New hires and executive moves from SoCal Real Estate’s October 2018 issue:
SVA Hires New Planning Director
Jeff Mayer has joined SVA Architects as planning director of urban communities. Mayer brings 35 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams in urban placemaking and has experience in building relationships with both public and private sector clients globally.
Mayer has performed planning services for various cities and agencies throughout California — including Newport Beach, Irvine, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Manteca, Hercules, Oxnard, and San Diego — as well as for numerous countries including Mozambique, Uganda, Iraq, Guinea, Angola, China, Malaysia, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates. He earned his bachelor of science in planning and landscape architecture from the University of Virginia and attended the University of Pennsylvania for graduate studies.
Mayer has served as chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Orange County/Inland Empire District County and has led numerous ULI conferences and advisory panels and as an international board member of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). He has also provided expert advice to the City of San Bernardino for its Downtown Core Vision Plan. Mayer currently serves on the L.A. Pershing Square RENEW Advanced Technology Advisory Committee and the UC Irvine Graduate School of Urban Planning and Public Policy Leadership Board. He has served in various advisory roles with the ULI, TEA, and the TEA Far East Exploratory Committee.
“Jeff’s expertise brings fantastic depth to our urban planning team,” says Ernesto M. Vasquez, CEO of SVA Architects. “We are so pleased to have someone with his experience and knowledge helping to lead our planning division.
Debt-and-Equity SVP for Colliers
Colliers International San Diego Region has hired Mike Easter as an SVP in the firm’s debt-and-equity practice group. Easter specializes in the advisement of clients on securing and structuring debt-and-equity capital for a wide range of investment real estate assets.
Over his 15-year career, Easter has completed more than $2.8 billion worth of real estate transactions, including more than $1.5 billion in real estate debt-and-equity capital transactions.
“Mike’s diverse real estate industry background allows him to provide our clients with unique insight and expertise to ultimately accelerate their success,” says Andy La Dow, managing director of Colliers International San Diego Region. “Mike’s commitment to continuous growth in knowledge and execution will further bolster our rapidly expanding debt-and-equity team servicing the Western United States region.”
Easter earned a Master of Science in real estate and construction from University of Denver and holds CCIM and Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst designations. He has served on the CCIM National Board of Directors and is actively involved in the CCIM Southern California Chapter, National Multi-housing Council and Mortgage Bankers Association, among many other industry groups.
CPP Welcomes VP, Asset Management
Michael Snowdon has joined Community Preservation Partners (CPP) as VP, asset management. Snowden is an affordable-housing executive with decades of experience.
An Orange County, California, native, Snowdon comes to CPP from Highridge Costa Investors, where he oversaw a portfolio of more than 275 communities worth more than $3 billion. For CPP, he will be directing the asset-management team as it expands into new markets.
“Michael has a deep knowledge of the ins and outs of our industry, but more importantly he brings a passion for serving the residents of affordable-housing communities, which is what we value most at CPP,” says CPP President Anand Kannan. “We are excited to have him on the team as we continue to grow and reach new heights nationwide.”
Snowdon calls affordable housing “the backbone of our country” and says everyone is responsible for instilling pride and productivity in our communities. “CPP has emerged as one of the industry’s driving forces, especially in the rehabilitation space. I am thrilled to be joining such a talented and dedicated team that really understands and delivers on the mission.”
Snowdon’s hiring follows two other personnel moves at the company. Earlier this year, CPP executives Seth Gellis and Karen Buckland were each appointed to VP.
Manolovitz Joins Kidder Mathews
Lisa Manolovitz has joined Kidder Mathews’ property-management services. She will manage office, retail, and industrial assets for select clients in the San Diego area.
Manolovitz has nearly 15 years of commercial property-management experience and has managed diversified portfolios including over 1 million square feet of industrial, office, medical, and retail properties.