SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (June 22, 2020) – Kensington Vanguard National Land Services, one of the largest independent, full-service title insurance agencies in the country, is expanding into Arizona and has hired Carol Rieger and Nicole Marucci, two of the Valley and state’s leading commercial title insurance executives.
The expansion in Arizona follows Kensington Vanguard’s entrance into the market with the acquisition of GRS Title earlier this year.
Over the course of her 25-year career in commercial real estate, Rieger has established herself as one of the most well-respected commercial escrow officers in the Arizona market. She has managed numerous offices with a focus on both business development and the servicing of complex commercial transactions. Rieger joins the firm as Vice President and Senior Commercial Escrow Officer and will co-manage the Phoenix branch.
After years of experience in business development and title insurance underwriting roles in Metro Washington, D.C., Marucci returned home to Phoenix last year. As Vice President of Business Development & Underwriting Counsel, Marucci will be managing client relationships and concentrating on growth initiatives within the market.
“Nicole and I are thrilled to be joining such a prestigious firm and are excited to offer expanded services through Kensington Vanguard’s national platform, relationships and presence,” Rieger said.
“Carol and Nicole will add significant depth and talent to our already strong local team and establish KV as one of the leaders in the Arizona commercial title insurance space. We’re committed to continued growth in this market,” said Brian Cooper, Co-CEO of Kensington Vanguard.
Kensington Vanguard National Land Services is headquartered in New York City. It has offices in Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, Virginia and Texas. It is one of the largest full-service national title insurance and settlement agencies in the U.S. Founded in 2002, Kensington Vanguard provides commercial and residential title insurance, settlement, escrow and 1031 exchange services. After a strategic investment by $30Bn private equity firm Stone Point Capital in 2016, Kensington Vanguard has continued to be a consolidator driven by industry leadership and financial strength.
Kensington Vanguard National Land Services operates three divisions:
* Commercial Division is a market leader in handling the largest and most complex commercial real estate transactions in the marketplace, servicing a prominent and diversified clientele consisting of property owners, developers, REITs, private equity funds, law firms, family offices and institutional lenders.
* Residential Division provides title and settlement services for residential purchases and refinances driven by realtors, attorneys and both regional and national mortgage originators. Approved as a preferred vendor for leading financial institutions, this division’s technology and operating model drive the highest quality execution and service.
* 1031 Exchange Services Division, operating under the brand Legal 1031 Exchange, employs seasoned experts, attorneys and Certified Exchange Specialists. This subsidiary provides clients and their advisors with unparalleled IRC §1031 qualified intermediary services, enabling them to preserve wealth and achieve their business goals through the deferral of the capital gains tax they would recognize upon the sale of their investment property.
For more information visit www.kvnational.com.
TEMPE, ARIZONA (June 17, 2020) – Two LivGenerations’ communities will honor dads, grandfathers and great grandfathers on Father’s Day with a “drive-through parade” and chalk art messages and artwork.
LivGenerations Pinnacle Peak will hold a drive-through parade on Sunday. It begins at 10 a.m. Family members and staff will gather at the community at 9:45 a.m. with posters and decorated cars. LivGenerations Pinnacle Peak is an independent living, assisted living and memory care community with 116 residents at 23733 N. Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.
“Our Mother’s Day parade was such a hit that we want all of the dads, grandpas and great-great grandpas to feel the love as well,” said Kelsey Conde, Director of Vibrant Living at LivGenerations Pinnacle Peak. “We have also prepared a special lunch for all the residents including a special dessert.”
LivGenerations Ahwatukee will host a Father’s Day chalk art event beginning at 8 a.m. Chalk will be provided to family members and staff. The event runs until 10 a.m. LivGenerations Ahwatukee is a senior living, independent living and memory care community with 137 residents at 15815 S. 50th St., in Phoenix.
Social distancing will be a priority at both events.
