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JLL Launches Multifamily Property Management Group, Canvas Appoints COO, Avison Young Hires Data Center Veteran

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JLL has added multifamily to its list of property management services and has chosen a 30-year industry veteran in its Chicago office to lead the charge.

Managing Director Lela Cirjakovic will work with national and regional leaders to focus on building and growing multifamily client relations for the global brokerage firm.

JLL previously offered property management services for just office, industrial, retail and life sciences spaces. Its new multifamily property management platform will feature asset management, residential programming, technology services and on-site management teams.

The expansion would also allow JLL to fully serve owners of mixed-use properties across the country. Currently, JLL employs 2,300 property management professionals overseeing more than 745 million square feet of commercial space in the United States.

“Our multifamily management experts, supported by JLL’s property management platform, will provide clients unfettered access to industry expert services, resources and attention needed to ensure best-in-class service and property performance,” Cirjakovic said in a corporate statement announcing the move. “I spent the majority of my career on the ownership side, and I will continue to bring that owner mindset to every community we serve.”

Cirjakovic has nearly three decades of experience in real estate asset management, most recently as executive vice president of operations at Waterton, where she oversaw the vertically integrated real estate investment firm’s portfolio of multifamily properties.

Before that, Cirjakovic handled Midwest operations for Chicago-based multifamily property management company Camco as a regional manager and member of its senior executive committee. She previously worked at Midland Property Management and the Illinois Housing Development Authority.


Brett Klein

Real estate investment platform Canvas Investment Partners and Canvas Property Group have appointed Brett Klein as chief operating officer of the multifamily and mixed-use property firm.

In his new role, Klein will develop, implement and execute corporate strategy to scale the multi-company platform that focuses on Class A multifamily transactions in the New York metropolitan area. He is also tasked with guiding the company’s expansion into select US markets.

The news comes after Canvas’ July announcement of a strategic partnership with HRS Management, the family office of Apollo Global Management co-founder Josh Harris, to invest more than $1 billion in multifamily properties.

Klein brings over 22 years of experience in C-suite roles at various real estate companies with a combined $16 billion in assets under management. Most recently the chief financial officer at EquityMultiple, Klein spent over 13 years with NorthStar Asset Management Group, where he served as head of alternative products and raised over $4.5 billion in equity capital. He also served on investment committees for seven public, non-traded companies.


Howard Berry

Howard Berry has joined Avison Young as a principal with its data center services platform in San Francisco.

In his new role, Berry will partner with the firm’s existing data center real estate team to advise on business development as well as data center property sales, leasing and development. He will also focus on building the firm’s network of investors in the Silicon Valley area of ​​Northern California and across the country.

Berry brings more than 20 years of data center platform and real estate experience nationally and in the Bay Area, having provided commercial real estate advisory services in the investment, technology, data center, industrial, research and development, office and redevelopment sectors. He also has a background in large-scale construction and project management.


Chris Harland

National commercial real estate services firm BBG has appointed Chris Harland as managing director. Harland and his team of five commercial appraisers join BBG’s newly opened office in Albany, New York, the firm’s 49th US office.

In his new role, Harland will oversee the office’s operations and provide litigation support services in addition to expanding the company’s presence in the Northeast.

Harland has focused on the appraisal, underwriting and analysis of real estate for more than three decades, including recreational, hospitality, retail, multifamily, healthcare, office, industrial and distribution, and residential properties. A certified real estate appraiser in multiple Northeast states, Harland most recently served as managing director of Hilco Real Estate Appraisal’s Northeast region. Before that, he was president of Capstone Appraisal Group and held senior positions at other national real estate services companies.


Wendy Sikorski

Wendy Sikorski has joined boutique multifamily and senior housing asset management company Cambridge Management Services as senior vice president of operations in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In her new role, Sikorski will lead the company’s operations as its affiliate company, LeCesse Development Corp., gears up for increased development activity next year.

Sikorski most recently served as a senior regional manager with CGI Residential, where she was recognized as a member of its President’s Club from 2015 to 2021. She has also served on the board of the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association, the South Carolina Apartment Association and the Leadership Lyceum Apartment Association of North Carolina.


Kevin Griffiths

Kevin Griffiths has joined JLL’s industrial team as a senior vice president in its Dallas office.

In his new role, Griffiths will serve industrial owners and users in the food and beverage industry nationwide, joining the Dallas industrial team led by Craig Jones.

Griffiths most recently served as a broker at Newmark, where he focused on tenant representation, agency leasing and investment sales. Since May 2021, Griffiths has completed more than 1.2 million square feet of food and beverage-related property deals valued at nearly $200 million.


Angel Baltimore

The National Apartment Association, a rental housing industry advocacy and education group with 92,000 members representing more than 11 million apartments across the country, has hired Angel Baltimore as a senior vice president of information technology.

In her new role, Baltimore will create enterprise-wide information technology strategy and work closely with senior stakeholders and executive leadership on technology implementation, in addition to leading NAA’s information technology team.

Baltimore joins NAA from the American Pharmacists Association, where she served as vice president of digital strategy and e-commerce. Before that, she held technology leadership roles with the State Department Federal Credit Union and the American Institute of Architects.


Bill Krebsbach

JLL Capital Markets has named Bill Krebsbach as a senior director with its retail investment sales advisory team.

In his new role, Krebsbach will focus on single-tenant, net-leased investment sales while growing relationships with development partners. He will report directly to JLL senior managing directors Colin Ryan and Dave Berglundco-leaders of the firm’s Minneapolis office.

Krebsbach spent the past four years as an investment sales broker with Mid-America Real Estate Group, where he advised clients on acquisitions and dispositions. During his time there, Krebsbach completed more than $300 million in property transactions.


Anthony Bertenelli

Anthony Bertenelli has joined Kidder Mathews as a vice president and senior property manager with its asset services group in Portland, Oregon.

In his new role, Bertenelli will continue to advise commercial real estate clients with the leasing and management of their industrial, flex, office and retail properties.

Bertenelli brings more than 15 years of commercial asset management experience, including work in property management, project management and property leasing, in addition to managing mixed-use projects and owner associations. Before beginning his commercial real estate career, Bertenelli served five years on active duty with the US Marine Corps.


Kristi Andersen

Kristi Andersen has joined CBRE as a vice president in Omaha, Nebraska.

In her new role, Andersen will assist clients with the leasing and sale of office, industrial and retail properties for landlords, tenants, owners and operators.

Anderson joins CBRE from Colliers in Omaha, where she closed more than $26 million in transactions last year alone. Before entering commercial real estate, Anderson spent 20 years in the public relations and communications industry and currently runs her own consultancy, after working as director of communications and media relations for the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority and serving as the Nebraska Press Secretary for Republican Sen. . Mike Johannes. Earlier in her career, Anderson was a broadcast journalist.

CoStar’s People of Note is a national column published every Friday covering the latest personnel moves in the commercial real estate industry. Send new executive hires and promotion announcements to [email protected]

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