Avison Young grows teams and expertise across Texas region

Avison Young grows teams and expertise across Texas region May 19, 2020

Austin, Houston and Dallas, TX – Avison Young continues to expand across the Texas region with additions to teams in every market in which the firm operates. The Austin office welcomed Russell Collins as VP Project Management, Mimi Fisher as Senior Property Manager, Tyler Marshall as VP Capital Markets-San Antonio, and Travis Spears as Research Coordinator this past quarter.

“The caliber of talent that continue to join Avison Young is a reflection of the values, integrity and business model that set AY apart globally,” said Jason Hellberg, Associate Broker, Capital Markets Group & Investment Sales, Avison Young in Austin. “We look forward to continuing to deliver solutions for our clients with our growing team to meet client needs as we navigate these unprecedented times.”

Russell Collins’ background in commercial real estate development and asset management spans over 22 years. His asset and portfolio experiences include new office tenant, low rise residential, retail mixed use, hotel, arena, retail space and more, including in the U.S. and New Zealand. Well-versed in the full development cycle of real estate investments, his expertise includes development oversight, capital planning, financing, entitlements, design team coordination and full project controls. 

Mimi Fisher brings more than 25 years in commercial real estate development and management to the AY team and will oversee 1.2M square feet (sf) of properties for Avison Young in Austin. She began her career in asset management and transitioned into development and construction, including land acquisitions, financing, due diligence and approval processes, physical development and construction oversight. During her nine years with JLL, she managed a 650,000 sf mixed use development on 58 acres and 19 buildings, overseeing capital planning, budgeting, construction, leasing, finance, accounting and tenant relations.

Tyler Marshall joins the Avison Young capital markets team in Austin to expand into the San Antonio market. Tyler was previously the Director of Spire’s Brokerage Services team where he handled the oversight of the company’s Dallas, San Antonio, and Fort Worth real estate portfolio totaling more than three million sf. Prior to Spire Realty, Tyler was at Peloton Commercial Real Estate. He brings more than eight years of commercial real estate experience, during which he completed lease transactions valued in excess of $300M in total revenue. 

Travis Spears joins Avison Young in Austin to provide up-to-date market research and comprehensive financial analysis that helps clients make informed decisions. Prior to joining Avison Young, Travis worked in the Texas State Senate with Senator Jose Menendez as a Legislative Aide, where he oversaw property tax and spending cap legislation.

Earlier this year, the Avison Young teams in Dallas and Houston also welcomed additions to their markets. Laura Fishback joined Avison Young in Dallas from CBRE, where she now serves as Senior Property Manager. In Houston, the team welcomed the addition of seven professionals from Stream Realty Partners, specializing in tenant representation throughout the greater Houston area and nationally.


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 thousands of real estate professionals in more than 100 offices around the world. 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.


Avison Young is a 2020 winner of the Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation, having retained its Best Managed designation for nine consecutive years.




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For more information:

  • Ellen Suh, Marketing Coordinator, Austin Texas: 512-717-3075