April – Briefs/People
- Mar 26, 2014
Former NYPD Head Kelly Lands C&W Risk Management Gig
Cushman & Wakefield Inc. has tapped former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to head a newly created global Risk Management Services division, which will advise clients on risk-mitigation solutions for cyber terrorism, crisis management, emergency preparedness and other security-related issues. Kelly became president of the RMS division upon joining the commercial real estate services firm on March 24. While serving as commissioner, Kelly oversaw a reduction in crime in New York City, including a 40 percent decrease in violent crime over the past 12 years. Following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, he established and built the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Bureaus.
Ward Takes Reins at Colliers Capital Markets
Colliers has named Brian Ward president of the company’s capital markets group in the Americas. The nearly 30-year industry veteran will be responsible for delivering debt and equity financing agreements that meet the needs of owners, developers, advisors, lenders and investors in Canada, Latin America and the United States. Prior to joining Colliers, Ward served as national director of capital markets for Institutional Property Advisors. Before that, he served as the chief investment officer at Hendricks-Berkadia.
Grosvenor Makes Two Top Changes
Grosvenor Fund Management has created the new role of global head of capital markets and filled it with Alexia Gottschalch, who had served as CEO of GFM’s Philadelphia-based U.S. operations. Her former spot will be filled by COO Bruce Ambler. Both of the posts will report to James Raynor, global CEO of Grosvenor Fund Management. This is the first major appointment in GFM since Raynor became chief executive in June 2013. Both Gottschalch and Ambler will continue to be based in GFM’s Philadelphia office.
Meta Housing Appoints Burke as President
In a move to expand leadership during a period of growth, Meta Housing Corp. has appointed Kasey Burke as president. Burke, who has been with the company for more than a decade, will work to guide the strategic direction and position as the company continues to expand in size and scope. The firm is currently a developer of affordable and market-rate communities for seniors and families. Prior to the promotion, Kasey held the position of executive vice president.
Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance Opens New Miami Office
Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance has opened a new brokerage and advisory services operation in Miami, with commercial real estate brokerage veteran and former Miami-Dade municipal mayor Jim McCoy at its helm. Serving as managing principal for the office, McCoy brings an in-depth understanding and expertise of the commercial real estate market in Miami. Over his career, he has executed transactions in all major property categories, with values ranging from just under $1 million to in excess of $55 million. CBC Alliance Miami is the sixth major market location and the first foray into the Southeastern U.S. region for the company, which is backed by leading New York City-based investment manager Waterfall Asset Management.
ARCP, Cole Capital Name Ezzell to Lead Capital Management
American Realty Capital Properties Inc. and Cole Capital, the firm’s private capital business, have jointly announced that Michael Ezzell has been appointed executive vice president of private capital markets. Ezzell most recently served as senior vice president of product and business development at Cole Capital. During his time with Cole Capital, Ezzell has launched several new product offerings and raised more than $9 billion in capital. Prior to joining Cole Capital, Ezzell spent more than five years with AIG Advisors Group, most recently as director of investment research.
Colliers Hires Hughes as CEO of Facility Solutions, PM
Colliers International has hired Holly Hughes as CEO of its facility solutions and property management division. She brings more than 17 years of experience to the services firm, and will help grow the property and facilities management platform across a portfolio that currently totals 35 million square feet. Hughes joins the firm from the Atlanta office of Cassidy Turley, where she led the company’s property and facilities management division as senior managing director. Prior to that, Hughes served as executive vice president of property and facilities management for Carter.
Hines Promotes Three in Dallas
Hines has made a series of promotions in its Dallas office. Ben Brewer and Heath Johnson have both been named managing directors, while Danny Opitz has been promoted to vice president of construction. Brewer joined Hines in 2006, and has been involved in development and growing the firm’s Southwest region land platform. Johnson has been with Hines since 2000 and worked in Dallas and San Antonio before transitioning into asset management in 2008. Opitz joined in 2006 as a senior construction manager overseeing 700 acres of property in Las Colinas.