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LOS ANGELES-Real estate investment firm Bentley Forbes has named Keith Bjelajac, a 25-year corporate finance veteran, as EVP with oversight for growth strategies in connection with the company’s expanding acquisition program, according to Chad W. Wehba, CEO of the firm.

Bjelajac comes to Bentley Forbes from Great Circle Family Foods, the California Developer of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, where he was CFO. He also is a former Office Depot finance executive. In his new post, he will focus on the firms investment programs, operations, acquisition targets, finances and related due diligence.

Wehba says the addition of Bjelajac was a strategic decision driven by the evolving complexity of our investment transactions, as well as the growing responsibilities of portfolio management functions and the oversight of the firms expanding staff.

Besides his posts at Great Circle and Office Depot, Bjelajac, an accountant by training, has been responsible for the implementation of numerous integrated financial, supply chain and data warehouse software systems including Great Plains, PeopleSoft, and JD Edwards.

Los Angeles-based Bentley Forbes focuses on identifying long-term value in class A real estate. Since 1993, the firm has completed more than $1 billion in transactions, specializing in the sale-leaseback of single-tenant, income-producing properties. Currently, the firm’s portfolio is valued in excess of $1 billion, including class ‘A’ properties ranging from office buildings, shopping centers and industrial properties, to light manufacturing facilities and warehouses encompassing more than 11 million sf throughout the United States.

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