CBRE Group, Inc. announces the appointment of Jeffrey R. Havsy as Americas Chief Economist effective December 1

Los Angeles, 2014-11-10— /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. today announced that Jeffrey R. Havsy, a leading analyst of commercial real estate, will join the company as Americas Chief Economist, effective December 1.

The Americas Chief Economist is a new position in which Mr. Havsy will work with CBRE’s research team to develop insight, analysis and a viewpoint on economic, financial and market trends impacting commercial real estate. Mr. Havsy joins CBRE from the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF), where he was Director of Research.

“Jeff is a terrific addition to our Americas Research team, he is a leading real estate analyst and a top forecaster of future activity,” said Spencer Levy, Americas Head of Research. “His insight will be invaluable in formulating the thoughtful perspective on the macro environment essential to providing our clients with the best advice. Jeff’s addition to the CBRE team is another important step in further aligning our research and economic forecasting efforts to more efficiently meet the needs of our clients.”

Mr. Havsy will also lead a team of economists at CBRE Econometric Advisors (CBRE EA), the company’s real estate forecasting unit. He will work closely with Richard Barkham, CBRE’s Global Chief Economist, Bill Wheaton, the co-founder of CBRE EA, and Mr. Levy to further align CBRE’s forecasting and market research activities.

Mr. Havsy brings to CBRE a nearly two decade track record of producing results using economic analysis, commercial real estate research, strategic analysis, and risk management techniques for a wide range of financial assets. Prior to his role at NCREIF Mr. Havsy held senior real estate strategy positions at Property & Portfolio Research, Equity Office Properties and LaSalle Investment Management. He began his career as an economist at the Chicago Board of Trade.

Mr. Havsy received a B.A. in Economics from Lehigh University, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and did significant course work toward a Ph.D from the University of Virginia. He is a Homer Hoyt Fellow.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

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CBRE Group, Inc. listed on the 2015 Top 100 Military Friendly® Employers list by Victory Media

Los Angeles, CA, 2014-11-10— /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. has earned the #53 spot on the 2015 Top 100 Military Friendly® Employers list and designation as a Military Spouse Friendly Employer® by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse. This is the fourth year in a row CBRE has been recognized by Victory Media for its military friendly practices.

Companies competed for the elite Military Friendly® Employer title by completing a survey that included a benchmark score across key programs and policies, such as the strength of company military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs for veterans, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.

CBRE is committed to hiring military talent, knowing first-hand that recruiting from the military community can lead to strategic competitive advantage.

“Our CBRE employees with military experience possess many great qualities and skills that make us better as a company,” said Jennifer Ashley, Global Director, Human Resources. “We are proud to provide an environment that welcomes former and current members of the military and their spouses, and we are honored by our recognition as a Military Friendly® Employer and Military Spouse Friendly Employer®.”

Now in its 12th year, Military Friendly® Employers is the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment. Each year, companies taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year.

“The 2015 Military Friendly® Employers represent the preeminent tier of companies with strong military recruitment programs and meaningful job opportunities for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Sean Collins, Vice President for Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Employers constitute the group of companies moving the needle and realizing significant benefits by hiring from the military community. This year’s group of companies reported hiring over 155,000 service members and spouses over the last 12 months, representing a 35% increase over last year and an average of 15% of total new hires.”

CBRE will be showcased along with other 2015 Military Friendly® Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs® magazine, the January 2015 issue of Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.

About Military Friendly® Employers
The Military Friendly® Employers designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of companies with annual revenue over $500 million nationwide. The survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of recruiting, HR and management professionals from Fortune 1000 companies across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to companies that meet the eligibility criteria and wish to participate. Criteria for consideration, along with the complete list of employers, can be found on MilitaryFriendly.com. About Victory Media: Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

For Further Information:

Robert Mcgrath
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Giant Food opens Cathedral Commons store at 3336 Wisconsin Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.

Landover, Md., 2014-11-10— /EPR Retail News/ — The Cathedral Commons Giant Food located at 3336 Wisconsin Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. celebrated its grand opening Thursday, November 6th with elected officials, community members, Giant associates, and shoppers. The Cathedral Commons Giant Food features an array of amenities, including an expansive produce department with a smoothie bar, a fresh cut fruit and vegetable preparation center, an expanded selection of natural and organic foods, a sandwich service center, a gourmet cheese island, and fresh prepared sushi. An in-store wine and beer bar and a Starbucks café with complementary Wi-Fi and convenient seating is available for customers to purchase beverages while they shop. Other store amenities include a floral counter, a PNC bank, a two-level parking garage, and SCAN IT! Technology, which allows customers to use a handheld device to scan and bag their groceries while they shop.

