The Dallas/Fort Worth leader is James Yoder, a 22-yearindustry veteran who joined the firm last year as a managingdirector along with several other key players from Trammell CrowCo.'s former camp after its merger with CB Richard Ellis. Atlanta'snew market director will be Clark S. Gore, another 20-plus-yearveteran who comes on board March 1. GlobeSt.com has been told thatanother market director will be disclosed in a few weeks anddecisions are being made about the last two markets.

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JLL's market directors will be liaisons among practice groupsand their national leaders and local quarterbacks to expandrespective shops, whether it's the head count, service lines orboth. "My role is to be the external face of JLL in the market andcontinue the momentum we have in the market, win more business andmake JLL the best in Dallas," Yoder explains about the newlycreated role in Dallas. "My job is to pull all the practice linestogether, make sure they're communicating and leveraging off eachother's business."

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Yoder says the Dallas office is up to 115 brokers and supportstaff, nearly doubling in size in the past year. His chargeincludes launching JLL's first industrial team in the market, aninitiative that was seeded in August 2007 when the brokerage househired CraigMeyer in Los Angeles as director of the national industrialpractice. "Dallas is one of the markets that we've ID'd to plant anindustrial flag in the ground," Yoder says, adding that interviewsare under way with "two or three" senior brokers to lead the push.His goal is to roll out a team in 30 to 45 days.

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JLL also is building a multifamily team in the metroplex. SteveChurch, formerly with FirstWorthing, joined the company just eightdays ago to partner with Craig Caughten, who was brought on boardeight months ago for the Dallas launch.

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Yoder says he will court the region's deal-making veterans andrising stars too as part of his expansion vision--and he will beaggressive in the chase. "Our goal is to be the best in eachsegment that we choose to compete," he stresses. Similar plans tobuild industrial teams have or are going into motion in Atlanta,Chicago, New Jersey and Southern California.

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[IMGCAP(2)]Gore will be quarterbacking a 400-employee office,which has senior brokers Matt Oliaro and Baron McMillen leading itsindustrial drive. And once he's on board, Gore says he willcontinue to look at "selectively recruiting new people."

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Gore says he plans to focus on the geographic areas thattraditionally have been strong in Atlanta--Downtown, Midtown andBuckhead and the northeast and northwest Atlanta submarkets. Activein Greater Atlanta since 1985, JLL has 94.1 million sf of officeand retail space under management, including Sanctuary Park inAlpharetta, Buckhead's 3344 Peachtree and Prominence I and AtlanticStation and Promenade II, both in the Downtown.

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Gore, who founded True North Real Estate Services last year, isbringing the leasing assignment for the $300-million mixed-useRiverwood with him. His agreement with local developer, Seven OaksCo. LLC, consists of the 502,000-sf Riverwood 100, 350,000-sfRiverwood 200 and the planned Riverwood 300.

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The Atlanta office's former director of leasing and management,Chris Wasko, has been tapped to lead the firm's growing business inthe Carolinas. He will be based in Charlotte. Details about thatcity's expansion were unavailable by press time.

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