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PHOENIX-John Amory, CB Richard Ellis’ longest tenured employee, is celebrating his 50th anniversary with the company’s local office this month. Amory is CB’s senior vice president, is the Phoenix office’s sales and leasing specialist, and has no plans to retire.

Amory joined the company’s local office in December 1959, when it operated under the Coldwell Banker brand, after serving for three years as an artillery officer in Germany for the U.S. Army. Amory was born and raised in Wenham, MA and received his degree in sociology from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.

He tells GlobeSt.com he came to Phoenix partly because his mother had migrated there due to her liking of golf. He started his real estate career by knocking on doors for leads and selling houses. After close to half a year of working the residential side, company head J. Daryl Lippincott asked Amory to go to work on leasing the Del Webb Tower, which was under construction at 3800 N. Central Ave. “I jumped at the opportunity,” Amory acknowledges.

During his half-century stint, Amory has worked with leasing Del Webb Tower, which is now City Square. He also worked with the former First Interstate Bank Plaza (of which Wells Fargo is the main tenant today) on Washington Street and First Avenue and the 111 Tower (once the First American Title Building) on Monroe Street and First Avenue. On the tenant rep side, Amory represented American Express, AlliedSignal, US Sprint, Allstate Insurance, Xerox, AT&T and Phelps Dodge.

Amory has also been active in the community, having served on the planning commission and town council for the Town of Paradise Valley, located not too far from Scottsdale. He is currently President of the Wickenburg Conservation Foundation and has held other leadership positions with Ducks Unlimited, Los Caballeros de la Margarita – a social-service group supporting the Wendy Paine O’Brien Treatment Center — and the Verde Vaqueros, which supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. Amory received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), as well as the Spirit of Philanthropy award from the Arizona Fund Raising Association.

Amory says during the early days of his career, Phoenix was smaller and more laid back, boasting around one million square feet of office space (versus the 73.5 million square feet throughout the metro area today). Furthermore, brokerage companies were few and “deals were done on a handshake,” he says.

Though he had opportunities to work with other companies, Amory says he liked the atmosphere and camaraderie at CB. Though he’s been through a variety of down cycles, he acknowledges he hasn’t seen anything quite like the current situation. “I’m seeing this market as almost a complete shutdown,” he says, “but I’m optimistic that it’s going to come back. It’s already started.”

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