LOS ANGELES, CA. (August 13, 2018) – Westwood Financial, a leading retail investment firm, has announced a key restructuring to its transactions team. Paul Birtchet and Eric Shulman, 12 and 13-year veterans of Westwood Financial, have been appointed to Vice President of Transactions. They will each oversee all acquisition and disposition efforts for their respective regions. Birtchet will manage the eastern region and Texas, and Shulman will manage the western region and Chicago.

Together, they bring over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate to the team, where they have utilized their strong relationships and deep market knowledge to help shape Westwood’s portfolio into what it is today. Combined, they have participated in over 180 transactions at Westwood Financial totaling approximately $2 billion.

Joe Dykstra, CEO of Westwood, commented, “Both Paul and Eric have been valuable assets to Westwood. There ongoing success has been built upon years of outstanding achievement and commitment. Their transition to Vice President of Transactions represents a logical step towards the institutionalization of Westwood Financial. With a track record of over 180 individual transactions, Paul and Eric are proven, senior transactions professionals who will advance the Company’s strategic plan to develop Westwood into the premier, retail investment company. Paul and Eric bring strong historical knowledge, unparalleled market expertise and a collaborative mentality that will continue making Westwood a stronger firm.”

About Westwood Financial
Westwood Financial owns over 70 community shopping centers, primarily-anchored by top-tier grocers, across 26 U.S. markets including Dallas, Phoenix, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Charlotte. Established in 1970 and transformed in 2016, Westwood Financial is headquartered in Los Angeles, with regional offices in Dallas, Atlanta, and Scottsdale. More information is available at www.westfin.com.