John Gleeson has been appointed president-elect of the Naples, Florida–based Gulf Coast Venture Forum Board, which promotes the region’s new and emerging businesses by bringing together entrepreneurs, educational resources, capital providers, and service providers. Gleeson owns Gleeson Real Estate Group and CFO Vision LLC in Naples, both of which specialize in advising organizations on startup/growth strategies and business plans, though the former focuses on building/development. He is treasurer of ULI Southwest Florida and vice president of finance for the Economic Development Council of Collier County, Florida.
Drew Brown, chairman of the board of DMB Associates Inc. in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been elected to Scottsdale Healthcare’s board of directors, marking his return to serving the Northeast Valley’s only locally based nonprofit health system. Brown was a member of Scottsdale Healthcare’s board from 1997 to 2008 and was board chairman for 2006–2007. He began a three-year term on the board in January.
Benson Elliot Capital Management, founded by ULI U.K. chairman Marc Mogull, and U.K. developer Stanhope have acquired a majority interest in the company established by Sackville Properties for the landmark Station Hill redevelopment in Reading, England. The transaction represents the first investment for the €500 million ($683 million) Benson Elliot Real Estate Partners III fund. Benson Elliot is a London-based private equity real estate firm.
Thompson Hine partner Linda A. Striefsky has been named one of the top 50 women lawyers in Ohio for 2011 by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers recognizes only 5 percent of Ohio’s lawyers; women earning the best scores in its blue ribbon process are named to the Top 50 Women Ohio Super Lawyers list. Striefsky, a member of Thompson Hine’s Real Estate practice and a leader of the firm’s growing Global Sourcing & Procurement practice, focuses on real estate acquisitions, sales, financing, and tax issues; corporate facilities management; and leasing, easement, and related agreements.