SANTA ANA, CA-Grubb & Ellis Co. has hired 32-year industryveteran Robert Bell as a senior managing director at Grubb &Ellis Landauer Appraisal & Valuation in the latest in a seriesof new hires for the expanding appraisal unit. Bell will beresponsible for Landauer Appraisal & Valuation’s businessdevelopment and expansion throughout California, includingresponsibility for recruiting and overseeing the managing directorswho oversee the local offices throughout the state.

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Bell joins Grubb & Ellis from Integra Realty Resources wherehe spent three years as a director. In addition to leading thefirm’s Orange County operations, he performed appraisals in Oregon,California and Hawaii and consulted clients on properties inCalifornia and the Southeastern US. Previously, he spent threeyears with Colliers International Realty Advisors, serving as theSouthern California area manager. Before that, he spent 12years at Cushman & Wakefield Valuation Advisory Services asmanager of the company’s Irvine office and another 12 years as avice president of CB Commercial Appraisal Services. He began hiscareer in 1978 with Lea Associates Inc.

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During his career, Bell has primarily specialized in statisticalmass valuation, including one portfolio consisting of more than1,000 properties. He has also acted as an expert witness on behalfof many clients in both state and federal litigations.

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In June, Grubb & Ellis announced thelaunch of Grubb & Ellis Landauer Appraisal &Valuation, a national appraisal business, under the leadership ofindustry veterans Douglas W. Haney and Eduardo Alegre. Grubb &Ellis CEO Tom D'Arcy told GlobeSt.com at the time that the companybelieves that "the demand for appraisal services is going to bevery significant over the next few years."

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Since then, in addition to Bell, the company has hired MichaelMiller as senior managing director in Texas and local marketleaders Michael Mason as managing director in Los Angeles andChristopher Stalling as managing director in Houston.

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Grubb & Ellis Landauer Appraisal & Valuation willofficially open for business in September with seven offices;longer term the company expects is to have a presence in every keymarket and between 250 and 350 full-time appraisers.

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