FORT WORTH-A robust Texas and southwest retail commercial realestate market, combined with retail development activity in otherstates, has been the catalyst for Woodmont Co.'s hire of fourbrokers within the past four months. According to company chairmanand CEO Stephen Coslik, more hires are planned – his hope is tohave four more on staff by the end of 2014.

In an interview with, Coslik says last spring's hireof Gwen MacKenzie as president of brokerage services got theexpansion process rolling. "I asked her to enhance and beef up thebrokerage group," Coslik explains. "The result is the addition ofthe four individuals to better serve our clients and theirbrokerage needs, whether those needs are leasing or investmentsales."

The four additions are:

  • Jacob Cox; vice president, withspecialization in landlord and tenant representation. Coxpreviously had commercial real estate jobs with Cushman &Wakefield and Colliers International.
  • Erik Coslik, who rejoins WoodmontCo. as vice president, in which he specializes in landlord leasingof existing projects and new developments.
  • Randy Bell, hired as an associatewho specializes in investment property sales.
  • Jordon Gronholz, who comes onboard as an associates specializing in landlord and tenantrepresentation.

According to Coslik, Woodmont's expansion is directly linked tothe Texas and southwest commercial real estate market. "With ourregional focus, we've been insulated from the rest of the UnitedStates," he says. "Leasing velocity has picked up over the last 12months, both in the properties we manage for third parties as wellas our own properties. Bluntly, we were short of people to serveour clients."

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