Zonta: u201cI really believe in people first.u201d

LOS ANGELES—Charles Dunn Co. has hired Lou Zonta as senior director of brokerage and business development, GlobeSt.com has learned exclusively. Zonta brings 30 years of commercial real estate experience to the company, and will focus on active brokerage deals throughout the region.

“I really believe in people first, and the reason I joined the firm was because of the level of tenure, the professional approach and the collaborative nature of the various offices in the organization,” Zonta tells GlobeSt.com. “This is a well-knit organization that offers all of the services that I have been involved with over the years.” Zonta has been involved in hundreds of deals across the public and private sectors, including office, retail, mixed-use residential and commercial buildings, hospitality projects and high-tech facilities.

“Lou has a terrific background. He has an uncanny and creative ability to think about connections of people, opportunities and assignments that are available in and around our existing practice groups within the company and connecting them also to our clients or our potential client base,” Darrell Levonian, Charles Dunn Co.’s executive managing officer, tells GlobeSt.com. “He is a value-add player for us and someone who is instrumental in helping us add to our already existing relationships.”

Zonta plans to grow the inventory of quality listings and connect organizations to create even more opportunities for the company, which focuses on the West Coast region. “My personal goal is to help the firm achieve regional market prominence and become the go-to firm for high-value repeat clients,” Zonta says. “To achieve that, I am thinking of a vertical market strategy. I also enjoy seeing employment numbers grow, so I would like to see the firm grow with new people.”

In other employment news, GlobeSt.com recently reported that Avison Young hired David Callahan as SVP in the firm’s Downtown Los Angeles office. Callahan is focusing on tenant representation and landlord advisory services.