Movers and Shakers Week Ending 09.24.21
Stonebridge Companies Chief Investment Officer Jim Luchars to Transition to Senior Advisor
Stonebridge Companies, a Denver-based, privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer, has announced that Chief Investment Officer Jim Luchars will transition to the role of senior advisor.
The planned transition to senior advisor allows Luchars to remain closely involved in the strategic direction of the company. Alongside founder, CEO and chairman Navin C. Dimond, Luchars is helping to lead the search for a new chief investment officer and will remain in the role until it is filled.
“I’m grateful to Jim for his decade of leadership and service to us,” said Dimond. “Jim is an integral part of the Stonebridge family and I very much look forward to his elevated role as a senior advisor for the company, ensuring we continue to provide the Distinguished Hospitality™ our guests have come to know and expect.”
When Luchars joined Stonebridge Companies as chief investment officer, he began overseeing all acquisition and development growth initiatives for the company.
“Serving as part of the senior management team has been my great pleasure,” added Luchars. “I’m especially thankful to Navin and the entire team for their support and tireless work ethic, which makes moving into an advisory role all the more seamless. I look forward to continuing the good work of the company’s talented team members and assisting in the search for a replacement who is focused on our company’s continued growth and success.”
Prior to joining Stonebridge Companies, Luchars served as a principal with AEW Capital Management and senior consultant with the Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group in New York City.
During his time at AEW Capital Management, Luchars led the firm’s hospitality group, and was responsible for investment origination and asset management for all hotel investments in North America. Along with this, Luchars was involved in more than $3 billion in hotel and commercial real estate transactions in the United States and Europe. He also oversaw office, retail, residential and industrial acquisitions in Chicago, Boston and Florida.
Joanna Bartnik joins United Properties Denver as Development Manager
United Properties announced that Joanna Bartnik has joined United Properties – Denver as its development manager. Bartnik reports to Megan (Turner) Kranichfeld, vice president of development.
Bartnik brings more than a decade of progressive work experience in real estate to her new role. She is responsible for supporting the overall industrial real estate development process and will lead and manage pre-development, due diligence, entitlement, design and construction for all of the company’s new industrial and office developments in the Denver market.
“We are thrilled to have Joanna join our team,” said Kranichfeld. “Her management experience and strategic oversight brings a unique perspective to our pre-development team that will be critical as we look to execute our industrial project pipeline in the Denver market.”
Most recently, Bartnik served as the senior director, portfolio management, for EverWest Real Estate Investors. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business and a Master of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver.
Colorado’s Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Names Brian Harrier as New General Manager
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley is excited to announce that Brian Harrier is now serving as General Manager of the award-winning resort.
Harrier joins The Westin Riverfront from the Viceroy Snowmass, another luxury Colorado resort managed by East West Hospitality, where he most recently served as the Director of Operations. Harrier helped lead the Snowmass property through a full renovation while also overseeing the operations of the hotel.
A graduate of Indiana University, Harrier began his hospitality career at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas in Hawaii, where he rose to serve as the Director of Engineering.
“Brian is a strategic and hands-on leader who is passionate about creating positive and memorable experiences for our guests and our associates,” said East West Hospitality CEO & President Colleen Weiss-Hanen. “He has a broad level of experience in hotel operations, including working with discerning guests and homeowners, and he understands the East West Hospitality culture and core values.”
SVN Denver Commercial Hires Associate Advisor
SVN Denver Commercial, one of Colorado’s top producing real estate investment brokerage firms, announced the addition of Jori Hayes as an associate advisor. Jori specializes in retail, leasing, and tenant representation.
“Jori’s background in directing franchise sales and operations nationally for well-known brands will enhance our service level to small business formation and associated real estate needs,” said Executive Director Steve Kawulok. “Colorado has a strong track record in attracting business owners who want to expand into the attractive economic environment offered here. She will immediately plug into our 200 plus office national network to facilitate retail and other property type locational needs in our market.”
“We are thrilled by the addition of Jori to our team! In what is an uncertain time for the retail industry in general, we are confident in Jori’s ability to move our division forward, deliver on our customer focused value strategy, and help her clients successfully respond and thrive in today’s uncertain environment,” said Managing Director Brian McCririe.
Jori has a strong passion for business owners and supporting entrepreneurs along their journey. As a business owner herself, she understands the importance of site selection and having a strong Advisor in your corner to ensure proper lease negotiations. She brings personal experience as well as market knowledge and industry connections to ensure client success.