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WHO’S NEWS: Commercial appointments and promotions

CBRE announced that Joel Stephen, an 11-year veteran of the firm, has relocated from Hong Kong to New York City, joining as senior vice president, retail.

Joel spent four years with CBRE in London, first working with the UK retail team, then expanding his reach to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 2010, Joel moved to Shanghai, where he spearheaded development of China’s retail tenant representation team, which quickly became the market leader, bringing 35 new brands to the Chinese market. For the past three years, Joel was responsible for running the 200-strong Asia retail team based out of Hong Kong, helping CBRE secure a definitive market-leading position in the region.

In his new position, Joel will leverage his extensive experience in various brokerage, cross-border and management roles across more than 30 countries to advise retailers on expansion into the U.S. and internationally.


Scott Perkins, SIOR, CCIM, Managing Director – Corporate Services of NAI James E. Hanson was the recipient of the 2016 Award for Largest Office Sale by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) for his efforts in the sale of an 83,222-square-foot office building located at 216 Route 17N in Rochelle Park, N.J.

The buyer, Park Avenue BMW, was searching for a unique space that would allow them to expand their dealership’s showroom while leasing out a portion of the remaining space in the building. Representing the buyer, Perkins and his partner, Greg James, negotiated a deal at 216 Route 17N which provided them with the flexibility that met their needs forthe space and allowed them to own additional floors of leasable office space.

Perkins has also received the Morris County Economic Development Corporation’s Real Estate Award and CoStar’s Power Broker Recognition in addition to being a member of the NAI Global Hall of Fame. He joins nine other brokers at NAI James E. Hanson who hold the prestigious SIOR designation.


The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International elected six Executive Committee members at the 2017 BOMA International Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee, in late June.

BOMA International’s Executive Committee is responsible for developing the strategic direction and policies for the association. Executive Committee members work with BOMA International officers and executive staff to maximize the effectiveness of BOMA International, while ensuring resources are available to achieve its goals. Executive Committee members serve a minimum term of two years.

The Board of Governors of BOMA International elected the following individuals to the Executive Committee:

•Mark Dukes, CCIM, RPA, Vice President of Property Management, Physicians Realty Trust, BOMA/Georgia
•Lisa Hensley, BOMA Fellow, Director of Property Management, Texas Medical Association, BOMA/Austin (Second term)
•Sandrena Robinson, LEED GA, Vice President, JLL, BOMA/Denver Metro
•Andrew J. Romerdahl, CCIM, MAI, Senior Regional Director of the Alaska Region, Providence St. Joseph Health, BOMA/Anchorage (Second term)
•Luci Smith, FMA, RPA, General Manager, CBRE, BOMA/Orlando
•Keri Taylor, Strategic Market Leader of Commercial Real Estate, Trane, BOMA/Indianapolis (Associate Member)

Mark Dukes is vice president of Property Management for Physicians Realty Trust, a healthcare real estate investment trust that acquires, owns and manages healthcare assets. He is past chair of BOMA International’s Asset Management Council. Dukes also is a past president of BOMA/Georgia and an active member of the BOMA Southern Region Board of Directors.

Lisa Hensley has more than 25 years of property management experience and serves as the director of Property Management for the Texas Medical Association. She is a past president of both BOMA/Austin and Texas BOMA. Hensley has served on several BOMA International committees, including as chair of the BOMAPAC Council and the BOMA International Nominating Committee. This is her second term on BOMA International’s Executive Committee.

A nearly 30-year veteran of commercial real estate, Sandrena Robinson serves as vice president at JLL. She is a past president of BOMA/Denver Metro and was recognized with the local association’s Principal Member of the Year Award in 2015. Robinson also is the vice chair of the BOMA International Government Affairs Committee, a member of the BOMA Industrial Defense Fund Committee and formerly served as chair of the State Government Affairs Committee for two years.

In his current position as regional director for Providence Health & Services’ Alaska Region, Andrew Romerdahl oversees more than two million square feet of commercial space throughout several communities across the state. Romerdahl is past president of both BOMA/Anchorage and the BOMA Pacific Northwest Region. This is his second term on BOMA International’s Executive Committee.

With more than 20 years of industrial property management experience, Luci Smith serves as general manager for CBRE. Under her leadership as co-chair and later chair, the BOMA International Industrial Committee significantly expanded offerings for BOMA members working in the industrial sector. She currently serves as a member of the BOMA 360 Performance Program Council, and she has previously served on BOMA International’s Finance Committee and Audit Committee. Smith also is a past president of both BOMA/Orlando and the BOMA Southern Region.

Keri Taylor, strategic market leader of Commercial Real Estate for Trane, has been an active BOMA member since 2011. A former chair of the National Associate Membership Committee, Taylor also has served as the vice associate chair for BOMA/Indianapolis for the last five years. She also serves as the primarily delegate for Trane’s Cornerstone Partnership with BOMA International, as well as the chair of the Cornerstone Partners Group.


