Avison Young opens new office in San Diego, California
TORONTO, March 18, 2013
Leading Canadian commercial real estate firm opens its 22nd location outside
Canada and sixth office in Southern California; Jerry Keeney becomes a
TORONTO, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Mark E. Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison
Young, Canada's largest independently-owned commercial real estate services
company, announced today the opening of a newly-formed office in San Diego,
The newest American office marks Avison Young's 22nd market outside of Canada
and an additional step in the firm's ongoing aggressive growth and expansion
Over the past four years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to, now, 44 offices
in 36 markets and from 300 to more than 1,200 real estate professionals across
Canada and the U.S. The new San Diego office represents the company's sixth
office in Southern California.
Effective immediately, Jerry Keeney joins Avison Young as a Principal and will
oversee the operations and growth of the San Diego office, as well as service
clients. He will also focus on further expanding the company's landlord agency
leasing, tenant representation and investment sales practice in Southern
California. Keeney was most recently Managing Director of Cassidy Turley's San
"Avison Young's expansion into San Diego is of critical importance to Avison
Young's overall Southern California strategic plan," comments Rose. "Jerry is
a highly experienced leasing and investment sales professional with deep
knowledge of the institutional markets, which is especially beneficial to our
rapidly growing leasing, capital markets and investment sales practice across
the U.S. We are very pleased to have Jerry join us to spearhead our growth in
San Diego. He has extensive experience in the market and brings with him the
knowledge of both client development and strategy execution."
Avison Young opened its first Southern California office in Los Angeles in
August 2011, followed by a second L.A. office in December 2011 through the
acquisition of Ramsey-Shilling Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. In March
2012, industry leader Chris Cooper joined as a Principal and Managing Director
of the Southern California region. In September 2012, Avison Young acquired
Starrpoint Commercial Partners, Inc. and opened a third L.A. office in Santa
Monica. In November 2012, Avison Young opened its fourth L.A. office in
Downtown L.A., followed that same month by a new office in Irvine, CA.
"Jerry's background will be invaluable to our organization and our Southern
California expansion as we continue to build our business throughout the
region and beyond," states Earl Webb, Avison Young's President, U.S.
Operations. "Jerry has been very successful throughout his career, and his
addition to our already extensive Southern California leadership team will
further solidify our strong presence in the market. We are thrilled to have
Jerry join our Principal-led organization and the growing team of
professionals who have decided over the past couple of years to make Avison
Young their home."
Effective immediately, Avison Young's new San Diego office will be located at
4225 Executive Square, Suite 600, La Jolla CA, 92037.The office is situated
in the University Towne Center (UTC) submarket of San Diego between downtown
San Diego and North County, and minutes away from the Village of La Jolla.
"With his long history of market dominance and leadership throughout San Diego
County, Jerry is the optimal brand builder. We look forward to leveraging his
longstanding track record to provide best-in-class service delivery to our
clients," says Cooper.
He adds: "With breakthrough technology companies and research organizations,
the largest military population in the world, and a strong tourism industry,
San Diego County has one of the most diverse and dynamic economies in the
country. Boasting an overall office market base of more than 74 million square
feet, and with five consecutive quarters of positive net absorption, San Diego
is poised for sustained growth for both our clients and our firm."
Jerry Keeney brings to Avison Young 25 years of commercial real estate
experience in the U.S. and Asia. He has extensive experience with tenant
representation, leasing and investment sales. Prior to joining Avison Young,
he spent two years as a life sciences property sales and leasing broker with
Cassidy Turley-BRE Commercial in San Diego. During each year of his tenure
with Cassidy Turley-BRE Commercial, he ranked as a Top 5 producer.
Before moving to Cassidy Turley, Keeney spent eight years with CBRE in San
Diego, where he served as Senior Vice-President and was a Top 10 producer for
the latter five years. From 2000-2001, he served as Western Sales Director for
the company now known as Loopnet (acquired by CoStar in 2012) in Los Angeles.
He moved to Loopnet from CBRE's Hawaii office, where he held the post of
Managing Director. Keeney also held Managing Director positions with the John
Buck Company and C.Y. Leung & Company in Hong Kong between 1995 and 2000. He
also worked in Hong Kong with Jones Lang LaSalle (1993-1995), specializing in
tenant representation, after commencing his commercial real estate career with
CBRE in San Diego (1988-1993).
Keeney is a member of BIOCOM, the largest regional life science association in
the world, and is a private investor in various biotech startup companies in
San Diego. He is also active in his community, serving as a director and coach
with Rancho Santa Fe Little League. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in
international relations from the University of San Diego.
"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to open and build Avison Young's San
Diego office," says Keeney. "Having had the unique opportunity to open and
build offices in Hong Kong, Hawaii and San Diego, I look forward to leveraging
my experience and entrepreneurial acumen as we pursue our strategy in Southern
California. Avison Young's commitment to its long-term growth strategy and
vision to build the leading global commercial real estate services firm is
something I am excited to be a part of. I am very impressed with the company's
innovative client-service model and high-integrity partnership culture."
Encompassing 4,200 square miles in the southwestern corner of California, San
Diego County is home to more than 3.2 million people. It is the second most
populous county in California behind Los Angeles County, reflecting a growth
of 14.3% since 2000. By 2020, San Diego County's population is expected to
reach 3.5 million. The median age is 34 with a median income of $70,000. From
2013 to 2016, the average annual job growth rate is forecasted to be 3%
according to the County of San Diego. More than $17 billion of tourism dollars
are generated for San Diego annually.
The University Towne Centre office market is a burgeoning, multi-faceted
business environment. Influenced by multiple education and research
institutions such as The Scripps Research Institute, University of
California-San Diego, University of San Diego and nearby San Diego State, this
intellectual convergence has created a hotbed for the biotech, high-tech and
healthcare industries. Rounding out the diverse tenant base are many
prominent financial services organizations and law firms.
Avison Young was a winner of Canada's Best Managed Companies program in 2011
and the company announced last month that it had requalified in 2012 to
maintain its status as a Best Managed company.
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 1,200 real
estate professionals in 44 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
• Mark Rose, Chair and CEO, Avison Young: (416) 673-4028
• Earl Webb, President, U.S. Operations, Avison Young: (312) 957-7610
• Jerry Keeney, Principal, Avison Young: (858) 201-7070
Avison Young's new San Diego, CA office will be located at: 4225 Executive
Square, Suite 600, La Jolla CA, 92037, (858) 201-7070
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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