Gary Hunt, interim chief executive officer of Grubb & Ellis,noted in a statement that Ellis was on hand for the company's 50thanniversary observance last year. Hunt commented that the Grubb& Ellis co-founder's "warmth, humor and intelligence were onfull display" at the event. Hunt also noted that under theleadership of Ellis, Grubb & Ellis grew from a local brokeragebased in Oakland, CA into one of the largest diversified realestate service companies in the US.

Most recently, Ellis headed Ellis Partners, where his partnersincluded his daughter, Melinda and his son, James. The SanFrancisco-based company has acquired and developed more than $2billion dollars worth of commercial real estate, including suchhigh-profile Northern California developments as the $400 millionJack London Square expansion, a waterfront project in Oakland.

Those who knew Ellis remember him both for his many businessaccomplishments and as someone who was gracious and generous bothpersonally and professionally. Marcus & Millichap co-founderGeorge Marcus, who began his career as an investment sales brokerwith Grubb & Ellis in the company's San Jose, CA office,, "Hal Ellis was one of the single mostinspirational leaders I have ever known."

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