“We decided to do chalk art for our residents to remind them of the childhood memories their children had,” said Nila Soliz, Director of Vibrant Living at LivGenerations Ahwatukee. “With a great response to our Mother’s Day parade, we wanted to do something special for our fathers as well. We decorated our lobby as a childhood memory area complete with lake scenes, golfing, B.B.Q, football, kites, ping pong, badminton and suits and ties.”
On Mother’s Day, family and staff of residents at both LivGenerations’ communities honored their mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers with a drive-through parade.
PHOENIX, ARIZ. (June 16, 2020) – NAI Horizon continues to grow its property management division with the hiring of Monee Neville.
Neville will support the daily operations of the property management team by performing administrative tasks and handling tenant relations. She will also be responsible for inspecting property conditions and coordinating maintenance work.
“I’m excited to have Monee join our team,” said Terry Martin-Denning, CEO. “Her personality and work ethic make her a great fit for NAI.”
Neville formerly served as an office manager for a wellness clinic is Seattle. She was responsible for developing intraoffice communication protocols, streamlining administrative procedures, inventory control, office staff supervision and task delegation. She joins NAI Horizon after working in the Kyrene School District the past 3 years where she was an instructional assistant.
A native of Hutchinson, Kansas, Neville earned a bachelor of science in sociology from the University of Kansas.
Neville has three children ages 10, 12 and 14. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, exploring the outdoors and spending time with her children.
PHOENIX, ARIZ. (June 15, 2020) – With more than 18 years of interior design experience for residential and commercial projects, industry expert Monica Sullivan has launched her own firm – Monica Sullivan Design.
Sullivan provides interior design services for residential and boutique commercial spaces throughout the Valley. Her services include space planning and interior layout, furniture layout, lighting plans, material selections, cabinet design, procurement and serve as project liaison.
A native of the Midwest, Sullivan possesses an affinity for interior design, art, aesthetics and architecture. She holds a B.A. in Interior Design and Spanish. She is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and currently serves on the board for the Arizona North Chapter.
Her love of travel has provided her the drive to experience many places throughout the world, including Europe, Mexico, South America, Egypt and South Africa. Expanding her knowledge and integrating her travels into her design enable her to incorporate these elements in both a globally and regionally inspired manner. She has worked on projects throughout the United States as well as Mexico and South America.
“Aesthetics, color, texture and lighting blended with heart, soul and a little serendipity are the ingredients for an enjoyable and captivating space,” said Sullivan, who started her new firm after co-owning a design firm in Phoenix for the past 7 years.
To learn more, visit monicasullivandesign.com.
AVONDALE, ARIZONA (June 15, 2020) – On Brandy Braveboy’s last day as a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, she flew over the Valley with a pilot in an F-16 fighter jet to commemorate her retirement from active duty service.
Flying out of Luke Air Force Base, they winged their way over the West Valley. Braveboy surveyed what laid below from new heights, wondering what it offered now that her career in the Air Force was over.
“What an experience it was to see such a wide-open expanse,” Braveboy said. “I thought to myself, ‘That’s where my next opportunity lies, right there in the West Valley.’”
Through the Department of Defense Skill-Bridge program and Phoenix West Commercial, Braveboy is getting that opportunity as a commercial real estate agent.
Skill-Bridge is a program that establishes training avenues for local military veterans with their career transitions. It helps them to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships or internships during the last 180 days of service. Skill-Bridge connects service members with industry partners in real-world job experiences and provides service members an invaluable chance to work and learn in civilian career areas.
“There is so much potential in the West Valley commercial real estate market now,” said Bobbie Mastracci, CCIM, SIOR, Designated Broker/Principal of Phoenix West Commercial. “I’m thrilled to support the Skill-Bridge program and to have Brandy joining us as an agent. There are great opportunities for her and other veterans to learn and succeed in this industry.
“With so many changes related to the recent pandemic, this also creates opportunities for real estate firms in our industry to grow and find ways to help fellow members of our community, and especially our service men and women, who have honorably served our country,” Mastracci said.
