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This week’s People of Note includes the following markets: Austin, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, City, City, San Antonio and Washington, DC.
Cassidy Turley Names Benziger Regional Managing Principal
By Ashley McClain

appointed John Benziger as its new regional managing principal in the Washington, DC, metro region, where he will assume management responsibilities for the ’s three regional offices in Washington, DC, Tysons Corner, VA, and Bethesda, MD, a role previously held by Joe Stettinius, who was recently promoted to CEO of of the in October.

Benziger joins Cassidy Turley from the Washington, DC office of Lincoln Co., where he served as a senior vice president and managed the leasing transactions for tenants, local developers and institutional owners.

The major appointment represents a homecoming of sorts for Benziger. From 1984 to 2002, he was a top broker for Cassidy & Pinkard, the predecessor firm to Cassidy Turley in Washington.

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CBRE Adds Wright as Managing Director

Retail specialist William Wright joined ’s Oakbrook, IL, office as managing director. He will lead 33 brokers in the retail practice and land group in addition to the professionals in the regional retail investment practice. The senior executive will also help manage overall regional operations as a member of ’s Chicago Leadership Team.

Wright’s career has come full circle since he joined the commercial real estate industry 15 years ago. He got his start as a CBRE research analyst in the summer of 1998 and was promoted to associate in the Chicago retail corporate services group four months later. The top producer moved to CBRE’s Investment Properties Group in 2002. He completed the sale of more than 4 million square feet of retail space valued at nearly $500 million during his nine years at the firm.

Wright’s experience also includes three years working on new development projects at InSite Real Estate and more than two years overseeing Mid-America Real Estate Corp.’s Net Lease Investment Sales Practice throughout the Midwest. In addition to his retail expertise, Wright has focused on leasing, land components and capital markets.


Myers Joins Avison Young in Chicago
By Bryce Meyers

Eric Myers joined ’s brokerage operations out of the Chicago office. As a principal, Myers will lead the firm’s landlord and agency leasing efforts in Chicago and the Midwest.

Before joining the firm, Myers spent seven years with Tishman Speyer leasing nearly 2 million square feet an office leasing broker. During his career, the 21-year industry veteran has brokered more than 3 million square feet in deals for office space in the metro area.

Myers was included in the negotiations where BP leased approximately 240,000 square feet at the CME Center, which netted him and his team the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Landlord Office Broker of the Year in 2009.

In 2011, Myers and his colleagues received the NAIOP Award for Excellence for Office Broker Transaction of the Year for completing the new lease with Wells Fargo.


Transwestern Names New President of SW Region
By Heidi Weiss

Transwestern, a privately held real estate firm, promoted Kevin Roberts to the newly created position of president, Southwest. He will oversee brokerage services, property management and development in Austin, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, Salt Lake City and San Antonio. He will be based in Houston.

Roberts most recently served as president of Transwestern’s central Texas region. During his 24 years of service at the company, Roberts has been instrumental in the repositioning and growth of the company’s third-party service business in the Southwest. Under his direction, the central Texas operation grew from 5 million to more than 16 million square feet. His leadership was key in the repositioning and growth of the firm’s third-party service business in the region.

Robert’s career as an office leasing agent has included an excess of 280 lease transactions totaling more than 1.42 million square feet.


NGKF Promotes 3 to Senior Managing Director
By Lauren Hale

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank promoted three brokers to senior managing director in its New York headquarters.

Josh Friedman joined in 2002. Friedman has focused on tenant representation specializing in the financial services industry including Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

Jason Greenstein joined the firm in 2001. Greenstein represents both tenants and landlords and provides real estate advisory services.

Daniel Levine joined NGKF in 2001. Levine specializes in the representation office tenants and landlords throughout New York.

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