Friday, March 19, 2010

McCarthy 'Heart Hat' Home Makeover Brings Joy to Los Alamitos Family in California

LOS ALAMITOS/NEWPORT BEACH, CA – McCarthy Heart Hat’s employee volunteer group from McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. of Newport Beach, Calif. recently completed a home makeover for a Los Alamitos family in great need of assistance.

(Mike Bolen, top right photo, is chairman and CEO of McCarthy Building Companies.)

 Over 22 subcontractors donated supplies and services along with McCarthy Heart Hats to conduct the home remodel valued at approximately $80,000.

Long time Los Alamitos residents, Elissa and Matt Horan have experienced a great deal of hardship over the last few years. Matt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago and Elissa was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

She recently completed 12 months of chemotherapy and is now undergoing radiation treatment to fight the cancer. Matt and Elissa have four children—Vanessa, Carrie and Dylan are over 17 years old and Hailey is just 2 years old. Both Carrie and Hailey live with Matt and Elissa.

“The Heart Hats learned about the Horan family from Yvonne Hernandez, the owner of Helping Hands Cleaning, who participates in Cleaning for a Reason (, a non-profit cleaning service providing free professional housecleaning, and maid services to improve the lives of women undergoing treatment for cancer,” said McCarthy project secretary Mary Jo VanAlstine.

 (Matt, Elissa and Harley Horan, middle left photo)

“After hearing about the plight of the Horan family and visiting them, we knew we had to offer some immediate assistance.”

Horan home team leaders Mary Jo, McCarthy secretary Dana Greaney and office manager/director of community services Linda Osborn along with project superintendent Steve Proffitt began soliciting McCarthy volunteers and donations of labor and supplies from their business partners. Within just three weeks, the Heart Hats had obtained over $1,700 in cash donations and enough labor and supplies to provide a significant home makeover.

 (Harley, Carrie Hirn-Horan and Elissa in middle right photo)

“When Mary Jo told me about the plans for our home and what she was about to launch, I was flabbergasted and just cried,” said Elissa Horan. I thought, things like this don’t seem to happen, but still my prayers were answered. To this day, it is still unbelievable.”

Between February 15 and February 26, approximately 30 volunteers worked into the night to finish the home remodel. Some of the Horan’s neighbors even pitched in.

The project included: a new roof courtesy of Letner Roofing; electrical work by Berg Electric with light fixtures and labor by Briggs Electric; plumbing repairs and installation of new fixtures by Pan Pacific Plumbing; exterior paint by Koller Coatings and new windows for the master bedroom and front bath by Tower Glass.

Tammie Smith provided interior design services and donations including tile for the shower and kitchen, furniture and funds for the family.

Other interior renovations entailed: paint by RM Hasson, carpet and vinyl flooring from Progressive Flooring; closet and interior doors by REW, Inc.; tile installation from McCandless Tile; demolition of cabinets and flooring by Nuprecon; installation of the drywall by PCI Contracting as well as the installation of a granite sink/vanity for the main bathroom by McCarthy superintendents. The team also cleaned the yard and conducted other landscape repairs.

Additional donations included: a new Kenmore oven range from RW Smith; furniture and funds from volunteer Peggy Schlemmer and Chartreuse Home Furnishing; appliances and funds for a new children’s bedroom set, kitchen cabinets and the bathroom vanity from McCarthy employees; a new garage door from PJHM Architects, UCMI Inspection and GSO Overnite; mobile mini storage from Day Construction; lumber from JB Lumber; concrete for exterior landscape from J&M; a dumpster from Southern California Environment; lodging for the family from Ayres Hotel and cash donations from AO Reed, GSO Premiere, Martin Integrated and Seeley Bros.

(Elissa Horan, age 2, bottom left photo)
“We were overwhelmed and grateful to the support received from the subcontracting community and suppliers within our short timeline,” said Mary Jo.

“Elissa and Matt are such wonderful people. Even through all of their hardships, they are still joyful and optimistic.

"We hope our efforts help to ease some of the day-to-day burden for Elissa and Matt. Seeing the smile on little Hailey’s face when she went into her new pink Dora themed room definitely touched my heart.”

Upon completion of the project, Elissa, Matt and Hailey explained what the remodel will do for their family and expressed their gratitude to the volunteers. “It’s like living in a new house,” said Elissa. “The plumbing and everything works. I love my new kitchen and being able to take a shower in my master bath is incredible. The whole remodel is amazing, and I’m sure my healing process will go better now.”

“Knowing that there are so many loving, gracious, caring angels out there that took the time to put so much love and energy into helping my family brings tears to my eyes, but at the same time, I am so thankful to everyone,” said Elissa. “I pray that one day I can pay it forward and share this miracle with others.”

