Avison Young adds powerhouse commercial real estate team to New Jersey office

Oct 17, 2012, 11:00 ET from Avison Young (Canada) Inc.

Significant new hires expand firm's New Jersey presence;
William E. McCaffrey joins as a Principal

MORRISTOWN, NJ, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Jeffrey L. Heller, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's New Jersey office, announced today the hiring of a highly-experienced team of commercial real estate professionals to join the firm's newly-established New Jersey office as part of the firm's aggressive Tri-State market growth.

Effective immediately, William E. McCaffrey joins Avison Young as a Principal. McCaffrey, who brings more than 26 years of commercial real estate experience to his new role, was most recently an Executive-Vice President with CBRE in New Jersey, specializing in both tenant and landlord representation.

Additionally, Peter C. Hedley and Timothy J. Cadigan join Avison Young as Vice-Presidents in the New Jersey office. Hedley and Cadigan most recently served as senior associates at CBRE in New Jersey. Hedley specializes in the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate, as well as lease negotiations on behalf of both tenants and landlords. Cadigan primarily focuses on tenant representation services for both office and industrial real estate.

"I have had the pleasure of working closely with Bill, Peter and Tim for many years and there is an inherent synergy among us that creates a solid foundation for the growth of Avison Young's New Jersey market presence," comments Heller. "The team's deep knowledge of local market fundamentals and strong industry relationships provide the expertise needed to deliver the highest-quality services and effectively assist our clients in navigating current market conditions locally, nationally and internationally."

Over the past several months, Avison Young has continued its aggressive growth. In addition to opening its first office in New Jersey last month, the company acquired New Jersey-based The Walsh Company, LLC two weeks ago. Since April, the company has also opened new offices in San Francisco, New York, Pittsburgh, Charleston, SC, South Florida, Detroit, Raleigh-Durham, and a third office in Los Angeles.

"These hires effectively deepen our bench of talent in New Jersey as part of our ongoing strategy to further expand Avison Young's reach throughout the Tri-State market," states Arthur J. Mirante, II, Avison Young Principal and Tri-State President. "Our ability to gain market share is directly tied to the caliber of our professionals, and we continue to strengthen our position and service platform through a steadfast commitment to high-level recruiting."

Over the past three and a half years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to 40 offices in 33 markets and from 300 to more than 1,100 real estate professionals across Canada and the U.S.

Greg Kraut, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the New York City office, adds: "A strong New Jersey presence complements our New York City operations, providing our team with the ability to deliver an enhanced level of service to clients with a regional footprint. We are extremely pleased to welcome Bill, Peter and Tim to our team and look forward to the contributions they will make as we continue to expand our platform."

A regarded industry veteran, McCaffrey has extensive experience representing top-tier clients in the acquisition and disposition of corporate facilities, as well as in agency representation. During the past four years, he has completed more than 175 transactions with a net aggregate value in excess of $400 million.

"I saw this as an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing organization as a Principal and leverage my experience to play an integral role in building its New Jersey operations," says McCaffrey. "In particular, I look forward to continuing to work closely with Jeff, as well as tapping into Avison Young's extensive national platform to provide a comprehensive range of creative solutions for our clients."

McCaffrey has been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions throughout his career, including NAIOP's "Marketing Plan of the Year" "Creative Deal of the Year" by the Industrial and Commercial Real Estate Women; and "Broker of the Year" designations from The Gale Company, Mack-Cali Realty Corp. and Advance Realty. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business management from Adelphi University in New York.

In February, Avison Young was named a winner of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies program for 2011, sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post and Queen's School of Business.

Founded in 1978, Avison Young is Canada's largest independently-owned commercial real estate services company. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Avison Young is also the largest Canadian-owned, principal-managed commercial real estate brokerage firm in North America. Comprising more than 1,100 real estate professionals in 40 offices across Canada and the U.S., the full-service commercial real estate company provides value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-residential properties.

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