Avison Young welcomes Los Angeles-based Blake Olson to its 2021 Principal Class

Avison Young welcomes Los Angeles-based Blake Olson to its 2021 Principal Class March 15, 2021

Olson honored with distinction at leading global commercial real estate firm

Los Angeles, CA – Chris Cooper, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the firm’s Southern California region, today announced that Blake Olson has been named Avison Young Principal based in the firm’s Downtown Los Angeles office.

Avison Young is led by more than 600 Principals across the globe, and each year welcomes a new class of owners in the firm. As a private company, Avison Young Principals have a say in the future direction of the business and are invested in clients’ success, thinking for the long-term.

Olson has been with the company for five years and specializes in sales, leasing, and tenant representation.

“Blake has unmatched entrepreneurial spirit.  He has built a tremendous clientele from the ground up through best-in-class service, creative solutions and a dedication to the profession,” said Cooper. “As a company driven by value and powered by people, our Principals invest in the future of our business and play an integral role in shaping our collaborative culture. Blake has demonstrated a keen level of maturity, and his ability to understand a client’s needs and provide real estate solutions to business challenges is second to none. He will, without a doubt, continue to drive value in this new role.”

Olson made a career change five years ago, moving from sales with Gallo Wine to Avison Young. He was able to effectively translate his acute marketing, sales, and service skills he developed at Gallo to a successful career with Avison Young. Olson has made a name for himself in the Los Angeles market and demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities as a mentor to the firm’s Emerging Leaders, as well as serving as a Regional Ambassador.

“Becoming a Principal has been a goal of mine since I started my CRE career at Avison Young. I was drawn toward the Principal-led model at Avison Young: we are very hands-on, and we answer to clients, not shareholders.  This provides my clients with the highest level of resources, service lines, and proven expertise possible,” said Olson. “My client’s objectives have always come first, and this Principal role will only help further that mission. I take great pride becoming a part owner and joining a team of Avison Young Principals around the world as we all work together towards a common goal of the firm.”

Avison Young Principals are industry leaders who exemplify the firm’s partnership structure, collaborative culture and client-centric business model. In addition, Principals have distinguished themselves in their fields of expertise while embracing the company’s commitment to creating real economic, social and environmental value.

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 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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  • Blake Olson, Avison Young, +1 213.618.3817