Lizzy Blake, who left Cushman & Wakefield Inc. last summer,will build a local investment sales team for Grubb & Ellis'private capital investment group. David R. Dunn, who founded anamesake firm five years ago, has aligned with Sperry Van Ness tostrengthen his foundation for the future.

The region has surpassed the recovery mode, with dealmakers noweyeing more industrial spec, rent upticks and higher occupanciesthan they've seen in recent years. "In this market, there's plentyof room for an industrial investment specialist," says DavidRichards, Grubb & Ellis' senior vice president and managingdirector in Dallas.

Blake's team will have one more broker and an analyst, who willbe added within 18 months. The new vice president's immediate goalis to rebuild her traction in the market following a nine-monthhiatus from the industry.

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