PRESS RELEASE: Transwestern Adds Executive Vice President Michael Smith to Its Southern California Team

LOS ANGELES – Transwestern today announced the continued growth of its Southern California team with the addition of Michael Smith as executive vice president. Operating from the firm’s offices in Irvine and downtown Los Angeles, Smith is focused on business development and client services for third-party management and leasing, as well as the acquisition, disposition and development of property.

“Michael adds a crucial link to our expanding chain of services,” said West Region President George Garfield. “His background in development and construction covers a broad range of product types, including office, industrial, hospitality and residential. At the same time, his office and industrial leasing experience and institutional relationships align with our core strengths. We welcome Michael’s ability to combine these important disciplines in the support of our clients.”

Smith brings more than 25 years of construction, development and institutional transactional experience to Transwestern. As co-founding partner of Centurion Partners, he directed due diligence, construction, development and operations, where he oversaw in excess of $1 billion in projects, including The Residences at Little Nell in Aspen, Colo., and Sapphire Tower in San Diego, Calif. Prior to founding Centurion Partners, he was vice president of The Staubach Company in its Irvine, Calif. office. He served as a tenant representation and disposition broker for clients such as Nissan, ConAgra and Auto Nation. Previously he was regional director of the O’Donnell Group, where he oversaw the development and leasing of more than 5.5 million square feet of commercial and industrial projects for institutional clients.

Smith has managed projects for The Irvine Company, Pacific Life, California Public Employees Retirement Systems (CALPERS) and Citicorp Realty. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, National Council of Shopping Centers and National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

Transwestern is a privately held real estate firm specializing in agency leasing, property and facilities management, tenant advisory, capital markets, development, research and sustainability. The fully integrated global enterprise leverages competencies in office, industrial, retail, multifamily and healthcare properties to add value for investors, owners and occupiers of real estate. Transwestern facilitates better decision-making for clients by combining penetrating local market intelligence and macro-market research through its affiliate, Delta Associates. Transwestern has 33 U.S. offices and assists clients through more than 181 offices in 40 countries as part of a strategic alliance with Paris-based BNP Paribas Real Estate. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter: @Transwestern.

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