Milwaukee, WI (October 10, 2014) – CARW (Commercial Association of REALTORS ® Wisconsin), the voice of commercial real estate in Wisconsin, is pleased to announce the organization’s 2015 Board of Directors. The Board of Directors was officially installed as of October 1, 2014 and will be presented to the membership, comprised of 600 commercial real estate professionals, at the annual CRE Awards event on October 15, 2014.
2015 CARW Board of Directors:
Paul T. Galbraith, Chairman | Cresa Milwaukee
Jeff Hoffman, CCIM, SIOR, Chairman Elect | The Boerke Company | Cushman Wakefield
Curt Pitzen, Secretary | NAI MLG Commercial
Ben Adank, Treasurer | RFP Commercial
Thomas W. Shepherd, CCIM, Immediate Past Chairman | Colliers International Wisconsin
Kevin Barry, CCIM, Director | Cassidy Turley Barry
Dan Cohen, Director | Mid-America Real Estate-Wisconsin
Matthew Hunter, Director | CBRE, Inc.
Joe Lak, Director | Colliers International Wisconsin
Steve Pape, Director | Greywolf Partners
Cory Sovine, Director | Siegel-Gallagher, Inc.
Julie Ledger, At-Large Director | OPUS Development Company LLP
Paul Galbraith with Cresa Milwaukee will assume the role as Chairman for a one-year term. New to the board, CARW welcomes Joe Lak of Colliers International Wisconsin and Julie Ledger with The OPUS Development Company LLP. Joe will serve for a three-year term and Julie, as an affiliate director, for a one-year term. Stephen Provancher of NAI MLG Commercial is leaving the board after serving as Past Chairman in 2014. Thomas Shepherd of Colliers International Wisconsin, will serve as Past Chairman in 2015 after serving as Chair in 2014.
Paul Galbraith is Senior Vice President with Cresa Milwaukee. Paul is a 25 year veteran of the industry, and has completed lease and sale transactions throughout North America valued in excess of $200M. He exclusively represents tenants and buyers, and provides his clients with fully-integrated commercial real estate services including structuring and negotiating commercial leases, developing comprehensive and strategic real estate plans, providing occupancy cost reductions, and assisting with the acquisition of owned or leased properties. Prior to joining Cresa Milwaukee, Paul Galbraith was Vice President at Grubb & Ellis|Apex Commercial in Brookfield, WI.
Joe Lak is Vice President of Brokerage for Colliers International Wisconsin. He is currently responsible for the sales and leasing of nearly four million square feet of office and medical office space within the Milwaukee metro market. Joe has been involved in the conservation side of real estate working for The Conservation Fund in their land acquisition department. He has focused on tax credit allocation, zoning regulation and acquisition of large-scale land tracts in the Milwaukee, WI and Ann Arbor, MI metro areas. Joe’s areas of expertise include; leasing and sales of commercial office and medical investments, corporate owner and tenant representation and research analysis
Julie Ledger is Vice President and General Manager of OPUS Development Company LLP. She oversees all real estate development and design-build construction for the Milwaukee office. Her responsibilities include land acquisition, development, marketing, leasing, third party design-build project pursuit and execution. Her project experience includes institutional, office, residential, retail, industrial, distribution, data centers, parking structures and brown field development. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Marquette University. She serves on the boards for NAIOP, Marquette University Center for Real Estate, Marquette University Construction Engineering and Management, Milwaukee Montessori Schools and Girl Scouts of Southeastern Wisconsin.
About CARW: CARW is the voice of commercial real estate brokerage and related professionals in Wisconsin. Founded in 1993, CARW is dedicated to the success of our members by providing invaluable educational opportunities, countless networking experiences, data exchange, and public policy advocacy.
CARW is a trade association representing nearly 600 members from 200 Wisconsin businesses including REALTORS®, accountants, appraisers, architects, attorneys, bankers, builders, contractors, developers, environmental specialists, title insurance companies and other industry related businesses. CARW REALTOR® members are part of the REALTOR® network, the world’s largest professional association with over 1.1 million members worldwide and over 12,000 just in the State of Wisconsin.
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