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Good morning everybody. I think we’re going to get going. We’ve got very strict warnings that we need to stay on time and on schedule this morning, so since this is the first presentation of the morning, we’re going to get going.
So I’m Ross Smotrich. I’m the REIT and real estate analyst here at Barclays. I’d like to thank all of you for joining us this morning at the Barclays Global Financials conference. I’m very pleased to introduce Brett White, who is the Chief Executive Officer of CB Richard Ellis. Brett is joined by two colleagues – Gil Borok to his right, who is the Chief Financial Officer, and down here in the front Nick Kormeluk, who is responsible for investor relations.
By way of introduction, Brett started with the company in 1984. He assumed the CEO role in 2005. I think it’s fair to say that he’s been very instrumental in growing the company into one of the largest—in fact, the largest real estate services firm globally, including the 2006 acquisition of Trammell Crow and more recently the acquisition of ING’s real estate investment and management business.
Brett, thank you very much for joining us. We’re very appreciative you came.