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January 18, 2011

Kidder Mathews creates new brand, drops ties to GVA Group

SEATTLE, WA - Kidder Mathews, a West Coast commercial real estate services firm, and the largest independent firm in the Northwest, has changed its name from GVA Kidder Mathews to Kidder Mathews and created a whole new branded look and website. The firm has also dropped its affiliation with the GVA Worldwide network, which has diminished significantly in North America over the last 18 months. Kidder Mathews Chairman and CEO, Jeff Lyon says, "The affiliation was costly and didn't enhance our business, therefore, it's better to drop the agreement and invest the time and money back into our own firm and enhance our platform for our service providers to better serve our clients. Real estate is a regional business, and we intend to focus our energies on where we are actually doing business, which is 98% on the West Coast." The company has nine offices; five in the Greater Seattle area, one in Portland, and three in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

In addition to the new look, Kidder Mathews plans to add infrastructure and additional people and services to improve its platform. The firm has either recently added or plans to add to its research, data, I.T., services, marketing support, and some additional senior management personnel for its fast-growing California operations. "We plan to be the best independent commercial real estate services firm on the West Coast," said Lyon.

About Kidder Mathews

Kidder Mathews is one of the largest independently owned commercial real estate firms on the West Coast, with over 400 real estate professionals and staff in 9 offices in Washington, Oregon, and California. Kidder Mathews provides brokerage, appraisal, property management, consulting, project and construction management, and sustainability consulting services. Founded in 1969, the firm has performed $6 billion in transactions over the last 3 years, currently conducts 1,000 appraisals annually, and manages over 22 million square feet of commercial space. www.kiddermathews.com.

For inquiries, please contact Karen Benoit at 206.296.9600 or email: kbenoit@kiddermathews.com

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