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Douglas McDonald Tapped for New Leadership Role at SummerHill

SummerHill Apartment Communities promoted Douglas L. McDonald to President of the San Ramon-based apartment, mixed-use infill rental housing developer. McDonald is directly responsible for land acquisition, entitlements, design/construction, asset management, asset disposition and capital markets.

SummerHill Housing Group’s Robert Freed says, “We are fortunate to have achieved significant growth in both our for-sale and apartment-development businesses, even during the pandemic, and we can attribute this to our outstanding executive management team that includes Doug McDonald. Doug has been with SummerHill for nearly two decades and has served in many important roles at the company.”

McDonald has been with SummerHill for nearly 20 years. He previously served as COO and CFO for SummerHill Apartment Communities and CFO for SummerHill Homes. As CFO, he secured nearly $2 billion in construction debt and equity capital. Prior to joining SummerHill Homes, McDonald served at consulting firm Accenture in San Francisco.

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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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