In his role, Bellow will work to grab a larger slice of theGreater Houston market. "We believe in penetrating our localmarkets and owning them," he tells GlobeSt.com. "The way we defineour success is that we want to be known as one of the top threetenant rep players in every market in the country."

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Bellow emphasizes that last July's mergerwith Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle is going to help in reachinghis goal because of its broad platform and national andinternational reach. "This allows us to talk to multinational andglobally integrated companies not just to deliver real estateservices worldwide, but other services like facilities management,deeper construction management and consulting services," Bellowsays.

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The Houston market also is cooperating nicely with Bellow'splans. He points out that the market is flattening out afterseveral years of rapid rental increases, providing moreopportunities for tenants to take advantage expansion or renewals,which is something that hasn't happened in awhile.

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Although Bellow is optimistic for his area in 2009, he saysthere are no plans for huge growth in the Houston office. "We'renot going to be seeking entry level people in 2009," he says. "Ifwe do grow, we'll grow with experienced folks. We'll be looking atindividuals who can immediately bring value to the table becausethey've already been in the business."

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