Thursday, April 21, 2011

Grubb & Ellis’ Kevin Rude Assumes Responsibility of Company’s Southern California Management Services Portfolio

LOS ANGELES, CA– Grubb & Ellis Company (NYSE: GBE), a leading real estate services and investment firm, today announced that it has expanded the responsibilities of Kevin Rude (top right photo), CCIM, RPA, senior vice president, director of Management Services, to include the Southern California region.

Rude has been responsible for the oversight of all property management activity in Arizona and Nevada for the past four years, and with the addition of Southern California, will oversee a total of 20 million square feet of space.  A 27-year veteran of property management, Rude will be based in Grubb & Ellis’ downtown Los Angeles office. 

“Since joining Grubb & Ellis in 2007, Kevin has been instrumental in business development, helping to add more than 9 million square feet of space to the company’s portfolio under management,” said Karen Whitt  (lower left photo), CPM, RPA, CRE, president, Property Management, Strategic Accounts of Grubb & Ellis Management Services.

“With his proven track record and wealth of relationships, I couldn’t be more confident of the service he will provide clients, as well as his ability to continue the growth of the business in Southern California.”

Under Rude’s direction, Phoenix was awarded the 2009 Grubb & Ellis Management Services District of the Year.  Prior to joining Grubb & Ellis, Rude served as a senior portfolio manager of Trammell Crow Company.  He also spent time with Parkway Realty, CommonWealth Partners LLC and Cushman & Wakefield.  Rude began his career in 1984. 

 He holds a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University and is a member of the CCIM Institute, Building Owners and Managers Association and NAIOP.  Rude has also been approved as a receiver by the State of Arizona and has served as an instructor of the Arizona School of Real Estate & Business.   

Contact:  Julia McCartney, Phone: 714.975.2230                                     

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