Leading Canadian commercial real estate firm opens its 34th U.S. office,
ninth in California; Randy Keller becomes Managing Director
TORONTO, July 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Mark E. Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young, the world's fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm,
announced today the opening of a new office in San Mateo, California.
The newest American office represents Avison Young's 34th office outside
of Canada, the company's ninth office in California, and an additional
step in the firm's ongoing aggressive growth and expansion strategy.
Over the past four years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to, now, 49
offices in 39 markets and from 300 to more than 1,300 real estate
professionals across Canada and the U.S.
Effective immediately, Randy Keller joins Avison Young as a Principal and Managing Director of the San
Mateo office. He will focus on overseeing the growth and development of
Avison Young's presence in San Mateo County, as well as managing the
day-to-day operations of the office and servicing new and existing
clients. Keller was most recently a Managing Director of Cassidy
Turley's Burlingame office.
"Opening an office in San Mateo is another strategic move for Avison
Young to become a key player in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco
Bay Area commercial real estate market," comments Rose. "San Mateo
County is home to Oracle, Visa, Facebook and other Fortune 500
companies. Avison Young already has a number of key clients in the
market, which will mesh nicely with Randy's book of business.
Client-focused and very knowledgeable of the San Mateo real estate
market, Randy will be a valuable addition to our company as we look to
further expand our industry relationships in the Northern California
Avison Young opened its first Northern California office in April 2012
in San Francisco, with Nick Slonek joining as a Principal and Managing Director of the Northern California
region. The company opened its Sacramento office in June 2013.
"Silicon Valley is a key area of growth for Avison Young and for our
clients, as we expand our business in Northern California and all along
the West Coast," notes Earl Webb, Avison Young's President, U.S. Operations. "Randy Keller is a very
experienced real estate professional with a long and successful track
record of success as both a dealmaker as well as a builder of business
in that market. We are thrilled that Randy is joining us as a
Principal, working with Nick Slonek and our team already in place in
San Francisco, to drive our expansion in the vibrant Silicon Valley
"Since establishing our San Francisco office in April 2012, we have been
working on expanding into the San Francisco Peninsula," explains
Slonek. "Randy will be responsible for growing our brokerage
footprint, client base and market share in San Mateo. Our new San Mateo
presence is the first step of our Silicon Valley strategy. Randy has
successfully grown offices in this marketplace previously and expects
Avison Young to have a significant presence shortly."
Slonek adds: "We have worked hard to find someone of Randy's caliber to
launch our San Mateo office. His solid reputation and expertise in both
the office and industrial markets will be invaluable to our clients.
We are confident that Randy is a game-changing hire for Avison Young,
and that our San Mateo office will prove to be a perfect platform for
brokers and clients alike."
Keller brings more than three decades of commercial real estate
experience in the San Francisco Peninsula to Avison Young. In 1993, he
joined Cassidy Turley (previously BT Commercial) in San Mateo, where he
most recently served as a Principal and Managing Director of the office
as well as on the Board of Directors of the predecessor firm. Prior to
Cassidy Turley, he spent six years (1986-1992) with Cushman & Wakefield
and three years with Norris, Beggs & Simpson (1982-1985) in the firms'
San Mateo and San Francisco offices, respectively. During his career,
Keller has been a perennial top achiever and has negotiated major sale
and lease transactions in excess of 14 million square feet.
Keller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of
California-Berkeley and is active with such organizations as the San
Mateo Economic Development Association, San Mateo-Burlingame Board of
Realtors, Lake Merced Golf Club and Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country
"I was drawn to the Avison Young culture of partnership, and I am
looking forward to working with my new colleagues in the collaborative
environment that exists across the company," says Keller. "There are
few opportunities in one's profession to be a guiding Principal in such
a formidable and expanding company. Furthermore, to be teaming up with
the fastest-growing real estate company in North America, and to be
able to contribute my knowledge and experience to its growth and
success, is very exciting. I look forward to the next chapter of my
career at Avison Young."
The San Mateo County/Silicon Valley area is located on a 60-mile
peninsula immediately south of San Francisco, bordered on the east by
San Francisco Bay and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. San Mateo
County has a population of approximately 800,000 in 20 incorporated
cities. Serving as a high-tech enclave surrounding Silicon Valley, San
Mateo is home to several Fortune 500 companies such as Oracle, Visa,
Facebook, Gilead Sciences and Franklin Funds, to name a few, as well as
San Francisco International Airport. With 500,000 workers primarily in
knowledge-based industries, San Mateo has the second-lowest
unemployment rate by county in California, according to the San Mateo
County Economic Development Association. Companies in the region are
frequent beneficiaries of billions of dollars worth of venture-capital
funding that has implications on the commercial real estate market. The
San Mateo commercial real estate market is traditionally highly active
as tech-related firms deal with expansions and moves on a regular
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 1,300 real estate professionals
in 49 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
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• Earl Webb, President, U.S. Operations, Avison Young: 312.957.7610
• Nick Slonek, Principal and Managing Director, Northern California, Avison Young: 415.710.0233
• Randy Keller, Principal and Managing Director, San Mateo, Avison Young: 650.740.1666
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