MERRILL COMPANIES’ VICKERS NAMED COSTAR POWER BROKER

For Immediate Release April 1, 2014

Contact: Fred Merrill, Jr., Merrill Companies, 913-338-3800, fred@merrillcompanies.com

MERRILL COMPANIES’ VICKERS NAMED COSTAR POWER BROKER

(OVERLAND PARK, KAN.) – Merrill Companies today announced that Senior Vice President of Retail Sheryl Vickers Horting, CCIM, has been named a 2013 CoStar Power Broker by CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP). CoStar is commercial real estate’s leading Internet provider of information, analytics and marketing services. This annual award recognizes distinguished professionals in commercial real estate brokerage by highlighting the achievements of the U.S. firms and individual brokers who closed the highest transaction volumes in commercial property sales or leases in 2013 in their respective markets.

With the largest professional research organization serving the commercial real estate industry, CoStar is uniquely positioned to identify the top firms and brokers in each market throughout the United States. All awards are based on transaction data maintained in CoStar's commercial real estate database, which is the largest independently researched database of commercial real estate property information available online.

Vickers qualified as one of the top commercial brokers in Commercial Retail Real Estate based on the total leasing and sales transactions she closed during the year. To be selected for this honor, Vickers was evaluated against other commercial real estate brokers active in the region by CoStar Group, and subsequently ranked among the top brokers in the market.

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ABOUT MERRILL COMPANIES, LLC (merrillcompanies.com) Merrill Companies, LLC, develops, invests and provides real estate consulting and management services to clients through joint ventures, full ownership and development opportunities. The company’s signature development, Prairiefire, is a 58-acre mixed-use project in Overland Park, Kan., that will include shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, and residential and office space. Its distinguishing attraction will be the Museum at Prairiefire, which will host traveling exhibitions through a first-of-a-kind partnership with the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

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