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Significant Sig

Gabel, ’84, Named Co-Mentor of Year

The following article is from the Phoenix Business Journal about 2012 Hall of Honor recipient Barry Gabel.

With a career in commercial real estate spanning 33 years with transactions totaling 27 million square feet and $4 billion in value, it’s certain Barry Gabel, known as ‘Uncle Barry’ at CBRE, has a breadth of knowledge and advice to share.

And he does just that. On Saturday mornings, you’ll likely find Gabel surrounded by a handful of bright-eyed, driven sales professionals eager to learn his tricks of the trade.

From office and industrial brokers to property managers, Gabel’s four guiding principles remain the same: demonstrate accountability, be honest, always do the right thing and work hard. While none of these are groundbreaking ideas, Gabel knows staying the course can be difficult in a career full of competing demands.

“Heartache is part of this business because we can’t always control the outcome of a deal,’ Gabel says. “Success comes from relying on those four values.

”He has instilled these values in Jackie Orcutt and his business partner, Chris Marchildon, who say before being a broker, Gabel is a coach and father figure.

“I was about to graduate from Arizona State University and a relative told me to call Barry. Seeing how busy he is now, I can’t believe he took 45 minutes out of his day to talk to a 22-year-old,” Orcutt said. ‘We had several follow-up discussions that helped me come to the answers I needed to join the right team."

During the downturn in 2010, Gabel added Marchildon to his team. Gabel said he wanted to teach Marchildon the business while the market was at its worst.

“Only a quality team can achieve quantity,” Gabel says.

Marchildon said Gabel lives what he preaches at work and at home.

“If you make a mistake, he steers you in the right direction. He enjoys seeing people thrive,” Marchildon said.

Gabel has been a mentor for NAIOP Developing Leaders Mentorship program for three years and has mentored individuals at competing firms. He supports numerous charities, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, where he has been on the executive council/EC70 for 31 years, serving as past president and a life member and passionately involved with the Warner A. Gabel Boys & Girls Club, which is named after his late father.

He also is a founding member of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Golf Tournament that raised more than $5.7 million for deserving children and families throughout Arizona.

Gabel, who was instrumental in the sales of both the Apollo Education Group Inc. and PetSmart’s headquarters buildings, joined CBRE in 2007 as a part of the merger with Trammell Crow Co. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Arizona.

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The Arizona Sig

Brother Richard Carranza, Beta Phi ’91, has been named the UA’s College of Education Alumni of the Year.

The UA noted that Carranza “is an accomplished and highly regarded educator who is committed to improving the lives of all students."

After earning a bachelor's in secondary education from the UA in 1991, he began his teaching career at Tucson's Pueblo High School, his alma mater. He became vice principal and later principal at Pueblo before moving to Las Vegas, where he served as a high school principal and then as region superintendent for Clark County Schools.

After five years in Las Vegas, he became deputy superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, where he took over as superintendent in 2012.

Today, Carranza is superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, one of the largest public school systems in the country. He has led the development of a Children's Outcomes Framework to mobilize city, county and community resources. Approved by voters, the framework generates $150 million each year to fund services for children, youth and families.

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Beta Phi News

In a letter to Beta Phi alums, Consul Riley Campbell said he was "very proud to announce that at the end of our Derby Days week we raised just over $26,200 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute!

I can't thank you all enough for your support.

"This was something very important to us and it wouldn't have been possible without you.

"The link will remain open throughout the year if you choose to donate! All donations are tax-deductible.

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Sigma Chi Leadership

Congratulations to each of this year's scholarship recipients from the general Fraternity.

Awards were presented earlier this semester. 


Riley Campbell - $3,000 James Fiduccia Consul Scholarship

Jimmie Cooper - $1,000 Bell Chapter 

Jay Johnston - $1,000 Bell Chapter

Zachary Kipman - $1,000 Bell Chapter

Joseph McCarty - $1,000 Jack McDuff

Christopher McKinney - $1,000 Swede Johnson 

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