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Rachel Hickenbottom Joins CRG as Vice President of Development and Construction

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Rachel Hickenbottom, CRG Vice President of Development and Construction

Industry veteran joins firm to bolster Southern California development team

April 9, 2020 — CRG, a national real estate development and investment firm, announced today the hiring of Rachel Hickenbottom as Vice President of Development and Construction for the West Region.

Hickenbottom will be responsible for CRG’s pre-development, development and construction activities for industrial projects in the West Region, including key markets throughout California, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Reno, Phoenix and Denver. She will help to execute on the company’s expanding presence in the West Coast by leading the planning, design and construction for ground-up and value-add industrial assets.

“Rachel is a perfect cultural fit and brings meaningful development expertise as we grow our Southern California and West Region presence,” said Shawn Clark, President of CRG. “Her integrity, creativity and results-oriented personality are exactly what CRG is looking for as we add talented people to our team.”

Hickenbottom, a 25-year-industry veteran, has distinguished herself amongst a male-dominated field. She started her career with Majestic Realty in 1994 and moved on to become a Development Assistant and Property Manager at Panattoni Development in 2001. Hickenbottom joined DCT Industrial nine years ago as a Regional Manager, climbing the ranks to Vice President of Development & Construction through the successful acquisition and merger with Prologis.

At Prologis, Hickenbottom worked on key projects including Mountain View Industrial Park 4 & 5 and the Moreno Valley Logistics Center.

“I’m proud to be a woman in real estate,” said Hickenbottom, who is an active member of the Inland Empire chapter of Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW). “There should be more, and that’s one of the things CRG values. This is a special group, and I consider myself fortunate to be working with old friends and a uniquely-talented group of people.”

Joining Bud Pharris, Senior Vice President, Partner and West Region leader for CRG, and Joe Williams, Vice President of Development, Hickenbottom’s addition bolsters the firm’s continued West Coast expansion.

CRG is currently pursing entitlements with its development partners on two buildings totaling 270,000 square feet in Carson, California and another 165,000-square-foot building in Moreno Valley. The firm has another three Southern California development projects in escrow totaling nearly 100 acres.

“This is one of the most important markets in the country, and our key stakeholders need team members who understand the unique challenges and opportunities of developing industrial projects in the region,” Pharris said. “That’s why I couldn’t be happier to have Rachel joining us. I’ve known her for 20 years. She’s a proven veteran and a difference maker for us and our clients.”

Hickenbottom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and a Masters in Business Administration from Cal State Fullerton. She is also a licensed California real estate salesperson.

About CRG
CRG is a privately held real estate development firm that has developed more than 8,500 acres of land and delivered over 197 million square feet of commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family assets exceeding $12 billion in value. CRG, headquartered in St. Louis, leverages a powerful North American platform with local market expertise and offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Southern California and Philadelphia. CRG’s philosophy of developing for the future and anticipating the enhanced needs of next generation users led to the creation of their industrial brand, The Cubes, and their multi-family brand, Chapter. For more information, visit CRG’s website at www.realcrg.com.

The Inland Empire Business Journal (IEBJ) is the official business news publication of Southern California’s Inland Empire region - covering San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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Children’s Fund Appoints New President & CEO

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Veteran Non-Profit Leader, Cesar Navarrete, to Guide Organization Helping Children

Kristin Pierce, Chair of Children’s Fund Board, a San Bernardino County nonprofit, has announced the appointment of Cesar Navarrete as the new president and CEO of that organization.

For the last eight years, Navarrete has served as Executive Director of Child Advocates for San Bernardino County, a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. Over that period, he doubled the capacity of that organization to improve the lives of children and youth in foster and juvenile care. Child Advocates, under his leadership, was awarded the prestigious Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award in 2020. 

For eight years previous, he served the Family Service Association, a Riverside County nonprofit. Fresh out of college, he started as a program coordinator at the Mead Valley Community Center, rising through the organization to Director of Programs Administration.

Navarrete is a Moreno Valley resident. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a Master’s of Public Administration from Cal State University, San Bernardino. He is a member of the public administration adjunct faculty there, teaching a course on Nonprofit Management and Leadership. He is also a member of the School of Public Administration Advisory Board.

He serves with several organizations throughout the county, including the San Bernardino County Children’s Policy Council and the San Bernardino County Foster Care Advisory Council. Children’s Fund and CASA have a history of supporting each other in their mutual goal of helping foster youth.

“Cesar impressed the search committee with his abilities as a visionary builder and his compassion for children and families,” said Board Chair Pierce. “He is the ideal person to lead us into a new era of service to the San Bernardino County.”

Navarrete was drawn to Children’s Fund because of its breadth of programs helping children. “Children’s Fund is a pillar in the community that works tirelessly to provide the help and support that our children, youth, and families need, not only to meet their basic needs, but to inspire hope, by breaking down barriers and creating new opportunities,” Navarrete said.

Navarrete replaces  Ciriaco “Cid” Pinedo, EDD, the new CEO of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation.

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Daniel D’Arrigo Named Chief Financial Officer for San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

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Former long-time Fortune 500 executive will lead Tribe’s growth and development strategy

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (the Tribe) announced today Daniel (Dan) D’Arrigo will become Chief Financial Officer for the San Manuel enterprise. Dan comes to San Manuel with more than 25 years’ experience in senior finance and capital markets roles in the gaming, leisure and hospitality industry at some of the industry’s biggest and most successful companies.

“As Chief Financial Officer, Dan will play a critical role in leading the Tribe’s fiscal strategy, growth and development,” said Laurens Vosloo, Chief Executive Officer for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “One of Dan’s greatest strengths is his credibility with the investment community and capital markets. We are very pleased that Dan is joining our team at a time when the Tribe is experiencing tremendous growth and has such great potential for new opportunities.”

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be joining the San Manuel enterprise,” said D’Arrigo. “The Tribe has achieved much success while also assembling a top-notch leadership team under Laurens’ direction. I look forward to working alongside such experienced colleagues and further positioning the enterprise for long term sustainable growth.”

Dan previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of MGM Resorts International (MGM) in Las Vegas, where he oversaw the company’s domestic and international financial functions, including corporate finance, treasury, shared services, internal audit, and investor relations. During his tenure with MGM, Dan was instrumental in structuring the acquisition and financial strategies to acquire Mirage Resorts and Mandalay Resort Group.  He also played a key role in expanding the company’s portfolio internationally, as well as the creation of the company’s real-estate investment trust.

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People On The Move: John Pierce, Vice President of Sales at LâMO Footwear

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LâMO Footwear recently announced John Pierce as the company’s new Vice President of Sales. Pierce brings 30 years of industry sales and business management experience to his new role. He joins LâMO as the company gained momentum with record sales last year and has had a strong start to 2022.

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