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The week in industry hires and promotions: Oct. 26-30, 2015

New executives, managers and agents in the residential real estate, tech and mortgage spaces

Who got hired or promoted this week? Here’s our weekly rundown, in chronological order.

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October 23

Jeremiah Ganeto

Jeremiah Ganeto

Long & Foster Real Estate has named Jeremiah Ganeto as the new manager of its Silver Spring, Maryland, office. “Supporting today’s real estate agents takes a highly skilled leader, and I’m confident that Jeremiah’s experience in the real estate industry and with Long & Foster will help us to continue achieving success in the Montgomery County market for our agents and clients,” said Larry “Boomer” Foster, president of Long & Foster Real Estate, in a statement. “Adding exceptional leaders to our team is how our company has helped local buyers and sellers meet their homeownership goals for over 45 years and how we’ll continue to do so for the years to come.”

This week’s hires

October 26

Jon Hibler

Jon Hibler

Jon Hibler is the new acquisitions and asset management team member at Megalith Capital Management, a real estate owner and developer in New York City. “Jon’s understanding of the real estate development market coupled with his financial knowledge will be a valuable asset to our firm,” stated Sam Sidhu, CEO and founder of Megalith, in a statement. “We welcome him to our team and look forward to the continued expansion of our business.”

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Rubenstein Partners, a real estate investment manager, has hired Mike Daugard as its Vice President for the company’s Washington, D.C. office. “Mike is a highly respected professional in the industry and his appointment to the Rubenstein team supports our strategy of recruiting top talent with extensive local market knowledge,” said Mr. Rubenstein. “Given our expanding portfolio of projects throughout D.C., we sought someone with an in-depth understanding of the region. Mike’s years of experience in this market made him the ideal candidate in our opinion and we look forward to his future contributions towards new and ongoing deals.”

Carl Hum will be the new Senior Vice President of Management Services and Government Affairs at the Real Estate Board of New York, effective Nov. 16, 2015. “Carl will be an outstanding asset to REBNY and our members,” said John H. Banks, III, REBNY President, in a statement. “He brings great experience and a proven track record of managing and completing complex projects through consensus building, strategic communications and savvy, innovative problem-solving.”

October 27

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Alex Lange

Mark Birschbach

Mark Birschbach

Second Century Ventures, the National Association of Realtors’ strategic investment arm, has hired Alex Lange as an Operating Partner and promoted Mark Birschbach to Vice President. “Lange’s mentorship has been invaluable,” said David Manshoory, CEO of AssetAvenue.com, in a statement (Manshoory is a member of the REach 2015 class, which Lange will help run). “Alex’s depth of knowledge from his past career achievements has made him an incredible leader to work with, and I consider myself lucky to have crossed paths with him and have the pleasure of working alongside him.”

John Wilcox

John Wilcox

Auction.com has hired John Wilcox as its new Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Finance. “John Wilcox is the right person to guide Auction.com’s future initiatives that will help take our industry-leading marketplace to new heights,” said Gordon Smith, general manager of Auction.com’s commercial real estate division, in a statement. “John also brings experience working for three different brokerage firms as a leader in capital raising, in addition to a valuable background in building and integrating teams.”

Kathleen Alvarez

Kathleen Alvarez

Kathleen Alvarez is the new TPO National Underwriting Director at First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation. “Kathleen brings FGMC more than 25 years of underwriting knowledge and management experience specific to residential mortgage lending,” said Dea O’Hopp, Chief Operating Officer, First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation, in a statement. “She will be instrumental in expanding our TPO platform, collaborating with our TPO internal and external customers, and tasked to perpetually meet and/or exceed exceptional service-levels.”

October 28

Pauline Bennett

Pauline Bennett

Coldwell Banker United, Realtors in the Carolinas, has appointed Pauline Bennett as its President. “Pauline has been incredibly successful at guiding branch offices and sales associates to reach their greatest potential,” said Kate Rossi, executive vice president of NRT’s Southeast Region, in a statement. “I am continually impressed by her extraordinary insight, inspiring leadership and passion for helping sales associates grow their business.”

Damon Paxson

Damon Paxson

LRES, a national REO and appraisal management company, has named Damon Paxson as its Vice President of Homeowner Association (HOA) Services. “Damon’s impressive background and past responsibilities further strengthen LRES’ HOA department as he monitors and manages the flow of HOAs and deadlines; ensures adherence to all specific state, local and county ordinance requirements; and mobilizes our HOA team to grow,” said Roger Beane, CEO of LRES, in a statement.

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Christina Allen

Christina Allen is the new Vice President of Product at Compass. “We are thrilled that Christina has joined us during such an exciting time for Compass,” said Founder & CEO at Compass, Robert Reffkin, in a statement. “Her excellent leadership skills, creative abilities, in-depth knowledge, and strategic business drive will be invaluable resources as Compass continues to grow nationally.”

NewDay USA, a VA mortgage lender, has named Michael Turner its new chief technology officer. “Michael’s vision, leadership, and execution experience have resulted in numerous success stories over his distinguished career,” said Robert Posner, CEO at NewDay USA, in a statement. “He has the leadership skills and
business knowledge to help NewDay USA as we continue to help more of
America’s veterans and their families.”

October 29

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes has been named the new President of Windermere Services, Southern California. “There’s a lot of excitement about the Windermere brand in Southern California and an increasing amount of interest from companies about joining our team,” President of Windermere Real Estate, OB Jacobi, said in a statement. “Mark is just the person to lead our expansion in the region. He is a driven real estate professional who is very well-respected within the industry.”

Kara Chaffin-Donofrio

Kara Chaffin-Donofrio

Long & Foster Real Estate has named Kara Chaffin-Donofrio its manager at its Chevy Chase office. “Supporting today’s real estate sales professionals takes a highly knowledgeable, experienced leader,” said Boomer Foster, president of Long & Foster Real Estate, in a statement. “We are confident that having Kara on the leadership team at our Chevy Chase office will result in the synergy that our agents thrive on.”

Tom Garvey

Tom Garvey

Tom Garvey is the new full-time Managing Broker for Macdonald Realty’s Coquitlam and Maple Ridge offices. “Macdonald Realty is fortunate to add Tom to our Management Team,” says Jonathan Cooper, Vice President, Operations for Macdonald Real Estate Group, in a statement. “He brings several decades of industry experience to this role, both in sales and in management, and is well respected in the Greater Vancouver real estate community.”

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