10 October 2012

Canadian commercial real estate firm Avison Young opens new office in Detroit, Michigan

Toronto, ON – Mark E. Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young, Canada’s largest independently owned commercial real estate services company, announced today the opening of a newly-formed office in Detroit, Michigan. The newest American office marks Avison Young’s 18th location outside of Canada and an additional step in the firm’s ongoing aggressive growth and expansion strategy. 

Over the past three and a half years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to, now, 38 offices in 32 markets and from 300 to more than 1,000 real estate professionals across Canada and the U.S. 

Effective immediately, James (Jim) Becker joins Avison Young as a Principal and Managing Director of the Detroit office. A 28-year commercial real estate industry veteran, he was most recently International Director and President of the Canadian practice for Jones Lang LaSalle. 

In his new role at Avison Young, Becker will focus on overseeing the growth and development of Avison Young’s presence in Detroit, as well as servicing new and existing clients and managing the day-to-day operations of the office. He will also focus on opening greenfield offices in Minneapolis and further expanding the Avison Young brand in Ohio, while helping to build the firm’s national corporate services platform framework. 

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of Avison Young acquiring New Jersey-based project management firm The Walsh Company, LLC and the opening of three offices in South Florida last week. Avison Young also opened its first new office in New Jersey and a third office in Los Angeles (as a result of the firm’s acquisition of Los Angeles-based Starrpoint Commercial Partners, Inc.) last month. Since April, the company has also opened new offices in New York, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Charleston, SC. 

With the opening of numerous Avison Young offices across the U.S. over the past year, the company is establishing its local corporate infrastructure through the assemblage of a hand-selected team of the industry’s leading professionals. Recruiting efforts are focused on Avison Young’s core business lines, including capital markets/investment sales, asset management, transaction management, leasing, project/construction management, property management, and consulting and advisory services. 

Founded in 1978, Avison Young is Canada's largest independently-owned commercial real estate services company. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Avison Young is also the largest Canadian owned, principal-managed commercial real estate brokerage firm in North America

Source: Avison Young