From SoCal Real Estate’s November 2018 issue:
New hires and executive moves
Westar Hires, Promotes Two Execs
Costa Mesa, California–based Westar Associates has hired Chris Walton as the VP of leasing and has promoted Jade Sanchez to operations manager, according to a release from a representative of the firm.
The statement says Walton will oversee all aspects of leasing Westar’s 2 million-square foot retail portfolio and will handle the leasing responsibilities of more than a dozen of Westar’s neighborhood and community centers in Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties.
Walton has more than 10 years of experience in leasing for the Southwest retail industry, the statement says. Prior to joining Westar, he served as senior managing director in Newmark Knight Frank’s Newport Beach, California, office, focusing primarily on anchor, junior anchor, and pad leasing. Since January 2010, Walton has completed more than 500 lease transactions with a combined total consideration of approximately $250 million, according to the statement.
Sanchez will be responsible for varying operative processes in the retail property-management department and overseeing existing multifamily assets in Westar’s portfolio, the release says. Sanchez currently oversees Westar’s existing multifamily residences, including the Hollister Village Apartment Community in Goleta, California, and advises on future multifamily developments and acquisitions, according to the statement. In addition, the statement says she handles multiple facets involving Westar’s retail portfolio, including new tenant relations and tenant-improvement construction, as well as the management of specialized projects at Westar’s various retail centers.
Sanchez has more than 10 years of experience in the residential property-management industry, including implementing and regulating operating policies and procedures, doing weekly and quarterly reporting, and investor relations, the statement says. Prior to joining Westar, she spent over a decade in the multifamily property-management industry for the Irvine Company, Essex Property Trust, and most recently, Sares-Regis Group, where she was responsible for the Southern California region, totaling more than 8,700 units, according to the release.
ESA Brings on Compliance Director
Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental science and planning firm with offices on the West and Gulf coasts, has added Patrick Tennant as environmental mitigation compliance director, according to a release from a representative of the firm. Tennant is based in ESA’s Irvine, California, office.
The release states that Tennant brings “extensive experience in managing large-scale compliance programs for high-profile infrastructure projects.”
Tennant has more than two decades of experience in environmental permitting and compliance, as well as habitat-restoration and mitigation, the statement says. Prior to joining ESA, he served as senior manager of mitigation and restoration for Southern California Edison, where he oversaw compliance for the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, 170 miles of 500kv transmission lines bringing clean renewable power to the Los Angeles Basin.
Tennant is well-versed in environmental documentation for licensing and permitting of projects, including environmental-impact reports related to the California Environmental Quality Act and environmental impact statements in regard to the National Environmental Policy Act, the statement says. His experience also includes the development and implementation of a centralized field database system for environmental-compliance data and mapping, which is now utilized as standard for Southern California Edison, according to the statement.
Tennant received his M.S. in environmental studies from California State University Fullerton and his B.A. in environmental biology from California State University Northridge.
Tangram Studio Gains New President
Charlotte Wiederholt has been promoted to the newly created position of president of Tangram Studio, a division of Los Angeles–based interior-design firm Tangram, a release from a representative of the firm states. Wiederholt has served as creative director of Tangram Studio for 15 years, overseeing its industrial design, engineering, and customer-service teams.
The release says that Wiederholt’s leadership has guided the firm to become one of the industry’s premier providers of custom co-designed workspaces. “Tangram Studio works closely with each client to reflect and reinforce a distinctive culture through innovative workspace solutions and a process of collaborative input and planning, conceptualization, prototyping, engineering, fabrication, and installation,” the statement says. “Tangram Studio works tightly with other Tangram units (technology, flooring, walls) as well as architects, contractors, and other project team members to achieve seamless integration of all requirements.”
According to the statement, Tangram Studio’s list of clients include Boston Consulting Group, Saatchi & Saatchi, Juno Therapeutics, Imagine Entertainment, Loyola Marymount University, Toms Shoes, Pinkberry, and Ticketmaster.