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Jones Lang LaSalle Expands Retail Platform to the Great Lakes Region with Retail Brokerage Specialists in Ohio

Melissa Ruther and Mary Bresnahan join firm’s Cincinnati and Columbus offices as Vice Presidents

CINCINNATI, Feb. 27, 2014 — As part of its continued growth in retail brokerage, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) today announced its expansion into the Great Lakes Region with the addition of Melissa Ruther and Mary Bresnahan as Vice Presidents, Retail Brokerage. The new team will be led by Steve Yenser as part of his current role as National Retail Brokerage Lead for Jones Lang LaSalle. Ruther, who will be based in Cincinnati, and Bresnahan, who will be based in Columbus, will focus on all aspects of retail brokerage activity including tenant representation, project leasing, outparcel sales, new development and redevelopment throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

“We are very excited to add retail brokerage capabilities to our list of client services in the Great Lakes Region, and see a huge opportunity to better serve our current and future clients’ needs. We expect to establish market leading results in the retail sector, as we have with all of our other service lines in the region,” J.C. Pelusi, Great Lakes Market Leader at Jones Lang LaSalle.

Yenser added, “Melissa and Mary are two of the most respected retail experts in the region, and their addition will create a very strong foundation for our future retail growth. Their extensive local market knowledge and extreme focus on superior client service will create tremendous value for our current and future tenant and landlord clients.”

Ruther has more than a decade of real estate experience, and joins JLL from Edge Real Estate Group, LLC., where she was responsible for tenant representation, development, dispositions and agency leasing. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University, and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Bresnahan has been involved in the retail brokerage business for more than a decade. She joins JLL from CBRE, where she specialized in lease dispositions, acquisitions of retail developments and tenant representation. She holds real estate licenses in both Ohio and West Virginia, and is active in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Collectively, Ruther and Bresnahan represent a wide range of national and local retailers including: Bloomin’ Brands, DXL, Cabela’s, Chuy’s, Marquee Theater, Matt the Miller Restaurant Group, Nationwide, Starbucks, Red Robin, Time Warner and Toys R Us/ Babies R Us.

Yenser joined JLL in January of 2010 to lead the firm’s retail local market practice. Since 2012, he has steered the firm’s retail brokerage expansion by adding more than 80 experts, in 20 core markets across the country. Yenser will continue to lead the firm’s national expansion efforts, and will directly lead the retail efforts in the Great Lakes Region.

Jones Lang LaSalle’s Retail Group serves as the industry’s leader in retail real estate services. The firm’s more than 850 dedicated retail experts in the Americas partner with investors and occupiers around the globe to support and shape investment and site selection strategies. Its retail specialists provide independent and expert advice to clients, backed by industry-leading research that delivers maximum value throughout the entire lifecycle of an asset or lease.  The firm has more than 80 retail brokerage experts spanning 20 major markets, representing more than 100 retail clients.  As the largest third party retail property manager in the United States, Jones Lang LaSalle’s retail portfolio has 305 retail centers, totaling 65.7 million square feet under management in regional malls, lifestyle centers, grocery-anchored centers, power centers, central business districts, transportation facilities and mixed-use projects.

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