Commercial Real Estate

CBRE Adds to Its Tenant Rep Team; Goodwin Advisors Expands Ranks

The flurry of year-end personnel moves continues in DFW’s commercial real estate sector.

Last week, we told you about leadership changes at Newmark, Colliers International, and Trammell Crow Co., as well as shifts involving leading brokers at other firms. The personnel moves continue this week:

Doug Carignan

CBRE has lured tenant rep expert Doug Carignan away from JLL. He joins CBRE as executive vice president in the firm’s advisory and transaction services group in Dallas, where he will continue to advise occupiers on their real estate strategies.

Carignan has spent his entire 21-year career at JLL and The Staubach Co., acquired by JLL in 2008. Most recently, he was a managing director in JLL’s Dallas office.

“Doug’s deep market knowledge and experience make him a perfect fit for our occupier team in Dallas—together, we represent the biggest and most active occupiers in the region,” said Blair Oden, senior managing director at CBRE. Oden said advising companies on their real estate strategies “in this transformational time when they are rethinking how they use office space coming out of the pandemic.”

Carignan holds a master of education from Fairfield University, a master of science from the University of Bridgeport, and a bachelor of arts from Siena College.

Evan Stone
Walt Bialas
From left Evan Stone and Walt Bialas

Goodwin Advisors, a boutique firm launched this summer by capital markets pro Evan Stone and hospitality sector veteran Art Buser, is expanding its ranks. The company has added three senior partners: Walt Bialas, Christopher Johnson, and Robin Sofio.

Bialas most recently served as senior research director for JLL. He brings 36 years of experience to his new role, spanning development, banking, and consulting across all major real estate property types. “The highest and best use of research is defining and answering the key questions to help our clients make strategic and effective investment decisions,” Bialas said in a statement. “We have a mandate to inform our clients and provide a balanced review of the drivers that influence value.”

Johnson’s background is steeped in real estate finance, working in commercial and investment banking in the United States, and private banking in Europe. He has 35 years of experience, most recently advising family offices and various European and U.S. real estate investments. At Goodwin Advisors, he will focus on advising clients at the entity level while raising equity for individual investment opportunities and real estate and related firms. “The key will be to survive the coming months while being positioned to take advantage of the post-Covid 19 recoveries,” he said.

Sofio’s career spans more than 25 years in the real estate capital markets, on all sides of the transaction—originating CMBS loans, private placement securities, whole loan sales, and providing advisory services to institutional, private, and corporate clients. She will optimize financing solutions for clients in all property types, focusing on office, medical office, and lodging. Sofio’s experience across the financing spectrum will provide clients with a deep reservoir of solutions and a range of capital sources for the entire capital stack.

The senior partner also helps expand Goodwin Advisors and its client-focused platform by talking with senior finance professionals in other markets. The firm currently has offices in Dallas, Houston, and Charlotte, North Carolina. It offers expertise in investment sales, recapitalizations, equity raising, debt placement, and credit advisory services.

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