By Joshua Burd
Avison Young has named a new principal in New Jersey, promoting an industry professional with more than a decade of experience in tenant representation and occupier solutions.
The firm on Thursday announced the promotion for Edward M. English Jr., who is based in its Iselin office. In the new role, he will continue to lead a team advising occupiers of space on all aspects of single- and multi-location transaction management, including lease renewals, new leases, subleases, purchases and sales, along with lease administration, lease audits, tax incentives, project and construction management and sale-leasebacks.
English has been with Avison Young since 2017, when it acquired the group formerly known as Cresa NJ-North/Central LLC. The commercial real estate services firm said that, since 2012, English’s team has overseen the completion of more than 250 transactions in more than 60 markets throughout New Jersey, the U.S. and Canada.
The transactions have included leases, purchases, sales and build-to-suit projects, comprising more than 5.4 million square feet and more than $560 million in transactional value.
“We’re very pleased to recognize Ed for his numerous accomplishments by naming him a principal in our office,” said Jeff Heller, principal and managing director of Avison Young’s New Jersey offices. “As a principal-led organization, the Avison Young culture is built on collaboration and taking a longer-term view to meet client needs. Ed has long demonstrated a remarkable creativity in his work advising tenants and has played an integral role in the growth of our office and the development of our staff.
“We congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion.”
English joins more than 600 principals nationwide at the firm, which is based in Toronto.
“Avison Young’s principal-led model is a major differentiator from the publicly traded firms, and it allows me to focus on the best outcomes for my clients, rather than outside shareholders,” English said. “I’m honored to have been promoted to principal and excited about the opportunity to play an even bigger role in the expansion of Avison Young’s tenant-representation service line and overall brokerage footprint throughout New Jersey and the U.S.”
Avison Young touted English’s experience advising C-suite executives on their real estate needs, with a primary focus on industrial and flex real estate obligations. These include high-tech and traditional manufacturing, light and heavy assembly, research and development, wet and dry labs, storage and distribution, along with office spaces, labor force and amenities.