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CoStar's People of Note (Jan. 18 - 24)

The following companies announced personnel moves this week: Trammell Crow, CBRE, Colliers International, Golub & Co., Cushman & Wakefield, Greystone & Co., and Keystone Property Group.
January 23, 2015

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: Dallas / Ft. Worth, New York City, Denver, Orange County, Orlando, Chicago, Atlanta, San Diego, and Philadelphia.


CBRE Expands Retail Business with New Hire, Acquisition

By Randyl Drummer

CBRE Group made a pair of moves signaling it intends to become a bigger player in the retail property sector.

CBRE recruited former DDR chief investment officer Mark E. Bratt (pictured, left) to head up its retail investment business throughout the Americas. While at DDR, Bratt oversaw acquisitions for the shopping center REIT that owns and manages 415 retail properties representing 118 million square feet.

At CBRE, Bratt will shuttle between the firm's New York City and Denver offices, overseeing more than 100 retail investment professionals, including nearly 30 focused on institutional sales. He will report to Brian McAuliffe, who was recently promoted to executive managing director with CBRE capital markets and now oversees all property types for CBRE’s institutional sales platform in the U.S.

Last week, CBRE acquired Dallas-based United Commercial Realty (UCR) to expand its retail operation and personnel in Texas. As part of the acquisition, CBRE picks up approximately 100 retail property pros along with UCR’s portfolio of 8 million square feet it manages on behalf of such major institutional clients as Prudential Real Estate Investors, Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management, Invesco, Heitman and Miller Capital Advisory.

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Trammell Crow Promotes Behrens to Principal

By Monica Shon

Joel Behrens has been promoted to principal at Trammell Crow Co. Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth office, Behrens will continue to head up the multifamily division under the firm's High Street Residential brand.

Behrens joined Trammell Crow in 2008 and most recently served as a senior vice president.

In his career with the firm, he has overseen more than 2.8 million square feet of development and is currently managing the residential development of Knox Heights, M-Line Tower, and Park District, handling origination, financing, joint-venture structuring, and execution of multifamily investments.


NGKF Taps Global Capital Specialist from London Office for NYC Role

By Tim Trainor

Alex Foshay, a global capital markets expert and partner in Knight Frank’s Central London Capital Markets team, will be transferring to the New York office of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, where he will take on additional responsibilities as senior managing director.

In his new position, Foshay will have dual roles of facilitating investment sales and equity placements on behalf of overseas investors acquiring property in New York and other U.S. markets, as well as managing client relationships and outbound capital into the U.K., Europe and Asia Pacific regions.

Foshay will continue to report to Stephen Clifton, the head of Knight Frank’s Central London office, while working closely with NGKF Preisdent Jimmy Kuhn and David Colen, managing director of capital markets in the U.S. His appointment takes effect in March.

"In the post-recessionary era, the movement of global capital has increased and the variety of international investors has become ever more diverse," said Peter MacColl, head of Global Capital Markets at Knight Frank. "The New York-based Capital Markets team wishes to expand its share of the New York City market. Central to that objective will be capturing a greater share of the rapidly growing overseas capital flows into the North American market. Alex will be sharing the extensive expertise he has gained in London in this important area."

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Colliers Taps Kuzmanovich as National Director, Healthcare Svcs

By Justin Sumner

Mary Beth Kuzmanovich has joined Colliers International as a national director, healthcare services. Based in the firm's Irvine, CA office, Kuzmanovich will head up national business development while strengthening the firm's management, brokerage, capital markets, and valuation services within the sector.

Kuzmanovich previously served as vice president in the facilities management group at Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS), where she led the real estate services division. She brings extensive knowledge in leasing, development, acquisitions, financial management, regulatory compliance, corporate safety, and emergency management.

Kuzmanovich is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and serves in leadership roles for BOMA's medical office buildings and healthcare facilities conference and ULI's healthcare and life sciences council.


Blackwell Joins CBRE

By Justin Sumner

Dan Blackwell has joined CBRE as a first vice president in the firm's Newport Beach, CA office, where he will become part of the multifamily investment sales group, serving private client investors throughout Orange County. Blackwell's team of George Felix and Sean Riley joined him at CBRE as senior associates.

