Grandbridge Names Rocco President

Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, Charlotte, N.C. announced Matthew Rocco has been named president and will continue to serve as national production manager, overseeing the company’s national loan origination platform.

In his new role as president, Rocco will take on additional leadership responsibilities from a corporate perspective and will be responsible for not only Grandbridge’s overall loan origination efforts, but also the company’s agency underwriting and Balance Sheet Closing groups.

Rocco joined the company in 1998. He is a member of Grandbridge’s Board of Managers, Senior Leadership Team, and Risk Committee, as well as a member of BB&T’s Senior Leadership Team. He also serves as an advisory member to many of the nation’s largest institutional investors and capital correspondents.

Now reporting to Rocco will be Executive Vice President and Director of Agency Production Frank Guzikowski, Senior Vice President and Legal/Closing Manager Brett Blackwood and Senior Vice President and Deputy National Production Manager John Randall.

John Randall will take on an expanded role supervising the company’s 21 loan origination offices. Prior to joining Grandbridge in June 2017, he managed all aspects of commercial real estate finance and mortgage banking at EverBank, including leading all commercial real estate production.

Joe Lovell was named Chief Operating Officer and will take on additional corporate responsibilities in addition to his duties overseeing loan servicing and third-party loan closing. Lovell joined Grandbridge Real Estate Capital in 1994. In his new role he is responsible for the overall direction and management of a staff of more than 100 associates, and oversees Asset Management, Operations, Business Systems/IT and Third-party Loan Closing as well as corporate initiatives for Grandbridge and its subsidiary, BB&T Real Estate Funding.

Senior Vice President Dan Husak was appointed Head of Business Systems and Corporate Operations. His expanded responsibilities include managing the consolidated cash, investor reporting/accounting and business systems/IT groups, as well as taking the lead on various corporate responsibilities such as vendor and data management. He has more than 25 years of experience in commercial loan servicing.

As Senior Vice President and Head of Asset Management, Jon Boone’s role was expanded with additional duties, corporate projects and direct reports. Boone, who joined Grandbridge in 2003, is responsible for leading more than 70 real estate professionals managing a $29 billion portfolio consisting of 3,700 loans.

The Dow Hotel Co. Names Lee Vice President of Hotel Investments
The Dow Hotel Co., Seattle, named Jackie Lee Vice President of Hotel Investments.

In this role, Lee will be responsible for growing DHC’s portfolio of large-size, first-class, full-service hotels through smaller, boutique independent properties.

Prior to joining DHC, Lee held several roles with Interstate Hotels & Resorts, culminating with Vice President of Hotel Investments. In that position, she played a strategic role for direct management of the company’s U.S. hotel portfolio. While there, she also served as Vice President of strategic growth and corporate communications director/special assistant to the board for the company’s Shanghai division.

Lee also has worked for Aramark and United Nations Catering.

Leeke Joins CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions Group
CBRE Group, Los Angeles, hired Don Leeke as President of Client Solutions for its Global Workplace Solutions business.

The Global Workplace Solutions business provides facilities management, project management, advisory and transaction and consulting services to commercial real estate occupiers.

Based in Minneapolis, Leeke has more than two decades of experience. He led sales activities for Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and most recently IBM as Vice President of North America Analytics Sales.

In his new role, Leeke oversees CBRE’s global outsourcing sales and solutions organization, management consulting, technology-led analytics, industry sector specialties and the CBRE Institute.