Leading industrial brokers Ryan Hood and Eva Destunis join Avison Young in Toronto North office

Veteran commercial real estate team to grow industrial service line in the region

TORONTO, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Mark Fieder, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's Ontario region, announced today that the industrial brokerage team of Ryan Hood and Eva Destunis has joined Avison Young.

Effective immediately, Hood and Destunis join Avison Young as Vice-Presidents in the Toronto North office, located in Markham, Ontario. Joining a growing roster in the Toronto North region, Hood and Destunis will focus on building the company's industrial services platform in that market. The team will provide brokerage services to both landlords and tenants for industrial, flex, warehouse/distribution and office properties. Hood and Destunis both spent nearly 20 years at Cushman & Wakefield, where they were part of one of the most successful industrial brokerage teams in the Toronto Northeast market.

"I am excited to have this extremely successful team join us at Avison Young. Ryan and Eva are highly respected by clients and brokers alike, and their addition to our Toronto North operation enhances our industrial real estate service line in this marketplace," comments Fieder. "We look forward to their contribution to our growing industrial practice in the North and East regions of Greater Toronto."

Fieder continues: "Ryan and Eva are industry leaders who can provide our clients with top-level real estate solutions. Their track record in the Toronto North market places them in the highest tier of industrial brokerage professionals. As our Toronto North office continues to expand, we are pleased to bring our clients an ever-growing range of services and depth of experience to successfully address their real estate requirements."

A 25-year industry veteran, Hood has completed more than 1,200 transactions worth more than $1 billion, and continues to complete more than 50 deals annually. Some of his major transactions have involved clients such as Toyota Canada, ITW, Elmer's Products, Metrolinx, James Dick Construction, Neamsby Investments/Cedarland Properties, Miller Paving, Tetra Pak, Alfa Laval, Steelcase Canada, Canon Canada, Great West Life, Standard Life, Manulife Financial, Tiger Direct, Stelco Canada, Confederation Life, New York Life, Mitsubishi, State Developments and Humbold Properties.

"For me, this is an exciting opportunity to join an organization that's growing rapidly, and to leverage my experience to play a role in that growth," says Hood. "Avison Young's structure and culture offer us an appealing venue to conduct our business - and the platform that will best serve our clients' needs going forward."

With 18 years of experience in the industry, Destunis has participated in leasing and sales transactions totaling more than 15 million square feet and $600 million. She has represented various landlords on multiple occasions, including Armadale Properties, CanFirst Capital, Pinedale Properties, M & R Holdings, The Properties Group, SunUp Realty, Agellan Capital, CREIT, Morguard Properties and Yale Properties. Other clients have included Bose Canada, Couche Tard Company, Linea Marketing Group, PFS Web, Artisan Complete, Hellermann Tyton Canada, AIIM, Cosmo Communications Canada and Acklands Grainger.

"Avison Young's entrepreneurial and collaborative approach to doing business is a very attractive prospect," adds Destunis. "We are pleased to be part of the continuing expansion of the Toronto North office and look forward to providing our clients with the solutions they need in the future."

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 1,200 real estate professionals in 47 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.

Editors/Reporters: please click on links to view and download photos of Ryan Hood and Eva Destunis

For further information/comment/photos:

Mark Fieder, Principal and Managing Director, Ontario, Avison Young: (416) 673-4051

Ryan Hood, Vice-President, Toronto North, Avison Young: (905) 968-8007

Eva Destunis, Vice-President, Toronto North, Avison Young: (905) 968-8006


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SOURCE: Avison Young Commercial Real Estate (BC)

For further information:

Mark Fieder
(416) 673-4051 
email: mark.fieder@avisonyoung.com


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