Industry leaders Liz Clare, Jacqueline Young join Avison Young in Las Vegas

Addition of longtime colleagues will expand firm's retail presence in Valley

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Joseph Kupiec, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's Las Vegas office, announced today that commercial real estate industry leaders Liz Clare and Jacqueline Young have joined Avison Young in Las Vegas.

Effective immediately, Clare joins Avison Young as a Principal, while Young will serve as a Senior Vice-President. Both Clare and Young join Avison Young from Cushman & Wakefield in Las Vegas.

Clare and Young have a combined 36 years of commercial real estate experience. With Avison Young, they will continue to work as a team, strengthening a partnership that has developed over many years, and focus on their retail specialty while serving with the company's capital markets group.

"We are extremely pleased to have Liz Clare and Jackie Young join our growing operation in Las Vegas. Liz and Jackie are two of the most respected professionals and industry leaders in the market," comments Kupiec. "Their comprehensive commercial real estate experience, in-depth industry knowledge and longstanding client relationships are perfectly aligned with our commitment to provide best-in-class services to our valued clients. The addition of Liz and Jackie further demonstrates Avison Young's commitment to the Las Vegas market, and is another important step in the execution of our company's aggressive growth plan."

Kupiec notes Clare and Young will also expand Avison Young's retail presence in the Las Vegas Valley as the market continues its post-recession recovery.

Clare, who brings 16 years of commercial real estate experience to Avison Young, most recently served as senior director, retail and investments with Cushman & Wakefield in Las Vegas. She began her career in 1997 with Grubb & Ellis in Salt Lake City. In addition to investment sales, she is adept with landlord and tenant representation in leasing matters. During her career, Clare has leased more than 2 million square feet of space and completed sales transactions in excess of $500 million. She has shared her expertise on market trends, property valuations and investment opportunities while acting on behalf of financial institutions, loan servicers, pension funds, REITs and private investors.

Clare is a member of Mensa International, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). She is also a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).

Young, who has more than two decades of commercial real estate experience, most recently served as senior director, retail and investments with Cushman & Wakefield. Consistently a top producer, she commenced her career with Lee & Associates in Las Vegas in 1986, rising to the positions of Senior Vice-President and Principal, as well as being a shareholder of 10 Lee offices. In 2002, she joined NAI as senior director, retail and investments before joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2008. During her career, Young has completed transactions valued in excess of $850 million.

Young's awards include CoStar Power Broker (2010), and Cushman & Wakefield Top Producer (2010, 2005, 2003), Broker of the Year (2005, 2003) and Top Three Producer (2006, 2004, 2002) in Las Vegas. She is a member of CREW and ICSC, and a former board member of the Downtown Las Vegas Business Retention and Development Committee.

"We are thrilled to be joining Avison Young as it continues its aggressive expansion program in the Western U.S. and across the country," says Clare. "I am particularly excited for the opportunity to become part of the company's ownership group, and we couldn't be more pleased to hold leading positions with such a progressive firm as Avison Young."

Young adds: "Liz and I view this as an opportunity to grow our careers as we introduce Avison Young's differentiated client-centric service model to new and existing clients, and expand Avison Young's retail presence in Las Vegas and the rest of Nevada. We're also looking forward to working with our new Avison Young colleagues across North America, and strengthening the company's full-service offerings."

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 1,500 real estate professionals in 53 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 multi-family properties.

For further information/comment/photos:

Sherry Quan, National Director of Communications & Media Relations, Avison Young:
604.647-5098; cell: 604.726.0959

Joseph Kupiec, Principal and Managing Director, Las Vegas, Avison Young: 702.472.7978

Liz Clare, Principal, Avison Young: (702) 637-7727

Avison Young was a winner of Canada's Best Managed Companies program in 2011 and requalified in 2012 to maintain its status as a Best Managed company.

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SOURCE: Avison Young Commercial Real Estate (BC)

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