Highly regarded retail specialists join Avison Young
to grow retail platform; Creekmore becomes Principal
ATLANTA, June 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Steve Dils, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's Atlanta office,
announced today that leading retail real estate professionals Tonya Creekmore and Tina Harris have joined Avison Young's brokerage operations in Atlanta.
Effective immediately, Creekmore joins Avison Young as a Principal and
will focus on expanding Avison Young's retail management and leasing
platform in the United States. Her responsibilities will include
business development, asset management and anchor-tenant
transactions. Creekmore was most recently Vice-President, Big Box and
Peripheral Land Leasing/Development, with General Growth Properties.
Harris, who most recently operated her own consulting company, joins
Avison Young as a senior retail leasing representative. A top performer
for more than 10 years at General Growth Properties, Harris will focus
her efforts on in-line mall leasing.
"Avison Young's powerful retail presence started in Canada but the
company continues to add to its retail scale and depth of capabilities
in the U.S.," comments Dils. "Tonya's solid knowledge of retail
industry trends and her dedication to the business make her the perfect
candidate to grow our retail mall property management and leasing
capabilities in the U.S. Meanwhile, Tina is very well regarded by
retailers and can deliver dynamic leasing capabilities to our clients.
Both of these professionals will fit in very well with the top brokers
we have hired in Atlanta - and across the company - over the past
Creekmore brings to Avison Young nearly two decades of experience in the
commercial real estate industry. In the past three years, her
responsibilities included securing big-box tenants for development and
re-development of regional malls and community centers for General
Growth Properties. Prior to that, Creekmore was a partner at North
American Properties where her responsibilities included developments
such as Camp Creek MarketPlace, Stonecrest MarketPlace, Coleman
MarketPlace and Sodo. Creekmore's emphasis at North American Properties
included shopping center development, company operations and oversight
of the leasing department, as well as managing retailer relationships.
In her roles at North American Properties and General Growth Properties,
she secured and negotiated transactions with Target, Sam's Club, J.C.
Penney, Kohl's, Home Depot, Lowe's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Marshalls/TJ
Maxx, Ross, Old Navy, 24 Hour Fitness, Jo-Ann Fabric, and Bed Bath and
Beyond, as well as other national anchor, shop and out-parcel
Creekmore's background also includes eight years with Ben Carter
Properties, where she was responsible for leasing retail development
projects such as Mall of Georgia Crossing, Columbus Crossing and
Conyers Crossing, as well as acting as a leasing liaison between Ben
Carter Properties and third-party landlord clients.
Professional affiliations and accomplishments include: 40 Under 40 Atlanta Business Chronicle's 2007 Up and Comers; 20 Under 40 2010 Industry Leaders - Commercial Real
Estate Women (CREW Network); International Council of Shopping Centers
(ICSC) - co-chair of 2004 Southeast Conference and chair of 2005
Southeast Conference; 2009 CREW Atlanta Distinguished Achievement Award
recipient; 2009-2010 CREW national board member and 2006 CREW Atlanta
Harris is a top leasing professional with 15 years of industry
experience. She was a Top 10 producer for General Growth Properties
multiple times during her tenure there. She has cultivated strong
relationships with many top retailers and has leased projects such as
Coastland, Governor's Square, Northpark, Oglethorpe, Peachtree, Regency
Square, Riverchase Galleria, The Esplanade, and The Oaks Mall.
"Given their depth of knowledge and background working with mall owners,
Tonya and Tina are significant additions to our rapidly-growing retail
practice in the U.S. Their experience in developing and implementing
management and leasing strategies will add value to investment
properties," adds Earl Webb, Avison Young's President, U.S. Operations. "We are very pleased that
Tonya and Tina will be bringing their outstanding track records to
Avison Young and helping us grow our national retail presence."
Over the past two years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to 23 offices
and from 300 to more than 700 real estate professionals across Canada
and in the U.S.
"Although I will miss the opportunity to be a part of General Growth
Properties' turnaround, I am thrilled to be on board as a Principal at
Avison Young," says Creekmore. "Avison Young's commitment to fostering
and maintaining client relationships played a critical role in my
decision to join the team. We are in a unique position to leverage our
experience and leadership in retail commercial real estate while still
providing personalized attention to each of our clients. This is the
kind of environment in which I thrive, so I'm confident this is just
the beginning of a longstanding relationship."
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 700 real estate professionals in 23
offices across Canada and in 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: (604) 647-5098; cell: (604) 726-0959
- Steve Dils, Principal and Managing Director, Atlanta: (770) 630-5939
- Tonya Creekmore, Principal, Avison Young: (770) 916-6120
- Tina Harris, Senior Retail Leasing Representative, Atlanta: (770) 916-6106
- Earl Webb, President, U.S. Operations: (847) 881-2237
- Mark Rose, Chair and CEO: (416) 673-4028
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