TAMPA, FL—CBRE has a new leader in its Tampaoffice. Chase Pattillo comes to CBRE fromEverbank after holding senior positions atFlagler. He's charged with overseeing the market'soperations in the region.

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Where does that leave Patricia Nooney? She'sbeen holding down the fort in Tampa, but the Pattillo addition letsher resume her primary responsibility of overseeing Florida'sInvestor Services business.

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GlobeSt.com caught up with Pattillo, who for the past five yearsmanaged Everbank's $100 million plus portfolio of foreclosedcommercial real estate and executed on all aspects associated withmaximizing the bank's recovery on a nationwide distressedcommercial real estate portfolio, to get his thoughts on what'snext for CBRE in the Tampa region in this exclusive interview.

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GlobeSt.com: How did your experience at Everbankprepare you for a leadership role in in CBRE's Tampaoffice?

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Pattillo: My career in Florida has afforded mean opportunity to be involved with just about every aspect ofthe commercial real estate business. I started outas an appraiser in Tampa, then went into the commercial mortgagebrokerage business with Holiday Fenoglio Fowler,and moved into acquisitions and dispositions for Flagler beforeeventually arriving at Everbank.

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Those experiences put me in the rather unique position of understanding several lines of the business includinginvestment sales, structured real estate finance, development,leasing, and appraisal. My role in REO has afforded me theopportunity to stay in front of many of the owners, developers, andbrokers in the Tampa market, which I think also works in ourfavor.

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GlobeSt.com: What's your first order of business asthe new managing director in Tampa?

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Pattillo: I've worked with many CBREprofessionals over the course of my career, so I'm well aware ofthe talent we have in that market. My first order of business it tomake sure those professionals have the tools they need tosucceed.

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Growing our bench strength for some of the disciplines, helpingdevelop our junior brokers, and facilitating more cross-selling arealso priorities. Basically, I'm committed to doing whatever ittakes to reinforce CBRE's number one position in the Tampa marketand its reputation as a world-class company.

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GlobeSt.com: What excites you about the Tampa realestate market? What opportunities lie ahead?

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Pattillo: Markets are starting to reboundacross the state and Tampa is at the forefront of that. It has adiverse economy with good fundamentals across all property types.

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The Tampa Bay area is highly favored by investors eyeingsecond-tier cities with strong employment and a growing population.Companies like Amazon and USAA investing in the area attests tothat.

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Tampa Bay also has a distinct advantage as a distribution hubfor the southeast with three ports in close proximity andintermodal rail. In short, the outlook is very positive for thenext several years, and I'm excited to be here at this particularmoment in Tampa's evolution.

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