Movers and Shakers Week of 10.09.17
Transwestern Promotes Two Professionals
Transwestern’s Denver office recently announced that two professionals have been promoted for their success in growing the firm’s market share and their respective teams: Craig Paton has been elevated to Senior Vice President and John Blackshire to Vice President.
Paton has been with Transwestern since 2012 and has been a commercial real estate broker for more than 30 years. He leads Denver’s land sales team and industrial group by creating opportunities that culminate in favorable transactions and maximize returns for clients. Paton’s latest transactions include large relocation projects for RoadSafe Traffic Systems and Olympic Metals to planned facilities in Arapahoe County.
“Craig’s unique real estate perspective built over his 32-year career as a developer, owner and broker enables him to provide his clients with an unmatched level of knowledge and expertise,” said Lee Wallis, senior vice president. “He has been and will continue to be a tremendous asset to Transwestern and our clients.”
Blackshire joined the Multifamily Investment Services team in 2014 as a junior broker under Tom Wanberg, Senior Vice President. During the past three years, the team has set several market records for pricing achieved on behalf of their clients. Blackshire has taken on leadership roles within the office, including heading the Transwestern Young Professionals group and bringing on a junior broker. Most recently, Blackshire advised a local investor in purchasing two value-add multifamily properties for more than $30 million.
“The variety and scope of John’s skills are remarkable,” said Wanberg. “He excels in all avenues of our business, from superior client interaction to an exceptional command of all financial analysis. His innovative approach to multifamily investment has set a new standard at Transwestern and in the industry at large.”
“These promotions come at a time of change for Transwestern’s Denver office,” said Wallis. “As the commercial real estate industry and how business is conducted evolve, we are adjusting to the changing market by redefining the roles of our people and recognizing our top performers to continuing to grow our presence in Denver and serve our clients at the highest possible level.”
ARA Newmark Adds Senior Transaction Manager, Courtney Crowder to Institutional Team
ARA, A Newmark Company (ARA Newmark) is pleased to announce Courtney Crowder has joined the firm as a Senior Transaction Manager and Amanda Meldrum as Senior Transaction Manager of its Colorado Institutional Multifamily Team.
As the number one multihousing brokerage firm in Colorado, as ranked mid-year by Real Estate Alert, the office has already brokered more than $1.44 billion in transaction volume in 2017.
Ms. Crowder has spent her career in the real estate investment industry, focused on multifamily. In her preceding position as Assistant Vice President at Redwood Capital Group, Ms. Crowder was involved in sourcing, underwriting and transacting multifamily acquisition opportunities totaling nearly $1 billion. Ms. Crowder, in conjunction with Senior Transaction Manager Amanda Meldrum and Director of Transaction Management Jessica Graham, take a lead position in supporting Vice Chairmen Terrance Hunt, Shane Ozment, Chris Cowan, JeffHawks and Doug Andrews, who lead institutional multifamily brokerage services for Colorado. As a Senior Transaction Manager, Ms. Crowder will be involved in nearly all stages of the transaction process, including multifamily asset valuation, market research, active listing marketing and due diligence.
“Courtney grew up in metro Denver and once we discovered that she was interested in moving back to Denver, we immediately knew that we had to make her part of our team; we are excited about the great capabilities and industry knowledge she brings to ARA Newmark. She will be joining Amanda Meldrum, who is a phenomenal senior transaction manager; this is a very demanding position and we are lucky to have two of the best in the industry,” Ozment said.
Ms. Crowder earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, with a focus on real estate and entrepreneurship. She graduated with distinction from the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and a real estate certificate.
Ms. Meldrum has achieved the underwriting and closing of more than $5.6 billion in multifamily transactions since joining the company in 2014. She directly supports Vice Chairmen Terrance Hunt, Shane Ozment, Chris Cowan, Jeff Hawks and Doug Andrews who lead ARA Newmark’s regional Institutional investment sales, specializing in large multifamily assets in metro Denver.
Shane Ozment said, “Amanda serves one of the most important roles on the ARA Newmark Institutional Team. Her remarkable focus and contributions complete our model of first class client service, allowing us to hone market knowledge and transaction strategy for our clients. Amanda’s exemplary productivity and organization allows us to push transaction volume to new heights; she is the most professional person I have worked with in my entire career.”
Ms. Meldrum, who began her real estate career in 2011, previously worked in due diligence analysis at a national multifamily REIT. Born and raised in Colorado, she earned her bachelor of science in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Real Estate at Colorado State University.
