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SAN FRANCISCO-Grubb & Ellis Co. has fattened up its project management group here with a pair of VPs from Jones Lang LaSalle’s project management and development services group. Nolen Boyer and Paul Hayward will be responsible for expanding Grubb & Ellis’ project management practice throughout Northern California.

Boyer and Hayward each have more than 20 years experience in the industry and have worked together since 2004, servicing clients such as eBay, Wells Fargo and Walmart.com. Boyer and Hayward both joined Staubach Co. in 2005 and shifted to JLL when it acquired Staubach last year.

“We were brought over to JLL but we really had different formats,” Boyer tells GlobeSt.com. “It was a bit more layered than I was accustomed. For what I wanted Grubb & Ellis seemed like a better fit.”

G&E’s San Francisco office is located at One Bush Street. Mark Geisreiter, the company’s new executive vice president and regional managing director says the duo “will provide a significant boost to our current project management activities and open up new opportunities to expand relationships with our transaction services and property management clients.”

Prior to joining Staubach Boyer was a project director in Cushman & Wakefield’s project management group after it acquired his previous firm, PMLA, a independent project management firm, in 2004. Prior to PMLA, he spent eight years as a senior project manager with Project Systems International, managing major projects throughout Southeast Asia for clients including Exxon, Prudential Investments, Marriott Hotels and Club Med.

Hayward, an active member of the US Green Building Council, spent 13 years at Cushman & Wakefield as project director before shifting to Staubach. Hayward began his career as a general contractor for Trafalgar Construction, a subsidiary of Rubicon Property Services, in 1990.

For clients Hayward manages all aspects of their development, from design and construction to lease review to the handover of keys. “I think what differentiates us from others—and probably why I came over—is that I don’t hand off my assignments to a junior project manager; I’m on site pretty much full time for whatever it takes to get a project done and I have direct access to decision makers.”

As for the need for development services, Hayward says the current economy provides “a great opportunity to market our services before the upturn in the market,” Hayward says. “People are looking for new alliances; current allegiances are being reviewed for value and I see this group being more nimble than larger groups.”

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