Next Generation Honoree: Brooke Birtcher Gustafson Continues a 78-Year Family Development Tradition
Brooke Birtcher Gustafson helped re-launch Birtcher Development LLC earlier this year, with plans to pursue a $1-billion investment initiative of speculative industrial and warehouse development solutions for logistics service providers, manufacturers and retailers. As the fifth generation co-owner of her family’s 78-year-old industrial real estate development firm, Birtcher Gustafson brings 10 years of CRE experience and a highly-entrepreneurial leadership style to continue building on one of SoCal’s great family development legacies.
That’s just one of the reasons we chose Birtcher Gustafson to be one of the five 2017 Next Generation Award winners for the California region. Connect Media’s Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.
Early in her career, she handled management of more than one million square feet of warehouse, logistics and business park product in SoCal. Recently, she oversaw entitlement, design, leasing, and project management for a 200-acre, two-million-square-foot, mixed-use, multi-phase development project involving companies such as Amazon, Volkswagen and Costco.
While pursuing an MBA at UC Irvine and handling the company’s national development and acquisition agenda, she currently chairs the Curriculum Committee for the NAIOP SoCal Young Professionals Group (YPG), and remains active in the group serving as a mentor to younger CRE professionals. She also organized YPG’s Working Wardrobes, a non-profit group helping men, women and veterans overcome difficult challenges and find jobs.
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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