Rene Circ has joined Grubb & Ellis Co. as vice president, national director of research for the Industrial Group. leading the market research efforts for the national Industrial Group. Circ, 35, joins Grubb & Ellis from First Industrial Realty Trust, where he spent 11 years, the last five as research director. Before that, he was a senior research analyst with Insignia/ESG since 1996. Circ has a bachelors degree from Beloit College and a masters from DePaul University.