Housing industry veteran Larry Kush joined ORION Investment Real Estate as senior vice president, effective immediately. In his new role, Kush is charged with expanding the Scottsdale, AZ-based ORION’s land sales division.

“I’m delighted that Larry is joining us. His skills, knowledge and expertise of the area will be invaluable in helping our clients find the best sites on which to develop or hold,” said Ari Spiro, ORION’s president. “With Larry’s addition, we’ll continue to build our company into one of the top brokerages in the Western United States.”

Kush, a 35-year industry veteran, was previously founder and member of the Citadel Land Advisory Group, also headquartered in Scottsdale. Launched in 2009, Citadel Land Advisory Group worked on behalf of local and national debt and equity groups and national home builders to find and acquire land and lots for residential construction. Citadel’s client base included Kaplan Communities, JLB Realty, JMB Financial, K Hovnanian Homes, Wolff Cos., Quantum Capital, Raintree Partners, Desert Troon Cos. and Pulte Homes. Kush also held executive positions with Montevina Estate Homes, Saddleback Homes and AM Homes Arizona.

“I’m delighted to be working with ORION, and look forward to meeting the land needs and requirements of clients,” Kush said. “The Phoenix area is definitely growing, and we’re poised to take advantage of that expansion.”

Kush is active in the real estate industry and community. On the community side, he currently serves as a planning commissioner for the city of Scottsdale, and received the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Breath of Life and Bronze Sierra awards. Professional organization affiliations include the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona (where he is past board chairman and honorary life board member) and the National Association of Home Builders. In his work with NAHB, he was the National Area Chairman for a six-state area in the Southwest and Inter-Mountain West.

He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in design from California State University-Northridge, attended U.S. Army Engineer School, and served as a captain in the U.S. Army.  Kush is married, with two children and five grandchildren.

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