A number of veteran commercial brokers are making waves by jumping ship.


Six prominent downtown Los Angeles brokers are leaving CB Richard Ellis Inc. to build Staubach Co.'s L.A. operations. And seven senior brokers six from Newmark Pacific are joining Grubb & Ellis Co.


Whitley Collins, an 18-year CBRE veteran, is taking over as Staubach's managing partner. Collins brought along CBRE colleagues John McRoskey, Mike McRoskey, Alan Aufhammer and Gary Horwitz. The brokers grossed nearly $12 million in deals last year, according to sources.


Lewis C. Horne, CBRE's executive managing director, said he understood the Staubach opportunity was too good for his former brokers to pass up.


"We parted on good terms," he said. "There are no hard feelings."


Collins said his team would continue finishing up deals started at CBRE for the next 12 months. "There are some feelings of disappointment and sadness," he said, "but those feelings are on both sides of the table."


They will be joined by Tony Morales, the former Maguire Properties Inc. senior vice president of leasing, who will be a partner at Staubach. Rob Maguire dismissed Morales shortly after the company went public.


The six brokers will be given equity ownership in the Staubach office, where there are now 19 brokers and two partners.


Staubach has a downtown office and another on the Westside, but the locations will eventually be combined into one office, Collins said.


Meanwhile, Bart Pucci is leaving CBRE for a position as a senior vice president and regional director for industrial properties at Grubb & Ellis, where he'll work out of the downtown office. Pucci left Grubb & Ellis three years ago for CBRE.


Grubb & Ellis also lured Chris Caras, Phillip Sample, Mike Shustak, Maury Gentile and Sean O'Leary from Newmark Pacific.


Gentile and O'Leary will join Grubb's South Bay office. Working in the downtown office, Sample joins as a senior vice president of office properties, Caras joins as a vice president of office properties, and Shustak joins as a senior vice president of appraisal services.


"We are thrilled to have these top brokers coming to our firm," said Bill Boyd, a Grubb & Ellis senior vice president. "It validates what we think is important which is to provide our brokers with what they need to succeed in this business."


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