Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lawson Dann Joins Morrison Commercial Real Estate in Orlando, FL

 ORLANDO, FL (June 13, 2012):  Morrison Commercial Real Estate is proud to announce that Lawson Dann (top right photo) has joined its’ team as Vice President. 

Lawson will be representing clients throughout Central Florida with a focus on the leasing and sales of office and industrial properties.  Lawson adds more than 23 years of experience to this dynamic and diverse team headquartered in downtown Orlando.    

 Greg Morrison, Founding Principal of Morrison Commercial Real Estate said, “I am pleased to have Lawson join the firm. He is a respected veteran in our industry and has deep roots in Orlando.  In addition, his outstanding business development skills will prove to be a valuable asset to our team.”


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NAI Realvest Negotiates Office Expansion Lease in Deerfield Beach, FL for TLC Engineering for Architecture

 DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – NAI Realvest recently negotiated an expansion lease agreement for 7,250 square feet of office space in suite 250 at 800 Fairway Drive (bottom left map) in Deerfield Beach.  

NAI Realvest Principals Paul P. Partyka (top right photo) and Christie Alexander, CCIM (top left photo) along with George Livingston (lower right photo), chairman of the firm, represented the Orlando-based tenant TLC Engineering for Architecture, one of the largest engineering firms in the Southeast.

 TLC Engineering, which also has Florida locations in Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale, now leases a total of 14,500 square feet in the Deerfield office. “This expanded space will accommodate TLC’s approaching business growth,” Partyka said.

The landlord, Western National Life Insurance Company of Amarillo, Texas was represented in the transaction by Madelayne Garcia of Stiles Realty. 

For more information, please contact:
Paul P. Partyka, Managing Partner, NAI Realvest, 407-875-9989,
Christie Alexander, CCIM, Principal, NAI Realvest, 407-875-9989,
Patrick , President, NAI Realvest, 407-875-9989,
Beth Payan or Larry Vershel, Larry Vershel Communications, Inc., 407-644-4142 

Charles Dunn Co. Names Joseph A. Mackin as Director in West Los Angeles Office

 LOS ANGELES, CA, June 13, 2012 – Charles Dunn Company, one of the largest full-service regional real estate firms in the Western United States, has named industry veteran, Joseph A. Mackin (top right photo), as director in the firm’s West Los Angeles office. Mackin will focus on multifamily investment sales for the firm.

Mackin comes to Charles Dunn Company from Joseph Mackin Investment Real Estate where he served as the owner/broker. He managed all facets of his clients’ commercial real estate investment portfolios with a specialization in the multifamily sector. Prior to that, he served as a senior investment broker and then as national director of career opportunities with Marcus & Millichap.

“Over the past several months, Charles Dunn Company has been aggressively recruiting talented brokers who share in the firm’s philosophy of providing exceptional, hands-on client service,” said Darrell Levonian (middle left photo), executive managing officer with Charles Dunn Company. “Joseph brings a depth of experience to Charles Dunn that will meet the diverse needs of our multifamily clients.”

Mackin’s commercial real estate career spans multiple years with the majority of that time spent within the greater Los Angeles market.

“I joined Charles Dunn Company because the firm is well-established and provides a personalized approach to its clients, which closely aligns with my values and philosophy,” said Mackin.

 “My objective is to deliver the highest level of support and service to my clients, regardless of the complexity of the venture. With more than thirty years of experience specializing in real estate investment properties within the Hollywood and USC markets, I am able to identify opportunities aimed at optimizing profits for investors in the improving multi-residential sector.”


Darcie Giacchetto
D.G. Communications, Inc.

Davidson Hotels & Resorts to Operate DoubleTree by Hilton Bethesda-Washington


 WASHINGTON, DC, June 13, 2012—Davidson Hotels & Resorts, one of the nation’s largest independent hotel management companies, today announced that it has been selected to manage the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bethesda-Washington DC (top left photo) 

The property is owned by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and is situated in the heart of Bethesda’s trendy downtown shopping and dining neighborhood.

