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Randall Zisler and Bart Steinfeld have been named to head Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle's new U.S. Real Estate Investment Banking Group. Steinfeld and Zisler, both founders of New York-based investment banking firm Apogee Associates, will be managing directors and co-heads of the new group, which will raise equity and debt for real estate developers and owners.

Mills hired James Button as senior vice president of property management. Button, who was senior vice president at Konover Property Trust, also worked for Taubman and May Centers. He will oversee operating properties and manage the REIT's Mainstreet Retail Division.

John Bays, who started his career as a clerk at a Kroger store in Oak Hill, W.V., is the new president of the grocery chain's Dillon Stores division, which operates 110 stores in the Midwest. Bays, who previously served as vice president of merchandising in Kroger's Delta Division in Memphis, Tenn., succeeds Bob Colvey, who is retiring after 40 years with Kroger.

Following the retirement of Simon Property Group Executive Vice President Jerry Garvey, development execs Art Spellmeyer, Carl Dieterle and Tom Schneider will now report directly to COO Richard Sokolov. Spellmeyer, big-box development chief, and Dieterle, construction group president, take on added responsibilities: They will supervise development in the western and eastern states, respectively. Schneider is executive vp of new development.

Nina Kilroy is the new president of Metro Commercial Management Services. Kilroy, who has been with the firm for five years, was responsible for managing more than 1.5 million square feet of retail space for clients such as The L&B Group and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.

John E. DeWolf III has been named to the newly created position of executive vice president, real estate, for Lerner NY/New York & Co.

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