Thursday, April 14, 2016

HFF hires John Merrill to lead its investment sales platform in Indianapolis

John Merrill
INDIANAPOLIS, IN –– Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced it has hired John Merrill as a senior managing director in its Indianapolis office, where he will co-head the office as well as lead HFF’s investment sales platform in the city.

 Mr. Merrill will co-head the Indianapolis office with senior managing director David Keller, who leads the debt and equity placement platform for the office.

Mr. Merrill joins HFF from CBRE where he led their Indianapolis office as a managing director/market leader since 2010.  He joined the firm to establish its Indianapolis Commercial Investment Properties Group in 1996 and since that time has closed more than $2.5 billion in sales in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. 

Mr. Merrill also spent time at Duke Realty Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  He is on the Board of Directors at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Indiana Chapter; The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis; BOMA’s Indiana Chapter; and NAIOP’s Indiana Chapter. 

Mr. Merrill has been recognized by Midwest Real Estate News in the 2015 Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame and is a graduate of Indiana State University.

David Keller
“Our goal in each office is to build out the full platform of services and property specializations one person at a time, with best-in-class professionals who share the same guiding principles as our firm – client focused, team-oriented, hard-working individuals who are leaders in their market,” said Keller.

 “John has been the person we have focused on and pursued for quite some time and could not be a better match.  We look forward to the contributions and growth he will bring to our Indianapolis and Midwest investment sales platform.”
“We are really excited about John joining our team and believe he will thrive in our player/coach model where he can drive and execute business throughout the Midwestern markets as an addition to our already strong Midwest investment sales team,” added Matthew Lawton an executive managing director in HFF’s Chicago office.

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

Kristen M. Murphy
HFF | One Post Office Square, Suite 3500 | Boston, MA 02109
Main: 617-338-0990 | Direct: 617-848-1572 | Cell: 617-543-4873 |


HFF hires John Churchward as a director in its San Francisco office

John Churchward
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced John Churchward has joined its San Francisco office as a director focused on debt and equity placement transactions in the Bay Area.

Mr. Churchward has nearly 20 years of experience in mortgage banking and commercial real estate.  He joins HFF from Palmer Capital, where he was a structured finance partner for the past six years. 

Prior thereto, Mr. Churchward spent the majority of his career with iStar Financial, Inc. as a member of the investment team in Boston and New York.  Mr. Churchward is a licensed California real estate broker and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Brown University.

“John is a wonderful complement to HFF’s existing debt placement team and brings with him extensive capital market knowledge in the banking, insurance and REIT sectors,” said Steven Golubchik, senior managing director and co-head of HFF’s San Francisco office.

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

Olivia Hennessey
Public Relations Coordinator
HFF | 9 Greenway Plaza Suite 700 | Houston, Texas 77046
tel 713.852.3403 | fax 713.527.8725 |

Stepp Commercial Expands Presence in Westside Los Angeles; Names Jay Levine Associate of Investment Sales

Jay Levine
SANTA MONICA, CA – Stepp Commercial, a leading multifamily brokerage firm in the Westside market of Los Angeles, has named Jay Levine as associate of investment sales. In this role, he will focus on apartment investment sales transactions within the City of West Hollywood as well as other prime Westside locations.

“Jay will add new energy and breadth of marketing experience to our team and will focus on expanding Stepp Commercial’s brand in key geographic areas of Los Angeles,” said Kimberly Roberts Stepp, president and co-founder of Stepp Commercial. “He offers a strong knowledge of the local market and a successful professional and sales background.” 

 Levine was previously an executive producer in the music industry where he was responsible for numerous multi-million dollar deals. He also worked as a consultant with the chairman of both Warner Music Group and Columbia Records. 

Stepp Commercial is a brokerage firm specializing in the multifamily sector for properties ranging in size from $1 million to $50 million. Stepp Commercial’s mission is to provide apartment owners with a fully integrated sales platform that includes comprehensive market knowledge and local real estate expertise to successfully complete any type of multifamily transaction.

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

Darcie Giacchetto