March – Briefs/People

Transwestern Makes Two Executive-Level Promotions; RCA Hires Mallinson as Executive Managing Director; Avison Young Buys Houston-Based Mason Partners; Watters Named CEO of Mortgage Banking at Chase; CBRE Promotes Marshall to Lead Industrial Services; Bermingham Joins USAA as Managing Director of Investments; IndCor Welcomes Collins as CFO; PREI Names New European Co-Heads, Chief Risk Officer.

Transwestern Makes Two Executive-Level Promotions

Chip Clarke

Transwestern promoted Chip Clarke to the newly created position of president for the Americas. He will be tasked with advancing commercial real estate services growth initially into Latin America. Clarke previously was president of the Gulf Coast and Mountain regions. Transwestern’s nine regional offices have been reorganized into seven territories. Presidents of the seven territories will report to Clarke and COO Mark Doran.

Kevin Roberts

The firm has also promoted Kevin Roberts to president for the Southwest. He will oversee brokerage services, property management and development processes across the region, which includes offices in Austin, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, Salt Lake City and San Antonio. Roberts previously served as president of Transwestern’s Central Texas region.


RCA Hires Mallinson as Executive Managing Director

Real Capital Analytics Inc. has hired Simon Mallinson as executive managing director of its EMEA operations. The firm entered the European markets five years ago; it has tapped Mallinson to reinforce its growth as well as to lead the London-based EMEA team. Steve Williams, executive managing director of RCA and the past president of RICS, will continue to support the EMEA team and to further RCA’s expansion into Asia and Latin America.

Avison Young Buys Houston-Based Mason Partners

Avison Young continues to expand its offerings with the acquisition of Mason Partners, a Houston-based commercial real estate brokerage company. Mason co-founders Todd Mason and Jeff Lindenberger have joined Avison Young as principals. In the last four years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to 43 offices and from 300 to more than 1,000 real estate professionals throughout Canada and the United States.

Watters Named CEO of Mortgage Banking at Chase

JPMorgan Chase has named Kevin Watters as CEO of mortgage banking. Watters previously ran mortgage orientation and led the customer experience across mortgage banking. He has been with Chase and its predecessor firms for 13 years. Prior to mortgage banking, Watters had served as CEO of business banking since 2005. Mortgage banking at Chase saw a record high production in 2012.

CBRE Promotes Marshall to Lead Industrial Services

CBRE Group Inc. has appointed Scott Marshall executive managing director of industrial services. He will now lead 850 CBRE professionals focused on warehouse, distribution and logistics properties in the Americas. Marshall has served as a senior managing director in CBRE’s Oak Brook, Ill., office for the past two years, overseeing its Chicago-area industrial and suburban office agency groups. He also oversees the company’s supply-chain practice group and sits on the advisory board for the Americas industrial business. The new appointment is effective April 1, 2013. Prior to joining CBRE in 2011, Marshall held positions at both Colliers International and Duke Realty Corp.

Bermingham Joins USAA as Managing Director of Investments

USAA Real Estate Co. has welcomed Thomas Bermingham as a managing director of investments. He will oversee acquisition, development and joint venture opportunities for USAA Real Estate Co.’s newly opened Northeast regional office, located in New York City. Targeted investment markets include New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Boston. Bermingham’s more than 30 years in the commercial real estate industry include 11 years as executive managing director for Insignia Financial Group, a company that was later acquired by CBRE Group Inc. He was most recently senior vice president of Patrinely Group, an affiliate of Crimson Real Estate Fund L.P. 

IndCor Welcomes Collins as CFO

Industrial owner and manager IndCor has hired John Collins as CFO, responsible for all financial activities, including accounting and internal controls, financial planning and analysis, treasury functions, tax and risk management. Collins was previously the chief accounting officer at Pearlmark Real Estate Partners, where he was responsible for financial and investor reporting. Prior to his position at Pearlmark, Collins was an auditor at Ernst & Young L.L.P.

PREI Names New European Co-Heads, Chief Risk Officer

Prudential Real Estate Investors has named Raimondo Amabile and Andrew Radkiewicz as co-heads of its European business. The company also appointed Philip Barrett as chief risk officer for Europe and Asia. These promotions follow the late 2012 announcement that Eric Adler, who recently became the firm’s global chief investment officer, would oversee PREI’s global investment and risk management processes. Amabile joined PREI in 2012, while Radkiewicz has been on board since 2009. Barrett joined the company in 1999.