Two longtime Chicago brokers, Michael Curran and Brad Despot, have joined Avison Young where they will team with former Tishman Speyer leasing exec Eric Myers in serving as co-leaders of the firm's landlord/agency-leasing efforts in Chicago and the Midwest. The two newest AV principals most recently were managing directors at Jones Lang LaSalle.
"Grouping two outstanding professionals such as Mike Curran and Brad Despot with Eric Myers will provide Avison Young's clients with the best landlord leasing team in the market," commented Michael McKiernan, Avison Young principal and managing director of the company's Chicago office.
Curran has worked in commercial real estate
for 16 years, beginning in property management before moving into leasing and spending the past 13 years working on behalf of the owners of some of Chicago's major office buildings, including Aon Center, 440 South LaSalle, One South Wacker, 222 South Riverside and One East Wacker. He has completed more than 3.5 million square feet in transactions over his career.
During his 19 years in the Chicago real estate industry, Despot has worked as an interior architect, a tenant rep before moving over to the landlord side over the past 13 years.
His listing assignments have included 600 West Chicago, 540 West Madison, Chicago Union Station, 300 South Riverside and 150 North Michigan.
Curran and Despot will team with Myers, a 21-year industry veteran who joined Avison Young in January 2013 from Tishman Speyer in Chicago, where he served as an office leasing broker specializing in landlord representation.
Over the past four years, Toronto-based Avison Young has grown from 11 to 49 offices and from 300 to more than 1,300 real estate professionals across Canada and the U.S.