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Personnel Moves: Former Pizza Hut CEO to Lead Topgolf

Plus, Dunaway hires a new CEO and Holt Lunsford welcomes new leadership.
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Topgolf Entertainment Group

Artie Starrs

Artie Starrs, Chief Executive Officer

Effective April 5, Artie Starrs’ primary responsibility as Topgolf’s CEO will be the company’s expansion, backed by its new parent company Callaway Golf, whose portfolio includes Odyssey, OGIO, TravisMathew, and Jack Wolfskin. Prior to joining Topgolf, Starrs was with Yum! Brands, where he was the global CEO for Pizza Hut and oversaw its 18,000 locations across 110 countries.

Education: Princeton University (AB)


Chris Wilde

Chris Wilde, Chief Executive Officer

Former Dunaway CEO Tom Galbreath has become chairman of the company’s advisory board and Chris Wilde will step into the CEO role. Wilde joined Dunaway 18 years ago as a civil engineer and will now be responsible for setting and executing the company’s vision. Prior to becoming CEO, Wilde served as executive vice president.

Education: University of Texas at Arlington (MBA), New Mexico State University (BS)

Catalyze Dallas

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James Bendle

James Bendle, Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining Catalyze Dallas, James Bendle served as senior vice president of finance at CesiumAstro. In his new role, he will be responsible for financial planning, accounting, compliance and reporting, and growing the company and its affiliated entities of Alpine Advanced Materials and Metro Aerospace.

Education: Purdue University (BS)


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Richard Zicchino

Richard Zicchino, Chief Financial Officer

Zicchino joined Shiftsmart in 2018 as chief operating officer, and throughout his career, has managed nearly 20 acquisitions and their subsequent integrations. Prior to Shiftsmart, he served as vice president of finance at Synacor after managing the merger from its acquisition of Zimbra. Notably before that, he led the integration of Skywire Software when it was acquired by Oracle Corporation.

Education: University of North Texas (BBA)

Holt Lunsford Commercial

Hutton Lunsford

Hutton Lunsford, Chief Investment Officer

In addition to his responsibilities as a partner, Hutton Lunsford will oversee the development and implementation of the company’s investment strategies. Prior to joining Holt Lunsford, he co-founded Hamilton Realty Finance, where he served as partner.

Education: Abilene Christian University (BBA, MA)

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Jim Brice

Jim Brice, Managing Principal

In addition to his role as partner, Jim Brice will now be in charge of implementing a new Industrial Big Box Development Initiative. Brice, who joined HLC in 1994 and was its first employee, was previously an accounting manager for Trammell Crow Company.

Education: University of Louisiana-Monroe (BA)

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Scott Moore

Scott Moore, Managing Partner

Scott Moore, who also serves as Chief Operating Officer, will focus on growth, operational and cultural initiatives, and standardization within the service company. Moore was critical to HLC’s growth from approximately 12 million square feet in 2003 to over 77 million square feet today.

Education: University of North Texas

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Holden Lunsford

Holden Lunsford, Managing Partner

Prior to joining HLC, Holden Lunsford was a commercial real estate investment banking professional at Holliday Fenoglio Fowler. Lunsford joined HLC in 2014 as managing principal, tasked with building a Dallas office leasing division, where he was instrumental in growing it to over 8 million square feet of product.

Education: Texas A&M University (BBA)

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Tyler Howarth

Tyler Howarth, Managing Principal—Tenant Representation

Tyler Howarth will recruit and lead the Dallas Tenant Representation division, advise clients on office and industrial relocations, acquisitions, dispositions, lease renewals, and restructures. He will also oversee the HLC analyst program in Dallas. Prior to joining HLC, he was an associate director at Newmark Knight Frank and an associate vice president at Colliers International.

Education: Baylor University (BBA)

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James Engles

James Engles, Senior Vice PresidentDallas Office Leasing

As senior VP, James Engles will be responsible for approximately 2.5 million square feet and will source new business development opportunities in the area. Before joining HLC, he was an bssociate Broker at Avison Young in Dallas, where he specialized in tenant representation for office users.

