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Avison Young bolsters owner and occupier capabilities across Philadelphia region

Avison Young bolsters owner and occupier capabilities across Philadelphia region April 20, 2023

Ken Kearns and Brendan Kelley join the firm as Principals bringing 40+ years of combined full-service commercial real estate experience

Philadelphia, PA – Avison Young today announces Ken Kearns and Brendan Kelley joining the firm’s Philadelphia office as Principals, expanding reach and capabilities across an array of asset classes and enhancing Avison Young’s growing team in Philadelphia.

“Ken and Brendan have spent nearly 20-plus years representing landlords and tenants and have been involved in some of the most high-profile trophy assets and development projects in the greater Philadelphia region,” said David Fahey, Principal and Managing Director of the firm’s Philadelphia office. “As we continue to grow in Philadelphia, we’re thrilled to welcome Ken and Brendan to the Avison Young family, as they are a perfect fit in our collaborative culture, and look forward to enhancing the client experience across the commercial real estate landscape.”

Kearns and Kelley, partners and co-founders of Cadence Real Estate Advisors, LLC, a boutique full-service commercial real estate and advisory firm, have 45 years of combined experience in all real estate classes.  Kearns has been representing tenants, landlords, buyers, and sellers for 25 years in the greater Philadelphia region and has overseen the leasing efforts of many of the region’s top private landlords, securing over a million square feet of leases through tenant representation.  During his time at Cadence Real Estate Advisors, Kelley has stabilized and sold some of the market’s larger scale assets within the core city and suburban submarkets, while also representing tenants nationally. Prior to co-founding Cadence, he provided brokerage services, development and portfolio management for the Binswanger Company, The Buccini/Pollin Group and Virtus Realty Advisors.

“Joining Avison Young gives Brendan and I the opportunity to utilize the firm’s resources in technology and deep bench of experienced professionals in the market to not only enhance services for our clients, but to expand and grow the firm’s business in Philadelphia,” said Kearns. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to offer our clients a more cutting-edge, elevated level of services with global reach. The people-focused culture at Avison Young was a huge draw for us both and made this transition a perfect fit.”  

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 2022 winner of the Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation, having retained its Best Managed designation for 11 consecutive years.

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