Avison Young opens Minneapolis office

March 9, 2015

MHTA – Avison Young, a fast-growing commercial real estate services firm, has opened a newly formed office in Minneapolis. It represents Avison Young’s first office in Minnesota, 44th office in the U.S., and an additional step in the firm’s ongoing aggressive growth and expansion strategy.

Over the past six years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to, now, 64 offices in 56 markets and from 300 to more than 1,700 real estate professionals in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Effective immediately, Mark Evenson becomes a Principal of Avison Young and Managing Director of the Minneapolis office. With more than 30 years of commercial real estate experience, he most recently served as Managing Director of DTZ in Minneapolis.

Evenson will focus on overseeing the growth and development of Avison Young’s presence in the Minneapolis region, servicing new and existing clients, and managing the day-to-day operations of the office.

In addition, Tom Hoffman joins Avison Young as a Senior Vice-President and Kate Gillette will serve as a Vice-President. Hoffman moves to Avison Young from Victory Tenant Partners, while Gillette worked previously with Evenson at DTZ. Hoffman and Gillette will concentrate on building the tenant representation practice with a focus on office and industrial clients throughout the Twin Cities area.

“The new Minneapolis office strategically expands and strengthens Avison Young’s presence in the U.S. Midwest while facilitating more links with major markets across the country,” comments Rose. “With a new office in Minneapolis alone, we have quickly established a presence in the Twin Cities, creating opportunities for more expansion in the region and throughout the state in the near future.”

Rose continues: “Furthermore, Minneapolis is a seamless fit with our other offices in the Midwest, including Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus. With its proximity to the provinces of Manitoba and Ontario, the Minneapolis office will also facilitate more cross-border transactions for our Canadian clients. We’re thrilled to be able to draw from the knowledge and expertise of such outstanding professionals as Mark, Tom and Kate as we continue with our aggressive U.S. expansion program.”

Avison Young opened its first Midwest office in Chicago in January 2009. Since then, the firm has expanded in the region by opening offices in Detroit (October 2012), Columbus (January 2014) and Cleveland (September 2014.)

“Mark Evenson is a highly respected industry veteran who has built his practice into a market leader over the last 30 years in Minneapolis,” states Earl Webb, President, U.S. Operations for Avison Young. “Mark’s broad-based experience and connections in the market will allow him to quickly build a full-service platform that reflects the culture and values of Avison Young. Our unique, privately held, Principal-owned platform will provide Mark with the necessary differentiation to attract the best and the brightest in the Minneapolis market.”

He adds: “Tom, who found success with his own boutique brokerage, will flourish within the Avison Young platform as he redirects his energy on client service to a broader spectrum of clients and opportunities. Kate will focus on further developing her successful tenant representation practice in the Twin Cities through her business relationships and community involvement.”

In his new role, Evenson will work closely with Avison Young Principals Jim Becker in Michigan and Ohio and Danny Nikitas in Illinois to build a strong Midwestern platform.

“Minneapolis is an important marketplace for our clients,” notes Becker. “Minneapolis-St. Paul is the 15th-largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the U.S. and is home to 27 Fortune 1000 companies, so establishing a significant market presence in the Twin Cities is a critical element of Avison Young’s long-term strategy. The Minneapolis-St. Paul business environment is robust and represents a great opportunity for Avison Young to recruit top talent and capture significant market share.”

Avison Young’s new Minneapolis office is located at 333 South Seventh Street, Suite 1370.

“I am excited to be joining Avison Young and assisting the company in establishing a presence here in Minnesota,” says Evenson. “The further this relationship developed from the initial stages, the easier it was for me to see why Avison Young is such a fast-growing company.”