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CBRE has expanded its corporate advisory teamwith the addition of Anya Ostry. Ostry joins thefirm as first VP and as part of a 14-member team to focus oncorporate occupiers. She has 10 years of experience and waspreviously with Cushman & Wakefield.

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"I'm constantly looking for ways to be a better partner for myclients and increase the value that I add for them," Ostry tellsGlobeSt.com about joining the firm. "When I evaluated the resourcesand talent that could be available to my clients by joining CBREand specifically my team, I realized this was the right move and atthe right time.  Let me be clear, I was not expecting aglobal pandemic to take place, but ultimately, if we are going totread some uncharted waters, as we are now, there is no other groupof people that I'd rather have in my boat than the team that I amwith now."

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Associate Brandon Luckham is making the movefrom Cushman with Ostry. Together, they will team up with EVPsTravis Boyd and Alex Hayden inOrange County. "Our biggest goal is to find more ways to help ourcurrent clients as well as our prospective clients during and afterthis unprecedented difficult time," says Ostry.  "Whetherit be increasing their productivity by introducing a newtechnology, imbedding a transaction manager in a region to assistin handling their overseas portfolio, or streamlining the projectmanagement process, the goal is to be their third-party corporatereal estate department helping them to drive businessgoals. We've also recently added a workplace strategistconsultant to our team to be better prepared to helpthem.  Having a little fun along the way is always a nicebonus."

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No doubt, this is an interesting time to be changing firms. Thepandemic will certainly have an impact on corporate clients thisyear. "I think companies will be "gun-shy" for the next 3-6 months,and we'll see a lot of asks for short-term renewals while assessingthe aftermath of COVID-19 on business continuity,"Ostry. "However, I believe by the fourth quarter, we'llsee things start to stabilize and get back to a "new" normal. Forthose of us advising larger corporations, now is the time to keepgiving to our clients daily.  Whether it means assistingtheir HR department surveying employees' ability to work virtuallyor advising on processes and procedures to get employees back tothe offices safely. I expect that much of what we do will not betransactional in the coming months, but more consulting, and wewelcome the challenge and the opportunity."

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With occupiers' best interest in mind, Ostry is advising clientsto be patient, particularly to see what the recovery will looklike. "My advice is to not make any rash decisions," she says."Bringing employees back to the workplace will be a process, not anevent. It's important to understand the corporateobjectives around employee engagement and culture in this newnormal before shedding too much space too quickly or ever atall.  I also think now is an appropriate time to identifyareas of opportunity in your real estate portfolio and prioritizethem accordingly."

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.