Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New Castle Hotels & Resorts Promotes Anna Barker to Vice President

Anna Barker

SHELTON, CT — Judi Scofield, chief financial officer of New Castle Hotels & Resorts, a leading third-party hotel management company, owner and developer, announced the promotion of Anna Barker to vice president corporate accounting.  

                Barker most recently was the senior director of corporate accounting. She joined the company in 1992 as a member of the accounts payable team and advanced steadily through the property accounting department before joining the corporate treasury and finance team in 2001 as an analyst. 

 In her new role, Barker will be responsible for the corporate accounting department, overseeing outside tax and financial accountants, real estate tax advisors and attorneys and corporate accounting staff, while interfacing with operations team members. She holds a BS in accounting from Central Connecticut State University.

                "Over the years, Anna has demonstrated a work ethic and a willingness to learn that has enabled her to steadily take on more challenging assignments and complex roles,” said Scofield.  “She has earned the respect of her team and others in and outside the organization with her professionalism and her tenacious approach to her work.  I am so pleased that we’ve been able to offer her the career growth she has earned.”        

Judi Scofield

New Castle Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning independent third-party hotel manager, owner and developer with 25 hotels and resorts and nearly 3,800 rooms under contract or in development.  New Castle’s growing portfolio of hotels spans nine states and two Canadian provinces and includes several of Canada’s historic landmark resorts. 

 The privately-held company was established by CEO, David Buffam in 1980 and consistently ranks among the top hotel management and development companies in North America. New Castle is a preferred operator for diverse brands within the Marriott, Hilton and Choice families. 

 For more information, please contact:

Lauralee Dobbins
Write Touch Public Relations
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Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. Opens Calabasas, CA Branch Staffed by Area Industry Veterans

Daryl Wizelman

CALABASAS, CA (Feb. 14, 2018) – Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. (DKMC), one of the Top 75 Mortgage Companies in America, has announced the opening of a new Los Angeles-area branch in Calabasas, Calif.

The location was previously the branch of a local mortgage lender, and Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. is retaining the branch manager, top-producing loan originators and some support staff.

“This new branch is a big leap for us in the Los Angeles area,” said Paul Lueken, CEO of Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. “Bringing an entire new office on board with a veteran group of leadership, origination and support talent is absolutely ideal, and that’s what we’ve done here. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

Paul Lueken
DKMC’s Calabasas branch is managed by Daryl Wizelman, a 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles-area mortgage industry. Wizelman’s extensive credentials include 17 years of experience as the owner and president of his own mortgage company, past leadership positions with several lenders in the region and an established name as a speaker, author, consultant and motivator.

“My team and I are very excited to be making this move, and I’m eager to welcome other opportunity-seeking mortgage professionals to join us as part of Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.,” said Wizelman.

“One of my first actions with DKMC was to send out a recruiting letter to outside loan officers, and I’ve never had an easier time promoting a company. All I had to do was list the great loan products, aggressive rates, accessible leadership and other amazing resources we offer at DKMC.

"This is a fantastic development for local professionals in the mortgage industry, as well as consumers in the Los Angeles area.”

Randy Wagner

Three top-producing loan officers are also on the branch team: Randy Wagner, Moshe Niv and Curtis Abish. Together, the group originated over $100 million in loans in 2017. Additional staff include a sales coordinator and a loan processor.

The new branch is located at 23945 Calabasas Road, Suite 213, in Calabasas.

DKMC, an Illinois-based national mortgage lender, established its first presence in California with the May 2017 opening of its Sherman Oaks branch in Los Angeles. The company plans to expand throughout California, the West Coast and the Southwest, and has new or upcoming branch locations in Irvine, Calif.; Las Vegas; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Portland, Ore.

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Lyons,, (312) 267-4520
Abe Tekippe,, (312) 267-4528

Passco Companies Expands into New Product Types; Promotes Adriana Olsen and Andy Wang to Senior Vice President of Sales

Adriana Olsen

IRVINE, CA (Feb. 14, 2018) – Coinciding with the firm’s ongoing growth and expansion into new product types, Passco Companies has announced the promotions of Adriana Olsen and Andy Wang to Senior Vice President of the firm’s Sales division, according to Belden Brown, Executive Vice President and National Sales Manager of Passco Companies.
Passco Companies has focused on retail since its inception and has been extremely active within the multifamily sector for over the last decade. The firm plans to expand its portfolio this year into new product types including senior housing, industrial, and self-storage.

