When he was 14, R. Scott Lucke took up a hammer and went to work part time for his family’s construction and development firm, The Robert Lucke Group of Symmes Township.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in construction management at Northern Kentucky University, Lucke moved into a full-time role at the firm his grandfather founded in 1953. In 2003, he took over the company’s commercial development division, Robert Lucke Interests. But he never lost sight of that hammer.

Now, at 29, Scott Lucke has been promoted to vice president and operations chief, overseeing Lucke Group’s residential, commercial and remodeling construction divisions.

At Lucke’s behest, the Lucke Group recently moved into the remodeling field to augment its signature office condo developments, such as the expanding Greenbrier in Mason and a new project opposite Long Cove in Deerfield Township. Lucke says he believes the remodeling work protects employees’ jobs during tough building climates.

Office condos, a concept his father, Bob Lucke, helped pioneer in Cincinnati in 1998, have proved recession-resistant, as well, Lucke says, attracting physicians, dentists, attorneys, accountants and security companies to residential-style buildings that fit well into the surrounding suburb.

“People are scared to invest their money in something they don’t own,” Lucke says. “So business owners are buying (office condos) and leasing them back to their own companies.”

Smart move. Or, you might say, a Lucke one.

HUFF Realty
announced its merger with local firm Cindy B! Realtors. The deal is part of HUFF’s plan to join resources with real estate operations that have long-term, positive growth prospects. The combined company will operate under the HUFF Realty name. Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed.

Erin Casey of Grubb & Ellis|West Shell Commercial is the first Cincinnati commercial real estate agent to earn national certification in green building practices such as energy efficiency and sustainable design. Twenty-one area construction specialists also are Green Advantage Certified practitioners, according to Green Advantage Inc., which trains and certifies people for the Environmental Protection Agency. Before joining Grubb & Ellis in 2006, Casey worked for 12 years in environmental consulting.

Pamela Kurtz joined Team Chabris, a Keller Williams affiliate. Kurtz, of Wyoming, is a buyer’s agent who previously worked for Comey & Shepherd. She has 10 years of residential real estate experience.

Colliers Turley Martin Tucker in Cincinnati hired two specialists, Kathleen Sias and  Mark Stanley. Sias is a property coordinator in the Northern Kentucky Airport Exchange office, managing a 1.5 million-square-foot portfolio of industrial properties. Stanley manages CTMT’s Corporex account. He most recently was chief financial officer of Aimco at its Columbus operating center.

The Spirit of Construction Foundation honored four people with Lifetime Career Achievement Awards at its annual dinner. The honorees include Dennis Denier, president of Denier Electric Co.; Elda Marshall, former executive director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati; George “Dewey” Newport, retired from Moraine Materials Co., and Janell Concrete and Masonry; and Thomas L. Neyer Sr., the retired chairman of Al. Neyer Inc. The foundation, whose purpose is to recognize construction industry contributions to Greater Cincinnati, also gave a posthumous award to Joe Glassmeyer of Messer Construction Co.

Steve Thornton and Cindy Collura are new staff members of Grubb & Ellis|West Shell Commercial. Thornton, a senior property manager, oversees building operations and tenant services for two Corporex properties, Rivercenter I and II and Madison Place. The Anderson Township resident has 17 years of property management experience. Collura, of Kenwood, is a property manager with 25 years of experience. She will manage a five-building roster of suburban office and industrial properties for HRPT Properties Trust.

Prudential CRES Commercial Real Estate announced nine new additions to its corporate office. The agents include Stanley Glasser, Tom Hamons, Larry WilleyJohn Picton, Tracy Fowler, Doug RockelMichael Margolis, Mort Zemsky and Alle Rorie.

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