Mastracci established a connection with the Department of Defense, starting with Luke Air Force Base. She developed an innovative training program that includes commercial real estate buyer/seller and tenant/landlord representation, investments, leasing and sales training for transitioning military members.
Phoenix West Commercial also incorporated associated research platforms such as CoStar within its training program to ensure quality training towards a successful career in commercial real estate.
Mastracci said leadership and mentoring are two pillars upon which her firm is built. Phoenix West Commercial has established a strong leadership role as a commercial real estate company in the West Valley, and Mastracci has personally focused on that submarket as her area of expertise since 2006.
“We could not be more excited about the opportunity to assist Brandy with her transition into the industry,” Mastracci said.
A native of Tempe, Braveboy spent 20 years in the military; more than 8 years of service overseas. She said her interest in commercial real estate was piqued during a flight home to visit family when she caught a glimpse of the view over Tempe Town Lake.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes. A long time ago Tempe Town Lake was a run-down area,” she recalled. “Now it’s an amazing area of the Valley with so many community features. There was even a magazine in my airplane with an article on how Tempe Town Lake is now an attractive submarket for commercial development. I hardly recognized it,” Braveboy said.
Over the years Braveboy’s interest and desire to transition into the commercial real estate industry have increased while following the Valley market from overseas and various duty locations. With a strong love for her community, Braveboy is now a resident of Buckeye and eager to contribute her passion and dedication towards commercial real estate growth in the West Valley. Her first day at Phoenix West Commercial was June 1.
“The Skill-Bridge program provided a list of several businesses that love to support the veterans,” she said, “but I didn’t see anyone from the commercial real estate industry on the list. Living in the West Valley, I knew Phoenix West Commercial was the No. 1 firm, and I knew Bobbie Mastracci had a great reputation. I told myself, ‘that’s where I want to be.’ I want to prove myself and my work ethic not only through my service to my country, but towards my community right here in the Valley as well.”
About Phoenix Commercial West
Phoenix West Commercial LLC is a commercial real estate brokerage located in Avondale, Arizona. We have access to local, national, international deals, clients and properties. Phoenix West Commercial agents have true respect and encourage the communities’ evolution. Since 2012, our team has produced highly successful transactions. We serve and provide professional, commercial real estate services throughout Arizona and the U.S. We’ve helped customers in various industries and scenarios from banking, retail, medical, industrial, government, and land sales for investors, landlords and tenants. For more information visit phxwc.com.
PHOENIX, ARIZ. (June 9, 2020) – A once-in-a-lifetime project is now a reality with the recent opening of Heidi’s Village, an animal shelter and veterinary clinic that’s the first of its kind in Arizona.
Heidi’s Village is an animal welfare organization that partners with existing animal shelters and rescue organizations to provide temporary boarding for dogs and cats when their space and resources are limited. Medical intervention, grooming, behavioral modification and wellness services are offered on-site. Its mission is to foster a community where animals are treated with respect, dignity, and compassion to decrease the number of animals abandoned and euthanized.
Designed by Cawley Architects (David Fulk) and Iconic Design Studio (Kelli Berry), constructed by Chasse Building Team (Barry Chasse) and managed by Foursite (Rob Kerwin), the $22 million, 48,000 SF facility opened its doors in April.
“Heidi’s Village sets a new standard for compassionate animal care that will be state of the art for years to come,” Cawley said. “This project came to life through amazing teamwork and collaboration.”
Heidi’s Village was truly a design-build approach between Cawley Architects and Chasse Building Team. Starting with the initial design, Chasse met weekly with the design and client teams to continually provide pricing information and direction.
This attention to detail prevented re-design during the permitting process and expedited construction while keeping costs stable.
The Cawley team investigated previous examples of local and national animal shelters for best practices. Founder Ginny Jontes hired Ellen Clark as an experienced CEO who contributed many exciting innovations to the design.
