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SANTA CLARA, CA-Bruce Horton is back in action after a six-month hiatus. The veteran Silicon Valley broker who retired in June after a 29-year career at Grubb & Ellis is now a Santa Clara-based senior vice president with GVA Kidder Mathews, specializing in the sale and leasing of R&D and Industrial properties.

Horton has completed hundreds of sale and lease transactions during his career while representing some of the largest firms in the Silicon Valley, including Prudential, Amdahl, and Linear Technology. He has been recognized 16 times by Grubb & Ellis as a top producer both locally and nationally. GVA/KM chief executive Jeff Lyon tells GlobeSt.com Horton was offered the opportunity to become a partner and shareholder as incentive to join the company.

“After relaxing for several months I found I wasn’t ready for that,” Horton tells GlobeSt.com. “I found out how much I could play golf and found I still had too much empty time. Then one of the guys here [at GVA/KM Santa Clara] approached me and one thing led to another and they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

GVA Kidder Mathews is an independently owned West Coast commercial real estate firm with approximately with 400 real estate professionals and staff. The company’s platform offers its executives, managers and top brokerage professionals the opportunity to own stock in the company and lets its brokers keep 90% of the commission once they top $125,000.

“Bruce…could have gone to any firm and we are very happy that he has chosen to join us,” says GVA/KM executive VP and managing partner Steve Bouret. “We have…built a platform that is extremely attractive to brokers.”

The Santa Clara office was launched in September 2008 when the firm agreed to merge with Santa Clara-based Wayne Mascia Associates, creating the company’s third Bay Area location, the other locations being in San Francisco and Redwood Shores. The company has six offices in Washington and Oregon.

Lyon told GlobeSt.com at the time the merger agreement was signed that GVA/KM had spun off the company’s Northern California operations and would allow Wayne Mascia and his partners and top professionals the opportunity to own stock in the Northern California operations of GVA/KM.

Just as importantly, he said that the offer would be extended to other experienced and productive professionals in the region who he feels would bolster the company’s operations. “When you show people the long-term opportunity, that’s what gets them excited,” Lyon said. “It’s something unique that nobody else is doing; it will allow us to attract top–notch professionals.”

Horton says he initially balked at the invitation to join GVA/KM given Wayne Mascia’s history as a tenant rep firm but quickly changed his mind after learning that under GVA/KM the office is looking to grow the business to include landlord representation, among other things. That sounded better to Horton, who is a generalist that provides landlord representation, tenant representation and investment brokerage services to clients depending on the marketplace.

“We’re looking for him to be one of the leaders, to help us build [our landlord representation business],” Lyon says. “He’ll also bring a new energy and perspective to that office, which will help everyone.”

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