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Jeff Higdon and Jason Barnett Join Avison Young in MemphisMarch 27, 2019
Memphis, TN — Avison Young’s Memphis office has recently hired Jason Barnett as Creative Director, and Jeff Higdon as Vice President. Both come from Cushman Wakefield / Commercial Advisors with a near 40-year combined career history in their respective fields.
As the firm’s first Creative Director, Jason Barnett works with the marketing team on the development of all graphic design, branding, and corporate advertising projects. He will also be utilizing his extensive skills in audio/video creation & editing, animation, digital and print design, and strategic planning. Jason’s career history most recently stems from his role as Senior Graphic Designer at Cushman Wakefield / Commercial Advisors. He also served as PR and Communications Manager for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra after beginning his career in advertising.
Jeff Higdon has also been added to the firm’s growing brokerage team as its newest Vice President. With a wide-range of experience in both brokerage and property management, he will work with the team on tenant and landlord representation for office and industrial properties. Along with Jason, Jeff’s joins Avison Young’s Memphis team from Cushman Wakefield / Commercial Advisors where he served as a Senior Associate. His career history includes the management of more than 15 million square feet of real estate in industrial, office, flex, and retail assets in the Memphis, Chattanooga and Jackson, MS markets. Jeff also sits on the Board of Directors for MAAR Commercial Council and received in the IREM Presidential Award for Outstanding Service in 2015.
Shane Soefker, Principal of Avison Young’s Memphis office, states “Jeff is a valuable addition to our Memphis team, as he brings an impressive background of tremendous experience serving clients and is a perfect fit for our culture. As we continue to achieve steady growth in the Memphis region, Jeff’s presence will add even more depth to our industrial and office teams and strengthen our multi-faceted service-line approach to our clients. We’re also thrilled with the addition of Jason to our team. Jason is one of the industry’s premier creative design and marketing professionals with an impressive range of skillsets and capabilities and his influence on our market presence and our deliverables will be immediate. We’re excited to have them both at Avison Young.”
Avison Young’s Memphis office has recently been experiencing growth in both staff and office space. In addition to bringing Jason and Jeff on board, the firm is making room for the new and future additions by expanding their footprint at their 5350 Poplar Avenue location in East Memphis. Construction on an updated layout, new offices, and added work stations are set to be complete by this spring.
Avison Young is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its Principals. Founded in 1978, with legacies dating back more than 200 years, the company comprises approximately 5,000 real estate professionals in 120 offices in 20 countries. The firm’s experts provide value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management and financing services to clients across the office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hospitality sectors.