SAN FRANCISCO-Jones Lang LaSalle is heightening its presence in the Bay Area as the market continues to rebound. Erich Sengelmann, a co-leader of the firm’s locally based Northern California operation, tells the biggest part of the plan is to open a new corporate office in the Silicon Valley later this quarter.”We are negotiating an office lease right now and will be recruiting some very seasoned professionals, particularly on the brokerage services side of the business,” says Sengelmann, adding that as part of the growth plans JLL’s Strategic Consulting unit is in the process of relocating two executives to the San Francisco office to help feed the growth.The personnel expansion follows significant growth in the firm’s local business over the past year, growth it wants to see continue. Up from 20 million sf 12 months ago, the firm now leases and/or manages about 30.5 million sf. Its tenant rep clientele includes Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, Solectron, VeriSign, Synopsys and Kaiser Permanente, of which the latter two have been picked up in the past year. To boot, JLL was recently named one of the best places to work in San Francisco and, nationally speaking, was the only real estate services firm in the recently released Forbes 400.”We’ve got great momentum and very ambitious plans,” says Sengelmann, who along with fellow co-leader David Churton were recently named International Directors–a title reserved for the firm’s top talent companywide, according to JLL president and chief executive Colin Dyer. “They have contributed in a major way to the growth of the firm,” he says.Sengelmann, who joined the firm in 1998 and was most recently head of the company’s Northwest tenant representation unit, handles comprehensive brokerage and consulting services in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley. He also sits on the Global Technology Specialty Board, which provides integrated solutions to technology companies worldwide. Churton, who holds a law degree from the University of San Francisco, heads the agency leasing, property management, and local tenant leasing practices. The former head of Insignia/ESG’s San Francisco office joined JLL in 2005 following a two-year sabbatical that began when the company was merged into CB Richard Ellis.

In another Bay Area promotion, Bruce Kimbrew, heretofore the senior vice president who oversaw and directed all aspects of design and construction for Bank of America, is now heading up the company’s project and development services unit in San Francisco and throughout the Northwestern US. In his new position, Kimbrew is responsible for developing new business in the San Francisco Bay area and overseeing multi-site project management assignments throughout the Northwest region.

As for the additions to the Strategic Consulting unit, senior vice president Benjamin Pollack is in the process of relocating from Seattle and vice president Diane Vrkic is relocating from the home office in Chicago. The local unit is run by executive vice president Tom Bomba, who tells the size of the local Strategic Consulting group has gone up and down with the local economy.

“Strategic Consulting is not a geographically-based group, it’s a competency-based group; we go where we need to go,” says Bomba. “That said there needs to be good coverage in the Bay Area and it has been under covered.”

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