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California People and Company News for Sept. 8, 2023

  • Mohr Partners, Inc., a global corporate real estate advisory & outsourcing services firm, hired Darren Shibuya as managing partner to lead its Los Angeles office. The 30-year commercial real estate veteran joins Mohr Partners after eight years with JLL as EVP.
  • PropertyRate, a national appraisal management and property valuation firm headquartered in Orange, has launched its Valuation Strategy and Operations Group to better meet the rapidly evolving needs of the mortgage industry. To support this initiative, PropertyRate has strengthened its team by adding industry veterans John Brenan as SVP of valuation policy and strategy and Daniel Regalado as VP of appraisal operations and corporate chief appraiser. 
  • PCV Murcor, a nationwide real estate valuations management company headquartered in Pomona, hired Marc Tatarcuk to serve as VP of national sales. With more than 20 years in the real estate and financial services industries, Tatarcuk will be responsible for overseeing and guiding the company’s national sales efforts across all market verticals. 
  • Jurny, Inc., a vertically integrated, AI-powered property management solution, appointed Kevin Morris to its advisory board. Morris, the former CFO and board member of Miso Robotics and a prominent entrepreneur, joins Alex Canter, founder and former CEO of Nextbite, and Kevin Rohani, former SBE, Dream Hotel Group, and Accor executive, on Jurny’s growing advisory board.
  • International design firm Ware Malcomb announced that Peter Priebe has joined the firm as director, special practices in its Irvine headquarters. In this newly created role, Priebe will focus on business priorities such as practice diversification, practice leadership and Ware Malcomb real estate, while also providing oversight to the firm’s IT and human resource departments. 
  • San Francisco-based Scrubbed promoted Michael John David to director of real estate and clean technology, Arian David to director of distribution and retail, Denissa Ysabel Dizon – Ballos to director of e-commerce and family office, and Gliezel David to director of the technical accounting group. Scrubbed is an outsourced professional services firm providing solutions in accounting, bookkeeping, tax compliance, tax advisory, forecasting, FP&A, and data visualization and analytics. 
  • Three California-based REITs declared quarterly dividends this past week. Alexandria Real Estate Equities declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.24 per common share for the third quarter, payable on Oct. 13. Prologis, Inc. declared a regular cash dividend of $0.87 per share on the company’s common stock, payable on Sept. 29, and a dividend of $1.0675 per share of the company’s 8.54% Series Q Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, payable on Oct. 2. Essex Property Trust, Inc. declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $2.31 per common share, payable Oct. 13.
  • FortressFire, a Rocklin-based provider of analytical tools designed to assess the vulnerability of properties to wildfires, has made its Wildfire Disclosure Report available. Leveraging satellite imagery, machine learning, and advanced physics models, this report is intended to empower property owners and real estate professionals to make informed decisions and take proactive measures to protect their investments.   
  • Digital insurance provider Sure said that Landlord Studio, a specialist rental accounting and management platform, is expanding its partnership with Sure to help close the protection gap for renters and landlords. Using Sure’s insurance infrastructure technology, Landlord Studio can now extend value-added coverage to both sides of the landlord-tenant relationship by embedding home warranty protection and renters insurance directly in the Landlord Studio platform. 
  • Granite has been recognized as the Presenting Partner of The Associated General Contractors of California and the AGC Construction Education Foundation’s Inclusive Leaders Institute. Granite’s sponsorship aims to bolster the program’s mission of arming industry executive leaders with the tools essential for fostering inclusivity within their workplaces. 
  • Premier Workspaces, a provider of coworking solutions, has transformed its management arrangement with 2829 Townsgate Walnut, LLC into a formal lease agreement. The 13,500-square-foot office space in Westlake Village will undergo a rebranding process, transitioning from Majestic Workspaces to Premier Workspaces. 

Connect Orange County will take place Sept. 27, 2023 at VEA | Newport Beach Marriott in Newport Beach, concurrently with Connect Healthcare Real Estate on Sept. 27 and 28. Click here to register for Connect Orange County, and here to register for Connect Healthcare Real Estate.   


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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