Multi-Housing Executives Update: Alliance Residential Appoints Heather Slack as Development Director, and Other Moves

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorAlliance Residential Appoints Heather Slack as Development DirectorPhoenix–Alliance Residential Co. has appointed Heather Slack (pictured) as development director. In this new role, Slack is responsible for development and acquisition activities in the northern California Region, which includes the markets of Portland, Ore., Seattle and Las Vegas. Her primary duties are to source and negotiate the purchase of multifamily sites, manage the development and construction process, and acquire existing communities for rehabilitation. Most recently, she served as Alliance’s national new business director. She joined the company in 2003 as vice president of operations for the northwest region and also served as director of west coast acquisitions. “This new position will allow me to oversee development and acquisitions for Alliance’s interests not only in northern California but all of the Pacific Northwest and Las Vegas,” says Slack. “Despite turns in the economy, Alliance is still building in key markets and looking for acquisition opportunities in new ones as well.”Arent Fox Hires Four Former Nixon Peabody Employees Washington, D.C.–Arent Fox LLP has recently hired Edward Rogers and Debra D. Yogodzinski as partners. In addition, Ellen M. McCarthy has been hired as director of planning and land use and ElChino M. Martin, as counsel to the firm’s real estate group. Each of the four had held the same position at their former firm, Nixon Peabody LLP.”They will bolster our ability to serve our clients at a time when there is a large measure of uncertainty and numerous challenges for the real estate development industry,” says Arent Fox Chairman Marc Fleischaker. The Rogers-Yogodzinski-McCarthy-Martin team has been involved in the planning, construction and development of Waterfront Station and development of the Newseum, a mixed-use project on Pennsylvania Avenue for The Freedom Forum in Washington, D.C.Brian Kelly to Join HFF’s Indianapolis Office Investment Sales Team Indianapolis–HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.) has hired Brian Kelly to join the Indianapolis investment sales team as a director and as a member of the firm’s national multifamily group. He will continue his national focus on student housing properties. Before joining HFF, Kelly worked as an investment sales broker at Marcus & Millichap where he built relationships with national student housing developers and owners. Kelly is a member of the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA).“With the strong investor interest in student housing due to the ever-increasing demand in the sector, the timing could not have been better,” says Dave Keller, senior managing director of HFF Indianapolis.