15 May 2013

Canadian Real Estate Firm Avison Young Opens New Office in Charlotte, North Carolina

Toronto - 15 May 2013 - 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 new office in Charlotte, North Carolina. The newest American office represents Avison Young's 31st office outside of Canada, the company's third office in North Carolina. Over the past four years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to, now, 46 offices in 37 markets and from 300 to more than 1,200 real estate professionals across Canada and the U.S. 

Effective immediately, Christopher Skibinski joins Avison Young as a Principal. He will be responsible for helping to grow the Charlotte office and will lead all industrial transactions in North Carolina. Skibinski was most recently President of Charlotte-based The Skibinski Company and, prior to that, was a Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle in Charlotte. 

"Charlotte is a major commercial hub in the Southeast U.S. and we have a number of key clients who are either there already or have a desire to expand into that market," comments Rose. "Since establishing our presence in Raleigh-Durham in October 2012, we have been working on expanding into Charlotte. We couldn't be more pleased to be bringing on board someone of Chris' caliber. This expansion will help us further grow our business throughout the important markets in North Carolina where many strategic occupiers and global investors are headquartered." 

Avison Young opened its first offices in North Carolina in October 2012 in Raleigh and Chapel Hill when the company acquired Raleigh-based Thomas Linderman Graham Inc. The acquisition added 60 employees to Avison Young's operations, with John Linderman joining as a Principal and Managing Director of the Raleigh-Durham offices. He will continue to oversee the growth and development of Avison Young's presence in North Carolina. 

With a population of 750,000, Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and the 19th largest city in the U.S. Of the major metropolitan centers in the Southeast U.S., Charlotte has 7.3 million people living within a 100-mile radius compared with Atlanta, which has 8.3 million, and Miami with 6 million. Charlotte is home to the world headquarters of nine Fortune 500 companies. With more than $2.3 trillion in assets, the city is the second largest financial center in the U.S., behind only New York. 

Today's announcement comes on the heels of Avison Young opening an office in Columbia, SC last month. The company opened its first office in South Carolina in May 2012 in Charleston. 

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. 

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