The Opus Group promoted Joe Downs to EVP and general manager. In this newly-created role, he will manage the St. Louis, Kansas City and Indianapolis markets, where he will continue to grow the business across multiple sectors including student living, senior living, multifamily, industrial, office and value-add.
Opus Development’s Dave Menke says, “This promotion is a reflection of Joe’s demonstrated ability to seek, implement and deliver successful projects within each of his markets. In this new role, he will continue to deliver on our mission as a company and grow the Opus business across a diverse portfolio of sectors.”
Downs has been part of the Opus team for more than 17 years, leading highly-visible projects, including Ceylon, District Flats, Citizen Park, Bunge Headquarters, 56 Commerce Center, LabCorp, Edison District Offices & Food Hall and Westport Apartments. He is credited with leading Opus’ entry into senior living.
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.