09/6/05: If there is one positive aspect of last week’s horrific events in the Gulf Coast, it is that in time of crisis this nation still pulls together and sends help where it’s needed. The real estate community is doing its share by providing a network of help, and we’ve featured this on GlobeSt.com. However, this is not a time for self-congratulation but, rather, a time for reflection. There is already a good deal of finger-pointing and all the other acrimonius activities that will fill the airwaves for months, if not years. And there is apparently plenty of blame to share throughout every level of government. Yet, Americans are coming together–in spite of those pundits, politicians and other assorted media hogs who are yelling and not listening. Let’s hope we tone down the rhetoric and play up the compassion.
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CB RICHARD ELLIS (MIAMI) Newly promoted is Scott Sime, who has been named managing director of the firm’s Downtown Miami office. Sime was most recently head of the company’s western Dade County office. He has been at CBRE for the past five years.
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD (NEW YORK CITY) The company has tapped Marc Packman as director, deploying him to its Manhattan-based strategic agency services leasing team. Packman was most recently director of leasing at Tishman Speyer Properties, and has handled leasing for properties such as Rockfeller Center and the Chrysler Building.
BINSWANGER (CHICAGO) Steven R. Baron has been appointed executive vice president for tenant representation and transaction services. Baron has left his prior post as executive vice president at Prime Group Realty Trust, where he ran all leasing activities for the Downtown Chicago office portfolio.
CB RICHARD ELLIS (MIAMI) New to the firm is Theodore Carter, who joins as senior managing director. Carter will lead the company’s South Florida market operations, where he will run four offices in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. He was most recently president and CEO of the National Capital Revitalization Corp. The firm has also hired Steven Gomez, formerly of Marcus & Millichap, to head its western Dade County office.
SCI REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS (LOS ANGELES) On the heels of the firm’s recent appointment of Scott Lunine–most recently at Sperry Van Ness–as senior vice president and national sales director, SCI has appointed five new regional directors: Bill Corwin, Brent Stratton, Charles Moody, Paul White and Brian O’Brien. They will serve the new Orange County, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Miami and New England offices, respectively.
GRUBB & ELLIS (ATLANTA; BOSTON) Mike Warren has come on board as senior vice president in the Atlanta office. He comes from Carter, where he was senior vice president since 1984. Coming along with him from Carter are Cathy Sheehan and John Fulkerson, who will focus on office tenant representation. The firm has also tapped Michael O’Leary as advisor in its Boston office. He was most recently assistant vice president at Cresa Partners.
AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES (ALEXANDRIA, VA) James F. Lima has joined the company as senior development director responsible for developing large-scale mixed-use projects in the New York City area. Lima comes from New York’s Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp., where, as president, he had been a mayoral appointee.
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