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Cortland Hires Jason Kern as President of Investment Management

Atlanta, GA-based Cortland has appointed Jason Kern president of investment management, a new role created to support the firm’s continued growth in the US and overseas.

Kern reports to Cortland CEO Steven DeFrancis and will help formulate and implement strategies for the management and growth — both organically and through mergers and acquisitions — of the firm by leveraging its areas of competitive advantage and exploring ways to expand its capabilities. In addition, he oversees the investments, capital markets, corporate finance, investor relations, tax, and accounting teams.

Most recently, Kern served as CEO of LaSalle Investment Management’s Americas division. He was responsible for managing $24 billion of assets under management and leading the company’s real estate private equity and debt businesses, including strategy, personnel, investments, client relationships, and operations in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Prior to LaSalle, Kern founded and led real estate and lodging advisory, Asia Pacific business for HSBC Bank USA.

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Lisa McDuffie arrives at ConnectCRE via REALTOR® world, where she served for nearly two decades as communications director for one of the nation’s largest REALTOR® organizations. She supported two membership-elected presidents who were commercial real estate practitioners, and managed the communications initiatives of the organization’s commercial special interest group. When not following the latest commercial real estate news, Lisa is zeroed in on her charismatic off-the-track thoroughbred as she makes the transition from an utterly failed racehorse to a lovely show hunter.

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