KANSAS CITY, MO-Mike Klamm has taken over as managing directorand market leader for CB Richard Ellis’ local office.

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In his new role, Klamm will be responsible for all CBRE businesslines in Kansas City, overseeing a staff of more than 200professionals. He succeeds Don Thompson, who recently retiredfrom the real estate industry after more than two decades with thecompany.

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"Mike is absolutely the right person to drive our Kansas Cityoperations forward, building on the solid foundation of success wealready enjoy in the local market," says Mike Gerard, executivemanaging director, Midwest for CBRE. "He knows the Kansas Citymarket intimately, is highly regarded within company and the localcommunity and personifies our corporate values. We could not askfor a better representative for CBRE in Kansas City."

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An industry veteran with 25 years of experience, Klammpreviously served as a first vice president in CBRE's CapitalMarkets Group in Kansas City. He joined the firm in 2008 afterThompson recruited him from Colliers Turley Martin where he spent13 years. In previous roles, he has served as asset manager,property manager and investment sales professional.

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Klamm tells GlobeSt. he pursued the position of managingdirector and market leader once he heard Thompson planned toretire. “I made it known that I’d like to be considered for theposition,” he says. “I was looking for a new challenge and saw anopportunity to help move this office to the next level.”

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Klamm has a number of objectives he’d like to achieve in his newrole including growing the business and filling in key position onthe brokerage side of the business. He’d also like to leverageCBRE’s national specialty experts and bring them to the localoffice to help win more business.

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“There are so many things going on in the market, we have to beon our toes all the time, making sure we don’t miss anyopportunities,” Klamm says.

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Originally focused on the property management end of thebusiness, Klamm transitioned to investment sales brokerage in2000. He has negotiated more than $250 million of propertysales in Kansas City over the past six years, including the H&RBlock World headquarters, City Center Square and US Bank Tower. Hebegan his real estate career as an asset manager, working forseveral major financial institutions, including Equitable,Travelers and Prudential.

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A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Klamm hasbeen active in several industry organizations including theBuilding Owners and Managers Association, Institute of Real EstateManagement and Kansas City Regional Association ofRealtors. He serves on the Board of Directors of the DowntownKansas City Community Improvement District.

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