Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ware Malcomb Receives Recognition for Corporate Responsibility

Ruth Brajevich

Irvine, CA – Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, today announced it has been recognized as a top three finalist in the 24th Annual Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Orange County Awards held on May 16, 2019. The firm was a finalist in the Corporate Responsibility category.

ACG’s Orange County Chapter is an organization that supports the growth of middle-market companies in Orange County and the Inland Empire.

“Ware Malcomb is proud to support the communities in which we live and work,” said Ruth Brajevich, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. “We are so pleased with the incredible level of employee participation and support in charitable programs and philanthropic activities across North America each year.” 

Lawrence R. Armstrong
The ACG Orange County Awards recognize the highest performing companies in the region as evaluated by ACG as well as an independent panel of judges from business and academic institutions.

More than 100 companies were nominated for the 2019 ACG Orange County Awards competition.

“At Ware Malcomb, we are passionate about design, community, philanthropy and wellness,” said Lawrence R. Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer of Ware Malcomb. “As our firm has grown tremendously over the years, we have expanded our outreach and engagement within our local communities across North America.

"It is an honor for us to be recognized for our achievements in the area of corporate responsibility.”


Rachel Reenders
VP Public Relations
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Fern Kanter, Catherine E. Morgen and Kirk Kinsell Named Newest Board Members at Castell Project Inc.

Fern Kanter

ATLANTA, GA,  June 13, 2019—Castell Project, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the careers of women professionals in the hospitality industry, today announced that it has added three members to its board of directors:.

The are Fern Kanter, managing director and EVP, CHMWarnick; Catherine E. Morgen, partner, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP; and Kirk Kinsell, principal, Panther Ridge Partners, LLC

“As the Castell Project continues to expand its mission to help advance women within the hospitality industry, we have added three very well recognized industry names to our board of directors,” said Peggy Berg, president, Castell Project, Inc.

  “Between Fern, Catherine and Kirk, we have gained true leaders with myriad connections and exceptional knowledge and experience throughout all aspects of the industry. 

Catherine E. Morgen

"Each has demonstrated a commitment to our goals, and we have no doubt they will help shape our course for the better moving forward.”

Fern Kanter

                With nearly 40 years of hospitality industry experience, Kanter currently serves as managing director and executive vice-president at CHMWarnick, the leading hotel asset management and owner advisory services company. 

 Her experience spans many facets of hotel operation and investment, with proven expertise in strategic planning, acquisition/investment and development programming for existing and planned visitor-based real estate. 

 Kanter continues to oversee the on-going development of a Business Intelligence platform for CHMW using the data to identify opportunities to improve hotel performance and asset value for hotel owners. 

Patty Berg

She received her master’s in business administration from University of Miami and her Bachelor of Arts from SUNY-Albany.  Kanter has been instrumental in promoting gender diversity within her company and throughout the industry, particularly within the field of hotel asset management. 

She has championed multiple women to participate in the Castell Program, served as the former chair of Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative for New England and is actively involved with several universities and colleges supporting the integration of gender-based training for hospitality professionals. 

In 2018, Kanter was named one of Hotel Management’s 30 Most Influential Women in Hospitality. 

Kirk Kinsell
Kirk Kinsell

Prior to his current role with Panther Ridge Partners, LLC, a private investment and advisory group, Kinsell was president and CEO for Loews Hotels. 

Before that, he spent 19 years with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), holding several leadership positions, including president, Americas; president, Europe, Middle East, and Africa; and, served as an executive director for IHG, PLC. 

 He also serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Aquarium and is a board advisor to Emadri and HP Hotels. Additionally, he is vice-chair and trustee for the AH&LA Educational Foundation. 

 Kinsell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of Professional Studies degree from the Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration (SHA).  Kinsell also completed the Senior Executive Program at the London Business School. 

Catherine E. Morgen

Morgen concentrates her practice on the representation of real estate clients engaged in the acquisition, development, leasing and disposition of commercial real estate. 

She is experienced handling large multi-state transactions, hospitality properties, office, medical and industrial leasing, as well as complex restrictive covenant and easement transactions that deal with the operational aspects of projects which rely on shared facilities and amenities and fractional ownership structure transactions. 

She has significant history representing developers, owners and managers of hotel properties in  effecting acquisitions, dispositions and mergers, developing their properties, structuring and negotiating operating and management agreements, arranging financing, reviewing franchise agreements and leasing.

Morgen has written and spoken on a variety of real estate matters including easements, development and leasing.

  She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.


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