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NEWPORT BEACH, CA-As GlobeSt.com reported exclusively earlier today, RETS Associates has added two new directors to its firm over the past month as a result of an increase in hiring in the western US. Berkeley Davis will be based in the local headquarters, and Kate Miller will be based in Los Angeles.

Kent Elliott, principal at RETS, tells GlobeSt.com that the addition of Davis and Miller “is a strategic move to meet ongoing demands for recruitment across the West Coast. Their proven skills and extensive relationships within the industry bring a unique level of recruitment and staffing to our assignments.”

Miller adds, “I’m excited to join Brandi Newman and the RETS Century City office to take my real estate expertise in investment banking and asset management to the next level in the recruitment sector.”

And after 13 years in the commercial real estate industry, Davis tells GlobeSt.com, “My experience provides clients with a competitive advantage in their recruitment search.”

Davis joined RETS in 2012 and brings more than 12 years of experience in commercial real estate and recruiting to her new position. She was previously director of asset management for Bixby Land Co., where she oversaw 6 million square feet of commercial product.  Her area of expertise is recruiting and interim staffing, with a focus on asset and property management. She also had her first placement of an assistant property manager in less than two months of employment at RETS.

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Miller previously worked for Latitude Real Estate Investment Services, where she was responsible for managing a variety of asset types in several markets throughout the country and originating investments. She has 14 years of experience in the real estate and recruiting industries and also joined RETS in 2012. Relatively new to the recruiting industry, she spent 10 years working at JP Morgan and Bank of America. Miller’s area of expertise is also recruiting and interim staffing, with a focus on asset management, portfolio management, financial analysis, capital markets and investment banking. Her first placement is to occur in first-quarter 2013.

As GlobeSt.com previously reported, a sharp rise in executive search assignments for development professionals last year is a trend expected to increase in 2013. According to RETS Associates, a commercial real estate recruitment and staffing firm in the western US, improving market fundamentals in primary markets throughout the western states are the driving force behind employment demand in the development sector, and the challenge now is finding qualified development professionals to fill very specific jobs.