Heidi’s Village is a nine-building campus consisting of a central administration facility that houses admin services, adoption services, training rooms, grooming services and a complete veterinary clinic. A series of eight buildings, housing the cats and dogs in thoughtfully designed air-conditioned spaces, flank the administration building.
Each dog’s kennel is screened from nearby kennels to give them space where they can enjoy a distraction-free and safe, private area, thereby eliminating stress. They look out onto a play yard that they can access through their kennel door, and they can even enjoy a splash pad on warm days. One of the large outdoor play areas is in the shape of a giant bone and even includes a real fire hydrant.
During the design process, the team met its first challenge head-on – designing a project to replace an existing ADOT emissions station. This involved the mitigation of harmful substances associated with auto emissions testing. An additional challenge developed when the City of Phoenix had to negotiate with the State of Arizona for right-of-way dedications for access to develop sites to the west of the property.
Maricopa County animal welfare facilities continue to be completely overburdened. While there are many small, private non-profit rescue organizations around the Valley, they don’t have the means to accommodate the demand for care. Heidi’s Village will integrate and partner with almost 100 of these smaller facilities.
Heidi’s Village provides boarding space for up to 250 dogs and 200 cats. However, it is the goal never to house that many animals at once. Cats and dogs surrendered to Heidi’s Village will be available for adoption as soon as they become medically and behaviorally cleared.
Décor throughout the Village includes a unique lighting fixture in the main lobby that captures the animal theme, and many creative touches, including paw prints parading across the ceiling. The use of colorful paint and huge decorative animal portraits and sculptures both inside and outside the Village’s buildings suggests an upbeat, fun environment. Clever “street signs” guide visitors and volunteers around the 5-acre property located at 600 N. 40th St., in Phoenix and lush vegetation, walkways, play areas, art, and decorative features link the “neighborhood” together.
“Heidi’s Village had all the design elements we yearn for; bold color, magical accent lighting, super graphics, exterior design elements and fun signage,” Berry said. “We again teamed up with Lisa MacCollum of Three MacStudio to create the visual graphic elements and street signs. Lanterman Photography donated their time and talents to photograph some of the teams’ pets.
“We commissioned a custom-made schnauzer sculpture in honor of Heidi, for whom the facility is named. It proudly sits at the entrance to the building. Ellen was the dream client, willing to stretch the imagination and happily, she trusted us. Chase, Cawley and the Jontes team nailed it. That’s the key to every good project. Trust your team,” Berry said.
The facility was designed with impeccable, easy-care maintenance in mind. Volunteers are an integral part of the operation, and community members are encouraged to apply for one of the many positions available. Pet tags can be donated to honor your pet or a loved one. All the proceeds go to running the facility.
“The Heidi’s Village project team thought of everything,” Jontes said. “Upon exiting, visitors are greeted by a creative sign, ‘Have a pawsitively great day.’ Thankfully, the animals cared for at Heidi’s Village always have a great day.”
Click here for an incredible drone video of Heidi’s Village.
About Cawley Architects
With almost 800 high-value projects in our portfolio, Cawley Architects is one of the most prolific architectural firms in Arizona. For 25 years, we have been applying our uniquely collaborative approach to project management in order to create buildings of superior form, function and value. During that time, it has been our privilege to participate in some of the top commercial projects throughout the Valley along with an exceptional group of clients, contractors, and design professionals. We are knowledgeable in the specialized architectural requirements, technologies and trends of many building types. This includes: Industrial, Healthcare, Education, Bioscience, Restaurant, Entertainment, Office, Commercial, Automotive, Manufacturing, Distribution, Aerospace, Retail and Tenant Improvement. From small neighborhood bistros to large biotech laboratories, we have the expertise, resources, and connections to serve your needs and execute your plan — and provide you with unsurpassed value. cawleyarchitects.com.
PHOENIX, ARIZ. (June 4, 2020): The sale of three parcels of land – two in Phoenix and one in Casa Grande – and office buildings in Phoenix and Scottsdale totaling more than $2 million highlight recent deals closed by NAI Horizon professionals.
