Talent Pool

Over the past three months, the volume of job seekers has grown exponentially, reflecting cutbacks primarily in finance and in investment banking. In addition, the uncertain economic times and the freeze in deal flow are making those who are gainfully employed nervous that the other shoe may drop within their organization. As a result, we have seen a dramatic increase in communication from professionals looking to land a job or simply survey the landscape ‘just in case.’ In fact, there was a 42% increase in candidate registrations in the first quarter on the SelectLeaders job board, compared to the same period last year. However, during the same period, job postings were down almost 10% from a year ago. This is bad news for job seekers but good news for employers, who can pick and choose from a lot more talent.

Tony LoPinto is CEO of Equinox Partners, an executive search firm specializing in the real estate industry, and parent company of SelectLeaders. The views expressed in this article are the author&’s own.
Job Opportunities
MACQUARIE REAL ESTATE INC. Senior Vice President, Capital Transactions (CHICAGO) Working with the Managing Director, Capital Transactions, the senior VP will be responsible for building relationships within the capital markets and assisting in the development and execution of investment products. COMBINED PROPERTIES Senior Property Manager (WASHINGTON, DC) The successful candidate will manage a portfolio of strip/mall shopping centers, maintaining communication with tenants and corporate service departments. CASSIDY & PINKARD COLLIERS Associate (WASHINGTON, DC) The firm seeks an associate with experience in lease abstraction, cash flow financial analysis and commercial real estate underwriting to join its investment sales group in capital markets. THE CARLTON GROUP Director, Los Angeles Office (LOS ANGELES) Manhattan-based company seeks a real estate executive to operate the corporate office in Los Angeles. JONES LANG LASALLE Senior Asset Manager, Chicago (CHICAGO) Responsibilities include overseeing five to seven multifamily properties and assisting with acquisitions, repositioning and dispositions of properties. FANNIEMAE Senior Security Specialist (WASHINGTON, DC) The specialist will perform formal threat and risk assessments to enable the senior director of corporate security and safety to align controls and resources that reduce security and business resiliency risks to the company. CB RICHARD ELLIS Vice President (ATLANTA, GA) The VP will be responsible for selling integrated service packages, maintaining a track record of value creation and contributions to operations, managing employees, generating new business and dealing with major customers. HAYNES AND BOONE LLP Business Development Manager (DALLAS) The manager will provide strategic and tactical business-development support for the real estate practice group.
Promotions No more than one submission per company will be considered per week. Submissions with multiple names will be capped at three for coverage in Executive Watch.
SHANER HOTELS (STATE COLLEGE, PA) Shaner has promoted Christopher Szczesny from assistant general manager of the State College Holiday Inn Express to general manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites. POAG & MCEWEN LIFESTYLE CENTERS LLC (MEMPHIS, TN) The company has named Art Stevens senior vice president of leasing. He joined in May 2007 as assistant senior vice president of leasing. CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD (NEW YORK CITY) Mark Mandell has risen from senior director to executive director. He has been with the company for more than two decades. ERNST & YOUNG (NEW YORK CITY) In addition to his role as leader of the firm’s construction services team, Michael Lucki will lead Ernst & Young’s global infrastructure services. He is a 28-year veteran of the company. TRAMMELL CROW CO. (DALLAS) Richard Fletcher has been raised to managing director and chief acquisitions officer after five years with the company. CB RICHARD ELLIS (NEW YORK) Chantay McBride, a sales professional with the company, will run the New York Tri-State Program. She joined CBRE in 2004. CARLSON REAL ESTATE CO. (PHOENIX) The company raised Megan Kruger-Dugan to property manager and Brooks Wintemute to assistant property manager. KUDAN GROUP (GLENVIEW, IL) Becca Lundstrom is named commercial real estate agent with the company. She was previously marketing director. LOWE ENTERPRISES (LOS ANGELES) The company has promoted Dick Poladian to chief operating officer. He joined Lowe in 2002 as chief financial officer and chief administration officer.
New Hires No more than one submission per company will be considered per week. Submissions with multiple names will be capped at three for coverage in Executive Watch.
MARCUS & MILLICHAP (CHICAGO and SEATTLE) Philip M. Nowak has joined the company as a real estate broker, specializing in the investment sale of apartment buildings, and Glenn Gioseffi has been named a director in the Seattle office. Nowak was previously with CB Commercial Inc. and Gioseffi was with BMC Capital. HOLLAND & KNIGHT (CHICAGO) Deborah T. Haddad has been hired as a partner in the firm’s real estate transactions group. She previously held positions with Lennar Corp. and Concord Homes. WARE MALCOMB (SAN RAMON, CA) Kelly Leanos has rejoined the company as project manager, interior architecture and design. APARTMENT REALTY ADVISORS (KANSAS CITY, MO) ARA added G. Reid Teany to its employee roster as senior vice president of the Kansas City office. Teany spent more than two decades with CB Richard Ellis, four years with J.C. Nichols/Highwoods Properties and three years with First Scout Investment Realty Advisors. FTSE GROUP (NEW YORK CITY) Ronnee Ades comes on board as business unit head, alternatives. She joins the company from Dow Jones Indexes. GVA KIDDER MATHEWS (SAN FRANCISCO) The company has added Rico Cheung and Erik Corrigan to its team. Cheung’s specialty will be tenant representation of life sciences and clean/green tech businesses and Corrigan will concentrate on office leasing. OPUS NORTHWEST (PORTLAND, OR) Brian Owendoff joined the team as vice president and general manager of the Portland office. AMERIBID (DALLAS) Fran Weichsel has been hired as vice president. She was previously a sales manager for the national property disposition center. TCN WORLDWIDE (CHICAGO) Tyler Quast, an executive vice president and principal of Zifkin Realty and Development, has been elected to TCN’s board of directors for the 2008-2011 term. DAUM COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SERVICES (PHOENIX, AZ) Father and son team of Carl K. Johnson and Benjamin L. Johnson has joined the company’s Phoenix office as vice presidents. Both will specialize in the sales and leasing of industrial buildings, land and investment properties. THE KANE CO. (NEWINGTON, NH) Alex Lauchlan has been hired as a land development and corporate relocation specialist. His past experience includes posts with numerous construction companies. SCHONBERGER ASSOCIATES (LIVINGSTON, NJ) Alan Czeizler comes on board as a member of the retail leasing and sales team. He was previously with Sharp Electronics Corp., where he was director of sales and the national sales manager. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECURITIES PROFESSIONALS (DETROIT) Chaucey C. Mayfield, CEO of MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors LLC, has been elected president. TRAMMELL CROW CO. (DALLAS) The firm has named David Bass senior vice president, asset management with the acquisition funds group. He moves from Invesco Real Estate. INVERNESS REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS (WALNUT CREEK, CA) Tony Moglia has been hired as chief operating officer. He joins after founding Competitive Solutions and spending 15 years with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. US GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL (WASHINGTON, DC) Nate Kredich has taken the newly created role of vice president for residential market development. He comes to USGBC after five years with Creative Touch Interiors. THOMPSON NATIONAL PROPERTIES LLC (IRVINE, CA) Former NFL player Cade McNown has been hired as senior vice president, investor development. He will be responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with investors in the company’s various programs. REAL ASSETS SA (BUENOS AIRES) Diego Steverlynck has been named partner and vice president, with responsibility for real estate asset and investment management. He moves from MBA Lazard. THE MISSNER GROUP (SKOKIE, IL) James M. Boge has joined the firm as project engineer. He was previously with Kenneth James Builders. NATIONAL REALTY & DEVELOPMENT CORP. (PURCHASE, NY) Donna Justo comes on board as marketing and public relations manager. She previously worked on the marketing team for the Westchester. CLAYCO INC. (ST LOUIS, MO) Sandy Jacobs has been named project director and Dave Gilroy has been appointed director of pre-construction services for the estimation team. LILLIBRIDGE (CHICAGO) The firm adds Michael O. Lincoln to the payroll as executive vice president of marketing and business development. He comes to the company from GE Healthcare Financial Services’ Strategic Relationship Group. In addition, executive vice president Sydney P. Scarborough joins the board of directors of Swedish Covenant Hospital. UGL EQUIS (CHICAGO) Michael Cello has taken the position of vice president with the company. KUDAN GROUP (GLENVIEW, IL) The company welcomes marketing director Janet Audet as well as Rick Loarie and Jean-Pierre Bernier, who join the commercial real estate staff. VENTURE ONE (CHICAGO) Matt E. Goode comes on board as an associate. He was previously a development analyst with First Industrial Realty Trust. PACIFIC MARKETING ASSOC. (SAN JOSE, CA) Sandra Eaton has joined the company as community sales manager for the Axis condominium project. She moves to Pacific from Pulte Homes. GRUBB & ELLIS (SANTA ANA) Brett Hunsaker has been named executive vice president, business development. He joins the company from CB Richard Ellis. COLLIERS BENNETT & KAHNWEILER INC. (ROSEMONT, IL) The company adds Michael Adams and Darryl Silverman to the payroll as senior vice president and associate, respectively. STUDLEY (LOS ANGELES) Eric Hanke has taken the position of managing director of the structured finance group. He previously held positions with BellaVista Capital, Anderson Global Corporate Finance and Colliers Seeley.

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