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Frances C. Gretes.

Frances C. Gretes, formerly the Director or Information Services at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has become the president of Gretes Research Services, an information consultancy that specializes in providing research support to the real estate, architectural and construction industries.

Gretes has earned a national reputation as an experience information professional. Her successful career includes more than 20 years of managing information services at major architectural firms including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and John Portman & Associates as well as at U.S. Army libraries in Germany. During her 13 years at SOM, she was responsible for researching a broad range of industry topics of local, national and international interest. She has published articles, bibliographies and a book which has become a standard reference worldwide, The Directory of International Periodicals and Newsletters on the Built Environment.

Her new firm provides information retrieval services such as prospect lists; lead qualifications; company profiles; document retrieval; industry studies; and photo map and drawings research as well as consultation on the organization of office research materials. Although the firm's clients comprise a wide variety of professional services businesses, the research is primarily in the building-related industries.

Gretes earned a Bachelors degree from the College of William and Mary and a Masters in Librarianship from Emory University. She is an active member of the Association of Real Estate Women and Association of Independent Information Professionals and is a licensed real estate salesperson in New York State.
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Title Annotation:forms new firm named Gretes Research Services
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Biography
Date:Sep 15, 1993
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