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Industry Professionals 12-22-17

Giving Back

1. The City of Tucson Procurement Department has received the distinguished Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for the 22nd year in a row from the National Procurement Institute, one of only six agencies nationwide to do so.

2. Karen Piper, an industry leader in property management for more than 30 years, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by BOMA Greater Phoenix at its Holiday and Awards Celebration held at the Arizona Biltmore.

Boards and Commissions

3. Valley Partnership has announced its Board Officers for 2018: Todd Chester, WDP Partners – Chair, Jill Hegardt, DMB – Vice Chair, Tim Brislin, Harvard Investments – Treasurer, Jim Kenny, El Dorado Holdings – Secretary.

4. Chris Anvik, project director with the Water Services team at McCarthy Building Companies Inc., was recently appointed to the Water Design-Build Council’s advisory board.

Company News

5. NexMetro Communities and Trez Capital are working together in a multi-project deal with committed capital in excess of $100M. The lending relationship initially includes five of NexMetro’s Avilla Homes communities slated for 2018 in the Phoenix, Dallas and Denver markets.


6. Gensler has appointed Dawn Hart and Martha dePlazaola Abbott as Co-Managing Directors of the Phoenix office, effective January 1, 2018. Working together, Dawn Hart and Martha dePlazaola Abbott will lead the 50-person office in Phoenix alongside Gensler’s Southwest Co-Regional Managing Principals Rob Jernigan and Kimberly Graham.


7. Peoria continues to rebuild city staff with the hiring of Erik Strunk as a deputy city manager.

8. Churchill Commercial Capital, Inc. has hired Richard Perry, as a VP/loan producer to originate debt and equity for commercial property owners.

9. Wood/Patel has announced the hiring of Mike Fondren as its new Survey Project Manager.

In Memoriam

10. Renowned architect MacDonald Becket, who in the early 1970s designed the Chase Bank tower in downtown Phoenix, still Arizona’s tallest building, died in Phoenix earlier this month. He was 89.

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