WeWork, the troubled operator of shared office space, has named Sandeep Mathrani, a senior executive at the commercial real estate company Brookfield Properties, as its new chief executive. Mr. Mathrani, whose appointment was announced on Saturday, replaces Artie Minson and Sebastian Gunningham, the co-chief executives. Mr. Minson and Mr. Gunningham took over in September from Adam Neumann, the WeWork co-founder whose growth-at-all-costs strategy brought the company to the brink of financial collapse last year. In a statement, Mr. Mathrani said WeWork had “redefined how people and companies approach work with an innovative platform, exceptionally talented team and significant potential if we stick to our shared values and maintain our members-first focus.” Click to read more at www.nytimes.com.
The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) is hiring a new Executive Director. Our long-serving Executive Director, Douglas Oldmixon, is retiring at the end of March 2020. The Executive Director serves as the agency leader for both TREC and for the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB), and is responsible for organizational culture and day-to-day operations of the agency. This includes managing staff and agency resources, overseeing the annual budget, and developing and implementing a strategic plan in collaboration with TREC and TALCB policymakers appointed by the Governor. Together TREC and TALCB oversee the providers of real estate brokerage, appraisals, property inspections, home warranties, right-of-way services, and timeshare projects. The agency provides licensing, education, and complaint investigation services, as well as regulation and enforcement of state and federal laws and rules that govern each of these areas of service to Texas consumers. Click to read more to see the full job posting.
The Howard Hughes Corp. will develop a Class A office building for Alight Solutions near Houston in The Woodlands. Alight, a technology-enabled health, wealth and human capital management solutions provider, will occupy the 180,000-square-foot property under a long-term lease agreement. HHC will erect Alight’s new four-story office building at 8770 New Trails Drive within The Woodlands’ Research Forest technology corridor. The build-to-suit deal paves the way for Alight’s relocation from its current home at 9500 Lakeside Blvd., which is also located within the Research Forest. Click to read more at www.cpexecutive.com.
The dream team behind the new PGA headquarters resort gathered in Frisco last night to give an update on the 600-acre development. The invite-only event featured three discussions moderated by Dave Marr III of SirusXM’s PGA Tour Radio. Among the featured speakers: PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh, golf course architects Gil Hanse and Beau Welling, World Golf Hall of Famer Lee Trevino (who was uproariously funny) and his mentor Bill Eschenbrenner, and Bob Rowling, chairman and CEO of TRT Holdings, which owns Omni Hotels. Click to read more at www.dmagazine.com.
Hartman Income REIT has purchased Ashford on the Bayou, a five-story office building in west Houston near the Energy Corridor. Built in 1983, the renovated property is 55 percent leased. HFF marketed the property for the seller, Los Angeles-based RPD Catalyst, and arranged a five-year, fixed-rate acquisition loan with RGA Reinsurance Co. for the buyer. Terms were not disclosed. The 126,811-square-foot building is situated on 2.5 acres at 1001 S. Dairy Ashford, south of Buffalo Bayou. The property has an attached seven-story, 467-space parking garage and borders Terry Hershey Park. Click to read more at www.houstonchronicle.com.
The 72-story Bank of America Plaza is the second-tallest building in Texas and one of the five skyscrapers with the most floors west of the Mississippi. The 1.85 million-square-foot Main Street office tower outlined with miles of green lights has been owned since 1998 by Metropolis Investment Holdings, a Chicago-based real estate firm that manages assets for a German family investment group. Click to read more at www.dallasnews.com.