Industry leader Steven Morgan joins Avison Young in Atlanta

Office sales, leasing and investment specialist becomes a Principal

ATLANTA, GA, June 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Steve Dils, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's Atlanta office, announced today that leading real estate professional Steve Morgan has joined Avison Young's brokerage operations in Atlanta.

Effective immediately, Morgan joins Avison Young as a Principal. He will focus on his specialties of office sales, leasing and investments and will provide multi-market advisory for corporate and international clients. He was most recently Senior Vice-President and Associate Broker at Grubb & Ellis in Atlanta.

"I am very excited to have Steve Morgan, one of Atlanta's top producing brokers, join our Avison Young team," comments Dils. "He has an incredibly creative real estate mind and is known for his tenacity in closing many complex transactions across the country. His decision to join us is another validation of our ability to attract elite talent to Avison Young's principal-led culture. Steve will make a difference at many levels in our organization and we are thrilled to have him onboard."

Morgan brings nearly three decades of commercial real estate experience to Avison Young. Prior to joining Grubb & Ellis, he owned and operated Morgan Realty Advisors; served as Managing Director and Southeast Regional Manager for CSFB Realty Corp. (the real estate brokerage division of Credit Suisse First Boston); and was employed by a leading local commercial real estate firm as Senior Vice-President, Associate Broker. Before entering the commercial real estate industry, he worked with the Coca-Cola Company as a U.S. Senior District Manager.

Past and current clients include: Ashland Oil, BMW of North America, Apple Computer, Hanover Insurance, U.S. Micro Corporation, JP Morgan, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Duane Morris, UCB, Inc., Equifax, Mitel, Art Institute of Atlanta, Kaplan, and many other local and national firms.

During his career, Morgan has garnered numerous awards, including the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Phoenix and Silver Phoenix Awards, and Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Hall of Fame Professionalism Award. He is also an Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Life Member (1987-2011).

Morgan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he played football in his freshman and sophomore years, and achieved Dean's List honors during his junior and senior years.

"I look forward to working alongside my new colleagues in Atlanta and throughout Avison Young while generating new business, serving existing clients, and contributing to the future growth and success of the company," says Morgan. "Avison Young's plans to penetrate international markets are very exciting, and I am pleased to be part of a team committed to excellence on a local, national and global basis. Avison Young's strong team environment will greatly benefit my valued clients."

Over the past three years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to 31 offices and from 300 to more than 900 real estate professionals across Canada and the U.S.

In February, Avison Young was named a winner of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies program for 2011, sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post and Queen's School of Business.

Founded in 1978, Avison Young is Canada's largest independently-owned commercial real estate services company. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Avison Young is also the largest Canadian-owned, principal-managed commercial real estate brokerage firm in North America. Comprising more than 900 real estate professionals in 31 offices across Canada and the U.S., the full-service commercial real estate 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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SOURCE Avison Young (Canada) Inc.

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Sherry Quan, Nat'l Director of Communications & Media Relations: (604) 647-5098; (604) 726-0959
Steve Dils, Principal and Managing Director, Atlanta: (404) 865-3666
Steven Morgan, Principal, Avison Young: (404) 865-3671
Earl Webb, President, U.S. Operations, Avison Young: (312) 957-7610
Mark Rose, Chair and CEO, Avison Young: (416) 673-4028

Avison Young is a winner of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies program for 2011, sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post and Queen's School of Business 

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