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Industry Professionals 5-20-16

Awards & Accolades

PPL11.  Dusty Bodrero of Design-Build firm 180 degrees recently received his Arizona architectural license. Dusty, who has been with 180 since 2010, has six years of experience in commercial and residential architecture and construction. He is currently working on the new Horticulture Center at the Desert Botanical Garden as the construction superintendent.

2. Sandra Kukla, a Partner at DWL Architects + Planners, was honored with the President’s Award at the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) Spring Conference this month in Flagstaff. The President’s Award is for a special recipient solely selected by the President. Previously recognized with the same honor in 2012 as Associate Director of AzAA, Sandra has been involved with the organization for several years.

3. The City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department and its director, Christine Mackay, have both been named winners of the Arizona Association for Economic Development‘s (AAED) Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence (EDDE) awards. The city’s community and economic development department was named AAED Large Organization of the Year and Mackay was named AAED Economic Developer of the Year – Large Community.

4. ​The City of Phoenix Public Transit and Street Transportation departments, along with Arizona State University, received an AzTA/ADOT Excellence Award for Outstanding Transit Innovation at the 29th annual Arizona Transit Conference. The award recognizes the innovative approach Phoenix and ASU used to get feedback from the public about the city’s transportation needs, which was then used to create the 35-year plan titled Transportation 2050 (T2050).

5. The Phoenix Business Journal published its list of the Valley’s top telecommunications contractors, as ranked by number of local employees. The top five firms are: #5 – Gruber Technical Services (200); #4 – IES Commercial Inc. (400); #3 – Wilson Electric Services Corp. (445); #2 – The Fishel Co. (450); #1 – Cox Communications Arizona (3,200).

6. Lee & Associates announced that Andrew Cheney, Principal, has been recently awarded The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) designation. There are only 20 CRE professionals in Arizona and only 45 people worldwide who have a CCIM, SIOR and CRE designation.


7. The Phoenix office of JLL has promoted five of its brokers to senior level positions. Brett Abramson, Keith Lammersen, Jason Moore and Charles Steele have been promoted from Vice President to Senior Vice President. Andrew Medley has been promoted from Vice President to Executive Vice President. Abramson joined JLL in 2010 and specializes in the representation of institutional and entrepreneurial landlords. Lammersen and Moore partner in the tenant representation group at JLL, responsible for corporate office solutions, site selection, lease renewals and negotiations. Steele is a member of JLL’s Capital Markets Group, focusing on multifamily investment sales and equity procurement. Medley joined JLL in 2008 as part of the tenant representation team and has earned JLL Top Gun status (top 10 percent of all JLL brokers) for the past two years.

8. Norris Design promoted Mary Estes, PLA, LEED AP, to Senior Associate. Having joined the firm October, Mary will lead multiple projects in all phases of the design process to create theming and identity for each project. She is a registered Professional Landscape Architect (PLA) and LEED AP with over 25 years of experience nationally, with the last 13 years focused within Arizona.

9. Abacus Project Management, Inc. promoted Adam Brill to Director to lead the firm’s Phoenix office. Adam assumes full management and leadership responsibility of Arizona operations for Abacus Project Management. Adam joined Abacus in 1999 as a Project Manager, progressing through the ranks to Senior Project Manager.

10. Tpac promoted Alan Erickson to Vice President of Sales and Estimating. Alan has been with the firm for eight years and has served the company as a Project Engineer and a Project Manager. In his most recent role, he successfully served as Project Manager Business Development.

11. Julie Mastriani has been named president of Miramonte Companies and its affiliate companies, including: Miramonte Holdings, an investment and holding company; Miramonte Arizona, a construction and development company; and Miramonte Homes, a sales and brokerage company. Julie will continue to lead Miramonte’s efforts in corporate planning and operations as well as support investor relations and project acquisitions.


12. Design-Build firm 180 degrees hired two new professionals. Patrick Roddy will lead the firm’s marketing and business development efforts; he specializes in film and video production and his creative work has been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally. Troy Vincent, AIA, NCARB, will lead the design team for all architectural projects and oversee the day-to-day operations for the firm’s architectural work.

13. Jackie Orcutt and John Grady have joined CBRE’s Phoenix office as First Vice Presidents. Jackie and John are two of the top industrial professionals in the Metro area. Now part of CBRE’s market-leading Industrial & Logistics Services group, the duo will continue to focus their attention on providing sales and leasing services for industrial properties.

14. Pivotal Group hired Anton Orlich as Managing Director of its Private Equity practice. Anton has been appointed to replace Jerry Pence, who recently left Pivotal Group to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations. Anton is responsible for all aspects of the investment transaction process, including investment sourcing and underwriting, transaction structuring and negotiation, and portfolio company board oversight.

15. Norris Design hired Brian Sager, PLA, CID, as an Associate. Brian brings extensive experience in the Public Works sector that includes large scale master planning, design and implementation of park projects and higher education open space campus projects. He will lead multiple projects in all phases of the design process to create theming and identity for each project.

16. ETC Compliance Solutions brought three new professionals on board. Irene Gomoluch was hired as Outreach Training Coordinator; professional experience includes heading up the safety committee at Waste Management for her site and conducting Incident/Injury Root Cause investigations. Tayler Bejarano was hired as Administrative Training Coordinator; she returns to the firm, having worked previously as an intern while studying to become an aircraft mechanic. Samantha Balland joins the firm as an Intern; a student at the University of Arizona, she is studying public health with an emphasis in environmental and occupational health.

17. Remax Commercial Brokers hired Nicholas Burchfield at Director of Commercial Sales and Leasing. Nick is an enthusiastic and committed professional who is focused on making an impact in the community, particularly working with business owners-helping them achieve their goals.

18. HILGARTWILSON, LLC hired two new professionals. As a Land Development Manager, Tina Rose brings over 20 years of experience to the CM team, including roles as Project, Construction, and Finance Manager; she will assist with the day-to-day operations of CM. As Senior Construction Manager, Scott Switzer will be in the field overseeing the day-to-day construction activities for clients’ projects.

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