Wynne: “The partnership with
Avison Young comes at an
opportune time as we have been
building our Denver presence and
market share.”

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DENVER-Toronto-based real estate firm Avison Young continues to gain ground in the western US market with its latest endeavor: the opening of an office here. The office marks the company’s 21st market outside of Canada and yet another step in the firm’s ongoing aggressive growth and expansion strategy.

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Effective immediately, Alec Wynne joins the firm as principal and managing director of the new office, and Justin Rayburn joins as principal. Both were most recently with iCG Denver LLC (doing business as iCORE Global), a full-service real estate company focused on tenant representation for office, retail and industrial asset classes.

Phil Ruschmeyer also joins the firm as a SVP in Denver; he was formerly president and CEO of locally based the Ruschmeyer Corp., a privately held full-service brokerage firm specializing in tenant and landlord representation, capital procurement and advisory and consultation services. In his new role, Ruschmeyer will focus on landlord and tenant representation.

Also joining Avison Young from iCG Denver are Charlie Lodge, Howard Schmidt and Lowrey Burnett as local VPs; Jeff Daily and Britteni Rice as associates; and Jicelyn Johnson as office manager. In addition, joining the firm from the Ruschmeyer Corp. are Ross Ethridge as an associate and Katie Nobel as sales and marketing specialist.

Wynne, along with Nick Slonek, the firm’s principal and managing director, Northern California region, will focus on overseeing the growth and development of Avison Young’s presence in Denver. Additionally, Wynne will continue to attract new relationships, service existing clients and manage the day-to-day operations of the office.

According to Mark Rose, chair and CEO of Avison Young, “Denver is a market that Avison Young has had a keen interest in since we launched our US growth strategy in late 2008. The city is a key link in the chain of energy markets that extends from Western Canada down to Houston, and our company has numerous US and Canadian clients who have a growing presence in Denver.”

Rose tells GlobeSt.com that the opening will probably be the last for 2012 as the holiday season approaches, but offices in specifically targeted markets will likely be added next year. Also, “in 2013 we will continue to see more growth in each of these offices we’ve opened. It’s not just growth for growth’s sake. We’re being very specific in terms of the skill set and culture we’ve built for our clients.”

Everything the firm does is by strategy and sub-strategy, Rose adds, including the private partnerships that promote buy-in and connect everyone in the firm from Vancouver to South Florida and from New York to L.A. “We’re constantly on the phone and in meetings, approaching clients on a holistic basis, so there’s no distinction from city to city or state to state. It’s a collaborative partnership in that everyone owns the company.”

The new office is located at 7000 East Belleview Ave., #301, in Greenwood Village. The Denver team is currently pursuing a downtown office location to be announced in the near future.

Wynne said in a prepared statement, “We have perfect alignment with the company’s vision, culture and strategy for moving forward in today’s commercial real estate realm. The partnership with Avison Young comes at an opportune time as we have been building our Denver presence and market share.”

As GlobeSt.com previously reported, in late November Avison Young opened an office in Irvine, CA. Alan Pekarcik and Daniel Vittone joined as principals and will focus on further expanding the company’s brand in the Orange County market. Also joining the firm was John Pianta as senior financial analyst. All three members were most recently with Voit Real Estate Services, working out of the company’s Irvine office.