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JLL Announces Strategic Leadership Changes in Central Texas

Todd Wallace named Market Leader; John Childers to lead Office Tenant Representation group

AUSTIN, July 17, 2014 - As part of its ongoing effort to strategically expand the firm’s overall Texas platform, JLL today announced two key organizational changes in the leadership of its Central Texas (Austin and San Antonio) operations that will take effect in January 2015.  

Todd Wallace, who has led the firm’s Retail Brokerage practice since joining JLL, has been named Market Leader in the Austin and San Antonio markets.  In his new role, Wallace will be responsible for leading and expanding all JLL business lines in the markets.

John Childers, a Senior Vice President, has been promoted to lead the Office Tenant Representation group in the Austin and San Antonio markets.  In addition to his current tenant representation role, John will focus on developing and expanding the group’s relationships and business development efforts. 

Elysia Ragusa will continue to lead the market through 2014.  It’s after more than 25 years in numerous executive leadership roles with The Staubach Company and JLL, that Elysia has decided to transition her market leadership responsibilities, however she will remain active as a senior broker serving our clients and as a senior advisor to the team.  

“JLL has always had strong leadership and a concentrated growth strategy in the Austin and San Antonio markets and these changes will further enhance the firm’s commitment to our client’s in the region,” said JLL’s DFW President Paul Whitman.  “We have designed these changes to ensure our aggressive momentum into 2015 and we look forward to Todd and John’s ability to leverage the firm’s professionals and market experience.”

Wallace has nearly 18 years of experience in commercial real estate, where he specialized in retail brokerage.  Recognized by his peers as one Austin’s top brokers in the Austin Business Journal, Wallace received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. 

As an industry leader with more than 17 years of experience, Childers has negotiated over 400 transactions in the Central Texas region and, as a result, has been recognized as a Heavy Hitter in the Austin Business Journal numerous times.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia. 

“Our leaders are committed to the expansion and recruitment of additional JLL business lines and professionals. We see significant growth opportunities in Austin and San Antonio and look forward to expanding our expertise and market share in Texas,” said Whitman.

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JLL (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 fee revenue of $4 billion, JLL has more than 200 corporate offices and operates in 75 countries worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 3 billion square feet and completed $99 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2013. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $48.0 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit