Avison Young hires corporate services professional Michael Leff in New York
NEW YORK CITY, Dec. 10, 2012
Leff joins as a Principal to expand firm's tenant-representation business line
NEW YORK CITY, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Greg Kraut, Avison Young Principal
and Managing Director of the company's New York City office, announced today
that Michael A. Leff has joined the firm to expand the company's tenant
representation and corporate services platforms.
Effective immediately, Leff joins Avison Young as a Principal and will be
based in the company's New York City office.
Most recently a Senior Managing Director in the New York office of Newmark
Grubb Knight Frank, Leff has 13 years of commercial real estate experience
with a specialization in tenant representation. Throughout his career, he has
consummated more than 3 million square feet (msf) in transactions on behalf of
a long list of clients in the legal, financial services and fashion and
apparel industries. At Avison Young, Leff will focus on providing a full range
of high-level corporate and transaction services to the firm's tenant clients,
including site selection, lease negotiation and strategic planning.
"Over the past several months, we have continued to make meaningful progress
in achieving our goal of developing a world-class team in the New York
Metropolitan Area, and the hiring of Michael further strengthens our position
as we look to provide clients with specialized expertise across a full-service
platform," comments Kraut. "As a highly-experienced tenant-representation
specialist, Michael has a proven ability to identify optimal space solutions
tailored to the specific requirements of his clients that will contribute
significantly to the expansion of our tenant services offerings."
Prior to joining Newmark, Leff served as Corporate Managing Director at
Studley, Inc., a commercial real estate services firm specializing in tenant
representation, where Leff was part of a top-producing team that represented
several high-profile companies, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Accenture and
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.
Leff has earned numerous honors and accolades during his career, including
recognition for facilitating a 194,000-sf lease at 650 Madison for Polo Ralph
Lauren, which was named one of the Top Commercial Leases of 2009 by The
Commercial Observer. He was also included in Real Estate Weekly's list of Top
Up-and-Comers in 2006, as well as bestowed with SL Green's award for the most
significant deal in 2005 for securing a 186,000-sf lease at 625 Madison Avenue
Before entering the commercial real estate industry, Leff was the owner and
operator of Evolution Motorsports & Imagine Motorsports, a high-end automobile
firm. He holds a Master's degree in accounting from C.W. Post and a Bachelor's
degree in economics from Syracuse University.
"I have been closely following Avison Young's growth over the years and have
been impressed by the caliber of professionals the company has recruited, as
well as the firm's collaborative, team-oriented approach to client service,"
says Leff. "Joining the firm as a Principal is a tremendous opportunity and I
look forward to playing a key role in helping to expand Avison Young's
services for existing clients, in addition to identifying and developing new
Earlier this year, Avison Young opened its first office in New York City to
expand the firm's market and business-line coverage in the Tri-State area. The
company has since opened its first office in New Jersey in October, followed
closely by the acquisition of leading project management firm The Walsh
Company, also in October.
Founded in 1978, Avison Young is Canada's largest independently-owned
commercial real estate services company. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario,
Avison Young is also the largest Canadian-owned, principal-managed commercial
real estate brokerage firm in North America. Comprising more than 1,100 real
estate professionals in 43 offices across Canada and the U.S., the
full-service commercial real estate company 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-residential properties.
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