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Real estate firm hires VPs

January 3, 2018
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C.J. MacKenzie
C.J. MacKenzie. Courtesy First Companies

A commercial real estate firm has added two new members to its executive team.

Grand Rapids-based First Companies said yesterday it hired C.J. MacKenzie as vice president of construction and Colin Schiefler as vice president of property management.

Both were brought on board as the firm plans to build its executive team to support anticipated growth for 2018.

Shiefler’s role as VP of property management was a recently added position within the firm.

“In 2018, we are going to see tremendous growth, primarily in construction, but also in property management,” said Craig Baker, president, First Companies. “We’re honored to have two strong leaders join our team to prepare us for what’s ahead. The addition of C.J. and Colin will ensure we maintain the quality and service levels our clients have come to expect, even as the company continues to expand.”

Schiefler is a Michigan-licensed real estate agent with more than 12 years of experience in real estate and property management, previously serving as director of property management for another firm out of Kalamazoo. He holds a B.S. in human resources management from Loyola University with a minor in finance.

Schiefler’s job is to oversee budgets and ensures all property goals are met for both landlords and tenants. He manages maintenance operations and capital expenditures associated with each property as well as commercial leasing administrative activities.

“I wanted to join First Companies because of their leadership style and reputation in the market,” Schiefler said. “They share my solutions-based approach and desire to create the best possible scenario for each client.”

MacKenzie has more than seven years of experience in the construction industry, having held various positions including estimator, project engineer, project manager, superintendent and vice president of pre-construction. He graduated from Ferris State University with a B.S. in construction management.

MacKenzie’s job is to oversee pre-construction, managing client relations and applying building principles to finalize costs and plans. He also leads the project management team, ensuring all commitments are kept and projects are completed as planned, meeting the firm’s standards for quality.

“My goal is to support the customers’ values and exceed their expectations for quality, across every aspect of their project,” MacKenzie said.

In the community, both are involved with Habitat for Humanity. MacKenzie works with and coaches for youth hockey programs, and Schiefler is a Webelos den leader with the Boy Scouts of America.

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