JLL Brings Tracy Lopez and David Belliveau to Denver Team
JLL Project and Development Services today announced the addition of Tracy Lopez and David Belliveau to the Denver team. As a vice president with JLL, Lopez brings 12 years of experience with the firm and a reputation for developing strong working relationships with both clients and staff. Belliveau, who has worked on several complex corporate headquarter build-to-suits, will join the JLL Denver team as a senior project manager.
Transferring to Denver from the Bay Area, Lopez specializes in complex commercial construction projects. She’s developed an expertise in program management, providing process improvements and applying critical thinking in order to create solutions even in challenging environments.
“Tracy’s passion for developing teams and cultivating lasting client relationships aligns with JLL’s priorities in Denver,” said Paul Washington, market director of JLL’s Rocky Mountain Region. “We are confident in her ability to deliver results for our clients and look forward to having her on our leadership team.”
Belliveau joins JLL with 26 years of experience, several of which have been spent working in conjunction with JLL. He will be responsible for managing a variety of projects for Denver-based education, corporate, bio/lab, retail, and industrial clients.
“With David’s passion for collaboration and team success, he will be a welcome addition to our diverse team of project managers at JLL,” added Washington. “David has earned a reputation for identifying solutions that drive value for tenants and owners across multiple sectors. He has been a friend of JLL for many years, and we’re pleased he is now officially part of our growing team.”
Liz Gibbons Joins Small Giants as Marketing Associate
Small Giants, LLC., a full-service commercial real estate and construction marketing agency in Denver, has hired Liz Gibbons as marketing associate.
In the role, she will provide strategic input for websites, proposals, social media and PR efforts. Gibbons will utilize her experience and background in writing and journalism to assist in serving the firm’s commercial real estate industry clients.
“We are delighted to have Liz join us to better serve our growing client base, and to significantly contribute her traditional and digital marketing skills to achieve client success,” said Danielle Feroleto, founder and president of Small Giants.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to get my hands on a variety of projects,” said Gibbons. “I know that at Small Giants my voice will truly be heard, and I am very much looking forward to assisting the company in the process of refreshing and elevating the brand.”
Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Wyoming. She grew up in Highlands Ranch, Colo., where she currently resides with her dog Biggsby. She enjoys vacationing at Walt Disney World, supporting the Colorado Rockies and Avalanche teams, snowshoeing and tubing, cider tasting and mentoring young women at the Colorado School of Mines chapter of Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women.
Cresa Expands Denver Office with Three New Employees
Cresa, the world’s largest tenant-focused commercial real estate firm, has welcomed three new members to its growing Denver office. Project manager, Gabriela Vlcek, Accounting Associate, Emily Conroy and Marketing Associate, Cassie Stenson have all joined the Cresa team.
“Since our office move in March we’ve grown 20 percent,” said Rick Door. “It’s an exciting time for our Denver location. Gabriela, Emily and Cassie all add diverse backgrounds and experience levels to our collaborative culture and we’re happy to welcome them to the team.”
Gabriela Vlcek brings more than twenty years of experience in project management and engineering with technical knowledge in commercial buildings and infrastructure. From strategic consulting and planning, to daily project oversight, she works efficiently to guide clients through each phase, decision, and project milestone to deliver a project that is on time and on budget. Gabriela has a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Colorado and is a registered professional engineer. A few of her past clients include Xcel Energy, Cargill, AT&T and GE Capital.
Accounting associate, Emily Conroy joins Cresa with a background in accounting and business administration. At Cresa Denver she is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, compiling census data, preparing tax filings as well as other accounting projects. Emily has a B.A. in business administration and entrepreneurship from California State University.
Cassie Stenson brings a background in public relations and communications to her position as marketing associate. At Cresa Denver she manages the marketing and communications strategy. Cassie has a B.A. in communications from Colorado State University.
McCarthy Building Companies Hires Project Engineer and Project Manager
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is pleased to announce Sienna Rucker has joined the company’s Denver office as a project engineer and Lincoln Nichols as a project manager.
Sienna has interned in the construction industry and recently graduated from Texas Tech University.
“This is an exciting time for McCarthy as we continue to grow our Denver office,” said Kevin Williams, Senior Vice President of McCarthy’s Colorado operations. “McCarthy believes in investing in recent graduates within the construction industry. We are especially excited to welcome Sienna and continue to provide more opportunities for new professionals entering the profession.”
As a project engineer, Sienna collaborates with owners, architects and user groups to ensure that all project goals are met. She processes submittals and facilitates communication amongst all stakeholders. Her current projects include Denver Health, Medical Center of the Rockies and a 16 MW Solar facility.
“I’m excited to learn! By being a member of the McCarthy team, every day I walk away with a sense of pride and more technical knowledge,” said Rucker. “I was drawn to McCarthy because of their involvement with the community – whether that’s physical construction, donating time and money or just showing support. It’s important to me that McCarthy makes a difference in our community.”
