Making Good in Real Estate: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements © 2013 Idaho StatesmanJuly 16, 2013 


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TOK promotes Ward, hires Frederick

Rebekah Ward has been named property manager at Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate, and Breanna Frederick has joined the property management team.

Ward has five years of management experience. She will be responsible for a portfolio consisting of office and retail properties.

Since joining Thornton Oliver Keller in 2010 as an assistant property manager, Ward has supported three property managers in the coordination of property operations for a combined portfolio of more than 2 million square feet. In 2011, Ward successfully earned her LEED certification, and in 2012 she was awarded Thornton Oliver Keller's Outstanding Service Award. She graduated from Boise State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in communications.

Frederick brings four years of property management experience. She will support three property managers responsible for overseeing more than two million square feet. She will assist in the daily coordination of operations for retail, office, and industrial properties.

Johnson and Lauda join CSHQA

Mark Johnson, mechanical engineer-in-training, and Andrew Lauda, architect-in-training, have joined CSHQA, a Boise architectural and engineering firm.

Johnson earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering cum laude from Boise State University in 2011. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers. He has experience in HVAC and plumbing design, energy modeling and HVAC commissioning.

Lauda earned his bachelor's degree in architecture in 2011 and his master's degree in architecture in May from the University of Idaho. He received an Idaho Concrete Masonry Association's Award of Excellence in 2010 for concrete masonry design.

He has worked with local clients including Scentsy and WinCo.

Murray, Smith names manager, new hire

Dennis Galinato has been named Boise office manager of Murray, Smith & Associates Inc., and Jon Gellings has joined the Boise office.

Murray, Smith & Associates is a Pacific Northwest consulting engineering firm specializing in public infrastructure planning, design and construction management.

Galinato holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho and has 14 years of experience as a civil engineer leading water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure planning and design projects throughout the Northwest. He and two other senior engineers started the firm's Boise office in 2007. He has helped build the office to 15 employees.

Galinato will continue to focus on managing projects and delivering technical solutions for Northwest municipal clients.

Gellings has 11 years of experience in the design and management of complex transportation projects for municipal and state clients.

Gellings maintains technical specialties in designing roundabouts and unique lighting solutions for pedestrian and roadway applications.

He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Gonzaga University.

Schumacher, Huber join Land Group

John Huber and Gary Schumacher have joined The Land Group Inc., a civil engineering team in Eagle.

Huber has 12 years of experience in civil engineering, drafting and surveying.

Huber passed the Fundamentals of Surveying exam and earned a degree in technology management from Utah Valley University.

Schumacher has 25 years of civil drafting and design experience.

He holds an associate degree from the Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado. His expertise includes streets, highways, commercial sites, subdivisions, interchanges, bridges, wastewater collection and treatment, storm sewers and water lines.

Gamblin joins Real Estate Commission

Michael L. Gamblin has been appointed to the Idaho Real Estate Commission to represent the Southwest District.

Gamblin is a broker/owner of Mike Gamblin Real Estate, a 21-year-old Boise firm with 15 agents.

He served as the president of the Ada County Association of Realtors in 1998 and was the state association president in 2004. In 2004, Gamblin opened the Idaho Real Estate School, which by 2008 was Idaho's largest real estate school. The school instructs agents entering the business and provides continuing education and broker pre-license courses.

Gamblin is chairman of the Idaho Real Estate Education Council, a division of the Idaho Real Estate Commission in charge of monitoring and developing real estate curriculum for agents and brokers.

Born in Sandpoint, Gamblin resides in Hidden Springs with his wife, Carla. They have four children and three grandchildren.

North Wind names Leichtweis president

Christopher P. Leichtweis has been named president and chief strategic officer of the North Wind Group. He succeeds Sylvia Medina, the founder of North Wind, who retired in March.

North Wind provides engineering, construction and environmental services to federal and state agencies and private industry. Founded in 1997 in Idaho Falls, North Wind has grown to a group of companies that employ more than 300 scientific, engineering, management and professional personnel at 20 offices around the country.

In late 2009, Cook Inlet Region, an Alaska Native corporation, purchased North Wind as a wholly owned subsidiary.

Leichtweis comes from Knoxville, Tenn., where he was a senior vice president and executive officer of Perma-Fix Environmental Services Inc. In 1991, Leichtweis founded Safety and Ecology Corp., which was acquired by Perma-Fix in 2011. Leichtweis previously worked for Bechtel National and for Chem-Nuclear System Inc. He has 30 years of experience in the environmental service industry and government contracting.

Gregory Razo, CEO of the North Wind Group and vice president of government contracting or CIRI, announced the hiring.

Cole hires intern

Michael Joseph has been named an architectural intern at Cole Architects.

Joseph will take part in the planning and design of projects for, the Church of the Brethren and others.

He recently earned a master's degree in architecture from the University of Idaho. Joseph received the Bruce Schafer Memorial Scholarship for his architectural skills.

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