Leading Virginia leasing team joins Avison Young
from Cushman & Wakefield to grow service platform in Washington DC area
WASHINGTON, DC, April 8 /CNW/ - Keith Lipton, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's Washington, DC Metro
Region offices, announced today that industry veterans Peter Berk and Dave Millard have joined Avison Young as Principals.
Effective immediately, Berk and Millard join Avison Young's leadership
team in the DC region. Based in the company's Tysons Corner, VA office,
they will focus primarily on agency leasing as well as tenant
representation in Northern Virginia. Recognized as one of the region's
top real estate teams, Berk and Millard were most recently Executive
Directors with Cushman & Wakefield in McLean, VA.
"Dave and Peter are two of the top real estate professionals in the
region and we couldn't be more pleased to have them partner with us at
Avison Young," comments Lipton. "These appointments facilitate our
ongoing commitment to provide the broadest and most comprehensive range
of real estate services to our local and national clients. With more
than 25 years of experience each in the industry and the Greater
Washington Metropolitan area marketplace, Peter and Dave will provide
clients with the guidance, industry experience and most effective
strategies to meet their real estate needs."
Berk and Millard each bring to Avison Young 27 years of experience in
the commercial real estate industry and have been partners for 26
years. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Berk and Millard were
Senior Vice-Presidents and shareholders at Transwestern Commercial
Services and Senior Vice-Presidents and Partners at Smithy
Team members Nick Gregorios (Senior Associate) and Julie Johnson (Client Services Coordinator) also join Avison Young's Tysons Corner
office from Cushman & Wakefield.
Avison Young is Canada's largest independently-owned commercial real
estate services company. Over the past two years, the company has grown
from 11 to 23 offices and from 300 to more than 700 real estate
professionals across Canada and in the U.S.
"We are extremely pleased that Peter and Dave have agreed to join the
firm. They are certainly one of the leading leasing teams in the DC
metropolitan area and have a stellar reputation for outstanding service
and results for their clients," notes Earl Webb, Avison Young's President, U.S. Operations. "As we continue to build
our service platform in the DC area, Dave and Peter will be
instrumental in those efforts and also as we expand our leasing
business across all of North America."
"Our team was attracted to Avison Young's client-focused platform of
integrated services as well as the leadership and growth opportunities
Avison Young's ownership structure will afford us," says Millard. "We
are excited to be part of Avison Young's expansion in the Washington DC
region and look forward to continuing to provide our clients with
strategic advice and the highest level of quality service."
Berk adds: "Avison Young's approach to be an alternative choice in
service providers in the Washington DC area as well as the company's
commitment to build the premier full-service brokerage firm for our
clients were key points in our decision to help grow the company."
Over the last three years, the Berk-Millard team completed more than 200
transactions. Past and current clients include: ING Clarion Partners,
The Shooshan Company, TA Associates, JBG, TIAA-CREF, Foulger-Pratt, KBS
Realty Advisors, BPG, Stuart H. Miller Company, Boston Properties,
Miller Global Properties, Brookfield, State Teachers Retirement System
of Ohio, Northwestern Mutual, NRECA, Principal Real Estate Investors
and MRP/Angelo Gordon.
Millard was most recently an Executive Director at Cushman & Wakefield.
Over the past 27 years, he has focused his efforts on landlord
representation and corporate tenant representation services throughout
the Greater Washington Metropolitan area. His experience spans a wide
range of real estate transactions on behalf of his clients, including
lease acquisitions and dispositions, build-to-suits, investment sales
and structured financing. He has been involved in more than 6 million
square feet (msf) of real estate transactions since 1996.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Millard spent eight years with
Transwestern Commercial Services as Senior Vice-President of Owner
Advisory Services. In that position, Millard specialized in office
leasing and sales in Northern Virginia and was a stockholder in the
firm. Millard was also a Partner at Smithy Braedon during his tenure
there from 1984 to 1996.
Millard began his real estate career in 1980 with Skidmore, Owings &
Merrill (SOM). While at SOM, he was the project manager for the
interior design of the 350,000-sf Terrace Building expansion of the
National Geographic Society headquarters. In 1982 and 1983, Millard was
Director of Interior Design for Ellerbe Associates (now Ellerbe
Millard has consistently been named one of the Top 10 brokers in
Virginia by the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors.
He is Vice-Chairman of Northern Virginia NAIOP; serves on the Board of
Directors and is a member of the Executive Committee for Northern
Virginia NAIOP; and is the incoming Chair of the Northern Virginia
Chapter of the March of Dimes. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer in
Sierra Leone, West Africa between 1971 and 1975. Millard holds a
Master's Degree in business administration and finance from Loyola
College in Baltimore, Maryland and an undergraduate degree in
government from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster,
Berk was most recently an Executive Director in the McLean, Virginia
office of Cushman & Wakefield. During his 27-year career, he has
focused his efforts on agency leasing and corporate tenant
representation services throughout the Northern Virginia area. At
Cushman & Wakefield, Berk was one of the firm's Top 100 brokers
nationally for the last three consecutive years (2008-2010) and was
consistently a Top 10 producer in the DC region. Berk has completed
sales, joint ventures, equity leases and build-to-suit transactions;
and sold institutional investment-grade office buildings, air rights
and land for commercial and multi-family development. He has been
involved in 6 msf of commercial real estate transactions. Berk has done
work on behalf of many institutional, national and local owners and
developers with assets in the DC Metro area.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Berk spent eight years with
Transwestern Commercial Services as Senior Vice-President, specializing
in office leasing and sales transactions in Northern Virginia. He was
also a Partner in the firm and served on the Board of Directors. Berk
began his real estate career in 1984 with Smithy Braedon/ONCOR
International and served as Senior Vice-President and Partner during
his 10-year tenure with the firm.
Berk has received recognition for his achievements in real estate,
including: Rookie of the Year (1986), Outstanding Producer, Chairman's
Circle, and numerous Excellence Awards. More notably, he has been the
recipient of Transwestern's National Agency Leasing Award (2002, 2003)
and National Top Producer of the Year Award (2000, 2003). He was also
named Transwestern's Top Agent in the company nationally (2000), and
awarded the Top Leasing Agent in Virginia Award (2008) by the Greater
Washington Commercial Realtors Association.
Berk is currently a member of the Washington Area Commercial Brokers
Council and the Council's Multi-Million Dollar Club. He formerly served
on the Board of Directors of the Ballston Partnership (and as Chair of
the real estate marketing committee for the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor);
and also serves on the Board of Directors for both Synetic Theatre and
the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID). Berk graduated from
Georgetown University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in economics.
Founded in 1978, Avison Young is Canada's largest independently-owned commercial real estate services
company and the only national, Canadian-owned, principal-managed real
estate brokerage firm in the country. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario
and ranked among Canada's leading national commercial real estate
organizations, Avison Young is a full-service commercial real estate
company comprising more than 700 real estate professionals in 23
offices across Canada and in the U.S. The 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.
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- Sherry Quan, National Director of Communications & Media Relations: (604) 647-5098; cell: (604) 726-0959
- Keith Lipton, Principal and Managing Director, Washington DC Metro Region: (202) 266-8763
- Earl Webb, President, U.S. Operations: (847) 881-2237
- Dave Millard, Principal, Avison Young, Tysons Corner, VA: (703) 752-4921
- Peter Berk, Principal, Avison Young, Tysons Corner, VA: (703) 752-4920
- Mark Rose, Chair and CEO: (416) 673-4028
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