Top tenant-representation specialists join Avison Young as Principals; will serve energy sector, help grow firm's Texas region
HOUSTON, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Rand Stephens, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's Houston office,
announced today that commercial real estate industry veterans Harry Holmes and Rob Neblett have joined Avison Young's brokerage operations in Houston.
Effective immediately, Holmes and Neblett join Avison Young as
Principals. They will focus on tenant representation and corporate
services for Houston-based companies engaged in energy; legal and
accounting; and financial services. Holmes and Neblett have also been
appointed to Avison Young's Texas Executive Committee and will work
closely with Stephens to develop the company's Texas region.
"Harry and Rob are two of the top tenant representatives in Houston. We
are thrilled to have them join us and to be part of our leadership team
for Texas," comments Stephens. "In addition to having a tremendous
client list in Houston, their expertise in representing energy
companies is exceptional. And in conjunction with our Calgary and
Edmonton offices in Western Canada, the addition of Harry and Rob will
really bolster our North American service platform, enhance our
cross-border services, and strengthen our foothold in the global energy
Holmes and Neblett join Avison Young from Newmark, Knight, Frank (NKF),
where they served as co-Managing Principals of the firm's Houston
office. Each has more than three decades of industry experience while
serving primarily as tenant-representation specialists.
"The addition of Harry and Rob in Texas represents a critical step in
the ongoing growth of Avison Young's U.S. operations," says Earl Webb, Avison Young's President, U.S. Operations. "Their outstanding
tenant-representation service and relationships with oil and gas firms
will help Avison Young integrate its North American services for energy
companies, thus furthering our client-centric focus. These services for
North American energy companies will also enable us to serve the oil
and gas industry globally as we continue our expansion to Europe and
Asia in the future."
Over the past two and a half years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to 25
offices and from 300 to more than 800 real estate professionals across
Canada and the U.S.
"I am very excited about joining Avison Young and being part of a great
organization that is primed to be a leader in our industry," says
Holmes. "The culture and people were the two biggest factors in my
decision to join Avison Young. It is amazing how fast the company is
growing, and I am very impressed with the number of high-quality people
who are attracted to the company."
"Avison Young's growth in Houston and in North America is very
impressive," adds Neblett. "This is a unique opportunity for Harry and
me - to use our background and experience to work with the other
Principals in helping to build the Texas region. Furthermore, Avison
Young has leading offices in Calgary and Edmonton, which will provide
our Houston-based energy clients with a valuable service platform."
A 31-year real estate industry veteran, Holmes was responsible for real
estate services in Houston, San Antonio and Austin at NKF. Prior to
joining NKF, he was President of Houston Office Leasing Management
Estate Services, a privately-held commercial real estate brokerage and
management firm that he established in 1992. Holmes began his real
estate career with Coldwell Banker where he was a consistent top
producer before leaving to establish a Western U.S.
tenant-representation division for Rubloff Inc.
Earlier this year, Holmes received Houston Business Journal's Peer Choice MVP award. He is a member of the Houston Association of
Realtors, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, C Club, Garwood Hunting
Club, Spring Woods Mentoring Program, Houston Realty Business
Coalition, and Bayou City Breakfast Club. In addition, Holmes has
served as a board or committee member for Bo's Place, River Oaks
Country Club, American Red Cross, Yellowstone Academy, Cristo Rey
Jesuit College Preparatory School, Texas Christian University
Chancellor's Advisory Council, and Houston Leasing Brokers Association
(HOLBA). Holmes is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin
where he majored in finance. He has been a Certified Commercial
Investment Member since 1984.
Neblett brings to Avison Young 32 years of real estate industry
experience. Before joining NKF in 2005, Neblett served as Managing
Director, Corporate Advisory Services for Transwestern Commercial
Services in Houston. He had previously owned and operated R.K. Neblett
Interests Inc. (NEBCO), working as a sole-practitioner in the
In 2007, Neblett was named NKF's National Broker of the Year. He is an
active member of the Board of Directors for the Houston Livestock Show
and Rodeo and Neuhaus Education Center, and Past President of HOLBA.
Neblett holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance
from Texas A&M University.
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 800 real estate professionals in 25
offices across Canada and 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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For further information/comment/photos:
- Sherry Quan, National Director of Communications & Media Relations, Avison Young: (604) 647-5098; cell: (604) 726-0959
- Rand Stephens, Principal and Managing Director, Houston, Avison Young: (713) 993-7810
- Earl Webb, President, U.S. Operations, Avison Young: (847) 881-2237
- Harry Holmes, Principal, Avison Young: (713) 993-7165
- Rob Neblett, Principal, Avison Young: (713) 993-7175
- Mark Rose, Chair and CEO, Avison Young: (416) 673-4028
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