Michael Brown has been named managing director of commercial real estate firm Avison Young’s Halifax office.
Brown, most recently an advisor for Halifax-based Cushman & Wakefield Atlantic, will oversee Avison Young’s day-to-day operations in the Maritimes, service new and existing clients, recruit new talent to the company and play a leading role in further expanding the firm’s footprint on Canada’s East Coast.
“We are very pleased to have Michael join us and lead our Maritime operations,” says Avison Young chair and chief executive officer Mark E. Rose. “Michael is highly regarded in the marketplace, has extensive experience in the region and is a proven team player. His leadership of our team will further strengthen and grow our presence in Halifax and throughout the Maritime region.”
Brown has a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of New Brunswick and a diploma in urban land economics from the University of British Columbia. He brings 12 years of commercial real estate industry experience to Toronto-headquartered Avison Young and specializes in office leasing.
Has worked with plenty of clients
He’s worked with a variety of local, national and international clients, including HSBC Finance, AMEC, The Bank of Canada, Irving Oil Limited, Investors Group, Whiterock REIT, CN, Cora and Blue Basin Investments.
Brown has: led pre-leasing for retail and office developments; represented tenants in office, retail and industrial transactions; and brokered numerous investment sales. He also owns a commercial property management firm and owned and operated web and graphic design companies before joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2002.
“Michael is a relationship-focused broker, which makes him an excellent fit for our organization’s client-centric business model,” says Mark Fieder, Avison Young principal and managing director for Eastern Canada. “His expertise in the Halifax marketplace, and markets throughout the Maritime region and other parts of North America, will enable him to provide our clients with best-in-class real estate solutions.
“As our operations in the Maritimes continue to grow, we are pleased to bring our clients an expanding range of services and depth of experience to successfully address their real estate requirements.”
Avison Young was founded in 1978 and opened its Halifax office in 2006. The firm is owned and operated by its principals and has grown from 11 to 60 offices and from 300 to more than 1,600 real estate professionals across Canada, the United States and Europe over the past five years.
Value-added, client-centric services
It 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-family properties.
“I am excited about the opportunity to grow Avison Young’s presence in the Halifax and Maritime markets,” says Brown. “I was particularly attracted to the company’s principal-led structure, its
strategic direction and its collaborative approach to meeting clients’ needs.
“In addition, I look forward to taking a leadership role to capitalize on opportunities for expansion in the Maritime region, and working with the other managing directors across the company to further grow Avison Young’s brand in Canada, the U.S. and overseas.”
Brown’s appointment comes on the heels of Avison Young opening a new office in Cleveland on Sept. 23 and its acquisition of New Jersey-based asset management firm Kwartler Associates on Sept. 18.