Sienna was born and raised in Alaska and is excited to be back in the mountains, surrounded by so many great outdoor activities. In her free time, she also competes in barrel racing and is looking forward to the competitive opportunities within Colorado. Sienna works with several nonprofit organizations, continuing to strengthen her ties in the Denver community.
Nichols has been with McCarthy for 11 years, working on projects throughout the United States. Prior to joining the McCarthy team, Nichols attended Iowa State and held an internship with McCarthy working on Children’s Hospital of Colorado.
“At McCarthy, we are lucky to have offices in several states so our team members can move around,” said Kevin Williams, senior vice president of McCarthy’s Colorado operations. “We are impressed with the work Lincoln has already done with McCarthy and we’re excited to see what he does next here in Denver.”
As a project manager, Lincoln is the lead on all aspects of a construction project including cost, schedule, quality, and most importantly, safety. Currently, he is working on job order contracting (JOC) for multiple healthcare clients in the Denver area. Previously, Nichols worked on a $13 million infrastructure upgrade project for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and was the lead on the University of Virginia Healthcare System Educational Resource Center project.
“I’m looking forward to being part of our new Denver team and growing our business in the area,” said Nichols. “Traveling to different projects around the country has provided me with a diverse construction background and has allowed me to work on projects of all sizes.”
Lincoln is excited about all the outdoor activities in Colorado, such as mountain biking, hiking and snowboarding. Family is also very important to Lincoln and he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife and dogs.
Pinkard Construction Company Adds Two New Superintendents
Pinkard Construction Company recently announced that Dale Young and Adam Wildeman have joined the firm as superintendents.
Dale Young is a senior superintendent with extensive experience in healthcare and office construction. Notable projects include the City of Fort Collins’ design-build Police Services Building, which featured plains architecture with forensic/ biohazard evidence processing, 911 dispatch and emergency operations center.
Dale comes to Pinkard from Saunders, where he spent four years as a superintendent and project manager. With 21 years in the industry, he began his career on a concrete crew, working his way up to project manager, project executive and superintendent. Dale grew up in the Eagle Valley, and was graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science in engineering with a civil specialty. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two young boys. Dale will be managing Pinkard’s $39 million VIDA at Sloan’s Lake for Denver Housing Authority.
Superintendent Adam Wildeman spent 13 years as a superintendent at GH Phipps before joining Pinkard. Adam is a journeyman carpenter who has also worked as a carpenter foreman and assistant superintendent. His experience includes healthcare, higher education and municipal, highlighted by the $38 million Research Innovation Center (RIC) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The RIC is LEED Gold certified with offices, a vivarium, and biosafety level 2 laboratories
for infectious disease research.
Adam grew up in Arvada, and enjoys being a husband and father, golfing, hunting, fishing, and attending church. Adam is currently assigned to the 209-unit Sierra Vista Affordable Apartments occupied renovation. In addition to their current assignments, both superintendents help to fill a need in Pinkard’s growing involvement in the healthcare, office and higher education markets.
Denver-Based Engineering Firm BCER Names David Hughes President, CEO
BCER, a Denver, Colorado-based full-service MEP engineering, technology, and life safety firm serving the commercial, industrial, institutional and government markets, today announced that David Hughes has been named president and CEO. Outgoing president and CEO Steve Rondinelli has announced his retirement effective January 1, 2018. Rondinelli will work alongside Hughes over the next three months to facilitate a smooth leadership transition.
Rondinelli served as president and CEO of BCER since the retirement of Marc Espinosa in 2015. He brought more than 40 years of experience in life safety and fire protection experience to his leadership role at the firm and also spearheaded the expansion into the Florida market.
“BCER has experienced a lot of change throughout the company’s 23-year history. We have broadened our services and geographic reach to better serve our clients and employees, and I look forward to watching the continued expansion of services and projects for years to come,” said Rondinelli. “I am pleased to pass the leadership torch to David Hughes, who has extensive experience in both engineering and business and has been an integral part of the BCER team for 18 years.”
Hughes worked as a consulting engineer for 11 years before joining BCER in 1999. He has served as head of BCER’s electrical engineering team for the last eight years. Sandra Scanlon, founder of SSG MEP, which was acquired by BCER in August, has been named head of the company’s electrical engineering team. Jason Miller will head the BCER life safety division
when Steve Rondinelli retires.
“It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of Marc Espinosa and Steve Rondinelli, both of whom are exceptional leaders,” said Hughes. “After spending almost two decades at BCER, I care deeply about our clients, our employees, and the future of the company. We owe our gratitude to Steve Rondinelli for his leadership, and I’m excited to lead BCER into the future.”