Spurred by a recovering real estate market and the firm’s growing Phoenix brokerage team, the Phoenix office of Jones Lang LaSalle has expanded its local research department with two new members: Eli Gilbert as Senior Research Manager and Matt Kolano as Research Analyst.

Gilbert and Kolano are charged with increasing research and analytical support for the firm’s expanding lineup of Phoenix brokerage experts. This includes delivering trademark Jones Lang LaSalle research tools such as multi-level industry data, proactive market insight and custom research collateral ranging from local and national market reports to the identification and analysis of industry trends.

“Jones Lang LaSalle’s research platform is one of the best in the business. It differentiates our people and it elevates the level of service we provide to our clients,” said Dennis Desmond, Senior Managing Director for the Phoenix office of Jones Lang LaSalle. “Eli and Matt bring that advantage to Phoenix. They provide the data we need to accurately advise our clients and then achieve outstanding leasing and investment results for them.”

Gilbert previously served as Senior Research Analyst for Jones Lang LaSalle in San Diego. With his promotion to Research Manager, Gilbert now divides his time equally between San Diego and Phoenix, serving brokers and clients in both markets with more than 12 years of research experience, industry connections and best practices.

Kolano is the new Research Analyst for the Phoenix office, working closely with Gilbert to refine and expand the Phoenix research platform and support Jones Lang LaSalle’s client base.

Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Gilbert served in research roles with Grubb & Ellis, The CoStar Group and Cushman & Wakefield. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from San Diego State University, is a LEED Green Associate and has been honored as a 2011 NAIOP Developing Leader Award winner. Gilbert is currently pursuing a CCIM designation and is a licensed real estate salesperson in California.

Kolano is a recent graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, where he double-majored and graduated with honors with bachelor’s degrees in both economics and finance. While at ASU, Kolano completed an intense entrepreneurship program at the Heller School of Management at the University of Arizona and served as consultant, strategist and intern at firms including On Semiconductor, the New Venture Group and InnovationSpace. He is a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of Arizona.