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 158 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

New Zealand: New World announces winners of the inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards

Wellington, New Zealand, 2014-11-10— /EPR Retail News/ — The results of the inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards, which celebrate the diversity and high standard of beer and cider available from around New Zealand and overseas, have been announced today.

“As well as recognising the rapidly growing local beer and cider market, the New World Beer & Cider Awards were established this year to help make the decision process a little easier for consumers,” says Chair of Judges Neil Miller, who was recently named Beer Writer of the Year at the Brewers’ Guild of New Zealand Awards.

“Having that medal sticker on award-winning beer and cider in-store means people can try different styles with confidence that the brew is going to be a great example of its type.”

Recently, over two days in Wellington, a team of 12 industry leaders blind-tasted 351 beers and ciders from 56 breweries. Medals were awarded to the top scorers and resulted in 14 Best in Class, 32 Gold, 45 Silver and 77 Bronze winners. The Best in Class brews are:

Pale Ale – Epic Pale Ale
IPA & APA – Liberty Brewing Co. Yakima Monster
Strong Ale – Renaissance Brewing Company Stonecutter Scotch Ale
Speciality Ale – Bach Brewing Duskrider Red IPA
NZ Lager – Steinlager Classic
International Lager – Singha Premium Lager
Pilsner – Galbraith’s Special Edition Pilsner Czech Style
Speciality Lager – Wigram Brewing Co. Munchner Dunkel
Wheat Beer – Mac’s Great White Cloudy Wheat Beer
Stout & Porter – Three Boys Oyster Stout
Fruit, Flavoured & Specialty Beer – Garage Project VPA: Venusian Pale Ale
Lower Strength Beer – Tuatara ITI APA
Apple & Pear Cider – Zeffer Cider Co. Red Apple Cider
Fruit & Flavoured Cider – Old Mout Cider Feijoa & Cider

“I was incredibly impressed by not only the number, but the standard of entries from both new entrants and established players from all parts of the country and overseas,” says Neil Miller.

Each beverage was assessed against the style guide using the 50-point scoring system by a panel of four judges. The experienced and well respected judges included Kelly Ryan, Kieran Haslett-Moore, Stephanie Coutts, Joseph Wood, Hadyn Green, Mike Neilson, Colin Mallon, Greig McGill, Matt Warner, Jono Galuszka, Stephen Plowman and Shane Morley, with Craig Bowen as competition advisor.

The New World Beer & Cider Awards’ key point of difference from other competitions is that each of the 14 Best in Class brews must have 3,600 litres available around the time of results announcement, in order to ensure there is enough stock for New World customers nationwide. Even with this benchmark in place, Neil Miller believes the winning brews will sell out fast.

“Many of the winners are smaller, independent breweries from off the beaten track, which means that people will have to get in quick if they want to try some for themselves.”

All Best in Class brews are distributed and promoted in New World’s 136 supermarkets nationwide from 10 November, with full competition results available at newworld.co.nz/beerandcider.

“We’re now seeing more and more New Zealanders appreciating a great quality beer or cider just as much as they do a glass of wine. It’s fantastic that we can provided a competition much like our long-running New World Wine Awards to recognise and reward this growing sector,” says Steve Anderson, Managing Director, New World.

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New Zealand: New World announces winners of the inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards

New Zealand: New World announces winners of the inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards

QVC announces the promotion of Ken O’Brien to the position of Senior Vice President, Merchandising

West Chester, PA, 2014-11-10— /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, the global leader in video and ecommerce retail, today announced the promotion of Ken O’Brien to the position of Senior Vice President, Merchandising. O’Brien is responsible for setting and executing QVC’s merchandising strategy for product brands across categories, as well as leading the engagement and management of QVC’s vendor community. He will continue to report to Doug Howe, Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Planning of QVC U.S.

“At QVC, we curate an ever-changing mix of high-quality products, brought to life through storytelling by our hosts, product experts, celebrities, entrepreneurs and business owners,” said Howe. “With Ken’s solid track record of driving strong results, QVC will continue to bring the joy of discovery to millions of homes by offering brands that surprise and inspire our customers.”

Since joining QVC in 2000, O’Brien has held merchandising roles of increasing responsibility. In his most recent role as Vice President of Merchandising, he helped drive growth in QVC’s home products category by leading the merchandising strategy for QVC’s line-up of household, kitchen and cooking products. Prior to that, as the Director of Merchandising for home products, O’Brien created strategies to elevate QVC’s kitchen electric and gift areas by introducing new brands, concepts and categories. He was also instrumental in developing QVC’s brand acquisition strategy for home products, by procuring and introducing notable household names, such as Keurig, Dyson and Vitamix.

O’Brien will continue to be based at QVC’s global headquarters in West Chester, Pa.

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ABOUT QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.