The interest in board of director opportunities is at an all-time high, as larger-than-ever pools of baby boomers reach the age of consideration for board membership. It's not surprising because a director who is a retired executive can balance their time commitments yet participate in interesting and valuable services while engaging with other high performance individuals. Historically one does not take on a board seat for the money. Generally total compensation for a director (cash and stock) is in the range of $150,000, with some lower and some higher. However, a recent article reported that director compensation for the big banks has skyrocketed. For instance, Goldman Sachs directors received almost $500,000 per year, a figure that was up over 50% from 2008. On average, banks compensate their board members $95,000 more than other large corporations. This is an interesting situation considering that executive pay at the banks is under severe pressure and compensation is on the decline. Go figure.
Tony LoPinto is the Global Sector Leader of Korn/Ferry International's Real Estate Practice and founder of SelectLeaders. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own.
FLORIDA EAST COAST INDUSTRIES, INC.
(CORAL GABLES, FL) The Financial Analyst will have an opportunity to gain experience across a variety of acquisition, asset management, disposition, and development functions. Responsibilities include: developing financial projections using Excel and Argus; preparing monthly reports for property and portfolio results; maintaining Argus models to reflect changes in occupancy, assumptions, etc.; preparing annual budgets and variance analyses; assisting with due diligence on potential acquisitions; developing 10 year DCF valuations and ground up development models; creating investment, financing, and ad hoc presentations for senior management; participating in planning and design efforts for new developments; and providing daily operational support to development team.
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD
Senior Financial Analyst
(NEW YORK CITY) The Analyst will support transactions generated by the Capital Markets team, including debt/equity financings, joint ventures, and loan sales. During this process, the primary role of the Analyst will be to generate relevant Argus reports and prepare offering materials. Specific duties include performing feasibility/valuation financial analyses and market analyses; producing applicable reports from the Argus system for analysis and application to assigned transactions; producing financing and sales memorandums for presentation to debt capital providers and equity investors; assisting in the assessment of potential debt and equity offerings; and creating audit property, portfolio and entity level cash flow models.
Director, Property Management
(NEWPORT BEACH, CA) Villa Real Estate is seeking a director of property management to manage the company's multi-million dollar mixed use, commercial and residential portfolio. Duties include: negotiating property leases; coordinating and negotiating vendor contracts for property-level services in accordance with the parameters of the management agreements; managing vendor relationships, including but not limited to site marketing and site maintenance; approving vendor invoices for payment in accordance with the Company's accounting procedures; maintaining property legal requirements; and conducting work product and file audits to ensure file completeness, data accuracy and validity.
Capital Markets Analyst
(DALLAS) The capital markets analyst will be responsible for analytical support of capital markets/asset management leadership. Duties include analytical support of all financing-related activities, including Excel modeling, report generation, and coordinating with Regional operating teams to confirm property financial results and operating status; working with asset management leadership, corporate finance, and CFO/accounting controller to ensure compliance with lender requirements, including providing all necessary reporting; and coordinating responses to lenders/due diligence agent requests for follow-up operational data and clarifying information.
WNC & ASSOCIATES, INC.
Vice President - Structured Assets Group
(IRVINE, CA) The Vice President will direct and oversee the workout division for a major affordable housing syndicator. In addition, the VP will prepare and follow an annual department budget and determine manpower and resource needs, provide strategic vision for the group, and attend investor sales meetings and portfolio overview meetings with key investors. Experience must include an expertise of multifamily operations, financial analysis, workout strategies and underwriting disciplines.
WALKER & DUNLOP
Capital Markets Closing Officer
(BETHESDA, MD) This position will manage the loan closing process for Capital Markets loans; facilitate the smooth closing of the loan between the Lender, Borrower, Producer and Servicing; collaborate with all involved parties to ensure the information is forwarded to the Lender and to the Title Agent in a timely fashion; documents which need to be received and retained by Walker & Dunlop are received post closing; any funds coming to Walker & Dunlop are received post closing; and Salesforce is updated with all necessary information.
STARWOOD VACATION OWNERSHIP
Director of Construction Management
(ORLANDO) This role will be responsible for the Construction Management of resorts on behalf of the Owner. Position will be based out of the Caribbean (Westin St. John) for two years with the subsequent option to relocate to the Company's operations headquarters in Orlando. Essential functions include: pre-construction services, managing project milestones and schedules, managing contract terms, budgets and cash flows, and overseeing quality control, and project reporting. Scope of work to be managed includes development of guest units, civil, infrastructure, food and beverage, conference areas, retail, sales gallery, spa, fitness center, and back of house offices.
Senior Manager - Design & Construction (Project Management)
(STAMFORD) The senior manager of Design & Construction Project Management positions report into the regional director of Design & Construction Project Management (JAPA). S/he is responsible for the day-to-day activities within a regionally based project management team and will work with outside contractors, architects, and engineers. Additional duties include leading project delivery sub-team; providing direction and mentorship of analysts, coordinators and project managers; assisting in the development of project controls, systems and processes that allow for optimal delivery of projects; ensuring compliance with organization's scheduling, budgeting, and cost tracking requirements; and identifying opportunities for cost efficiencies, project savings, and innovative solutions to enhance overall program delivery.
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(HOUSTON) Moody Rambin promoted Walt Cameron to senior property managerof the Property Management Operations. He has been active in Property Management for more than five years. He began his Commercial Real Estate career as an assistant property manager in 2008 and was promoted to property manager the same year.
JONES LANG LASALLE
(CHICAGO) Jones Lang LaSalle announced that it has accelerated the expansion of its Strategic Consulting leadership team with the appointment of Peter Shannon, Managing Director, to leadership of Jones Lang LaSalle's strategic consulting practices and business.
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(LOS ANGELES) CBRE Group, Inc. announced that Jim Maher has joined the firm as managing director in the company's asset services group. He joins CBRE with 27 years of commercial real estate experience, most recently as executive vice president at Colonial Property Trust in Atlanta, where he directed that company's commercial real estate and joint venture efforts.
(LEMONT, IL) Michael A. Podgorny, Sr., has joined the firm as director of construction. He brings more than 30 years of industry experience to Englewood Construction, with previous positions as a principal at Crane Construction in Northbrook, IL and senior vice president with Capitol Construction in Wheeling, IL.
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD
(EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ) Commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. has named Jason S. Price as Tri-State Suburban director of the firm's US Research Services Group. Immediately prior to rejoining Cushman & Wakefield, Price helped develop New Jersey and Long Island research platforms for Jones Lang LaSalle.
SPERRY VAN NESS
(IRVINE, CA) Sperry Van Ness International Corporation, a commercial real estate franchisor, announced that Bo Barron has been named the company's vice president for organizational development. Most recently, Barron was a successful Sperry Van Ness franchisee, serving as managing director of the former Sperry Van Ness/The Barron Group in Owensboro, KY.
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