PHOENIX-Thomas W. Roberts has landed at locally based Cole Real Estate Investments. The former president and CEO of Opus West Corp. will oversee Cole’s real estate activities, including acquisitions, underwriting, asset management and leasing.

Roberts left Opus West in May, shortly after the company filed for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection. During his career there Roberts the company’s annual revenues grew to $750 million from $50 million, its employee base expanded to 300 from 13, and its offices in the Western US grew to nine from one. Roberts was not immediately available Monday evening for comment.

“His years of experience, industry relationships, and solid character are all great assets to Cole,” says CEO Chris Cole in a prepared statement.

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