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Derik Benson Joins Kidder Mathews from CushWake

Kidder Mathews expanded its Bay Area team with the addition of veteran commercial real estate broker Derik Benson. He joins in the San Jose office as a senior vice president, where he will specialize in the sale and leasing of industrial properties.

Benson has been in the commercial real estate business for 25 years, and has completed more than 500 transactions totaling in excess of four million square feet. He has been instrumental in the successful completion of over 250 sale transactions during his career.

Prior to joining Kidder Mathews, Benson was a managing director with Cushman & Wakefield. He started his CRE career at BT Commercial and earned his way to being a partner. BT Commercial, through mergers and acquisitions, evolved into Cushman & Wakefield.


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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.

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