Contact: Laura Mickelson (LM Communications / McCarthy Building Companies) (949) 453-0851

16 Technology Drive, Suite 125, Irvine, CA 92618, (949) 453-0851, (949) 453-8420 fax,, Follow me on Twitter: @lauramickelson

Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty Reports Sale of Luxury Condominium at Vizcaya in Southwest Orlando

ORLANDO, FL --- Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty reports it recently sold a $380,000 luxury lakefront condominium in The Esplanade at Vizcaya, (top left photo)  located off Sand Lake Rd. in southwest Orlando.

Roger Soderstrom, founder and owner of Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty, said the firm’s LR Team --- associates Daniel Natoli, Carolyn Burgiel and Darren Iozia ---negotiated the sale.

Soderstrom said another of the LR Team southwest Orlando area listings is a three-story luxury home designed and built by Continental Homes and Interiors on Phillips Cove Court in the Dr. Phillips area. Soderstrom said the five-bedroom, 6,092 square foot luxury home was recently listed for sale at $1,600,000.

For more information, contact:
Carolyn J. Burgiel, Sales Executive, Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty 407-864-0605;
Roger Soderstrom, Founder/Owner Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty 407-581-7890
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications 407-644-4142

Mercantile Capital Corp. Reports Two Commercial Loans in February worth More Than $8.3M

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS - Mercantile Capital Corp., which ranks as one of the nation’s largest providers of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans for small business owners who want to acquire or develop their own facilities, reports it closed on two commercial property loans in February that totaled over $8.3 million on total project costs.

Christopher Hurn, (top left)  chief executive officer of Mercantile Capital Corporation, said January’s total project costs of over $11.5 million marked the firm’s largest single month in two years, with the totals of February not far behind. Geof Longstaff (bottom right) is MCC's chairman.

Hurn said the largest loan in February paid for a nearly $7.6 million Hampton Inn & Suites in Port Arthur, Texas.

For more information about this press release, contact:
Chris Hurn, CEO Mercantile Capital Corporation, 407-786-5040;;
Geof Longstaff, Chairman, Mercantile Capital Corporation, 407-786-5040;;
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications 407-644-4142

Crossman & Company Names Todd Reeber Controller

ORLANDO - Crossman & Company, the Orlando-based firm that ranks as one of the largest third-party retail leasing and management firms in the Southeast, recently appointed Todd E. Reeber, CPA as Controller for the firm.

John Crossman, president of Crossman & Company said Reeber, who earned his Masters degree from the University of Florida has more than 14 years of experience in accounting. Reeber formerly served as Controller for Terra Nova Corp. in Miami Beach.

In his role as Controller at Crossman & Company, Reeber will lead a team of experienced property accounting professionals. In addition he will focus on new business opportunities.

John Crossman, CCIM, President, Crossman & Company, 407-581-6218,;
Molly Delahunty, Crossman & Company, 407-581-6220;
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142,

Melrose-Sovereign Group Awarded Contract to Manage Taylor Morrison’s newest Community Hamilton II at Lucaya Condominium in Fort Myers, FL

ORLANDO - Melrose-Sovereign Companies, which ranks as one of the largest residential community management firms in the Southeast, was recently awarded a contract to manage Hamilton II at Lucaya, the luxury condominium community Taylor Morrison developed on Abasco Lakes Drive in Fort Myers.

Jack Hanson, LCAM and Ellen Lumpkin, (top right photo) LCAM, co-founders and partners at Melrose-Sovereign Companies, said the condominium community includes 32 luxury units.

Headquartered in Orlando, Melrose-Sovereign Companies now has eight offices throughout the state.

Melrose-Sovereign Companies Awarded Contract to Manage Luxury Town Homes Overlooking Clearwater Bay

ORLANDO, FL - Melrose-Sovereign Companies, which ranks as one of the largest residential community management firms in the southeast, was recently awarded a contract to manage luxury town homes overlooking Clearwater Bay on Edgewater Drive in Clearwater.

Jack Hanson, LCAM and Ellen Lumpkin, LCAM, co-founders and partners at Melrose-Sovereign Companies, said the luxury town home complex offers private courtyards, spas and luxury interiors.

For more information contact:
Jack B. Hanson, LCAM, Partner/Co-founder, Melrose-Sovereign Companies, 407-228-4181,
 Ellen G. Lumpkin, LCAM, Partner/Co-founder, Melrose-Sovereign Companies, 407-228-4181,
 Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142,

RealTime Immersive, Opens Doors in 2,000 Square Foot Downtown Avalon Park Facility

ORLANDO, FL --- RealTime Immersive, Inc. leased 2,000 square feet of office space at the Professional Villa (top left photo) in downtown Avalon Park.

Brendon Dedekind, (middle right photo) vice president of acquisitions for Avalon Park, negotiated the five-year lease agreement.

