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Anthony Berternelli and Brian Hutcherson

CBRE Announces Partnership with Veteran-Sponsored Fellowship Internship Program, Hiring Our Heroes

CBRE San Diego, in collaboration with the U.S. Chambers of Commerce, is hosting two United States Marine Corps veterans

San Diego CA— CBRE announced its collaboration with Hiring Our Heroes, a fellowship internship program created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, to aid in military veterans’ transition back to civilian life.

CBRE San Diego is hosting two veterans, Brian Hutcherson, a former USMC Lieutenant Colonel, and Anthony Berternelli, a former USMC Sergeant, to participate in the Fellowship Program.

Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to assist veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. It provides individuals with management training and hands-on experience in the civilian workforce.

Brian Hutcherson, an Artillery Officer, is originally from Fort Worth, Texas, but relocated to San Diego in 1998. He is a 20-year USMC veteran and was deployed seven times. During his deployments, he spent time in Japan, Korea, Philippines, Australia, Thailand, Jordan, Kuwait, UAE, Iraq and Afghanistan. Brian attended TCU, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and USC, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

“We couldn’t be luckier to be placed in such a successful and welcoming business, like CBRE,” said Hutcherson. “CBRE’s RISE – Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence – values are tangible skills that resonate amongst our members tremendously.”

Anthony Berternelli, is a non-commissioned Officer, is originally from Portland, Oregon. He was active service in the USMC for four years and was deployed once. During deployment, he spent time in Yemen, Bahrain, Djibouti Africa, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Anthony attended Warner Pacific, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and Gonzaga University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Management and Organizational Leadership.

“I am so grateful to be in this fellowship and working at CBRE,” said Berternelli. “I have always had an interest in real estate and now I will be able to learn about all that CBRE has to offer. I look forward to working with different teams as well as sharing my experience to create the best outcome for their clients.”

“We are honored to partner with the U.S. Chamber on this important initiative,” said John Frager, executive managing director of CBRE in San Diego. “This is a great opportunity for service members to transition into new careers, however this is also a great opportunity for CBRE to work with servicemen who demonstrate great work ethic and leadership capabilities. I served in the United States Navy for six years and I have no doubt that this program will be very successful at our firm.”

The program runs for 12 weeks and is eligible to service members who are college graduates that have been selected by Hiring Our Heroes to participate in the fellowship. It focuses on asset services, brokerage, and capital markets to bolster its members fellowship and professional networks. The program hopes to find them an applicable career match and thus offer the affiliates a position at the end of the internship.

Approximately 1,800 of CBRE’s employees are current and prior military, and their service experience provides them with valuable specialized skills and experiences. CBRE hires military veterans, guardsmen, reservists and their spouses with experience in HVAC, electrical, plumbing and mechanical experience; maintenance, facility and property managers; accountants and finance professionals; digital and information technology analysts, technicians and managers; security officers; human resources; administrative and support roles. If you are interested in learning more, please click here.


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