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Highside Companies Strengthens Team with New Leadership Roles

Phil Joseph
Jennette Roberts

Highside Companies, a Colorado-based real estate company, has added several new leadership roles to its corporate headquarters in Denver, with the addition of Phil Joseph as chief financial officer, Jennette Roberts as general counsel and head of human resources, and Jason Fox as vice president of development. Each of these additions bring decades of experience to Highside’s leadership team.

Highside focuses on multiple fully integrated real estate verticals, including real estate development, investments and fund management. The company continues to experience success in pursuing its growth strategy, including adding new clients, partners, investors, and locations to its portfolio, with more than 30 active projects across North America – many in collaboration with major hospitality brands, including Choice Hotels.

Jason Fox

“With Highside’s continued growth across the United States and Canada, we are excited to expand our corporate leadership in Denver,” said Justin Roberts, CEO of Highside Companies. “Phil, Jennette and Jason bring critical experience in managing an accelerated pace of growth for our new and current ventures, ensuring a smooth expansion of our reach, and exceptional execution of our strategies.”

As chief financial officer, Joseph will be responsible for overseeing the performance of the company’s financial and fund management, as well as financial planning and analysis (FP&A), treasury, investor relations, information technology and capital raising activities. He will work alongside Justin Roberts and Chief Operating Officer Paul Congleton as an integral member of the executive team, contributing to the focus on corporate strategy and execution. Joseph possesses more than 25 years of experience in both private and publicly traded commercial real estate, having served as global treasurer for Prologis, a $118 billion public real estate investment trust (REIT), and as chief financial officer for Spirit Realty Capital, a $9 billion public REIT. In those roles, Joseph gained a broad range of leadership experience, including in mergers and acquisitions, international capital markets, stakeholder engagement and FP&A.

As general counsel, Jennette Roberts will be responsible for ensuring corporate governance, compliance and risk management for the company’s operations, and providing legal guidance to the company in its execution of strategic initiatives. She has more than 20 years of law firm and in-house experience, including leading teams responsible for implementing compliance management systems, advising on capital markets transactions, and leading regulatory supervision, enforcement and government relations initiatives.

As vice president of development, Fox will be responsible for ensuring the successful execution of the company’s development plan, including overseeing the development team in managing ground-up new development projects and implementing new strategic development initiatives aligned with Highside’s overall growth strategy. Fox brings almost 20 years of construction and development experience in hospitality centered multi-family, mixed-use, senior living, office and retail projects throughout the U.S.

JLL Capital Markets’ Wick Kirby joins the Denver multi-housing team

Wick Kirby

JLL Capital Markets announced that Managing Director Wick Kirby has joined the firm’s Denver institutional multi-housing team, after spending 15 years with JLL/HFF in the Chicago office. In his new role, Kirby will primarily be responsible for multi-housing investment sales advisory transactions throughout the Denver MSA.

Kirby will be working alongside Senior Managing Director Jordan Robbins and Director Alex Possick and will report to the Denver capital markets office heads, Senior Manging Directors Peter Merrion and Leon McBroom.

“We are excited for Wick to join the Denver office. His addition to the existing multi-housing team with Jordan and Alex will further enhance the exceptional client service and execution for our clients in the Denver market,” said Merrion.

Over the past 15 years, Kirby has transacted more than $5 billion of multi-housing transactions with JLL/HFF to date and helped lead the Chicago JLL team to top market share in both Chicago and Milwaukee. Before joining HFF, Kirby was also a senior portfolio analyst at Merrill Lynch Capital – Real Estate Finance, where he managed a $900 million loan portfolio.

Kirby commented, “I’m thankful to all the clients that have trusted our JLL Midwest team over the last 15 years and am proud to have played a small part in the growth of the Chicago office.  I’m excited for the opportunity to work alongside Jordan, Alex and the entire Denver JLL team.  I’ve watched the fantastic growth of the Denver office over the last decade and look forward to contributing.”

Kirby earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master’s degree from DePaul University. Additionally, Kirby is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI), the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association.

