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Des Moines, IA

Kate Fanter Byus and Austin Hedstrom join JLL

JLL’s Des Moines office expands presence in Iowa with addition of new brokers

Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 25, 2018 – JLL is pleased to announce the addition of two new brokers in its Des Moines office: Kate Fanter Byus and Austin Hedstrom.

Kate Fanter Byus, Vice President, brings over 10 years of commercial real estate experience to the team. She was previously with the state's largest developer and helped a diverse range of office users from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies achieve their real estate goals. Kate will specialize in Office Tenant Representation.

Austin Hedstrom, Vice President, joins the team with three years of commercial real estate practice after graduating from University of Northern Iowa's Finance and Real Estate program. While at UNI, he completed internships with Aegon USA Realty, Real Estate Research Corporation, and Kum & Go. Austin will focus on the Central Iowa industrial and land markets while assisting with client needs throughout the state.

With the addition of staff, Marcus R. Pitts, CCIM, SIOR will lead the Industrial and Retail markets across the state. Justin Lossner, CCIM, will lead the office market across Iowa, and Jeremy Spillman will shift his focus to the Eastern and Western Iowa industrial markets. Meredith Young will assist with office and retail leasing across the state. Marcus and Justin will also lead Capital Markets/Investment Sales for the state of Iowa.

"We are excited to be growing the JLL office in Des Moines," said Marcus R. Pitts, Managing Director. "With this larger team, we can offer our clients a more focused approach to their real estate needs.  Clients are wanting real estate experts dedicated to a certain product type (office, industrial, retail, investments) and we can offer them exactly that."

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JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions. In 2016, JLL had revenue of $6.8 billion and fee revenue of $5.8 billion and, on behalf of clients, managed 4.4 billion square feet, or 409 million square meters, and completed sales acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $145 billion. At the end of the third quarter of 2017, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 80,000. As of September 30, 2017, LaSalle Investment Management had $59.0 billion of real estate under asset management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit