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07/14/04: There has been speculation about if President Bush should replace Vice President Dick Cheney before the upcoming election.  This was spurred by talk by former Republican New York Senator Al D’Amato (for the record, he is not a Rockefeller Republican, but a consistent conservative voice). Aside from the political calculus, punditry and prognosticating, what kind of leadership will be displayed by the country’s top CEO concerning this issue?  George W. Bush is the only president to have earned an MBA, from Harvard nevertheless.  What kind of management lessons did he bring away from Cambridge, MA? Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. Either choice—for or against Cheney—is a no-win for Bush.  The Vice President of the United States is the second most important person in the chain of command, and how can one simply say, “Its time to go,” without there being far-reaching consequences?  It may be better to abandon the political calculations and leave things as they are for the sake of the Union. 

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TRAMMELL CROW CO. (AUSTIN, TX) The firm has promoted Scott Sams as vice president and Alison Barnwell as senior associate in its retail leasing division. Sams joined TCC in 2002; Barnwell joined the firm in 2000.

AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES (ALEXANDRIA, VA) Chris Payne has been promoted to vice president of development, in which he will oversee projects in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties, CA. Payne joined the firm in 2000 as development director.

GRUBB & ELLIS (LOS ANGELES) Serge Vishmid has been promoted to senior vice president in the firm’s West Los Angeles office. Vishmid joined the firm in 2001 and focuses on office leasing.

NEWMARK (WOODBRIDGE, NJ) Todd A. Elfand has joined the firm as associate, leaving his previous post as president and owner of Elfand Search & Consulting.

FAISON ENTERPRISES (ATLANTA) Rob Morris has been tapped as director of retail leasing, overseeing negotiation, structure and execution of leases in the Southeast region. Morris comes from Cousins Properties.

DIVERSIFIED PROJECT MANAGEMENT (HARTFORD, CT) Roxanne Perugino has joined the firm as project manager. Perugino was most recently at BKM Total Office, where she was also project manager.

THE PLASENCIA GROUP (TAMPA, FL) The firm has tapped Eric M. Holtze as director of financial analysis. Holtze, who has left his marketing post as Holtze Corp., his family’s hotel business, will perform analytical and marketing duties.

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