DALLAS, June 8, 2023 ~ Dallas-based alternative investment manager Civitas Capital Group has announced the appointment of Marisa Lizak as Managing Director, Investments. In this role, Lizak will focus on managing the credit strategy of the firm and expanding its equity and debt investor base across the Civitas lodging platform.

Heather Jones, Chief Operating Officer for Civitas, said that Lizak's hiring "continues Civitas' commitment to institutional-quality investment management" and that her "broad and deep analytical knowledge of the sector" will enable Civitas to accelerate its growth strategy.

Lizak brings with her over two decades of experience in commercial real estate finance and investment management. She has led the investment strategy, underwriting, structuring, fundraising, investor relations, and portfolio/asset management of highly complex transitional CRE assets across all asset types (with a focus on hospitality), geographic markets, and positions within the capital stack. She has also underwritten, structured, and closed more than $10B of debt–related transactions for leading financial institutions.

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Most recently she held leadership positions as COO of Global Hospitality Investment Group and CIO of Axle Companies. At Ethika Investments LLC she implemented strategic thought leadership for debt and equity capital markets activities as well as executed capital raising, IR, and investment strategy initiatives related to the company's private equity real estate funds (value-add/opportunistic and credit).

Lizak holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. Commenting on her appointment she said: "I'm excited to join the Civitas team. Our collective deep transactional experience and shared passion for hospitality uniquely positions us to provide investors with interesting investment opportunities while cultivating a sense of partnership."
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