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Crown Expands U.S. Development Team in Los Angeles

Australian residential developer Crown Group expanded its leadership team in Los Angeles with the addition of Patrick Caruso as Head of U.S. Development, and Samuel Sunito as a Development Associate. The group recently announced its first move into the U.S. market, with plans to develop a mixed-use high-rise condominium and hotel tower in DTLA.

Crown Group’s Iwan Sunito says, “Patrick and Samuel have formed a great team as the foundation for our new U.S. development effort. We are very bullish on the L.A. market, even given the recent economic challenges.”

Caruso will lead Crown Group’s U.S. expansion and will be responsible for the origination and delivery of development projects. A native of Australia, Caruso brings an extensive background in development spanning more than 15 years. Previously, he was with Dexus Limited, an Australian real estate investment trust.

Samuel Sunito previously worked as a sales executive for the company, following his graduation from USC.

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