Thor Equities, a global leader in urban real estate development, leasing and management, has announced the appointment of Catalina Chew as Controller.

Ms. Chew will oversee a team responsible for the preparation and review of fund, property and management level accounting and reporting, as well as participate in a number of new technology initiatives.

Ms. Chew was previously at Berkshire Group, a Boston-based real estate investment management company, where she was responsible for overseeing a portfolio valued at more than $1 billion in assets under management.

Prior to joining Berkshire Group, Ms. Chew was corporate controller at High Street Equity Advisors in Boston for over six years. Before that, she was accounting manager and treasurer for Northland Investment Corporation, and an associate at PricewaterhourseCoopers LLP.

Ms. Chew graduated from Fisher College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She was named “Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) in 2012/2013.


Greystone, a real estate lending, investment and advisory company, announced it has added two Managing Directors to the CMBS lending group. Joe Mosley, Jr. and Dan Wolins will both report to Rob Russell, head of CMBS loan production.

Joe Mosley, Jr., based in Greystone’s Birmingham, AL office, comes to Greystone from UBS Investment Bank, where he was a Director originating CMBS loans. Prior to UBS, he was an Analyst at Deloitte & Touche.

Dan Wolins, based in Greystone’s New York office, joins the firm from Hunt Mortgage Group, where he was most recently a Managing Director. Prior to Hunt, Mr. Wolins was a Partner at Olmsted Capital Partners, and has held previous senior CMBS lending roles at Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, and Salomon Smith Barney.

Both Mr. Mosley and Mr. Wolins will focus on CMBS and Agency lending, as well as the diverse range of lending products Greystone offers for multifamily and commercial property owners.


Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Occupier Services (GOS) business has hired industry expert Greg Swanberg to lead the Technical Solutions practice, the company announced.

The firm has partnered with Lucid’s industry leading BuildingOS building intelligence software to further enhance Cushman & Wakefield’s platform for delivering the next generation of energy intelligence. The Mobile Engineering & Maintenance Services practice efficiently provides strategic facilities management engineering solutions to select clients throughout the United States, providing flexible and scalable value-added services to clients (including general repairs and HVAC, electrical, plumbing, lighting, and energy support). The firm’s Mobile Engineering & Maintenance Services, Energy Management, and Critical Solutions platforms have been bundled into a single organization.

Additionally, last week, Cushman & Wakefield announced an exclusive global partnership with MetaProp NYC, the world’s premier real estate technology hub, which is in alignment with the firm’s innovation and technology strategy.

Mr. Swanberg joins Cushman & Wakefield as the new Senior Managing Director – Technical Solutions with more than 30 years of senior management and executive experience having managed all aspects of designing, operating, and maintenance of highly regulated critical environments.

Mr. Swanberg most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer for BioStorage Technologies, the world’s leader in critical biological storage environments serving 19 of the top 20 bio/pharma companies as well as top government and academic research institutions around the globe. He has served on a host of boards and advisory panels for non-profits and university-based incubator programs including at the University of Virginia, the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and the University of Kentucky.


Jonathan Schlussel of Teaneck has joined Teaneck-based Key Properties LLC, representing the commercial real estate development, construction and management firm’s third generation of family leadership. In his new role, Schlussel is involved in all facets of Key Properties’ operation, from development and project management to leasing and acquisitions.

Founded more than 30 years ago by Abraham Schlussel, Key Properties today is led by Jonathan’s father and uncle, co-managing partners David and Marc Schlussel. Key Properties throughout its history has been involved in more than 1 million square feet of commercial projects including office, industrial and retail properties, as well as mixed-use developments. Its principals’ expertise working in conjunction with municipalities, state agencies, contractors, engineers, architects and brokers has led to the successful transformation of dozens of underutilized properties into valuable real estate assets.

Prior to joining Key Properties, Schlussel was on the investment sales team at Colliers International. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brandeis University.


Spirit Investment Partners, a Stamford, Connecticut based real estate investment firm focused on transitionalmultifamily and mixed use assets, has hired Matthew McGuire as Vice President of Construction for its affiliate company Spirit Management Services.

Matthew was previously with Irvine, CA based Steadfast Companies, one of the top 30 largest multifamily owners in the U.S. Steadfast owns 38,000 units, 150+ properties, $3.6 Billion in assets, in 22 states.

While at Steadfast, Matthew was responsible for overseeing the renovation, capital projects and ground up construction programs for Steadfast throughout the United States. Matthew will oversee all aspects of the parent company’s growing portfolio of value-add projects, which include full asset repositioning and adaptive reuse projects, as well as lead Spirit Management Services’ construction management platform which provides customized turnkey construction and renovation services to third party clients.

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