Industry veteran will lead growth of firm's industrial service line in Houston
HOUSTON, Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Rand Stephens, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's Houston office, announced today the strategic hiring of industrial property specialist Bob Berry.
Effective immediately, Berry becomes a Principal of Avison Young. Based in the firm's Houston office, he will continue to specialize in industrial end-user representation with a special emphasis on working with major corporations on cost-reduction strategies, build-to-suit projects and disposition of surplus properties. He most recently served as Executive Vice-President for Jones Lang LaSalle in Houston, specializing in industrial tenant representation.
"Bob is one of the top industrial brokers in the country. We are thrilled to have him join the Avison Young family," comments Stephens. "He will lead the growth of our industrial service line in Houston by recruiting and training the best and brightest. Having Bob join our office is a major step forward in Avison Young's continued growth in Houston."
Berry brings 33 years of real estate industry experience to Avison Young. During his career, he has negotiated more than $5 billion worth of industrial leases and acquisitions. In 2008, 2009 and 2012, Berry was named Jones Lang LaSalle's top producing industrial broker in the country and was awarded the firm's Top Gun designation from 2002-2012, which recognizes the company's overall top 20 brokers.
"Avison Young's unique Principal-led structure exudes an entrepreneurial spirit that will allow me to customize the best service for my clients," says Berry. "The company's rapid growth with high-quality people and clientele is a real testament to the firm's collaborative culture and successful formula. Many of the Principals in the Houston office are good friends of mine, and people I will enjoy working with on a day-to-day basis. In addition, I'm looking forward to helping continue to grow the Houston office with top-notch recruits."
Berry was inducted into NAIOP's Houston Industrial Broker of the Year's Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Houston Business Journal's Heavy Hitter Hall of Fame in 2011. He is an active member of NAIOP and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with honors from the University of Texas.
Over the past six years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to 63 offices and from 300 to more than 1,700 real estate professionals in Canada, the U.S. 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 1,700 real estate professionals in 63 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.
For further information/comment/photos:
- Sherry Quan, Principal, National Director of Communications & Media Relations, Avison Young: 604.647.5098; 604.726.0959
- Rand Stephens, Principal and Managing Director, Houston, Avison Young: 713.993.7810
- Bob Berry, Principal, Avison Young: 713.993.7705
- Earl Webb, President, U.S. Operations, Avison Young: 312.957.7610
- Mark Rose, Chair and CEO, Avison Young: 416.673.4028
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