Grubb & Ellis appoints Randy Buddemeyer and Tim Rivers in Florida

Grubb & Ellis, a real estate services and investment firm, has hired industry veterans Randy Buddemeyer and Tim Rivers as part of the company's strategy to increase its presence in key markets throughout the US Southeast. 

Buddemeyer joins the company as executive managing director, responsible for the Florida and Carolinas region, and Rivers as senior vice president, director, management services.

"Randy and Tim are two of the most talented real estate services professionals I know and together they have enjoyed considerable success building a significant presence in Florida," says Jack Van Berkel (pictured), Grubb & Ellis' chief operating officer and president, real estate services. "Grubb & Ellis is focused on growth, and Florida is an important region. It is home to many of the largest real estate owners and has four of the top 50 markets in the nation. As we look to expand our owned office presence throughout the Southeast, they will be instrumental in supporting this effort."

Buddemeyer will report to Van Berkel and have full responsibility for the company's real estate services operations in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. This includes expanding the company's presence throughout the region, with the first owned office planned for Charlotte later this year. Both he and Rivers will be based in Tampa. 

Jonathan Kingsley, executive vice president based in Miami, will continue to oversee the company's South Florida transaction services operations.

Buddemeyer joins the company from CB Richard Ellis, where he served as managing director and was responsible for the firm's asset services division in Florida, which included 40 million square feet of property and 300 full-time employees. Earlier, he was executive director of property services in Washington, D.C., for Insignia/ESG. 

Rivers brings more than 18 years of experience in real estate management and facility operations. At CB Richard Ellis, he was director of asset services, where he was responsible for new business development and the day operations of all field operations, as well as acted as a single point of contact for TIAA-CREF, Cabot Investment Properties, Ghits Property and BPG Properties.

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