11/15/05: When George W. Bush won the election in 2000, Harvard MBA in hand, he was hailed as the country’s first CEO president. Finally, we had someone with a business background handling the nation’s affairs. Right now, Bush’s approval rating is at its lowest point ever, and some of the blame lies with media hype and the second-term fatigue phenomenon. However, much of this can also be blamed on certain management missteps that only the president himself can rectify. If his education in management and his business experience mean anything, he’d know that now’s the time to pull himself out of this predicament. A good first step may be to shake up the organizational chart. It’s one thing to hold a degree from a top-ranked business program; it’s another thing to apply it.
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SUMMIT BUILDERS CONSTRUCTION (PHOENIX) Ten-year employees Bryan Doolen and Michael Tylwalk are promoted to vice president of operations and general superintendent, respectively. Doolen was senior project engineer and Tylwalk was project manager.
TRIPLE NET PROPERTIES (SANTA ANA, CA) Kent Peters and Shannon Alter arenamed executive vice presidents after three years with the company. The promotion comes 10 months after Peters, who will head up the private real estate group, was accorded the title of asset management director. Alter, formerly senior vice president and operations director, will now oversee public properties.
GRAMERCY CAPITAL (NEW YORK CITY) Michael Kavourias comes on board as senior vice president of real estate counsel for GKK Manager LLC. The 15-year professional most recently was affiliated with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP of New York City.
TREMONT REALTY CAPITAL (BOSTON) Michael Connolly is hired as a senior director in the Chicago office and John Churchward is named associate director in Boston. Connolly joins after a stint as vice president for Fifth Third Bank of Cincinnati. Churchward is a former associate with the New York City-based iStar Financial Inc.
SCI REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS (LOS ANGELES) SCI Real Estate Investments has added the following regional directors to its network: Conway Brooks in the Birmingham, AL and Nashville area; Robert E. Dixon, Denver; Christopher Harman, Houston and Austin, TX; Jane Hope, Charlotte, SC; Elaine Hoffman, Chicago; O. Victor Lattanzi, Dallas; John B. McClatchy III, Philadelphia; Lynette Sohl, Inland Empire and Pasadena, CA; and Ken Yamaguchi, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.
TRAMMELL CROW CO. (FLORHAM PARK, NJ) John L. Donnelly becomes the firm’s newest vice president. Donnelly, teaming with senior vice president Frank Lopriore, will focus on industrial transactions in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Passaic and Union counties. He most recently was a vice president with CB Richard Ellis Inc.’s Saddlebrook, NJ office.
APARTMENT REALTY ADVISORS (AUSTIN, TX) The Denver-based firm brings local broker Patton Jones on board to oversee its 13th brokerage office, which has been set up in Arboretum Plaza I at 9442 Capital of Texas Highway North. Assisting Jones will be Jeff Patterson.
The primary focus of this position is to function as a high-level primary single point of contact and relationship manager for any and all aspects of client support and interaction for companies with large, multi-market portfolios. A minimum of 10-plus years experience in commercial corporate real estate is required.
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