"Transwestern has an active investment services group nationallythat's headquartered in Dallas under Steve Pumper," Desmond says."There hasn't been one in Phoenix and this is a great opportunityto open one up."

Desmond came to Transwestern following a stint as senior vicepresident with locally based Grubb & Ellis/BRE Commercial LLC.Telephone calls weren't returned by deadline to comment onDesmond's exit.

Transwestern has a small nucleus of office leasing brokers inPhoenix. "We've worked together in the past. We actually sold fourbuildings together in the past two years so I've had good exposureto them and them to me," Desmond says. "This is a naturalprogression of development of their service capacity in Phoenix andthe Southwest."

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