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Jones Lang LaSalle Grows Team in Salt Lake City, UT

Firm appoints Jim Balderson to lead brokerage services for firm’s first Utah office

SALT LAKE CITY, May 14, 2013 – As the sound of America’s economic recovery resounds across America, it echoes clearly in Salt Lake City, where global commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle opened a new office to serve the needs of its growing client base in the market. The firm, which already manages more than 4.6 million square feet of space in Utah, is committed to supporting clients throughout the state and has planted a flag at Gateway Office Center located at 90 South 400 West in Salt Lake City’s central business district.

To lead brokerage services and spearhead growth in the market, JLL appointed industry expert Jim Balderson, Senior Vice President. In his new role, Balderson will seek and cultivate new business that taps into the firm’s multi-service platform. Balderson and his expanding Utah team offer office and industrial brokerage services on behalf of tenants and landlords across the state. Balderson will work closely with Barry Dorfman, Jones Lang LaSalle’s Market Director for Colorado and Utah.

Market research supports that Salt Lake City’s economy continues to grow while commercial real estate is thriving. “Jones Lang LaSalle sees great potential for growth in Utah,” said Balderson. “The market continues to improve and demand for office space is healthy which provides a great backdrop for our business and also presents our clients with multiple opportunities.”

Primary brokers driving client relationships with Balderson include:
Mark Alexander, Senior Vice President, previously served as Managing Director for JLL’s Washington market and has over 25 years of diversified commercial real estate experience. He was awarded the national Turn-Around Award for his accomplishments in helping to turn around transaction and asset services.

Wick Udy, Vice President, specializes in Industrial and Logistics.  Wick has over 10 years of experience.  His team is one of the top transaction producing industrial teams in the Utah Industrial real estate market.  Wick has been involved in more than 700 transactions, representing clients in the acquisition or disposition of over 4.5 million square feet of facilities, 1,200 acres of land, with a cumulative value exceeding $700 million. 

“Salt Lake City is an important market for many of our clients, so it was essential to hire top calibre and experienced professionals,” Dorfman said. “Jim has the right knowledge and market experience to grow and develop our business, as well provide the best strategic advice and services to our expanding client base in the region.”

Balderson, recognized as one of the top brokers in the state of Utah, joined JLL in July 2012, and has worked in both California and Utah. Last year, his team completed more than 60 transactions and leased or sold 410,000 square feet of commercial real estate space with a value approaching $30 million. Additionally, he is a CoStar “Powerbroker”.

Supporting strategic real estate services for clients under the newly appointed leadership are brokers Jesse Mangum, Associate; Brandon Rawlins, Senior Associate; Jenny Taumoepeau, Associate; David Nixon, Associate; and Staci Hacker, Office Support. Beyond the corporate office walls, JLL employs on-site facility and property managers throughout the state.

Since breaking ground in Salt Lake City last year, the team has maintained their momentum by completing more than 500,000 square feet in transactions. Additionally, The Boyer Company selected Jones Lang LaSalle to lease Gateway Office Center, a mixed-use urban life style center with seven Class A office buildings in Salt Lake City.

Learn more about JLL’s Salt Lake City team by visiting their local website:

(From left to right: David Nixon, Brandon Rawlins, Jenny Taumoepeau, Staci Hacker, Wick Udy, Jesse Mangum, and Jim Balderson. Note: Mark Alexander, on-site facility and property managers are not in photo.)

About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual revenue of $3.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle operates in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services to a property portfolio of 2.6 billion square feet and completed $63 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2012. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $47.7 billion of real estate assets under management. For further information, visit