Thursday, March 5, 2020

Oppidan promotes two employees to top roles; adds Vice President of People and Culture

Positions Oppidan effectively to manage industry growth

Minneapolis, Minn. – (March 5, 2020) – Oppidan Investment Company, a national property development firm headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., continues its expansion with the promotion of two employees and the addition of Vice President of People and Culture.

Oppidan promoted Patrick Barrett to Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this, Barrett served as Oppidan’s Executive Vice President of Construction since 2017. He’s been with the Oppidan team since 2005 and during this time, he’s overseen more than $3 billion in development projects across the country. Barrett will take over the role from Bob Weiss, who will retire after a career that included 46 years in the banking industry and three years at Oppidan.

Louis Zachary has been promoted to Vice President of Construction and will assume leadership and management of Oppidan’s Construction Department. Zachary joined Oppidan in 2016 as its Director of Construction and has been instrumental in increasing the scope and volume of Oppidan’s construction projects.

Oppidan welcomes Tom Ryan as its new Vice President of People and Culture. Ryan joined Oppidan in 2013 as a developer, but quickly realized his passion for human resources. Ryan will be responsible for maintaining the Oppidan culture among its 38 employees in three locations across the U.S.

Earlier this year, Oppidan also expanded its operations into North Carolina and hired Tim Brent as its Executive Vice President-Southeast to manage its local operations.

“We’re experiencing extreme growth in every industry, so it’s only fitting that the growth of our internal team follows suit,” said Blake Hastings, Oppidan President. “We’re committed to maintaining exceptional relationships with every client, at every job site. At Oppidan, we build communities, and this includes ensuring we have a robust internal community full of leaders who can continue to propel us forward.”

In 2019, Oppidan had transactions valued at more than $349M from 31 projects covering 1.8 million square feet in 15 states. Oppidan’s build-to-suit activity was also strong in 2019 with 14 projects in 9 states.

“These are exciting times at Oppidan, and our growth has been phenomenal,” Barrett said. “Our team is poised to continue making a significant impact in the retail, industrial, commercial, residential, senior housing and mixed-use markets.”

Since 1991, Oppidan has continued to command attention in the commercial development industry, working with clients such as Duluth Trading Company, Ebenezer Management Services, Watermark Retirement Communities, Northern Tool + Equipment, Caliber Collison, Supervalu, Data Centers, among many others.


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