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CoStar's People of Note (Feb. 12)

The following companies announced personnel moves this week: NGKF, Greystone, SARA, Westwood Financial, Metropolitan Equities, Cushman & Wakefield, Boston Realty, HFF, Swire, Dermody Properties, Fischer & Co., Thalhimer, ESG Architects, JLL, MBRE, and BKM Property Management.
February 12, 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: Washington D.C., New York City, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Boston, Portland, South Florida, Reno / Carson City, Dallas / Ft. Worth, Hampton Roads / Richmond, Minneapolis, Northern New Jersey, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Phoenix / Tucson.


Boland Joins Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

By Jessica Bisacquino

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank has brought in former Cushman & Wakefield executive director and leading tenant broker John Boland as vice chairman.

Boland brings 30 years of tenant representation and advisory experience, including strategic consulting, negotiating complex leases and managing build-to-suit projects, to the position. He has arranged more than $2 billion in transactions for both tenants and landlords.


Greystone Taps Fried to Expand Equity Capital Advisory

By Justin Sumner

Paul Fried has joined The Greystone Bassuk Group, a real estate capital intermediary and financial advisor to developers, as an executive managing director in the firm's New York office. Fried will be responsible for expanding the company's equity capital advisory business while raising institutional equity capital.

Fried joins Greystone from L&L Holding Co., where he handled the firm's capital raising activities in excess of $2.5 billion across its portfolio. Previously, Fried worked at Deutsche Banc Mortgage Capital as director of the CMBS Group, and before that was an attorney with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

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Cushman & Wakefield Appoints Dawson to Senior Managing Director

By Heather Burgess

Cushman & Wakefield has selected Brian Dawson to head up and expand its investor services and agency leasing practice across the region as a senior managing director in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Dawson joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2007 as co-manager of the capital markets group. A 28-year industry veteran, he has completed more than $5 billion in commercial real estate sales transactions in the D.C. metro area over the course of his career. Dawson is a member of NAIOP and graduated from the University of Maryland.


Budorick to Succeed Waesche as COPT President, CEO

By CoStar Research

Stephen Budorick will succeed Roger Waesche, Jr., as president and CEO of Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE:OFC). Budorick, who joined the company in 2011 and currently serves as COPT’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, will assume the top job at the Columbia, MD-based office REIT in May following its annual shareholders meeting.

As COPT’s EVP and COO, Budorick currently oversees the company’s asset management, property management, leasing and government services. Prior to joining COPT, Budorick was executive vice president of asset management at Callahan Capital Partners. His other previous experience includes positions at Trizec Properties and Miglin Beitler Management Co. in Chicago.

Three Top Brixmor Execs Resign After Accounting Review

By Randyl Drummer


Boros Launches Metropolitan Equities

By Justin Sumner

Gustavo Boros has launched a new, fully-funded, private equity investment platform, Metropolitan Equities, which will seek to acquire up to $500 million in commercial assets over the next 18 months.

Boros' background is in institutional real estate and finance, transaction execution and asset management, most recently serving as managing director at BentleyForbes. In forming his new company, Boros will seek out stabilized or value-add properties.


Biette Joins Boston Realty Advisors

By Fran Koerner

Anthony Biette joined Boston Realty Advisors as the new managing director of the firm's capital markets team.

Biette was previously at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank for several years where he focused on investment sales in the office, R&D and industrial sector as well as land/development deals. Biette has handled more than $3 billion in commercial transactions throughout his career, which includes stops at Meredith & Grew and the former Grubb & Ellis.


Kahn Joins HFF as Director

By Justin Sumner

HFF hired Carrie Kahn as a director in its Portland, OR office. In her new role, Kahn will focus on multifamily investment sales throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Kahn brings more than 10 years of experience in multi-housing transactions, most recently serving as first vice president, investment properties group with CBRE, where she was involved in more than $1.5 billion in multifamily transactions. Kahn previously worked at Fifield Companies and with the real estate banking division of JP Morgan. She is a member of the ULI and is a licensed real estate broker in Oregon, Washington and Illinois.


Swire Hires Driggers as Director, Office Leasing

By Justin Sumner

Janette Driggers has joined Swire Properties, Inc. as director of office leasing for its Brickell City Centre office buildings in Miami, FL. In her new role, Driggers will oversee marketing and leasing of available office space within the $1.05 billion, mixed-use project rising in the heart of Brickell.

Driggers most recently served as a senior associate with CBRE's office brokerage division, representing landlords in more than 350 transactions with local and national tenants. Throughout her career she has represented numerous owners across the South Florida office market. Driggers graduated from Florida International University.


