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BentallGreenOak Adds New Office in Austin, Led By Mike Leifeste

BentallGreenOak (BGO), a global real estate investment management advisor that’s based in New York, has opened a new office in Austin, TX. Mike Leifeste was named Managing Director and Head of Texas Coverage.

Leifeste’s responsibilities in this newly created role will include a focus on deepening BGO’s investor relations activities in the region and serving as a critical touch point on current and future acquisitions in Texas while developing new operating and developer partner relationships.

Leifeste joins BGO from Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company (TTSTC), where he served in various capacities for the past 24 years, including most recently as Head of Real Estate and Real Assets for the past seven years. In his previous role, Leifeste was responsible for TTSTC’s 15% allocation to real assets and private equity energy investments, including a portfolio of real estate, private equity, and private credit funds that consisted of over 85 funds and more than $2 billion in commitments.

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About Erik Hamilton

Erik Hamilton, who has more than 15 years in CRE journalism, is a former staff writer with the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Business Journal. In addition to The Times and the OCBJ, he was also a reporter and editor for Crittenden Research, The San Bernardino Sun and UPI. Erik also worked six years in CRE public relations with Los Angeles-based Hoyt Organization, where he was a Senior Account Executive. He later joined Lee & Associates where he served as the Director of Corporate Communications. There ,in addition to his work with Lee’s CEO, he managed 57 offices nationwide and provided PR, social media and media training for the offices. A graduate of UC Irvine, with a BA in history, he is an avid record collector where he continues to search for a rare Joy Division single.

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