Movers and Shakers Week Ending 08.02.19
Jane Everhart Named Finalist in Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Awards
Brinkman’s Jane Everhart has been named a finalist in the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Awards in the real estate category. From nearly 300 nominations, thirty-six finalists and one Lifetime Achievement Award winner were selected in 12 industry categories. Winners in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony on August 21 at Hilton Denver City Center.
For nearly three decades, Jane has served as a top tier leader for entrepreneurial, fast-growing companies. Whether it be as CFO for a luxury winter sports retailer, the owner of a furniture and interior design franchise business or as the global director of Finance for OtterBox, Jane has combined her financial expertise with her entrepreneurial spirit to succeed in her career.
As the current CFO for two entrepreneurial companies, Brinkman and Brinkman Construction, Jane works in a full-time real estate finance capacity. She pairs her progressive approach to finance and strategic growth with an analytical and information-driven awareness of the real estate landscape and factors affecting it. In addition to her primary finance-driven role, Jane is also a Partner and Chief Operations Officer of Brinkman and a member of the Board of Directors for Brinkman Construction
Since joining Brinkman and Brinkman Construction, she has been instrumental in restructuring the company’s business model to incorporate progressive finance processes, minimize industry risk, strengthen the organizational environment, and enrich their position as an employer of choice in Colorado. During her tenure, the companies have celebrated significant increases in both revenue and headcount.
Beyond her impact on company performance, Jane has also been instrumental in developing a robust community impact program. She led efforts to launch a paid Volunteer Time Off initiative for all employees, helped lead the vision for Brinkman to become a Certified B Corporation and is the executive sponsor of BrinkmanGives, the joint community impact program of Brinkman and Brinkman Construction.
Jane holds a bachelor’s degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Colorado. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a graduate of the Women’s Vision Leadership Institute, and is a strategic operating plan facilitator from the Paterson Center. She has served as an officer on the OtterCares Board of Directors since 2013 and has served on the Bridges to Prosperity Finance Committee since 2018.
Jane was named a 2017 Women to Watch Leader by the Colorado Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts. This award highlights women in the accounting profession who have advanced to the highest levels and have shown significant effort in mentoring others.
Stonebridge Companies Adds Two Vice Presidents to Corporate Office
Stonebridge Companies — a Denver-based, privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer — has bolstered its corporate team with the addition of two industry leaders into vice president roles. With its continued bi-coastal growth, the two additions to the firm’s leadership team will support the hospitality company’s growth trajectory.
With a rapidly expanding footprint, Stonebridge Companies features a team of more than 3,100 associates and a portfolio comprising 62 hotels with more than 10,500 guest rooms nationwide.
Rob Hazard joins Stonebridge Companies’ corporate team as vice president of real estate. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the firm’s development portfolio. With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, he has supported the development teams at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts and Interstate Hotels & Resorts. His strong track record of success includes developing Westin Hotels & Resorts’ franchise program and opening the Phoenix office for hospitality, tourism and leisure consulting leader PKF. Most recently, Hazard served as senior vice president at Hersha Hospitality Trust, where he oversaw its acquisitions and development platform.
As Vice President of Asset Management, John Davis oversees asset management on a large portion of the Stonebridge Companies portfolio. In this capacity, he focuses on maximizing hotel operating performance and capital investments. Davis holds a strong background within the hospitality industry, previously serving as the vice president of asset management for Woodbine Development Corporation. He has also served in a finance and accounting leadership role with Marriott International.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome such talent to our leadership team at Stonebridge Companies,” said Chris Manley, chief operating officer of Stonebridge Companies. “Not only will these seasoned professionals further enhance our company’s continued growth, but they will also support our team of dedicated associates as we expand our commitment to providing Distinguished Hospitality™ to our guests.”
Commercial Interiors Firm VESTA Expands with Veteran Superintendent Hire
VESTA, a Denver-based commercial interiors general contractor with a modern approach to construction and client service, today announced the firm has hired Ben Black as a superintendent. With more than a decade of construction management experience, Black brings substantial knowledge in construction management and tenant improvement projects to the firm. In his role, Black will oversee job progress, manage subcontractor relationships, and ensure that safety and quality standards are met throughout VESTA’s growing portfolio.
This strategic hire allows VESTA to support expected growth within the Denver metro area.
“As a progressive, service-oriented firm, it’s important that we assemble a team that cares about experience and communication just as much as our clients do,” said Kristen Cummings, chief experience officer at VESTA. “Ben has earned a stellar reputation for keeping clients informed and construction teams on track, which will help our firm remain focused on providing quality service and results.”
Black joins VESTA from Provident Construction, where he served as superintendent for nearly a decade. While there, he directed dozens of corporate interiors, tenant improvement and ground-up construction projects for companies across the Front Range.
Most recently, VESTA completed a 20,000-square-foot tenant relocation project with Kanlin, a 11,000-square-foot tenant expansion project with MiTek Industries and a 4,000-square-foot tenant improvement project with Bear Creek.
Zisler to lead BREG acquisition strategy throughout western United States
Broe Real Estate Group (BREG) and its managed affiliates, a leading owner and manager of commercial real estate assets affiliated with The Broe Group, has expanded its acquisitions team with the appointment of Matt Zisleras vice president of acquisitions. Zisler will pursue BREG’s opportunistic acquisitions throughout the western U.S.
“Strategic acquisitions drive our business and Matt’s extensive experience, network, and depth of deal sophistication align nicely with our growth priorities,” said Doug Wells, CEO of Broe Real Estate Group.
Zisler’s experiences spans more than 60 deals in his 18 years of commercial real estate experience. He joins Broe Real Estate Group from Ackman-Ziff where Matt was previously managing director.
“I am excited to join a world-class entrepreneurial organization and add an extensive blend of institutional acquisitions, real estate investment banking, and investment strategy to Broe Real Estate Group,” Said Zisler. “Ideas drive deals and my focus will be on cultivating the ideas that lead to exceptional investments in all business climates.”
Matt begins his responsibilities immediately and will office out of Broe Real Estate Group’s Denver headquarters.
DIRC Homes Announce New President to Lead Strategic Growth
DIRC Homes announced this week Randy Henckel as the general contractor’s new president. As President, Randy will drive strategic planning and organizational development of the company. “As leader of DIRC Homes, my vision is to build a team of talented and driven stakeholders that will focus on excelling at detail and customer service.”
Randy is an entrepreneur at heart; flexible, and ready to roll up his sleeves. He adds, “We are striving to redefine the homebuilding experience and build a culture that attracts not only the best talent in the industry, but also attracts like-minded clients. DIRC Homes strives to be the most sought-after contractor in the markets we serve. We will accomplish our vision by cultivating a robust and healthy working environment focused on relationships both inside and outside our organization.”He is most looking forward to building the team, teaching, mentoring, training, and seeing DIRC Homes’ strategic vision forward.
Randy describes himself as a huge family man. He and his wife Leslie live in Fort Collins, where they raised their three boys, Austin, Dylan and Hayden. They enjoy water skiing and climbing 14ers. Randy spent the last seven years at Hansen Construction, the Aspen based ultra-luxury home builder, where he held a leadership position and managed projects on the front range from $10-40 million. Prior to Hansen Construction, Randy held leadership positions at GE Johnson and The Bison Group.