Industry leader Lloyd Bakan joins Avison Young in West Los Angeles

May 27, 2014, 11:00 ET from Avison Young Commercial Real Estate (BC)

Investment sales, tenant and landlord representation specialist becomes Principal, will enhance firm's local and national investment and leasing platform

LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Christopher Cooper, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's Southern California region, announced today that commercial real estate industry leader Lloyd Bakan has joined the firm in West Los Angeles.

Effective immediately, Bakan joins Avison Young as a Principal, and will continue to focus on investment sales as well as tenant and landlord representation. His client base operates on both local and national platforms. Bakan was most recently an Executive Vice-President with Coldwell Banker Commercial Westmac in West Los Angeles.

"Lloyd will provide Avison Young with tremendous expertise in agency leasing and investment sales, which are critical components of our growth strategy and client-service platform," comments Cooper. "His extensive real estate experience, deep market knowledge and past successes, combined with his extensive client network throughout the U.S., will lead to exciting opportunities in the marketplace. We couldn't be more pleased to grow our Southern California and national presence with Lloyd on board."

A 28-year industry veteran, Bakan served with Coldwell Banker Commercial Westmac from 1988 to 2014. He ranked as the top agent in the office five out of the past six years. In 2009, he achieved No. 1 producer status for all of Coldwell Banker in the U.S.  

During his career, Bakan has completed thousands of successful lease and sale transactions throughout the Greater Los Angeles region and nationally. He has also built an impressive client roster that includes ING Direct, Northern Trust, State Farm Insurance, Kilroy Realty, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Hasbro, to name a few. Bakan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

"I am looking forward to being a part of Avison Young's Principal-based ownership group," says Bakan. "The company's streamlined management structure, culture of collaboration and entrepreneurial approach will allow me to provide an even higher level of service to my clients. I am looking forward to continuing my career at Avison Young, and working with my new colleagues in Southern California and across the company."

Also joining Avison Young from Coldwell Banker Commercial Westmac are Gary Berwick, as a Senior Vice-President in the West Los Angeles office, and Nicole Jackson, as an Associate.

Berwick was most recently a Vice-President at Coldwell Banker Commercial Westmac. He offers a diverse background in business development, sales and leasing in several markets with a specialization in the Los Angeles region. He has held positions with other notable commercial real estate firms including Tucson Realty and Trust in Arizona, and CB Richard Ellis/The Boulos Company and Stebbins Commercial Properties, Inc., both in New Hampshire. Berwick holds the designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).

Prior to joining Avison Young, Jackson served as an investment specialist at Coldwell Banker Commercial Westmac, where she focused on office and retail property investment sales. She holds a Master of Arts degree in education from Loyola Marymount University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Spelman College.

Over the past five years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to 57 offices and from 300 to more than 1,500 real estate professionals across Canada, the U.S., and in 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 1,500 real estate professionals in 57 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties.

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Lloyd Bakan, Principal, Avison Young: 424.265.9194

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