Los Angeles-based Westwood Financial is expanding its team with the addition of Matt Lougee. He joins the retail investment firm as Executive Vice President to lead its corporate strategy and finance team, as well as facilitate financing for the firm’s retail investments, oversee capital formation and investor relations, and negotiate joint-venture partnerships.
Westwood’s Joe Dykstra says, “This new appointment will advance our long-term objective to grow our platform, refine our corporate strategy, and strengthen our capital relationships, thereby positioning us to better serve our clients and investors.” Recently, Westwood consolidated 275 partnerships into a single entity.
Lougee brings more than a decade of real estate finance experience, specifically in value-oriented shopping centers. Prior to Westwood, Lougee served as a Senior Vice President of Finance at Beachwood, OH-based DDR Corp.
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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