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JLL Bulks Up


JLL's new managing director of Western Canada Damien Mills—who just joined from Cresa, where he was founding principal—sees an expanding real estate market in Vancouver, boosted by three big trends: the emerging high-tech industry that supports companies growing out of their US, West Coast-centric roots (think Amazon, which has a Swansea-based distribution centre); the growth in environmental engineering; and the movement of products east to Asia, leading to the expansion of existing port facilities across B.C. Damien, who's taking on a biz dev role, is a 25-year industry vet and will lead teams in JLL's western region offices.


Damien's not the only recent coup. This week, JLL named Greg O'Brien its new CEO of the Americas, so of course it was our job to find out what he does for fun. The former CEO of The Staubach Co tells us he recently tried skydiving for the first time with his wife Lynne and their oldest son Jack. Greg and Lynne spend a lot of time with their three kids (college, high school, 7th grade) around sports, music, arts, and other activities. They also play golf, like to ski, and visit their home on Cape Cod, Mass. Greg earned an MBA from Harvard and a BS in electrical engineering from Tufts. He fills the role left by the departure of Lauralee Martin to become CEO of HCP last October.