Avison Young opens new Fairfield/Westchester office in Tri-State area
TORONTO, June 9, 2014
Leading industry professional Sean Cahill joins as Principal and Managing
fast-growing commercial real estate services firm opens 41st U.S. office
TORONTO, June 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Mark E. Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young, the
world's fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm, today announced
the opening of a newly formed Fairfield/Westchester office to expand the
firm's Tri-State market presence.
The newest American office represents Avison Young's first office in
Connecticut, fourth office in the Tri-State area, 41st office in the U.S.,
43rd office outside of Canada, and an additional step in the firm's ongoing
aggressive growth strategy.
Over the past five years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to, now, 58 offices
in 47 markets, and from 300 to more than 1,500 real estate professionals
across Canada, the U.S. and in Europe.
Effective immediately, seasoned industry professional Sean Cahill becomes a
Principal and Managing Director of the firm's new Fairfield/Westchester
office, and will work closely with Avison Young Tri-State President Arthur
Mirante to establish the firm's presence in southern Connecticut and suburban
New York. Cahill was most recently a Senior Vice-President at CBRE in
As Managing Director, Cahill will also focus his efforts on servicing new and
existing clients, as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the
"The continued growth of our Tri-State operations is a critical focus for us
as part of our strategy to introduce Avison Young's differentiated brand of
client-centric service into key markets," comments Rose. "Fairfield and
Westchester counties, which are in proximity to New York City, one of the
world's leading global economic hubs, have long supported a high concentration
of financial services firms and hedge funds. Improvements in the economy make
the current climate an opportune time to expand into Fairfield and Westchester
counties, and we look forward to the contributions that Sean will make in
leading our local efforts to build a strong regional presence."
Avison Young opened its first New York office in April 2012 in New York City,
with Mirante joining as Principal and Tri-State President. The company opened
its New Jersey office in September 2012, followed by a Long Island office in
Adds Earl Webb, Avison Young's President, U.S. Operations: "The local market
knowledge and depth of client experiences and relationships that Sean brings
to Avison Young will significantly expand the reach of our Tri-State platform,
providing us with the opportunity to service the needs of our clients who
have, or are considering, a presence in the Fairfield or Westchester county
markets. Additionally, Sean's credibility as a proven leader positions us
strongly in recruiting top talent and developing new business opportunities to
build our local platform the right way."
Effective immediately, Avison Young's Fairfield/Westchester office is located
at 65 Locust Avenue in New Canaan, CT.
"The expansion of our Tri-State operations allows us to create regional
synergies in servicing the needs of our corporate and institutional clients,"
notes Mirante. "The economies of Fairfield and Westchester counties and New
York City are closely intertwined, enabling us to tap into the relationships
and reach of our team to collaborate in identifying new opportunities for
growth. Sean's track record as one of the region's most accomplished
professionals will provide us with the network and insight needed to enter the
Connecticut and suburban New York markets quickly, and immediately begin
building our book of business."
"I am very excited to utilize my more than 25 years of experience in the
Fairfield and Westchester county real estate markets to take this next step in
my career and play an integral role in building Avison Young's regional
presence here," states Cahill. "The firm's collaborative culture and
Principal-led structure provide the foundation for superior client service,
and the firm's rapid expansion to date demonstrates the strong demand that
exists for Avison Young's solutions-based approach."
Fairfield County is the most densely populated county of Connecticut and a
well-known haven for investment management firms.Commuter rail service,
considered one of Fairfield County's most important transportation options,
provides direct access to Grand Central Terminal in New York City, and has
contributed to a concentration of multinational corporate headquarters in the
According to 2011 U.S. Census Bureau data, Westchester County is the
fifth-wealthiest county in New York and ranks second after New York Countyin
terms of highest median income per person. The county'stelecommunications
networkis a major contributor to new investment, educational opportunities,
employment growth and quality of life. The 800-mile fiber optic network,
initiated by the county and built by Cablevision's Lightpath, links local
governments, libraries, hospitals and schools, and helped spark competing
rings that ultimately created one of the best local telecom infrastructures in
Sean Cahill brings 26 years of commercial real estate industry experience to
Avison Young. Most recently a Senior Vice-President at CBRE, he has
specialized in tenant and landlord representation and investment sales
throughout his career, leveraging his vast network of industry relationships
to service the real estate requirements of companies throughout southern
Connecticut and Westchester County, as well as globally.
Cahill has completed more than 15 million square feet of transactions,
including a 250,000-square-foot (sf) build-to-suit data center on behalf of a
large international bank in Shelton, CT; the relocation of GE Asset
Management's 160,000-sf global headquarters in Stamford, CT; renegotiations
for D+M Holdings' 90,000-sf lease in Tokyo last October and the company's
50,000-sf world headquarters in Mahwah, NJ; and Energizer Personal Care
Products' global headquarters relocation to 80,000 sf in Shelton, CT. Cahill
has also led several significant assignments on behalf of a long list of
high-caliber corporations, including Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Beiersdorf AG,
Andor Capital Management, U.S. Bank, Pepperidge Farm and Cambridge Hanover.
Cahill is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and
CoreNet Global. He is also an active member of the United States Tennis
Association and the U.S. Sailing Association.
Avison Young is the world's fastest-growing commercial real estate services
firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative,
global firm owned and operated by its principals. Founded in 1978, the company
comprises 1,500 real estate professionals in 58 offices, providing
value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management,
financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office,
retail, industrial and multi-familyproperties.
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Avison Young's Fairfield/Westchester office is located at: 65 Locust Avenue,
New Canaan, CT
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and 2012 and requalified in 2013 to maintain its status as a Best Managed
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Avison Young – New York, LLC, operating as Avison Young, is a licensed real
estate broker in Connecticut (License Number: REB.0790373), New Jersey
(License Number: 1224347), and New York (License Number: 10491203851).
Sean M. Cahill is a licensed real estate broker in Connecticut (License
Number: REB.0790290) and serves as the Designated Broker for Avison Young –
New York, LLC in Connecticut.
Jeffrey Heller is a licensed real estate broker in New Jersey (License Number:
8539649) and serves as the Broker of Record for Avison Young – New York, LLC
in New Jersey.
Arthur J. Mirante is a licensed real estate broker in New York (License
Number: 10491203851) and serves as the Principal Broker for Avison Young – New
York, LLC in New York.
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