Tuesday, November 4, 2014

WNC Promotes Chief Financial Officer Melanie Wenk to Senior Vice President

Will Cooper Jr.
IRVINE, CA, Nov. 4, 2014 – WNC, a national investor in real estate and community development initiatives, announced today that Chief Financial Officer Melanie Wenk has been promoted to senior vice president.

“Melanie is a dedicated professional and respected leader at WNC who has directly contributed to the company’s success over the past 11 years,” said Will Cooper Jr., president and chief executive officer of WNC.

“She has consistently demonstrated a commitment to WNC’s mission to protect and expand the nation’s stock of quality affordable housing and is an invaluable member of our executive team.  I couldn’t be more pleased to expand her role and responsibilities as we continue to grow the company.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Julie Leber
Account Manager
Spotlight Marketing Communications
18101 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 330
Irvine CA 92612
949-427-5172, ext. 703

Yvonne Baker Joins Cushman & Wakefield as Senior Director of Office Leasing Services in Central Florida

Yvonne Baker
 ORLANDO, FL — Cushman & Wakefield is pleased to announce that Yvonne Baker has joined the firm's Orlando office as Senior Director of Office Leasing Services. 

Ms. Baker will lead the firm’s local agency leasing efforts while continuing to grow the practice in Central Florida.

Ms. Baker has more than 25 years of commercial real estate experience and brings an incredible breadth and depth of knowledge to Cushman & Wakefield.

She is an industry leader in the areas of leasing, development, sales, property management, construction management, brokerage operations, lending, credit analysis, training and management. Ms. Baker has generated lease value in excess of $350 million through 4.5 million square feet of executed leases.

“We are excited that Yvonne has joined our Orlando team as the leader of our office agency leasing practice,” said Florida Market Leader Larry Richey. “With her on board, we expect to quickly grow our market share and client base in this important service line.”

Larry Richey
Ms. Baker comes to Cushman & Wakefield from Jones Lang Lasalle. There, she was responsible for identifying, cultivating, and engaging prospective landlord clients while listing and marketing space for office owners.

 She helped grow the firm's Central and North Florida office portfolio from one million square feet to 4.6 million square feet.

"The opportunity to be part of leading and growing the office leasing agency practice for Cushman & Wakefield here in Orlando is a great challenge with immense potential," said Baker.

 "I am so pleased to be joining a firm with a rich legacy in commercial real estate services and I look forward to being a part of moving us into a prominent market position."

Ms. Baker previously spent 14 years with Highwoods Properties as Senior Leasing Representative where she was responsible for a 1.1-million square-foot Class A portfolio of downtown high-rise and suburban mid-rise buildings.

She was the recipient of the Orlando Business Journal’s 2014 Women Who Mean Business Award, which recognized ten leading executive business women in the Central Florida community.

Ms. Baker is active in NAIOP serving as a Board Member and Treasurer, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) (former President), and the University of Central Florida Real Estate Council.

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