Matthews Real Estate Investment Services opened a new office in Old Town Scottsdale to grow the firm’s presence in the Southwest. The office has 11 new hires, includes both operations and agents, and is the firm’s 11th office.
Located at 4110 N Scottsdale Rd., it will serve as the firm’s national platform operations center. Matthews COO Duerk Brewer will oversee the office, while industry veterans Steve Lowe and Simon Assaf relocated to Scottsdale from Chicago and Costa Mesa respectively. They will lead sales teams focused on net lease retail, shopping centers, apartments, industrial, healthcare, leasing, and 1031 Exchanges.
Brewer says the new Scottsdale office “provides us with access to a rich talent pool as we continue to hire employees to support our agents across the country. Additionally, while we have already completed over 100 transactions in Arizona, having boots on the ground here on the sales side will help us accelerate the business in the local and regional market.”
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.