Land broker Lee Jones joins Avison Young in Houston
HOUSTON, Feb. 28, 2013
Commercial real estate industry veteran becomes Principal
HOUSTON, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Rand Stephens, Avison Young Principal
and Managing Director of the company's Houston office, announced today that
land broker Lee Jones has joined Avison Young in Houston.
Effective immediately, Jones becomes a Principal with Avison Young. He will
continue to focus on representing users, investors, and developers' land-sales
During his 20-year career in real estate, Jones has also worked with Houston's
top home builders and residential-lot developers. He was most recently Senior
Vice-President with Houston-based The Betz Companies, and has previously
worked with companies such as KB Homes, Lennar Homes, DR Horton, Larson
Intermodal, The Sowell Companies, Trustmark Bank, Eagle Oilfield Equipment and
"First and foremost, Lee Jones is the right cultural fit for Avison Young.
Client-focused, very intelligent and knowledgeable of the Houston real estate
market, Lee is a great addition to our company as we look to further expand
our industry relationships in the Texas markets," comments Stephens. "In
addition, Lee's expertise as a land broker specializing in the suburban
markets is a good complement to our existing team of land brokers who work
inside the Loop."
Jones further establishes Avison Young as a premier land expert in Houston
following the company's acquisition of Houston-based Mason Partners in
January. Acting on behalf of investors and developers, Jones has negotiated
transactions that led to the development of raw land into residential
communities, industrial facilities, retail centers, churches, schools, gas
stations and other properties, while also assisting clients in redevelopment
In addition to facilitating land deals, Jones has brokered the sale of
numerous office buildings, apartments and retail centers as well as
residential lots in bulk sales to home builders. In the process, he has
developed close relationships with engineers, developers, home builders and
other commercial and residential real estate industry experts.
Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
He is a CCIM candidate, and a member of the Urban Land Institute and the
Greater Houston Builders Association.
"I was drawn to the Avison Young culture of partnership. Being a Principal and
having an equity position in the company was also very important to me, and
what attracted me to Avison Young," says Jones. "Furthermore, the opportunity
to work with some of the top professionals in Houston, including Todd Mason,
Jeff Lindenberger, Harry Holmes, Rob Neblett and Darrell Betts, is very
exciting. I look forward to continuing my career at Avison Young and working
with my new colleagues in Houston and across the company."
Today's announcement comes on the heels of the Houston Business Journal
releasing its list last week of the largest Houston-area commercial real
estate brokerage firms. Avison Young's Houston office made its debut on the
list at number 15.
Furthermore, Avison Young was a winner of Canada's Best Managed Companies
program in 2011 and the company announced earlier this week that it had
requalified in 2012 to maintain its status as a Best Managed company.
Over the past four years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to 43 offices in 35
markets and from 300 to more than 1,100 real estate professionals across
Canada and the U.S.
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.
For further information/comment/photos:
• Sherry Quan, National Director of Communications & Media Relations, Avison
Young:(604) 647-5098;cell: (604) 726-0959
• Rand Stephens, Principal and Managing Director, Houston, Avison Young: (713)
• Lee Jones,Principal, Avison Young:(713) 993-7137
Avison Young was a winner of Canada's Best Managed Companies program in 2011
and requalified in 2012 to maintain its status as a Best Managed company.
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