“RealTime Immersive is a technology company that provides software licenses and offers a full spectrum of services, development, consultation, training, and support for its licensees,” Dedekind explained.

The firm plans to play a key role in Orlando’s simulation technology industry and plans to expand into a larger facility in downtown Avalon Park in the future.

RealTime CEO John Brooks indicates that the decision was made to locate the company here based on Avalon Park’s proximity to the region’s joint military commands and established industry strengths in defense simulation, medical simulation, and digital media.

Dedekind said RealTime Immersive serves as North America’s exclusive representative for CryENGINE® in the serious games and simulation market space. CryENGINE® is a critically-acclaimed game engine developed by Germany-based, game development studio Crytek.

The award-winning CryENGINE® is already in use by a wide range of government, military, and commercial customers to develop a military marksmanship trainer; nuclear power plant simulator; investigative/debriefing simulator; product prototyping and serious games training.

For more information about this release, please contact:

Brendon Dedekind, VP of Acquisitions, Avalon Park Group, 407-658-6565
Stephanie Hodson, Marketing Coordinator, Avalon Park Group, 407-658-6565
Beat Kahli, Owner / Founder, Avalon Park Group, 407-658-6565
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142
Kerry Brooks, RealTime Immersive, Inc., 407-384-1239

Commercial Property Tax Specialists Commercial Florida Advisors Sees Major Growth, Appoints Nat Barganier Associate Director

TAMPA - Commercial property tax specialists Commercial Florida Advisors, a subsidiary of Grubb & Ellis Commercial Florida, reports its commercial property client portfolio grew by more than 110 percent over the last quarter and recently appointed Nat Barganier (top right photo)  associate director.

Don Lombardi  (top left photo) ALC, vice president who heads Commercial Florida Advisors, said Barganier, who has more than 25 years of experience in commercial multi-family real estate, joined the firm two years ago.
Lombardi said Commercial Florida Advisors specializes in helping commercial property owners negotiate property tax assessments ---a high-growth niche in a troubled commercial property market.

“Property taxes represent a major cost for investors and commercial property owners and few taxing authorities have reduced their assessments to reflect the substantially declined market value of properties,” Lombardi said.

Lombardi, based in Tampa with offices in Orlando and Melbourne, said Bargainer is a Florida real estate professional experienced in all aspects of multi-family development.

Commercial Florida Advisors (CFA) provides business advisory services to companies that own, operate or manage multi-tenant commercial real estate. Services offered include Property Tax Advisory Services, Appraisal and Acquisition Diligence Coordination. Financial Instrument Transactions and Cost Segregation services are planned for the near future.

For More Information About This Press Release:

Commercial Florida Advisory Services, 3030 N. Rocky Point Drive W., Tampa, FL 33609, 813.639.1111,
Don Lombardi, ALC Vice President Ext. 226
Mia Jarrell, Managing Director, Ext. 254
Jeff Sweeney SIOR President 407-481-5387
Larry Vershel Communications 407-644-4142

Hilton Garden Inn Celebrates 500th Hotel Opening with Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Concord

MEMPHIS, TN—Hilton Garden Inn, the global brand of upscale, yet affordable hotels, announced the brand’s 500th hotel opening, the 118-room Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Concord (top left photo) in North Carolina.

Over the past 14 years, the Hilton Garden Inn brand has become one of the fastest-growing brands in the hospitality industry, with hotels either opened or soon to open in 11 countries around the world.

The landmark 500th hotel is owned by Griffin Stafford Lodging One, LLC, a Charlotte-based real estate development firm that specializes in extended-stay and focused-service hotels, and is managed by Griffin Stafford Management.

This is the first new-build Hilton Worldwide brand hotel for Griffin Stafford Lodging One, which also has signed a development agreement for a 105-suite Home2 Suites by Hilton (middle right photo)  hotel in Mooresville, N.C.

“When Hilton Garden Inn was launched in 1996, we set out to create a new standard in mid-priced hotels, and our successful growth to 500 hotels in just 14 years confirms the achievement of that vision,” said Adrian Kurre, (bottom left  photo) Global Head, Hilton Garden Inn.

“Since its launch, the brand has truly listened to the needs and wants of both our guests and franchisees, and as a result has consistently been at the leading edge of industry trends — from providing innovative beds and ergonomic Herman Miller Mirra® desk chairs, to small comforts in the room for travelers like refrigerators and microwaves.”

The hotel was built by Charlotte-based Concorde Construction Inc., which worked tirelessly to ensure sustainability efforts were put into place during the construction process. In all, more than 468,000 pounds of construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills, representing 92 percent of the total construction waste.

Dawn Ray, Hilton Garden Inn Public Relations, (901) 374-5954,
Jerry or Chris Daly, DalyGray,,