“This hotel will be Davidson’s eighth metro-DC area property,” said Patrick Lupsha (middle right photo), Davidson’s chief operating officer. “The extensive market knowledge we have accumulated will allow us to quickly help this hotel achieve its full potential as a business and leisure player.

“This outstanding property is the closest full-service hotel to both the National Institutes of Health and the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, two significant demand drivers that have been underpenetrated thus far. 

“Davidson will utilize our proven group sales expertise  to aggressively grow market share and achieve the ADR the property deserves.”  

Located at 8120 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda, Md. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bethesda – Washington, DC brings the brand’s CARE culture to life with 270 newly-renovated rooms including six suites and nine two-room Luxury Suites perfectly designed for the extended stay guest.


Cyndi Norwood                                                         
Davidson Hotels & Resorts                                       
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Daly Gray Public Relations
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CalPERS CIO Joe Dear Elected Chair of SEC Investor Advisory Committee

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s (CalPERS) Chief Investment Officer Joe Dear (top left photo) was  elected to Chair the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) newly formed Investor Advisory Committee.

“I’m deeply honored to have been selected for this critical leadership role,” said Dear. “This committee will give a strong voice to investors on financial and regulatory matters. Investor input is important to making sure that we don’t forget the painful lessons we learned from the recent financial crisis.”

The Investor Advisory Committee was created by the SEC in April, and appointments were made by SEC Chair Mary L. Schapiro (lower left photo).  

CalPERS joined 21 other organizations, including Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance for the California State Teachers' Retirement System, and Ann Yerger, Executive Director of the Council of Institutional Investors.

“Joe’s knowledge and experience will be a great asset as the Investor Advisory Committee works on its agenda to protect investors and promote fair and efficient markets,” said Anne Stausboll (top right photo), CalPERS Chief Executive Officer.

The committee was established under 2010’s Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. It is charged with advising the SEC on regulatory priorities; the regulation of securities, trading strategies and fee structures; the effectiveness of disclosure; and initiatives to protect investors and promote confidence in the financial markets.


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Bret Felberg, CCIM Joins Colliers International Central Florida

  ORLANDO, FL --Bret Felberg (top right photo), an award-winning commercial real estate industry leader, has joined Colliers International Central Florida as Director of Investment Sales.

Joining forces with Director of Investment Sales, Fred Beasley, Bret will be focusing on office and industrial product, serving institutional and private capital clients.

Bret is currently the President of the Central Florida Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Board of Directors and holds the CCIM designation.


Bret S. Felberg, CCIM
Director, Investment Sales
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Creation of Atlanta Economic Development Plan Begins

 ATLANTA, GA – The process of creating a new economic development plan for the city of Atlanta kicked off June 12, with the first meeting of a steering committee that was assembled by Invest Atlanta, the economic development authority for the city.

Invest Atlanta has engaged the services of Garner Economics LLC and Deloitte Consulting to craft a new economic development plan for the city. The Brookings Institute and EANI will provide support to the two consultants.

 “Our vision is to make Atlanta the most economically competitive and dynamic city in the world,” said Mayor Kasim Reed (top right photo), chairman of Invest Atlanta. “The creation and implementation of this economic development plan will set a new course to achieve that goal by building a strong foundation for sustainable and resilient economic growth.”

“This process represents a tremendous opportunity to unite the many different and powerful attributes of this city behind a single, unified plan to create jobs, boost incomes and secure Atlanta’s economic future,” said Brian P. McGowan (top left photo), president and CEO of Invest Atlanta.

 “We are honored by the opportunity to assist Invest Atlanta and the city in the creation of an effective economic development strategic plan that will ultimately advance the vitality of Atlanta,” said Jay Garner (middle right photo), president and CEO of Garner Economics. “We believe the final plan will give the city a map by which it can pursue abundant economic opportunities with a variety of business sectors.”

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