Robert J. Bell | Courtesy a representative of CGS3

People on the Move – December 2018

Carrie Rossenfeld People on the Move

From SoCal Real Estate’s December 2018 issue:

Wright Promotes Two, Hires One

San Diego–based project- and facility-management firm Wright Management has promoted Debra Aitken to director of project strategy and Flemming Christiansen to senior project manager, while hiring Don Peters as project manager.

Debra Aitken | Courtesy a representative of Wright Management


Flemming Christiansen | Courtesy a representative of Wright Management

In her elevated role, Aitken will lead the firm’s project strategy efforts and business

Don Peters | Courtesy a representative of Wright Management

development as well as serving as project lead on large commercial design and construction projects.

Aitken’s 30-plus years of expertise includes workplace relocations, facility management, design and construction management, along with a solid background in the commercial real estate industry, spanning three decades in the U.S and Canada.

An active member of CREW San Diego since 1999, Aitken has been instrumental in the organization’s growth and development, holding multiple board positions.

Christiansen will lead commercial design and construction management projects. He has been with the firm for four years and has managed over 200,000 square feet of various types of commercial real estate projects. He is also a member of the International Facility Management Association.

Peters, who has an extensive background in public and private project management, is a licensed civil engineer and registered professional engineer, a certified energy manager, and a LEED-AP. He has 17 years of experience in business management, design and construction management, plan preparation, technical specifications, calculations and engineering evaluations.

Wright Management oversees projects for prominent landlords, national brands, cultural institutions. and other organizations. The firm focuses on adding value and mitigating risk at each step of the design and construction process.

Pacific Life Brings on New VP

Keith Honig has joined Pacific Life as VP, commercial mortgage origination, for real estate investments.

Keith Honig | Courtesy a representative of Pacific Life

Honig will assume responsibility for the commercial mortgage loan origination effort and head the regional offices that originate commercial mortgage loan investments throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Honig comes to Pacific Life with experience that includes nearly 23 years at American International Group, most recently as head of commercial mortgage lending. Prior to AIG, he worked at the law firm Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and the accounting firm KPMG.

Pacific Life a long-time provider of capital to the real estate market.

CGS3 Welcomes Veteran Attorney

San Diego law firm Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) has named long-time attorney Robert “Bob” J. Bell as its newest partner. With more than 40 years of industry experience, Bell focuses his practice on real estate development/construction, investment, and brokerage matters and will work from CGS3’s headquarters in San Diego.

Bell’s career covers real estate development, investment, construction, and brokerage matters including multifamily, urban infill, mixed-use, hospitality, industrial, retail, office, and land transactions. He has represented many homebuilders and commercial developers.

In addition, Bell is a licensed California real estate broker and served as outside general counsel for the San Diego Association of Realtors for over 25 years. He is also a founding member of the California Association of Realtors’ legal affairs committee.

Bell began his legal career in 1976 with San Diego’s then-largest law firm, Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, serving as its managing partner from 2004 to 2009. He continued with Luce Forward through a merger with Mckenna Long & Aldridge, a national firm, and then Denton’s, one of the largest international law firms.

Active in both professional and community organizations, Bell is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Lambda Alpha International Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics, and the San Diego chapter of NAIOP. He also serves on the Policy Advisory Board for Commercial Real Estate of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, University of San Diego. Additionally, he is past president of the San Diego County Apartment Association and the San Diego Fair Housing Council and served on the board of directors of the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation.

The recipient of numerous industry accolades, Bell was most recently named the Best Lawyers 2018 Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” in San Diego. He holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Jeffrey Cole Promoted to Vice Chair

Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) has promoted Jeffrey Cole from executive managing director to vice chair in the company’s Capital Markets Group. Cole, a veteran capital-markets broker based in the firm’s Orange County office, has been consistently recognized as one of the firm’s top producers.

Jeffrey Cole | Courtesy a representative of Cushman & Wakefield

Cole joined C&W in 2007. Over the course of his career, he has represented over 85 million square feet of commercial, office, and industrial space and executed over 260 sales transactions with a total consideration in excess of $9.7 billion. He has been involved in many of the most high-profile investment sales transactions in Orange County and Southern California, involving a wide range of investor types such as REITs, institutional investors, and private high-net-worth individuals. Notable recent transactions include Google Center in Irvine ($260 million), Rancho Pacific Park in Rancho Dominguez ($210.5 million), and 4100 Newport Place in Newport Beach ($75.6 million).