Movers & Shakers: Justin Alexander joins Compass, CREXi restocks executive team… and more

A top real estate law firm also added two partners

From left: CREXi’s Courtney Ettus, Allen Matkins’ Mark Nicoletti and Compass’ Justin Alexander
From left: CREXi’s Courtney Ettus, Allen Matkins’ Mark Nicoletti and Compass’ Justin Alexander

The band has broken up. Or at least, Hilton & Hyland’s Alexander Partridge Team. Justin Alexander has jumped to join Compass while his partner of several years, Mick Partridge, will remain, a spokesperson confirmed. Alexander is not leaving empty-handed. He is bringing team members Noah Applebaum, a broker; and Sarah Mastey, who will oversee operations. Alexander and Partridge moved to Hilton & Hyland at the end of 2017, when they left Venice-based Halton Pardee and Partners. Alexander was recently involved in selling Dean Martin’s former hacienda in Brentwood for $5.2 million, and now listing a Noah Walker-designed home in Venice Beach. He and his team, which started Monday, are based in Compass’ Beverly Hills office.

CREXi — Commercial Real Estate Exchange — is stocking its top executive ranks. The company, which allows industry professionals to search and manage properties online, hired Hans Ku as chief product officer, Courtney Ettus as chief marketing officer and Bob Drury as managing director. Most recently, Ku worked as chief product officer for Weedmaps, while Ettus served as chief marketing officer for Greenfly. Drury, a former broker, joins from Ten-X. CREXi is based in Marina Del Rey.

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Allen Matkins, a top real estate law firm, has recruited Mark Nicoletti to join the firm’s L.A. office as a partner. Most recently, he was a partner at Sklar Kirsch, where he worked for six years. Nicoletti has represented commercial landlords and tenants, as well as real estate funds, institutional lenders and developers. In Orange County, Allen Matkins also recently named Ryan Smith as litigation partner.

A subsidiary of Marcus & Millichap has promoted Tyler Theobald to first vice president, general counsel. Theobald will oversee the legal department of Marcus & Milichap Real Estate Investment Services.