Gilmore Construction Welcomes Grisel Gray as Director of Preconstruction & Estimating

Grisel Gray

Gilmore Construction Corporation announced the appointment of Grisel Gray as director of preconstruction and estimating. In this role, Gray will spearhead efforts to enhance the level of preconstruction services provided to Gilmore’s clients – focusing on estimating, value engineering and constructability assessments. With more than a decade of experience in various contract types, Gray brings a wealth of expertise to Gilmore. She will oversee Gilmore’s Preconstruction Department which serves all market sectors, including the company’s Aviation and Government Business Units.

“The addition of Grisel enhances our company’s capacity to better assist our clients with their endeavors,” said Vice President of Operations Enrique Elizondo. “Her extensive experience spanning various markets and project types, combined with her skill in navigating the local subcontractor landscape and her steadfast commitment to fostering relationships with local trades, positions her as an ideal addition to our team. Furthermore, having a strong female leading our preconstruction team highlights Gilmore’s commitment to embracing change and upholding our principles.”

Before joining Gilmore, Gray served as a lead estimator at Turner Construction for eight years, where she worked on preconstruction and estimating services for projects of various sizes – spanning from project values of $300,000 to $1 billion. Her diverse experience includes interior renovations, K-12, technology, aviation, sports arenas, private medical practice, residential construction, athletic fields, data centers, high-rise construction, healthcare, and battery production facilities.

Gray shared her excitement about joining Gilmore, stating, “I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of Gilmore’s vision for the future. I look forward to working with this great team, our partners, and our clients to continue to deliver a high level of customer service and uphold Gilmore’s values. The opportunity to contribute to the success of our projects, and enhance our operations, is truly exciting. Gilmore is truly revolutionizing the industry and this position will allow me to play a role in an incredible path the company is creating towards a brighter future.”

Gray’s alignment with Gilmore’s core values and commitment to community resonates deeply with the company’s mission. Devoted to fostering the next generation of construction professionals, Gray shares her knowledge as a lecturer for the Construction Senior Capstone class at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder). Additionally, she actively contributes to community initiatives, serving as a board member for the Chanda Plan Foundation and participating in the Women in Leadership and Aviation Committees for the Hispanic Contractors of Colorado.

rand* construction Welcomes Lindsay Parker to its Board of Directors

Lindsay Parker

In a significant stride toward its multi-generational journey, rand* construction announced the appointment of Lindsay Parker as partner and newest member of its board of directors.

Lindsay’s journey with rand* commenced in 2012 at its Alexandria office, where she began as an assistant project manager. Embodying the core values of rand*, Lindsay transitioned to the Denver office in 2013. Over a decade, her tireless dedication and commitment to excellence have played a pivotal role in establishing rand* as the premier corporate interiors general contractor in Denver.

Her remarkable leadership, coupled with a fervent dedication to nurturing client relationships and driving transformative results, has been instrumental in shaping rand*’s success story in Denver. Lindsay’s innate ability to identify and cultivate top-tier talent has been instrumental in the growth of the Denver office, which now has over 50 team members.

Lindsay’s wealth of experience and deep-rooted understanding of rand*’s ethos will provide invaluable insights and perspectives on the Board. She will spearhead initiatives aimed at fostering sustained growth, while continuing to deliver the best experiences to our clients and partners.

Founder and Chairman of rand* construction, Linda Rabbitt, expressed her enthusiasm for Lindsay’s appointment, stating, “Lindsay’s journey with rand* embodies the spirit of resilience, results, and the importance of relationships that define our company. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Board of Directors, where her leadership will undoubtedly guide us to new heights.

“Lindsay is excellent with clients, she always puts rand* first and ensures the project teams deliver financial and schedule requirements,” said Cullen McGuire, partner and co-lead, Denver. “She is highly respected internally and externally and is a core member of rand* leadership,” McGuire continued.

Lindsay’s appointment underscores rand*’s steadfast commitment to cultivating and recognizing internal talent. Her elevation to this meaningful position is a testament to her outstanding contributions and unwavering dedication to the company’s success.

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