Highly regarded industry leader becomes Principal, will provide strategic advisory and account-management services to multi-market corporations and government agencies
WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Josh Peyton, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's Washington, DC region, announced today the strategic hiring of corporate services specialist William Evans.
Effective immediately, Evans becomes a Principal of Avison Young. Based in the firm's Northern Virginia office, he will continue to focus on providing strategic advisory and account-management services to multi-market corporations as well as government agencies. He was most recently executive managing director at Cushman & Wakefield in the Washington, DC region.
"We are excited to have someone of Bill's caliber and expertise join Avison Young as a Principal," comments Peyton. "His client-centric approach to every transaction aligns perfectly with the Avison Young commitment to provide solutions-driven advisory services."
Peyton continues: "Over the past three decades, Bill has built a distinguished career by advising large and multinational corporations, as well as government agencies, with creative solutions that maximize the potential of their real estate portfolios. Bill will complement our successful teams throughout the Washington, DC area and be an integral asset to our clients as we continue to expand our corporate and government services business lines in the U.S. Capital Region. I couldn't be more delighted to welcome him to the Avison Young family."
Evans brings 26 years of commercial real estate industry experience to Avison Young. During his career, he has coordinated office leasing transactions valued at more than $2 billion and involving 1,000-plus locations across the globe, while advising occupiers, the private-sector, and institutional and government owners of commercial real estate. Notable clients have included: Amgen, Cummins, Alarm.com, Engility (formerly known as TASC), CACI, NATO, the General Services Administration (GSA), Sprint-Nextel, Savvis, ExxonMobil, Cable & Wireless, and most federal agencies, including the Department of Defense (DOD), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In addition to working for real estate services firms, Evans has managed commercial real estate transactions while employed by leading corporations. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, he held management and project manager positions with Binswanger, Irving Group, Nextel, Cable & Wireless and MCI Telecommunications. Before commencing his commercial real estate career, he was the business development manager and chief financial officer with Adeena Corporation and a contract accountant with IBM.
"I enjoyed working for my previous company and will be forever grateful for the opportunities that it afforded me," says Evans. "So, when I considered making a move, the list of potential companies was short – and I wasn't willing to compromise. Keys for me were a robust multi-discipline platform, people I knew and liked and, perhaps most importantly, a nimble company with an unyielding entrepreneurial drive. Avison Young was the only firm that checked all of those boxes."
Evans holds a Master of Business Administration degree in organizational development from The George Washington University and an honors Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He sits on the board of the Analostan Association and is a member of the General Service Administration's brokerage steering committee as well as a Region 3 program manager. In the community, Evans is active with the Knights of Columbus, the Lab School of Washington (which educates children with learning differences) and holds memberships in Washington Golf and Country Club, International Country Club and Breckenridge Grand Colorado.
Over the past nine years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to 80 offices and from 300 to more than 2,400 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 2,400 real estate professionals in 80 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hospitality properties.
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- Sherry Quan, Principal and Global Director of Communications & Media Relations, Avison Young: 604.647.5098; cell: 604.726.0959
- Josh Peyton, Principal and Managing Director; Washington, DC, Avison Young: 202.644.8688
- William Evans, Principal, Avison Young: 703.760.3330
- 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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