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CoStar's People of Note (June 22 - 28)

The following companies announced personnel moves this week: KeyBank Capital, Sealy & Co., Transwestern, Kilroy Realty, PM Realty, CBRE, Bright Realty, HAP Investments, IPA, Cushman & Wakefield, NavPoint Group, Colliers Int'l, Cassidy Turley, and NAI Hanson.
June 27, 2014
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: Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, Washington DC, Columbus, Dallas / Ft Worth, New York City, Portland, Jacksonville, Denver, Greenville / Spartanburg, and Northern New Jersey.


Baker Appointed to Lead Real Estate Capital Markets for KeyBank

By Stephen Palmieri

KeyBank Real Estate Capital, a unit under Cleveland, OH-based KeyCorp that provides real estate finance, has appointed Dan Baker to head up the real estate capital markets division. He will be succeeding, and will report directly to, Angela Mago, who was named head of real estate capital and community development.

Baker has worked for KeyBank for 12 years. He most recently served as the head of the CMBS program, where he helped KeyBank infiltrate the CMBS market after the recession. He also worked as the head of KeyBank’s commercial production team.

Baker will manage KeyBank’s investor placement, CMBS, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA platforms, while strengthening the commercial production team. He will work out of the Chicago office.


Sealy & Co Atlanta Welcomes New Regional Director

By Charles Owens

J. Ryan McCaffrey is joining Sealy & Co. as regional director for the Southeastern U.S.

McCaffrey has more than 12 years of investment experience in commercial real estate as well as private equity, most recently serving as vice president for Lone Star Funds/Hudson Advisors and senior vice president for LaSalle Investment Management.

McCaffrey will take the lead in growth initiatives for Sealy & Co.’s Atlanta platform of capital raising and implementing strategy for multiple investment partnerships after leading similar efforts from 2005-2009 in Paris and London, creating an industrial development platform and developing joint venture relationships throughout the UK.

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Transwestern Makes Executive Appointment in Houston

By Bryce Meyers

Transwestern expanded its tenant advisory services platform in Houston with the addition of Michael Palmer, SIOR as senior vice president.

In his new role, Palmer will help assist industrial tenants with their real estate needs and support institutional industrial clients.

Palmer has spent more than 27 years in the commercial real estate industry with a focus on the development, sale, and leasing of industrial, commercial, and investment properties. During that time he has completed approximately 1,100 transactions for an aggregate sum of more than $1.2 billion. Past clients include Wal-Mart, Dow Chemical, Siemens, Goodyear, and the City of Houston.


Kilroy Hires for West Coast RE Investment Trust

By Stephanie Ageno

Kilroy Realty Corp. (KRC) named Mike Grisso senior vice president of development and land planning. Grisso will join KRC’s West Coast real estate investment trust in mid-July.

Grisso is currently the senior project manager for the office of community investment and infrastructure (OCII) for the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to his 11 years with OCII, he was managing implementation of the Transbay and South of Market redevelopment projects with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.

Grisso has a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s Degree in public policy and urban planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


PM Realty Expands Team in DC

By Rob Shane

Eduardo Trujillo and Andrew Gilpin joined Houston-based PM Realty Group's Washington, D.C. office as senior vice president of leasing and senior leasing associate, respectively. The two men were brought on to expand PMRG's leasing platform.

Trujillo is moving from Brookfield Properties, while having worked in the industry for nearly 30 years with Archon Group and Grubb & Ellis. While at Brookfield, Trujillo oversaw an eight-property portfolio totaling more than 2.4 million square feet of class A office space in D.C.

Gilpin is leaving CBRE, where he represented office landlords and tenants in the D.C. area as an associate broker. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Auburn.


Copella Appointed as Managing Director at CBRE Columbus

By Stephen Palmieri

CBRE has named Michael Copella as the new managing director of operations in Columbus, OH, effective July 1st. on July 1st. He will be succeeding Robert Click, a 15-year veteran with the firm who will continue to assist the company in corporate initiatives and with key clients.

Prior to the new position, Copella worked as vice president of CBRE’s office services group since 2011, primarily serving healthcare clients in the Columbus region. Before CBRE, he worked as vice president of Alterra Real Estate Advisors.

Copella has worked with clients such as American Health Network, Capital City Cardiology, Nexus Technology Group, and Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians.


Harmon Joins Bright Realty

By James Lutz

Bright Realty appointed Paul Harmon to vice president in its Lewisville, TX office.

Prior to joining Bright Realty, Harmon worked at Retail Street Advisors where he handled project leasing and tenant representation. He has also worked with Henry S. Miller.

Harmon has more than 25 years in the real estate industry.

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HAP Promotes Franco to VP

By Justin Sumner

Nathan Franco has been promoted to vice president at HAP Investments LLC, a New York City-based real estate investment and development company. In his new position, Franco will be responsible for acquisitions and development, financial modeling, and deal structuring.

Before joining HAP in 2012, Franco worked at Sol Goldman Investments, another real estate firm in New York City. He studied finance at Touro College and management at Yeshiva University.

"We are proud to name Nathan vice president at HAP Investments. His expertise and industry knowledge have been instrumental to this company, and we look forward to the success he will achieve in this new role," said Eran Polack, CEO of HAP Investments.


Multifamily Pro Named Director of New IPA Portland Office

By Amy Shaw

Institutional Property Advisors, a division of Marcus and Millichap, is expanding its footprint and its talent pool. With a new Portland office and the addition of Elizabeth K. Davis to direct that office, the move is a play by the company to take advantage of the expansion of interest in multifamily institutional investment in the Portland market.

A veteran to the commercial real estate industry in Portland, Davis brings 20 years of experience with local and national institutional clients to her new role as director of IPA Portland. Previously a broker with Apartment Realty Advisors (ARA), Davis has been directly involved in multifamily sale transactions totaling over $500 million within the past two years. Already this year, she brokered two significant multifamily sales: the $42.7 million transfer of Covington Farms, and the $53 million sale of Tupelo Alley.


Bohn Joins Cushman & Wakefield

By Monique Heckman

Julie Bohn joined Cushman & Wakefield of Florida as director of the land and special assets brokerage services group, based in the firm's Jacksonville office.

Bohn has an extensive commercial real estate background, serving as an appraiser for Cantrell Real Estate before transitioning to the brokerage side with Cantrell and Morgan. As a broker, she concentrated on the sale of distressed portfolios and assets for REO departments and land acquisitions on behalf of investors.

Bohn has a degree in both finance and real estate from Florida State University, and is a state-certified broker and commercial appraiser.

NavPoint Expands Brokerage Platform
By Bryce Meyers

NavPoint Real Estate Group added Denver commercial real estate veteran Matt Kulbe to its expanding brokerage team. In his eight-year career, Kulbe has helped close more than...

Colliers Int'l Welcomes Reinhardt
By Konrad Miles

Nick Reinhardt has joined Colliers International as a broker. Teamed with Frank Hammond, Reinhardt will focus on landlord and tenant representation...

Cassidy Turley Adds Two Managers
By Luke B. Waters

Cassidy Turley made two appointments in its Atlanta office, naming Ian Hughes and Rosalind Rainge as senior-level property managers...

Lennon, Todd, Castro Join NAI
By Max Freedman

NAI James E. Hanson, Inc. expanded its industrial services team with three new hires. Patrick Lennon, Chris Todd, and
Pablo Castro join the firm as sales associates...

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