Meet D Real Estate Daily’s 20 New Contributing Editors

With the addition of 20 new bloggers, D Real Estate Daily now features posts by more than 100 industry experts from around the region.

New contributing editors for 2015 include company presidents Charlie Myers of MYCON General Contractors, Scott Beck of Beck Ventures, Greg Miller of Henry S. Miller Cos., and Justin Keane of Wynmark Commercial. Joseph Cahoon, director of SMU’s Folsom Institute for Real Estate also is on board, as are research experts Walter Bialas of JLL, Chris Summers of Xceligent Inc., and Ian Pierce of The Weitzman Group.

Here’s more information on all 20 new contributors. Watch for their posts in the coming weeks, and see the full lineup of D Real Estate Daily contributing editors here.

Dan Avnery
Dan Avnery

Dan Avnery. As co-managing partner of the retail group at NAI Robert Lynn, Dan Avnery’s primary responsibilities are to manage and develop brokers, secure new landlord and tenant accounts, and, most important, make sure all clients receive first-class service. Avnery founded a boutique brokerage firm, Retail Realty, in 2009, and merged it into NAI Robert Lynn in 2013. He previously was director of leasing and acquisitions for TriMarsh Properties.

Michael Backman
Michael Backman

Michael Backman is vice president at Mason Joseph Co. Multifamily Finance. He previously served as director of the Fort Worth multifamily hub director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he oversaw an FHA-insured mortgage portfolio that was valued at more than $7 billion. He also held posts in Denver and Syracuse, New York.

Walter Bialas
Walter Bialas

Walter Bialas. As director of research, Walter Bialas oversees all real estate research activities for JLL in Dallas. He works with JLL and external clients to keep abreast of market trends, industry research, growth areas, and future trends and market implications. A seasoned real estate professional with more than 25 years of experience in the consulting, banking, and development industries, he has a comprehensive knowledge of major markets and property types, as well as an ability to asses industry dynamics and their implications on project feasibility.

Scott Beck
Scott Beck

Scott Beck. The president of Beck Ventures, Scott Beck has helped finance billions of dollars of high-profile projects throughout the country. He also was instrumental in the development and design of Trophy Club, a 2,400-acre master planned city. He’s now spearheading development of the 430-acre Dallas Midtown project, which includes the $4 billion redevelopment of Valley View Mall. He previously was associate vice president at JP Morgan Chase and Co.’s “Lab Morgan,” where he focused on new business formation and corporate strategy for the bank globally.

Joseph Cahoon
Joseph Cahoon

Joseph Cahoon. As director of the Folsom Institute for Real Estate at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, Joseph Cahoon is responsible for leading the Institute’s initiatives in academics, research, and outreach to the real estate industry.  He also serves as an adjunct professor in the Cox School, teaching real estate finance course at both the undergrad and graduate levels. Canon previously was the managing director of the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and also held executive posts at Gables Residential and Champion Partners.

Steve Hefner
Steve Hefner

Stephen J. Hefner serves as president of The Retail Connection LP’s acquisition platform, Connected Acquisition Services. In that role, he oversees the company’s acquisitions and is responsible for developing and maintaining its joint venture equity relationships. With more than 20 years of experience, Hefner has directly acquired nearly $2 billion in commercial properties throughout the country, with a significant portion of that in retail real estate. He previously held executive posts at AmREIT, Cencor Realty Services, and Olympus Real Estate.

Justin Keane
Justin Keane

Justin Keane is president of Wynmark Commercial, a firm he co-founded in 2009. The full-service healthcare development and brokerage firm specializes in projects throughout the North Texas region. Keane has helped more than 100 clients secure medical office space and oversees more than 100,000 square feet of property leasing assignments. He began his real estate career at Huffman Builders. Prior to that, he worked in mortgage banking.

Heath Johnson
Heath Johnson

Heath Johnson. As managing director of commercial development, Heath Johnson oversees office development, acquisitions, and operations in the Hines’ Dallas office. Since joining the company in 2000, he has been involved in the leasing, asset management, and development of  more than 6 million square feet of commercial office space, as well as two four-star hotels. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University.

Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson, vice president at SRS Real Estate Partners, joined the firm in 2004. He specializes in disposition services and tenant representation for major national retail clients throughout the South Central United States. Clients include Corner Bakery, Toys “R” Us, Target, Haverty’s, Kroger, and Auto Nation. Johnson earned a bachelor of science in economics and finance from Vanderbilt University.

