Mark Grinis leads Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction arm of EY

10 July 2017

Big Four consultancy EY has appointed company veteran Mark Grinis to the role of Global Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction Leader. Grinis moves to the position following the planned retirement of his predecessor Howard Roth, with the appointee taking responsibility for the coordination of the segment’s personnel of over 15,000.

Mark Grinis has been with EY since 1995, following ten years as an Auditor at Kenneth Leventhal & Co, and throughout his career he has served as lead advisor on more than $50 billion of transactions, as well as in his capacity as an audit partner for real estate funds, taking the total aggregate value of dealings he was involved in to $250 billion. He has held various high-level positions at the firm over his more than 20-year tenure, including the US Central region Real Estate leader, and Global Real Estate Private Equity practice lead, having also held leadership positions across the firm’s footprint in the Americas and Japan.

Grinnis, who completed a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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As the new Leader of EY’s Global Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction arm, Grinnis will take the reins of a global team of more than 15,000 real estate professionals, while being tasked with overseeing and coordinating the firm’s network in the area – which includes serving more than 6,000 clients across the globe – at a time when EY finds itself in demand, as the global constructing sector struggles to deal with the complexity arising from new technologies. The appointment is the enactment of the firm’s succession planning, following the retirement of Howard Roth, who has been with the firm since 1985 and retires at the end of the month.

Commenting on the appointment, Roth said, “Mark is a highly skilled and respected professional in our industry. I have worked closely with him for many years. His knowledge, experience and credibility is based on major international transactions and capital flows, and he has the creativity to work with companies on their digital, cyber and technology priorities, making him an ideal fit to lead EY Global Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction.”

Grinis added, “The pace of technological growth, shifting regulatory environments and constant changes in the global economy make for an exciting and challenging time to be in real estate. I’m honored to have this opportunity and look forward to leveraging our global network’s deep technical experience and talent for the benefit of our clients.”


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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.