Plaza Cos. has added Kelly Bast, Allison Vucelich and Michelle Miller as senior portfolio managers. Bast will oversee the management of several Plaza properties. She previously was a property manager for Wessex Property Management and a retail broker for Sperry Van Ness in Phoenix. A graduate of Ohio State University, Bast has managed more than 3 million sq ft of property in her career in real estate.
Vucelich serves Plaza Cos.’ properties in Sun City. She previously worked with SBM site services in San Diego and with Hines in Tempe, where she managed the U.S. Airways property. She also worked with Wessex Service Co. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Valparaiso University.
Miller, a veteran property manager who recently worked with MODE Real Estate Management Services in Scottsdale, will work with properties in Sun City. She also served as a property manager for Transwestern in Phoenix and The Muller Co. in San Diego.
Renea Nabor joins as project manager. She previously worked with Transwestern in Phoenix, managing the Biltmore Financial Center. She also was a real estate manager with CB Richard Ellis in Phoenix, where she handled all aspects of property management services.
Margaret Lloyd was hired as medical leasing specialist. She has more than 26 years experience in commercial real estate with Grubb & Ellis, Pederson Group and Western Property Advisors.
Bettina Hunt joins as leasing director. She previously worked with Ensemble DevMan and is an expert on the Sun Cities medical office projects recently purchased by Healthcare Trust of America Inc. Prior to relocating to Arizona in 2006, Bettina spent seven years in high-density office property management and leasing for Marc Realty in Chicago.
Arizona Structure Technologies Inc. has hired three new employees. Mark Winham will perform quality assurance/quality control for the business. Leon Watchman and Gabe Booze will serve as machinists.
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry recognized SCF Arizona President & CEO Don Smith for his vision for positive change in public policy by awarding him its Transformational Leader Award for 2010.
Under Smith’s 10-year leadership, the 85-year-old State Compensation Fund was transformed into SCF Arizona, the state’s largest Arizona-based insurance company.
The American Public Transportation Association and the American National Standards Institute’s National Committee have selected Stantec senior transportation engineer Karl Witbeck to serve as one of only two international delegates to represent the U.S. in the newly-formed International Electrotechnical Commission’s Electrical Equipment and Systems for Railways Technical Committee. Witbeck will maintain the position as an ongoing commitment thru 2011. He will support the committee’s mission to prepare international standards for radio-based train control systems.
Witbeck has also assumed a two-year term as vice chair for the Joint Council on Transit Wireless Communications, an organization for which he also was appointed chairman of its coordination committee.
A senior engineer with more than 23 years of communications systems engineering and related professional services experience, Witbeck has worked with Valley Metro Rail in Phoenix and the Mariposa Land Port of Entry in Nogales.