Firm Selects Jim Becker as Principal, Managing Director of 18th U.S. Location
Avison Young expanded its U.S. operations to the Midwest with the opening of an office in Detroit, MI. The new location is the commercial real estate company’s 18th location outside of Canada.
AY recruited 28-year industry veteran James (Jim) Becker as principal and managing director of the office. Becker will oversee day-to-day operations in Detroit and build the firm’s national corporate services platform framework. He will also direct the company’s expansion into Minneapolis and Ohio.
Becker formerly worked for Jones Lang LaSalle’s Canadian practice as international director and president and headed JLL's expansion into Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa. He also served as market director for the firm in Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota.
“Jim has built a highly successful career around very high-value-added strategy execution and around excellence in client relationship management. I have worked with Jim on several major accounts in our past careers and his ability to deal with complex corporate situations is remarkable. Furthermore, his experience in strategic problem solving for large organizations will be invaluable at Avison Young,” said Earl Webb, AY’s president of U.S. operations.
Last week, AY purchased The Walsh Co. LLC, a New Jersey-based project management firm, and opened three offices in South Florida. The company has launched new offices in New York, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Charleston, SC, since April, and opened its first new office in New Jersey and a third office in Los Angeles last month.