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SAN FRANCISCO-Kent Swig has expanded the new West Coast outpost of the real estate services firm Helmsley Spear with the addition of Aaron Wright as senior vice president. Most recently an executive with locally headquartered Base Partners, Wright will supervise NYC-based Helmsley Spear’s commercial leasing activities in the West.

Wright comes to Helmsley Spear West from Base Partners, a provider of development, advisory and construction services for the datacenter industry. As the company’s COO, Wright was involved in the financial structuring, site selection, due diligence, and marketing strategies for all of Base’s projects. Prior to Base he was active in the commercial leasing market, serving as a corporate managing director for the San Francisco offices of both Studley Inc. and the Staubach Co.

Swig, known for his ownership of Swig Equities, acquired Helmsley Spear in fall 2007 from the Schneider family. At that time, Swig said the acquisition puts Swig Equities in a position to offer the commercial market place a complete range of operating, management and construction services. One year later he tapped former Cushman & Wakefield executive director Jeffrey Congdon to launch the company’s first West Coast office in San Francisco; Wright is the first significant addition since that time.

“Helmsley Spear has the infrastructure in place and has created a full service real estate platform in NY that will allow us to accelerate our growth in the West Coast markets,” Wright tells GlobeSt.com.

Swig Equities is owner and manager of more than four million square feet of commercial office space in New York City and San Francisco, and more than 1,200 luxury residential apartments in New York City. Helmsley Spear provides office and retail leasing; property and asset management; capital advisory services; investment sales and financing; project development and construction management; preventative maintenance and engineering; insurance services and appraisal.

Helmsley Spear West is located at Swig Equities only San Francisco asset, 450 Sansome Street, a 140,000-square-foot, office tower connected to San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center. The firm currently conducts third-party business representations including office and retail leasing; property and asset management; investment sales and financing; project development and construction management; and capital advisory and appraisal services.

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