most recent merger,

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CBRE spokespeople have confirmed that the firm has snatched JeffEllerman, Staubach's executive vice president, and will replant himas its newest vice chairman.

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Also coming on board is Jay Bailey, who's leaving Atlanta-basedCousins Properties Inc.'s Dallas/Fort Worth team as a vicepresident of leasing, and J.J. Leonard, who is a vice president forlocal firm Capstar.

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The market's been buzzing for nearly a week over Ellerman'sdeparture from Staubach, where he's spent the past decade. The25-year veteran has completed more than 20 million sf of leases,valued at more than $6 billion, in his career. Since 2000, he hasclosed more of the metro's top 25 office leases than any otherbroker in the metroplex, according to his profile on Staubach'swebsite. He was also rated last year's top revenue producer out of1,000 players in 64 offices.

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"To the best of my knowledge, we've got one broker who has leftand it's Jeff Ellerman," John Gates, president of brokerage for theAmericas for Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle, tells GlobeSt.com."We wish him the best."

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Bailey joined Cousins in January 2006, specifically to lease the1.6-million-sf Lincoln Centre in North Dallas. Cousins and Capstarcould not be reached by deadline.

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