October 20, 2010 – Boston-based executive search firm Keller Augusta Partners has created a new unit, Institutional Services Group, to focus exclusively on placement of senior executives at development and investment companies. Hillary Hatch Graves, a former managing director of Commonfund Realty Inc., will head the new group. Ms. Graves, who has 15 years of experience in the financial industry and real estate, joins Keller Augusta's president, Kate Keller, as a principal of the new Institutional Services Group at the firm. The new practice will focus on high-earning executives in real estate, who earn or anticipate earning above $200,000. “The year 2009 was the worst in recent history for real estate,” said Ms. Keller. “But we're seeing hiring again, and not just at middle and lower levels. We're going to see a lot of moving chairs in next few quarters.” Keller Augusta Partners is a boutique executive search firm specializing in real estate investment, development, and construction placements.