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09/13/05: Perceptions. That’s part of today’s job description for anybody that seeks public office. And when you’re President of the United States, you better make sure that your message is clear. In the past two weeks, as it pertains to Hurricane Katrina, perceptions have grown that our Commander in Chief is less than completely in charge. He did much to counter that perception with the resignation of the FEMA director, who didn’t leave because of partisanship but because he couldn’t do the job. How well that stacks up in the final tally remains to be seen, and certainly, the President’s effectiveness will be debated endlessly for years to come in both print and on the airwaves. Ultimately, Americans are smart enough to see when the message doesn’t fit. What we don’t need is a banner hanging over the devastated city reading “Mission Accomplished.”
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PALISADES FINANCIAL (ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ) The firm has tapped Louis Alaimo Jr. for its business development team. Alaimo will be responsible for sourcing new investment opportunities and strategic relationships. He was previously CEO and equity partner at Dynamic Trading Ltd.

 

SUTTON & EDWARDS INC./TCN WORLDWIDE (LAKE SUCCESS, NY) Dominic R. D’Angelo has joined the firm as executive managing director. He has left his prior post at Grubb & Ellis Co., where he served as executive managing director in the transactional services group. D’Angelo will focus on expanding the firm’s Suffolk County operations.

 

WESTERN NATIONAL REALTY ADVISORS (IRVINE, CA) New to the firm is Stuart Beck, who has come on board as director in the development group. Beck, who will lead the design and approval process for new apartment projects, was most recently architectural coordinator at Warmington Homes.

 

MCSHANE CONSTRUCTION (PHOENIX) John Johnson has joined the company’s western regional office here as project manager. He will work on office, healthcare, educational and industrial projects. Johnson comes from Layton Construction, where he was project manager and worked on a number of commercial projects.

 

GVA THOMPSON DOYLE HENNESSEY & STEVENS (BOSTON) John McDonough has been named vice president of the suburban brokerage group, specializing in tenant representation. McDonough has left his most recent post as vice president at Grubb & Ellis Co., where he served for more than six years.

 

SPAULDING & SLYE COLLIERS (BOSTON) Tyler Spring has joined the company as associate in the brokerage group. Spring was most recently with Grubb & Ellis Co. as an advisor, where he helped market and lease more than 500,000 sf of commercial office space.

 

MEREDITH & GREW (BOSTON) New to the company is Brian S. Meyer Jr., who has been tapped as project manager focusing on tenant improvement assignments. Meyer was most recently project manager at Finard & Co. LLC, where he ran general contracting and construction management.

 

COMMERCE BANCORP (CHERRY HILL, NJ) The company has tapped Jon Sandeen as senior vice president/director of development, a newly created position. Sandeen was previously vice president of new store construction and design at Wal-Mart. In his new role, he will oversee construction of up to 55 new branches in the Northeast.

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