Highly regarded real estate professional becomes Principal
DETROIT, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Jim Becker, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's Detroit office, announced today that highly regarded real estate sales professional Chad Galayda has joined the firm in Detroit.
Effective immediately, Galayda becomes a Principal of Avison Young and will continue to represent clients in the leasing, acquisition, disposition and strategic planning of commercial real estate assets. He was most recently a senior director at Cushman & Wakefield in Chicago.
"We are thrilled to have Chad bring his leading-edge real estate knowledge and deep industry experience to Avison Young," comments Becker. "During his career, he has developed a distinctive set of skills in the areas of office, industrial and land brokerage transactions while having developed consulting and portfolio management expertise with a core focus on corporate clients."
Becker continues: "Relatively new to Detroit after two decades in the competitive Chicago brokerage marketplace, Chad has a track record of providing his clients with strategic solutions that fit seamlessly with their corporate expansion efforts, and his unique insights will bring additional depth to our office in Detroit. We expect that he will be a leader in helping us grow our brokerage services practice along with our market-based enterprise solutions opportunities."
Galayda brings more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience to Avison Young. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2011, he spent five years as a senior vice-president at Grubb & Ellis Company after 10 years as a Vice-President in the development and asset strategy group with Jones Lang LaSalle. Before entering the commercial real estate industry, he worked at Ernst & Young in both the audit and tax practice groups.
Over the course of his career, Galayda has been involved in real estate transactions with a combined value in excess of $1 billion, including leasing, acquisition and disposition assignments for many local and multinational companies. Past and current clients include: General Motors, 3M, Tenneco Corporation, BP, Morgan Stanley, Private Bank and US Solar Corporation.
"I'm excited to begin a new chapter of my life and career with Avison Young in Michigan as the firm continues to expand its real estate service offerings in Detroit and throughout the Midwest," says Galayda. "My experience in Chicago's brokerage market will provide valuable knowledge as I continue my work on multi-market transactions for new and existing clients. I also look forward to being part of Avison Young's Principal-led culture and working with my new colleagues throughout the organization."
Galayda is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from Miami University in Oxford, OH and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Avison Young opened its Detroit office in October 2012. Over the past seven years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to 77 offices and from 300 to more than 2,200 real estate professionals in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Europe.
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, the company comprises 2,200 real estate professionals in 77 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties.
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- Sherry Quan, Principal, Global Director of Communications & Media Relations, Avison Young: 604.647.5098; cell: 604.726.0959
- Jim Becker, Principal and Managing Director, Detroit, Avison Young: 313.209.4121
- Chad Galayda, Principal, Avison Young: 313.209.4125
- Mark Rose, Chair and CEO, Avison Young: 416.673.4028
- Earl Webb, President, U.S. Operations, Avison Young: 312.957.7610
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