Kelli Walter joins NAI Partners’ investment fund as senior vice president of asset management

NAI Partners’ investment fund platform has hired Kelli Walter as senior vice president of asset management in their Houston office. Walter will be responsible for overseeing the overall NAI investment fund portfolio and coordinating the execution of NAI’s business plan for each asset in order to maximize investor value. “We are thrilled to add a talent of Kelli’s caliber to the NAI Investment Fund team as we aggressively scale our platform and overall real estate portfolio,” said Andrew Pappas, partner at NAI Partners and head of the NAI investment fund. “Kelli will play a major role in our ongoing growth and the execution of our investment strategy as we continue to generate value for our investors.” Walter joins NAI Partners from Voss Capital, where she served concurrently as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. While at Voss, Walter oversaw fund operations, treasury, investor relations and compliance, and led many transformational efforts to institutionalize Voss. Walter also brings to NAI many years of experience in corporate finance from her tenure at multiple publicly traded oil and gas firms. Walter has a master of science degree in finance from Texas A&M – Mays Business School, and a bachelor of business administration in accounting from Texas A&M. She is also a Texas-registered Certified Public Accountant.

Lab testing firm takes retail space in Houston market

NAI Partners recently arranged a 1,540-square-foot retail lease for Arcpoint Labs of Spring at 2520 Research Forest Drive in Spring, Texas. NAI Partners’ Laura Diggs represented the tenant in the transaction. ARCpoint Labs of Spring, is a source for professional lab testing and diagnostics. With state-of-the-art facilities and a team of experienced lab technicians, ARCpoint Labs of Spring delivers accurate, reliable, confidential results.

NAI Partners promotes Larry Koestler to senior vice president of marketing and communications

NAI Partners has promoted its head of marketing, Larry Koestler, to senior vice president of marketing and communications. “Larry has consistently raised the bar in his leadership of our marketing group, ensuring our brokers have the support they need to deliver the exceptional client service our customers count on every single day,” said Jon Silberman, managing partner of NAI Partners. “His creativity, insight and passion for the company make Larry an ideal brand evangelist, and he is highly deserving of this promotion.” Koestler’s expanded responsibilities now include management and oversight of the company’s more than one dozen client services coordinators and account managers, in addition to his day-to-day supervision of the entirety of the firm’s marketing priorities and media relations efforts for all of the company’s business lines—including office tenant representation, industrial services, retail services, landlord services, office project leasing, investment sales, property management, investment funds, project management, facilities services, valuation and advisory and development services—across the firm’s three markets in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. “Larry has been an incredible advocate for our company and draws considerable positive attention to our firm in what he does,” said Travis Rodgers, executive vice president. “Larry has also been a good leader and partner in our marketing efforts. Aligning the account managers and CSCs to his team will ensure consistency in the marketing aspects of their roles and provide new leadership to that team.” Koestler is a previous Real Estate Forum 50 Under 40 Rising Stars of Commercial Real Estate honoree. He was the only marketing and communications executive to make the list, the only professional in the NAI Global network and one of just two in this esteemed group to be based in Houston. Koestler has been at NAI Partners for four years, initially coming aboard to lead the company’s marketing team, and eventually being promoted to spearhead both marketing and communications. He came to NAI Partners from Fortune 500 commercial real estate services firm CBRE, where he spent more than a decade serving in a range of global marketing and communications leadership roles as a digital storyteller, corporate communicator, brand evangelist and content marketing strategist. Koestler is a New York City native. He has a bachelor of arts in journalism from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and children in Katy, Texas.

Greystone Affordable Development preserves more than 800 affordable housing units in Texas

Greystone Affordable Development recently closed a $120.5 million transaction—its first in the state of Texas—in collaboration with Burnet, Texas-based Hamilton Valley Management, Inc., an owner and manager of affordable multi-family housing in rural areas of Texas. Using the housing industry’s critical 4 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit), which is currently in crisis due to historically low rates, Greystone Affordable Development will redevelop, modernize and secure affordable rental homes for thousands of Texans. “The rehabilitation of these properties, and the jobs that will be created during the extensive rehabilitation, would not be possible without the housing credit, our nation’s primary tool for financing affordable rental housing,” said Tanya Eastwood, president, Greystone Affordable Development. “Unfortunately, the program is facing significant challenges, threatening the development of affordable housing across the country at a time when it is needed more than ever.” Hamilton Valley’s portfolio of affordable housing properties for this transaction includes 23 aged, USDA Rural Development Section 515 properties, comprising 802 apartment homes serving low-income households in 14 counties across Texas. Click to read more at www.rejournals.com.

Global tax giant Ryan LLC relocates Houston office to Park Towers with 66,750-SF lease

Regent Properties and Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) announce that Ryan LLC has leased 66,750 square feet at Park Towers, 1233 W. Loop S. in Houston’s Uptown/Galleria submarket. Transwestern managing director Doug Little, executive vice president David Baker, vice president Kelli Gault and associate Jack Scharnberg provided agency leasing services on behalf of the landlord, Regent Properties. “We are thrilled that the Ryan team is relocating to Park Towers,” said Matthew Benbassat, chief operating officer at Regent. “Park Towers exemplifies Regent’s vision of providing our tenants with an amenity-rich environment that will allow their employees to produce at their highest levels.” Park Towers is a Class A, 545,242-square-foot office property comprised of two 272,621-square-foot, 18-story buildings. The space boasts a high-performance fitness facility, tech-savvy conference center, in-building dining and soon-to-be-completed lobby renovations. The location is abundant with walkable amenities at the nearby Uptown Park shopping center and has excellent proximity and a paved walkway to Memorial Park. The building visibility and ease of access attributed greatly to the tenant’s decision to lease the space. “We are excited to move our Houston operations into Park Towers,” said Robert Wertz, senior vice president and chief real estate officer at Ryan. “The office space provides superb amenities for our employees and the location is in proximity to many of our clients and employee residences in the dynamic Uptown/Galleria area of Houston. In addition, Regent Properties is a first-class owner with tremendous plans for the Park Towers complex.”