Frank McCafferty
Frank McCafferty

Frank McCafferty, executive managing director, leads DTZ’s occupier services group in Texas, focusing on team management, business planning, account development, client care, and portfolio planning. He brings to his post more than 22 years of experience in diverse commercial real estate disciplines such as tenant representation, corporate services, development, and construction management. Prior to joining DTZ predecessor Cassidy Turley, McCafferty served as senior vice president of UGL Equis and was a senior asset manager for the U.S. General Services Administration.

Rick Medinis
Rick Medinis

Rick Medinis is an executive vice president and principal with NAI Robert Lynn. He joined the firm in 1993 and has built his career in conjunction with the growth of industrial parks around North Texas. He represents both tenants—specializing in distribution, logistics, manufacturing, and air-freight companies—and owners of industrial properties. He works with both local and national clients.

Greg Miller
Greg Miller

Greg Miller is president and CEO of Henry S. Miller Cos., a 100-year-old family business that provides a full array of commercial real estate services. He has extensive experience involving the acquisition, financing, development, lease, and disposition of commercial real estate. Prior to joining the firm full-time in 2002, Miller practiced real estate law at of Geary, Porter and Donovan. He was named president and CEO of Henry S. Miller Cos. in the spring of 2013.

Jack Minter
Jack Minter

Jack Minter is an executive vice president in the capital markets group of Colliers International in Dallas-Fort Worth. With more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, he specializes in capital market activity and has extensive experience structuring transactions, which he successfully translates into value opportunities for clients. His transactions represent a variety of product types and geographic markets throughout the United States.

Charlie Myers
Charlie Myers

Charles Myers formed MYCON General Contractors in 1987, two years after graduating from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in building construction. The company now does work across the country, from New Jersey to California. In addition to leading MYCON, Myers is a member of numerous civic and industry organizations. He serves as co-chair of the Urban Land Institute’s North Texas Industrial and Office Product Council and on the North Texas District Council Advisory Board.

Ian Pierce
Ian Pierce

Ian Pierce. As director of corporate communications for Weitzman/Cencor, Ian Pierce is heavily involved in retail market research in the state’s major markets, responsible for detailing industry conditions in Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Through the years, his work has been recognized with more than 20 awards from the Press Club of Dallas, the International Association of Communicators, and the Northeast Texas Press Association. Pierce also is the recipient of the Communicator of the Year award, the highest honor presented by the Dallas chapter of IABC.

Mark Reeder
Mark Reeder

Mark Reeder is executive vice president and market leader for SRS Real Estate Partners, which he joined in 2000. An annual top producer in the firm’s Dallas office, Reeder combines strategic planning with detailed transactional work for nationally recognized retail and restaurant clients. He focuses on national retailer and restaurant tenant representation for new store growth in Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas, as well as disposition requirements. Reeder is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Andrew Schendle
Andrew Schendle

Andrew Schendle is director of business development for Hunt Construction Group’s south region. He’s responsible for expanding business development efforts for targeted market segments and developing strategies that support overall corporate and divisional goals. Schendle brings nearly a decade of industry experience to his post, most recently serving as director of leasing for Spire Realty Group LP. Prior to that he worked in leasing for both Transwestern and The Weitzman Group. Indianapolis-based Hunt, a 70-year-old company, is a part of AECOM Technology Corp., one of the world’s top engineering design firms.

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Paul Smith. A principal at Velocis, Paul Smith has nearly three decades of experience in dealing with institutional real estate clients, including portfolio management, marketing, financing, acquisitions and dispositions involving nearly every product type. He previously was chief operating officer of Brook Partners in Dallas and managing director at Crescent Real Estate. Prior to that, he was with Invesco Real Estate. Smith is a graduate of Harvard University and received his MBA from The University of Texas-Austin.

Chris Summers
Chris Summers

Chris Summers. As regional director of Texas, Chris Summers is responsible for leading growth initiatives in all Texas markets for Xceligent Inc. He has more than seven years of experience in the commercial real estate information services industry. Prior to joining Xceligent in 2007, Summers was a partner at a leading design-build construction firm in Kansas City.

Jim Yoder
Jim Yoder

Jim Yoder. A founding principal at Velocis, Jim Yoder has more than 30 years of commercial real estate experience in leasing, asset management, acquisition, disposition, due diligence and market intelligence. He previously was managing director of JLL’s investor services group, serving both institutional and private clients, and prior to that was a principal at Trammell Crow Co., where he directed both the corporate advisory services division and the office buildings group.

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