CBRE promotes Mike Lafitte and Cal Frese to Group President role

30 June 2016

CBRE has promoted Mike Lafitte and Cal Frese to the role of Global Group President. Lafitte takes responsibility for CBRE’s Lines of Business and Client Care, and Frese takes responsibility for oversight of the firm’s Americas, EMEA and APAC geographies. Both senior advisors will report directly to CBRE President & CEO, Bob Sulentic.

Mike Lafitte took on the President of Americas role at CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) in 2009, which he held until 2012. From 2012 Lafitte was the Global President of CBRE Services for just under a year, taking on the Chief Operating Officer role at the company in 2013. Lafitte holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate from the Southern Methodist University.

Lafitte takes on the executive position of Global Group President responsible for the CBRE’s Lines of Business and Client Care. The role will see Lafitte work towards further developing the firm’s range of services, including transactional, property, facilities and project management services. In addition, Lafitte will be responsible for CBRE’s Client Care programme.

Mike Lafitte, Calvin Frese, Jr, Bob Sulentic - CBRE

Cal Frese joined CBRE in 1998. In the years that followed, he ascended to the rank of President of Global Services and in 2012 took on the role of CEO of the Americas. Previously, Frese worked at Whittier Partners for nine years, where his last role held was as Chief Operating Officer. Earlier roles include Senior Vice President at Cabot, Cabot & Forbes and Manager at Arthur Andersen, where he started his career in 1979. Frese holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economic from Trinity College-Hartford and a Master of Science in Accounting from the New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Frese takes on the executive position of Global Group President, directly responsible for oversight of the Americas, EMEA and APAC. The role sees Frese take charge of CBRE’s geographic leadership team, setting the tone for driving financial and operations performance across the regions. The role will also see Frese responsible for better aligning Research and Marketing within CBRE’s global operations.

Both Presidents will report directly to CBRE President & CEO, Bob Sulentic, who adds “Mike and Cal are exceptional leaders who have helped steer the company to strong growth and many key strategic gains. Their new responsibilities will enable us to continue to differentiate our services, while advancing the quality of our geographic leadership team and the financial and operational performance of our regions.”


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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.