Skills to Change buys studio
Skills to Change Institute has bought the 3,200-square-foot former Gordon Dinsmore Studio building, 3621 NW 50, for $290,000 from Alan C. Dinsmore in a deal handled by broker Nick Gray of Cushman & Wakefield. American Eagle Title Group handled the closing.
Gray said it was one of the last locally owned photography studios in Oklahoma City. The seller, Gordon Dinsmore's son, ran the studio after his father died in the early 1990s and is keeping all the microfilm and digital files of all the weddings photographed going back to the 1970s, Gray said.
Paradigm creates new division
Paradigm AdvantEdge Real Estate, 16301 N May, has started a commercial division and appointed Ken Lawton to head it. Lawton retired from the Bank of Nichols Hills and entered the real estate business in 2002. He holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member professional designation. Paradigm AdvantEdge, in business for 17 years, has four offices in the metro area with 180 sales associates.
“Although our company has primarily handled residential real estate transactions, we have always had some associates with the background and expertise to handle some commercial business for our company,” co-owner Charlene Wilson said. “We think that there are many opportunities in the commercial market and the time is right, under Ken's leadership, to develop our exposure in the commercial market.”
Building managers pick leaders
The Oklahoma City Association of Building Owners and Managers has elected officers for 2013. President is Sharon Florez of Devon Energy Corp.; vice president is Darren Riddles with Grubb & Ellis-Levy Beffort; and secretary/treasurer is Jarod Tarver with Caliber Cos.
Other members of the board are: Richard Van Voast with Grubb & Ellis-Levy Beffort; Kristi Adams with 7-Eleven Stores; Robert Giordano with Titus Construction; Carolyn Richardson with Price Edwards & Co.; Kathy Mires with Chesapeake Land Development; and Rachel McNeill with A&B Paving Maintenance.
Inspector picked to lead group
Phillip Graham, managing partner of Vanguard Property Inspectors LLC, has been named as 2013 president of the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Oklahoma Residential & Commercial Inspection Association and 2013 president of Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity.
Graham, a longtime Habitat volunteer, conducts all property inspections for the Cleveland County affiliate. He established Vanguard in 2009. He said he is committed to the growth of the inspectors association.
“Giving back to your community through tithing and voluntarism is just one of the many ways to glorify God,” he said.