The Herd: New hires, departures and promotions 7.16.19

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Virginia B. Bayless, who has been interim president and chief executive officer of The Denver Foundation, is stepping down in the fall.


Rich Benenson has begun his term as managing partner with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck. He is a shareholder and has degrees from Miami University, the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland.

Danijela Gazibara

Dan Culhane

Danijela Gazibara has joined the commercial practice and data privacy group of Koenig, Oelsner, Taylor, Schoenfeld & Gaddis. She had been with Paul, Weiss in New York and has degrees from Grinnell College and New York University.

Dan Culhane has founded Discovery Genie, a legal tech company that specializes in simplifying document production for small to medium law firms. He is an attorney and has degrees from Stanford University.

Real Estate

Andrew Blaustein

Allison Bert

Andrew Blaustein has been promoted to senior managing director with Newmark Knight Frank. He is a tenant representation specialist.

Joining Tributary Real Estate:

Allison Bert is director of investments. She has degrees from Bentley University.

Mike Harpole is an associate broker. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University.

Mike Harpole

Mike Arnold

Joining the capital markets equity, debt and structured finance group of Cushman & Wakefield from JLL:

Baxter Fain is executive managing director in capital markets.

Ryan Zikas, Colby Hoagland and Christina Grimme are brokerage professionals.

Joining Cresa:

Mike Arnold is an advisor. He had been with Avison Young and is a graduate of the University of Colorado.

Dean Francis

Laura Disenso

Dean Francis is an accounting associate. He is a graduate of Chadron State University.

Laura DiSenso is an interior designer in the workspace, planning design and support group. She is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Liz Steele is a project manager in the workspace planning design and support team. She is a graduate of State University of New York Buffalo.

Dex McLuskey

Liz Steele


Dex McLuskey and Candace Carpenter have launched Context Content, a communications and marketing firm.


Ceren Johnson is executive director of The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center Early Learning School. She had been with KinderCare Education and has degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology and Concordia University-Portland.

Javier Alberto Soto

Ceren Johnson

Javier Alberto Soto has been named president and chief executive officer of The Denver Foundation, effective in October. He is with The Miami Foundation. He has degrees from Florida State University and Georgetown University.


At WellBiz Brands Inc.:

Sherin Sakr is general counsel. She had been with Realogy Franchise Group in New Jersey.

Chris Glodé is chief digital officer. He had been with Helix.

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