CHICAGO—Avison Young has been on spree ofhiring and office expansion recently. And the firm, originallybased in Canada, but which opened its first US office in Chicago inJanuary 2009, just hired industry veteran JonCopeland as a senior vice president in the company'sChicago office.

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Copeland will focus on agency leasing, and work closely withAvison principals Michael Curran, BradDespot and Eric Myers, all in the Chicagooffice. Copeland brings more than 10 years of commercial realestate experience to Avison, much of it in downtown leasing. Hemost recently served as a vice president at CBREin Chicago.

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“We are delighted to be bringing Jon on board as he will bea tremendous addition to an already strong, experienced downtownChicago office leasing team,” says Danny Nikitas,Avison principal and managing director of the company's Chicagooffice. As reported in GlobeSt.com, Nikitas is yet another newhire, having joined the company in April. “With the addition ofJon, we are poised to expand our footprint in the downtown andsuburban office markets.”

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Copeland began his real estate career in 2004 at Grubb& Ellis before joining CBRE in 2009. During his10-year career, he has represented the IrvineCompany, CBRE Global Investors, andShorenstein Properties. Most recently, Copelandwas the head of leasing at 71 S. Wacker Dr. and 190 S. LaSalle. Heis a graduate of the University of Illinois atUrbana-Champaign.

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“I have followed Avison Young's growth in Chicago from day one,and it has been extremely impressive,” says Copeland. “The firm'sclient-first and collaborative culture is closely aligned with mycore philosophy for the business, and I look forward to expandingmy career in coming years while working with so many industryleaders.”

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Over the past five years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to 57offices and from 300 to more than 1,500 real estate professionalsacross Canada, the US and in Europe.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.