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Sweet Tooth


Sweet Tooth
Last week the Americas were shuddering over the reality that delights including Twinkies, Wonder Bread, Ring Dings, Devil Dogs, SnoBalls, Yodels and many more goodies that we all grew up with will be no more. This was the result of the bankruptcy court approving the liquidation of the company after management was unable to reach a satisfactory agreement with a variety of unions who represent 18,000 workers who baked, wrapped and delivered the sweet stuff. In many around the nation, there was a run on Twinkies and the other Hostess delights that left the shelves bare. I am lamenting this not only because I now have an unfulfilled craving for everyone of their products, but more so because I am frustrated to see a venerable old institution go the way of so many that have been unable to adjust to changing market conditions. In the case of the unions, such companies are resistant to change and a failure to remain competitive by adjusting work rules and compensation that must be realigned to enable a company to remain on a solid financial footing. Today there is a last-ditch effort by the unions, the bankruptcy court and Hostess management to make a deal to save Ring Dings. Failing that, some of the brands will be picked-up and reintroduced, but alas, the buyer may be a Chinese company that is trying to corner the global Twinkies market.

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.

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(LOS ANGELES) The vice president will be responsible for prospecting potential retailers that are appropriate for use, size and economics; manage third-party resources including brokers, legal, LOD development and lease administrator; coordinate tenant-improvement requirements of prospective tenants with tenant construction department; understand pro forma requirements and lender obligations as they relate to leasing activities; develop lease briefs for internal approval; facilitate ownership execution and lease filing of all legal lease documents; maximize conventions for prospecting and closing deals; work with the VP of marketing to develop appropriate marketing materials for leasing; and develop annual revenue and occupancy projections within pro forma and approval guidelines.

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(CHICAGO) This position will be responsible for leadership and management of the facilities owned by CUSCO in the City of Chicago. This will be achieved through sound budgeting and expense management, by providing a clean, safe, efficient facility that provides a well-maintained environment for the building occupants, visitors and customers. The program director will be responsible for effective operations and efficient delivery of all facilities services by ensuring that the facilities and all building systems are maintained to a high level. This includes preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance and small renovation and large capital projects across the following systems: structural, building envelope, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and vertical transportation. Additional ancillary services are provided including Security (CCTV), tenant relations, event support and other operational support.

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(OAK BROOK, IL) Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services has promoted Steven Weinstock to vice president. Weinstock joined the Detroit office in 2001 as a multifamily and self-storage investment specialist. In 2008, he became sales manager of the firm's Columbus and Cincinnati offices. He was promoted to regional manager of the Oak Brook office in 2009.

(NASHVILLE) Tarasina Schneller, a marketing professional with a background in guest relations and revenue generation, was recently named director of marketing and business development at Opry Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in Tennessee. Schneller has more than seven years of experience with Simon Property Group acting as director of marketing and business development at Battlefield Mall in Springfield, MO and Towne East Square in Wichita, KS.

(CHICAGO) MB Real Estate has revealed that David Burkards has been promoted to senior vice president from vice president within the firm's corporate services and tenant advisory group. Burkards joined in 2002 as an associate and quickly rose within the organization based on his expertise and transaction volume.


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Submissions with multiple names will be capped at three for coverage in Executive Watch.

(ST. LOUIS) Matt Herrington has joined the St. Louis office of CBRE as transaction manager of Global Corporate Services. Herrington spent the past three years assisting corporate clients within the St. Louis market with lease renewals and office relocations.

(PEORIA, AZ) Carol Kleinberg joins Plaza as director of strategic alliances. Kleinberg will be assessing marketing opportunities and target markets, gathering intelligence and helping generate/secure leads and provide for property management, leasing services and construction management contracts. Kleinberg had previously worked with McCarthy Cook, Transwestern, SPV Real Estate Services and Trammel Crow.

(PHOENIX) Patrick Sauer was appointed vice president, acquisitions and development at the firm. He was a former executive at Dallas-based Cypress Equities, managing the western states.

(NEW YORK CITY) Venable LLP reports that longtime finance and deal counsel Alan Berman has joined the firm's New York City office as of counsel in its corporate practice group. He was previously managing partner of the New York office of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP.

(LOS ANGELES) HFF has hired Brad Black as a managing director in its Los Angeles office. Prior to joining HFF, he worked for Pacific Star Capital as a managing partner.

Anthony LoPinto

Tony LoPinto is the Global Sector Leader of Korn Ferry’s Real Estate Practice and founder of SelectLeaders. For the past 18 years LoPinto has been serving his clients with deep knowledge and perspective on talent needs and organizational challenges to public and private companies – knowledge gained from a 25-year career in real estate. Prior to his current position, he founded and served as chief executive officer of a boutique real estate executive search firm, where he oversaw offices in New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has successfully led several high profile search engagements for chief executive officers, directors and a wide-range of executive level positions across all industries and sectors.


He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in European history from Loyola University in Chicago.

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