Movers and Shakers Week Ending 11.05.21

CSURF Welcomes Tamara Alexander-Johnson as Executive Director, Real Estate Services

Tamara Alexander-Johnson

Colorado State University Research Foundation (CSURF) welcomes Tamara Alexander-Johnson as executive director of real estate services, beginning November 1, 2021. In this capacity, Tamara will oversee and work closely with CSURF’s project management and transactions team and alongside her counterpart, John Slack, executive director or property management.

Throughout her twenty-eight years of real estate experience, Tamara has led corporate real estate teams for Western Union, VF Corporation, and BBVA Bank. She has represented various owners and investors with their assets including Etkin Johnson RE Partners, Pacifica Holding Co., Archstone Communities Trust, and Western Property Development, and completed over $3.5 Billion in commercial real estate transactions locally, nationally, and globally.

Nick Christensen, vice president of Real Estate for CSURF stated “Tamara brings to CSURF an extensive industry experience in office, industrial, retail, medical and mixed-use real estate development and transactions. She complements our current team of experienced professionals with her high-level experience in commercial real estate and will be a great asset to CSURF and the Colorado State University System that we serve.”


Al Paxton Joins Encore Electric as Chief People Officer

Al Paxton

Encore Electric announced that Al Paxton has been named its first chief people officer. With a significant background in strategic leadership and human resources through his career as a senior leader within the United States Army Special Operations Command, Al brings unique capabilities to unite all elements of people development at Encore Electric, from recruiting and retention to learning and development through career growth and succession planning.

“We are thrilled to have Al Paxton join our team,” said Encore Electric President Willis Wiedel. “With his lifelong dedication to service and the values we abide by, we see Al becoming a key influence in our continued service to our growing Encore Electric family. We asked Al to join in this new role because he has a deep understanding of people and how to provide them the tools they need to be successful in their careers, as demonstrated throughout his career in high-level and elite roles within the U.S. Army, where development of people for key roles is essential. He is a driver of culture and strategic vision and is an intense listener and communicator. I know his oversight will help us continue to support our customers and our employees long into the future.”

As the Chief People Officer, Al will draw on his experiences of facilitating effective teams to lead all facets of careers at Encore Electric from the moment team members are hired, and their ongoing growth and development until they retire.  This is a role that brings together all components of Human Resources, Learning and Development, and Engagement.

“It is amazing how the values of Encore Electric align with my values and where I stand,” said Al Paxton. “My passion lies in fostering culture and enabling the full potential in others so that we can serve our customers better. I look forward to bringing my experiences to help grow our talent within Encore Electric and aligning that direction with where Encore Electric is headed in the future.”

Al joins Encore Electric after two and a half decades and of experience in the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  His career incorporates strategy, team development, U.S. embassy security, counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, and international affairs.  He has been awarded seven Bronze Star Medals, the FBI Shield of Bravery and the Air Medal among many others.


ToolWatch Bolsters Growth Strategy with Two New Executive Hires

Joe Barrow
Troy Suttle

ToolWatch Corporation, a powerful tool, equipment, and materials management platform that connects the field, warehouse and back-office teams to streamline construction operations, continues to expand with the addition of two new hires. Troy Suttle will join ToolWatch as the vice president of marketing and Joe Barrow has been named vice president of sales. Their experience in marketing and sales will further strengthen the company’s growth after ToolWatch received a strategic investment from The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm, earlier this year.

“These two individuals share a vision for the future of ToolWatch and the construction industry as a whole,” said Jay Martin, ToolWatch CEO. “Both Barrow and Suttle have a wealth of knowledge and proven track records of success, and we’re excited to welcome them to the ToolWatch team. The added expertise to our leadership team with these two new hires will be invaluable as ToolWatch expands its presence and development strategy.”