Danna Joins Dermody Properties

By Justin Sumner

Dermody Properties has hired Shelagh Danna as an assistant development manager for its West Region. In her new role, Danna will handle project management across the firm's development, management and acquisition process throughout the western U.S. markets.

Most recently an investment and development associate with KTR Capital Partners in Los Angeles, Danna has assisted in the development and management of more than 24 million square feet of industrial and commercial space. While at KTR she handled approval and entitlement, tenant improvements, and acquisition and disposition projects.

JLL Expands UK Asset Management Team in Brum

By Chris Borland


Fischer & Co Hires Friedberg as SVP

By Teresa Blackmon

Fischer & Co. has hired Sharon Friedberg as senior vice president in the Dallas office. Friedberg will specialize in tenant representation and business development as well as corporate services locally and nationally.

Prior to joining Fischer & Co., Friedberg was responsible for landlord and tenant representation with Bradford Realty Services of Dallas. Friedberg began her career at Fischer & Co. She holds a Master's Degree from the University of North Texas and a bachelor's degree from the University of Austin.


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer Promotes Four in Hampton Roads

By Cooper Stevenson

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer promoted four brokers across multiple practice areas in the Hampton Roads, VA market.

  • Clay Culbreth, CCIM, SIOR has been promoted to senior vice president. He...
  • David Machupa has been promoted to first vice president. The retail specialist...
  • Christine Kaempfe, CCIM has been promoted to vice president. She specializes...
  • David Tunnicliffe (pictured, bottom left) has been promoted to senior associate...


    Camp Joins ESG Architects

    By Brandon Burns

    Gretchen Camp joined ESG Architects as vice president in the firm's Minneapolis, MN office. In her new role, Camp will focus on multifamily and mixed-use projects.

    Camp brings 16 years of industry experience, having worked throughout the Twin Cities architecture community. Camp earned her bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Wisconsin and her Master's Degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota.


    JLL Adds Davison to Consulting and Advisory Group

    By CoStar Research

    JLL has hired Brian Davison as a vice president with its Consulting and Advisory Group. He will provide transaction and brokerage support and report to Daniel Loughlin, international director and brokerage lead in New Jersey, and Joseph Messina, executive managing director.

    Experienced in managing complex transactions and using advanced financial analytics to develop client strategies, Davison was with Citigroup Global Markets for the past 10 years, first as a transaction manager and underwriter with its Large Loan Group and, most recently, as a director with its CMBS trading desk.


    MBRE Appoints McGann to VP

    By Colton Odonoghue

    MB Real Estate has hired Dennis McGann as vice president of its leasing services team, a division that represents more than 9 million square feet of space throughout Chicagoland.

    McGann joins MBRE from CBRE, where he served as vice president of the firm's agency leasing group in Chicago. An 11-year industry veteran, McGann also spent more than eight years at JLL. He is a member of COLBA and NAIOP.


    BKM Establishes Property Mgmt Firm with Two New Hires

    By Justin Sumner

    Institutional fund manager BKM Capital Partners, which focuses on value-add, multi-tenant industrial investments, has established BKM Property Management Company within its operator platform, adding two new property managers.

    Kimberly Stinnett was hired as a property manager and will lead the Las Vegas office. Stinnet brings more than 10 years of property management experience, most recently serving as executive vice president at BOMA Nevada. Paul Asher (pictured, right) joins BKM as a regional general manager for the Phoenix marketplace. The 15-year industry veteran joins the firm from Hannay Realty Advisors, where he served as director of property management.


    SARA Brings on Wolf to Oversee Finances

    By Justin Sumner

    Luke Wolf has joined SARA Investment Real Estate as its chief financial officer. Based in the firm's St. Louis office, Wolf succeeds Justin Redderman, who will serve as the company's vice president of finance.

    Wolf brings more than 25 years of commercial real estate and construction experience in the St. Louis market, most recently serving as controller at Altus Properties. Before that he spent several years with Duke Realty, gaining experience in acquisitions, development, management and dispositions. He began his career with Fru-Con Construction. Wolf is a CPA and licensed real estate broker.


    Westwood Financial Adds Lazar as CFO

    By Justin Sumner

    Jeanne Lazar has joined Westwood Financial Corp., an owner/operator of grocery-anchored retail centers. As chief financial officer, Lazar will oversee all finance and accounting functions for the company, including portfolio performance and the development of financial and operational strategies for the Los Angeles-based firm.

    Lazar brings more than 20 years of commercial real estate finance experience, most recently serving as vice president and CFO of Topa Management Company. Before that she was the chief accounting officer for MPG Office Trust, senior vice president of finance with the Irvine Company Office Properties Group, and principal and controller for The John Buck Company in Chicago.

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