Mark Wilcke negotiated a sale of 3.52 acres of land representing the seller, SECCENTRALDOBBINS, LLC for $820,000. The property is located at the SEC of Central Avenue and Dobbins Road. The buyer, Alydar Ventures, LLC, was represented by Jim Frazey with City to City Commercial.
Thomas Bean, CCIM, negotiated a sale of a 2,392 SF office building representing the Seller, Palmcroft, LLC for $560,000. The property is located at 902 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ. The buyer, Troy Foster was represented by Nick Miner with Orion.
Mike Myrick negotiated a sale of a 2,019 SF medical building representing both the seller, Carol W. Fisch and buyer, Jesse Vermani for $411,000. The property is located at 1701 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ.
John Filli and Lori Kahn negotiated a sale of 2.44 acres of land representing the seller, Dominion Creek LLC, for $240,000. The property is located at the NEC of North Pinal Avenue and Impala Place in Casa Grande, AZ. The buyer, The Russell D. Squires Survivor Trust dated May 14, 2001, was represented by Paula J. Lambert with AZ New Horizon Realty.
Laurel Lewis and Dylan Whitwer negotiated a sale of a 1,337 SF office building representing the seller, Troon, LLC for $100,275. The property is located at 10031 E. Dynamite Blvd., Building E, Scottsdale, AZ. The buyer, August Building Company, LLC was self-represented.
Chris Gerow, Shelby Tworek, Gabe Ortega and Patrick Anthon represented the tenant, DFK Holdings, LLC in a 240-month retail lease for 4,500 SF east of the NEC of 51st Avenue and Baseline Road. The landlord, SimonCRE BMM II, LLC was self-represented.
Don Morrow, Mike Myrick and Dylan Whitwer represented both the tenant, Find Your Shine, LLC and the landlord, AP-PP, LLC c/o Arcadia Management in a 63-month office lease for 3,157 SF at 401 W. Baseline Road, Tempe, AZ.
Chris Gerow, Shelby Tworek, Gabe Ortega and Patrick Anthon represented the tenant, Picasso Ve’lo, LLC in a 60-month retail lease at 2317 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ. The landlord, 7th & Sheridan Investments, LLC, was represented by Kalen Rickard and Jason Fessinger with Western Retail Advisors.
Isy Sonabend represented the landlord, City of Phoenix/Aviation, in a 24-month land lease for 1.60 acres at 149 S. 27th St., Phoenix, AZ. The tenant, Sandhill Management, was self-represented.
Mark Wilcke and Dylan Whitwer represented the landlord, ICC Tempe, LLC in a 24-month industrial lease for 11,307 SF at 2415 W. Erie Drive, Tempe, AZ. The tenant, Dynamic Water Technologies, LLC was self-represented.
Chris Gerow, Shelby Tworek, Gabe Ortega and Patrick Anthon represented the landlord, CP6MF LLC, in a 36-month retail lease for 834 SF at 1840 W. Warner Road, Tempe, AZ. The tenant, Compass Mortgage Planners, LLC was self-represented.
Matt Harper, CCIM, represented the landlord, EEMAD, LLC in a 24-month retail lease for 1,975 SF at 2830 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ. The tenant, Lil Man’s Tire Shop was self-represented.
Joan Krueger represented the tenant, Foodmasters Logistics, in a 24-month office lease for 1,020 SF at 1930 S. Alma School Road, Mesa AZ. The landlord, CDKT, LLC was represented by Jeanne Jordan with Dicor Property Services.
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (June 3, 2020) – Land Advisors Organization is pleased to announce that Rebecca Wiley has been hired as marketing manager for the firm’s 23 offices located across the country.
Wiley possesses 20 years of experience in commercial real estate marketing and will be leading the firm’s marketing team strategy development and implementation from the Land Advisors Organization’s Metropolitan Phoenix office.
