GLOBAL real estate investment firm Hines has made three new strategic hires in Sydney as it focuses on expanding into Australia’s build-to-rent multifamily, warehousing, logistics, cold-storage and data centres sectors.
The latest appointments take Hines Asia Pacific team to nearly 200 personnel strong across 15 cities, with 22 new hires in the last 12 months.
Alysia Reilly joins as director and head of logistics, Australia. She will lead Hines’ expansion into the logistics sector across Australia. Reilly will initially be focused on acquisitions for investment funds such as Hines Asia Property Partners and Hines Global Income Trust, as well as exploring other development and investment opportunities across the sector, including warehousing, last-mile logistics, cold storage, and data centres.
Reilly brings over 15 years’ experience and has held a number of roles at Colliers since 2017, most recently as national director of the industrial capital markets team. Prior to that, she held pivotal with Goodman Group. Reilly earned a BBA in Business at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT University).
Sam Bisla joins as director and head of living, Australia and he will focus on establishing and building Hines’s Australian build-to-rent multifamily platform, while also exploring other opportunities in private for-sale apartments, co-living and single-family housing.
With 18 years’ experience, Bisla joins the firm from Grocon where he was instrumental in the creation of the build-to-rent platform, working to originate, execute and finalize transactions to enable the growth of the funds under management to in excess of $2 billion, as well as the establishment of the operational and leasing teams. Before this, he held roles with Moelis & Company, Brookfield Asset Management, ING. Bisla earned a bachelor’s degree in Genetics and holds a master’s degree in both Law and Finance.
Meanwhile Hines veteran for the past 25 years, Ricardo Gonzalez will be relocating from Hines Mexico to Hines Australia to serve as the vice president and head of property management and operations and will head up the property management and operations across the Asia Pacific region. Since joining Hines in 1995, he has worked on Hines projects located in both the United States and Mexico and has been directly involved in the startup and operations of more than 17 million sq ft of real estate.
He also oversaw the leasing of Hines managed properties and has managed the Union Investment and Deka portfolios in Mexico for the last 16 years. Gonzalez earned a Bachelor in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Anahuac University in Mexico as well as, an MBA from ITESM in Mexico City.
Hines managing director David Warneford said the firm was excited with the new appointments.
“We are very excited to welcome Alysia Reilly and Sam Bisla to Hines Australia. With the shifting priorities and momentum we’ve seen in real estate over the last few years, we look forward to implementing their combined expertise to help expand our presence and capitalize on the growing market opportunities in Australia and the greater Asia Pacific region,” he added.
“Hiring Ricardo Gonzalez to lead the expansion of Hines’ regional activities in the operations and management of our existing portfolio is instrumental to the growth within this region,” said Ray Lawler, CEO of Hines Asia Pacific region. “Although Ricardo is not new to Hines, we are so happy to welcome him along with the 22 other new business generation and investment professionals who have joined the Asia Pacific Region in the last 12 months, and we are excited to see what other opportunities Ricardo and our other new colleagues will create to grow this business.”