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11/10/04: Resignations from a presidential cabinet are not unusual after a successful reelection. This administration is one of the most well-run in recent memory, and perhaps this is due to the President’s business background. On everyone’s mind now is who will fill these posts, but perhaps the real question is how the administration will handle the transition. We make the decisions in the day-to-day management of our businesses, and many times we pick the wrong people. As the new administration begins its search for new talent, it may be a good time for us all to explore how well we conduct our own management needs.
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GALE CO. CALIFORNIA (IRVINE, CA) Jonathan Thorpe has been tapped as managing partner, moving up from his previous position as senior vice president. Thorpe has been at Gale since the firm was founded in 1985.

CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD (NEW YORK CITY) Alexander M. Chudnoff and Paul Amrich have been promoted as senior directors for brokerage services. Chudnoff, who joined the firm eight years ago, moves up from director, as does Amrich, who came on board nearly a decade ago.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT (WASHINGTON, DC) New to the firm is attorney Vernon S. Lynch III, who joins as partner in commercial real estate transactions. Lynch was most recently special real estate counsel to the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland.

HOLLIDAY FENOGLIO FOWLER (WASHINGTON, DC) Patrick V. Kinlan has joined the firm to lead a new initiative in which he will coordinate all 17 HFF offices nationwide to solicit Freddie Mac business. Kinlan was most recently southeast regional director at Freddie Mac.

GEORGIA MALONE & CO. (NEW YORK CITY) New to the firm is Bradley J. Levin, who has been named financial analyst. Levin was formerly an investment banking analyst at Wachovia Securities, where he specialized in workout and restructuring assignments.

DUKE REALTY (ATLANTA) The firm has nabbed Sam O’Briant as senior vice president for its locally based industrial group. O’Briant was most recently senior investment officer for acquisitions and development at First Industrial Realty Trust Inc.

THE KOLL CO. (NEWPORT BEACH, CA) Charles Aufhammer has joined the firm as director of leasing, overseeing a 1.7-million-sf portfolio of industrial properties in Southern California. Aufhammer was previously director of leasing at Wohl Investment.

RENTNET (WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA) Maria Pietroforte was named president of the company, moving over from her prior role as president of KSI Management Corp. Pietroforte will relocate from Washington, DC to Westlake Village, CA to run the company.


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