As part of the executive leadership team, Suttle will supervise the execution of ToolWatch’s marketing strategy, demand generation efforts, branding, and positioning. Suttle joins ToolWatch after seven years at Mersive Technologies, where he helped lead the company to achieve an initial exit and matured the marketing function to become a growth driver by focusing on demand generation.

“ToolWatch created the market for tool and equipment management software for construction companies,” said Suttle. “And the ongoing innovation at ToolWatch connects field, warehouse and back office teams in new ways that improve efficiency and profitability. I’m looking forward to building an even larger presence in the construction industry with this talented team.”

Barrow will oversee all sales operations for ToolWatch, including sales team leadership and customer success coaching and support. Barrow’s twenty-five years of experience in sales and sales management will allow ToolWatch’s customer growth to match its rapid product development.

“ToolWatch has improved the day-to-day operations for so many companies in the construction industry,” said Barrow.  “I’m eager to help even more businesses utilize ToolWatch, and in doing so, help them improve efficiency, accuracy, and their bottom line.”

The new hires of Suttle and Barrow demonstrate the company’s accelerated growth and commitment to expanded product development and customer service. ToolWatch continues to forge ahead as the construction industry’s first and most comprehensive operations management system.


NexCore Group Hires Vincent Cozzi as CIO/COO

Vincent Cozzi

Denver-based NexCore Group, a national healthcare real estate (HRE) developer, announced Vincent Cozzi, a veteran of the healthcare real estate (HRE) industry has been named chief investment officer/chief operating officer. Mr. Cozzi’s new role at NexCore Group is the latest in a long and illustrious career in the HRE industry.

Jarrod Daddis, NexCore Group president and managing partner, says the firm will benefit from the experience and widespread industry relationships of Mr. Cozzi. “Vince is the natural choice to help our executive team lead NexCore Group into the initiatives and strategies we currently have underway and are planning for the future,” Mr. Daddis remarks. “We couldn’t be more excited to have him and his expertise as part of our growing and dynamic team.”Mr. Cozzi most recently served as President and Chief Investment Officer of Northwest Healthcare Properties REIT, where he was responsible for the company’s strategy and investment activities.

Prior to joining Northwest, Mr. Cozzi spent nine years at Ventas, where he was senior vice president, Acquisitions, as well as executive vice president and chief investment officer of its Lillibridge Healthcare Services subsidiary. He was responsible for the company’s investment activity in medical office and outpatient real estate, which grew under his leadership from nine buildings to more than 325 properties, comprising 20 million square feet. He also held positions at Trizec Properties, Kemper Corporation and Falcon Real Estate Ltd.

Mr. Cozzi received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. in Finance and Business Policy from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He is active in the Urban Land Institute, the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC) and BOMA.

Mr. Cozzi will be splitting time between NexCore’s Denver headquarters and Chicago.


Howell Construction Hires Steve Jackson, Mark Laverty, and Mindy Frink

Mindy Frink
Steve Jackson

Howell Construction announced the recent addition of three key members to the Howell team.

Steve Jackson joins the team as a superintendent, bringing 24 years of experience working on commercial office and multi-family projects. Steve is a self-motivated individual whose diverse background in construction, steel fabrication and concrete will benefit Howell’s construction operations. He truly loves what he does, which can be seen in the level of care and detail he puts into each project.

Mark Laverty joins Howell as project manager with 21 years of experience working on projects in the education, office and healthcare sectors. Mark is a Colorado native with experience managing projects for local Denver firms. His diverse background is a perfect fit for Howell.

Mark Laverty

Mindy Frink joins Howell as Marketing Director. With 16 years of AEC industry marketing experience, Mindy is a strategic addition to the team. Her experience working within an integrated design build firm as well as a major national general contractor will help build upon the company’s strategic approach to project and client pursuits.

“I’m so excited to join Howell and for the opportunity to help grow the firm,” said Mindy. Andy Stewart, vice president of Howell Construction states, “We are thrilled that Steve, Mark and Mindy have chosen to join us at Howell and are eager to watch each contribute to our continued success.”

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