Cassidy Turley Hires Nine From Grubb & Ellis

5 Brokers Join Firm’s San Francisco Office, 2 Join San Jose Office and 2 Join Oakland Office

San Francisco, CA – May 7, 2012 – Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider in the U.S., announced today that the firm’s Northern California offices have hired nine experienced commercial real estate professionals. The firm is pleased to welcome John Dolby and Jeff Moeller as Senior Vice Presidents; Kareem Barzegar, CCIM, Sofi Choi and Steven Chon as Vice Presidents; Peter Conte, LEED A.P. as an Associate Vice President; and Dane Hooks, Julaine Johnson and Zachary Monsees as Associates. All nine of Cassidy Turley’s new hires join the firm from Grubb & Ellis Company. Five of the professionals are located in Cassidy Turley’s San Francisco office, two in the San Jose office, and two in the Oakland office.

Michael Kamm, CEO of Cassidy Turley Northern California stated, “We are very pleased to have these nine quality professionals join us and help to further our mission of being Northern California’s premier services provider. Each of them fills a niche within our already strong regional platform that will enable us to better serve our clients. We are delighted to welcome them to our team.”

Joining Cassidy Turley’s Oakland office are Dolby and Hooks:

John Dolby, Senior Vice President is a 27-year veteran in the industry and has represented clients in leasing a total of more than 5 million square feet of space in the Oakland market and helped contribute to City Center’s identity as a premier office project in the East Bay. Prior to Grubb & Ellis, Mr. Dolby worked for Shorenstein for 13 years where he was the leasing director of City Center and winner of multiple Deal of the Year Awards by the San Francisco Business Times.

Dane Hooks, Associate, specializes in the leasing and sale of office properties in the East Bay, with a focus on landlord and representation for the Oakland, Emeryville and Berkeley markets. Prior to joining Grubb & Ellis, Dane worked for the public relations and real estate firm Gallen Neilly and also worked in the entertainment industry for Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

Joining Cassidy Turley’s San Francisco office are Moeller, Conte, Monsees, Barzegar, and Johnson:

Jeff Moeller, Senior Vice President has been a broker in San Francisco since 1997. Mr. Moeller’s team focus is on entrepreneurial clients in the technology industry and local ownerships in and around the Bay Area. He has completed over 1.9 million SF of transactions with a total aggregate value in excess of $600 million.

Peter Conte, LEED A.P., Associate Vice President specializes in the leasing and sale of office and technology space. He excels in assisting early, mid and late-stage funded start-ups in managing growth in terms of cost analysis with the goal of increasing their bottom line. Peter is a LEED® Accredited Professional, and member of the United States Green Building Council, helping to merge green building and leasing practices into commercial real estate.

Zachary Monsees, Associate has been in the industry for over a year with a primary focus on advising technology and internet related companies in and around San Francisco. Mr. Monsees has a strong familiarity with the technology sector and creative tech users.

Kareem Barzegar, CCIM, Vice President, has completed over 250 leasing transactions in San Francisco. He is presently working on over 150,000 square feet of active office tenant representation assignments, and a portfolio of active office agency leasing assignments. Mr. Barzegar earned the prestigious Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation and has consistently ranked among the Top Producers in San Francisco in multiple years.

Julaine Johnson, Associate, has over eight years of experience as a commercial real estate professional. Working on behalf of tenants and landlords, she specializes in leasing office properties in the San Francisco market. Ms. Johnson is extremely focused on delivering results through hard work, professionalism and unmatched client service. She has completed over 500,000 square feet of lease transactions and is currently working on over 50,000 square feet of active tenant representation assignments.

Joining Cassidy Turley’s San Jose office are Choi and Chon:

Sofi Choi, Vice President provides investment, leasing, and strategic consulting services to both private capital and public corporations. She dedicates her effort to service multinational corporations based in Silicon Valley with office/industrial needs and aids investors with hospitality, multifamily, and retail requirements. Her experience and knowledge also extends throughout the Western States. Ms. Choi’s more than 13 years of property management, development and commercial brokerage experience—ranging from developing a franchised hotel, to managing hotels, golf course/ranges, as well as apartment complexes—also gives her a thorough grasp of hotel operations and knowledge of hospitality economics.

Steven Chon, Vice President became a commercial real estate broker in 2004, representing some of the largest multi-national firms in the Silicon Valley and the Asia-Pacific. Mr. Chon’s client list also includes regional service, professional, and technology firms, with assignments ranging from landlord leasing and tenant representation to site acquisition and disposition for R&D and office properties. Steven also represents private wealth clients investing in retail, multi-family, and hospitality properties throughout the Western United States. His bi-cultural background and global experience has played a pivotal role in his ability to service his clients. Mr. Chon is a member of Cassidy Turley’s Asian American Strategic Investment Advisory (ASIA).

Michael Kamm, CEO, Cassidy Turley Northern California, (415) 677-0447,
Jeff Starkovich, SIOR, Managing Partner, Cassidy Turley-Oakland, (510) 267-6020,
Greg Moss, Managing Partner, Cassidy Turley-San Francisco/North Bay, (415) 451-2410,
Todd Beatty, Executive Vice President/Managing Partner, Cassidy Turley-San Jose, (408) 615-3418,

About Cassidy Turley
Cassidy Turley is a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 3,600 professionals in more than 60 offices nationwide. The company represents a wide range of clients—from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, from local non-profits to major institutions. The firm completed transactions valued at $22 billion in 2011, manages 455 million square feet on behalf of institutional, corporate and private clients and supports more than 28,000 domestic corporate services locations. Cassidy Turley serves owners, investors and tenants with a full spectrum of integrated commercial real estate services—including capital markets, tenant representation, corporate services, project leasing, property management, project and development services, and research and consulting. Cassidy Turley enhances its global service delivery outside of North America through a partnership with GVA, giving clients access to commercial real estate professionals in 65 international markets. Please visit for more information about Cassidy Turley.

Cassidy Turley provides regional real estate services in Northern California. With 15 Northern California offices and a 400-member team, our Northern California market leadership is demonstrated by completion of over 3,300 transactions, totaling over $4.3 billion in 2011.

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