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BOSTON-The international organization GVA Worldwide is tapping Richard Kimball to join as president and CEO of North America. Formerly an EVP of brokerage operations for the Americas at NAI Global, Kimball will be the first person to hold this type of position for GVA Worldwide.

GVA looked to Kimball because he brings “a sense of gravity to GVA North America,” explains Richard Pogue, president and CEO of GVA Advantis. GVA Worldwide needed a person that knew networks, but could also coordinate worldwide, he continues, saying that it was necessary to have direct leadership to succeed in North America. “[Kimball] with his experience at Colliers and NAI, he knows networks and he knows where [GVA] is going and what we could be doing,” Pogue tells GlobeSt.com.

Kimball tells GlobeSt.com that sometimes a company can take advantage of “a down market to focus on some things that [a company] can’t focus on when everybody’s out making money.” In this case, Kimball says that he intends to hone in on growth strategies and align the multiple groups that currently work autonomously from one another in the US and Canada for GVA.

“Over the past several years, the various GVA offices in North America have forged strong relationships and worked closely together,” says Pogue in a statement. “The time is right to recognize the strength of the collective group in a more formal manner and expand our presence in the region.”

GVA Worldwide has 40 offices throughout North America and Kimball is looking to take these offices and “build to be nimble.” He says, “Movement up [of the economy] is fun to write about, but movement down” provides opportunity. He explains that GVA North America can use the downturn to establish “long-term relationships” by being there for companies in troubled times and being ready to go when the market turns around.

Kimball, as well as working for NAI Global, served as an EVP of business development for Colliers International, as well as starting his career with CBRE in brokerage and management.

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