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A. Noni Holmes-Kidd – Parkway Property Investments LLC

The lyrics “there’s a long, long trail a-windin’,” are more than 100 years old, but they still pertain to Parkway Property Investments as it sets a far-ranging course in real estate and development. In the latest twist, Parkway is expanding its commercial office real estate roots into industrial and multifamily asset classes. It’s a challenge […]

Mark Weinstock – CCI

There’s some irony here, and it might be most pronounced in California where the housing crunch is so severe that even Silicon Valley companies can be hard-pressed to attract and retain employees earning a decent income. Yet for myriad reasons, the builders say it’s very difficult to develop ground-up, affordable, multifamily complexes in the Golden […]

Josh Widoff – Black Creek Group

On most days you’ll find Josh Widoff operating as a senior strategic advisor and head of legal matters at Denver-based Black Creek Group. During evenings you’ll find him teaching at the University of Colorado Law School. And some early morning, he might be chairing a meeting of commissioners at Denver’s Urban Renewal Authority. For Widoff, […]

Kevin Simonsen – BioMed Realty

Oh, how the wisdom of the platform has been vindicated. So observes Kevin Simonsen, who started as the only full-time real estate attorney at the fledgling BioMed Realty in 2005 and currently serves as its executive vice president, general counsel and secretary. BioMed Realty had recognized a growing demand for highly upgraded research and development […]

Cheryl R. Lee – Bay Vista Methodist Heights Inc.

The building had been grossly underused since the late 1960s. The former Encanto Boys and Girls Club and its 18,000 potentially valuable square feet essentially gathered cobwebs and dust in a distressed part of San Diego. But how that’s changed, the commercially zoned facility having been bought for $4.2 million last December by a minority-run […]

Jen Nichols – Harsch Investment Properties

Growing up as one of seven Black and biracial children in the outskirts of Detroit, Jen Nichols witnessed racism toward her family firsthand, something she’d also experience later as a real estate attorney. In a genetic twist of fate, Nichols never “looked” Black with her green eyes and long, straight brown hair—a far cry from […]

Jessica Norman – Independence Realty Trust Inc.

When Jessica Norman joined Independence Realty Trust in 2013, her early days were focused on supporting the company’s growth—specifically representing the 2-year-old public company in transactional deals to acquire multifamily apartment properties. Now, as IRT’s executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, Norman’s work benefits the public real estate investment trust across the board: culturally, […]

Stefanie Singer – Novogradac & Company LLP

As a young litigator, Stefanie Singer remembers walking into a deposition and people often asking her if she was the court reporter—a question she never witnessed being asked to a man. She also recalls a later challenge of working from home as she tried to balance her career aspirations with her personal obligations; most of […]

Dustin Van Deman – Hines

Not many 10-year-olds growing up in East Texas commit to becoming a lawyer in elementary school, but young Dustin Van Deman was one of them—and he never deviated from his plan. Growing up in the quiet town of Frankston—population 1,209 and home of Frank Beard, the drummer for ZZ Top—Van Deman says he didn’t come […]

Sheryl Kass – Fontainebleau Development

It’s one of the country’s premier real estate development and hospitality groups, Florida-based Fontainebleau Development. And with the executive team eying a wider brand expansion a few years ago, it was critical to expand the in-house legal team. Expertise in real estate finance was a fundamental requirement, and that brought the team’s focus on Sheryl […]

Testimonials

As promised in advance, my feature in Vanguard has increased my visibility within the profession and prompted more than a few people I have not communicated with recently to reconnect. One of the Italian law firms I have used in the past is now in the process of interviewing me for an article on their website and tweeting out the feature story. Activity and the number of people connecting with me on LinkedIn has soared, which is great. The Vanguard writers and editorial staff were great to work with—highly professional and made the effort to make the experience both fun and rewarding (they were also respectful of the time pressures and demands all lawyers face). I was very pleased with the experience and the final outcome. Needless to say, I have been very pleased. All in all working with Vanguard has been a very positive experience which generated good publicity for both Shawcor and myself. My sincere thanks.
– Tim Hutzul, General Counsel, ShawCor Ltd.
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– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.
It was a great honor to be featured in Vanguard Law. Working with every member of the team, from the initial interview with Erin Clark, through production with Victor Martins, writing the article with Taryn Plumb and creating the final content with Dave Gushee, was a true pleasure. Everyone was very professional, enthusiastic and supportive, and their creative approach and positive attitude clearly came through in the final product.
– Kevin C. Rakowski, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Compliance with Radian Group Inc.
The piece highlighting my company, Bob Baker Enterprises, Inc., came out fabulous. Our company is in the new and used car sales and service industry. Everyone was great to work with and extremely professional. They produced a high-quality product and have provided expert assistance and guidance post-production of the article.
– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.

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