Avison Young Adds Silicon Valley Brokerage Veteran to San Jose Team1 May 2018
Jeff Fredericks, formerly executive managing director at Colliers International’s Silicon Valley offices, is officially the new Managing Director of Brokerage Operations for Northern California at Avison Young based in San Jose.
Fredericks left Colliers International last October after 17 years in upper management. Before that, he’d been making deals for an equal amount of time as a broker for Colliers Parrish International, which was acquired by Colliers International near the start of 2017.
On his exit from a 34-year career with the company, Fredericks wasn’t yet sure what was next for him, telling the Business Journal in November: “What I find appealing is growing a commercial real estate interest.” Since his departure, he’s considered his options as he catches up with friends, professional connections and spends time with family.
“I had several opportunities to perhaps start something in this region for firms that are also growing, but those other firms didn’t have a real presence here currently, whereas Avison Young did,” he said. “So there was something to grow from.”
Indeed, if growing a team is what he was after, few firms in Silicon Valley right now are a better match than Avison Young’s newest Northern California office.
The scrappy team launched with six Silicon Valley brokerage veterans from Colliers International last November, led by Nick Slonek, principal and managing director of the Northern California region, and Gregg von Thaden, principal and managing director of the San Jose office. Brian Mason leads the office’s capital markets practice, focusing on growing the group’s Asian client services. Ryan Slater aims to expand the company’s landlord-and-tenant representation services in the Valley. Meanwhile, Jennifer Vaux is Avison Young’s vice president of research in Northern California. Jennifer Doherty is vice president of marketing for Avison Young’s Silicon Valley office.
Adding Fredericks to the team is a “game-changer,” Slonek said in a statement Monday. “Not only is he well-respected for his business acumen, but he one of the most well-liked managers in the community,” Slonek said. “We are beyond thrilled to have someone of his caliber join our culture-centric and growing firm.”
In his new role, Fredericks will oversee and manage the group’s organizational approach and its support infrastructure for the entire region. His first priority will be to help to grow the firm, he said in an interview on Monday.