08/2/05: Now that Congress is on vacation, it would be interesting to learn what they’re hearing from their respective constituents. That, of course, is if they are even bothering to meet with them. It’s not an election year, so no one’s strumming the basic reelection themes. For example, is the economy doing well? Is it doing poorly? Well the 15,000 expected job cuts at Hewlett Packard or the 25,000 expected cuts at General Motors might be an indication that things aren’t entirely rosy. And there are many other large corporations that are facing this same quandary, as the general media is noticing. However, although elected representatives can’t do much to keep an old-line business from saving itself, they certainly can help create an environment that offers a softer landing for those who lose their employment. With the next election one year away, those officials who start reaching out and listening now have a far better shot at success.
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SELIG ENTERPRISES (ATLANTA) Bill Stogner and Shirley A. Gouffon have each been promoted to senior vice president positions at the firm. With more than 29 years of experience in retail leasing, Stogner is responsible for two million sf of space for the company. Gouffon, who joined the company in 1984, also specializes in retail leasing, particularly specialty retail and mixed-use.
DIVCO WEST GROUP (SAN FRANCISCO) The firm has tapped A. Robert Paratte as executive vice president for business development and leasing. Paratte joined the company in 2003 in the same area. Prior to that, he was founding member of Wilson Meany Sullivan LLC.
MARCUS & MILLICHAP (SAN FRANCISCO) Newly promoted is James A. Devincenti, who has been tapped as vice president of investments. Devincenti joined the firm in 1993 as associate specializing in apartment investments in this office. He is also a senior associate in the company’s national multihousing group and has twice ranked among its top 10 agents.
CB RICHARD ELLIS (PHOENIX) Jerome E. Mason has been promoted to first vice president, while Jenifer Lunt has been named vice president. Mason, who joined CBRE in 1997, is now director of energy services for the firm’s corporate services group. Lunt, who also started at CBRE in 1997, has transitioned into the private client investment group from her prior role in the multihousing investment division.
ALVAREZ & MARSAL (DALLAS) Emilio Palazuelos has joined the company’s real estate advisory services group as director in its office here. He was most recently in real estate and hospitality consulting at Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Palazuelos specializes in hotel and resort projects in the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Brazil.
AMB PROPERTY CORP.(LOS ANGELES) Kim B. Snyder has joined the company as senior vice president for development in the western region. Snyder was most recently president of Paragon Capital Corp. and CEO of Paragon Development Inc. He has 20 years of experience in development, acquisitions, finance, construction and leasing.
GMAC COMMERCIAL MORTGAGE (HOUSTON) Joining the firm is Andrew L. Hill, who comes in as senior real estate analyst. Hill was most recently banking officer in commercial lending at Sterling Bank. He will report to the firm’s locally based senior vice president and branch manager.
GARRISON ARCHITECTS (NEW YORK CITY) The company has appointed Salvatore Tranchina as project architect. Tranchina was most recently founding partner at Artifact Design + Construction. He will focus on business development as well as design.
The managing director of the eastern region for a major national industrial owner/developer will have responsibility for directing the company’s significant expansion plans, including acquisitions and development activities, and for managing the business to achieve annual business objectives.
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