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Avison Young Appoints Two New Principals

""Avison Young"":www.avisonyoung.com/ is starting the new year with the addition of two new principals to the company's ""Illinois-based operations"":www.avisonyoung.com/offices/chicago. The commercial real estate services firm has hired data center experts Jim Kerrigan and David Horowitz to bolster its brokerage activities in Chicago.

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Both Kerrigan and Horowitz will become principals for Avison Young, effective immediately, and they will collectively be responsible for leading the company's data specialty efforts throughout the U.S. and Canada. Kerrigan and Horowitz will focus on assisting clients in both countries to facilitate their data center and space needs.

Kerrigan joins Avison Young with more than two decades of experience in the mortgage and real estate industries. Most recently, Kerrigan was with ""Grubb & Ellis"":www.grubb-ellis.com/, where he and Horowitz helmed the formation of the company's Data Center group.

Additionally, Kerrigan and Horowitz spent eight years together with ""Staubach Company"":www.staubach.com/. Kerrigan has previously specialized in representing technology-oriented companies, helping developers, financial institutions, hosting, colocation, and telecommunication companies tackle their data challenges. Horowitz is well known for his data center transactions including site-selection colocation and wholesale data centers, lease and license negotiations, acquisitions and dispositions, power and fiber analysis, strategic planning, financial analysis, and real estate tax analysis.

Michael McKiernan, principal and managing director for Avison Young's Chicago office, said of the new hires, ""The addition of Jim and David to the Avison Young team shows our firm's continued commitment to client service through superior expertise. Clients today are looking for answers to their business issues - risk management of intellectual property being a prime example. Jim and David's expertise in mission critical facilities allows Avison Young's clients to tap into some of the best experience in America on protecting intellectual capital. For our clients, downtime could be the difference between solvency and bankruptcy.""

Adding his positive commentary, Horowitz noted, ""To become a principal in such a dynamic, growing company as Avison Young represents a significant opportunity for me at this point in my career. I look forward to continuing to work with Jim Kerrigan as we leverage the firm's Canadian platform and utilize the experience of Earl Webb, Avison Young's president, U.S. operations, to help our clients with their strategic data center investments across North America.""

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