REAL ESTATE

Edens & Avant announces promotions

BY CSA STAFF

Columbia, S.C. — Edens & Avant said Tuesday it has promoted Jami Passer to managing director. Prior to joining Edens & Avant in 2006, Passer was a partner and consultant with P3 Partners, a South Florida real estate advisory firm as well as being a managing director in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group of Andersen Corporate Finance LLC.

Edens & Avant also announced it has promoted Brian Maloney to director of leasing – Florida. In his new role, Maloney will be responsible for Edens & Avant’s leasing activities throughout the Florida region, which currently consists of approximately 26 retail properties. Maloney has been with Edens & Avant since 2007.

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Roy Perez-Daple joins Metro Commercial Real Estate

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Conshohocken, Pa. — Metro Commercial Real Estate said Monday that Roy Perez-Daple has joined the company, where he will expand the firm’s national retailer advisory services as well as pursue strategic landlord opportunities.

Perez-Daple was previously real estate director for Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, where he conducted site selection, acquisition and development, resulting in 32 new-construction superstores. Prior to that, he ran the real estate group for Ikea North America, providing for much of the initial U.S. expansion for the international retailer and building 2.6 million sq. ft. of Ikea stores throughout the United States.

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NRF urges repeal of healthcare reform law

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WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation announced that it has urged the House to support a vote to repeal last year’s health care reform law, saying the measure has already begun to discourage job creation and should be replaced with legislation that reduces healthcare costs while protecting jobs.

“The previous Congress’ health care reform debate was highly and, in our opinion, unnecessarily divisive,” NRF VP and employee benefits policy counsel Neil Trautwein said. “The retail industry proposed and strongly supported comprehensive healthcare reform that would reduce healthcare costs and extend coverage to the uninsured. Instead, Congress enacted – over the business community’s strong objections – a reform law that will fail to reduce healthcare costs and will impose penalty mandates on employers in 2014 that are already deterring job growth today at the expense of tomorrow’s economy.”

Trautwein’s comments came in a letter to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and all other members of the House. The House is beginning debate today on H.R. 2, the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” and is scheduled to vote Wednesday on that bill plus a resolution that would instruct committees to begin developing substitute legislation.

Trautwein noted that NRF has worked closely with the Obama Administration on steps to smooth implementation of the law, such as a November agreement that will allow limited benefit “mini-med” plans provided to employees by some retailers and restaurants to continue in operation at least through 2011. Without the agreement, the 1.4 million workers covered by such plans could have been left without coverage until insurance “exchanges” are established in 2014.

“Nonetheless, we are convinced that the health reform law is in the whole misplaced and will hazard future job and economic growth,” Trautwein said. “We strongly support this effort to repeal and replace the health reform law with more job-friendly health care reform that will concentrate first on reducing the cost of medical care.”

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