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Jones Lang LaSalle Strengthens Southeast Retail Platform with Strategic Gulf Coast Hires

Firm adds retail experts Josh Burmeister and Buff Teague to its growing retail brokerage practice

MOBILE, Ala., Feb. 11, 2014 — Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) today announced the firm has hired Josh Burmeister as Executive Vice President and Gulf Coast Retail Brokerage Lead, and Ms. Buff Teague as Vice President to expand its retail expertise in the region. The duo will cover Alabama, Mississippi, the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana. Together, they will partner with John Bemis, Southeast Retail Market Lead and John Lambert, Florida Retail Market Lead to provide strategic and value-add services to retail owners, investors and tenants.

“Josh and Buff have a combined 25 years of experience in brokering retail assets on behalf of both owners and tenants. Together, they bring a robust background of representing flagship retailers throughout the Southeast, and will provide best in class strategic consulting, investment analysis, leasing, development and capital solutions to our clients in the region,” said Bemis.

Steve Yenser, National Retail Brokerage Lead for Jones Lang LaSalle added, “Josh’s unmatched market knowledge, strong retail tenant relationships and project leasing background makes him ideally suited to lead our Gulf Coast brokerage platform, which will bolster our national rollout of local retail brokerage services throughout the United States. His creative and thoughtful approach will result in strong outcomes for our clients throughout the market.”

Burmeister and Teague join JLL from SRS Real Estate Partners.

During his career, Burmeister has completed more than $900 million in retail transactions. While in his role at SRS Real Estate Partners, he served as the Market Leader for their operations in Mobile, Alabama and Co-Market Leader for Birmingham, Alabama operations, overseeing nearly eight million square feet of project leasing assignments including ground-up developments to existing regional power centers on behalf of institutional and local landlords.  Burmeister earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

While at SRS Real Estate Partners, Buff Teague served as a First Vice President and primarily focused on tenant representation for local, regional and national retailers as well as landlord representation for project leasing. Her landlord leasing assignments totaled more than 2.4 million square feet of retail space. Teague is an active member with Leadership Mobile, Mobile United, The Providence Foundation Advisory Group and St Paul’s Alumni Fundraising Committee. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

During the last two years, Jones Lang LaSalle Retail has added more than 50 retail brokerage experts in major markets including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Florida, Hawaii, New York, Phoenix, San Antonio, Seattle and Southern California. During the first half 2013, the group added more than 60 new assignments and more than 30 retail clients to its network across the United States. Jones Lang LaSalle Retail is a full-service provider of retail services nationwide. The firm offers a full array of services to its clients, including brokerage services for landlords and tenants, property management, financial reporting, tenant coordination, specialty leasing, marketing, research, development and receivership services.  For more information on Jones Lang LaSalle Retail, visit

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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 $4.0 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 3.0 billion square feet. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $47.6 billion of real estate assets under management. For further information, visit