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Urban Catalyst Taps Joshua Burroughs for Development Role

San Jose-based Urban Catalyst named Joshua Burroughs COO and SVP of Development. He will manage the firm’s acquisitions, forward planning and development teams, lead equity and debt placement, partnership/joint venture formations, and project/ /asset dispositions. He will also oversee company operations, by managing third-party consultants and investor relations/communications teams.

Burroughs, who joins after serving nearly 11 years at Swenson, brings experience supervising and directing all aspects of land acquisition, entitlements, forward planning, and land development, including project underwriting, design, construction, relationship management, partnership/joint venture formations, debt and equity placement, management of consultants, and project/asset disposition. He has acquired and entitled more than five million square feet of product in Northern California, including in excess of 1,500 residential units in Opportunity Zones.

Burroughs says, “I’m excited to join the Urban Catalyst team, as we launch the Bay Area’s first multi-asset opportunity zone fund targeting Downtown San Jose and West Oakland.”


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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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