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JLL brokerage firm names new Tampa VP, plans to grow regional footprint

TAMPA — Real estate brokerage firm JLL has named Paul Rutledge, most recently with CBRE real estate, as its Tampa senior vice president, the company announced on Thursday.

The office's former leader, Andy Carlson, is still with JLL, but shifting focus to rebuild Puerto Rico's retail and real estate market following Hurricane Maria.

Rutledge's appointment comes as the Chicago-based company grows its Tampa operation, said Justin Greider, who leads JLL's retail teams throughout central, north and west Florida.

"We work with a lot of rattlers across the country and one of the top markets they are interested in growing in is Tampa," Greider said. "There's an influx of new retailers coming into Florida and Tampa is on all of their radars."

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Rutledge has worked in retail more than 30 years. He's developed 10 Publix stores in Miami, the Winter Haven Citi Centre and several other projects. He had been with CBRE's Tampa office since 2014.

"We're excited about team building," Rutledge said of his new role. He will lead a small but growing team, which he noted includes some young and tech savvy staffers.

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"It's just invigorating," he said. "We are figuring out the best new approaches ... Everything has changed, and electronics and technology are a huge part of that."

Contact Sara DiNatale at sdinatale@tampabay.com. Follow @sara_dinatale.

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