Avison Young affiliate bolsters market leadership in St. Louis

Avison Young affiliate bolsters market leadership in St. Louis May 8, 2024

Adds brokerage team of five seasoned professionals

St. Louis, Missouri – Avison Young, a global commercial real estate advisor, announces that Avison Young Missouri, an affiliate of Avison Young located in St. Louis, recently completed the strategic hiring of five seasoned brokers to its expanding team in St. Louis. With a steadfast commitment to delivering exceptional client service and innovative solutions, the addition of these experienced professionals fortifies Avison Young's position as a market leader in the region.

Joining Avison Young’s St. Louis affiliate are Mike Carlson, SIOR, CCIM, Principal; Ben Albers, SIOR, Senior Vice President; Jay Travis, Vice President; Christian Burns, Associate; and Toby Martin, Associate. These individuals bring a wealth of industry knowledge and a proven track record of success. Their expertise will significantly enhance capacity to serve clients in navigating complex office and industrial leasing, tenant representation, and investment sale projects.

"We eagerly anticipate the valuable contributions that these top producers will bring to our team, and we're excited to work together to achieve even greater success," said Rick Dames, Principal and Managing Director, Avison Young Missouri, St. Louis market. "This team embodies Avison Young’s collaborative culture and their expertise and dedication amplify our already vibrant team dynamic."

“We found Avison Young to be a natural fit for our team, and the feeling was mutual during our discussions. It's uncommon in our industry for top producers to join forces, but in this case, both groups complement each other exceptionally well,“ said Mike Carlson, Principal, Avison Young Missouri, St. Louis market. “Our established brand and reputation in brokerage, coupled with Avison Young’s significant resources in property management, project management, and development create a powerful synergy. The company's principal-led model stood out as a sophisticated game-changer in our decision-making process. On a personal level, as a 25-year veteran, I was quickly won over by the company culture.”

“We pursue Avison Young’s growth objectives largely by attracting the best and brightest in the business. The addition of this highly accomplished and respected team of professionals not only fulfills that purpose, but it will also bolster the attraction of future talent,” said Rick Meyer, Principal, Investment Management, Asset Management, Avison Young Missouri, St. Louis market.

With an unwavering dedication to delivering tailored solutions and maximizing value for our clients, Avison Young continues to expand its presence in the local St. Louis market. The addition of these brokers to Avison Young Missouri, St. Louis market further solidifies the firm’s position as a trusted partner for businesses seeking comprehensive real estate services.

Avison Young’s affiliation with Avison Young Missouri was established in January 2022 to deliver strong leadership for clients across a range of specialties, including occupier and corporate services, lease administration, tenant representation, property management, and professional services including corporate real estate and workplace consulting, project management, real estate and infrastructure consulting, and valuation and advisory services.

About Avison Young

Avison Young creates real economic, social and environmental value as a global real estate advisor, powered by people. As a private company, our clients collaborate with an empowered partner who is invested in their success. Our integrated talent realizes the full potential of real estate by using global intelligence platforms that provide clients with insights and advantage. Together, we can create healthy, productive workplaces for employees, cities that are centers for prosperity for their citizens, and built spaces and places that create a net benefit to the economy, the environment and the community.

Avison Young is a 2023 winner of the Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation, having retained its Best Managed designation for 12 consecutive years.

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