10/18/05: Which recent news story will have the biggest impact on our country? The devestating earthquake in Pakistan? The next Supreme Court justice? Autoparts manufacturer Delphi filing for bankruptcy protection? Actually, each of these stories carries incredible weight and will impact our lives in both the short and long term. However, the biggest—and most under-reported–story of last week was the launch of China’s second manned space flight. Think about it. The world’s largest country, with a fast-growing economy, is now well into developing its space program. This should be a serious wake-up call if we are to maintain our position as the world’s economic and democratic engine. The far-reaching consequences may not be felt immediately, but rest assured, if we do not get our technological brainpower moving in the right direction, our 25-year-old space shuttles will start to look as outdated as our airlines. Be warned: The rest of the world is catching up with us and in some ways surpassing us.
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CASPER CO. (SAN DIEGO) Bill Haithcock, an 18-year executive with the Casper Co., takes over as president. Haithcock, with 26 years’ experience in the construction industry, replaces Roger Casper, who will serve as CEO for the 21-year-old firm.
JONES LANG LASALLE HOTELS (MIAMI) Gregory Rumpel, who established Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels’ Miami office four years ago, is named executive vice president in recognition of his achievements for setting up a full-service office to cover South Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.
MACERICH CO. (VICTORVILLE, CA) Michael Guzik, a two-year employee with Macerich Co., becomes manager of property management for the Mall of Victor Valley. He has been acting manager for the regional mall since May.
USAA REAL ESTATE CO. (SAN ANTONIO) Ken Kimbrough comes on board as senior officer of the public sector development team to oversee sourcing, coordinating, implementing and managing General Services Administration and development opportunities for USAA Real Estate Co. and its partners. Kimbrough will be based in Arlington, VA.
GRUBB & ELLIS CO. (DALLAS) Celeste Signor is named vice president of Grubb & Ellis Co.’s office services group in Dallas. The five-year professional spent the past year with PS Business Parks Inc.’s North Texas office.
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD OF ARIZONA(PHOENIX) Christopher J. Tiffany joins as an associate in the office properties division for Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona Inc. The Phoenix native has spent the past two years working with a national commercial real estate firm in Denver. Tiffany’s territory will be the Metrocenter, Tempe and the 44th Street Corridor.
RREEF(BOSTON) David F. Crane has joined the firm as vice president and district manager in the Boston office to oversee the assets in Rreef’s Northeast region. Crane previously was vice president and partner with Boston-based Meredith & Grew.
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