Andy Wang
 “We’ve had a rich history in both the multifamily and retail sectors,” says Brown. “We’ve acquired more than 18,500 multifamily units and over six million square feet of commercial assets over the last several years, and in 2017, completed one of our most active years to date.
"As part of this continued growth, we are diversifying our portfolio and expanding into new product types while multifamily and retail will remain a core component of our investment strategy.”
Brown explains that the firm’s in-place team will play a tremendous role in Passco’s ongoing growth and that these promotions are demonstrative of the significant value Passco places on Olsen and Wang and their ability to aid in furthering this momentum.
“Adriana and Andy have continued to demonstrate their tremendous real estate expertise and continue to excel to new heights in all that they do,” says Brown. “They will be instrumental as we continue to expand our presence in 2018 and will drive our sales team forward.”
Belden Brown
In her new role as Senior Vice President, Sales, Adriana is responsible for raising funds for DST 1031 properties and other investment vehicles, as well as overseeing registered representatives throughout the nation.
Prior to joining Passco 15 years ago, Adriana served as a licensed Real Estate Agent with Prudential Real Estate. Her qualifications include FINRA series 7, 22, and 63 licenses and she holds Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware.
As a Senior Vice President, Sales, Andy is responsible for sharing accurate and detailed information regarding the company’s DST 1031 products, and builds and maintains strong relationships with broker dealers, clients, real estate agents, and other investors as well as being a principal for Passco’s Managing Broker Dealer. Andy is a graduate of Baylor University.
Prior to joining Passco, he gained experience in financial advising and consulting with Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley. He holds FINRA series 7, 24, 31, and 66 licenses.
Both Adriana and Andy are active members of Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association (ADISA).

For more information, please contact:

Lexi Astfalk
Brower Group
(949) 955-7940

HFF hires Ryan Lindgren as a director focused on hotel investment advisory deals in its Chicago office

Ryan Lindgren

CHICAGO, IL, Feb. 14, 2018 Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced today that Ryan Lindgren has joined the firm as a director in its Chicago office.  Mr. Lindgren will focus on hotel investment advisory transactions and will be a member of HFF’s national hotel team led by Daniel C. Peek. 

Mr. Lindgren joins HFF from Waterton where he was an assistant vice president of acquisitions for their hotel team.  He previousljy worked as an analyst at Watermark Capital Partners, Ernst & Young and PKF Consulting. 

Mr. Lindgren is a member of the Young Hospitality Investment Professionals (YHIP) and the Young Real Estate Professionals (YREP) organizations in Chicago.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at Georgia State University.

Jeffrey Bramson
“We are pleased to add a dedicated hotel specialist such as Ryan to our team here in Chicago,” said Jeffrey Bramson, senior managing director and co-head of HFF’s Chicago office.  “Ryan has a diverse background in the hospitality industry and deep relationships with many owners and operators that will benefit our clients looking to transact in the hospitality space.” 

For more information, please contact:

HFF Director, Public Relations
(617) 338-0990

Zack Goodwin joins HFF as a director in its Seattle office

Zack Goodwin
SEATTLE, WA –– Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced  Zack Goodwin has joined the firm as a director focused on debt and equity placement transactions in its Seattle office. 

Mr. Goodwin has nearly 10 years of commercial real estate experience and joins HFF from Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was a senior associate on their production team.He previously worked for Norris Beggs & Simpson Financial Services as a financial analyst and later was promoted to an associate finance officer.  Mr. Goodwin is a graduate of Gonzaga University and is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Washington.  

“As we build out our Seattle office, which officially opened its doors last month, we are looking for top notch individuals such as Zack, that fit the culture of HFF and bring with them an excellent track record in the industry as well as deep relationships with clients and lenders active in the Seattle market and greater Pacific Northwest,” said Tom Wilson, senior managing director and co-head of HFF’s Seattle office.

For more information, please contact:

HFF Director, Public Relations
(617) 338-0990