Member Spotlight: Avison Young

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Avison YoungAvison Young is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Founded in 1978, the company comprises 2,200 real estate professionals in 77 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties.

Principal and Managing Director Scott Pickett answers our member spotlight questions below.

Tell us about your company’s mission and values.

At Avison Young, we have re-engineered the traditional “command and control” real estate organization. Instead, we have designed our corporate structure to enhance collaboration and facilitate innovative, best-in-class, client-centric solutions. We have eliminated service line silos, streamlined our infrastructure and identified best-in-class external resources to develop the widest possible toolkit for our clients.

To put it simply, our vision is to build the leading global real estate solutions company by aligning the interests and needs of clients with the superior skill sets and intellectual capital of our professionals, using a unique and transformational delivery structure.

What are the services you use the most (or are looking forward to using) from the Columbus Chamber?

The Avison Young Approach

As a fairly new office, we are looking forward to interacting with other members and building relationships with other Columbus businesses. We are also excited to utilize the Chamber’s research capabilities to ensure that we are always up-to-date on the latest trends and statistics for our city.

How do you stay engaged with trends that you see in your industry?

The Columbus office is dedicated to understanding the market by utilizing the tools and resources available through the Avison Young research team, and by participating in the top industry events.

What do you think differentiates you from your competitors?

Because we are principal-managed, which means the people who own our firm are responsible for your business, you benefit from the commitment and accountability that only comes from dealing with an owner. Avison Young is focused on providing owners and occupiers with more holistic, integrated client solutions. The company is organized around clients, with producer incentives and company finances centered on long-term value creation.

What is the Avison Young company culture like?

Avison Young: Five pillarsAt Avison Young, our culture is the key to our unique approach to commercial real estate services. Our people are committed to our clients’ success over the long term, and our corporate culture reflects that distinction. Our “open source code” philosophy ensures our clients’ best interests are always our focus, and demands that the right resources are assigned to every opportunity.

The five pillars of our culture:

  • Honesty and integrity.
  • We invest in our clients and people in order to deliver superior results for clients and shareholder returns.
  • Principals as primary equity holders are accountable to clients as well as each other
  • Service line silos have been eliminated as a best practice to allow for the delivery of integrated solutions
  • Solutions are “open source code.” Our philosophy ensures our clients’ best interests are always our focus, and demands that the right resources are assigned to every opportunity.

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