Avison Young opens new office in Columbia, South Carolina
TORONTO, April 9, 2013
Leading Canadian commercial real estate firm opens its 30th office outside
Canada and second office in South Carolina; Bruce Neel becomes Managing
TORONTO, April 9, 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 new office in Columbia, South
The newest American office represents Avison Young's 30th office outside of
Canada, the company's second office in South Carolina, and an additional step
in the firm's ongoing aggressive growth and expansion strategy.
Over the past four years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to, now, 45 offices
in 36 markets and from 300 to more than 1,200 real estate professionals across
Canada and the U.S.
Effective immediately, Bruce Neel joins Avison Young as Principal of Columbia
Operations, as well as Managing Director of the Columbia office. He will
oversee the growth and development of the company's presence in Columbia as
well as manage the day-to-day operations of the office. Neel was most recently
President of Neel Real Estate, Inc. in Irmo, SC.
"Opening a new office in Columbia, while continuing to grow our Charleston
operations, is a strategic move that will allow us to provide a full-service
platform in South Carolina," comments Rose. "We are excited to have Bruce join
our rapidly growing U.S. platform. His experience and background will be
instrumental to our organization and our South Carolina expansion as we
continue to build our business throughout the region and beyond. South
Carolina is home to many corporate headquarters and presents a strong regional
growth area for our company."
Avison Young opened its first South Carolina office in May 2012 in Charleston,
with Chris Fraser joining as Principal of South Carolina Operations and Jeremy
Willits as Managing Director of the Charleston office.
"As we continue our expansion in the key Southeast U.S. markets, we are
pleased to have someone with Bruce's experience join Avison Young in this new
market for our company. This expansion will complement our existing activities
in Charleston as well as in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina," notes Earl Webb,
Avison Young's President, U.S. Operations. "We are excited to be expanding the
Avison Young brand and our client-specific, holistic-based solutions approach
across the state of South Carolina, and we look forward to continuing to grow
this regional operation with individuals who embody Avison Young's
principal-led, client-centric culture."
Effective immediately, Avison Young's new Columbia office will be located at
717 Lady Street, Suite C, Columbia, SC, 29201.
"Given our growing market share in the South Carolina region, opening an
office in Columbia is the logical next step to creating a seamless network of
offices in South Carolina to serve our valued clients," says Fraser. "Bruce
has been an active broker in the Columbia market for many years. Given his
deep relationships with key decision-makers in Columbia and the region, he
will grow our newest Avison Young office and our presence quickly and
He adds: "Columbia is the capital of South Carolina as well as the home of the
University of South Carolina. As such, state government and higher education
play a pivotal role in this market. Moreover, the city's central location will
allow Avison Young to cover our clients' needs throughout the Midlands of
South Carolina, complementing our coastal presence in Charleston and potential
future presence in the upstate."
Neel has been involved in the development, acquisition, sale, leasing and
management of multi-family, retail and industrial projects across South
Carolina for the past 18 years. He spent the first 10 years of his real estate
career as a commercial real estate lender with Wachovia Bank, N.A., where he
was Vice-President, Real Estate Financial Services Group. In this role, he was
responsible for the origination, underwriting and closing of construction and
permanent loans to developers located in the Columbia and Charleston markets.
During the next eight years, Neel owned and managed his own commercial
brokerage company, Neel Real Estate, Inc., where he assisted investor clients
with the acquisition, sale and management of commercial investment property.
Neel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in finance from Wofford
College in Spartanburg, SC.
"Avison Young's comprehensive range of real estate services provides a
seamless platform to accommodate the needs of our local and national clients,"
says Neel. "Moreover, Avison Young's partnership culture aligns the firm's
interests with our clients, creating a truly best-in-class service delivery
model. The company's unprecedented growth in recent years underscores the fact
that the market recognizes the power of this model. I look forward to
continuing my career at Avison Young and contributing to its ongoing success."
Columbiais the largest city in the state ofSouth Carolina and also the state
capital, with an estimated population of 130,591 within the city limits. The
city is the center of a metropolitan statistical area of more than 780,000
people, the second largest within the state. Columbia enjoys a diversified
economy, with the major employers in the area being the South Carolina state
government, the Palmetto Health hospital system, Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC,
Palmetto GBA, and theUniversity of South Carolina. The corporate headquarters
of Fortune 1000 energy companySCANA are located in the Columbia suburb of
Cayce. Other major employers include Fort Jackson, the U.S. Army's largest and
most active initial-entry training installation,and theUnited Parcel
Service, which operates its Southeastern Regional Hub at theColumbia
Metropolitan Airport. Major manufacturers such as Square D, CMC Steel,
Michelin, International Paper, PirelliCables, and Bose Corporation have
facilities in the Columbia area. There are more than 70 foreign-affiliated
companies and 14Fortune 500companies in the region.
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 45 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
(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
• Chris Fraser, Principal of South Carolina Operations, Avison Young:
• Bruce Neel, Principal of Columbia Operations and Managing Director,
Columbia, Avison Young:
Avison Young's new Columbia, SC office: 717 Lady Street, Suite C, Columbia,
South Carolina, 29201.
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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