National Realty Committee The organization that serves as Real Estate's Roundtable for national policy issues in Washington, D.C., has appointed Jeffrey D. DeBoer, president and COO. Edwin N. Sidman, who is chairman of Boston-based Beacon Properties Corp., was re-elected to a second term as NRC chairman.

NACORE International

John W. Davis, MCR, president of the corporate and facilities division of Koll, has been elected chairman of the board of the West Palm Beach, Fla.-based corporate real estate group.

International Development Research Council The Norcross, Ga.-based corporate real estate association has elected H. Bruce Russell, who is director and vice president of corporate real estate at Eastman Kodak Co., president. IDRC also elected Barbara E. Hampton, who is president of SNET Real Estate Inc., first vice president and John C. Peace, district manager at Lucent Technologies, second vice president.

New America International

Michael A. Zugsmith, chairman of Encino, Calif.-based Capital Commercial Real Estate, has been named to a three-year term on the advisory board of the Hightstown, N.J.-based association of commercial real estate providers.

Tishman Realty & Construction Co.

The New York-based firm has promoted John Griswold to president of its Tishman Hotel Corp. operating unit and Timothy Haskin to senior vice president and managing director of its Tishman Realty Corp. unit.

Patriot American Hospitality

Paul Novak, formerly president/CEO of Bedrock Partners, joined the Dallas-based REIT as executive vice president of acquisitions.

The Greenwich Group International

Former executive vice president of Heitman Financial Services Ltd., Lawrence H. Krasner, has joined the Los Angeles office of the New York-based real estate marketing and investment banking firm as managing director.

Grubb & Ellis

John G. Orrico has been promoted to president of Grubb & Ellis' eastern region, located in West Orange, N.J.

Candlewood Hotel Co.

The Wichita, Kan.-based owner, developer and franchisor of extended-stay hotels has appointed James E. Roos, CHA, president and chief operating officer.

Macfarlan Real Estate Services

Keith A. Waggoner has been named chief operating officer of the Dallas-based firm.

Cushman & Wakefield

David M. Gialanella has been named executive managing director, responsible for the day-to-day management of the real estate services firm's New York area business. He also was elected to the board of directors and executive committee of the company.

In early July, CarrAmerica Corp., the Washington, D.C.-based real estate investment trust that focuses on office properties, appointed Kent C. Gregory its managing director for national accounts. Gregory, who serves on NREI's advisory board, will lead CarrAmerica's national marketing team in forging multi-market relationships with, and serving as an advocate for, CarrAmerica's existing and potential national corporate customers. Previously, Gregory served as senior vice president for national marketing with Opus National LLC.

We caught up with the recently relocated executive and asked his thoughts on the career change:

NREI: What made you decide to leave Opus and join a REIT?

Gregory: CarrAmerica offers an exciting platform for providing customers a new level of "client focused" real estate options.

NREI: What special qualities do you think you bring to CarrAmerica?

Gregory: I have been working side-by-side with national real estate users for many years. This experience, coupled with a creative "customer advocate approach," brings to the CarrAmerica assignment the fundamentals for providing a seamless delivery of our real estate solutions.

NREI: What do you hope to achieve at CarrAmerica?

Gregory: Building a national real estate program around our customers and helping CarrAmerica grow an exciting new enterprise that is viewed by our customers as an integral part to achieving their business goals.