CSM Reports Executive Hires for Commercial Properties and Capital Markets [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CSM Corp. announced two executive hires that will help position the company for future growth as it looks to leverage the current portfolio and take advantage of the improving real estate market.
According to a release, Andy Deckas has joined the organization as president of Commercial Properties and executive vice president of the Company. In his new role, he will help develop and execute a growth strategy for the commercial division, oversee the day-to-day operations and join the company's leadership team. Deckas has 25 years of industry experience and most recently was president of Opus/ Founders Properties, where he was responsible for the acquisition and management of more than $3 billion in assets. Prior to Opus, Deckas was employed at Heitman, one of the nation's largest real estate advisors. Deckas is active in the commercial real estate community and serves in a leadership role for NAIOP and ULI.
Lori Larson joins CSM as senior managing director of Capital Markets. Larson brings more than 25 years of commercial real estate experience to the leadership team.
Larson will help the organization gain new access to capital markets and execute strategic acquisitions, dispositions and other investment activities. Before joining CSM, Larson was president of Keystone Advisors, providing consulting services to owners and developers of commercial real estate in the areas of investment, finance, brokerage and asset management. Her tenure in commercial real estate also includes roles with the Investment Properties Institutional Group of CBRE in Minneapolis, six years at Opus Corp. and ten years at Richard Ellis, Inc. Larson has been involved with more than $3 billion of capital market transactions. She is active in numerous professional associations and was elected the first female president of NAIOP-MN in 2001.
"I am delighted to have these proven executives join our CSM team," said Gary Holmes, president and CEO, CSM. "I'm highly confident they will complement our existing leadership team, as well as the entire organization in positioning CSM for success and growth for years to come."
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