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CoStar's People of Note (Sept. 16-22)

It's time to update those contact managers with CoStar's People of Note, delivering news from the following companies: Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Handler Real Estate Organization, HFF, KBS Legacy Partners Apartment REIT, Inland Group, A10 Capital and Liberty Property Trust.
September 20, 2012
This week's People of Note includes the following markets: Chicago, Denver, New York City, Northern New Jersey, Orange County, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

NGKF Names Wootten Executive Managing Director
By Christiana Jones

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank's Global Corporate Services unit promoted Thomas H. Wootten to executive managing director in its Denver, CO, office.

In his current role, Wootten represents national and global clients on portfolio and program development strategies, strategic asset positioning, and monetization/disposition of key assets.

He ran a boutique real estate advisory firm prior to joining NGKF. The senior executive served as director of real estate for the regional estate portfolio of ATT Broadband/Mediaone, and previously managed global real estate assets for StorageTek. Wootten has also taught real estate finance and development as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado-Denver.

Editor's Note: 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 [at] LaurieForbes and [at] TheCoStarGroup.
Siegal Joins Handler Real Estate
By Karen Kester

Diana Rau Siegal joined Handler Real Estate Organization as senior managing director in the firm's New York City office.

Siegal will focus on representing publishing and media firms, educational facilities and not-for-profit organizations, among other commercial transactions in NYC. She was previously at First New York Realty for two decades, where she worked as both a tenant leasing agent representative and a building sales agent, most recently serving as senior director. Siegal represented the legendary Stella Adler Acting Studios in a 24,000-square-foot lease expansion and renewal at 31 W. 27th St.

Siegal was nominated for the Real Estate Board of New York's "Most Ingenious Deal of the Year" award for a targeted marketing campaign that led to the sale of 10 commercial condominium floors at 36 W. 44th St. She's an active member of the Business Advisory Board of the Young Adult Institute Network and serves on the REBNY's Midtown West, Plaza District, and Grand Central committees.

Inland Taps Armenta as Director, Board Member
By James Bryan

The Inland Group named JoAnn M. Armenta as a director of the company and a board member. Armenta was also recently appointed as director, president and chief operating officer of Inland Real Estate Income Trust, the latest REIT supported by Inland Real Estate Investment Corp. She is based in Oak Brook, IL.

Armenta’s tenure at Inland has included multiple divisions and leadership positions in the multifamily, retail, office and industrial property groups. She is currently president and CEO of the entities owning the real estate managers for Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust.

Henry Appointed CEO of KBS Legacy
By Kim Giroux

Forty-year multifamily veteran W. Dean Henry was appointed chief executive officer by the board of KBS Legacy Partners Apartment REIT, a non-traded REIT co-sponsored by KBS Capital Advisors LLC and Legacy Partners Residential, Inc.

On the board of directors, C. Preston Butcher will continue to serve as the chairman of KBS Legacy Partners Apartment REIT. Henry had replaced Butcher in August as Legacy Partners Residential chief executive officer. Guy K. Hays will assume the role as president, who was the former chief financial officer for Legacy Partners Residential, Inc. Robert A. Calleja, senior vice president of Legacy Partners Residential of finance, became chief financial officer.

Henry is an expert in the acquisitions/development, management, financing, and dispositions of apartment assets. He serves on the executive committee of the National Multi-Housing Council and is chairman of the National Association of Home Builders Multifamily Leadership Board.

Strasburg Joins HFF in DC
By Richard Collins

Bruce Strasburg joined HFF as senior managing director. He will be based in Washington, DC.

Strasburg will focus on industrial and flex/office investment sale transactions in the Mid-Atlantic region. He was previously at CBRE, and prior to that, Trammell Crow Co. The top producer has completed transactions valued in excess of $6 billion throughout his 30-year commercial real estate career.

Dashevsky Joins A10 Capital
By Maria Kenny

A10 Capital welcomed Bruce Dashevsky as the head of business development in the tri-state markets of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He will work out of A10's Princeton, NJ office.

Dashevsky will bring his vast knowledge of commercial real estate lending experience in order to respond to the area's demand for commercial mortgages.

Dashevsky previously was a loan originator for MetLife Capital and GE Capital. A10 Capital is headquartered in Boise, ID.

Warth Joins Liberty
By Justin Sumner

Christopher L. Warth joined Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LRY) as vice president of development. He will lead the execution of new projects in Philadelphia and Malvern, PA.

Warth brings his experience in project development, construction management and real estate consultation, having previously served in senior management positions for Binswanger Real Estate, Bank of America, Jones Lang LaSalle, Quadrangle Development and Clark Construction. His noteworthy projects include Liberty's own Comcast Center in Philadelphia, the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC and the BWI Airport Conversion in Baltimore.

Originally trained as a civil engineer at the University of Maryland, Warth holds an MBA from Southern Illinois University. He is a licensed broker in three Mid-Atlantic states, and has been active in numerous community and charitable endeavors over the years.

Follow the news on Twitter [at] LaurieForbes and [at] TheCoStarGroup. Check out last week's edition of People of Note.
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