Chris Benton re-joined NKF as Senior Managing Director and will be based at the firm’s Century City office. He will be partnering with Anthony Muhlstein, Kevin Shannon, Ken White and Sean Fulp to expand and drive Newmark’s multifamily platform in SoCal. Benton most recently served at JLL as an SVP.
The firm is expanding the platform to offer clients the opportunity to leverage multidisciplinary experts across commercial, industrial, retail, and now multifamily practices in building and managing their portfolios.
NKF’s Greg May says “As Newmark expands its Southern California Multifamily platform, Chris is uniquely qualified to fit within the existing culture and brings great value through his market knowledge and trusted relationships.”
Benton says, “I jumped at the opportunity to work with true power brokers. This is the most well-rounded and experienced group of Capital Markets brokers on the West Coast, and I am thrilled to be at Newmark.”
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.