AUSTIN-Roy Scruggs has joined Transwestern as senior vice president. He arrives at his new company with close to 30 years of experience and a 400,000-sf office portfolio, courtesy of former employer CarrAmerica Realty Corp.

Scruggs, who was vice president of leasing for CarrAmerica, oversaw its Austin portfolio, which fluctuated from 1.4 million sf to 3.3 million sf. The package included the just-sold, 1.1-million-sf Riata office portfolio. He says CarrAmerica, now owned by Blackstone Group of New York City, still owns the assets and he’ll act as a third-party leasing agent for its 136,075-sf 7000 West at Lantana at 7000 W. William Dr.; 137,763-sf City View Centre at 1122 Capital of Texas Hwy. South; and 146,463-sf Setting at 1120 Capital of Texas Hwy. South.

Scruggs and Martha Watkus, who also left CarrAmerica to join Transwestern Austin as property manager, are taking charge of the 600,000-sf River Place Corporate Park in the far northwest submarket. Last month, JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings bought out joint venture partner, Aspen Growth Properties Inc. of Austin, gaining full control of a 30-acre corporate park developed in 2001.

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