Education: University of Texas at Austin (BS)

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Justin Gallagher

Justin Gallagher, Vice President of Acquisitions

Justin Gallagher will be responsible for leading all acquisition initiatives, sourcing new opportunities, and overseeing the execution of new acquisitions. His previous experience includes serving as vice president at Crow Holdings Capital and in the Real Estate Finance Group of Goldman Sachs.

Education: Brown University (BA)

Avantax Wealth Management

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Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes, Chief Marketing Officer

Mike Holmes has worked for companies such as USAA, Wells Fargo, Wachovia, and KeyBank during his more than 30-year career. In his new role, he will focus on building B2B and B2C brand and public relations strategies, client and consumer acquisition, and advisor recruitment and retention.

Education: Vanderbilt University (BA)

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Jamila Ramnanan

Jamila Ramnanan, Vice President, Human Resources

Jamila Ramnanan, who has been with Avantax Wealth Management since 2008, is the lead human resources partner for all of Avantax and the diversity and inclusion leader for Avantax and Blucora. Her primary focus is ensuring that Avantax attracts, hires, and retains talented staff.

Education: American Public University System (MBA), Cornell University (Corporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), The University of New Mexico (BBA)

Brinks Home Security

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Kelly Atkinson

Kelly Atkinson, Chief Commercial Officer

Kelly Atkinson was previously Head of Marketing for Consumer and SMB at Charter Communications and held senior leadership roles at Rogers Communications and Time Warner Cable where she developed markets, grew revenue, and improved customer relationships. In her new role at Brinks Home Security, she will focus on executing its commercial strategy.

Education: Villanova University (BA)

Duane Morris

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John Polzer

John S. PolzerPartner

John Polzer, who was previously a partner at Cantey Hanger, will join Duane Morris’ Trial Practice Group. While representing clients around the U.S., Polzer has litigated cases in more than 20 states primarily focusing on bankruptcy, commercial litigation, construction, energy litigation, and real estate. 

Education: University of Houston Law Center (JD), University of Texas at Austin (BS)

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Jason Boatright

Jason E. BoatrightSpecial Counsel

Jason Boatright was previously the director of the general counsel section of the Texas Railroad Commission and the director of the Texas Attorney General’s opinions division. He will join Duane Morris’ Trial Practice Group.

Education: University of Texas School of Law (JD), Postgraduate Diploma in Latin and Ancient History from the University of St. Andrew, Middlebury College (BA)

Southwestern Health Resources

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Donghui Wu

Donghui Wu, Vice President of Data Science and Analytics Officer 

In his new role, Donghui Wu will use data to guide decision making and align data science and analytics to meet organization needs. He was previously with Texas Health Resources for two years. Wu specializes in population health management, healthcare risk prediction and business decision support systems

Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (PhD, MS), Nanjing University (BS)


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Derek Schuster

Derek Schuster, Vice President—Dallas-Fort Worth Office

Derek Schuster, who was previously assistant vice president, will handle asset-based representation with a focus on investment sales, value-add leasing, and sales transactions in DFW. Prior to joining Weitzman four years ago, Schuster was the director of golf sales at local menswear brand Mizzen + Main.

Education: Penn State University (HHD)

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Amy Grueso

Amy Grueso, Assistant Vice President—Brokerage Services

Amy Grueso, who has been with Weitzman since 2015, will now lead and manage administrative personnel in the brokerage division. Her past commercial real estate experience includes a client services post at CBRE and a marketing post at JLL.

Education: Temple University (BA)

Lee & Associates Dallas Fort Worth

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Cathy Kabij

Catherine Kabaj, Operations Manager

Catherine Kabaj will be responsible for overseeing office operations, procedures, and growth as well as ensuring an efficient work environment. Kabaj’s has held several managerial and director positions at CB Richard Ellis, Arledge/Power Real Estate Group, and Cushman & Wakefield. Prior to joining Lee & Associates, she served as operations manager of Colliers International’s central region.

Education: University of Tulsa