Blackwell previously served as an associate vice president with Marcus & Millichap and as a director with the National Multi-Housing Group.

Felix and Riley partnered with Blackwell at Marcus & Millichap. Felix specializes in multi- and single-tenant retail investors, and will begin assisting multifamily investors looking to invest in net-leased properties.


Colliers Int'l Central Florida Hires Morris to Expand Industrial Service

By Justin Sumner

Industrial broker Lee Morris, SIOR, CCIM, LEED AP has joined Colliers International Central Florida as a managing director, industrial services.

In his new role, Morris will expand the firm's industrial presence in the market while working with the company's fully-integrated industrial team.

Morris has handled more than 25 million square feet of industrial sale and lease transactions throughout his 34-year career, with a total value in excess of $1.5 billion. Most recently Morris served as director of industrial services with Cushman & Wakefield in Orlando, and before that was an investment broker with CBRE in South Florida. Morris has also owned and operated a construction and investment firm.


Golub & Co. Promotes Two in Chicago

By Eric Mitchell

Golub & Co. promoted Stephen Sise to senior vice president of portfolio management and Collin McKenna to vice president of acquisitions.

Sise joined Golub in 2008 as an asset manager and currently oversees the company's office and residential portfolio. Prior to joining Golub, he held investment and financial positions with Grubb & Ellis, Duke Realty and Colliers Bennett & Kahnweiler.

In his new position, McKenna will be part of the commercial and residential acquisitions team. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, McKenna worked as an acquisitions specialist with Related Midwest and an underwriter for Prudential Mortgage Capital Co.


Hurd, Meddin Join Cushman & Wakefield

By Carr Churchill

Cushman & Wakefield added Chris Hurd and Shea Meddin as directors in its Atlanta office.

Hurd will direct the firm's office, industrial and retail tenant brokerage services as managing director- Atlanta occupier lead. Hurd joins Cushman & Wakefield from CBRE Atlanta, where he was responsible for the management and development of Atlanta’s tenant representation and transaction management professionals as a managing director.

Meddin will focus on office tenant representation and select investment sales of urban locations as a director in the firm's brokerage group. Prior to his new role, Meddin served as vice president of brokerage at Ackerman & Co. for six years.


Orth Joins Colliers as VP

By Justin Sumner

Peter Orth has joined Colliers International as a vice president in the firm's San Diego, CA office. The retail industry leader will specialize in sales and leasing along the I-15 Corridor.

A 30-year industry veteran, Orth most recently served as a first vice president with CBRE, and is a member of ICSC.


Inzlicht Joins Greystone

By Ashley Grebow

Raphael Inzlicht has joined Greystone & Co., Inc. as a vice president of development in the firm’s New York City headquarters. Inzlicht will be responsible for leading new construction projects as Greystone looks to grow its property development in the five boroughs.

Prior to joining Greystone, Inzlicht served as a project manager at Extell Development Co. for more than seven years. While there he was involved in several notable projects including One57 / Park Hyatt Hotel, Hotel Times Square, and Cambria Suites. He also brings experience in 421-A tax abatement processes through managing the development of a residential tower in the Flatiron District.


Colliers Names VP of Capital Markets Group

By Alex Violagis

Colliers International tapped Greg Walz to assist with institutional business development and client management in Atlanta as vice president of its capital markets group.

Walz joins the firm from Northwestern Mutual Real Estate Investments, where he most recently was managing director of its equities division, overseeing real estate equity investments nationally on behalf of Northwestern Mutual's $7 billion real estate portfolio.

In his 40-year career with Northwestern, Walz served in a number of different senior management capacities including as managing director of debt production and managing the Atlanta regional office.


Sklow Joins Keystone Property Grp

By Justin Sumner

Keystone Property Group has hired Thomas J. Sklow as vice president of development and leasing. In his new role, Sklow will be responsible for overseeing Keystone's tri-state portfolio of office properties in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He will be tasked with the redevelopment and repositioning of the properties to enhance overall tenant experience.

Sklow previously served as a city manager and vice president at Liberty Property Trust where he oversaw a regional portfolio encompassing more than 5.4 million square feet across 88 properties leased to 216 tenants. Before that, he held positions at JLL and the former Trammell Crow Company. Sklow is a CPA and holds an MBA from New York University.

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