2021 Lawyers in Real Estate Awards
Last year, the Connect CRE team followed up our well-received Next Generation Awards and Women in Real Estate Awards with the inaugural Lawyers in Real Estate Awards. For...
2021 Women in Real Estate
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2021 Next Generation Awards
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Opus Launches Student Housing Development Near Univ. Alabama
The Opus Group, in partnership with The McKinney Fund & Company, started construction on a new 17-story, mixed-use student living community on the edge of the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. The building will include 199 residential units accommodating 522 residents, and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2020.
Located near downtown, in the Five Points South neighborhood at the corner of 20th Street S. and 10th Ave., the development will be built on the former “The Break” site.
Opus’ Ben Angelo says, “With assistance from Herschell Hamilton of Birmingham-based Bloc Global, this location was strategically selected as it is an easy, walkable distance to campus and close proximity to all of the great retail, dining and entertainment options in the neighborhood.”
Ranging from junior studios to four-bedrooms, the units will feature full-size stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, simulated wood flooring in the common spaces, and in-unit washers and dryers.
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.