Movers and Shakers Week Ending 06.18.21

McWhinney President & COO Ray Pittman to Assume CEO Role

Chad McWhinney
Ray Pittman

McWhinney announced that President and Chief Operating Officer Ray Pittman will take up the company’s chief executive officer role. Co-Founder Chad McWhinney will step back from day-to-day operations and transition to executive chairman for the company. Co-Founder Troy McWhinney will remain in his current role as senior board member and chief investment officer.

Pittman joined McWhinney in 2019 after previously serving as global chief client officer for CBRE, as well as serving as CEO for the company’s diverse business operations in Australia and New Zealand.

In his role as President and COO of McWhinney, Pittman has managed the company’s day-to-day operations and led the development and execution of the company’s strategic plan, growing investor returns and long-term portfolio value. His focus has been on optimizing the company’s operating capabilities, employing strategies to maximize customer and investor satisfaction, and attracting, developing, and retaining top talent for the firm.

“With our commitment to the company’s continued growth and success, the board and I felt it was a strong time to build upon our positive momentum and transition Ray Pittman into the CEO role to lead the business forward,” said Chad McWhinney. “We have great confidence in Ray’s leadership abilities and experience, alongside my focus on the strategic vision of the company including new markets and new product types. This is the right move, the right person and the right time for us to make this advancement.”

Chad McWhinney co-founded the real estate investment company in 1991 with his brother Troy, who serves as the company’s chief investment officer. In his 30 years as CEO, McWhinney has planned and developed over 6,000 acres of land and over 10 million square feet of office, industrial, medical, retail, hospitality and residential properties, including more than 3,000 units of multifamily apartment homes.

“I am really proud to be a part of the McWhinney organization, and very honored to be asked to take on the CEO role,” added Pittman. “I look forward to working closely with Chad and Troy to help chart the future of the company, and with the great McWhinney team to build on our past success. We’ve got a lot of exciting opportunities ahead of us right now, and I’m confident we’ll achieve great things together.”


Kairoi Management Announces Promotions of Kari Warren to COO and Tammy Freiling to CFO

Kari Warren
Tammy Freiling

Kairoi Residential, a premier vertically integrated multifamily investment, development, and property management company, has announced the promotions of Kari Warren to chief operating officer of property management and Tammy Freiling to chief financial officer of property management. Both joined the management company in 2017 at its inception as vice presidents and have been spearheading the growth and success of Kairoi management since that time.

“We are now managing for some of the most sophisticated institutional investors in the multifamily industry,” said Tammy. “We aren’t seeking to be the biggest manager of luxury multifamily real estate, just the best.”

Kari added, “It starts with people. Our successes are directly tied to the talented leaders that we have recruited.”

Kari has over 20 years of experience, with a background in marketing, branding, and customer service in the residential and interior design industries. She previously served as head of operations for Anyone Home, and as a lead executive in charge of strategic marketing, branding and communications for both BRE Properties and AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Tammy has over 20 years of experience in investor reporting, debt compliance, monthly and quarterly financial statements, system implementation, staff development, and audit and tax coordination and is a CPA. Prior to joining Kairoi, Tammy held roles at USAA and EY.


Colorado’s Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Promotes Three

Wendy Mallas

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley is excited to announce that it has promoted Wendy Mallas to the position of director of sales & marketing. The award-winning resort has also promoted Jing Butler to serve as associate director of sales and hired Scott Copertino to serve as dining room & banquet manager.

Mallas joined The Westin Riverfront team in 2017 as a leisure sales manager and has worked her way up to director of Leisure Sales and now director of Sales & Marketing. A graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Mallas previously spent nearly 20 years launching new properties for ski industry leader Vail Resorts, finally overseeing the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail. She also served as part of their international sales team.

Since joining The Westin Riverfront team, Mallas has been key to driving strong leisure sales through multiple avenues, including spearheading the creation of the Westin RECOVER program, a partnership with multiple Vail Valley medical facilities to host medical tourists. She also serves as the consortia liaison for the hotel’s affiliations with Marriott’s Luminous Program, American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts, and Travel Leaders Select Programs. A member of the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association and the Vail Valley Partnership, Mallas is active in the Vail Valley community, volunteering with several non-profits, including the Vail Valley Salvation Army and Vitalant-Colorado.

Jing Butler
Scott Copertino

Butler joined The Westin Riverfront in 2013 as an executive meetings manager and has worked her way up to sales manager, senior sales manager and now associate director of Sales. Butler is a Certified Hospitality Sales Professional who previously worked in sales & events at The Arrabelle at Vail Square and the Aloft Charleston Airport & Convention Center in South Carolina. A graduate of Switzerland’s IHTTI School of Hotel Management, Butler is known for her focus on securing group business and passion for taking care of clients.

Copertino comes to The Westin Riverfront from the Grand Hyatt Vail, where he most recently served as national sales manager. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, he previously spent more than nine years at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, rising from front office manager to serve as the director of banquets.

“We were excited to be able promote these two passionate and creative sales leaders. I am confident that they are up for the challenge of driving new leisure, conference and event business while also delivering an exceptional guest experience,” said Westin Riverfront General Manager Kristen Pryor. “And we welcome Scott to our F&B team with his extensive experience at executing flawless Vail Valley events.”

Owned and managed by Colorado’s East West Hospitality, The Westin Riverfront offers 230 guest residences, each featuring a custom kitchen, five-piece bathroom, gas fireplace and Westin Heavenly Bed. Amenities at The Westin Riverfront include Spa Anjali, an Athletic Club offering 50+ group exercise classes weekly and a year-round outdoor pool and three infinity hot tubs.


NexCore Names Jason Beck Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development – Life Sciences

Jason M. Beck

National healthcare real estate developer NexCore Group announced that life science real estate veteran Jason M. Beck has joined its firm as senior vice president real estate development – life sciences.

Mr. Beck’s role is to grow Denver-based NexCore’s healthcare real estate activities in the life sciences sector. His expertise in the areas of life sciences property management and development, construction and operations complement NexCore’s nationwide strategy to grow in this important sector.

“We, at NexCore Group, are delighted to add someone like Jason to our growing team,” says Todd Varney, NexCore’s chief development officer and managing partner. “His extensive involvement in so many critical facets of healthcare real estate make him a natural choice to help grow this critical area of focus for our firm.”

“Jason’s multifaceted experience in a wide array of aspects in healthcare real estate, and in particular, his expertise in life science, make him a perfect fit with NexCore’s strategy and culture,” says Jarrod Daddis, president and managing partner. “As we continue to expand and respond to the everchanging needs of healthcare, we look forward to having Jason’s leadership and input as we expand our influence in this exciting sector.”

Mr. Beck joins NexCore from The Boldt Co., where he served the nationwide general contractor as project executive focusing on ESG (environmental, social and governance), resiliency and health and wellness projects for the Life Science, healthcare, technology and institutional industries. Concurrently, he served as president and CEO of Arcadia Advisory, where he focused on owner representation, project management, real estate technology strategy and aggregation consulting for various clientele and industries to plan, design, construct and manage facilities. In addition, he has worked for such firms as Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc., Cumming Corporation, SSOE Inc., Novo Construction and Yonkers Industries and Home Depot Supply Inc. He also served as Senior Project Manager for Kinetic Systems Inc. and as Project Manager for DPR Construction, Inc.

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