Capstone Valuation Advisors, one of the largest privately-owned commercial appraisal firms in the Southeast, announced expansion plans to open two new offices in Miami and Chicago. Carlos Diez, MAI, and Craig Schumacher have been named Managing Director of the Miami and Chicago offices, respectively.
With more than a decade of commercial real estate experience, Diez comes to Capstone with a robust skill set and an extensive knowledge of the Southeast Florida market. He will focus on Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties but will also cover the expanded Southeast Florida market as well.
“Miami is one of the most dynamic commercial real estate markets in the country so the need for a valuation firm with national capabilities and local expertise is imperative,” Diez said.
Industry veteran, Craig Schumacher will lead the Chicago office which will service the Midwest region including Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Schumacher brings 25-years of commercial real estate experience to the role, including a 15-year stint with the largest valuation and advisory services firm in the world.
“The Midwest has historically been underserved in terms of quality-controlled, accurate and timely valuation services, so I’m thrilled to be part of a team intent on bringing these offerings to the region,” Craig Schumacher said.
“With the acumen, market knowledge, and integrity that both Craig and Carlos bring as leaders of our new offices, I’m confident our expansion will benefit our clients in these markets,” Scott Tew, Executive Managing Director and Partner said.
Diez has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida and he was recently awarded the prestigious MAI and CCIM designations. He is active in the Appraisal Institute and other professional and nonprofit organizations.
Schumacher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois State University and has been a member of the Appraisal Institute for over 20 years. He is currently an advanced candidate for the MAI designation.
With its new presence in Miami and Chicago Capstone now has seven offices serving the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. Since Capstone’s inception in April 2012, the firm has continued to grow, adding offices, employees and services as demand dictates.
“As a large—yet privately-owned firm—Capstone is able to offer national reach and capabilities but with the personalized customer service and quality-driven products of a boutique firm,” Tew explained. “In this era of racing toward consolidation to form massive national and global valuation firms, we believe there is a niche for mid-size firms that offer a more personalized approach to the business.”
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