BentallGreenOak Opens New Office In Austin, Names Mike Leifeste Head Of Texas Coverage
New York-based BentallGreenOak (BGO), a part of SLC Management, which is the alternatives asset management business of Sun Life, has opened a new office in Austin, TX. The global investment company has named Mike Leifeste to head the new office as Managing Director and Head of Texas Coverage.
BGO’s continued expansion in the U.S. includes a significant growth in the firm’s client base and investment management activity in the U.S. sunbelt states.
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.
Prior to joining BGO, Leifeste was with Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company, where he served in various capacities for the past 24 years, including most recently as Head of Real Estate and Real Assets. A graduate of Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Business Administration he received his MBA from Texas State University. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
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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