Movers and Shakers Week Ending 09.04.20
Marcus & Millichap Appoints Neville Rustomjee to Senior Director of the Firm’s National Hospitality Group
Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, announced that Neville Rustomjee has been promoted to senior director of the firm’s hospitality division.
Rustomjee currently serves as first vice president of investments in the firm’s Denver office in addition to his senior director of Marcus & Millichap’s Hospitality Division position. He is a licensed broker in both Colorado and Wyoming, exclusively representing buyers and sellers of hospitality investment properties throughout Colorado and the neighboring states. Since Rustomjee first began as a commercial real estate broker with Marcus & Millichap in 2012, he has received multiple sales recognition awards.
The promotion tosSenior director of the firm’s hospitality division was announced shortly after Rustomjee closed three significant hotel sales between the months of February and August of 2020, as second quarter investment sales dropped roughly 70 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, Rustomjee worked as a registered architect. With over eighteen years of architectural experience, he has worked on a wide variety of building types, including large resorts and hotels. His designs have been published in a national Journal. Rustomjee also holds two degrees in Renewable Energy Technologies and is NABCEP certified. His knowledge about the increasing cost of energy in buildings includes an understanding of energy conservation, energy efficiency, passive solar design, and active solar systems.
NKF Promotes Meagan Schaeffer to Associate Director of Management Services
Newmark Knight Frank (“NKF”) announced the promotion of Meagan Schaeffer to associate director of Management Services. In this role, Ms. Schaeffer will help to guide NKF’s local Denver property management operations. She will also collaborate with leasing and investment sales professionals to grow the company’s management portfolio, cross-sell NKF services and advise building owners on strategies for maximizing the value of their properties.
“Meagan’s nearly 10 years of experience in property management and time spent at Newmark, learning the service line’s culture and building client relationships, make her well-suited for this new position in the Denver market,” noted NKF Regional Director of Management Services, Josh Shoemaker. “I am thrilled to have her take on this responsibility and know that she will bring a great deal to the position.”
Previously, Ms. Schaeffer served as a senior property manager at NKF, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day property management operations for nine unique assignments equating to more than 850,000 square feet of commercial real estate in the Colorado market. In this role, she was responsible for managing the Class A and Class B office portfolios for major commercial real estate companies, including client relationship management and communication,
tenant relations, financial reporting, assisting and supervising capital projects and tenant improvement work, vendor coordination, preventative maintenance and lease administration services.
Prior to NKF, Ms. Schaeffer worked as a senior property manager at Stream Realty Partners, L.P. for six years. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.
Reza Akhavan joins HNTB to Lead the Transportation Practice in Colorado
Reza Akhavan, PE, has joined HNTB Corporation as vice president and transportation practice leader in Colorado. Based in the firm’s Denver office, Akhavan works closely with state and local transportation agencies to deliver solutions that address the most complex transportation challenges in one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation.
Akhavan comes to HNTB after working with other engineering consulting firms, most recently serving in the roles of vice president and Rocky Mountain operations manager. He was responsible for the delivery of major projects that include RTD – Denver’s FasTracks program, Denver International Airport’s Concourse Expansion and Colorado Department of Transportation’s Central 70 projects. He also has a 27-year tenure with CDOT, working in engineering roles before serving as transportation director.
“Reza brings more than three decades of experience in planning, design, construction and program management of complex transportation projects to HNTB,” said Jim Thomson, PE, president of HNTB’s Northwest Division. “In addition to Reza’s ability to deliver exceptional results, he has extensive, hands-on management experience leading large teams of engineers and architects, establishing policies, allocating resources and guiding project teams to successful outcomes. We are thrilled to have Reza’s leadership at HNTB to further understand what our clients need most as we continue in our commitment to meet the evolving transportation needs across Colorado and attract top talent for these projects.”
As a former regional transportation director of CDOT’s Region 6, Akhavan directed the transportation program for the Denver metropolitan area. He oversaw the region’s funding and managed a team that executed many of the region’s largest projects, including I-25 Valley Highway reconstruction, U.S. 6 Safety and Mobility project, U.S. 36 bus rapid transit, and the I-225 highway expansion and transit extension. Akhavan was a pioneer in the alternative delivery arena and managed CDOT’s first design-build project in the early ‘90s. His advocacy of alternative delivery in his region led to CDOT’s first CM/GM for the Pecos bridge replacement over I-70.
Anthem Structural Engineers Hires Branden Sampaio
Anthem Structural Engineers, a structural consulting engineering company serving architects, owners, and contractors along the Colorado Front Range and Rocky Mountain region, has hired Branden Sampaio as a project engineer.
Branden Sampaio has been working in Colorado’s structural engineering industry for the past eight years. As a young professional, he had the chance to gain his initial professional experience for a small engineering consulting firm, where he first got a taste for the design of high end luxury residences and civic and commercial buildings.
He then went on to spend the past five years leading a team of structural designers at Oldcastle Infrastructure, one of North America’s largest manufacturers of utility products and construction accessories for the telecommunications, energy, transportation, building structures and water markets. While there, he had the chance to help design and manage the design of many underground utility structures, box culverts, drainage structures, and engineered buildings for public use. This experience taught Branden a great deal about project leadership.
Today, Branden’s background in computer programming and engineering experience combine to make him a highly proficient user of Revit 3D design technology, of VBA tools in Excel, and of model loading software, a tool especially important for snowfall heavy climates like that of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. He was thrilled to join the Anthem team in 2020, returning to his strong passion for beautiful structural designs exposed to users in luxury mountain homes and exposed commercial spaces.
Branden and his wife are avid mountain athletes in their spare time, and he also enjoys applying his attention to detail in the kitchen at home as well.