As marketing manager for the Land Advisors Organization, she will oversee the firm’s marketing strategy, including managing the firm’s brand, property marketing, corporate communications, digital marketing, public relations, event planning and social media.
“We are thrilled to welcome Rebecca to the Land Advisors Organization team,” said Brian Rosener, president of Land Advisors Organization. “As a veteran commercial real estate marketing professional, we look forward to her providing our teams of advisors with valuable marketing direction and support as we expand our presence and continue to successfully represent landowners throughout the country in their real estate transactions.”
Wiley’s two decades of experience include working for several national brokerage companies that have a presence across multiple regions of the U.S., including a variety of product types in major commercial real estate markets. She is well-versed in supporting sales efforts for teams of commercial real estate professionals and their clients.
Recently, Wiley was recognized by GlobeSt.com as a CRE 2019 Woman of Influence. She is also actively involved with Feed My Starving Children and the American Red Cross. Wiley earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a major in advertising design from the Columbus School of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio.
About Land Advisors Organization
Founded in 1987, Land Advisors Organization is the nation’s largest land brokerage firm specializing in providing deep market insights to landowners and purchasers for the most comprehensive and effective evaluation of land in markets across the country. By integrating current local market information with cutting-edge technology and geographically specialized professionals, Land Advisors Organization advises clients in identifying and capitalizing on valuable land opportunities in all economic environments. Land Advisors Organization serves landowners and purchasers from offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Casa Grande and Prescott, Arizona; Irvine, San Francisco, Century City, Pasadena, Roseville and San Diego, California; Orlando and Tampa Bay, Florida; Boise, Idaho; Las Vegas, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Charlotte, North Carolina; Austin, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah and Seattle, Washington. Stay connected with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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PHOENIX, ARIZ. (June 1, 2020) – MEB Management Services is pleased to announce that multi-family industry expert Matt Rogers has joined the firm’s main office as Vice President of Operations.
Rogers possesses more than 15 years of multi-family real estate and client management experience within the commercial real estate industry. Rogers has a strong grasp on both the Phoenix and Tucson markets, learning from his mother, Mary Rogers, a longtime industry leader.
“I am incredibly excited to get to work alongside such a talented group of individuals at MEB,” Rogers said. “The leadership team provides such a unique and inspiring perspective in how they treat their employees, clients and the residents that live at the properties we manage.”
As Vice President of Operations, Rogers will support strategic initiatives for sales and client acquisitions and work closely with principals and other industry professionals to manage a portfolio of assets throughout Arizona.
Rogers honed his multi-family real estate skills with well-known firms such as Mark-Taylor and Shelton Residential, which he left earlier this year to join MEB. Rogers was awarded Regional Property Manager of the Year in 2015 by the Arizona Multifamily Association (AMA). Rogers has mentored countless onsite teams that have also been awarded through the AMA for their excellence in management and asset renovations.
“MEB is excited to add Matt Rogers to our team. He brings a wealth of talent and unique market knowledge that positions MEB for growth,” said MEB Principal Scott Cook, who also recently joined the firm. “Having worked with Matt in the past, I am acutely aware of his talents and truly appreciate Matt choosing MEB to continue his already stellar career.”
MEB brought Rogers onto the team as part of its extensive growth strategy. MEB is venturing into new markets and expanding its operations.
A native of Arizona, Rogers began his interest in property management while attending Arizona State University where he graduated in 2010 with a Master’s degree in criminology. While at ASU, he competed internationally with the men’s volleyball team. Rogers is a licensed real estate agent in Arizona. He lives in Tempe with his wife Paige and their 2-year-old son, Colt.
About MEB Management Services
MEB provides management services to all types and qualities of multi-family assets. MEB has corporate offices Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff with staff of 600+ real estate professionals. MEB provides comprehensive coverage throughout Arizona and the Southwest and creates an environment for success that rewards each team member’s contribution toward value creation. For more information visit www.mebapts.com.