara West was hired as director of luxury sales at the Miami Beach location. She has been in the business for 14 years, previously working for Sieber International Realty and Engel & Volkers. She has spent the majority of her real estate career working on luxury projects in Miami and Europe.


HFF Taps New Managing Director in Dallas

By Ben Harris

HFF has promoted Adam Herrin to managing director of the Dallas industrial investment sales group.

Over the course of his 10-year career in commercial real estate finance and sales, Herrin has primarily been responsible for individual and portfolio debt origination through the United States,

Specializing in institutional-grade assets and developments, Herrin has been involved in the closing of more than $4 billion in commercial real estate transactions, assisting with construction financing, bridge financing, revolving lines of credit and crossing asset portfolio loan facilities.


Santos Joins Kidder Mathews

By Anthony Edelstein

Hernan Santos, who has 30 years of commercial real estate experience in the San Francisco region, has joined Kidder Mathews as senior vice president. He will be based in the firm's Redwood Shores office, where he will focus on office sales and leasing.

Previously, Santos was a senior director with Cushman & Wakefield where he was recognized as a top producer.

Additionally, he was credited by the San Francisco Business Times for his role in negotiating the biggest lease in San Francisco as well as the property sale that achieved the highest price per square foot in the Bay Area. During his career, Santos has represented such national tenants as Ariba, New York Life, Restoration Hardware, USPS and Williams Sonoma.


Turf Joins CBRE as SVP, Retail Services Team

By Keith Dornin

Andrew Turf has joined CBRE Group, Inc. in the firm's Los Angeles office as a senior vice president with the company's retail services team.

In his new role, Turf will act as tenant representative and collaborate with teams across all of CBRE's regions.

Turf was previously director of leasing at Tribeca Holdings in the U.K., where he represented some top iconic properties such as Old Spitalfieds, a 19th Century structure with an ancient market place and urban brands. Before that he handled leasing for Land Securities in London and was the leasing professional for Rick Caruso at Caruso Affiliated in Los Angeles.

CBRE Enlists Cushman's Burlton as Global Head,
EMEA Retail Occupier Team

By Paul Norman


McKnight Joins Chas. Hawkins Co.

By Michael Scott

Joe McKnight joined Chas. Hawkins Company, Inc. / CORFAC International as a vice president.

Based in the firm's Nashville, TN office, McKnight's main focus will be brokerage transactions for commercial property in the eastern Tennessee area.

McKnight was previously a reporter for the Washington Internet Daily in Washington DC. He also started a media company called Briefing, which delivered top news headlines to subscribers.


Bass Joins HFF in Austin

By Christiana Jones

Forrest Bass has joined HFF as a director in its Austin office.

In his new role, Bass will specialize in multi-housing capital markets and investment sales throughout Austin and Central Texas.

Bass comes to HFF from Berkadia, where he most recently served as a senior director. A 10-year industry veteran, Bass has closed more than $1 billion in apartment sales throughout Texas over the course of his career, which also includes stops at Tarantino Properties and Houston Income Properties.


Rosen Joins Woodmont Industrial Partners

By Timothy Stuart

Ben Rosen has joined Woodmont Industrial Partners as director of acquisitions.

In his new role, Rosen will lead the expansion of the firm's current portfolio of properties across the Northeast.

Prior to joining Woodmont, Rosen served as an asset manager at KTR Capital Partners in New York, in charge of the firm's 10 million-square-foot portfolio in the tri-state area. Rosen also served as an associate with KTR's investments team.

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