PHOENIX-Grubb & Ellis Co. has hired six retail professionalsto expand its service offerings throughout local market. With thenew hires, the firm’s retail services platform consists of nineprofessionals including six tenant representation brokers and threeinvestment sales brokers.

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The new additions to Grubb & Ellis’s local office are: DavidJarand, senior vice president; Bill Finch, vice president; TraciRussell, associate vice president; Jake Danovic, senior associate;Amy Dattilo, senior associate; and Alex Gonzalez, seniorassociate.

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“With these new professionals, we can provide expertise acrossthe retail spectrum, from big box to Hispanic-focused retail,” saysPete Bolton, executive vice president and managing director ofGrubb & Ellis’ Phoenix office.

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Jarand joins Grubb & Ellis after spending four years as adesignated broker and principal of The Silk & StewartDevelopment Group, where he represented landlords and tenants inretail development and brokerage.

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Finch and Gonzalez join Grubb & Ellis from Strategic RetailGroup, a commercial real estate brokerage company specializing inretail leasing, investment services and land sales in Phoenix andthroughout the state of Arizona. Gonzalez focuses on Hispanicretailers and communities.

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Russell brings eight years of commercial real estate experienceto Grubb & Ellis, and joins from Phillips Edison & Co.,where she had leasing responsibility for a 1 million-square-footportfolio and was recognized as a top producer among 35peers.

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Previously, Danovic was with Rein & Grossoehme, whileDattilo joins Grubb & Ellis from Cassidy Turley|BRE Commercial.With three years of experience, Danovic specializes in leasingretail shopping centers throughout the Phoenix area, and Dattilo,who also began her career in 2007, specializes in retail tenantrepresentation.

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“This is a teaming house, and the brokers are bringing in peoplethey want to do business with,” Bolton notes.

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For example, once Russell decided to join Grubb & Ellis, shewent out and recruited Jarand to team with her. Finch and Gonzalezwill continue the partnership they launched at Strategic RetailGroup. Meanwhile, Danovic and Dattilo are actively seekingteammates and are talking with local professionals about joiningthe firm.

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“My focus is to bring on three more retail professionals – onemore investment sales professional to team with, and partners forAmy and Jake,” Bolton says. Over the past six months, Grubb &Ellis has recruited 21 professionals to its newly opened Phoenixoffice

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