DALLAS-In a tag-team play, DTZ Rockwood LLC has seated two veteran executives in the Southwest and Southeast to ramp up full-service offices. The pair of professionals had a combined 24 years with Ernst & Young Real Estate Capital Markets Group in their respective territories.

Leading the Southwest office from Dallas is Cooper Stuart, who spent the past six years as an E&Y executive vice president and was accorded a senior vice president’s title for DTZ. Manning the Southeast as managing director in Atlanta is Scott Evans, who had 18 years invested into E&Y as a partner and leader of the South Zone Real Estate Advisory Services practice before making the change. Both professionals quietly joined the New York City-based DTZ Rockwood about two months ago to lay the groundwork to launch the offices. In Dallas, Stuart has hired Richard Robson as an associate while Evans’ assistant starts Monday so his name is being kept under wraps for now.

DTZ Rockwood’s marketing director Mitch Breindel says the firm wanted to expand into both markets for awhile. “Given their depth of experience, depth of relationships in their respective markets,” he says, “it was really a question of getting the right people” to put the plan into play. And, he adds, it was just “a nice coincidence” that they both came from the same camp.

Breindel says the historical deal flow in both regions is underwriting the initiative. In 2005-06, he says DTZ Rockwood closed $280 million in six transactions in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Deal volume in the Southeast is equally brisk, he says, citing a strong enough demand to warrant three offices just in Florida.

Stuart tells GlobeSt.com that he expects to add a handful of professionals in the coming year–interviews already are under way for the Two Galleria Tower office at 13455 Noel Rd. The same is happening in Atlanta.

In the Dallas roll-out, Stuart has been talking with major apartment and healthcare developers about debt and equity from DTZ Rockwood lineup as well as courting multifamily property owners to build a disposition roster. “We have a tremendous pipeline,” says the 25-year veteran of corporate services’ ranks. “We are quite hopeful that our business here is really going to mushroom.”

Part of the regional building process is a plan to team DTZ’s European-based clients to debt and equity investments in the US. “We are absolutely pursuing that,” Stuart says. “They are looking for ways to get their capital working in the US. That’s very exciting and it will be interesting to watch how it plays out.”

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